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    WELCOME TO JUBILEE COMMUNITY CHURCH We are so glad and thankful that you have taken the time to join our community as we seek to glorify God, grow in Christ, and go into the many avenues of life with the gospel and good works. We want to invite you to enter into community and prayer with us, and we hope to be a place where you regularly encounter God’s love through Christ, his Word, and his people. If you are new to Jubilee and would like to connect with someone from the church, please email us at family@minneapolis.org. We look forward to getting to know you as you get to know Jubilee.
  • Hey friends, Jericho Road Ministries (our sister ministry in the Jubilee basement) is hiring! The position is working 20 hours a week for Office & Bookkeeping work. Part of this time could also be done at home, as they will be working with Quick Books Online. If you are interested in the role, you can reach out to me and I can connect you to the director, Jeff Noyed :)
    1. The Changer and Director of Winds and Seasons

      Jubilee Fam, 


      I am still gleaning from my time at the Writer’s Summit last week. Let me share with you some thoughts that Jon Bloom, a teacher, and co-founder of Desiring God, shared during his session. If you haven’t interacted with Jon's articles, here is a sample and a high encouragement to pick up this brother’s work. Jon’s workshop was entitled Writing Through Winter. It was close to 100 degrees outside when he spoke, so his title was very interesting for the sweltering temperature. He was writing about the four seasons of faith which can descend and change in a believer's life in a moment. Just because the calendar tells us it's summer, the state of your faith may say otherwise. There is no correlation between the calendar and the seasons of faith. In the spring, faith blossoms. In the summer, faith flourishes. In the fall, faith wanes. In the winter, faith is dormant, stagnant, and latent. It might feel like you are going through a faith crisis of doubt as the winds of winter blow in this season. What do you do when you enter into the winter season of your faith? Jon’s first encouragement was that we ought not to be surprised when a faith winter hits. That will preach. Jon’s central encouragement to us was to write in the winter because writing could be a means to the end of exiting the cold season to one where faith feels the warmth of spring and summer again. He told us to write our way to hope in God and use the gift of writing to remind our souls that God has not left us. This is good advice whether you consider yourself a writer or not. Writing can be a means of grace, but it is just that, namely, a means. Where does the grace to change seasons come from that might flow through writing, prayer, fellowship, fasting, etc.? 


       I’m going through the Book of Exodus and was greatly encouraged by the abilities of the One who changes the seasons of this world and the seasons of our faith. Ironically, this encouragement comes from the eighth plague of locusts that overtook Egypt in Exodus 10:1–20. Encouragement from a plague, huh? Ride with me. Pharaoh still refuses to let God’s people go. His people see the handwriting on the wall and implore him to let Israel go — Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?” Pharaoh’s hard heart still refuses. At that, the LORD commanded Moses to bring on the locusts, and the words that encouraged my soul began.So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind brought the locust (10:13). There were so many locusts that Moses used creational language to describe them. Do you remember Genesis 1:1 about how darkness was over the face of the deep? Here in Egypt, darkness was over the face of the whole land because locusts covered the entire ground. How many locusts do you think it takes for that to happen? The locusts destroyed everything green. Nothing was left, and finally, Pharaoh relented. He repents and asks Moses to ask the LORD to remove “this death from me” (10:17). Moses does so, and listen to this language — And the LORD turned the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not 👏🏾 a 👏🏾 single 👏🏾 locust 👏🏾 was left in all the country of Egypt. 😳 Not one. As I reflected on Jon’s session and this passage in Exodus 10, I was greatly reminded that the one who can direct the wind that brings countless locusts and then command the opposite wind to come and scoop up every single one of them is the one who can direct and command the winter season of faith to change to seasons where my faith blossoms and flourishes. This is my only hope, and yours, when we find ourselves suddenly or for an extended period in the winter season of a faith that feels cold to the touch. So, is it winter in June in your life? Is your faith dormant and despondent? By all means, utilize the many means of grace that our good Father uses to give you what you need in any season. Remember, though, it is the Lord, the changer and director of winds and seasons, that your hope must rest in. He will keep you in the winter and change the season to summer. Our hope rightly rests in the one who commands the winds. 


