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Moms, Father’s Day is coming soon, and we want to bless dad on Sunday, June 16. This year, we’d like to create a fun experience for dads (and the congregation) by having moms “interview” their children about their dad. Grab a digital video camera, tablet, or smart phone, and capture some candid answers to the questions below. We’ll edit together as many of the submissions as we can possibly fit and play the result during the Sunday Celebration on Father’s Day.
Record Your Video
Choose a few of the questions below, get the camera rolling, and ask your kids to answer them.
- What do you love about Dad?
- What do you like to do with Dad?
- Why is Dad your hero?
- Why did God make Dad?
- Why did Dad marry Mom?
- If Dad were a super hero, who would be be?
- If Dad were an animal, what would he be?
Submit Your Video
Please submit your video file no later than Sunday, June 2. If at all possible, try to email the video to Peter in the church office. Otherwise, contact Peter about how to get him the video.
- If you don’t have a device that records video, consider asking a friend who has one to help you out.
- Work with the kids as a group or individually. It’s up to you.
- Try to find a neutral colored background with good lighting and avoid noisy places like outside.
- Short, candid answers will make this a fun experience. Don’t feel like you have to coach the kids or get the perfect answer.
Get those cameras rolling! This will be a great way to surprise and encourage Dad.
Singles of Sovereign Grace: join the pastors and their wives for a night of fun and fellowship as the Twins battle the White Sox on June 19 at 7:10 p.m. Tickets are $19 and can be paid for here (or below) through the church. The night of the game, meet us at O’Donovan’s Irish Pub for dinner at 5:00 p.m. or in front of the Big Glove at 6:45 p.m. for ticket distribution.
You can save a baby’s life and spread the gospel in our community by walking or sponsoring a walker at Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center’s Walk For Life on June 8. This family-fun event helps Amnion provide pregnant women in crisis with life-saving assistance.
Learn about our church Walk Team by contacting our Walk Captains, Ruth Whipple or Doreen Stewart, and visit the Walk table in the hallway after service. Please register to be a walker or support a walker on Amnion’s website.
At Sovereign Grace Church we want to be on mission with what God is doing not just here in Bloomington, but also with his mission around the world. That’s why we love the partnership we began a year ago with the orphanage, Casa de Esperanza, in Carnavi, Bolivia. We’ve sent a ministry team to extend mercy through service projects, church members Jameson and Diedra Nass served for an extended period of time with a related Christian training ministry down the hill from the orphanage, and our own Lily Fluharty and Jessa Veldhuizen have been serving onsite at the orphanage for an extended period of time. We recently received this update from Jessa that we wanted to pass along to you, her church family:
Well I am sorry it took so long to write an update but as always, the time flies past you!! So the first 10 weeks that I was here in Caranavi, Bolivia I was in a discipleship course called CEC that is right below the orphanage I am now in, Casa de Esperanza. I am going to run you through a brief overview of what I did in CEC and how my time was spent.
First we have a maximum limit of 3 minute showers, and they are cold showers by the way. And If you come even a minute late you get what are called “bendiciones especiales” translation: special blessings. Which is like extra work haha. You can never have one girl and one boy, you always have to have 3 people. 3 times a week, we did 2 and a half hours of practical work, the girls clean and cook and stuff and the boys cut the grass with machetes. 3 times a week we also had an hour where we had to read. I read the cross centered life and Road to Calvary and other books in Spanish .
We get up at 6:30 every day and have breakfast at 7. Then 7:30 someone gives a devotional then 7 to 8 is quiet time, personal devotions. Then 8-10:30 classes. Then 15 minutes of break then class till 12. Then lunch and after lunch sometimes it was work time and other days we practiced choreography or clowns or puppets or dramas. And then 4-5 we had free time then we had class or we read. Then dinner at 6 or 6:30 then more classes till 9:30 then break then sleep!!!!!
So as you can see I was very busy. The whole time in CEC we were preparing things like the puppets, songs for kids, clowns, dramas and choreographs to use on our Crusada. Which is like a 2 week mission trip. There were 15 students and we split into two groups for our crusades, my group went to a city called Yucumo, like 6 hours away from Caranavi and the other group went to a city about a half hour farther away called San Borja. During the crusada we went to schools and presented programs and gave testimonies and every day we did a program and invited kids off the streets to the church. I learned so much in my time in CEC and grew closer to God than I ever have been before. God has been teaching me to put him above EVERYTHING and has really been helping me to see my pride and selfishness. He has shown me many things in my life that I did not want to give up, that I was putting above him, but he has helped me to let them go.
Another thing God has really been teaching me is that God is ALWAYS at my side, literally at my side, waiting to help me and care for me and protect me. He is the one person that will NEVER fail me. And no matter what I do, no matter how many times I reject him and put worthless things above him, or get distracted with the things of this world, he always accepts me and love me and he has Forgiven me. There is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I am forever grateful for my time in CEC. I know that it’s not the place that changed me, its God, but the place simply gave me time set apart to learn and know God more and more every day. Thank you all for your prayers! I ask now for prayers that I will keep up my devotions and be able to be a light to those who are in Casa de Esperanza. The kids know SO much about God, they can repeat verses, they know all the stories and all the right answers, but the majority do not KNOW God personally and it makes me sad. I want them to see God at work in me.
Please remember to continue to pray for Jessa and Lilly as they serve at Casa De Esperanza. And also pray with us, as we look forward to strengthening our relationships with these valuable ministries in Bolivia and returning in 2014 with a team to serve once again.
You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 2 Cor 1:11
From May 23-May 25, the elders of SGC will be in Orlando for the gathering of our first Council of Elders Meeting under the new polity of Sovereign Grace churches. Because of the significance of this special gathering, we want to invite you to join with the elders and the members of all the other Sovereign Grace churches for 3 weeks of prayer leading up to this important meeting.
Sovereign Grace churches created a Prayer Guide. You can download it at the link, or find copies at the information table this coming Sunday. It contains information on the following:
- Preparing your heart for prayer
- How to pray for an hour (for those who want to devote more time to prayer)
- Information on fasting
- Scripture readings to ignite faith
- Prayer requests
- Promises to fill your prayers
We encourage you to join with hundreds of others who will be praying during this time. We trust God to hear our prayers and bring much glory to himself by answering the prayers of many!
There will be a Baby Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 12. If you have a child you wish to have dedicated, please let us know by filling out this form.
At the heart of Biblical faith is a deep love for God’s word. However, many Christians are often perplexed with what the Bible says and how it appropriately applies to their daily lives. This is because we have forgotten the “big story” that Scripture tells. Therefore, a Bible Overview course will be offered this summer. The aim for this course is for God to be glorified and for His people to understand the metanarrative of the Bible in a fresh way. This course exists to equip the members of Sovereign Grace Church to appreciate the unity of the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), so that they may further delight in, declare, and display the Gospel of God’s Coming Kingdom in Jesus Christ with every facet of their lives.
In this Bible Overview course the biblical storyline (from creation to new creation) will be examined by studying Scripture’s organic unity and composition, in order to help the student fully appreciate the continuity (and appropriate discontinuity) between the Old and New Testament. By providing an overview of the Bible’s metanarrative, the student will be presented with the “big picture” of God’s story in redemptive history—the Story of God’s Coming Kingdom in Christ Jesus.