A New Attitude

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God… Romans 12:1

Dear friend of Aspen Ridge Church,

Perhaps the most horrific event of the 20th century was the holocaust surrounding World War II.  About 6 million Jews were killed at the hands of Germany’s Third Reich.  Some who suffered intensely in concentration camps lived to tell about it.  One of those was Victor Frankl, who translated his suffering into very meaningful commentary on human life.  Frankl said the following: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

In the Apostle Paul’s century-one letter to the church in Rome, he makes an appeal that concerns every believer’s attitude toward God and the way it works out in service.  In light of God’s sovereign grace, and in light of His mercy in the Christian gospel, Paul says: “I appeal to you therefore, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice… which is your spiritual service of worship.”  In the same way that Paul challenges Roman believers, so he challenges us to bring a new attitude to our service of worship.

In light of this, I am pleased to introduce to you a church-wide initiative called A New Attitude.  Paul indicates in Romans Chapter 12 that every believer has been loaned certain gifts and abilities by God.  We are managers of blessings entrusted to us by God.  As managers of these blessings, the question is not IF I should serve, but WHERE I will serve, and with what kind of attitude.  We ask you to prayerfully answer this question.

Over the next few weeks, everyone who is a part of Aspen Ridge Church will be given an opportunity to respond to God’s calling toward service.  Beginning the weekend of April 5 & 6, A New Attitude packets will be handed out to all regular attendees of Aspen Ridge Church.  In the packet you will find a menu of service opportunities in our church for adults, youth, and children.  Also included are description statements for each service opportunity.  We ask that you review the lists and prayerfully select an interest in an area (or areas) for ministry, marking your choice(s) on the Ministry Menu commitment form.  As you look over your commitment form, remember that a check in a particular area indicates that you are willing to potentially serve in that area.

On the weekend of May 17 & 18, it is important that you bring the completed Ministry Menu to our worship services.  We will be concluding with an opportunity for our church family to make a commitment to the Lord toward practical area(s) of service with a new attitude.

During the month of June those who express interest will be contacted by one or more of our ministry team leaders.  They will provide additional information to you about training and ministry opportunities.  Our new ministry year will begin on September 1st.  Thank you for your vital role in the life of our church, and a humble attitude of service.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours for a New Attitude,

Pastor Jeff



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