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Gratitude for Jay and Evelyn Anne Turner

We will celebrate with Jay and Evelyn Anne Turner this Sunday as Jay retires as our Traditional Worship Arts Pastor after ten years of faithful and fruitful service on our team. Only eternity will reveal all who have been touched and blessed by Jay’s ministry of music, by his care and compassion, and by his personal investment in the lives of so many. I hope you will plan to participate in a drop-in reception honoring the Turners from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Gathering Area of the...

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Join me at the Fall Family Festival?

I hope you will join me, hundreds of Inglesiders, and our guests at our Fall Family Festival on Wednesday evening, October 20. It’s a great night of fellowship, food, and fun for all ages. And if you have a friend that you want to introduce to our church, it’s a wonderful event to invite them to attend with you. It all occurs here at Ingleside on the east side of our campus.  Start time is 5:30 p.m., and we wrap it all up at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your appetite with you....

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Do You Speak My Language?

Have you ever been in a circumstance where no one spoke your language?  Maybe you could speak or understand a few words, but you were largely in the dark.  Communication levels were low.  Frustration levels may have been high.  And there was probably a significant degree of discomfort? But then you met someone who spoke your mother tongue – your heart language.  And, oh what joy, what relief, what connection!  There was a new sense of freedom and opportunity.  Bottom line: ...

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Is There a Place for Me?

Whenever newcomers check out a church, virtually all are asking some form of the same question: “Is there a place for me?” And for years our short answer at Ingleside has been, “Yes!” Our answer reflects the spirit of Romans 15:7, which says: “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (ESV). Of course, the specific questions newcomers may ask are often more detailed, nuanced, and personalized. Consider these possibilities: . ...

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Are You Praying for Afghanistan?

In today’s blog, I want to: (1) encourage you to pray for believers in Afghanistan, (2) make sure you know about a change to our WMAZ-TV program; and (3) report the results of our Semi-Annual Church Conference. Are You Praying for Afghanistan? As the collapse of Afghanistan has unfolded, our hearts have been shocked and grieved by the scenes at the Kabul airport as thousands are seeking to flee the danger that is to come. I hope you have been praying for our President and those who...

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The Right Time, the Right Way

Not many of us get pumped up about processes, policies, and procedures.  Yet, most of us do care deeply about outcomes and results.  The truth is that the two are usually connected—even in the life of a church! Listen to the wisdom of the writer of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.  For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter” (Ecclesiastes 8:5b-6a, NIV). Another version translates: “Yes, there’s a...

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A Warm Welcome

Would you believe that guests have been visiting Ingleside since the first Sunday we re-opened for in-person worship last June? Certainly, people were hungry for corporate worship after shelter-in-place orders. Aren’t you glad they came? In a larger church like Ingleside, it can be easy for a newcomer to be lost in the shuffle. One of our goals as a church is for guests to feel warmly welcomed from the moment they pull into the parking lot until the moment they drive away. Perhaps a...

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Answering the Call

On Sunday, June 27, Pastor Tim capped off a seven-part series on serving with a challenge to everyone in our body. That challenge was to increase our church’s serving quotient by asking Inglesiders to volunteer in a primary and secondary place of ministry. Or, to put it another way, to use your Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences in one area of passion and one area of need. This culminated in a brief Ingleside Serving Survey where many of you provided us...

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Long Pastorates & Healthy Churches

In his ground-breaking book, The Purpose Driven Church (1995), Rick Warren recounts a study he made of the 100 largest churches in the United States.  He writes: “Although I discovered that large, growing churches differ widely in strategy, structure, and style, there were some common denominators.  My study confirmed what I already knew . . . :  Healthy, large churches are led by pastors who have been there a long time.  I found dozens of examples.  A long pastorate does not...

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Join Me at the Church Picnic

I hope you have already marked your calendars and are planning to be at Ingleside on Wednesday night, June 30, for our annual church picnic. Watch this short video and review the Q&A below to get a good idea of what is in store. Where is the picnic held? Again this year, our picnic will be held on our church campus on Wimbish Road.  We will have huge tents set up on the west side of our Worship Center What time does it start?  Folks start to arrive as early as 5:00 p.m. for...

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