      Pastor Lew

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        Saturday, July 9th  •  10 am – 12 pm (CDT)
        1. Jubilee, Family Day is still on for tomorrow, rain or shine! Please park in the East Union Elementary School parking lot (see map): 15655 County Rd 43, Carver, MN 55315 If it does rain, there will be indoor options at the Wallmans'; or bring an umbrella if you'd like to have fun with it ;)
          1. "To Be Edited Is to Be Loved"

            Jubilee Fam,


            Earlier this week, I had the privilege of participating in a Writer’s Summit that was quite encouraging both in the craft of writing and, even more, in the camaraderie of writers who aim to use words, even discomforting ones, for the joy of those who read our words. It truly is an astonishing reality that all of us can use the vehicle called words to drive messages that will build up or tear down a human soul. Whether they are words on the written page, on a text message, vocally from our mouths, insightfully from a blog or article, or rashly from social media, let it land on you afresh that swords or salve come out of our mouths with each syllable. There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Prov 12:18). 


            One of the sessions that challenged me the most was entitled To Be Edited is to Be Loved. Now that will preach…even though few of us would at first want to sit and listen to that sermon. The session encouraged us to seek the editing process because it makes our writing the best it can be. The question that hovered over the session was, “Are you editable?” This is a heart question that dives deep into one’s attitude. Are you editable? This question is not just for writers. It is for all of us. Are you editable? Can you take corrections to your character so that you can be the best possible version of yourself? Our Triune God is dedicated to our sanctification, so the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are committed to editing us for our Christlikeness, which is love! To be edited is to be loved. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence (Prov 15:32). Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent — Jesus, your Lord (Rev 3:19). Those whom I love, I edit. It is never easy to receive an email back from an editor on an article I submitted. It is also not easy to be corrected by the Lord through another fallible human being in need of editing themselves. However, to be edited is to be loved. To be the best possible version of ourselves doesn’t mean anything to me unless what is meant by it is Christlikeness. Because being like Christ is the aim of our lives, being edited to look like him, though challenging, should be welcomed feedback. Jubilee, let’s aim to be editable. 


            Pastor Lew

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              Jubilee + Juneteenth

              Jubilee Fam,


              What is the relationship between Jubilee and Juneteenth? This Sunday, not only do we celebrate Father’s Day, but we also commemorate Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, which became a federal holiday last year. Juneteenth calls our nation to look back to June 19, 1865. On that day, the Union army brought the word of freedom to Galveston, Texas, that slavery had been abolished. It, no doubt, would have been to the utter shock of the enslaved people that their freedom was established two years before through the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Can you imagine that? Can you fathom that though declared free, you endured the horrors of slavery for an additional two and a half years? Juneteenth, which combines June and Nineteenth, celebrates the declaration of General Orders 3, which U.S. General Gordon Granger read as the following — “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Why should we celebrate Juneteenth? Of the many reasons, one includes the name of our church — Jubilee Community Church. The name of our church is a proclamation of liberation. Listen afresh to Jesus’ inaugural sermon as he began his ministry, of which we are great recipients. 


              And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16–21


              Jubilee and Juneteenth go together because both are proclamations of liberty — the latter from slavery and the former from the slavery of sin! In other words, when we reflect on Juneteenth, it should point us back to the Greater Juneteenth when a greater proclamation of liberty was made, not from a U.S. General but the King who says, “Whom the Son sets free is free INDEED!” So, Jubilee, Happy Juneteenth! Not only do we celebrate fathers this weekend, but we also celebrate the Father who sent his Son to set us free and declare our liberty in him! 


              You might be asking how you can partake of Juneteenth this year? That is a great question. Below you will find two videos to watch with you and your family called Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom and Why Juneteenth Should Matter to the Church. This is a great place to start learning more about the holiday. Also, check out these two links (here and here) to some activities around the city this weekend to consider going with some friends! 


              Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom


              Why Juneteenth Should Matter to the Church 


              Jubilee + Juneteenth


              Pastor Lew

              1. Hey members, if any of you didn't make it to the church building for the members meeting, but are free to join, please consider hopping onto the meeting online! 😉 The link is in the Weekly Update from the past several weeks.
                1. Jubilee Members, the Weekly Update that just went out contains a link to the meeting agenda for this Sunday's Member's Meeting. Please review the agenda and reach out to an elder or family@jubileeminneapolis.org before the meeting with any questions.
                  1. Hey friends! Would anyone WITH A TRUCK be available either Friday, June 24th after 12pm or Saturday, June 25th before 10am to pick up tables from Jubilee to bring to the Family Day at the Wallmans?