MESSAGE NOTES

Contrast
Revelation 21
Kreg Kastelz

The Big Idea: Life with God will contrast much of life as we
know it.

Contrast of the World: Revelation 21:1-8
Contrast of Destination: Rev 21:9-27
Live in Contrast

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: Does the picture painted here of heaven and the afterlife differ from what you grew up imagining (or even what you walked in the door imagining this weekend)?

Digging Deeper:

1) Of all of the aspects of heaven we discussed in this chapter; which is the most appealing to you? Which is the hardest to understand?

2) We discussed a few “bookends” here at the end of the scriptures that are similar to the beginning of scripture. Are there any we did not discuss that you noticed (either here or in the other parts of revelation we had previously studied).

3) In a physical heaven, what might be something you could do that you might not be able to do in an ethereal (non-physical) heaven?

Taking it Home: Does seeing this glimpse of eternity change the way you will live your day tomorrow? If this changes the way you look at life, what’s one practical change you can make tomorrow?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

We welcome Pastor Kreg Kastelz 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.

PASTOR JEFF’S TIME AWAY

Pastor Jeff and Mary are enjoying a “Grandparent Vacation” spending time with their daughter and grandchildren in Falls Church, Virginia. They are looking forward to returning for the weekend of April 2/3.

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER

This Palm Sunday and Easter, Aspen Ridge Church will re-tell the encounter on the Road to Emmaus in a series entitled “Should to Shoulder.” On Palm Sunday weekend we will feature a special children’s presentation and review the travelers’ journey. On Easter weekend we will celebrate baptisms and describe how the travelers’ eyes were opened to see the risen Jesus. Our services include Saturday Night at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. Bring a friend!

BAPTISM

Aspen Ridge Church will celebrate baptism on Easter weekend, April 16/17. We will provide baptism orientation meetings, with the expectation that someone getting baptized will attend at least one. The last of these meetings will be April 2 at 1:00 PM. If you are interested in baptism, please indicate on our communication card or call the church office and we will provide the needed support and orientation.

RELATIONSHIPS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

After Easter, Aspen Ridge Church will present a series entitled “Relationships Under Construction.” We will give special attention to building constructive relationships between/among the sexes. It will be a comprehensive look at different types of relationships: husbands/wives, friendships among singles, spiritually diverse marriages and people who aspire to marriage. Wise counsel will be found in 1 Corinthians 7.

EVERGREEN CHORAL

Please join us here at Aspen Ridge Church on April 22 at 7:30 PM for the Evergreen Chorale in concert with the premier Irish Michael Collins Pipes and Drums band in an evening of exciting music from the British Isles! For tickets and more information, please visit us at https://ovationwest.org/events-tickets/a-celtic-celebration.

ELDER BOARD SERVICE PROJECT

Our elder team would like to announce a relief effort/service project toward our sister churches and their neighbors in Ukraine. Visit this Converge link; https://www.converge.org/missions/world-relief for more information. Our Missions team is ready to receive gifts that would be forwarded to this purpose, please mark those gifts accordingly.

THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

Our elder team encourages our church family to be educated on developments in the Colorado legislature that are not favorable to the sanctity of human life. As you are led, we invite you to exert influence on such developments in our state government. If you would like further information, you may contact Aspen Ridge Church elder Greg Kopp at [email protected]  

ADJUSTED OFFICE HOURS

Please note that our main office hours will be adjusted beginning Tuesday, March 29 through and including Tuesday, April 5. Tuesday through Thursday we will be open from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM – Noon. We will return to normal office hours on 4/6. 

MOPS HOP 2022 / VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Aspen Ridge MOPS is proud to host our “returned-to-full-participation” annual MOPS Hop on Saturday, April 16! This family-friendly event will feature an Easter egg hunt, brunch with the bunny and fun activities for all. The fun begins at 10:00 AM – we hope you can join us and invite your neighbors. If you or your small group are looking for a great service project to participate in, we could use your help! This event is a joint outreach with MOPS and Aspen Ridge Church to our families in the community. Please contact Kyndall Nixon (303-717-9098) by 4/6. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Please join us on Wednesday, March 30 for baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and dessert. The cost is $3/person or $10/family.

SAVE THE DATE FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)!

VBS will be held June 13-17! Keep an eye out for volunteer sign-up opportunities in April. Registration for kids will open in May.

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF MARCH 20, 2022

GENERAL FUND          LAST WEEK          THIS MONTH          FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $     19,395             $    50,279              $  502,341
Budget                            $     17,000             $    51,000              $  486,500
Difference                       $       2,395             $        (721)             $    15,841

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