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For those of you who missed it, this past Sunday we talked about our Outreach coming up next week on Halloween. So here are the details recapped for you, each of us will be praying about three people to engage with this outreach. It could be a friend, neighbor, or coworker and the goal is to use Halloween as a means of engaging with them. The way we are going to do this is to give those three people a Halloween Gift and a letter attached to the gift. The gift could be a box of Pop Tart’s or a starbucks gift card or maybe sour patch kids. Then on Halloween you are going to give them the gift with the letter attached to it (if it is a gift card you can put the gift card inside the letter). On the letter you are going to do three things, tell them how thankful you are for them , share your testimony, and share the gospel.
Below is a link to my letter I am sending to one of my coworkers, basically just engage them, share a brief testimony and a brief description of the gospel. Then close by saying thanks to them for being a good friend or neighbor or coworker and sign your name.
The purpose of this letter is to alert those people to the fact that you are a Christian, and to give them an opportunity to respond through conversation with you. Some of you will have over the next two months opportunities where they bring up the letter, and bring up the fact that you are a Christian. It is an opportunity to share the hope that is in you.
Lastly, if you are like me doing something like this can be fearful. If you are struggling with fear I would encourage you to call a fellow small group member to pray for you, and if you want to go even further I would encourage fasting as well. If you have any questions feel free to email me at : TheoSandberg@gmail.com
Want to share your faith but don’t know how? Declare is designed to help everyday Christians like you grow in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Held over 2 consecutive Saturdays, participants will receive biblical teaching and practical hands-on evangelism experience alongside gifted evangelists that will help them to grow into disciples who declare the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.
Come discover how to communicate the gospel more clearly and how to trust God more fully in evangelism through the power of the Holy Spirit. The next class begins Saturday, November 9, at the church office. Sign up below (or click here).
Declare Evangelism Class
Saturday November 9, 10:00am-2:00pm
Saturday, November 16, 4:00pm – 9:00pm
There will be a Baby Dedication on November 10 during the Sunday Celebration. If you have a child you wish to have dedicated, please let us know by filling out the form below (or click here).
What do the 10 Commandments have to do with the Christian? Isn’t that Old Testament Law? Is Old Testament Law still binding on us today? Didn’t Jesus fulfill the Law on our behalf? What do the Commandments have to do with Christ? Join us as we take a Christ-centered look at the 10 Commandments and apply them to our lives as Christians in our new sermon series “Written in Stone.”
This weekend the parents and youth of our 267 Ministry will be attending “LIFT“, the annual fall youth retreat for the Twin Cities Sovereign Grace Churches. It’s a time for us to get away from our normal routines and lift our eyes to our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Through teaching, worship, and small group discussion times our prayer is that the youth and their parents will grow in their love for Jesus and enjoy fellowship with one another.
As this is a formative weekend for the ministry year in the life of our youth ministry, I’d love to have you join us in prayer. Please pray:
- That parents and their children would grow in relationship with one another around the gospel.
- That the Lord would use the teaching and worship times to give us a deeper understanding of his grace.
- That the Lord would save those who have not yet believed in him.
- That the the students would strengthen existing relationships with one another, would make new friendships, and would make the new 6th grade students feel welcome as they enter into the youth ministry.
- That we would have safe travels, health, and protection from injuries with the abundance of crazy youth activities!
May the Lord meet us in a powerful way this weekend as we seek to believe, live, and rejoice in the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
(Colossians 2:6-7 ESV)
This Sunday, in the last sermon in our Life Together series, we’ll see how the Apostle Peter tells us to live life together since “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 4:7). I won’t give away the answer, but I will tell you that it’s stunningly un-sensational yet gloriously extraordinary. After the sermon, as we get ready to re-launch our small group ministry next week, we’ll install and commission four new Small Group Leader Deacons and pray for them and their wives as they begin their new ministry among us. But don’t wait until Sunday to pray, you can be praying now for Ben and Allie Maurer, Jeff and Christina Waldron, Dean and Sarah McLaurin, and Jameson and Diedra Nass.
The deadline to apply for the Bolivia Ministry trip to Casa de Esperanza has been extended to October 5, 2013. The trip will take place March 27 through April 7, 2014 and will be focused on construction work (metal roofing, plumbing, painting, sanding, and staining,) around the orphanage. Evenings will be set aside for times to care for the children and employees of the orphanage. The estimated cost of the trip will be $1950 per person. For more detailed information on the trip, see this blog post, or contact pastor Jon in the office.
You can fill out an application here. A $100 deposit is required. The deadline to apply for the team is October 5, 2013. Those not accepted to the team will receive a full refund of the deposit amount. Those who cancel participation in the trip after October 15 will not receive a refund.