MOVING

We are moving, not to a new place

but to a new day and time, and to a new start.

Beginning November 5, we will gather for worship

every first Sunday of the month at 11 AM

at our regular meeting place, 416 N Sampson Ave in Dyersburg.

Come worship with us

and meet new members of our ministry team

and learn about how God is expanding our vision for the future.

Refreshments will be served.

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This May Be a Season of Hate, But Love Always Wins

Hate may be stupidly persistent, but Love always wins.

Hate practices exclusivity, but Love’s inclusivity always wins.

Hate denigrates, but Love elevates—everyone.

Hate is self-righteous, but Love does not judge.

God is Love. Hate is evil.

To everyone in the whole wide world, Love sent us Jesus.

And anyone, everyone who believes in God’s Love is saved.

The Well of Dyersburg welcomes people of all races, all sexual identities, all ethnicities, all conditions, all abilities, all life stages, all income levels, all immigration or citizenship statuses. The Well of Dyersburg welcomes all.

 

This Saturday!

Recently I posted an item on Facebook related to race relations in America. A friend saw it and had a somewhat heightened response. Running into me a few days later, that friend expressed a strong desire to become part of a group willing to talk about what she termed racial understanding, adding “We need to do this!

That reminded me of one the best aspects of Church.

Just yesterday, I noticed another Facebook post uploaded by a different person who is from another part of the country but with whom I’m becoming acquainted through social media. This new friend posted a reminder of the time and place for the next meeting of “Racists Anonymous,” which she described as a group of people coming together “in a spirit of fellowship” with the goal of examining their “inherent racial biases without fear of finger-pointing.”

That, too, reminded me of some of the best of Church.

To me, Church is the place where we must be able to go and hear tough-to-hear issues and problems being presented but know that, although the raising up of such will cause us heightened responses, having the courage to face tough-to-talk-about concerns is not finger-pointing.  And if any of us are tempted to do any pointing, Church is the place where we learn the importance of turning our index fingers back at ourselves. Indeed, Church is where we can examine hard-to-face truths about ourselves and be set free from them.

Church is where we must come togetherall God’s children—racists, classists, sexists, ageists, ableists— with all the ists with which we are burdened.

Church is where together, in the light of the Spirit of Christ, we bring all our ists, all our isms, any gender or sexual identity phobia, every ethnocentricity, each selfish greed, and are reminded together that our God of forgiveness can and will empower us to forgive each other and to love justice and inclusion.

This Saturday at The Well, we will come together to talk, to listen, to practice pointing inward, to practice forgiveness and to receive it. We will hear God’s healing Word and pray for the courage to live as followers of Christ.

Whosoever will, comeAll are welcome.

Recommended Readings for Such a Time as This

In 2012, a book written by Allan Boesak and Curtiss Paul DeYoung was published which puts to rest the notion that Christ-like reconciliation can be accomplished without sacrifice of power. The work, which has a foreword by Desmond Tutu, is titled Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism. Rev. Dr. Boesak is a professor at the Christian Theological Seminary and was an anti-apartheid activist in his homeland, South Africa. The co-author, Rev. DeYoung, is a civil rights activist in Chicago, now heading the faith-based organization Community Renewal Society (CRS). These authors, one Black and one White, joined together to challenge readers to understand that true racial reconciliation cannot be achieved without working together to undo systematic injustices.

In 2010, a book written by Dr. Elizabeth Anderson was published which provides a compelling analysis of the connection between racial segregation and social inequality and the necessity for racial integration as a justice issue. This book, titled The Imperative of Integration was one that I read during my PhD studies. I was most interested in it because it supports my argument that it is critical that the Church take a proactive leading role in normalizing racial integration, something which we cannot do while worshipping in racially separate congregations. A most helpful part of this book is the chapter titled “The Folly and Incoherence of Colorblindness” which makes important points more of us need to understand as we work earnestly to connect meaningfully with each other.

If you decide to purchase either of these books, please consider going through this website to make the purchase, as that will help support our ministry. Go to our “Donations & Store” page where you will also find other suggested books listed. More will be added as time goes by, so please check again soon.

Blessings! Happy Reading!

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6

A Celebration of the Trinity, A Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 10 @ 5 PM

The June gathering @ The Well of Dyersburg, 416 N Sampson Ave in Dyersburg

Preacher for this month’s gathering: Pastor Carolyn Smith Goings

Title of Sermon: A Message of Hope!

Scripture for this gathering:  Psalm 8,  Job 38:22-38,  John 14:15-17

God loves US! We celebrate our three-person God & us! Join the celebration!

Everyone is Welcome!

Come & Hear TJ Malinoski on May 13 @ 5 PM

On Saturday, May 13, Rev. T. J. Malinoski will be the guest preacher at The Well of Dyersburg. His message will be based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-19, a passage which describes the desired unity in the body of Christ and the ministry of reconciliation to which Christ’s love calls us all. During his visit, TJ will also discuss his experience of being a racial minority member in an historically Black denomination, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America (CPCA).

Rev. Malinoski, a White minister, is additionally an active member of an historically White denomination, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (CPC), which parallels the CPCA in every way except race; in fact, both groups follow a jointly written constitution. These two denominations share a complex history of race relations that began in America during slavery. Critical conversation is now ongoing between the two denominations which may result in legal transformation of the groups into one united institution.

TJ is a graduate of Bethel University and the Memphis Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Alabama and Tennessee before accepting his current position of Director of Evangelism and New Church Development in the CPC. Malinoski and his wife, Melissa, who is also an ordained minister, live in Memphis with their two children.

After the service, refreshments will be served and conversation will take place as we celebrate life together in Christ. Everyone is welcome!

Christ in the Passover, April 8 @ 5 PM

When Jesus and his disciples shared The Last Supper, it was actually a Jewish Passover.

Rahel Landrum of Jews for Jesus will speak at The Well of Dyersburg on Saturday, April 8th at 5:00 PM. She will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection in a presentation called Christ in the Passover.  Mrs. Landrum will set a table with items traditionally used at the Passover meal and detail their spiritual significance. She will also explain the connection between the events of the first Passover in Egypt and the redemption that Jesus accomplished, as well as the deep bond between the ancient Passover feast and the Christian communion celebration today.

Jews for Jesus is an organization of Jewish people who believe in Jesus and who want to tell everyone about Jesus the Messiah. Jews for Jesus was founded in 1973 and is active in 13 countries.

Rahel Hirshenson Landrum was born in Romania and at the age of twelve, moved with her family to Israel. While her Jewish father was not a believer in Jesus until late in his life, she grew up attending church in Romania with her Christian mother. Before going into the Israeli army, Rahel accepted her pastor’s invitation to take a short Bible course. Through that study she became convinced that Jesus’ claim to be the way to God is true. Rahel has a B.A. in English from Haifa University, an M.A. in Jewish Missions from Fuller Theological Seminary, and studied at Capernwray, a Bible school in England.

Rahel will remain after the service for refreshments and conversation. Y’all come!