Tell Your Story Well
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
“Go home to your people, and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he has mercy on you.” Mark 5:19
Jesus and the Gerasene Demoniac, 5:1-13.
Jesus’ charge to the Gerasene Demoniac, 5:14-20.
The Big Idea: Prepare and tell your faith story to people in your relational circles.
Go to your people.
Prepare your faith story.
Share your faith story.
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: Describe some key moments if you have turned to personal faith in Jesus Christ.
1) There are many descriptions of this person’s uncleanness and bondage. Describe.
2) There is little drama in the encounter of this man with Jesus. Jesus simply gives permission and the unclean spirits come out. Discuss.
3) Why did Jesus deny that this person could be among His followers and what did He charge him to do in this region?
Taking It Home: Write out your faith story using the before and after pattern. Share your story with three people this week.
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.
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.
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 on 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 your interests/desires. Please RSVP with the church office.
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 8 at 6:45 PM, 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.
SONGS FROM THE WEEKEND SERVICES
Crown Him With Many Crowns – Lifeway Worship
Springtime – Chris Renzema
Only You – Young Oceans
Blessed Assurance – Hymn
Good Good Father – Housefires
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS GYM AND PLAYDATE
Bring your kids aged 0 to 5 for an open gym and play date in the Celebration Center on Friday, March 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM! Coffee for moms and snacks for kids provided by MOPS. Email [email protected] with questions.
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 Aspen Ridge Elder Board is sponsoring a two-week educational tour to Israel through Jerusalem University College in October 2023. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Chris Van Inwagen at [email protected]
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL SAVE THE DATE!
It is that time of year when we plan our summers and make our family plans. Be sure that Vacation Bible School is on your calendar! It will be June 12-16. Volunteer sign up will be available during the month of April and child registration will open in May. Please consider joining us in sharing the love of Jesus with our community!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Join us on Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw and chips served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $4/person or $12/family. We would love to meet you there!
CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER
On Palm Sunday Weekend, Aspen Ridge Church is 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 (and is fulfilled by) Jesus Christ. This will be a great event for the whole family, and to extend invitations to neighbors and friends. Mark April 1 & 2 on your calendars!
March 11/12, Proverbs 11:30, presented by Jeff Clark
March 18/19, Psalm 119:134-136, presented by Jeff Clark
March 25/26, Matthew 28:18-20, presented by Kreg Kastelz
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF FEBRUARY 26, 2023
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 23,841 $ 67,768 $ 472,914
Budget $ 14,131 $ 56,522 $ 460,787
Difference $ 9,711 $ 11,246 $ 12,127