Summer ABIDE: Living on Mission

Hello church family! Boyd and I are just coming back from an Acts 29 annual pastors’ retreat. It has been such an encouraging time to get away and reflect on all that the Lord has done through The District Church over the last 3 years! We are so encouraged, refreshed, and ready to dig down deeper into ministry and serving to and with all of you! 

Ladies! I cannot express how much my heart has missed all of you and how much more excited I am that I get serve alongside each one of your precious hearts. We have such a fun and unique opportunity coming up that I pray you all will be a part of.

This quarter, ABIDE is going to focus on serving West Riverside Elementary School (WRES). We have the opportunity to gather in the school’s auditorium and to hear from the school’s former principal, Dr. Sylvia Johnson. I have had the privilege of getting to know this inspiring woman over the last year. As a church, we believe that part of being a disciple of Jesus is to live on mission right where you are. We have taught that if you are a child of God, you are indeed called to ministry—at your work, neighborhood, family, etc. 

Dr. Johnson is a woman who gets this! She served in the Duval County Public School system for over 40 years and, in her words, "Loved every day of it!" She saw her job as an educator and principal as a ministry and a way to display the love of Christ to children and coworkers who might not ever experience this life changing love anywhere else. Her impact will be felt for generations. She is truly a light in our community for the gospel. I am looking forward to ABIDE gathering together in just a few weeks to learn from her wisdom and faithfulness.

School is starting soon, and we also want to use this gathering as an opportunity to serve the teachers in our community. We will be putting together gift bags for the teachers at WRES. The contents will include fun along with practical items. Come help us assemble these gifts as we also enjoy some fellowship with women of city. We are asking each of you who attend to bring a box of tissues and a bottle of hand sanitizer with you.

I hope you will come to ABIDE to be encouraged and challenged to live your life with the purpose of impacting those God has already placed around you for the gospel of Christ. 

Join us on August 5th at 6:30pm at West Riverside Elementary School! 


Brittany Bettis