People Skills: Spiritual Family

Dear Mosaic Boston Family,

One of my favorites stories from church history is that of 5th century "Desert Father" named Simeon the Stylite. Simeon is famous for his increasingly extreme ascetic feats. One time, he shut himself up in a hut for a year and a half. Another time, he went all of Lent without eating or drinking. He later took to standing continually upright until he toppled over. When people heard of his severe austerity in the name of God, they started taking pilgrimages to see Simeon. The crowds grew so large, that Mr. Stylite decided it was time for something new. Simeon discovered a nine foot pillar with a small platform at the top. He lived on that pillar for six years.

When asked why he was living on the pillar in the desert, the hermit explained that he was simply a Christian who wanted to commune with God in solitude, free from worldly distraction and relational conflict. For sustenance, children from the nearby village would bring him buckets of food, which he pulled up via a pulley. Simeon considered people a distraction, so he tried to get away from them. Why? Because sometimes, the idea of living on a pole in the desert is more appealing than living with people. Can you relate? 

As we continue our "People Skills" series tomorrow, we'll turn to Matthew 18, where Jesus teaches his followers how to handle conflict when it arises in our spiritual family. What do we do when our spiritual brothers or sisters sin against us? 

Praying for you!
Pastor Jan

Announcements:

Mini Mosaic Changes
Sunday, April 29, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. 
There will be no elementary classes in Mini Mosaic next week due to a conflict with a Temple event. Preschool and nursery will be held in the downstairs youth room. 

Members' Meeting Potluck
Sunday, May 6, 1 p.m. 
If you are a current member of Mosaic or being voted in as a member, please plan to attend our 2nd quarterly members' meeting, and bring a dish to share. Sign up with your dish here.

Baptism Seminar
Sunday, May 6, 11:15 a.m.
Want to be baptized? The first step toward baptism at Mosaic is to attend our baptism class. Contact Kara at Admin@MosaicBoston.com to find out more information or to sign up. 

Anxiety, Depression & Gospel Hope
Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
The Boston Center for Biblical Counseling is hosting an equipping event to help Christians counsel others through anxiety and depression. You can find out more or register here.

Baby Dedication Service
Sunday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. 
If you would like your newborn or young child to receive a prayer of dedication, we will be holding a special dedication ceremony on Mother's Day during the 9:30 service. For more info or to sign up, email Raquel: Raquel@MosaicBoston.com.

Songs for Sunday. If you would like to know what we'll be singing on Sunday (so you can be ready to sing your heart out!) you can find the playlist here

Give to Fund the Mission. Giving is a joyful and sacrificial act of worship to our Lord, who has given everything to us and for us. We offer you the opportunity to invest in God's mission here. The easiest way to give your tax-deductible gift is through our secure portal on our website, found here. 

Mosaic Boston App. Did you know Mosaic has an app for iOS and Android? You can download it here. Easy access to sermons, giving, and a calendar of upcoming events. Download it today in the App Store or on Google Play.