Baptism: February 9

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SGC will be conducting a baptism service on February 9 after the Sunday Celebration at Oak Grove Middle School.

If you would like to participate in the baptism on February 9, we ask that you register and attend a baptism class being held at 8:30 a.m. on January 19 at Oak Grove. This class will walk through the biblical basis for baptism, and also prepare parents and children as they seek to discern if it is time for a child’s public declaration of their profession of faith.

You can register for the class here.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Pastor Jon.

It is our joy to gather as the church and celebrate publicly what has happened in the hearts of believers in Christ. For those of you who have already been baptized, please plan to stay after the service on February 9 and join us for this special occasion.

 

Theology Seminar: Last But Not Least

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This January we’re excited to welcome pastor, theologian, and dean of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College, Jeff Purswell, for a one day seminar on eschatology-the study of the end times. This seminar is free and open to anyone who would like to join us for this special event. Visit the seminar page for more information.

Please help us plan accordingly by providing your RSVP for this event.

Saturday, January 25 | 8:30am – 3:00pm

 

Men’s Winter Camping Trip

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For the past 5 winters, a group of 8 to 12 guys have ventured into the wilderness for 2 nights/3 days to pursue biblical fellowship, have adventures, build relationships, and experience God’s magnificent creation in a unique way. The trip begins with a 1-5 mile hike/snowshoe into a remote lake location in the wilderness of MN or WI. Once the campsite is chosen, construction begins on the quinzee (igloo) which in past years has slept 7-10 guys. (If you have an aversion to sleeping in a snow-structure, Chad Whipple brings a heated-canvas tent!) The remaining time is spent hiking/snowshoeing, talking around the campfire, drinking coffee, sharing meals, two daily group devotions, sledding, snow-wrestling, collecting firewood, and finding other winter adventures.

God has richly blessed these trips in the past. It’s greatly enabled men to build relationships with other men in the church who they might not otherwise have contact with. There is also abundant opportunity to experience and practice biblical fellowship with one another, or to take a silent snowshoe through the woods to quiet your heart and be inspired by creation to worship the creator. Many of the sweetest memories of the trip come from discussion and fellowship around the campfire. Even men who were tentative about winter camping initially have loved the experience, evidenced by the fact that most who went in past years will be coming again this year!

The trip will be Thursday-Saturday, January 30-February 1, so it will require taking 2 days off work for most people. Location will be determined at a planning meeting in January. If you have zero camping experience and no equipment, you are still 100% eligible and encouraged to go. The only needed items are warm clothes and a sled, and many of the guys have extra equipment to lend as well if needed. The cost of the trip is minimal, just gas and food costs.

If you would like to sign-up to go or have any questions/interest, please contact Bert Eikum at Bertscrib@gmail.com

Christmas Caroling

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Have you been squirming in your stockings to do some caroling this Christmas season? Well, squirm no more, we will be caroling this Thursday evening and would love to have you join us!

CarolingWe will meet in the lobby of Ebenezer Tower Apartments (2545 Portland Ave S Mpls) at 5:15pm, this Thursday, December 19th. We are scheduled to be caroling from 5:30 – 6:30 to the residents there. Ebenezer is a senior living facility and caroling is a great opportunity to minister to the people living there. Feel free to bring kids as well.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me (jamesonnass[at]gmail.com).

Merry Christmas,

Jameson Nass

Sunday Preview, December 15, 2013

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After two weeks away, I can’t wait to gather with you, the saints of Sovereign Grace, on Sunday. Yes, I can’t wait because I love to be with all of you. But mainly I can’t wait because we gather together to encounter God. As members of his church, we have been given access into God’s presence. That’s astounding! “[W]e have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19). That’s true for every individual member of Sovereign Grace Church. Any time Any place. Full access to the presence of God. That said, there is an encounter with the living God available to us when we gather together as that church that’s unique. God manifests his presence in different ways to the “living stones” of his temple when they are gathered together than he does when they are apart. So we will gather together on Sunday because there is an encounter with God and an experience of his presence that is not available to us otherwise. Sunday morning is extraordinary. What we do is no ordinary thing. It can feel routine and mundane and familiar. But it is actually mind-blowing. Let me try to convince you that’s true. I’ll stay in the Book of Hebrews–chapter 12, verses 22-24. This text is that we should have in mind when we come to the Sunday Celebration each week. This is a description of the gathering we come to. This is the gathering we join. This is a description of reality—a reality that we can’t now see completely with our physical eyes. But it is reality nonetheless—a very significant reality:

