October 19, 2016

1. Next week (in 2 Sunday's on 10/30) is the Texas Baptist offering for World Hunger. Take a look at this VIDEO to catch a glimpse of what our offering does.
2. We need cars to commit for Trunk or Treat, please email Kristy at kristy.r.raley@gmail.com to get signed up. It REALLY helps to let her know if you and your car are going to be there.
3. What is #bringyour1? Come Sunday and find out.
4. I listened to an interesting podcast about being a guest friendly church - http://thomrainer.com/2016/10/churches-really-arent-friendly-guests-rainer-leadership-265/ 
There is a lot going on in our little church. I have loved teaching the joint Sunday Bible Study and giving our teachers a much needed break.
We have a big mission - to learn together and invite others to become committed followers of Jesus. We have 4 Connection Groups studying the bible this fall, we had an outreach to parents and their children where they painted in our fellowship hall and did you notice that there were 6 visitors in worship with us on Sunday?!?
Lucas sent me this note after our children's event - Praise the Lord! What a great event to kick off our family fun events. I got to meet April (mom) and Max. Max is in fourth grade and loves math. He thinks he can beat me at video games at the next event in November. We shall see. I also met with Stefanie (mom) and Alonso. Alonso is in Kindergarten and he's going to be a cop for Halloween. They asked about coming back for Trunk or Treat. I'm going to be praying for these families every day until the next event.
What an honor to meet people and pray for them, asking God to bless their lives. It is exciting to be part of a church that is investing in our community and caring for individuals. Who can you pray for today?
Pastor Chris

October 5, 2016

Who are you praying for? It seems to me that as a Christian we can always be praying for those around us, that God would move in their life and guide them, strengthen them, heal them, etc. Are you praying for someone who does not know God or is far from God. Why not jot down 2-3 people on a note card and begin to pray for them every day. I used to pray for my granddad often and was told that he came to have peace with God in the last days of his life. While you pray for these people, offer to bring them to church and then take them to lunch (just don't rail on the preacher at lunch, LOL).
I have enjoyed teaching our combined Sunday School class for the past couple of weeks. In two weeks we are going to talk about using our spiriutal gifts (yes you have at least one, probably more!). You can print out this test and take it, https://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_PDF_Discover_Your_Spiritual_Gifts.pdf, or go to http://giftstest.com/test and take an online version. Our goal is to have everyone in the church take a spiritual gifts test, because when we use our gifts, we find our purpose in life.
If you love to save money on your budget, you may like this post! Everyone like FREE COUPONS! http://www.iwasbrokenowimnot.com/budget-boosters 
I was very moved by this blog post by Joni Eareckson Tada and hope you are as well. http://www.aholyexperience.com/2016/10/when-god-says-no/ 
Have a great week, you all are a joy to know and serve!

Pastor Chris
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