Misplaced Trust Leads to Misery, John 10:11-13
Question: Who can I really trust in the most important issues of life?
Jesus Christ is worthy of trust in the most important issues of life.
- His character
- His conduct
- His completion
Hired hands may not be worthy of trust in the most important issues of life.
- Their commission
- Their catalog
- Their care
- Jesus calls himself the “Good Shepherd.” Compare and contrast the characteristics of the “Good Shepherd” with those of the “hired hand.”
- Which characteristics of sheep resonate with the church today or with you personally( i.e.timid, fearful, gullible, easily influenced, unable to defend themselves, always needing rod and staff guidance)? How does your good shepherd care for the church and you in these areas?
- The word translated “good” means “intrinsically good, beautiful, fair. That which is ideal and the model others may safely imitate.” How might you allow yourself to be “good” to those God has placed around you?
THE GATHERING: MAY SERIES ON FINANCES
The Gathering is an interactive group that meets every Sunday at 9:00 AM in room 104. It always “open” and welcomes guests and visitors. Each month a different topic is discussed. Finances will be the focus in May. Come learn how to apply God’s financial principles in ways that bring financial freedom. Several from Aspen Ridge will share their financial wisdom.
NEW OFFICE MANAGER
We received many qualified responses to our job posting, and after prayerful review and consideration, the search team unanimously selected Paula Yerks as our next Office Manager! She will begin May 8. Paula, Danny and their family attend Aspen Ridge so please look for them Sunday morning and give Paula a warm welcome.
On May 18 and 19 all high school and college graduates will be recognized during the services. Be here so you don’t miss out! There will also be a Graduation party/open house at the Barn on Friday evening May 25 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. All of Aspen Ridge is invited to come and celebrate our high school graduates and their accomplishments.
Mothers of Preschoolers is winding down for the year, but it’s not too late to enjoy some much needed fellowship with other moms. On May 14 there will be a “Farewell Luau” to end the regular meetings. As summer approaches, MOPS moms and kids will continue to have park days every Tuesday at 10:00 AM. June gatherings will be at Marshdale Park and July will be at Kittredge Park.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
Thursday, May 2, is the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. This year at Aspen Ridge, existing small groups will focus throughout the week on acknowledging this National event by praying for our community, our state and our country. For more information visit the website, nationaldayofprayer.org.
APRIL MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT: CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Vacation Bible School is June 17-21 from 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM. The theme is Go Fish’s, “Gotta Move,” designed to give children an understanding of what it means to be a Christian and to walk with God. Through each lesson children will see that God provides everything we need to be close to Him. He does require a response, however. Having faith means that we Gotta Move! The fun is not just for kids, though. We need special people to volunteer for this exciting week of ministering to children. Join the adventure and sign up at the VBS table in the lobby!
DENVER MISSION TRIP
A deposit of $50 is due Sunday, May 19, for the middle school and high school students who are going on the trip this summer. The team will work with impoverished people of all ages. Join the team and share the love of Jesus with Denver’s less fortunate. Total price is only $135. Check out the church website or see Pastor Casey for details.