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, (We don’t just come to Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington, Minnesota when we come to a Sunday gathering. We come to Mount Zion, to the city of God. Now, there’s a sense in which this city is still to come. But there’s a sense in which we’ve already arrived there in Christ. Together we are citizens of the city of God, enjoying all the benefits of citizenship.)

And [you come] to innumerable angels in festal gathering, (You see, this is a gathering! And it’s a festive gathering. It’s a party! There are angels at this gathering and their dressed for a party because that’s what Sunday morning is—it’s a celebration. We join innumerable angels when we gather together on Sunday to celebrate. And not only are there angels, but look at verse 23.)

23 and [you come] to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, (That’s every Christian! With this gathering we join every gathering of those enrolled in heaven.)

and [you come] to the spirits of the righteous made perfect (That’s every believer who has died and gone to heaven. So in this gathering we join with Abraham and Moses and David and James and John and Peter and Paul and Augustine and Martin Luther and Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon and Martyn Lloyd-Jones).

(And all the assembly is there) to [come to] God, the judge of all, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

That’s a description of a remarkable encounter with God. And it happens corporately. It’s a gathering! Participation in Sunday celebration is, in a very real sense, participation in the heavenly worship. There’s a veil, but we’re almost in the same room. And we come celebrating into the presence of the same God, by the same blood of Jesus, and we do it together! That’s what we participate in during this Sunday celebration. We gather together in order to encounter God, to celebrate the blood of Christ shed on our behalf, we gather to party in God’s presence because of the gospel. That’s why I can’t wait to gather with you on Sunday to worship in song and worship over the word as we look at the 7th commandment in our ongoing series on the Ten Commandments: “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Come ready. Come expectantly. Come hungry. Come ready to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).

Blessing Casa de Esperanza at Christmas

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Dear Saints of Sovereign Grace,

We just found out about an urgent need concerning the orphans of Casa de Esperanza that we want to make you aware of. Please read the email below from Kristi Fluharty whose daughter, Lily, serves at the orphanage.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

Pastor Rick


Dear Friends,

As most of you know, God has opened the door for our church to befriend and support those at Casa de Esperanza Orphanage in Caranavi, Bolivia.

As support continues to dwindle from the aging supporters in Holland, Casa’s needs continue to increase, especially during this Christmas season. Fidel and Charo, the orphanage directors, are in La Paz right now hoping to shop for the approximately 150 gifts they would like to bless the children and workers with. The reality is that there is no money to speak of to buy Christmas gifts this year. They would normally spend about $13 per person which equates to a need of $1950.

Might we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, give out of our abundance, to bless the least of these? “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON…”

Let us ask and trust God for this provision. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20).

If you would like to give to bless the children on Christmas, you can go to our website and click on the header to give online. Or you can go here directly to give. Or you can put a check in the offering plate this Sunday. Simply write “Bolivia” in the memo, and we will make sure your contribution gets to Casa.

Thank you so much for prayerfully considering giving to this need.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kristi Fluharty

Now Hiring: Sunday Celebration Audio/Video Technician

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Sovereign Grace Church is looking to hire a Sunday Celebration Audio/Video Technician. This position will be responsible for the consistent setup and reliable functioning of the audio and video gear and technologies used in support of the Sunday Celebration service. Applicants should possess attention to detail, a technological proficiency with computers and audio/video equipment, a joyful servants heart in working with other people, and a willingness to learn new technology. In addition to Sunday Celebration requirements, this position will also involve weekly audio/video editing and uploading of sermons to the church website.

Qualified applicants will have experience with the audio/video gear and equipment used by SGC in the Sunday Celebration through prior service on the Worship Team or similar experience in another setting.

Adult Membership or Child of a Member status at Sovereign Grace Church is required. To apply, please fill out an online job application here no later than December 8.

The complete job description can be viewed here.