Pastor’s Preview for October 30, 2016

Hi Friends,

I’m glad to be back with you this week and it appears that Fall joined us. Last weekend Sam, myself, and the kids made our way down to Chicago and while there we spent a day at the Shed Aquarium awestruck at how beautiful God has made our world.

This Sunday I’m looking forward to being back with you in worship as we return to our 2016 Living series and we’ll arrive at 1 Peter 3:8-22. Together we’ll explore Peter’s instructions of how to live in the midst of sufferings. And while many of us do not experience the same level of persecution the early church lived through, we do live in a culture that praises a cut-throat mentality.

Whether it’s in business and investments or on playgrounds with dodgeballs, we live in a society that glorifies being mean and argues that you’ve got to be tough if you want to come out on top. We live in a culture that tells us that nice guys and gals finish last. And on Sunday we’ll wrestle with Peter’s teaching on how God calls us to be even more than nice. I’m looking forward to looking at it with you.

A quick reminder that we continue to collect non-perishable food for our Mountain of Mercy. Again this year we are collecting enough food to fill dozens of boxes for families in need in this Thanksgiving season. Great items to donate include: peanut butter, jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, rice, pasta sauce, canned soups, cookies, and oatmeal. You’ll have an opportunity to bring fresh items in a few weeks on November 13th. Let’s give generously!

Also, don’t forget about the new Grow Groups that began last week. These are intergenerational opportunities to discuss and reflect on the morning worship service and sermon. If you missed the start last week I encourage you to give them a try this Sunday following worship.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Nate

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