This week with Exchange

This Week: Larry Trotter // Black History Month // Student Weekender // Women’s Retreat // Child Dedication // This Week @ Exchange

Come hear Larry Trotter this Sunday!

Seven years ago, North Wake Church sent out a group of their members to plant Exchange Church in Rolesville. The Senior Pastor of North Wake Church, Larry Trotter, will be preaching this Sunday. We are grateful for his influence in so many of our lives and look forward to hearing from him.

As was mentioned last Sunday, Larry will share with us a message on the importance of rest (Sabbath), and how North Wake and its own pastors have benefitted from this practice.

Why does Black History Month Matter?

Black History Month began in 1926 to honor the achievements and significant role of African Americans in our history. This month is an opportunity to learn about and recognize the men and women who have often been forgotten. Carter G. Woodsen, the son of a slave, formed this annual tradition around the February birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Woodsen wanted to help preserve and celebrate the legacy of his ancestors.

Here is an article that reminds us why these stories matter.

As Christians, we acknowledge the importance of all people made in God’s image. This includes the histories of the poor and oppressed, not just the victorious and powerful. We can identify with the stories of the oppressed and wronged because we serve a Savior who endured oppression and considered the weak worthy of his kingdom. Stories of heroism, strength, and resilience in the face of terrible trials are notable in the African American experience. Yet they worshipped and served God in the midst of slavery, oppression, and hardship. While a few abolitionists and civil rights leaders are widely known, countless men and women are unfamiliar to us, but they are known and loved by God. This month is an opportunity to learn more about them.

Take time to introduce or reintroduce yourself to the lives and works of the many incredible African American writers, poets, and theologians. The links below provide some resources to get you started.

The Christianity of Frederick Douglass

Meet Poet Phillis Wheatley

Life and Ministry of Lemuel Haynes

10 Life Lessons from 10 Heroes of Black Church History

Top Resources from the African American Faith Tradition

220 Resources for Black Church History in America

EC Students Weekender

Registration is now open for the EC Students Weekender. This retreat for middle and high school students is March 27–29. Students will gather in host homes to study Scripture and enjoy time with each other and leaders. This year’s theme, Frequency, will help students learn how to listen to God’s voice and tune in to his frequency.

More information about the schedule and theme are available at the link below. Sign up soon! Registration will close March 1st.

Sign up for the Women’s Retreat

The Exchange women’s retreat seeks to be a time that provides encouragement from other women, refreshment through the study of the Word of God, and rest in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

This year’s theme is “Take Heart,” based on John 16:33. Jesus says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may find peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart. I have overcome the world.” We hope you will join us this year on April 3-5.

To see more details and sign up, click here > > >

It Takes a Village

We know it takes a village to raise a child, and we are thankful you’ve chosen to make Exchange a part of your village. Our desire is to “partner with parents to point kids to Jesus.” One way we do this is by taking time time during the Sunday worship service to celebrate new life and commission parents. Child dedication is one way to acknowledge that you desire to raise your children in the ways of the Lord and for Exchange to walk beside you.

If your family would like to participate on March 22nd, please contact Ed Martin.