04.24.21 | by Eric Segool


    Despite some temperature drops this week I am confident summer is coming. One of my favorite summer activities is enjoying the outdoors around our firepit. Through years of experience, I have become a master smore maker. The key to this ancient art form is singe. 
    Singe means to burn superficially or lightly. The key to a perfect smore marshmallow is to lightly singe the outside and heat it up, as this process helps melt the inside of the marshmallow. An impatient rookie will plunge their marshmallow into the fire and ignite it. The outside becomes burnt, but the inside is mostly unaffected. Done correctly, a smore marshmallow should be crisp and tasty on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. See me if you need more instructions! 
    This Sunday, we’ll be starting 1 Peter, who writes this letter about 30 years after the ascension of Jesus Christ. During those three decades, Peter has matured—I often joke that he has fermented from grape juice to fine wine. The young believers he writes to are under tremendous persecution. Despite the many challenges Peter wants to encourage them to press forward and know that their devotion to Christ will strengthen their fellow believers and impact (even singe) those who persecute them.
    I pray that my life would be on fire for Christ—that the burn of my life would singe those around me and soften hearts towards their loving Heavenly Father
    Hope Happenings… 

    • This Sunday, Women’s Connections is meeting right after service. If you’ve never attended, I encourage you to do so. God desires us to live in community and the sole purpose of this ministry is for women to connect on deeper levels with the Lord and one another. If you have questions, please reach out to Joanne Anthony
    • HYPE – Youth Group meets Sunday night, 6–8 p.m. at the Fields’. We have a dedicated team committed to living life with our teens. For more information, please reach out to Pete & Jess Field or Eddy Sturgis

    See you Sunday! 

    “…though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…” 
    1 Peter 1: 6 – 7