First, I’d like to thank you for your feedback regarding the questions I posed during the message last weekend, regarding our kids being in a separate building (if that was a concern) and the possibility of us combining our Sunday services into one service. I didn’t register much concern regarding the kids being in the other building, but I did hear loud and clear that at both services that, generally speaking, everyone would be willing to adjust their attendance to one service time, 10 AM for instance (Splitting the difference between the two current service times). We are thinking about making that adjustment, maybe after Easter? But for now, service times are still Saturdays at 5:30 PM; and Sundays at 9:00 and 11:15 AM.
As I mentioned in last week’s note, we did a candlelight prayer vigil for a couple in our church that are facing a health crisis (brain cancer diagnosis). About 40 or so people showed up on a very cold Monday evening this past week to gather for prayer and to declare healing for our friends. As a church I am hoping to do more things like this to show our support for one another.
Obviously, our church staff can’t organize a vigil for every situation, but what I would encourage, is that each of us take responsibility to make things like this happen. We can champion a cause for the people we are closest to. You and your friends that you serve alongside in the children’s ministry or at the pantry or whatever can invite others to your event. I know it’s not realistic for our prayer team to be expected to organize (or even show up at) every event we might schedule. I just wanted to model what could be and do the first one myself. And the numbers shouldn’t be important. A small handful of people gathered to pray and show support can make a huge impact!
As we entered this new year I wanted to give you a clear picture of where we are headed as a church. Last weekend I did my annual “State of the Church” message, outlining five goals we have for 2016. One of our top goals is to kick up the fellowship factor in our church. If you missed last weekend’s message, you can listen to it on our website by clicking HERE.
This coming weekend, Caleb is going to kick off our new message series entitled “Relationships that Pass the Tests.” We are going to take a hard look at the following areas: Communication and Misunderstanding, Life Priorities, Sexual Purity, Money, Workload and Health. How we handle these everyday situations will test the strength of our relationships.
As a pastor, I am always challenged to help our church family grow in their faith. Our desire is to create opportunities for you to go deeper or stretch your faith a bit (That’s why we do DSSM). If you’re interested in going deeper in your understanding of prayer and the prophetic, or if you would like to be on one of those teams, Aurora Newton will be doing Sozo prayer training, Saturdays January 23 (basic) and 30 (advanced). CLICK HERE to register for Sozo training. Prophetic training is also scheduled for Tuesdays, February 16 and 23.
Equally as important is our need to be in relationship with others who are growing in their faith.
Our men’s and women’s ministries are slated to start the end of February on Wednesday nights. The women will be studying “What Love Is” by Kelly Minter. The guys will be diving into “Honor Among Us” based upon Danny Silk’s book, “Culture of Honor.” We are also going to offer a series on Tuesday nights entitled, “Marriage for a Lifetime” in support of our new message series (We scheduled it on Tuesdays so as to not compete with Wednesdays men’s/women’s groups). Also our Barnabas Generation (age 50+) fellowship series kicks off Saturday, February 13 at 10 AM. More on these groups coming up in the next few weeks (We are currently in the process of updating our website with all of this information).
P.S. My lovely wife Marcie asked me to mention to you that she is starting several groups for creative-types. Photography, painting, writing, etc. Again, we are in the process of adding all the various group descriptions to our website. But in the meantime, you can email Marcie for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is one of Marcie’s paintings that she created while on stage a couple of weeks ago. It’s entitled, “2016 Breakthrough!”