Monthly Archives: April 2013

An Evening of Food and Music

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Ali and Brian Grayson are musicians from Boulder, CO and have provided inspiration and mentoring to our Portico Band. They will be in town performing a show in downtown Monroe and playing in our Music Festival. On Sunday night, the Portico Band will invite them to help lead us in worship.

After our service let’s grab some food, invite our friends, pull up a chair, and kick back underneath the music of Ali and Brian. Talk with Sara if you want to have dinner ready for you or feel free to bring your own!

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Unto the Lord

I really like vacations.  If my checking account was up to the challenge, I’m pretty sure I would be a professional vacationer.  I’d have business cards and letter head and everything.  I can see it now: Randy Impson, Professional Vacationer.

Alas, my checking account isn’t up to the challenge so I take vacations less frequently than I might wish.  But having just enjoyed a week away with Denise and the kids I was reminded of an odd end-of-vacation phenomenon.  Namely, it’s the post-vacation blues.  You know, it’s that “Well, heck, now it’s back to real life” feeling.

I definitely had that feeling today as I headed to work and the mountains of emails and voice mails that awaited.  But an unexpected thing happened at lunch.  I found myself hanging out with some Portico Church folks and, in the conversation that ensued, was reminded that everything we do is to be done as “unto the Lord.”  (Col. 3:23)  I have to admit that conversation had nothing to do with my post vacation blues but I couldn’t stop thinking about it through the remainder of the day.

Take a second to look up that verse and dwell on its meaning.  It says that everything I do should be done as though it is for the benefit of the One who redeemed and rescued me.  So, if I am on vacation, I should vacation as though it is for the Lord.  If I am returning to “real life,” I should do it as though it is for the Lord.

Whatever I am doing and wherever I am doing it, it should be done for the Lord.  Do you feel the weight of that statement?  WHATEVER I am doing and WHEREVER I am doing it, it should be done for the Lord!

I need to make some improvements in how well I apply that verse to my life.  How about you?

~Randy

Women’s Bible Study

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This women’s bible study will meet in on Tuesday nights in homes in various homes.  Please contact Patricia Cameron for more details!

Volunteer Staff Meeting

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SUNDAY, MAY 19
10am – Palace Auditorium

Quarterly, the Volunteer Staff of The Portico Church convene to encourage one another in the “death to life” work of our fellowship. We will gather this quarter for a pot-luck brunch, provided by small groups, and spend our time talking up what God is doing among us. We will hear from the Elders about what they are sensing The Spirit saying and how God is at work in our church. Ministry leaders will have an opportunity to report successes and needs. There may even be a little fun and games along the way.

All Volunteer Staffers are highly encouraged to make plans to attend.

Need Childcare? There will be a sign-up list in the lobby on Sunday nighs for parents to notify us so we can help provide care during the meeting.

UNVEILED: Worship

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UNVEILED:  Worship
Tuesday, April 30
7:00pm – Palace Auditorium

Melissa Batson will speak about her recent mission trip to New Orleans where women were rescued from the streets and with whom she and others shared Christ.  Come hear her story, along with God’s amazing work!

Unveiled is worship for women who attend Portico Church as well as women in our community.

The Palace Website

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Want to book The Palace for your next event or read about the history of the building?  The Palace now has a place of its own on the web.  Visit The Palace website and invite others to check it out for their rental needs.

Family Worship – Next Steps

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Portico Kiddos has evolved many times in its short history to meet the unique needs of families and children. From the Axis building to The Palace, each phase of transition and change has been born out of deep consideration of what our community needs and wants to facilitate.

Currently, we are prayerfully considering where our next steps for “Family Worship” lie.  This piece of Portico Kiddos has taken several forms over the years, but currently is unsustainable.   Involvement among the target audience (families & children Kindergarten – 5th grade) has been waning over the past couple of years and we are in need of additional facilitators.

We are dedicated to the principle of helping come along side families to assist in their own unique discipleship of their children and are considering what that might look like moving forward for our church. Please share your thoughts with Valerie Ramsey over the next couple of weeks & prayerfully consider if you would like to be involved in shaping the future of this ministry.

The Art and Music Campaign

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This event is to help raise money for Portico Church so that we can purchase our own sound system. With this sound system we will be able to open up The Palace as a music venue to put life back into Downtown Monroe! This event will include an outdoor concert from local bands such as And We Were Saints, Prestor John, Adam Rowan Music, Phyrebeatz, AO, and Kali, Ali Grayson and more! Also in the park there will be food, drinks, games, face painting, a moon bounce, A bake sale, silent auction, and more. On the inside there will be an art show taking place with many different artists that will include Gary Ratcliff, Heather Miles, Andrea May and more. Cost will be 5$ for ages 10 and up.

The Art and Music Campaign

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This event is to help raise money for Portico Church so that we can purchase our own sound system. With this sound system we will be able to open up The Palace as a music venue to put life back into Downtown Monroe! This event will include an outdoor concert from local bands such as And We Were Saints, Prestor John, Adam Rowan Music, Phyrebeatz, AO, and Kali, Ali Grayson and more! Also in the park there will be food, drinks, games, face painting, a moon bounce, A bake sale, silent auction, and more. On the inside there will be an art show taking place with many different artists that will include Gary Ratcliff, Heather Miles, Andrea May and more. Cost will be 5$ for ages 10 and up.