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Build the Altar in 2017 (resources for worshiping Christ in His Word)

All year long the Renew Family can join together an build an altar to God in our lives. We’re invited to the adventure of knowing God and all of His covenant promises found in the whole Bible. From Genesis to Revelation we will see the God of Promise, how He has made exceedingly great promises and the phenomenal lengths He has gone to keep those promises. Will you follow along by daily seeking God first? Follow a plan for helpful guidance.

Now for the plans …

Extreme Weather Updates: when & how we shall make weather-related decisions about Sunday gatherings

Weather Updates: With #SNOWPDX upon us, and weather-related concerns, we recognize communication will be helpful before Sunday morning arrives. We have three simple axioms connected to making decisions on gatherings in the event of extreme weather, and a few ways to communicate with all. These are SAFETY, WISDOM & SHARING. Communicating well helps us not invest needless time thinking solely about ourselves and our plans.

Looking outside and noticing a bit of snow! Have you been able to enjoy it as much as endure it? #RenewReCreate

As much fun as it can be, often the weather leads us to be fun, fearful or foolish.

Since a few have asked, I’ll revisit a weather policy drafted on the fly a couple winters ago, reworded for a new season. As we live in a mostly under-prepared locale, let’s be SAFE, WISE, and SHARE …

Renew Kids: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 (Learning Together)

In our desire to equip parents as they “train their children up in the way they should go,” we have created a blog series to communicate the lessons our kids will be learning each Sunday, family verses to memorize together, and resources to help you as the parent to disciple your children.

This Week’s Family Verse (The Light of the World):

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
—John 8:12

Build the Altar as Stewards of our Bodies

1/15/17. Week 2 of Build the Altar. We are entrusted with our bodies by God, who created us and knows us best. He designed our bodies to be healthy and thrive, even in a fallen world.

In this special message, we hear from Dawson and Anna Hunter about their journey as grace-driven stewards of their bodies. They share the Gospel reasons for eating healthy and beginning to exercise as a way to steward their bodies.

#weareWorshipers #weareLearners #renewalasawayoflife #BuildtheAltar

Build the Altar this Snow Day

Our Sunday worship gathering is canceled due to inclement weather; while the snowy roads are passable for some, the likely onset of freezing rain, atop of existing snow, and coupled with a winter storm advisory asking people locally to not travel unnecessarily, means we are wise to not gather as a whole church family today.

While we won’t be gathering at 813 7th Street together this morning, to serve one another and worship the risen Christ, we do get to do well in our homes this snow day.

Build the Altar This Snow Day

Renew Kids: Sunday, January 8th, 2017

In our desire to equip parents as they “train their children up in the way they should go,” we have created a blog series to communicate the lessons our kids will be learning each Sunday, family verses to memorize together, and resources to help you as the parent to disciple your children.

Renew Kids

The word “disciple” means to intentionally impact the life of someone in the direction of being more like Jesus.
Disciples follow Jesus and help others follow Him too.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
—Ephesians 2:8

Family Verses & Scripture Songs
We are trying something new for our family verses. Music is a great way to help us memorize and to have fun doing it. Our family verses will be from the Seeds Family Worship. We are currently on Seeds of Faith song #2 (Grace).

Build the Altar: Grace-Driven Effort for the New Year

There’s one resolution you need this year:
1/1/17. Beginning the New Year with “Build the Altar,” starting with Grace-Driven Effort.

I will build an altar to God each day.

My voice shall You hear in the morning, O LORD;
in the morning will I direct my prayer to You, and will look up.
—Psalm 5:3

Begin each day looking up to God, worshiping Him and responding to His ever-present love! Though you may fail (repeatedly), His love never fails and His faithfulness never runs out.

Whether we turn aside to the left (in apathetic self-pleasing) or to the right (in stressed-out self-effort), Jesus is willing to come rescue us, put us back on the good path, and lead us onward with grace-driven effort!

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Romans 5:1-5 to start the New Year. #weareWorshipers #weareLearners #renewalasawayoflife #BuildtheAltar

Immanuel: God With Us (Christmas)

12/25/16. Fifth Sunday of Advent, aka Christmas Day. On Sunday, Christmas Day the Renew family gathered to celebrate the moment and occasion of Christ’s Birth.

Our focus on this day was to consider the gift of courage given to Joseph, through the angel reminding him, “Do not be afraid,” and the resulting life of generosity, wisdom, and courage the husband of Mary embodied from that moment.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Matthew 1:18-24 #RenewAdvent

Let There Be Light (Christmas Eve)

12/24/16. Fifth Saturday of Advent, aka Christmas Eve, as the Renew family gathered under dim lights to celebrate the moment and occasion of Christ’s Birth. We returned again on Sunday, Christmas Day, as well, with a related yet distinct emphases in our worship.

Songs: Noel; Silent Night; O Holy Night; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; God With Us

// Kari Patterson speaking on “LIGHT” from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 on Christmas Eve #RenewAdvent