Priceless - A Priceless Foundation-Stone
1 Peter 2:6-7
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Jesus Christ is like a priceless foundation-stone for those who believe.
- You were meant to find a home in Christ.
- You were meant to live with a family.
- God sets a foundation-stone for the house.
- The priceless value for those who believe.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: This passage has to do with a chosen and precious foundation stone. Think about construction projects that you engaged in personally or otherwise. What is the first and most important stage in the building project? How did you celebrate the beginning of the project?
- What did you learn from this message?
- What emotions and feelings did this message call forth in you?
- What kind of application do you make this week?
Taking It Home: The passage says that the one who believes in Him will not be disappointed. When did you believe on Him? Who can you tell about your faith this week?
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.
Joe Fowler (a cyber agent investigating hackers) will be leading The Gathering in January at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. We will take a look at how we can protect our children and elderly parents from scams and Internet attacks.
Merry Christmas to our kids! The playground is officially open! Feel free to allow your children to play on the equipment this weekend. We are still awaiting a gate installation, so just be aware that the area is not yet fully enclosed. Thank you to the men who gave of their time to make this happen. We are blessed, indeed!
ASPEN RIDGE FAMILY
As 2014 comes to a close, we celebrate our Savior’s birth and praise our Father for every good and perfect gift. We reflect on the great things happening at Aspen Ridge Church and need to remember those who unselfishly serve us week in and week out. We will be collecting a love offering during these last weeks of December and then present a gift to the staff as an expression of our appreciation. Please note “Staff Gift” on your check and place it in the offering by the end of December.
This holiday season finds us making exciting upgrades to our facility. These upgrades are in the spirit of creating inviting spaces and taking good care of our campus. Included among these are a new playground ($13,000) and newly-carpeted Celebration Center ($45,000). As you consider your year-end giving, would you please consider a special gift to help fund these facility expenses, as well as our ongoing operating costs? If you would like to give online, you can do so from our website.
BAPTISM AND DEDICATION WEEKENDS
We will be having our next baptism weekend on January 10-11. If you are interested in participating, there will be a required orientation meeting during the weekend prior, Saturday at 5:00 PM or Sunday at 9:00 AM. We will also have a parent/child dedication weekend on January 17-18. Please contact the church office to discuss this opportunity.
HOLIDAY MINISTRY SCHEDULES
Several of our regular events will have modified schedules for the holidays. If you are involved in any of our various groups outside of regular services, please contact your event lead to verify the December calendar for your group. We will also continue to update the online calendar as requests are made.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
We would like to invite our church family, friends and neighbors to join us on Christmas Eve at 3:30 PM or 5:00 PM. This special service is a great way to begin your holiday celebrations by praising God for the gift of His Son, through fellowship, song and the reading and hearing of His Word. Childcare for these two services will be provided in the Nursery for children two years old and under. Older children are invited to sit with their families and to join us at the front during our special storytime.
SAVE THE DATE FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)
Our dates for VBS in the summer of 2015 will be June 8-12. Our theme is “Jump In,” a high energy, praise-loaded, custom curriculum featuring Go Fish. Please mark your calendars and begin to pray for this exciting community outreach event!
Youth for Christ Honduras YFC
- Over 6,500 people were reached in several key programs this year and we are thankful for God's hand in organizing all of these community outreaches.
- Thankful for Aspen Ridge Church’s financial and prayer support.
- For God’s continued hand of blessing to our ministry in the coming year.