It’s Mother’s Day!

(Well, almost!)

This Sunday we’ll honor all the women in our church, as well as dig into “Finding Joy in Humility”.  Paul has some good advice for us on how to imitate Christ by walking humbly with one another.   Don’t miss it!

~ Pastor Mac

Strengthen your investment in Christ… Read Philippians 2:1-11 before Sunday morning!

PS:  Speaking of Joy… there’s lots of it to be found as we work together to fight this terrible disease called Cystic Fibrosis.  CF is a genetic disease that literally steals away your ability to breathe.

Every year our church walks, volunteers, and raises funds for CF Research, so that future generations won’t have to struggle against CF.

Call your family, call your friends.  Get out of the pews and get involved.   There are plenty of volunteer activities that day for those who can’t walk the distance.   Let’s show our spirit and help beat this disease.   See you there!

Time to Celebrate…

Time to Celebrate…

“I thought the music was really great!”   “I prayed that my friends would come and they did!”  “I saw a lot of new faces on Sunday.”

Those are just some of the comments I’ve heard about our Easter worship.   It really felt good to have all of you reaching out to friends and neighbors, taking those first steps at fulfilling the Great Commission.  God was certainly blessing our efforts!

This Sunday we’ll celebrate with ice cream cones and toppings in the Fellowship Hall right after worship.   At 11:20 we’ll have a special meeting about the land behind our church.

Oh yes… we’ll also dig into John 21 to see “What’s next for Jesus’ people” after the resurrection.

See you Sunday at 10!

Looking Forward to Easter…

The basket of spices.  The angel dressed in snow-white robes.   The grave cloths folded neatly where Jesus’ body was laid.   People running to and fro.

That morning was certainly a day like no other.

We know how it ends of course.   Jesus has risen.   His Father has given Him new life.   It’s a very big deal…  so big that we’re still celebrating it 2000 years later.

But what happens on Monday?   What does a risen Christ on Sunday have to do with your Monday morning life?

Come and we celebrate Jesus’ return from the tomb as we discover how this day changed all of history… and your future!

See you Sunday at 10!

Looking towards the weekend!

It’s Palm Sunday!

Why oh why does Jesus do this stuff?!   In one event he goes from an ‘incognito ministry’ (he was often warning people not to reveal who had healed them)  to this all out promotion extravaganza, complete with waving palms, cheering crowds, and a march into the Holy City?

Jesus’ sudden change has got a lot to do with difference between “Moment” & “Mission”.   Palm Sunday is important to us not only as a time to celebrate Jesus’ lordship, but also to help us grasp the bigger picture of our faith.

Come this Sunday and learn why it’s important that we celebrate and also understand Jesus’ triumphal parade into Jerusalem!

Be Brilliant! Click Here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Forgiveness Wrap-up & Celebrating The Lord’s Supper

We’ve spent the past few weeks digging into the act of forgiveness.  This Sunday we’re finishing with a look at the most exciting story of forgiveness in the New Testament:  The Woman Caught in Adultery.

How far are you willing to go to offer forgiveness?  What’s the bar that Jesus sets for us?   Come and find out… and celebrate the Lord’s Supper as well!

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant! Click here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Dealing with the ‘other guy’

Forgiveness is easy, right?   You just hold out that proverbial olive branch and it’s all good.  If only it was that simple!

This Sunday we’ll dig into the story of Jacob and Esau… a story filled with deceit & treachery.   How their long-standing conflict gets resolved is a magnificent clue as to how our story (yours and mine) gets resolved through Jesus Christ.

If you’ve ever held back from offering forgiveness for fear of getting the cold shoulder — or held back on asking for forgiveness for the same reason —  this is your story.

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant! Click Here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Brrr! It’s gonna be cold!

The weather guy says that by this weekend we’ll be back into the deep freeze. I really enjoyed that 50 degree sunshine we had on Wednesday, but I’m not looking forward to -15 wind chills on Sunday!

You know what’s really chilly? Family relationships where forgiveness hasn’t been offered. Have you ever been in a room with two family members who held a grudge against one another? AWKWARD!

The Bible has tons of stories about ‘awkward’ family relationships, including many (but not all!) that were healed by forgiveness. This Sunday we’ll dig deep into the very twisted family story of David and his 2nd son, Absalom, and see what God can teach us about forgiveness in families.

Including, perhaps most importantly, His family.

This Sunday you’ll find smiling greeters and plenty of fresh coffee waiting just outside the sanctuary. We’ll warm you up on the outside… and ask the Holy Spirit to do the same to our insides!

See you Sunday! – Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant! Click here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Just between us… how’s that forgiveness thing going?

Nothing brings up more angst than the issue of forgiveness.   It all seems so easy when Jesus does it.  But when it comes to forgiving people who’ve wronged us — friends, relatives, co-workers — it’s not so simple.

This week we’re launching a new series called “Forgiveness“.   Catchy name, huh?   We’ll be digging into some classic moments of strife from both Testaments and see what God’s Word has to teach us about forgiving others.   All this starts with a unique take on Jesus’ most famous parable:  The Prodigal Sons  (Nope, that’s not a misprint!)

Oh yes… we’ll also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper… a symbol of unity among believers and Christ’s forgiveness for your sins.

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant!  Click here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Is God Ever On Strike?….

Admit it… Sometimes it seems like our prayers are just lost in space.   We’ve all had times where we wondered what’s up with unanswered prayers:  Is God listening?  Is He angry at me?  Did I pray for the wrong thing?  Am I last on His list?

WHY DOESN’T GOD ANSWER?!

Perhaps we’ve been going at prayer the wrong way.   Jesus told a parable that explains prayer pretty well…  though the parable itself is often mis-interpreted!

This Sunday we’ll dig in to the story of the persistent widow and the good-for-nothing judge, and see what Jesus has to tell us about our prayer life.

Hint:  It’s probably not what you think!

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant!   Click here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Hey Levi… Follow Me!

Finally, a snow free weekend is on the way!  Woohoo!

This Sunday we’re taking a look at Jesus as he called his first disciples.   Jesus didn’t score any points with the church of that day when he called a scoundrel named Levi to follow him.  Many folks really thought Jesus had lost it when he showed up at a party Levi had thrown for his friends.

But Jesus had a point to make about the Kingdom of God.   Something to do with new wine, and new wineskins.   By shaking things up Jesus showed us what the Kingdom was really all about!

Are we ready for Jesus’ new Kingdom?   Come find out!

See you Sunday!

– Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant!   Click here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!