Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:1-2

July 8th, 5:00 p.m.

Bring a friend and join us in Fellowship Hall for a pizza dinner and viewing of Beauty and the Beast…drive-in movie style! Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket to get comfy as we watch the movie (in the comfort of air conditioning). Register for this event here.

July 9th
Entertaining Angels Unaware

Hebrews 13:1-2 and Genesis 18:1-15 (selected verses)

As we begin the series, we’ll explore the theme of hospitality and welcome. From the rejection of the beggar woman in the opening scene, to the exuberant hospitality offered in “Be Our Guest,” we’ll discover what it means to “entertain angels unaware.”

At our 11 a.m. service, an ensemble from Topeka Civic Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast will sing a selection from the musical. You don’t want to miss it! Learn more about Beauty and the Beast at Topeka Civic Theatre here.

 

July 16th 

Odd One Out

Matthew 10:16-22

Belle has a unique personality. She seems to love books more than people. She dreams of leaving her small town to see the world, and is looked upon as odd by others in her community. As Christians, our engagement with the world often puts us in a similar position of being looked at strangely. In this message, we’ll explore our call to live differently as a way of connecting with, growing in, and serving out of God’s love.

 

July 23rd 

Sacrificial Love

John 15:12-17

When Belle’s father is thrown into the dungeon, Belle offers to trade places with him. She would rather sacrifice herself as a slave to the beast than have her father face a similar fate. We will use Belle’s sacrificial love as an image of what we might do as Jesus followers.

 

July 30th 

Transformative Kindness

Romans 2:1-5

When we choose kindness, it has the power to be transformative. We see this in the exchange where Belle is chased away in anger and then attacked by wolves. The Beast chooses to come to her aid, but is injured. She chooses to stay and offer care. The beast chooses to give her his entire library. We will examine how the theme of transformative kindness plays out in Paul’s letter to the Romans and what it might mean for us today.

Disney Beauty and the Beast

"Disney Beauty and the Beast" opens Friday at Topeka Civic Theatre. Get tickets here: https://www.topekacivictheatre.com/project/disney-beauty-and-the-beast/

Posted by Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy on Thursday, July 6, 2017