This summer we will be walking through a new series entitled (RE). Two small letters with a
big job. Sometimes, it means, “again.” Think: re-fill, re-charge. Sometimes (RE) means to
push away or let go. Think: re-strain or re-strict.

Over the course of a year and half, the pandemic has disrupted every area of our lives.
While we’ll be eager to re-claim some of the good things we lost during this time, there
is probably a lot we want to leave behind us like our hurried lives, our poor relational
habits, and maybe our shallow spirituality.

As we prepare to re-emerge from a season of isolation, I believe that Jesus is inviting us
to (RE)CONNECT with Him and His Church. This is our emphasis as we look to
(RE)discover our passions and (RE)new our love for the gospel and His Church. From
(RE)focusing to (RE)newal(RE)membering to (RE)building, for the next 10 weeks,
we will be doing that very thing.

June 6 - (RE)FOCUS
(verb) to adjust the focus of, or focus (attention or resources) on something new
or different.

June 13 - (RE)NEW
(verb) to make like new: restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection as were
new our strength.

June 20 - (RE)BUILD
(verb) to build (something) again after it has been damaged or destroyed.

June 27 - (RE)COMMIT
(verb) to commit again. return (a motion, proposal) for further consideration

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July 4 - (RE)VIVAL
(noun) is… an improvement in the condition of strength of something. An in
stance of something becoming popular, active, or important again.

July 11 - (RE)CALL
(noun) is - remembrance of what has been learned or experienced.

July 18 - (RE)TURN
(noun) an act of coming or going back to a place or activity.

July 25 - (RE)CRUIT
(verb) to form or build (a group, team, army, etc.) by getting people to join

This past year, we all got a taste of the unexpected. Jobs, schools, and routines were all com-
pletely upended thanks to the coronavirus. I know I speak for our entire staff when I say, this
building has felt quite empty at times. We’ve missed the sounds of praise in the choir loft. We
have also missed the voices and laughter of our children on Wednesday nights. To make it
worse, people are out of the habit of gathering. The new norm is to stay apart, not come to-
gether. That is why I am inviting you to (RE)CONNECT with Shorter Avenue Baptist
Church on Sunday, August 15.

What is (RE)CONNECT? It is day of opportunity for each of us to....

(RE)CONNECT with small groups / Sunday School (all ages),

(RE)CONNECT in praise & worship,

(RE)CONNECT by volunteering & giving,

And most importantly (RE)CONNECT with the Gospel.

We believe that every member of the body of Christ is valuable, and each plays an important
role—including you. Relationships with other Christians reveal the power of the Holy Spirit in
each of us, drawing us together and pulling us towards authentic community. No matter the
reason why you’ve been away, disconnected, or unplugged, know that we miss you and desire
to experience God’s love with you.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to (RE)CONNECT with Church this is it.