MESSAGE NOTES

Connections – Making Connections
1 Samuel 3:2-10
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: How does God make connections with people in His world?

  • God makes connections with a repeated calling.
  • God makes connections in an unexpected way.
  • God makes connections by someone older and wiser.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: God is “making connections” with people in His world. Think about your own relationship with God… how did God (or how does God) make connections with you? What have been key moments in your life to this end?

Digging Deeper:

  1. God issued repeated callings to Samuel. Samuel initially thought Eli was calling, until Eli discerned that it was God. What do repeated callings tell us about the way God gets through to human beings? Where is God repeating Himself with our church or with you?
  2. Sometimes God makes connections with unexpected content. Samuel was not expecting a message of judgment. In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus Christ is coming again, and following His return will be a day of judgment. How does this message engender urgency toward fulfilling the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20)?
  3. God makes connections by means of someone older and wiser. Eli was important to Samuel in confirming the voice of God. Who do you have in your life that is older and wiser? How do you build a relationship with this person?
  4. The following is a draft of a proposed “vision proper” from our 5-Year team toward our elder board: “Every individual in our community will personally experience God’s love in a practical way through the people of Aspen Ridge Church.” Further, our team is proposing that we actively seek ways, corporately or individually, to be in involved in and serve our foothills community, building relationships and making connections. Discuss.

Taking It Home: Begin praying for God’s direction to our church through the above-mentioned proposal. Mark your calendar for three “Town Hall Meetings” (October 28 at 6:45 PM, November 7 at 5:00 PM and November 15 at 9:00 AM) and plan to attend.

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.

RIDGEFEST 2015

Thank you to all who took part in RidgeFest this year! We collected about $230 in donations for our featured ministry partner, EChO, and our parking lot buzzed with over 50 local vendors from our surrounding community. We pray for continued connections with our neighbors, and we are thankful for those who supported this outreach event. Thanks especially to Debbie Stewart for another amazing event!

TOWN HALL MEETINGS

You may know that our church leadership appointed a “5-Year Plan” team in the fall of 2014. You may also know that, during our View from the Ridge last month, we received proposals from this team. We understand that not everyone could attend the meeting and that it will take time and attention to hear the important proposals from this team. We would like to give an opportunity for our church family to process these recommendations and to ask questions. Certainly not least, we would like to dedicate ourselves to prayer in this season of church life.

In light of this, we are putting together three Town Hall meetings that will be held October 28 at 6:45 PM, November 7 at 5:00 PM and November 15 at 9:00 AM. We are seeking full participation in these meetings, as the proposals may influence all of church life, including our values, culture, direction, programming, facilities and staffing. Will you please prioritize a town hall meeting and bring an expectant heart?

THE GATHERING

In October, we will feature Tyler and Keturah Kerst with a fun look at integrating others into ministry. Tyler and Keturah will explore various methods for ministry outreach and integrate some heartwarming stories from the many successes they have observed. They have been involved in camp ministry for many years and Tyler is currently the supervisor of the Mountain Lab School.

FREEZER MEAL PREP

Fill your freezer before the holidays or make meals to give as gifts. Our next Freezer Meal Prep is Monday November 2, from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM, and the meals are $12.00 per meal (menu posted on website). Payment and order must be received by Friday, October 16. For questions contact: Michelle Schroeder at [email protected]

PARENTING THE LOVE AND LOGIC WAY

Parenting can be difficult, but it can also be fun! Would you make plans to attend the Parenting the Love and Logic Way class made possible by Mountain Area Pregnancy Center (MAPC)? The dates are October 10 and 17, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Please register by calling MAPC at 303.674.5881. All proceeds will benefit this ministry partner of Aspen Ridge Church.

ASPEN HOLLOW: TRUNK OR TREAT

Last year, we began a new event for our church and community, Aspen Hollow. It was received quite well by our neighbors, and we’re excited to host it again! There is a sign-up table in the lobby, as well as a place to donate candy or small trinkets for this event. There will be a special Saturday evening service from 5:00 – 5:30 PM for those participating, and a prize will be given to the “top trunk!” See Maryjean Fowler for further details, and begin planning your trunk theme now!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU

This week we will serve baked chicken and mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Bring a neighbor, and share a meal with us!

PACK A SHOEBOX

Aspen Ridge Church is excited to take part in Operation Christmas Child! Pick up an empty shoebox in the entryway, along with a brochure of suggestions for filling it and labels to mark it. Have a great time with family or friends filling your boxes with fun items. We will be collecting filled shoeboxes from October 4 to November 15. Time spent on these boxes, sharing the love of Jesus, is more valuable than we know!

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY AT CHRISTMASTIME

Please join the Outreach team on December 19 (or December 5, pending a wait-list selection) from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM to pack Operation Christmas Child boxes at the Denver Processing Center. We have reserved the church vans for transportation. Volunteers must be 13 years or older, and those 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Please email Danielle at [email protected] to secure your spot.

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