August 4, 2017

Can you believe August is already here? I received word from Barry that things are going well in Vermont and they have had some successful events/outreaches. Continue to pray for Barry and Ann as they are on this mission trip. I am so excited to see what God is doing at WHCC, can you sense God is up to something? Lets all continue to pray that God leads us as we are learning together and inviting others to become committed followers of Jesus Christ. Is there someone you have met this week who you need to invite to church? Don't hesitate, take them out to coffee before church and then sit with them during the service. As I talk with visitors and guests we have at church I am so encouraged by what they say about their visit. One of the main things people are telling me is that they feel welcome. Thank you for being such a sweet and welcoming group!
 
Just a reminder that we are going to take Wednesdays in August off and will begin our prayer times the first Wednesday in September.
 
A verse I have been thinking about a lot:
John 14.21 (Jesus speaking) Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.
 
Here is a great quote to think about, substitute 'church' for 'workplace' and it takes on a whole new meaning.

“Every time you open your mouth, you influence the culture of the workplace. You have the opportunity to change and improve employee morale, engagement, and productivity. You can affirm worth and potential by providing encouragement and showing support for your people. You can ignite a fire within people.”― Michael Simpson, Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
If you have been waiting to get some exercise, read this article. Exercise is the miracle drug, talk to your Dr. before you start a program, but get going it will help you a ton!
 
Mom's you will immediately get this, all others will just laugh...watch here.
 
On a personal note, please pray for me as I have to be strong on 8/16 as I have to drop off my girl at DBU. I know she will do great and it is only 30 minutes away...but this may be difficult for 'dad.'
 
Thanks!

Onward,
 
Chris

July 28, 2017

I hope and pray your summer is going great! When you see Terri Barron, give her a huge thank you for her organizing and administering our Western Hills University this summer. The missionaries who have come through have been awesome and it has helped me understand my need to pray for them as they do God's work in difficult places.
 
This Sunday is a 5th Sunday - which means we get to contribute to the Texas Baptist World Hunger Offering. Check out how our contributions are being used in Laos in this video. It is amazing what our money can do around the world! 100% of this offering goes to help others.
 
Have you have ever been in a conversation with someone who says they don't need church, or maybe you are wondering why attend church? This is a great/short article about why Participating in God's Church is so important.
 
A verse I read this week that spoke to me: Titus 3.4-5 NLT
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
Our 101 class will meet 8/13/17, you can find our more info and sign up HERE.

Please be praying for Barry and Ann as they start their mission trip to Vermont on Saturday.
 
Keep an eye out for some exciting ministry opportunities including, marriage enrichment, a food packing mission trip & Celebrate Recovery (HERE is an inspiring article about overcoming addiction and how CR played a part).
 
If you are interested in being baptized, I promise this will not happen - watch and laugh!
https://youtu.be/avmqNtVaJMw
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