The Great [Com]Mission
The Big Idea: This is a mission for all Christians.
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: If you had to evaluate yourself on how well you are fulfilling the great commission of Jesus, how would you judge yourself? How can you get a little better?
1) What is the #1 thing that motivates you to tell others about Jesus or to have spiritual conversations? (Some possible examples include it being a command, the reality of hell, to save people from their life apart from God right now, etc.)
2) What is something that holds you back from telling others about Jesus?
3) What stories in your life might help point others to Jesus? Can you tie your story into what Jesus is doing in your life?
4) How can you better rely on the spirit of God in your conversations with others?
Taking It Home: Try asking God for opportunities this week to tell people His story and see what happens!
We welcome Kreg Kastelz, our Pastor of Student Ministries, 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 on tables in the Celebration Center.
Pastor Jeff and Mary are away this weekend in Summit County celebrating their 35th Wedding Anniversary. Pastor Kreg Kastelz is preaching this weekend and available for pastoral needs and responsibilities. Pastor Jeff will return to Aspen Ridge Church on Monday, March 27.
CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER
On Palm Sunday Family Services 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.
Aspen Ridge Church is hosting an orientation meeting called the Bridge on Sunday, April 16 at 4:00 PM (and through the dinner hour). This meeting serves as an on-ramp to church life, describing who we are and what future we seek in our church. There are additional spaces available. If you would like to connect, please indicate on our communication card.
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
How Great Thou Art – Paul Baloche
Springtime – Chris Renzema
His Mercy Is More – Matt Boswell
Do It Again – Elevation
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.
PURSUING JESUS FIRST
When was the last time you left a conference with your heart refreshed? Can you think of leaving a seminar with your soul screaming “give me more”? Yeah, me neither, until March of this year when I attended the Converge “Pursuing Jesus First in Life and Ministry” conference. Check out my recent blog “Pursuing Jesus First!”
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.
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 [email protected].
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Join us on Wednesday, March 29 from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of sloppy joes, chips and salad served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $4/person or $12/family.
Camp IdRaHaJe is looking to hire summer staff for 2023! They are hiring counselors/support staff (cooks, housekeepers, nurses and more.) Contact Dane Peterson at [email protected].
ROYAL FAMILY KIDS
Aspen Ridge Church is partnering with Royal Family Kids (RFK) to bring 40 foster kids to camp from July 30-August 4, 2023 and have many opportunities to serve. Please contact Bethany Van Mill at [email protected] to learn more about becoming a counselor for the week of camp and the many other ways to help.
April 1/2, Christ in the Passover, presented by Jews for Jesus
April 8/9, Matthew 12:38-40, presented by Jeff Clark
April 15/16, Colossians 1:1-2, presented by Jeff Clark
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF MARCH 19, 2023
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 14,521 $ 49,369 $ 503,374
Budget $ 15,315 $ 45,945 $ 506,732
Difference $ (794) $ 3,424 $ (3,358)