July 8, 2016

Hello all,
I was up here at 6am with some guy's this morning learning how to be Kingdom Men. I am so encouraged how our WHU classes are going this summer. Thanks for all who are serving and I am noticing how healthy these groups have been for our church. I sense some great movement in our church health. When God's people get togetehr to pray, study the Bible and laugh - GREAT things happen. Our welcome center should be up and finished by August, it is going to be great to have this back!
 
I put together a demographic summary of the church you can access this here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EVBqSuhVkQ0P3sfUXjDd-vkn2KrL27U4FfNhPCidhlg/edit?usp=sharing 
 
How do we become a church that welcomes guests? I think this is the question we all have to wrestle with. Welcoming guests, especially non-christians into church takes a lot of thought. Think about a foreign-exchange student coming to live with you and what they would feel and think. That is similar to someone who is not involved in a church entering our doors for the first time. Here is an article that may help you.
 
 
Kelly forwarded me a great article about how you can pray for your children (and I would say grandchildren). Check it out and start praying specifically for them. It would be great if some folks would 'prayer adopt' the two little girls in Kristy's class and commit to praying for them. Tell Kristy and she will be so excited!
http://club31women.com/12-powerful-verses-pray-children/
 
Got kids or grandkids who can't keep their nose away from a screen, this article may help.
http://www.joshuastraub.com/blog/2016/5/kids-screens-and-summer-the-3-decisions-parents-must-make 
 
Here is a great song for your weekend to get ready to worship!
https://youtu.be/DCx6kUkYHxM 
 
Enjoy!

Onward
 
- Pastor Chris

June 24, 2016

Hello All,
 
How has your week been going? I had a couple of hectic days that were less than stellar. I found myself growing more and more frustrated with my situation. I found this fun video that really changed my outlook and lifted my spirits, I hope you enjoy it.
 
 
Our Western Hills University classes are in full swing and have been going great! Check out out website for the full schedule, I have heard great reviews about our women's Bible study that meets on Thursday nights. These classes would be a great place to invite a friend who does not go to church.
 
I just finished reading John Grisham's Sycamore Row, have you read it? There is a powerful message of forgiveness and reconcilliation that weaves its way throughout the book. He tells such a good story and I found the Author and Perfector of our faith at work in this book and while I was reading it in my heart as well.
 
A great quote I read in Essentialism by Craig Mckeown
"There is tremendous freedom in learning that we can eliminate the nonessentials, that we are no longer controlled by other people’s agendas, and that we get to choose. With that invincible power we can discover our highest point of contribution, not just to our lives or careers, but to the world."
 
Sometimes saying NO is the best thing possible.
 
Hope you have a great weekend and let me know how I may pray for you,

Pastor Chris
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