Re-Launch of Our Second Campus

The Warehouse, our second campus in Over-the-Rhine, under the leadership of Pastor Sherman Bradley and Pastor Sadell Bradley, resumed worship in OTR December 8.  This is a “soft launch” that paves the way to the public launch on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Pastors Sadell and Sherman share that the name The Warehouse was “a Holy Spirit download”.  They state: “A warehouse is a large building where raw materials or manufactured goods may be stored before their export for distribution.  According to Scripture, God is our Manufacturer, the Maker of Heaven and earth. (Psalm 95:6, 121:2)  God has created and formed us in God’s image and after God’s likeness. (Gen. 1:26)  We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for the good works God has prepared for us. (Ephesians 2:10).  The Warehouse will be a place where we will gather as our raw selves and be shaped by the Word of God, in the presence of God, along with a loving community.  We will be equipped and deployed for the LORD’S Kingdom purposes, with leaders going in and out spreading the Gospel in places where it has not been.  (Romans 15:20) . . .  The Warehouse is a multi-ethnic, inter-generational, multi-class community that will thrive in the heart of OTR, but have impact beyond the walls of 1310 Race Street and even beyond Cincinnati.”

The re-launch of a worshiping congregation in the Washington Park neighborhood of OTR is a God lead, spirit-filled, disciple making partnership with God in God’s acts of new creation; and YOU can be a vital part of the success of God’s transforming presence through The Warehouse!

Here’s how you can help:

1.  Pray – Pray for wisdom, and strength for Pastor’s Sadell and Sherman, the Leadership of The Warehouse, and the Leadership of HPCUMC.  Pray, seeking God’s guidance as you discern how you can help The Warehouse fulfill her mission and ministry.

2.  Attend Worship – I invite all of us to worship at The Warehouse at least once between now and April 1.  By doing so we each are able to share, from our experience, the beauty of The Warehouse’s mission and mission.  In addition, we seek folks who are able to committee to worshiping at The Warehouse once a month; weekly for the next 3 months; and weekly for the next 6 months.  The Warehouse worship time is 11:00 and typically is an hour and half worship service.

3.  Serve – Pastor’s Sadell and Sherman will form a “Launch Team” which will identify pre-launch opportunities, Easter Sunday Launch opportunities, and post-launch opportunities to serve.  When the opportunities arise, and the spirit leads, sign up to serve.

This is an exciting time in the life of HPCUMC/The Warehouse as together we strive to be a Multi-Ethnic, Inter-Generational, Multi-Class faith Community.  God is doing a new thing in our midst.  May what we do honor God!

Pastor Doug

Jimi Hendrix:  Theologian?

Most people when they hear the name “Jimi Hendrix” think of one of the greatest guitar players of all time.  Not only a phenomenal guitarist, Hendrix was also a showman.  At a Pop Festival in 1967 he lit his Fender Stratocaster up in flames at the end on the concert.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in both the U.S. and the U.K. after his death.

You probably would not have guessed that the pop icon Jimi Hendrix had an amazing vision for a world of peace.  Jimi Hendrix once said:

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

It is tempting to put people in boxes, like the one that happens when we hear a name like Jimi Hendrix, remembering him only as one of the best guitarist of all time.  Although most of us resent labels we find ourselves applying them to others.  We want to separate people into categories by age, sex, race, economic status, political party, biblical stance, or theological understanding.

There seem to be no end to our hunger to divide and separate.  Like the students at Hogwarts in Harry Potter novels, we find ourselves always longing for “the sorting hat,” a way to separate one group from another.

This Sunday we continue a series called “Reconciling All Things.”  We will examine what the Bible has to say about division and fear and our call to be ambassadors for Christ who work for unity and peace.

Peace,

Pastor Cathy Johns

Partiality thoughts…

We have experienced a mild winter this year and spring is right around the corner. Praise be to God!  Spring is my favorite season of the year. Being cooped up inside during the cold gray days of winter makes me long for milder springtime temperatures. It’s great to be able to open windows in our home and get outside to take some nice long neighborhood walks. Seeing new buds and blooms reminds me that new life is breaking out all around. I even start thinking a bit about Easter. You might prefer a beautiful snowfall or July 4th fireworks or colorful fall leaves, but I am partial to spring.

Isn’t it interesting that our preferences, our partialities, are such a big part of our identities? We have favorite foods, colors, friends, co-workers—even that favorite aunt or uncle. We prefer a particular place to shop, cheer for our favorite sports teams, and favor certain types of music.  And we most assuredly express preferences in politics and religion. The list goes on and on. Our human nature seems to be “partial.” We simply prefer one, whatever it is, over another. No big deal, or is it?

But what happens when partiality is applied to individuals or groups of people?  Simple preferences can grow into hurtful biases much too easily. I’m not confident that we have good self-awareness or really recognize how partial we are, or can be, at times. Even without realizing it, we may label, make false assumptions about, avoid making contact, or exclude those who look, speak, act or believe differently from us.  It’s something worth our self-examination and prayer.

We are starting a new sermon series this Sunday titled, “Reconciling All Things.” It has the subtitle of, “No Partiality.” Reconciliation is about trying to make right relationships where there are deep divides and differences. I’m wondering how much of our partiality has gotten in the way of an opportunity for any form of reconciliation in our relationships. Reconciliation is about restoration. It may lead us into a better season of “new life” together! Praise be to God!

Romans 2:11…For there is no partiality with God.

Acts 10:34…Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality.

Pastor Dave

Fruit That Will Last!

In John’s Gospel he quotes Jesus: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.” (John 15:16) Paul in Galatians 5:22 names the “fruit” we are called to bear, one of which is “Generosity.”  Through your faithful generosity, you are an active part of bearing “fruit that will last.”  Because you gave:

  Our partnership with Rothenberg Preparatory Academy flourishes.

  We provided over 540 families a Thanksgiving meal; and over 200 people helped assemble and deliver the boxes.

  Our Preschool flourishes with a near capacity enrollment, led by caring and compassionate teachers, staff and Director.

  We offer a bi-monthly Chapel to our pre-school children, led by our Director of Family Ministries, offering God’s love through worship designed for preschoolers.

  The Christmas offering surpassed expectations, claiming our place in the Global Village we live, as we partner with our brothers and sisters in Samara, Russia; Cluj, Romania; Tajuana, Mexico and Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti.

  The Young Adult Ministry continues to attract Young Adults from across the city as they deepen relationships with one another and God

  The Third Sunday of Advent the music ministry offered an inspiring  time of  worship: “The Light of Christmas.”

  Christmas Eve worship was an inspiring celebration of the redemption of all creation through the birth of the Christ Child.

  The Worship @ 11 Band continues to lead worship that is inspiring and powerful.

  First Friday Nighters and Thursday Edition offer quality programming and fellowship for our Senior Adults.

  The Christmas Bash welcomed over 300 children and their families.   

  We fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and provided compassionate care to the sick and lonely through our partnerships with Center for Respite Care, MEAC, Wesley Chapel Mission Center, Wesley Education Center, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Habitat for Humanity, and Hyde Park Center for Older Adults; as well as tornado relief to our Sisters and Brothers in Dayton.

Thank you for bearing fruit that will last.  Your generosity is abundant and everlasting; it is a privilege to serve in ministry with you!

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug