Last week we started a 2-week series called “First Things First.” This series is all about God’s love for us, His desire to be in relationship with us, and His plan to rescue us from spiritual bondage even before we do anything to deserve this kind of love or attention. We called it “First Things First” because that’s what our faith is based on: God’s loves for us. We have to understand that He loves us unconditionally; that He loves us first. When we remember that, we can start to make sense of scripture, of faith, of life, of everything.
Pastor Bob started us last week in chapter 20 of the book of Exodus. That’s where we’ll be again Sunday when Youth Director Ben Vos preaches, and we will look at God’s ownership of His people. We will look at how God sent Moses back to Egypt, delivered the Israelites from physical slavery, provided for 1 million+ people in the desert, and brought them to this mountain where He gave them the 10 Commandments. We have this whole back story leading up to where we find ourselves in the text this week, and the back story reminds us that we are already in with God. Nothing that we can do will put us in better standing with Him. The rules came after God made a relationship with people.
These rules are evidence that God loves us. Just as Jesus is our proof that the God of the universe loves us enough to shed the blood of His own Son, these 10 rules were proof to the Israelites that the LORD was their God. So as we open scripture Sunday, let’s keep first things first: the rules are a confirmation of a relationship that God desires to have with us. When we remember that, we'll begin to live in true freedom.
Our Sunday Morning services start at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Children and Youth Sunday School will meet between services, 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Children and Worship Children ages 5 through 1st grade will be dismissed during the service and can be picked up after church in the Kid’s Area.
Our Adult Sunday School Opportunities this week are:
- Questions of Life (Fellowship Hall)
- Come out for an opportunity to explore important and challenging questions we have in life. This week Eric Anderson will facilitate the topic of: “How should we use our money faithfully?” Come and discuss, debate, and explore Scripture regarding this crucial topic of faith.
- Fabric of Faithfulness Study (Adult Rooms 3&4)
- A book study for college students to help learn how to connect what they believe about the world and how they live in the world. Facilitated by John Fernstrum.
- Sunday School Guide (Adult Room 1)
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A number of small groups meet Sunday night. Some use questions based on the morning message. Click HERE for this week’s guide.
COLLEGE POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY
If you are a college student, we would love to have you join us for a potluck on Sunday, directly following 2nd Service. If you are not a college student, we’d love to have you attend, but we ask that you please provide a main dish to contribute to the meal. Thank you.
LYNN COWELL EVENT
We are excited about the upcoming Lynn Cowell weekend conference for moms and their teen daughters here at Trinity on November 7-8. Please plan to stop by the Welcome Center on Sunday if you would like to register for the event, turn in your payment if you have already registered, sign-up to donate specific food items needed for that weekend, and to ask any questions you may have about the event. Sign-up Sunday to take advantage of the early registration discount that will only be available until October 31st.
Click HERE for more information and an online registration link.
Thank you to everyone who has signed up and picked up their packets for our UCI Christmas Project to bless Haitian children with Christmas gifts this year. Just a reminder to be sure to fill your bags and return them, along with the envelope with $4.00 to help cover shipping, back to church before the end of October. We have a collection table set up outside the office.
TURKEY TROT REGISTRATION
It’s time to register for our 2nd ever Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K run/walk! It begins and ends in our church parking lot. Click HERE for registration information. All proceeds support The Bridge.