Dear Skycrest Family,

My oldest son Liam is in the cast of a musical; he is playing "Milky White" (the cow) in NYNE's production of Into the Woods last weekend and this coming weekend. He doesn't have any singing or speaking parts, but he is quite an entertaining cow and I'm super proud of him!

Hanging around his rehearsals and performances these last couple weeks are perhaps what inspired me to take a more theatrical approach to last Sunday's sermon on Philemon. If you weren't here, we imagined ourselves as 1st century church members of Philemon's church, receiving Paul's letter for the first time. If you missed the sermon, it's available online at www.skycrest.net/sermons

As we experienced the letter to Philemon, I was struck by how many times I imagined the crowd questioning, disagreeing, or debating what Paul meant and how it lines up with other words of Paul or Jesus. And yet we get concerned in modern times if we have questions, doubts, or different interpretations of what Scripture says or means. Paul's letter to Philemon reminded me that bringing good questions to our Bible reading can be a helpful part of our faith journey. It also reminded me that Philemon's task is not over; the job of freeing the oppressed and welcoming those considered less-than continues with us today.

I mentioned on Sunday that Rachel Held Evans' book Inspired gave me the idea for putting ourselves in the shoes of the original recipients of the letter. If you missed Summer Book Group but would like to check out inspired, here's a link to order it or I believe a couple copies are still in our church Library.

Up next Sunday, August 25, another Small But Mighty book of the Bible: Obadiah. If you've ever wondered whether bad things happen for a reason, or whether we really get what we deserve, you'll want to be there this Sunday, since Obadiah raises that very question! Hope to see you at church at either 9:45 a.m. Modern or 11:00 a.m. Traditional.

Also coming next Sunday, August 25, GroupConnect. Maybe you've heard about the various Groups opportunities throughout our church-- UMW groups, Bible studies, Sunday school groups, activity groups like running, Men's Group breakfasts-- but you haven't known quite where to plug in or how to choose. GroupConnect is for you! Stop by the Library in between services (10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.) or after Traditional (12:00 p.m.-12:15 p.m.) and chat with various group leaders, get your questions answered, and when you leave you'll have a chance to write down your info if there's a Group you'd like to join.

Final thing: You've probably seen the announcements for additional bus drivers to join the rotation, picking folks up for the 11:00 a.m. Traditional service. In the past few weeks, we have lost not one but two bus drivers from our team, due to circumstances beyond their control (including significant health concerns.) This leaves us two drivers, both of whom volunteer in several other Sunday morning roles as well. If you have a passion for helping make church accessible for all... If you have a valid driver's license (no special license needed).... If you are free to serve once or twice a month from about 10:15 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.... please get in touch with Jo at office@skycrest.net We will train you and give you all the details you need. Thank you for considering this opportunity for ministry!