We enjoyed a Christmas concert Friday night with Jeff Anderson. Mark interviews Jeff and then replays some of Jeff's concert talk along with one song, "O Holy Night." We wrap up the podcast with Sunday's sermon, "An Amazing Announcement."
This is a HUGE weekend for us. No really. I mean it! We have the concert tonight, breakfast with the men tomorrow morning, feeding the hungry tomorrow night, and the start of our new sermon series, Amazing, on Sunday. Mary Kay and I were at CR last night getting prepped. The Point of Grace looked so beautiful I just had to take the panoramic photo above.
Christmas Concert with Jeff Anderson. Tonight is our big opportunity to reach our friends and families and invite them to CR. Jeff Anderson is a grammy nominated artist, who will help us bring in the Christmas season with his voice and guitar. The concert begins at 7pm. Our greeting and parking teams should show up at 5:45. For everyone else, I would recommend coming early. I'm guessing the front pews will get filled up pretty quickly.
Here are a few suggestions for our concert tonight. #1 - Pray. This could be a huge opportunity for people to see Christ in a new light. #2 - Invite. Even if you've already talked to your friends, call them up again and remind them. Even if you haven't called yet, do it today. Lots of people make last minute plans. #3 - Promote. This is the day to use social media to talk about the concert. This will create a buzz factor that might get someone to come to our church sometime, even if they don't come to the concert tonight. #4 - Be a host. If you are a regular Church Requeler, then tonight is your chance to be kind. Let's do all we can to make room for our guests, to show them the church in the best light possible.
There is a spiritual battle going on today and you are not watching from the sidelines. You are a vital participant for the Kingdom of God! Take advantage of your opportunity!
Men's Breakfast at 9am Saturday. Guys, we've reserved the back room at Paul Revere's in Lexington for our monthly breakfast. Jeff Anderson and his son will be joining us as well. (So this would be a great chance, dads, to bring your sons as well!) Let's fill up that back room.
Feed Our Neighbors Saturday Evening. This weekend also happens to be our church's turn to feed the hungry in downtown Mansfield. We've invited a fantastic organist to play the pipe organ upstairs as people are coming in. Voluteers should show up by 4pm. Dinner will be served at 5pm and end at 6pm. It takes another 30 - 45 minutes to clean up. If you can manage it, bring homemade desserts with you too. Our neighbors always know when CR is serving by the delicious desserts you so unselfishly provide.
Our New Christmas Sermon Series - Amazing - Sunday Morning. We start our new sermon series this weekend too! I'm really excited about this study. If you're like me, you've heard this story so often that you've lost some of your amazement of the good news. Recapture the Christmas "WOW!" This weekend we'll discover some things about the story that you either have never heard before or have long since forgotten about. (Here's the sermon notes for this weekend.)
This will be yet another opportunity to invite family and friends. Lots of folks, who don't normally go to church any other time of year, will say "yes" to your invitation during the Christmas season.
We have an AMAZING opportunity to advance the Kingdom of Christ in Mansfield, Ohio this weekend. Let's each do our very best and then trust our LORD to make our efforts matter for eternity. Privileged to be your pastor! Blessings, Mark
God's Word teaches Christ-followers to be thankful in all circumstances - 365 days a year - in good times and in bad. In this video sermon I teach about 6 more reaasons why our thanksgiving is so important for us.
How are you doing on this Friday after Thanksgiving? Working? Home with relatives? Fighting the crowds for the Black Friday deals? Here at the Pierce home we have a dozen folks from both sides of family, who are slowly making their way back into the swing of life this morning. My job every Thanksgiving is to set the table and to carve the turkey. One Facebook friend told me that I got off easy, to which I make no contradicting argument - I am indeed blessed!
Decorating Church Sunday! I know many of you are excited about decorating our 126-year old church building for Christmas. We have a two-hour window right after church to get the job done. With many hands I'm sure the decorations will go up quickly. We will be ordering pizza for all the participants too. This will be a fun event for families; children love setting out our Christmas decor.
We Are Thankful. Last Sunday we filled our fellowship hall with a record crowd for our Thanksgiving potluck meal. I came around and asked most of you what you were thankful for. We put together this awesome Thanksgiving video, which we plan to play for you this Sunday morning.
Children Making Advent Movie. Our KidsMin director, Diana Devolder, told me this week that our children will be making a movie together! They will act out the details of Luke 2. They will also audio record the words from Luke 2. This movie version of the nativity will debut in our Christmas Eve services on December 24th at 5pm and 7pm. The kiddos and Diana will meet together this Sunday morning to work out the details. So if your children would enjoy making a movie to show all their family and friends, make sure they come Sunday morning.
6 More Reasons To Be Thankful. We'll complete our 2-part Thanksgiving sermon series by talking about why Christ-followers should be thankful all year long. We'll discover that there are both practical and spiritual reasons for our daily thanks giving. We'll talk about the Thanksgiving chair illustration that will help you to be thankful in both good times and bad. Our key Bible verse will be:
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 2 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
Christmas Concert Next Friday! We are T minus 7 days and counting down for our first-ever Church Requel Christmas concert. This is a great opportunity to invite all of your family and friends. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping. This is a terrific way to remember the real reason for the season. Jeff Anderson is a grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, who used to lead the worship at the Columbus Vineyard. I'm hearing that there is some great excitement about this concert, so you might want to make plans to arrive early! Jeff will begin his acoustic concert set at 7pm.
Here are the other cool things going on at Church Requel in the next week.