We hope that somewhere in these links, descriptions, stories and videos you find a next step for yourself into the richness of life together as we seek to learn from Jesus who, though ascended, has given us the Holy Spirit that we may together, by the Spirit’s guidance and power, embody his presence here on earth. And if you are unsure where to begin, please contact one of our pastors; we’d love to help you!
During each week of Ordinary Time, our gatherings begin with a video to draw us together into a collective posture of worship. The video itself has many images that we hope will prompt different thoughts, feelings, ideas and responses that can illuminate what God may be inviting us into during this season. For this week’s Midweek Worship, we’ve invited a handful of our pastors and staff to reflect and meditate on a single image from the Gathering Video and to respond with a prayer for this Ordinary Time.
Originally posted on Instagram as an image set, we’ve adapted it to be viewed as a single auditory and visual prayer experience.
We are looking for a Pastor of Children’s Ministry to lead a dynamic ministry with an average of 350 children over three services, with 90 volunteers. Follow the link below for the full job description and application process.
Beginning last weekend, we are offering Nursery to Kindergarten programming at our gatherings. Our grade school programs will be taking a break until the fall, so a hearty welcome to all you grade school kids joining us in our weekend gatherings.
The ability to offer preschool programs during the summer is dependent on your participation. Thank you to all who have committed to serving as preschool leaders. At this time we still have need for more, so I would like to invite and encourage you to be a part of this significant time in our kids spiritual formation as they take their first steps in knowing God and his love for them.
If you are able to commit to serving at any of our services over the summer, please visit our SAC Kids Ministry Page or contact email@example.com.
One of the things I’ve liked to do over the years is give “themes” or title prompts to my artist groups and encourage them to interpret the word freely to make something. Last weekend we began our new teaching series, Seeing Jesus, which is a theme full of creative and interpretive potential (as we will explore in the series). We have started to receive works from some of you around this theme, and I have to say, they are beautiful. Keep them coming! We can’t wait to share these with you over the coming weeks.
And whether you make something new or have something already made that you would like to share, contact Ali and let us know!
Being pre-marriage facilitators has been a very rewarding experience, spiritually as well as in our marriage life. It is very satisfying to have the opportunity to get to know young, engaged couples who attend church while sharing aspects of our own marriage life experience. Normally, these new couples start the program (sessions) with low expectations but as we walk through the SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) material, they engage in deeper conversations on aspects of their lives and make the connection of how relevant these aspects are at building a successful marriage life. It is fascinating to see the couples growing stronger on their decision of getting married and stronger on their commitment and appreciation for each other. We enjoy witnessing their growth as we study together but, most importantly we can see God working with them and with us too.
One of the biggest motivations for us to participate in this ministry comes from our early days of engagement, at that time, we realized that if God was going to be the center of our marriage life, we were set for success, this is something that we always share and emphasize to the couples. We found that the SYMBIS materials greatly elaborate on the advantage of having a God center marriage. By reading and understanding the SYMBIS book, workbooks, and by reviewing our own SYMBIS assessment we have been able to evaluate our own successes and short comings during almost 30 years of marriage which has help us with the discussion sessions. We concluded that many misunderstanding or communications issues could have been avoided or managed better if we had taken a program like this when we were about to get married.
There have been times where we have felt so inadequate at doing the facilitation, God’s grace lifts us every time and help us to keep going.
The last thing that we do as facilitators is follow ups; we do this after 6 months, one year and one year and a half. It makes us so happy to see wedding pictures and talk about the ceremony and such. We enjoy listening as couples share so freely with us about their new life together, their challenges, their dreams, their accomplishments and how God is directing or shaping their lives.
We are grateful to God for his grace that allow us to be part of this ministry.
Use your marriage to impact couples who are about to start!
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Weekly Online Liturgies for those joining with us from home.
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Those are the updates for this week! If you would like to connect with us further, learn more about our ministries, or submit a confidential prayer request, I encourage you to get in touch.