Thanks to all the parents that came last week! If you were unable to stay and have any questions, please let us know! We sent a full box of school supplies to a local school in need this week – we know they appreciate your generosity.
THIS WEEK – September 24
THEME: BARF (Bring A Real Friend)
Last week we gave invite cards to all the kids so they could bring a friend this week! You will get points for just inviting someone and extra points if they come. The Cubbies will get points for bringing a stuffed animal ‘friend’ this week!
Parents: If you are interested in learning about our “Operation Inasmuch” (OIAM) all day mission project, come back at 6 pm to hear all about it! The leader (Cheryl Douglas) for this project will be checking the kids in on Sunday and speaking at large group time. We are excited about including you this year and there are several ways you can help. We will be accepting donations (clothing…) and need your help in finding people to help, and, of course, you are invited to sign up for a team and join us! We will have childcare along with age appropriate mission work for the kids. So, check your calendar and mark OIAM on October 21.
We should have books for the kids to bring home this week although our uniform order will probably not arrive in time to hand out on Sunday. Children will get credit for wearing a ‘uniform’ if they have on tennis shoes until we get them in. And don’t forget to send a bag with the kids so they can put their Bibles, Handbooks and offering all in one place.
Part three of Ken’s series on the psalms of ascent, four effects of a faith founded upon God’s presence with his people, from Psalm 125.
“THEN” (Looking inside to the need)
The Reality of a Life NEEDING GOD’S PRESENCE (Psalm 124:1-5)
- the reality of salvation calls for the denial of self (Psalm 124:1-2a)
- the reality of salvation reveals the true essence of our need (Psalm 124:2b-3)
- the reality of salvation points to the power and destruction of evil (Psalm 124:4-5)
“NOW” (Looking inside to the change)
The Reality of a Life WITH GOD’S PRESENCE (Psalm 124:6-8)
- salvation: defined by Presence
- salvation: defined by Protection
- salvation: defined by a Personal Relationship
Conclusion: Your life lived as a song of salvation . . . celebrates God’s presence with you through Jesus Christ.
How can I build anticipation in my faith?
- The POSTURE for anticipation (Psalm 123:1)
- Surrender of the will
- Discipline of the senses
- The PRACTICE of anticipation (Psalm 123:2)
- Looking to the Master’s Hand for the assignment
- Looking to the Master’s hand to provide for the assignment
- The PERSONAL BLESSINGS from anticipation (Psalm 123:3-4)
- God’s favor
- Freedom from distress
Embrace the Master’s Plan, with Scott Chafee, the primary Scripture being Luke 6:39-40 – Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.
Jesus is the greatest example of leadership ever known. He had a plan to reach the world with his message of freedom and forgiveness, but left the whole thing into the hands of 12 ordinary men. How did he do it? What was his plan? What was his plan B? How does one take a grand idea, develop a plan, and implement such a bold proposal?
- Selection – men were his method (Luke 6:13 – he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles).
- Association – he stayed with them (Matthew 28:20 – I am with you always, even to the end of the age).
- Consecration – he required obedience (Matthew 11:29 – take my yoke upon you).
- Impartation – he gave himself away (John 20:22 – he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit).
- Demonstration – he showed them how to live (John 13:15 – I have given you an example).
- Delegation – he assigned them work (Matthew 4:19 – I will make you fishers of men).
- Supervision – he checked on them (Mark 8:17 – Do you still not see or understand?).
- Reproduction – he expected them to reproduce (John 15:16 – I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last).
Ken has been teaching about vision over the past several weeks, but vision is not just in theory. We need to embrace the vision to help build the kingdom of God here in our community.
Community. Faith. Love. People always take priority over programs or preferences.
- We must mend and restore relationships: relationships with God and with others, resulting in COMMUNITY (member)
- We must establish and lay a foundation toward spiritual maturity and effective ministry (FAITH is what guides us toward the ministry he has for us). (minister)
- We must embrace the task of being sent out with a lifestyle of being on mission. It is the LOVE of Christ that compels us to live this out every day. (mission)
Methods vary but our mission always remains the same – it has been said, “marry the mission, but date the methods.” Are we willing to do WHATEVER it takes to reach people we are currently not reaching? It could be that we need to “do things no one is doing” in order to reach people no one is reaching. It sounds scary. It sounds like change. Is the church about me, or is the church about the Kingdom? Are we willing to let go of the familiar and comfortable in order to embrace the Master’s plan?
Will you embrace the Master’s plan and be the church member and minister that God has called you to be?
Actually – sign up on the bulletin board at the church!
OMC (Organized Mass Chaos) is Sunday, September 10th at 5:00 p.m.
This is a church wide event, so bring the whole family!
There will be a children’s team (1st – 6th grades), a youth team (7th – 12th grades) and an adult team (college and up).
Children younger than 1st grade will be supervised with things to do.
If you just want to watch, you can do that too!
Wear something you don’t mind getting a little bit messy. (And it might be a good idea to bring a towel. Don’t worry! Nothing will get ruined.)
Wear your team color!!!
Adults will be wearing BLUE
Youth will be wearing GREEN
Kids will be wearing RED
Students will learn how to go “all-in” as they are learning to walk with Jesus. They will be challenged to explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus who follows him with all their heart.
Join us for this new series on Wednesday nights starting on September 13th!
Welcome Back Sunday is September 10th
Students beginning 7th, 9th or 11th grades will move up into their new classes this Sunday. Come join us for fellowship, breakfast and Bible Study.
Make sure to be in the Attic by 9:45 for snacks and announcements.
There will be some giveaways that Sunday, so you won’t want to miss out!
Later that afternoon, we’re going to have a lot of fun with the rest of the church family at OMC!