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Why Should I be a Member?

Are you a member at Ingleside yet?  If not, I want to encourage you to take that step.  The next membership classes for adults, students, and children are this Sunday afternoon, January 13, at 4:00 p.m. No reservation is necessary.  Dress is casual.  Dinner and childcare is provided.  Just come in at the east entrance to the Worship Center and a warm welcome will be waiting. But you might be thinking:  “Why?  Why should I become a ‘member’ at Ingleside?  I enjoy...

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Partnerships worth Celebrating

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in the church at Philippi, he made it a priority to celebrate their partnership. As the letter begins, Paul says: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5, ESV) Like Paul, I want to celebrate several dimensions of our partnership in the gospel today. Partnership in...

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What’s Your Next Step?

One of the great themes of this life the Lord has given us is that of progress. Consider the stages of growth. We begin as a dependent infant and move through various phases of physical, mental, and emotional development. Consider our salvation. Repenting and believing in Christ is a spark of spiritual growth, not a fizzling-out flame that leaves us in our sinful patterns. Consider our relationships. Long-term commitment where you make concerted and often difficult efforts to know a person...

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Membership Class this Sunday

Did you know that “membership” is a biblical idea? Romans 12:4-5 says: “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (ESV).  The same truth is found in 1 Corinthians 12. Membership communicates your commitment to the Lord and to the other members of the body.  It says, “I’m all in.  You can count on me.  I will participate, give, and...

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Membership Options

Every month since September 1997 we have hosted a Discovering Ingleside Membership class.  It’s the way you join our church and commit to membership. The class is typically on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (a complimentary snack supper is served).  This month, as usual, the class will be on Sunday afternoon, April 15. Options this month.  In addition, for those of you who have not been able to make the Sunday afternoon class, this month only we are offering the class...

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“Jesus? Yes! Membership? Not so much.”

It’s a sentiment that I hear, observe, or read about with some regularity these days.  Have you heard it? The person says: “Oh, yes.  I love Jesus and follow him.  But being a committed member of a church?  No, not so much.” For some, I think it’s just a pragmatic statement of self-interest.  They might add: “I just go here and there; wherever my needs are met and I get fed.  If the music is great, the teaching is relevant, and the kids programs are excellent –...

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Just Take the Next Step

Sometimes when we think about the future, we are frozen because the gap between where we are and where we want to be seems so large and so daunting. The same can be true when we think about spiritual growth and development.  The divide between “here” and “there” seems so great that we are paralyzed and do nothing. So what to do?  The key is to just take the next step. When the big assignment is broken down into many smaller ones it becomes doable.  When the huge project...

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Two Questions

I’d like to ask you two questions this week. First, do you have your tickets yet?  Second, did you miss the huddle? Do you have your tickets yet?  On Sunday night, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. we will be privileged to host Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert, live at Ingleside. An added bonus unique to our concert is that our Ingleside choir will be backing up the Gettys.  What a night of praise and worship it will be! So, get your tickets now.  They are available here and in...

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Back to School, Back to Church

For many Ingleside families the rhythms of summer are giving way to the more structured cadences of a new school year. By this point in the month of August, almost every school system in our region is back in session. So, this Sunday, August 20, in each of our worship services we will recognize and pray over educators and students – asking the Father’s favor and provision for this new school year. I hope you will be able to join us! From Guest … to Regular Attender … to...

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Why Should I be a Member?

Are you a member at Ingleside yet?  If not, I want to encourage you to take that step.  The next membership classes for adults, students, and children are this Sunday afternoon, June 11, at 4:00 p.m. No reservation is necessary.  Dress is casual.  Dinner and childcare is provided.  Just come in at the east entrance to the Worship Center and a warm welcome will be waiting. If you are not a member yet, you might be thinking:  “Why?  Why should I become a ‘member’ at...

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