Church Requel will begin worship at 11am this Sunday morning! Yay! Let's celebrate together at our new location at 2 Marion Avenue, otherwise known as the "Point of Grace" (at the 5-way light where Marion and Park Avenue West intersect.)
Celebration Music. We have planned a very special New Year's worship service for this weekend. We'll sing some of our favorite songs, including "Day By Day" and "You Are The Way."
Don't Throw Away The Bad Milk! The children will enjoy a special children's message that will help them to make the most of the new year. (We don't want to give anything away - but if anyone has some milk that's about to spoil, Pastor Mark could use it for his illustration. Email him if you have some sour milk!)
A New You For The New Year. We didn't just plan a great message for the kiddos. We even have an inspirational message for the big kids too! As we think about the new year, we'll be facing new problems, new pressures and new possibilities. Sunday morning we'll talk about responding with new attitudes, new adjustments, and new actions. As always, we'll pray together and share communion too. This will be a great way to invite in 2013! Why not invite in some new CR friends to help us celebrate?
Check Out Christmas Eve on Facebook. We enjoyed a wonderful time together on Christmas Eve as about a hundred of us gathered "at the Point!" Diana Devolder has done a wonderful job commemorating the night with pictures and short videos. If you haven't seen them all yet, make sure you stop by our Facebook page. Here are some direct links:
- Christmas Eve photo album. (57 GREAT photos!)
- Video: "Singing Silent Night" [2:09]
- Video: Dave Strong (Mark's brother) "Playing The Pipe Organ" [0:31]
- Video: Grayden, Anna and Paityn reading "Glory To God In The Highest" [0:18]
- Video: Brandi, Sarah and Harry "Lead Christmas Carols" [1:00]
January 2nd Pizza Party and Christmas Cleanup. This Wednesday, January 2nd at 7pm, we will gather at the new church and store away all the Christmas decorations. With a good crew, we should be able to stow everything in about an hour. Hot pizza pies will be our reward for everyone who can help!
New Cleaning Team - Jan. 8th at 11am. Sheri Shick has volunteered to lead our new cleaning team. She would love to have other volunteers join her. Email Sheri directly for more information.
Who All Is Welcome at CR? I know our immediate answer is "everyone." But have you given any thought to who exactly that includes? I'm a regular reader of Jon Acuff's Stuff Christians Like blog. Recently Jon visited a friend's church and read this welcome message in their bulletin:
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.
The welcome message extends 3 more paragraphs. Read the whole thing here. The reason I include this to you, my fellow Church Requelers, is that this is exactly how we feel! And now that we have a permanent location near downtown Mansfield, we have a great opportunity to welcome the city and its people - all its people - to church. Make sure you extend an invitation to someone between now and Sunday morning!
See you at the point Sunday at 11am! Pastor Mark