Sunday's Coming ~ April 10, 2016

Our spring worship takes us to five Psalms that paint a picture of God's people finding joy in the middle of all life gives us.  When we take a step back from our relentless pace, we look back to see God's goodness to us.  And he is good!  So good, in fact, that if we gaze at how good he is, we will burst with tears of joy.  And that pause, that kind of joy, gets us ready to live into the future God lays out for us.  

This week we will be looking at how joy and gladness intersect with the sorrows and difficulties we face in life.  The Psalms are filled with not only rejoicing, but tears, sadness, grief and loss.  Last week Psalm 126 declared, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”  What does this look like?  Can God really bring joy out of our most painful experiences in life?

This week we will study Psalm 30 together as a church family.  In it we come face to face with some formidable obstacles to joy and gladness but also we learn how to experience a joy that is deeper and richer than we may experience without struggles.  It is this joy that God invites us to as his beloved children.

We've planned a number of ways to celebrate the gladness God brings:

  • Glad Cards in this week's bulletin and at the kiosks will be filled out with short notes of what we are glad for.  We'll fill the wall of the Lobby with our gladness!
  • Church-wide fun nights. This Sunday, join with other people in the Fellowship Hall to play games.  April 17 we'll have an open mic night of laughs.
  • One for One.  For five weeks, out of our gladness in God, we are going to give away $1 for every attender, every week, as an extra gift to a mission outside of ourselves.  Your simple presence will be a gift of gladness!
  • Outdoor Space Finish. Over the next five Saturdays, our Outdoor Space Team invites us to finish eight outside projects that will make our land more welcoming to guests.
  • Glad gifts. We'll invite people to consider a gift of gladness, thanking God for providing this space, that will reduce our mortgage principle so that we’ll have a lower monthly payment when the loan payments are set in September.

"The Lord has done great things for us.  We are glad."  (Psalm 126:3)

Sunday School for All Ages at 9:50a.m.

  • Children and Worship
    • Ages 5-1st Grade (Children's Area)
    • Dismissed during the 8:30 and 11:10 a.m. services.
  • Ages K-5th Grade (Children's Area)
  • Middle School & High School (Youth Room)
  • Adult Opportunities:
    • Created To Be Related (Fellowship Hall):  This we will continue our "Created To Be Related" series.  This week's topic is: Cultivating Healthy Friendships.  We will discuss this important topic and seek guidance through Scripture. Join us as we learn and grow together.
    • Sunday School Guide Class: (Adult Room 1): This class will gather around the table in Adult Room 1 from 9:50-10:35. All ages are welcome. For a copy of this weeks lesson, click HERE. 

    • Next Step Class (Adult Room 1) 11:00am-Noon: Deacon John Dykstra will be leading this week's Next Step Class and will be exploring the topic of GIVING.  Anyone is welcome to come, learn and ask questions about this important area.

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