1 Peter 5:1-5
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Churches follow the teaching and example of elders.
What are Pastors and Elders?
Shepherd the flock of God.
Get an example.
Trust toward and among leaders.
Service Ministry Team.
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: Think of a pastor or elder who helped you grow spiritually. What things did he do or say that made an impact on you?
1) Western societies commonly elevate certain people for their beauty, athletic ability, charisma, connections or wealth. What is different about the requirements for being an elder in Christ’s church?
2) Review 1 Timothy 3:1-7. List the things that ought to be true of an overseer or elder. List the things that ought not to be true of an overseer or elder. Which of these things are expected of all Christians? Which are particular to the office of elder?
3) In what specific ways do your pastors equip you and the other members of your church to know the gospel, to live by the gospel, to protect the church’s gospel witness and to extend the gospel’s reach? What is the process for selecting elders in your local church? How do these verses inform that process?
4) Read Acts 6:1-4. What was the problem in the church? What solution did the apostles propose? Why did they not offer to do the work themselves? How did these first deacons meet tangible needs? How did they promote unity? How did they support the elders?
Taking it Home: Identify and pray for your elders and deacons this week. Write a note of encouragement and affirmation for their hard work.
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.
BAPTISM / MEMBERSHIP WEEKEND
Aspen Ridge Church is hosting baptism services this weekend. Please join us as we praise God and celebrate the baptisms of Nathan Kennedy, Georgia Key and Cora and Emery Pope with cake in the lobby after each service. We will also welcome Leslie Gould and Jason and Ashley Key as new Aspen Ridge members.
BIRD IS THE WORD: COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER
Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 20 at 6:00 PM for our community Thanksgiving dinner – Bird is the Word. Please see Dave Retterer in the lobby this weekend to volunteer. Small groups are encouraged to pick an area to help! Invite your neighbors and friends as we celebrate our blessings!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD BOXES FINAL DROP OFF DAY!
Sunday, 11/13 is our final drop off day for our OCC Christmas boxes. We have filled the boxes and shared the good news of Jesus. We will pray over our boxes and send them on their way early on Monday!
On Sunday, November 13 from 4:00-6:30 PM we will host a session of “The Bridge.” This is a meeting for people wanting to know all about Aspen Ridge, its ministries, small groups and more. If you are interested in attending, please feel free to join us! Childcare/dinner are provided.
ARE YOU FEELING A BIT DISCONNECTED?
Check out our website blog “Connect!” for a story of wilderness adventure, the call of Jesus to connect to His Kingdom and an invitation to connect with this local church. Pastor Marcus Mackey and Eric Krajewski want to connect with you and God in a 4-week small group called Aspen Ridge Connect beginning November 20 in our Fellowship Hall at 10:30 AM. Please register on-line under the small group link or on a communication card in your worship folder.
ASPEN HOLLOW THANKS
Thank you to ALL who volunteered and participated in Aspen Hollow this year. We could not do this without you! We appreciate the amazing leadership of Debbie Stewart, our Children’s Ministry Director, Clare Retterer our assistant in Children’s Ministry and Dave Retterer, our Safety/Security Team Director. We had 600+ children and adults visit us and received many thanks for the opportunity to come. We praise God for a successful and safe event.
REDISCOVER CHURCH CAR HANGERS
Our Rediscover Church team has provided Aspen Ridge Church car hangers as a reminder to pray. Please pick-up one or more and pray for the objectives of this initiative. These include prayerful support of a new church plant in Indian Hills and elimination of our church mortgage. They are available near the nametags and at the Welcome Center.
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.
Aspen Ridge Church will use the weekend of November 19/20 to give special attention to Thanksgiving. We will hear from Middle School students on just what they are thankful for. We will study Psalm 136, a Psalm of Thanksgiving. Later that evening we will celebrate with “Bird is the Word.” Bring a friend!
Aspen Ridge will begin a series entitled “Unexpected Christmas” the weekend after Thanksgiving. We will look at the unexpected way God intervened in human lives/history that first Christmas. Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held on December 24 at 3:30 and 5:00 PM.
November 19/20, Psalm 136, presented by Jeff Clark
November 26/27, Luke 1:26-33, presented by Kreg Kastelz
December 3/4, Luke 1:39-45, presented by Jeff Clark
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2022
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 14,075 $ 14,075 $ 143,906
Budget $ 17,435 $ 17,435 $ 122,437
Difference $ (3,360) $ (3,360) $ 21,469