See you on Sunday at 10 AM as we gather for worship and the word at the Revival Building (813 7th St). Here’s the key emphases, happenings and overall announcements to read before we gather to sing, pray, share and celebrate.
The story of Joseph is about love and transformation. He starts as the youngest, favorite son of Jacob (Israel), overly aware of his talent, yet lacking tact. His brothers hated him with jealousy, tried to leave him for dead, and eventually sold him off.
Genesis 37-50 tells the story of God keeping His promises to this mouthy kid as he painstakingly becomes a mature, wise man. (It takes two decades.) Joe has dreams, is forsaken by his brothers, forgotten in prison, and over the course of two decades raises up to a place of power and responsibility.
The key factor on Joseph’s life was “the LORD was with him” (Genesis 39:2, 21, 23: “… because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.”)
Why was God with him?
Joseph’s life, endurance, pain and suffering, were intended “for the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20). Perhaps God designed those hardships, or maybe He simply ‘allowed’ them. Either way, our perspective must become like Joseph’s: life isn’t about me. God will use all of it “for the saving of many lives.”
- Read ahead: Genesis 37-50
This year we each of us are invited on an adventure to look up and love God first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.
In an effort to support Renew Families, we are launching a couple new initiatives in 2015. To help your leaders know about your values and interests in parenting, and ensure we are doing all we can to support you as you bring up your children as disciples of Jesus, please respond by taking the Renew Kids Survey.
On Sunday, we begin all together to sing and pray. Early elementary kids are welcome to remain in the large group gathering, or may join the the Pre-K class at “half-time” when they head to their classes. Together Renew Kids are learning about the life and times of Jesus the Christ in the Gospel Project for Kids.
Birth to two years upstairs, and preschool age (3-5yrs) downstairs, with the option of 1st & 2nd graders (age 6-7yrs) joining them. Thank you to all who serve faithfully in leading children to know Christ through meaningful relationships.
New Family Verse:
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” —Luke 6:31
- Parents: take the Renew Kids Survey » your voice and wisdom is greatly appreciated. One last week to do so.
- Monday night Prayer » potluck dinner at 6:00 PM, hour of prayer starting at 7:00 PM.
- Women’s Bible study continues this Tuesday, February 17th (9:30-11:30 AM at 813 7th St). Studying A Praying Life together, and childcare is freely provided.
- Men’s Huddle on Thursday, February 19th (6-7 AM @ Coffee Rush, 9th & Main in Oregon City). We’re intentionally focusing on becoming better spiritual leaders in our homes. (Responses necessary.)
- Seek God for the City 2015 begins this Wednesday 2/18. Forty days focusing on biblical hope, leading up to Palm Sunday (the week before Easter). » Be sure to grab one of the daily prayer guides from the back table this Sunday.
- This year we each of us are invited on an adventure to look up and love God first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God? » Find some help here.
- 2014 giving statements have been mailed, and should be delivered to you. Thank you for contributing to the work of your church family.
Let’s continue to invite people into our lives, beyond Sundays, just as we invite them to worship with us. Sharing a meal together this coming week — at a restaurant or at home — is a good way to sit down and talk about life. Invite people over, embody hospitality.
Recorded messages are collected in a podcast and now online, including all 39 weeks of our journey through the EPIC Story of God, each message during the Advent season, and the recent teachings in God of Promise.