Engaging in Spiritual Conversations
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Wise people engage in spiritual conversations.
Question: How does one engage in more spiritual conversations?
Pray for opportunities
Make it a priority
Get out and into your community
Establish routines and cultivate relationships
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: Compare notes with others about challenges you face in having spiritual conversations.
1) In debriefing Proverbs 11:30, what is it about capturing souls that is inspiring and/or intimidating?
2) In considering the example of Jesus, what can you learn from His interaction with the Rich Young Ruler or Nicodemus, about having spiritual conversations?
3) When was the last time you asked God to open new doors of opportunity for you?
4) If you were to tithe your time to community service and interaction what would your work week look like?
5) What relational commitments are you making in your community? What places do you frequent in your community?
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 on tables in the Celebration Center.
SOUP’ER SATURDAY & FOOD TRUCK FELLOWSHIP WEEKEND
Please join us for our Soup’er Saturday and Food Truck Fellowship this weekend. Soup’er Saturday begins immediately following our Saturday evening service at 6:00 PM and Food Truck Fellowship is offered beginning at 9:15 AM and continuing after our second Sunday service.
WINDOW BLINDS IN THE CELEBRATION CENTER
Have you noticed a change with our window blinds during our worship services lately? We are trying an experiment currently with keeping them down for the entirety of the service and opening them before and after services. One reason for this is it allows maximum visibility on our overhead-display projection screens. Another reason is we now have plenty of light from our new “house lights” and no longer need the windows to supplement what used to be much dimmer lights. Thanks for trying this experiment with us!
NEWCOMER’S EAT & GREET
Are you interested in getting to know more about Aspen Ridge? Pastor Jeff and Mary will host this informal gathering at their home this Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 PM. The address is 7183 Pinewood Drive in Evergreen. We would love to connect with you and hear more about you.
ASPEN RIDGE CHURCH CUSTODIAN
Aspen Ridge Church has heard that Patrick Murphy will retire from his role as church custodian in a few months. We would like to thank Patrick for such faithful service and ministry! We will also be fielding enquiries for a future replacement for this important role. If you have interest or suggestions, please contact Jack Wealing at 219.863.2760.
SONGS FROM THE WEEKEND SERVICES
Magnificent Marvelous Matchless Love – Matt Boswell
You Are Life – Hillsong Worship
Springtime – Chris Renzema
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me – CityAlight
Our next baptism will be on Easter weekend, April 8/9. We will provide baptism orientation meetings, with the expectation that someone getting baptized will attend at least one. These meetings will be held on March 11 at 4:00 PM or March 15 at 5:00 PM. If you are interested, please fill out a communication card or call the church office.
MOPS HOP 2023
Aspen Ridge MOPS is proud to host our annual MOPS Hop on Saturday, April 8! This family-friendly event will feature an Easter egg hunt (divided by age groups), “brunch with the bunny” and fun activities for all beginning at 10:00 AM. Please join us and invite your neighbors.
MISSIONS TRIP 2023
Pastor Kreg is leading a trip to Honduras to work alongside one of our missionaries there from July 26 to August 2. This trip is open to high school students but is also open to families from Aspen Ridge Church. If you are interested email Kreg.
BIBLE STUDY FOR ALL
Bible Study for All will begin a new study on March 8 in the book of I Peter. Come join us on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 PM, we have groups for men, women and children.
ISRAEL EDUCATIONAL TOUR
The Elder Board is sponsoring a two-week educational tour to Israel through Jerusalem University College in October 2023. If you are interested, please contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Join us on Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of spaghetti with zoodle option, salad and garlic bread served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $4/person or $12/family.
CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER
On Palm Sunday Weekend, we are pleased to present a “Christ in the Passover” event through the Jews for Jesus ministry. This event will re-enact the Jewish celebration of Passover and show us how it points to Jesus Christ. This will be a great event for the whole family, and to extend invitations to neighbors/friends.
March 18/19, Psalm 119:134-136, presented by Jeff Clark
March 25/26, Matthew 28:18-20, presented by Kreg Kastelz
April 1/2, Christ in the Passover, presented by Jews for Jesus
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF MARCH 5, 2023
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 16,439 $ 16,439 $ 489,353
Budget $ 15,315 $ 15,315 $ 476,102
Difference $ 1,124 $ 1,124 $ 13,251