I had a good question posed to me this week. "What makes
your church different than any other church?"
I want to answer it carefully, for I never really like to
compare our church to other churches. To me, other churches
are like teammates. They’re on the same side, working for
the same Lord. We all have different strengths and
characteristics, but we’re working together.
Still, though, it’s a good question, and I’ll try to answer
it. "What makes our church different?"
We worship God and we teach the Bible—like other churches,
but it doesn’t stop there. Our strength is that we don’t
just teach the Bible; we put it into practice in dozens of
ways every week. We feed the hungry four days every week
through our brown bag lunch program. We house and feed the
homeless every week in our IHELP ministry. We offer free
medical care and medicines every Monday—85 patients last
week alone! We offer help to young mothers in the form of
free diapers, clothing, Bible Studies, prayers, pregnancy
tests, and parenting classes through our New Life Pregnancy
Center—169 families last month. We offer a low-cost
basketball league to children and teens and we teach them
about Christ and about life while we coach—about 150
basketball players this season. We offer a free block party
(“free” includes all of the food, candy, and games) to about
1200 people every year. We go to the Navajo Reservation to
partner with a church in need. We build homes and ship food
buckets to the impoverished Island of Dominica on a mission
trip every year. We help finance new church starts in other
areas. We give away a large percentage of our income to
Maybe we’re not as trendy as other churches. Maybe our
neighborhood is a little poorer than those in the newest
suburbs, and our building is not as new. Maybe our pastor
isn’t as young as he used to be. Maybe some (but not all) of
the songs we sing have been around awhile. Maybe our decor
(especially the orange carpet) seems a little dated.
Our strength is that we don’t just talk about loving God,
loving people, and following Jesus.
We live it as authentically as we know how.
Join us if you can on Saturday (at the
new time of 4:30 pm) or on Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 am.
And serve with us in one of our authentically Christiam
shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prhohibiting the free exercise thereof . . ."
Those are the opening words of the Bill of Rights. The
very first right guaranteed is the right to freedom of
At least one presidential candidate wants to put significant
limitations on that right. And though Pastor Jack does
not endorse political candidates or parties, he can and does
point out Biblical or moral issues of great importance.
Read more about our Freedom of Religion in Pastor Jack's
Women's Ministry Update
Our Women’s Ministry continues to grow and thrive as we make
deep Bible Study the hallmark and priority of all that we
are growing in Christ and learning more and more about God
and His character and attributes and then seeking to be more
like Him as we walk with Him each day. This newest Study,
“God of Creation,” (Genesis 1-11) has been one of the
greatest studies we have ever done. We only have three weeks
left, but I encourage you to come and join us. Every single
week is powerful. You don’t have to start from the
beginning. I know you will be blessed if you simply come and
hang out with us. God is moving! We are enjoying the
sweetness of His Presence every time we gather. We meet on
Tuesdays at 10:00 am or 6:00 pm. Come at whatever time best
meets your needs. We offer childcare in the morning session.
We have close to 60 women coming each week! It has been so
exciting to watch God at work!
We will be following up this Study, with God of the
Covenant—a Study of Genesis 12 through the end of the Book.
We begin this Study in January. So if you missed this one,
mark your calendars for January and join us. I promise you
will be glad you did!
We invite you to join us for our annual Fall Festival! This
fun carnival-style event is packed full of fun, food, games,
prizes, face painting, and more. It is fun for all ages and
is a ministry of our church that Loves People!
Our community and our congregation come
together to mingle, share in conversations, and experience
joy and fellowship with one another! Invite a family or two
to this event. Don't forget to mention that every aspect of
this event is free! We have handouts with information about
the event available at the ministry table at the east
entrance or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
P.S. We can still use volunteers, candy, and prize
Saturday Worship Time!
We invite you to join us for worship every Saturday
evening at our new time of 4:30 pm!
We believe the earlier start will help us reach new people,
so when you invite others to worship, let them know we have
a Saturday night option!
It is always a great time of worship and the same message
that is preached on the following Sunday morning!
Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!
October 13 - Make Up Day
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October 19 - Make Up Day
October 20 - Make Up Day
October 21 -
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October 25 -
1 John 1
October 26 - Make Up Day
NOTE: Several have asked why we're
"skipping around" the New Testament rather than reading it
straight through. Our reasoning is simple. There
are four gospels telling the story of Jesus, and we wanted
us to read one of those gospels each quarter! If you'd
like to see the full plan, you can downolad your
full year copy.