First Communion Seminar March 30 9 AM-11:30 PM

  First Communion Seminar                                        Saturday March 30 9AM-11:30 AM   If your children are 9 or above and you would like them to begin to celebrate communion with us, please join our First Communion Seminar.  Both children and their parents are required to attend.  We will have a make-up date of Tuesday April 9th  6:30-8:00PM.  First Communion will take place Palm Sunday April 14th.   Please RSVP to the church office. If your family has a special situation please contact ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 17, 2019

March 17 ● Lent 2 - Discipleship 101: Faith and Transformation ● Philippians 3:17-4:1 What are some of the things you wish you could change in your life? How might God help you change them? What are the earthly things in your life that can lead you away from healthy relationship with God and other people? Paul speaks of the enemies of Christ as having their belly as God? What might this mean? How would you describe it to someone? Paul asks the Philippians to remember their citizenship in heaven. How does remembering who we are and where we are from help ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 10, 2019

March 10 ● Lent 1 - Discipleship 101: Confession and Witness ● Romans 10:8-13 When do you need to call on God the most? What kinds of things going on in your life open you up to what God is doing? Paul speaks about the Word being near to us, what might he mean? Are there times you feel far from God? Paul talks about two responses a follower of Christ has, confession with the mouth and believing through the heart, how might these reinforce each other? Paul identifies confession with our justification and identifies faith with salvation. Can you think of ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 03, 2019

March 3 ● Transfiguration of Our Lord - The More Excellent Way: Listening ● Luke 9:28-43a Eight days after Jesus tells the disciples about the cross for the first time, he goes to a mountain to pray. The bible records nothing happening during that time. Might this be important, if so why? Jesus is transformed before the eyes of Peter, James and John, what event in Jesus’ life does this incident possibly look forward to? Why might it be important for the disciples to see Jesus like this? Jesus is seen speaking with Moses and Elijah about the events to ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 24, 2019

February 24 ● Epiphany 7 - The More Excellent Way: Mercy ● Luke 6:27-38 Is love something more than an emotion? Is it also something more than an action? How can one really love their enemy? Is Jesus talking about love in a different way than most people think about it? What is Luke 6:29 really all about? Is it asking us to be a doormat for the powerful? Or is something else going on? Jesus seems to undermine any idea that love is transactional. People who are loved are never able to truly pay it back.   Is this a hopeful idea for you? Why or why ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 17, 2019

February 17 ● Epiphany 6 - The More Excellent Way: Blessing ● Luke 6:17-31 According to Luke the crowd follows Jesus for three reasons, teaching, healing and the casting out of demons. Do people still look to Jesus for these things? Are there other reasons? Luke says that Jesus healed by the power that went out from him. How does the power of Christ go out today? Why might Jesus bless the poor? What about being poor leads Jesus to this? Why might Jesus bless the hungry? What about being hungry leads Jesus to do this? Why might Jesus bless the reviled ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 10, 2019

February 10 ● Epiphany 5 - The More Excellent Way: Following ● Luke 5:1-11 Describe a time in your life when you felt God was trying to tell you something? How did you take it? Did you listen right away or did it take a while? In Luke 5 Jesus meets Peter and gives him some instructions, what was Peter’s reaction to Peter? How might have Peter felt about Jesus at first? What makes it hard for us to listen to instruction from others? How might Peter’s response to the command to let down his nets give a clue to our own roadblocks? What does the ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 3, 2019

February 3 ● Epiphany 4 - The More Excellent Way: Love ● 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; what does this state about what the focus and purpose of our spiritual gifts should be? Do we sometimes use our gifts for the wrong reasons? How closely does the love you give resemble the love explained in 1 Corinthians 13?  Read through the description and identify the characteristics that you feel you are approaching and those you are having trouble with? Whose love is Paul really speaking about in 1 Corinthians 13? Why might this question be an ...

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Word Studies for the Week of January 27, 2019

January 27 ● Epiphany 3 - The More Excellent Way: Interdependence ● 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 How well do you maintain a healthy tension between your individual responsibility and your responsibility to larger groups like your church, community, nation and world? What does the word membership mean to you? How do you think Paul is using the term in 1 Corinthians 12:12 does his implied meaning correlate with yours? Paul says “the members of the body that seem weaker are indispensable” what might be some overlooked gifts in our community that we should ...

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Word Studies for the Week of January 20, 2019

January 20 ● Epiphany 2 - The More Excellent Way: Giftedness ● 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 How much do you feel you know about spiritual gifts? What kinds of things would you consider to be spiritual gifts? What kinds of things would be excluded? What types of idols might lead people astray these days? What kinds of things keep people from having a full relationship with God and others? According to Paul, who originates our confession of faith? Who starts the relationship? See 1 Corinthians 12:3? Paul makes the case that God activates a variety of spiritual ...

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