MESSAGE NOTES

Single or Married
I Corinthians 7:6-9
Lawrence Pridmore

Marriage has been elevated by the church.
What about Singleness?
Is Marriage or Singleness better in the Bible?

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: Identify some people who have made the choice to remain single. What are the benefits of their decision?

Digging Deeper: 

1) The American church has put a high priority on Marriage in recent years. Can you see a conflict between this priority and Paul’s writings in 1 Corinthians 7:6-9?

2) If the history we have about Thomas and his preaching sexual abstinence even in marriage is true, then how did he “miss the mark” according to 1 Corinthians chapter 7?

3) How can a person’s culture and mores (customs or rules for a community that often go unspoken) affect how we interpret the Bible and apply it to our own lives?

4) In 1 Corinthians 7:6-9, how did this portion of Paul’s letter potentially offer outside-of-the-box freedom or liberty to the Christians of Corinth?

Taking it Home: Have you seen any bias in your peers or yourself of elevating Marriage over Singleness? If so, what are some steps that could be taken in your own life or community to help change these biases?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

We welcome Lawrence Pridmore, our Worship Arts Pastor, as our speaker this weekend. We would love to meet you at our Welcome Center in the lobby and share a gift and available opportunities. Our Pastoral team would also love to meet you and will linger in the front after the services to this end. You may let us know you were here by using a Communication Card found in our worship folder. We receive these in containers placed on tables in the Celebration Center.

BENEVOLENT OFFERING

This weekend is an opportunity to contribute to the Benevolent Fund, which is used for our church family and community members in times of need. If you wish to contribute, you may give your gift on the way out of the service today.

OUR NEXT BAPTISM WEEKEND

We have received interest in providing another baptism service, praise God! We will do so on Memorial Day weekend, May 28/29. We will provide three baptism orientation meetings, with the expectation that someone getting baptized will attend at least one. These meetings will be May 12 at 5:00 PM; May 14 at 4:00 PM and May 15 at 11:30 AM. If you are interested, please indicate on our communication card or call the church office and we will provide the needed support and orientation.

SHINE ON!  COMMUNITY TALK

Join us on Saturday, May 14 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in our Fellowship Hall as we have an open conversation about what foster care looks like in our community. We will be joined by Collaborative Foster Care, Royal Family Kids Camp – Littleton and Colorado Kids’ Belong to see what the church is doing and can do to help kids who have experienced trauma in their young lives. Free lunch for attendees!

UPCOMING WEEKEND FELLOWSHIP

Please plan to join us on May 14/15 after our worship services for our Food Truck Fellowship. Our Soup’er Saturday has wrapped up for this season and we want to thank Jodie Cates and her team for a great year! We are continuing to fellowship with our Food Truck on both Saturday and Sunday through the summer and are thankful to Hunter Slife for this opportunity. We look forward to great food and fun! 

PATIO UPGRADES

Aspen Ridge Church would like to thank Bruce Jr. and Mike Reinoehl for their part in expanding our south patio area. New tables and umbrellas are on their way. Thanks in advance to our properties ministry team for receiving and building such tables for wide use.

MOPS HOP OUTREACH & SUPPORT

Aspen Ridge Church would like to thank those who helped make our “Aspen Ridge Church MOPS Hop” a success this year with 500 people attending! This includes Becky Kastelz, Kyndall Nixon and the many team members of our MOPS ministry. Further, at least three Aspen Ridge small groups provided practical support to this outreach. Thank you to all who served this community event.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)

Come join us at VBS as we “Armor Up in the Quest for the King’s Armor” and teach children about Jesus, June 13-17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Contact Debbie with any questions. Online registration will open mid-May on the church website. Remember to register early, as we are expecting a full house!

A GOD OF CREATIVITY

We are creative people because we are made in God’s creative image. Do you believe that about yourself? What would change about how you approach God and others if you knew this to be true? I mean really knew. How would your worship look different if approached from the standpoint of an artist? Check out Eric’s new blog on our website or social media for his take on divine creativity!

UKRAINE RELIEF

You may know that Aspen Ridge Church has been communicating a service project toward our sister churches and their neighbors in Ukraine. The following link: https://converge.org/missions/world-relief provides more information. We are pleased to announce that our church has given some $6,000 toward this project! If you would like to give, you may do so with a gift to Aspen Ridge Church and an indication that this gift is for “Ukraine Relief.”

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Please join us on Wednesday, May 4 for lasagna, garlic bread, salad, green beans and dessert. The cost is $3/person or $10/family. We would love to meet you there! Thanks to our Cook Teams – Aspen Ridge Church would like to thank Ryan Kluge and Theresa Stimatze for coordinating our cook teams this past school year. Further, we would like to thank each of the cook teams, including the leaders of these respective teams. If you are interested in being a part of a cook team for the next school year, please let us know on the communication card.

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF APRIL 24, 2022

GENERAL FUND          LAST WEEK          THIS MONTH          FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $     16,852             $    57,587              $  586,417
Budget                            $     14,000             $    56,000              $  559,500
Difference                       $       2,852             $      1,587              $    26,917

 

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