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The Arrival of Advent

Renew Family,

The Advent season is here! In light of this, let us consider how we shall celebrate as a church. Let this season be a time focused on the anticipation and hope that we all can have in Christ, first in remembering His birth, and then looking forward to His return.

What is Advent and why do we celebrate it as the Renew family?

Galatians: Hello Freedom, Purpose & Joy for All People!

When people trust in Jesus, what is true of Him becomes true of them!

This Fall during the October and November months we will delve into Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, as a whole church family. As God is eternal and eternally present, He is oh so eternally relevant. Today and every day. The themes and plot of Galatians relates to our times and situation here today. We struggle with racial tensions, and the churches in Galatia in the first century did as well. We devolve into competition rather than completion, just as the people in that day swayed from the pure Gospel of union with Christ and oneness in Him. We struggle with works-righteousness (“God has to accept me as I am a good person”), just as legalism (law and law-lite) crept into the churches then and there. We struggle with being inconsistent with our witness, just as the Apostle Peter became a hypocrite and needed a theological punch and a relational hug from fellow Apostle Paul, returning to justification by faith alone in Christ alone, motivated by grace.

My hope is for us each and all to discover the freedom, purpose, and joy in Christ available for all people. He came and died for us, and rose again so we can live and reign with Him forever. Let us engage the Scriptures, ponder all their freeing goodness, and allow God’s Spirit to change us. We begin this journey October 1st!

What does clean water do?

Last Friday I shared with three fifth grade classes about the global water crisis. And what clean water does.

In our brief time together I shared the story of two five-year-olds girls in Kenya and how clean water has the power to free a child to flourish in life, in whole communities. While I spoke broadly of this the direst of all global crises, the reality of 1,000 children dying today due to diarrhea from lack of clean water and sanitation can only hit us if we consider children are real people, and we enter their story.

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

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 …

Christmas Eve & Day

The Renew Church family shall meet on Saturday, Christmas Eve at 7pm and again on Sunday, Christmas Day at 11am. Both family gatherings are planned for an hour together, and each will have a distinct focus. “Light” on Christmas Eve, and “God with Us” on Christmas morning. (We also gather every other Sunday morning at 10 AM. Be our guest!)

Why gather on Sunday, Christmas Day?

Why not just take the day off?

Have we nothing then to do? No, nothing …

11/27/16. A story shared on the First Sunday of Advent. John Wesley was converted as somebody was reading to him Martin Luther’s commentary on the Galatians. There’s a sentence where Luther says,

“Have we nothing then to do? No, nothing … but be found in him who of God has made unto us our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption,”

When John Wesley heard those words, it dawned on him, and he was converted. (Note: this wasn’t his beginning of “Christian” things.)

// Jeff Patterson sharing during Benediction #RenewAdvent

“People like to follow a leader who doesn’t have it all together.”

This Summer our friend Lee Edward came to see Jeff & Kari Patterson, set a microphone on the table, and interviewed them for a “Leadership Portrait” episode on his podcast. Reproduced her with his and their permission, a quick intro added for context. See the podcast page at http://www.godrenews.us/leadership-portrait-jeff-kari/ for quotes and show notes.
#leadership #weareservants

Recapping the Renew Men’s Intense Jesus Weekend

9/25/16. Listen in as a couple of our men share about the unique experience a dozen godly men had together this past weekend.
This Fall the Renew men have two retreat options, weekends away together. The first one was dubbed an “Intense Jesus Weekend,” focused on growing deep as a man, with unique challenges, gaining insights in how to lead yourself and others in the ways of Jesus.
There’s still room for the next one, the “regular” men’s weekend: October 28-30, also local. While it may be less “intense,” it will be no less awesome.
#renewmen #wearetruesons