How to Love Those Different?
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Amidst significant diversity, the Church is a united fellowship in Christ.
The Church is One
Community Through Exclusion?
Withstanding worldly” divisions
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 about a relationship you have in the church with someone different from you (age, educational background or race). In what ways has that relationship been a blessing to you?
1) Why might someone choose a church that caters to his or her particular demographic group? What might they miss out on if they did so?
2) Read James 2:1-5. What does James tell the church not to do? How do the people of the church identify a rich or poor person? How do they treat them differently? What outward markers do we often use to make assumptions about others. What does this reveal about our priorities (1 Sam. 16:7)?
3) What characteristics do we highly prize in the church today? How does the fact that God has chosen the heirs of the kingdom (James 2:5) force us to re-evaluate our preferences?
4) Read Revelation 7:9-10. What is diverse about the heavenly worshipers? What do they have in common? How is this heavenly unity and diversity reflected in the earthly gathering of the local church?
Taking it Home: Identify your different spiritual gifts by going to the following website (www.churchgrowth.org/analysis/intro.php) and sit down with a pastor or coach to discuss how to use such gifts in service. Welcome and introduce yourself to someone different in a weekend gathering.
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.
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!
MARCUS MACKEY WEEKEND
On the first weekend of November, Marcus Mackey will present a message for our Rediscover Church series. His talk will answer the question “How Do We Love Outsiders?” and will look at Matthew 5:13-16. Further, we will celebrate the Lord’s Table together.
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.
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.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
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.
ASPEN HOLLOW TRUNK OR TREAT
Aspen Hollow Trunk or Treat outreach is this Sunday, October 30 from 2:00-4:00 PM. We will transform our parking lot into an outdoor event with decorated vehicles, candy and entertainment, featuring the Salida Circus performing aerial acrobatics in the center. Candy donations are still accepted in the lobby and are greatly needed and appreciated. Please invite your neighbors and come join us!
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 sloppy joes, chips and dessert served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $4/person or $12/family. If you would like to serve on a cook team, contact Ryan Kluge at [email protected] / 713.204.8111.
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.
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 5/6, Matthew 5:13-16, presented by Marcus Mackey
November 12/13, 1 Peter 5:1-5, presented by Jeff Clark
November 19/20, Psalm 136, presented by Jeff Clark
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF OCTOBER 23, 2022
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 17,426 $ 64,910 $ 114,570
Budget $ 10,425 $ 41,700 $ 94.577
Difference $ 7,001 $ 23,210 $ 19,993