Christmas and the New Year are times for gifts and new things. And while the materialistic culture around us would like to focus on bright, shiny, new toys for women, men, girls and boys, the beauty of the season from Christianity’s perspective are the gifts that last forever.
“Thanks man!” came his smiling response as we shook hands. We then exchanged a few sentences of small talk that I can’t remember, before he spoke the words I’ll never forget. The words he said next were simple, yet so sincere. Friendly yet fearless. They were powerful and felt providential.
I would like to extend a welcome for you to participate with our Pastor of Worship Arts Candidate Weekend on October 6/7. This is a meaningful and exciting juncture for our church as we prayerfully discern God’s provision and leading for this important area of church life.
I wanted to take a moment and share with you an article our elder board has been digesting related to corporate worship. Its called “Engaging Corporate Worship,” written by Gary Inrig about a decade ago.
“For we are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)
In the past few years, I have come to know of the term “kingdom workers.”
One of my “pastor friends” is Jason Freeman of Bergen Park Church. We were gathering this summer and comparing notes about how things were going and what was happening in our respective ministries. Jason indicated that he was hosting a group called Adam’s Road this summer.
As I watch Gracie being a puppy, I can’t help but think of evangelism and the cause of Christ. Really! You may be thinking, “How in the world do you think of evangelism and Jesus Christ when watching your puppy?!” Good question. Hear me out on this.
I trust you are enjoying the changing rhythms of the summer months. In many cases there are new friends to make, new places to see, and new opportunities to experience God’s beautiful creation. I hope you will receive God’s grace and renewal on these long days, in this warm season.
Summer is an amazing time for all kinds of outdoor activities in our mountain community. I wonder if it is time to combine our love of summer-wonder with our new thirst for being contagious Christians?
There is a rhythm, an ebb-and-flow, to church life and attendance patterns. Summer includes opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors and, in some cases, to take much needed vacations. In our Evergreen community, summers are also a time for people to move into our area and/or look for a local Christian Church. With our emphasis on “Being Contagious” with our Christian faith in our small groups this Spring, we want to provide additional opportunities for Christian witness this summer. In light of this we will…
The early Christian Church had a notable beginning…after Peter’s message, many received the gospel message and were baptized. In fact, the early church added to its fellowship about 3,000 souls. After the early church formed a network of small groups, Christian faith remained “contagious,” and the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved (Acts 2:47).