MESSAGE NOTES

Acts – Abiding in the Hyphen
|Acts 1:12-26
Earl Waggoner

The Big Idea: How well are you living the “hyphen” life?

I. The Apostles’ “Hyphen” Life
     A. Context: between two big events
     B. Calendar:
          1. __________ (vv. 4, 5, 8)
          2. __________ (vv. 14, 24)
          3. __________ (vv. 15-26)
II. Your “Hyphen” Life
     A. Context: Your two big events?
     B. Calendar:
          1. __________
          2. __________
          3. __________

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: Are you living the “hyphen” life, moving at an unknown speed from one big event to another? If so, what is the big event out of which you have come? Any clue what the next big event may be?

Digging Deeper:

  1. How good are you at waiting? Do you consider waiting a passive or an active pursuit?
  2. Is prayer an instinctive activity for you? Or do you need to be reminded to pray, especially when prayer is most needful? What does prayer accomplish?
  3. How difficult is it for you to prepare for the next big event in life, particularly when that next big event is unknown? Do you have a general process for seeking the will of God as part of discerning how best to prepare for that next big event?
  4. (For personal reflection) What gaps in your life need to be filled as part of your preparation for the next big thing?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

We would like to welcome Earl Waggoner, a member of our preaching team, as our speaker this weekend. If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. Earl will meet you at the Welcome Center, where you can also receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.

TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM 2018

Converge Rocky Mountain will host its annual Together to Transform 2018: Innovate on March 16/17 at Rock Community Church in Littleton. This is not just a pastor’s conference. It is designed to provide training and inspiration for every congregation member. The cost is $49/person. For more information and to register online, please visit TogetherToTransform.org.

SMALL GROUPS

Our new Director of Small Groups is a bit of a poet. Did you know it? Check out Eric’s poem on our church website, located under the “Blog” tab. Please contact him directly for information, and to get plugged into a small group at [email protected]

FAITH COMMITMENT CELEBRATION

This past week, Aspen Ridge has heard about seven additional faith commitments, all in our mid-week AWANA children’s ministry. We celebrate with each of these life-changing decisions, excited to be a part of God’s moving in the lives of His people. If you are interested in knowing
more about making your own faith commitment, we’d love to hear about it. Contact someone from our pastoral and ministry staff to take the next step, if you have questions!

MEN’S BREAKFAST TOPIC: SAFETY & SECURITY

Our next Men’s Breakfast (March 10 at 8:00 AM) will address the subject of Aspen Ridge safety and security. We will hear from team lead, Chris Van Inwagen, on the need for this ministry and how he is beginning to go forward in providing this support.

LIVE IT OUT

Thanks to all who are contributing to Live It Out as we intentionally reach out to our community in practical and loving ways. To contribute, note “Live It Out” on or with your gift.
Gifts (pledged and unpledged) received to date:       $112,997
Remaining pledged amount:                                        $ 26,719

WORSHIP ARTS SEARCH

Our search team continues to process applicants for our Worship Arts ministry. The following serve on the Worship Arts search team: Ron Kilgore, Christy Bell, Jeff Clark and Daniel Sheffer. Please continue to pray for this important search and the leadership of the Holy Spirit in the
process.

SOUP’ER SATURDAY

Once a month, on the first weekend of the month, our Saturday evening service is followed by a meal of various soups, provided by volunteers. There are gluten-free options available, as well. If you are interested in providing a soup for this event or would like more information about it, please contact Jodie Cates at [email protected] Bring a friend and share a meal following our March 3 service!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights for anyone in our community that would like to attend. Our menu this week includes jambalaya, beans, rice and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family.

BENEVOLENT FUNDS AT WORK

Aspen Ridge was able to use a portion of our benevolent fund toward helping a person supplementing a monthly rental bill for a particular period of need. The occasion of this generous gift has given way to opportunities to share about God’s love in Christ. Thank you for your generous giving to the Aspen Ridge benevolent fund.

DID YOU KNOW?

Jefferson County is in the top third of least-reached counties in America. According to J. D. Payne’s research, only 12.9% of Jefferson County residents attend an evangelical protestant church. Further, Park County has only 6.75% attending such churches, and Clear Creek County has only 1%. Let us remain on mission, “inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ together.” Take a moment this weekend to pray for those you encounter in your day-to-day comings and goings.

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