MESSAGE NOTES

Salt and Light
Matthew 5:13-16
Marcus Mackey

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Quick Review: What was something from the message that particularly challenged you or a question that came to mind during the message? 

My Story: Think about a time when someone was salt and light in your life. How did that look? What impact did it have on your life?

Digging Deeper:
1) Discuss this quote: “The greatest hindrance to the advance of the gospel worldwide is the failure of the lives of God’s people…The reason some people don’t believe in missions is that the brand of religion they have isn’t worth propagating.” – John Stott

2) What is the connection between the beatitudes and Jesus’ call in verses 13-16?

3) How does your pride, sin, comfort, fear of man and selfish ambition keep you from shining bright for Jesus in the world?

4) Read Matthew 25:14-30. How does this passage relate to Matthew 5:13-16?

5) Where do you see decay and darkness around you? What difference would it make if we ran into those places with the light of Christ?

Taking it Home: What might it look like for you to be salt and light this week? How could your family be salt and light to another family? How could your small group be salt and light in the community in the next month? (Be practical, Be specific and put it on the calendar.)

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

We welcome Marcus Mackey as our speaker this weekend. Marcus is our Church Planter in Residence, and we are excited to hear the message that God has given him. 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.

BENEVOLENT OFFERING

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.

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 – DROP OFF NEXT SUNDAY!

Get ready to make an impact in a child’s life! We will be filling boxes with school supplies/toys to send to a child who may never have received a gift. The shoebox will also send the good news of Jesus. Boxes are available in the lobby and final drop-off date is November 13. 

THE BRIDGE

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 call the church office to RSVP or note your interest on the communication card! Childcare/dinner are provided.

PRAYER WARRIORS

Aspen Ridge Church loves to regularly pray for needs and opportunities in our midst and throughout our community and world. If you have a prayer request, please write it down on a communication card and return to a bucket (or notify us online). If you would like to receive email prayer notifications as a “prayer warrior,” please let our office administrator Paula Yerks know at [email protected] We will include you in our weekly communique.

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 baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and salad served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $4/person or $12/family.

ASPEN RIDGE CONNECT SMALL GROUP

Are you feeling led to connect with God and His people at this local church? If so, please register on our website for a 4-week small group called Aspen Ridge Connect led by Pastor Marcus Mackey and Eric Krajewski, beginning November 20 in Fellowship Hall at 10:30 AM.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE

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!

UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS

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.

COMING MESSAGES

November 12/13, 1 Peter 5:1-5, presented by Jeff Clark
November 19/20, Psalm 136, presented by Jeff Clark|
November 26/27, Luke 1:26-33, presented by Kreg Kastelz

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF OCTOBER 30, 2022

GENERAL FUND           LAST WEEK         THIS MONTH        FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $      15,261           $    80,171              $  129,831
Budget                            $      10,425           $    52,125              $  105,002
Difference                       $        4,836           $    28,046               $   24,829

 

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