I wish you a good Friday every week, but this week it really is a Good Friday! The Friday God stretched his arms and showed us His ultimate love. The Friday we knew for sure that we were a member of God’s very own family. I hope that you stop for a moment to say thank you to Him from Whom all things come, through Whom all things are accomplished, and for Whom we may bring glory!
If you haven't already done it this week, make a date with Jesus and remember His Presence in your life - even in those discouraging moments of despair. Let Him encourage you; if it helps, listen to some encouraging music like "Never Let Go" by Matt Redman. Read the Good Friday story found in Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, or John 18-19. Then write out a thank you note to Jesus. Tell Him in your own words what you are most thankful for today.
Then bring your thank you note with you to Church Requel Sunday morning. It will be a very special part of our worship celebration. If you didn't receive a thank you note from us last Sunday, no problem. Make a new one with any card or paper you have.
Feed The Hungry Saturday Evening. I can't think of a better way for the Christ-follower to demonstrate authentic appreciation than by doing the things Christ asked us to do. We have an opportunity to do that Saturday night by feed the hungry in our neighborhood. Show up at the church by 4pm and expect to serve until 7pm. Bring a dessert to share too. Thanks again to Sheri and Jack Nichols, who lead us in this ministry.
Awesome Worship Planned. Speaking of awesome leadership, we welcome Brandi Walker back from her vacation Sunday morning. She has assemble an amazing team of worship leaders for our Easter morning. We'll listen to and sing with Brandi, Cindy, Trish, Haleigh and Missie.
How To Raise Amazing Kids! In one week - April 27th - we'll begin a new 5-sermon series on bringing out the very best in our children. Outstanding parenting is needed in today's world more than ever. But these talks are not just for parents of young children. Even us older parents have learned we never stop being parents. And even if you don't have children now, you do need children in your life to keep you young. I've been thrilled with the way our church has been filled with children of all ages. Let's commit together to learn everything we can about how to raise these children to know our Lord!
Bring Your 3-Generations Photos. We have a special surprise we'd like to share with you on April 27th. But to do this we need as many multiple generation pictures as you can give us. I promise to take great care of them. You may give them to me and I'll return them next Sunday. Or email me a digital copy by emailing it to me.
Church Potluck Next Sunday. We love our potlucks at CR! Next weekend promises to be a really special one. Not only are we starting a brand new sermon series on raising amazing kids, but we’re going to celebrate by sharing an awesome meal together afterwards. Families, bring two dishes to share. Single folks, bring one dish to share together. This will be a great weekend to invite that special friend or family member.
Online Resources To Share. Speaking of that special friend, you might want to consider forwarding one of published resources this week. Last week’s podcast or video will get you caught up on this week’s Easter sermon. Also this short video of Jessica Johnson talking about living in the moment has been shared online more than anything we’ve done in a long time. Finally, you must see this photo album of our children performing the Last Supper. Thank you Diana Devolder!
Thanks for reading - if you've made it this far. You are each precious to me. I pray for you often and am always humbled that Christ lets me to lead as your pastor. Hope to see you in church Easter Sunday morning at 11am!
Blessings on you this Good Friday,