A Refugee Savior
Dr. Earl Waggoner
The Big Idea: Jesus was a refugee.
- The Warning (v. 13)
- The Flight (vv. 14-15)
- The Resettlement (vv. 19-23)
- The “So-What”
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: Have you ever experienced a difficult relocation or even evacuation? If so, what do you wish would have happened to make that relocation or evacuation less difficult? Was your experience as difficult as that of a refugee?
1) Is it difficult for you to relate to the plight of Joseph, Mary and Jesus as refugees? Do you consider this story part of the Christmas story?
2) “Jesus as political refugee then social outcast…” What effect do those thoughts have on your personal understanding of the God you worship, Jesus, God the Son?
3) Do you find it at all helpful to think of yourself as a “refugee from sin?” Why?
4) In what specific, tangible way could you move beyond a politicized approach to the refugee crisis to an empathetic approach to that crisis?
We welcome Earl Waggoner as our speaker this weekend. Earl is an elder, small group leader and a member of our preaching team. We want to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. Please visit the Welcome Center to get church information and receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.
AN UPDATE ON THE CLARK FAMILY
Many events have transpired over the past days. Pastor Jeff and Mary welcomed their first granddaughter, Alice Wrenn Schibi, into the world on Monday, December 3. Mom and baby are doing well. Pastor Jeff has also traveled to California to be with Mary, who fainted, fell and was in the hospital, undergoing testing and monitoring. Mary is out of the hospital and resting/recovering at Pastor Jeff’s parents’ home as they await instruction from the doctors. Please continue to pray for the Clark and Schibi families and contact an elder or church staff if you have needs during this time.
ASPEN RIDGE FAMILY
As 2018 comes to a close, we celebrate our Savior’s birth and praise our Father for every good and perfect gift. We reflect on the great things God is doing at Aspen Ridge Church and need to remember those who unselfishly serve us week in and week out. To demonstrate our appreciation, we will collect a love offering during the remaining weeks of December and then present a gift to each staff member at the end of the year. Please note “staff gift” on your check and or electronic gift. The elders thank you for your support.
In the lobby, through Christmas, you will notice a display of Christmas trees with various paper tags on them. This year, we are partnering with Life’s Options to purchase gift cards and such that can be presented throughout the year in times of need, rather than a slew of toys at Christmas. Would you take a tag (or several) and consider giving in this very real and practical way to benefit these families? We want our neighbors to feel Christ’s love in this season and beyond! We have also provided envelopes on the table by the trees so that you may return your gifts through the offering or directly to the church office.
Our next baptism weekend is scheduled for January 19/20. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the church office to discuss scheduling your pre-baptism interview. Interviews are scheduled for 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 5 and 12 and 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 6 and 13. You are only asked to attend one of these sessions.
If you are interested in finding out more about life at Aspen Ridge Church and how you can get involved, you are invited to the next session of The Bridge, January 19 from 4:00-7:30 PM. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall downstairs and would love to have you join us!
WINTER FUN GROUPS
Are you into winter sports? Do you pray for snow? Have you felt a nudge from God to lead a fun small group this winter? Skiing, ice-skating and snowshoeing are a few ideas. Please talk to Eric Krajewski, our Director of Small Groups, about your idea!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights, this week, our menu includes chicken pot pie, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight services will be held at 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM, with childcare available in the nursery for ages 0-2. There will also be a special message time during services for children, as well. We would love to celebrate this special time with old and new friends. This is a great weekend to invite neighbors to find a home in Christ together!
John and Elaine Mehn (Japan): Pray for the church in Japan…they recently had a great conference and the Japanese churches are looking to unite in better ways as a community to support one another and multiply. Pray for the people of Japan to know Jesus.