Lent 2017 Mid-Week series Meal at 6pm study 6:45-8:15
God of Justice by Abraham George IJM (2 chapters per week)
March 1st Ash Wednesday worship and Overview
March 8th God the Creator, Shalom and Human Justice
March 15th How sin corrupts shalom, Personal and Systemic Justice
March 22nd The Justice of God, Jesus Messiah – New Creation
March 29th Pictures of the Kingdom of God, Justice and the Cross of Christ
April 5th The Church and Justice, Pleading for Justice
April 12th Surveying the Wreckage, The voice of the voiceless
Key Scripture Isaiah 58:6-7
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
The level of injustice in the world is staggering. The church can respond. International Justice Mission (IJM) has rescued thousands of people from oppression and violence. IJM also partners with thousands of churches to help them live out the mandate of Isaiah 1:17: to seek justice, rescue the oppressed and care for orphans and widows. Christians need to be equipped and mobilized to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are vulnerable and oppressed. The God of Justice is a twelve-session, discussion-based curriculum from IJM that explores the biblical narrative of justice throughout the whole of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Through the participatory study of Scripture, Christians will explore God’s call to engage in bringing about justice on earth. While coming to a deeper knowledge and understanding of biblical justice, participants will draw personal application for the pursuit of justice ministry in their individual lives and the wider church. Prepare to have your heart and mind engaged, to be instructed by Scripture, and to be challenged by real-life stories of people freed by the God of justice. This curriculum will help you and your church bring freedom, restoration and reconciliation to those in need. Discover how God reveals himself to those who join him on his justice journey!
Worship Keyboard (ages 10-adult) – Spring 2017
Thursday Evening @ Church of the Word in Gainesville.
Thursday evenings: February 9, 2017 – May 18, 2017. (There will NOT be a class on April 13th.)
8:00-8:45pm Worship Keyboard (2 years piano as a prerequisite)
Register: Through Musically Creative here
Welcome to Children’s Ministry at our Church! We are here to support families as you “train up your children in the way they should go”.
Lauren Coleman has been leading our Children’s ministry for 2 years. She has two small children and a background in Psychology and Education.
On Sundays, our 10:30 service has both Sunday School and nursery. Nursery is for ages 0-3 and parents may drop off children for the whole service or just for part of it. Quite a few parents enjoy letting their babies and toddlers experience worship at the beginning and communion at the end, but the choice is yours. Children in Pre-K through grade 5 leave service with their Sunday School teachers and return after the sermon and Peace. Currently, we are learning about the Gospels in our Discipleship, Jr. curriculum and the kids are having a blast as the learn Scripture. Don’t forget to join us after service so we can meet you and your kids!
Wednesday’s in Lent we will be offering programming for the whole family! After a light supper at 6pm, Children will be challenged to memorize scripture through games, crafts, and stories. The evening wraps up around 8:15.
Parents night out is the second Friday of each month from 6-9pm. We babysit kids of all ages and offer a snack, games, crafts, and a movie. The event is free but we offer a place to leave a suggested donation of $15 per child to a different charity each month. This month proceeds will be given to ‘Generosity Feeds’.
A sign up sheet and more information is on counter at Church or contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org
Protecting God’s Children – We offer a training on Saturday, January 28 from 9:30-12:30. This is a required course for all children and youth volunteers as well as all staff and vestry, and is a good resource for all parents too. This covers the prevention and awareness of child abuse and safe practices for our church. Refreshments provided.
Please contact Lauren, email@example.com, if you have any questions about our ministry or events!
We recommend the Jesus Storybook Bible for kids
New Sermon series starting Jan 8th based on ‘Surprised by Scripture’ by N.T. Wright.
Engaging Contemporary issues
Jan 8: Healing the Divide between Science and Religion
Jan 15: Do We Need a Historical Adam?
Jan 22: Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection?
Jan 29: The Biblical Case for Ordination
Feb 5: Jesus Is Coming —Plant a Tree!
Feb 12: 9/ 11, Tsunamis, and the New Problem of Evil
Feb 19: How the Bible Reads the Modern World
Feb 26: Idolatry 2.0
Mar 5: Our Politics Are Too Small
Mar 12: How to Engage Tomorrow’s World
Mar 19: Apocalypse and the Beauty of God
Mar 26: LLVP Sunday
April 2: Becoming People of Hope
Discipleship Essentials is now starting
We are forming small groups around the DE material. There are 3 options.
It all depends on how you volunteer to make it work. For an introduction join us at Church for the Discipleship Essentials class. We will introduce the material and the concept of making disciples rather that believers. Greg Ogden writes in the introduction, “Being a Christian is a statement about what Christ has done for me. Being a Disciple is a statement about what I am doing for Christ.” Jesus said in Luke 6:40, “Everyone when he is fully taught will be like his teacher.”
On Sunday mornings we will work through the four main sections in the work book.
(1) Growing up in Christ
(2) Understanding the message of Christ
(3) Becoming like Christ
(4) Serving Christ
Our hope is that you will get the courage and information to strike out on your own and form an intimate DE group of 3 or 4. Such groups can begin at any time after a little preparation.
Listen to a DE group share with Greg Ogden about the experence.