In the Know

In the Know is our weekly newsletter highlighting events, gatherings, discipleship classes and serving opportunities, and as well as insights from our pastoral and leadership teams.

In the Know Oct. 24, 2017

In the Know Oct. 24, 2017

DO YOU KNOW YOUR BODY PARTS?

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – I Corinthians 12:27

By Mark Miller

No other religion, organization, or community uses the analogy of the human body for…

Also inside:
• Betty & Aaaron baptized
• Family Movie Night
• “Follow the Cloud” coming to MIssional Communities
• Calendar

In the Know Oct. 17, 2017

In the Know Oct. 17, 2017

OBEDIENCE THAT REVEALS FAITH

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.”
Hebrews 11:1-2

By Mark Miller

Can you imagine trying to live a Christian life without faith, commitment, hope, and …

Also inside:
• Women’s Chick & Chat
• Baptism Sunday approaching
• Family Movie Night
• “Follow the Cloud” coming to MIssional Communities
• Calendar

In the Know Oct. 10, 2017

In the Know Oct. 10, 2017

LIGHT TRIUMPHS THE DARKNESS

Editor’s note:
Pastor Mark wanted to share a letter that was read during last week’s Pastor’s prayer gathering. The letter was written by Troy Russell, a former parishioner at Meridian Baptist, who now lives in Las Vegas and works at a local hospital. It is quite encouraging in light of the tragic shooting there just over a week ago.

By Troy Russell

Man, I heard sirens blazing by. At first I thought, another Vegas night. I realized the sirens were not stopping. I’ve never heard so many sirens continuously.

Turned the channel on the TV and saw…

Also inside:
• Baptism Sunday approaching
• Women’s Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know Oct. 3, 2017

In the Know Oct. 3, 2017

EXERCISING MORE THAN THE BODY

Editor’s note: Before leading us into worship on Sunday morning, Levi Michaud took a few minutes to share how God was working in his life last week. We asked him to share it with the full community through this week’s In the Know. Here’s his thoughts.

By Levi Michaud

My ordinary trip to the gym turned out to be anything but ORDINARY. Right as I entered the Crunch Fitness in Lakeside, I realized there was a girl on a treadmill holding a guitar. She was strumming and walking …

Also inside:
• Furthermore Conference
• Women’s Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know Sept. 27, 2017

In the Know Sept. 27, 2017

THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAME

By Pastor Lori
On Sunday, Ben Phaychanpheng, a seminary student and deacon at Narratives Church, brought to us a message on Jehovah Shalom (peace), one of a series of sermons on the Names of God. So far, we’ve learned …

Also inside:
• Furthermore Conference
• Women’s Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know Sept. 20, 2017

In the Know Sept. 20, 2017

IN PURSUIT OF THE CLOUD

By Mary Miller
My dear friend from college-English-major days, Cari, now lives in Waco, my birth town. We shared a passion for all things British-the literature, long afternoons over tea and biscuits and rainy days. It was on her heart some time back to …

Also inside:
• Furthermore Conference
• Women’s Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know Sept. 13, 2017

In the Know Sept. 13, 2017

NATURAL DISASTERS: WHAT IS GOD DOING AND SAYING?

By Pastor Mark
September 11, 2001 is forever etched in the minds of America’s history as one of the worst terror attacks on American soil. Since 9/11 we, Americans, have continued to experience more historical first-time events and disasters.

Here’s an abbreviated list of first-time turning points that are shaping our …

Also inside:
• Furthermore Conference
• Women’s Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know Sept. 6, 2017

In the Know Sept. 6, 2017

REFLECTIONS ON JEHOVAH NISSI

By Pastor Mark
In Exodus 17:8-16 we read that Moses and the Israelites have been wandering in the desert of Sin (pronounced Zin). They were being attacked by the Amalekites (it’s interesting to note that they were from the line of Esau). Moses told Joshua to gather the men of Israel and …

Also inside:
• Women’s Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know Aug. 15, 2017

In the Know Aug. 15, 2017

HOW THE GOSPEL IMPACTS RACIAL RECONCILIATION

By Amanda Cave
IOver this past weekend, I watched our country’s continued issue with race erupt like lava as white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia chanting, “white lives matter” and “you will not …

Also inside:
• Come Meet the Coplands
• Calendar

In the Know Aug. 8, 2017

In the Know Aug. 8, 2017

OVERCOMING SPIRITUAL COMPLACENCY

By Ben Phaychanpheng
It was my honor and pleasure preaching to you all. As a recap to my “Intentional Living in Christ” sermon, I went over three key themes.

Spiritual complacency

Examples of spiritual complacency

Warnings against complacency

I used two books of the Bible, …

Also inside:
• Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know Aug. 1, 2017

In the Know Aug. 1, 2017

ON BEHALF OF NARRATIVES’ PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEE

By Pastor Tami
As announced during Worship Service on Sunday, it’s with unity, confidence and joyful expectation that Narratives’ Pastoral Search Committee nominates Wade Copland for our Lead Pastor position. We’ve known God’s faithful goodness …

Also inside:
• Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know July 25, 2017

In the Know July 25, 2017

I THANK YOU, GOD, THAT I AM NOT . . .

By Lori Arnold
Pride is a stealthy culprit. While we are typically loathe to embrace it in others, we often fail to see it operating in our own orbit. The Bible has plenty to say about pride. Matthew 20:20-28 illustrates it well when the mother …

Also inside:
• Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know July 18, 2017

In the Know July 18, 2017

ARE YOU AUTHENTIC

By Mark Miller
Christianity has gone abuzz with trending the word “authentic.” I have literally viewed over a couple dozen websites of churches that list “authenticity” as a core value for their community. And none of them, no not one …

Also inside:
• Calendar

In the Know July 11, 2017

In the Know July 11, 2017

EXTRAORDINARY ROUTINES!

By Mark Miller
I woke up Monday, feeling as though my soul had been plundered. Odd use of the word, eh? The definition of plunder, according to Webster, is to “take the goods of by force (as in war): pillage, sack invaders plundered the town.” How, then,

Also inside:
• Baby Titus finally arrives
• New Night for Missional Communities
• Calendar

In the Know July 4, 2017

In the Know July 4, 2017

SOMETIMES BOILING FROGS ARE A GOOD THING

By Lori Arnold
Most of us are familiar with the modern, secular parable of the frog in boiling water. The story goes that if you put a frog in lukewarm water and slowly heat it up on a stove, the frog will never notice the temperature change or the pending danger, so he will unwittingly allow himself to cook …

Also inside:
• Joint worship service planned this Sunday
• Calendar