This Week



Life at City Church
A monthly newsletter from City Church of Evansville

Our vision is to bring spiritual, social and cultural renewal to the city of Evansville and beyond, through a movement of people who are being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Help us realize our vision by going ALL IN AT CITY!  When you take the steps to go ALL IN, we hope that you feel like City Church is home!

What’s Coming Up?

Habitat for Humanity- We are officially ready to start building our Habitat House! Opportunities to sign up will be available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday through the summer!

City Church Habitat House Information & Sign-Up

Trotters House Baby Shower- We are hosting a virtual baby shower for the month of May for pregnant mothers in need in Evansville.  Items can be sent to the church or dropped off at the Welcome Center on Sunday.

Trotters House Amazon Link

Mother’s Day Bake Sale- Grab a quick dessert May 14th between services for the special mother in your life!  All donations will go toward City Students Community One Camp.

Level Up Sunday- On June 11th we will be honoring our 5th, 8th, and Senior graduates during the 10:30 service.  Please sign up to participate!

Level Up Sunday Sign-Up

Starting Point Lunch- New to City? Join us for our next Starting Point Lunch on June 11th after the 10:30 service.  You will enjoy a free lunch, hear more about our church, and meet our staff.

City Church 10 Year Celebration- On July 16th we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary with one special service at 10:30 followed by food trucks, inflatables, and fun!

City High Summer Experience with Community One - June 19-June 22  

Summer Experience Sign Up

Baptism- Our next baptism will be July 23rd.

Baptism Video & Registration

City Kids Camp- July 24-28- We need volunteers in many areas!

City Kids Camper & Volunteer Sign Up

How can we pray for you?

Our staff and prayer team loves to pray for our people during the week.  Please let us know how we can pray for you!

Prayer Requests

Words from our Pastor

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiples kisses. (Proverbs 27:5-6)

A friend of mine was once considering a job opportunity with significant implications for his family. As he was explaining to me why he believed this new opportunity was God’s will for his life, my friend mentioned that as he was driving along one day he passed by a street that happened to have the same name as the company for whom he was considering working. He saw this as a “sign" (no pun intended) from God.

I thought the job opportunity sounded great, but I suggested to him that what he interpreted as a sign from God was a classic case of confirmation bias (I buy a Jeep and suddenly I notice how many people are driving Jeeps) and that if he took the job he should do so on the basis of research of the company, cultural fit, conversations with his spouse and others, and prayer rather than confirmation bias.

Christian theology has a fancy phrase that describes the effect that sin has on our minds: “the noetic effect of sin.” The word “noetic” comes from the greek word “nous” meaning “mind” or “intellect.” The idea is that while sin has not completely destroyed our capacity to reason, it has distorted and undermined our ability to see things clearly. The noetic effect of sin not only blinds people to the Truth of Jesus Christ but it also makes all of us fallible, biased, unreliable interpreters of the meaning of our emotions, circumstances, and experiences.

Because of the noetic effect of sin, we need people in our lives to whom we have given permission to contradict us, challenge our thinking and behavior, without fear of reprisal. A good friend is more than someone who supports every decision we make in order to keep the relationship free of disagreement, conflict and friction.

In a recent podcast1, Megan Phelps Roper, a former member and now outspoken critic of Westboro Baptist Church, offers six practical questions that serve as a barometer for your willingness to allow people to challenge and contradict your beliefs, decisions, thought processes, perspectives and more:

  • Are you capable of entertaining real doubt about your beliefs or are you operating from a position of certainty?

  • Can you articulate the evidence you would need to see to change your position or is your perspective unfalsifiable?

  • Can you articulate your opponents’ perspective in a way that they recognize or are you “straw manning” their position?

  • Are you attacking ideas or the people who hold them?

  • Are you willing to cut off relationships with people who disagree with you, particularly over relatively small points of contention?

    1 The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling, Episode 7, The Free Press, 2023.

  • Are you willing to use extraordinary means against people who disagree with you?

The Proverbs suggest that the wise person cultivates friendships in which contradiction is solicited and encouraged, with no fear of reprisal. Do you have friends like that in your life?

Jeff Kinkade

Lead Pastor

Meet an Elder

What is your name? David Haire

Tell us about your family: Monique and I have been married for 13 years and have 4 kids, Eden, Jonathan, Emily & Evelyn

How long have you been at City Church? We have been attending City Church since the summer of 2015.

What’s your favorite aspect of being a part of City Church? We love the ability to get involved and make an impact.  It was easy to get connected and grow in our faith with the teaching and community.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy running and golfing.

Current show/movie recommendation: We really enjoy The Chosen

Reflection on our Month

We have had an incredible few months at City Church and wanted to share what God has been doing through our church and our people!  

  • We had over 50 people from City Church participate in the Love Your Neighbor Day with Community One.

  • We recruited over 20 new volunteers for various City Church ministries during our Volunteer Sunday.

  • We started collecting items for Trotters House to help local mothers in need.

  • We served lunch to Cedar Hall Community School teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

  • We provided snacks for Cedar Hall students to enjoy during state testing and hosted a testing celebration party to honor their hard work.

  • We have laid the foundation for our Habitat for Humanity House and opened registration for our people to start helping with the build!

  • We hosted our last Stage of Life Night and our looking forward to launching small groups this Fall!

  • We were able to welcome new families during our Starting Point Lunch.

  • We provided an All Church Lunch for our City Church families where we communicated our budget, highlighted elders, and discussed upcoming outreach opportunities!

  • Our Women’s Leadership Team has been established and meeting regularly to plan a soft launch this summer!