Monthly Archives: March 2013



This is a Men’s book/Bible study that will be working through Francis Chan’s book, Multiply. The book challenges the way many people view the concept of discipleship.  We will meet beginning April 2nd, every other Tuesday.  For more info contact Kevin Shelby.


Downtown Cinema Presents: The Wizard of OZ

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The Wizard of Oz
Saturday, April 27
The Palace Park

Downtown Cinema is a FREE outdoor movie event for the whole family.  This month we’ll be showing The Wizard of Oz. We’ll also offer FREE popcorn and water. Please bring your own seating. Movie starts at dark.  Like our Facebook page to stay updated!

Christ is Risen

I certainly hope you were able to participate in tonight’s gathering of Portico Church. But in the event you weren’t, let me ask you to do something I asked of those who were able to gather. Would you spend some time this week in honest evaluation and transparent conversation about the implications of the resurrection in your life? I don’t mean the resurrection implication for what lies beyond this life. I mean what difference did the resurrection make in your life today and what difference do you expect it will make in your life tomorrow?

1 Corinthians 15 deals in great detail with the topic of the resurrection. In that context, verse 19 says, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” When I have read that verse in the past, I always concluded it is pointing us to the fact that we who follow Jesus will, too, experience life after death as Jesus did. And, of course, that application is accurate. But look at the verse again. It, certainly, also implies that the fact of the resurrection is to have implications for our lives right now! So, what are those?

Give that question some thought. Talk about it with family and friends. Discuss it in your Small Group. The answers to that question will provide the framework for our Easter Sunday discussion.  Share your thoughts with your Small Group Leader, email me at or fill out this online form by clicking HERE.

I’ll close with this thought: For centuries, the Resurrection Sunday greeting has been, “Christ is risen!” That greeting is answered by, “He is risen, indeed!” I can’t wait to greet you and be greeted by you in that fashion this Easter Sunday because Christ IS risen! And that fact changes everything!!

~ Randy Impson

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Who With Unveiled Faces Reflect the Lord’s Glory


We’ve been really reflecting lately on where Unveiled started several years ago.  Looking at the original purpose of this ministry.

UNVEILED is about expressing the life-changing news of Jesus Christ. It is about finding and nurturing authentic relationships with one another and experiencing a transformed life through relationship with Christ.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces alas reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:16-17

Worship * Connect * Serve. That is the ministry of Unveiled.

Come worship with us this Tuesday night at 7pm at The Palace.

~Patricia Cameron

Preparing Your Heart

As we approach Passion Week, I want to encourage you to spend some time preparing your heart. Certainly, the empty tomb is an event with a significance that can’t be overstated. But don’t miss the joys and heartaches of the week that preceded the resurrection. Use this timeline to meditate on what the Scriptures teach us about the events from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.


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Hope Is Springing Up From This Old Ground…

Art is an important part of our community at Portico Church. The walls of the Palace are lined with works created by our people. A few weeks ago we called on everyone in our community to participate in a collaborative art project. The premise was pretty simple: a painting project portraying something that was dead coming to life. We talk a lot about what a blessing it is to have the Palace building. We feel immensely blessed to be able to be part of what’s happening in Downtown Monroe. The Palace was a vacant dilapidated building until we were able to get our hands on it. Slowly but surely, it has come to life. Now, the Palace is just a building. Four walls and roof (that may or may not leak.) However, it’s hard to look at the past few years in our church’s history and not see The Palace as a metaphor for what God is doing in the lives of our people. People are growing closer to God, relationships are being forged and renewed , children are being born. Life is springing up. So as you watch this video, recall what God has done in your life, where He brought you from and where He’s leading us all.

Special thanks to Keysha & Adam McDonald for the vision and execution of this project and Adam Mathews for his amazing video editing skills.

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Downtown Cinema Planning Meeting

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Want to get involved with Downtown Cinema this season?  A planning meeting has been scheduled to pick movies and discuss logistics, vision, how we can improve, etc.  This meeting will take place during lunch hour, so feel free to brown bag!

Noon at the Palace
Contact Adam McDonald for more info.

Portico Church: Let’s Be Social


The Portico Church is continuously exploring how an online community can be used to

empower Volunteer Staff and others to share in the Vision and Values of Portico Church.

We believe it is in the best interest of Portico church to be aware of and participate in the

use of social media, not to promote ourselves, but to spread the TRUTH of who Christ is,

promote our MISSION of reaching those in the online community, build

RELATIONSHIPS both within and outside our church family, share the works of our

CREATIVE soul, and encourage VOLUNTEER STAFF in their daily lives throughout the week.

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