Making Connections – Aspen Ridge Church
1 Corinthians 7:17-24
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How does God make connections with and through Aspen Ridge Church?
- God makes connections through a specific calling.
- God makes connections through one aspect of a world-wide mission.
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: What were some of the unique circumstances in your life when you first took a step of faith toward Jesus Christ? How has God used those circumstances since…for the benefit of others?
- The Apostle lays great emphasis on one’s “life situation” (1 Corinthians 7:17). This life situation may include ethnicity, marital status, social standing, family context and even employment. How can you be God’s person in the midst of your particular “life situation?”
- On the one hand, the church has a global and worldwide mission (Matthew 28:19-20). On the other hand, Paul had an “area of influence” assigned to him (2 Corinthians 10:13). Describe our particular context in Evergreen/Conifer. How can you be a positive influence in your neighborhood and community?
- A specific calling is a calling that is unique to the individual and focuses on your “doing.” What are some of the unique things God has called you to do? What are some of the unique ways our church can serve our community for the advance of the gospel?
Taking It Home: Continue praying for your neighbors and the 5-Year Proposals. Consider attending an upcoming Converge regional conference at TogetherToTransform.org. Gather for one of our Town Hall meetings with prayerful expectation in how God is leading Aspen Ridge Church.
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.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Do you have questions about the 5-Year Proposals that have been circulating in the past few weeks? Maybe you have ideas or issues that need to be addressed in order to help fulfill God’s vision for our church. Our upcoming town hall meetings are excellent avenues of discussion for these topics. Join us for one of the upcoming meetings: October 28 at 6:45 PM, November 7 at 5:00 PM or November 15 at 9:00 AM. Each of these meetings will have childcare provided. There will also be refreshments provided for the 10/28 and the 11/15 meetings and a light meal provided on 11/7. We are seeking full participation from our church body, as the proposals may influence all of church life, including our values, culture, direction, programming, facilities and staffing. Will you please prioritize one of these meetings and bring an expectant heart?
Our next scheduled baptism weekend will be the weekend of November 14-15. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office to meet with Pastor Jeff before November 5.
LESSONS FROM MIDWAY
If you haven’t joined us on the web lately, why not stop by our blog and check out the new article from Pastor Jeff? Feel free to share it on your Facebook page to help engage our community. Social media is a great way to interest others within our community. Many people check out a church’s Facebook page or website before they will ever step foot inside the doors!
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS 2015
Ladies, please plan to join us and bring a friend on Monday, November 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM for our annual Taste of Christmas! The theme is “Making Room for Christmas.” We have tickets on sale in the entryway for $8 each and in the church office during regular business hours.
WE NEED TRUNKS!
Last year, we began a new event for our church and community, Aspen Hollow. We’re excited to host it again on October 31 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM! There is a sign-up table in the lobby, as well as a place to donate candy or small trinkets for this event. We are changing our Saturday evening service on that day to run from 5:00 – 5:30 PM, in order to allow those participating to join us. A prize will be given to the “top trunk!” See Maryjean Fowler for details, and begin planning your trunk theme now! We are seeking full participation and need about 30 more trunks to fill our lot and serve our neighbors! You can even sign up online!
DV8 NEEDS BOXES
DV8 students will be building another amazing box maze for the Aspen Hollow Event, but they need some help! If you have any large boxes, please donate them to the Student Center by October 30. This was one of the most talked about parts of Aspen Hollow last year!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week our menu will feature tacos and dessert for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Come join us, bring a friend and share a meal!
PACK A SHOEBOX
If you haven’t yet picked up your shoebox(es), there’s still time! We will be collecting filled shoeboxes through November 15. This is a great activity to do with family and friends! Ideas can be found at the table in the lobby.
MOPS BARN DANCE
The fourth annual Barn Dance, Silent Auction & Chili Cook-Off will be Saturday, November 7 (5:30 – 9:30 PM) at The Barn. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in the entryway or in the church office. Do you have a great chili recipe? Sign-up to enter the chili cook-off at the ticket table, as well! Please bring chili that serves 8-10 people to The Barn by 4:45 PM on November 7, with a ladle marked with your name. Childcare will be available for this event at the church as a fundraiser for DV8.