Dear Christ Church Family,
I hope you had a wonderful Easter and experienced joy knowing that because of Easter, sin and death do not have the last word in our lives. As the scripture says, “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor. 15:54).
On Easter weekend there were more than 2100 people who worshipped with us. Roughly 500 people joined us online for worship. To put that in perspective, there are only 16 United Methodist churches in the state of Virginia that have an annual average worship attendance greater than 500. We also had more than 40 families who worshipped with us in person at our Fairfax Station campus for the first time. I am excited to be part of a church that is doing something significant for the kingdom of God.
As you know, Easter weekend was the last of my teaching series on the Apostles’ Creed. I want to thank all of you who have sent emails and personal notes telling me how this series has helped you understand what it is that we Christians profess to believe. Some of you have shared personal stories about how you have struggled with certain statements in the creed and how you now have a clearer, richer understanding of the Christian faith. Others of you have told me that although you still struggle with some aspects of the faith and do not have it all figured out, still you are willing to step out in faith and trust God. Congratulations to you. I look forward to walking and growing in this journey of faith with you.
THIS SUNDAY: “A Whole New World: Where Faith Meets Disney”
OK. I admit that I’m a bit out of my comfort zone here, but beginning this weekend we are going to examine some of Walt Disney’s timeless and classic tales through the lens of the gospel. Yes, I know that in the world we live in, we do not always live “happily ever after.” I also know that you and I don’t have a fairy godmother who makes everything work out just right. The stories are . . . fairy tales. However, I assert that if you examine the stories you will find some amazing parallels in the gospels. Our first story will be Snow White. If you have a chance to stream it or can find a DVD, I hope you will watch it before Sunday. Look for the biblical parallels. If you watch it with that in mind, I guarantee you will see things you haven’t ever seen before.
This Sunday from 12:30–2:00 p.m., in Room 253 (upstairs), Pastors Ryan and Tony will be leading a class to explore some of the key foundations of our faith—everything from growing in our approach of studying the Bible to having conversations about faith with others. This week the theme is “My Relationship with Others.” Join them and explore.
I look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend.