Vacation Bible School — June 6-8


June 6-8

9:00 A.M. to Noon


This year, our kids will be exploring stories from the Old Testament about showing hospitality, feeding the hungry, and praising the God who takes care of us! Our Vacation Bible School program, Abundance Orchard, is produced by the Society of St. Andrew to nourish souls and bodies, and their work to feed the hungry will be our mission focus. We hope your kids can join us! Vacation Bible School is for children age 3 years through 5th grade. Kids 6th grade and older can serve as helpers. Nursery care will be provided.


Volunteers, we’d love your help with VBS! Please contact the church office if you would like to help lead crafts, storytelling, music, snacks, games, or to serve as shepherds that accompany the children from station to station.


“The Answer to Bad Religion is Not No Religion: A Guide to Good Religion for Seekers, Skeptics, and Believers”

New Sermon Series Begins May 29

Inspired by the book
The Answer to Bad Religion is Not No Religion:
A Guide to Good Religion for Seekers, Skeptics, and Believers


Many people have experienced religion that has been understood as judgmental, close minded, antiscience, and antiwomen, and it has led them to think that this is representative of religion as a whole. But as Martin Thielen shows, a logical response for those who’ve been hurt or turned off by negative religion does not have to be no religion — instead, it can be good religion.

During this sermon series, we will reflect on the aspects of how good religion can make our lives better. Thielen argues that bad religion breeds arrogance, intolerance, and absolutism, as well as a chronic spirit of negativity, whereas good religion provides hopeful possibilities for our life and our world. We will look at ten characteristics of good religion. Individuals and church groups who would like to read this book as a supplement to the sermon series are encouraged to do so.

  • May 29 – Good Religion Impacts the Way We Live
  • June 5 – Good Religion Prioritizes Love
  • June 12 – Good Religion Engages in Service
  • June 19 – Good Religion Provides a Prophetic Voice
  • June 26 – Good Religion Builds Community
  • July 3 – Good Religion Keeps an Open Mind
  • July 10 – Good Religion is Hope Filled
  • July 17 – Good Religion Practices Forgiveness
  • July 24 – Good Religion Promotes Gratitude
  • July 31 – Good Religion Practices Evangelism with Integrity


The Rev. Dr. Martin Thielen is author of the best-selling What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? and The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion. He frequently writes for, Circuit Rider, and Net Results, among others. He is Senior Pastor of Cookeville United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee. He offers worship and preaching ideas at

Thank you gardeners!

All produce from our garden goes directly to Ozarks Food Harvest, which provides healthy food to those in need. We couldn’t do this without the tireless dedication of our amazing garden volunteers! Thank you thank you thank you!

“Reading the Fine Print” — New Sermon Series


Verizon currently has a series of commercials featuring Ricky Gervais in which viewers are encouraged to read the disclaimers at the bottom of their competitors’ advertisements. Apple requires users to agree to a seemingly inexhaustible list of “terms and conditions” in order to track your every movement use their operating system. Lawyers make sure that clients understand the fine print before having them sign their names to a contract. All of which got us thinking…

  • What happens when you read the “fine print” in the Bible (i.e., the footnotes)?
  • Do the footnotes in the Bible affect the meaning of the text?
  • If modern translations of the Bible are based on different manuscripts that don’t always agree, how do we make sense of them in a faithful way? How do we interpret them responsibly?

Join us as we reflect on these questions and more.

April 17 – Shorter and Longer Endings of Mark (Mark 16:8)

April 24 – The Difference that Just One Letter Can Make (Romans 16:7)

May 1 – Faith in Christ or Faith of Christ? (Galatians 2:16)

May 8 – Favorite Texts, Then and Now (John 7:53-8:11)



“What Do Our Neighbors Believe? (part II)” — New Wednesday series begins April 6th


On April 6th, Rev. Snider is continuing the series “What Do Our Neighbors Believe?” with sessions being held on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Last year we looked at Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, and this year we will be introduced to:

Ancient Traditions:

April 6 – Confucianism

April 13 – Taoism (Daoism)

April 20 – Shintoism

Newer Traditions:

April 27 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

May 4 – Church of Scientology & Jehovah’s Witnesses

May 11 – Baha’i

*All sessions are free and open to the public.

Ukulele-led worship — April 10th

Ukulele led worship
Join us at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday, April 10th, for a special worship service featuring the uplifting sounds of the ukulele. Rick and Karen Maxson will lead us, along with a few members of Brentwood’s band, in uplifting and well-known songs of worship. You’ll be tapping your toes and clapping your hands as we sing, and you’ll leave worship feeling rejuvenated and joy-filled as you carry the light and love of Christ out into the world. We hope to see you here!