Connections - Making Connections
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How does God make connections with the whole world?
- God makes connections with the world WITHOUT words, v. 1-4.
- God makes connections with the world WITH words, v. 5-11.
My Story: How has God used nature to display something about Himself to you? What sort of memorable occasions have been wrapped around nature’s beauty?
- According to the Apostle Paul, God makes a general connection with all people through creation (Romans 1:20). What qualities of God are displayed in creation? What is the consequence of this connection for all people?
- Much important communication can be accomplished without words. Examples include (but are not limited to) noticing, praying, listening, asking questions, loving, welcoming, facilitating and serving. How does our proposed “mountain top” (#3) serve this end?
- “Every individual in our community will personally experience God’s love in a practical way through the people of Aspen Ridge Church.” Further, we are proposing that we actively seek ways, corporately or individually, to be in involved in and serve our foothills community, building relationships and making connections. Discuss.
- The proposal goes on to recommend a new pastoral staff position for outreach and small groups, an additional weekend worship service and an assessment of how to maximize our resources and property. How could these steps help us reach our mountain top?
- The Bible is a special connection from God that contains words forming a message of rescue for lost people. How does Psalm 19:7-11 describe God’s Word? How do you treat God’s Word with such value?
Taking It Home: Continue praying for God’s direction to our church through the above-mentioned proposals. Mark your calendar to attend one of three Town Hall meetings (October 28 at 6:45 PM; November 7 at 5:00 PM or November 15 at 9:00 AM).
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.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
You may know that our church leadership appointed a “5-Year Plan” team in the fall of 2014. You may also know that, during our View from the Ridge last month, we received proposals from this team. We understand that not everyone could attend the meeting and that it will take time and attention to hear the important proposals from this team. We would like to give an opportunity for our church family to process these recommendations (insert included in this week’s bulletin) and to ask questions. Certainly not least, we would like to dedicate ourselves to prayer in this season of church life.
In light of this, we are putting together three Town Hall meetings that will be held October 28 at 6:45 PM, November 7 at 5:00 PM and November 15 at 9:00 AM. Each of these meetings will have childcare provided. We are seeking full participation from our church body, as the proposals may influence all of church life, including our values, culture, direction, programming, facilities and staffing. Will you please prioritize one of these town hall meetings and bring an expectant heart?
In October, we are featuring Tyler and Keturah Kerst with a fun look at integrating others into ministry. Tyler and Keturah are exploring various methods for ministry outreach and integrating some heartwarming stories from the many successes they have observed. They have been involved in camp ministry for many years and Tyler is currently the supervisor of the Mountain Lab School.
FREEZER MEAL PREP
Fill your freezer before the holidays or make meals to give as gifts. Our next Freezer Meal Prep is Monday, November 2, from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM, and the meals are $12 per meal (menu posted on website). Payment and order must be received by Friday, October 16. For questions, contact Michelle Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASPEN HOLLOW: TRUNK OR TREAT
Last year, we began a new event for our church and community, Aspen Hollow. It was received quite well by our neighbors, and we’re excited to host it again on October 31 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM! There is a sign-up table in the lobby, as well as a place to donate candy or small trinkets for this event. We are changing our Saturday evening service on that day to run from 5:00 – 5:30 PM, in order to allow those participating to join us. A prize will be given to the “top trunk!” See Maryjean Fowler for further details, and begin planning your trunk theme now!
MOPS BARN DANCE
The fourth annual Barn Dance, Silent Auction & Chili Cook-Off will be on Saturday, November 7 (5:30 - 9:30 PM) at The Barn featuring a live band, 62 West. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in the entryway or in the church office beginning next weekend. Do you have a great chili recipe that you want to share and be crowned Best Chili Chef for 2015? Sign up will also begin next weekend at the ticket table! Please bring chili that serves 8-10 people to The Barn by 4:45 PM on November 7, with a ladle marked with your name. Childcare will be available for this event at the church as a fundraiser for DV8.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week we will serve pasta fagioli soup, bread, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Please join us, bring a friend and share a meal!
PACK A SHOEBOX
Aspen Ridge Church is excited to take part in Operation Christmas Child! Pick up an empty shoebox in the entryway, along with a brochure of suggestions for filling it and labels to mark it. Have a great time with family or friends filling your boxes with fun items. We will be collecting filled shoeboxes from October 4 to November 15. Time spent on these boxes, sharing the love of Jesus, is more valuable than you know!
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY AT CHRISTMASTIME
Please join the Outreach Team on December 19 (or December 5, pending a wait-list selection) from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM to pack Operation Christmas Child boxes at the Denver Processing Center. We have reserved the church vans for transportation. Volunteers must be 13 years or older, and those 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Please email Danielle at email@example.com to secure your spot.