Monthly Archives: October 2012

Fun at the Land Farm

Fun at the Land Farm is this coming Saturday, November 3rd. It’ll be a fun night for our whole church to hang out, have some good eatin’, and enjoy a laid back Saturday night! The Land’s will be cooking a big pot of something, adults can visit in rocking chairs on the porch, and there’s lots of space for the kids to run around and play! If you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late to join in the fun, so come on out!

Things will get started at 6:30pm. Heather and Brandon Land live at 204 Fred Bamburg Road, West Monroe. Their home is near Luna and typically takes 25 minutes to get to from The Palace. Directions are listed below, but feel free to contact Heather at 318.387.2692 if you have any questions.

Directions to the Lands:
1. Go out Hwy 34, past the Papermill
2. Drive 5 miles and take a LEFT onto Hwy 557 towards Luna
3. Drive 5 miles and take the first RIGHT onto Felix Bamburg Rd, just after Pinecrest Elementary
4. Turn LEFT onto the first road (gravel top), Fred Bamburg Rd, which dead end’s into the driveway
5. Follow the driveway all the way to the end and you are there



Tuesday, Oct 30
7pm/The Palace

From the Edge of Space

So, did you watch the live coverage of Felix Baumgartner  today?  He went higher in a balloon than anyone has ever gone before.  Additionally (and this is the insane part), he jumped out of the balloon at approximately 24 1/2 miles high in order to set a record for the greatest altitude from which anyone has ever parachuted.  I haven’t been that glued to the television since the coverage of O.J. in a white Bronco.  (I realize some of you are going to need to Google that reference).  

What makes a person do something that crazy?  I can’t help if what Mr. Baumgartner said, as he stood perched on a platform the size of a skateboard just before jumping, answers that question.  He said, “The whole world is watching.” Then he leapt into thin air to begin a free fall that lasted over four minutes and, at one point, reached a speed of over 700 miles per hour!

Obviously, I am not recommending you or I do anything that crazy.  But, I am intrigued by the phrase the whole world is watching.  I think there is a sense in which the whole world is watching those of us who are followers of Jesus.  Watching to see if we will live like we really believe what we claim to believe.  I mean, Jesus made radical claims and His way calls His followers to lives that most will deem crazy.  

If it is true that the world is watching us then, certainly, it is true that some are watching hoping we fail.  Others, though, are watching in hopes that our lives will reflect the faith we claim to have.  So, here are the questions that intrigue me today.  What if you and I lived every day as though Jesus’ claims really were true?  What if we prayed as though we really believe Jesus will answer?  What if we shared the gospel with the anticipation that Jesus really does save?  What impact would we have, then, on a watching world?


CASA Stand Up

CASA of Northeast Louisiana is inviting the region to stand up for abused and neglected children. “Stand Up For an Abused Child” will be held Thursday, October 18th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Forsythe Park in Monroe. CASA staff and volunteers from the community will stand to bring awareness to the issue of abuse and neglect faced by an average of 1,000 children a year in Northeast Louisiana.

CASA is inviting individuals and groups to come stand up for abused children so they can stand a chance. At the event, community members can also learn more about how they can get involved and be the voice of abused and neglected children. If you are interested in standing for any length of time and showing support for abused and neglected children, please contact Adam McDonald at 398-0945 or Email here.

Fun at the Farm

You’re invited to join Portico Church for Fall Fun at the Land’s farm!
FUN at the FARM
Saturday, Nov 3rd / 6pm
Click here for directions to the Land’s

Sign up by October 31st in the Lobby on Sunday nights.

The Church Gathered (Oct. 14th)

I meet with a group of people weekly to plan our Sunday gatherings.  A theme that has emerged for that group in recent days is expectancy.  That is to say, arriving at The Palace on Sunday nights with a sense of anticipation that God is going to move.  I mean, we serve the Alpha and Omega, the Bright and Morning Star, the One who was, and is, and is to come, the Great I Am!  Shouldn’t we anticipate actually hearing from that God?  Shouldn’t we expect that the amazing things He claims in the Scriptures will come to pass in our very midst?  So, we are planning Sunday gatherings these days anticipating that God will actually show up!

If you attended the Portico Church gathering on September 30th you heard Leslie share about our need to prepare ourselves to hear from God prior to Sunday night and to anticipate His presence.  She gave us an awesome challenge that night and I want to extend it to this coming Sunday.  We will be having a brief prayer walk during our outdoor service this week.  But here is the thing about praying…It’s not just talking to God, it’s also listening to Him.  So, please prepare your heart this week.  Confess sin, if needed.  Mend broken relationships, if applicable.  Get into God’s word.  And come Sunday night expecting to hear from God as you prayer walk.  It is going to be an awesome time together so don’t miss it!

See ya Sunday,


Outdoor Service

Portico Outdoor Service
Sunday, October 14th
Palace Park
Bring outdoor seating (blankets, chairs, etc)
Part of our time together will include walking around downtown, so parents of young children may want to bring a stroller.

The Palace Gallery

The Palace Gallery will be showing the work of our very own Gary Ratcliff this Thursday evening during the Downtown Gallery Crawl.  As you may know Gary serves as Associate Professor of Art and Head of the ULM Division of Art. Gary teaches pottery and exhibits his work extensively in regional shows.  It’s an honor to have him as part of Portico Church and show his pottery at this week’s Art Crawl.

Gary will be giving an artist talk and demonstration at 7pm!  However, the crawl will last from 5-9pm, and there are 8 other galleries downtown that you may also want to visit.

If you’ve never been to a Downtown Gallery Crawl before, it’s a great opportunity to invest in the new life happening in Downtown Monroe and mingle several hundred people who will pass through The Palace doors throughout the evening.


Run 4 Mercy

When you Run 4 Mercy, you support Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge Christian residential program that provides hope and life transformation for young women facing difficult life circumstances.  For more info about Mercy Ministries visit their website.

Contact Lindsey Eberts to run with the Unveiled team!

Saturady, Oct 27 / 9am / Forsythe Park