BEM Update – Sunday, 11 November 2007

Today the Brazilian church in Newark held worship together with the Hispanic congregation that is using our building. Normally the Hispanic church has services upstairs while we have ours downstairs in the main worship area, but today we were all together. In Sunday School I continued my series entitled “Great Themes of the Bible,” and the adults from the Hispanic church were present for the discussion regarding church elders. Of course I taught in Portuguese, but afterwards one of the Hispanic ladies commented that she could understand perfectly well.

During worship we sang hymns in Portuguese and Spanish, and the sermon and communion meditation were in Spanish. After worship we had a fellowship meal. I’m including some pictures below of the meal, and also of the children I hope to have together soon in a youth group. The photos are a bit blurry and out of focus, but that’s because they were taken with my cell phone. I will try to get better pictures of the church building and members in the next month or so.

Next week I will be preaching for the worship as well as teaching the adult Sunday School. I haven’t worked out what I’ll talk about yet, but I’ll put it together during the week. It is a bit more challenging for a bivocational minister to get a message together than a full-time minister, though to be honest I’ve found obstacles in both roles to getting a sermon ready (I’ll have to elaborate on that later!).

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