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Christmas Services: Not Merely for Us

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This is a unique Christmas for our family. We AREN’T traveling! Every year of our kids’ lives we have traveled on Christmas Day and, while there have been fun parts of it, I am so excited for the chance to soak in the day with our family.

A lot of our trips as a family are road trips, long car rides across the country in our minivan. It feels challenging but to think about the first Christmas puts it all into perspective. Today we travel at highway speeds with climate-controlled and comfortable seating the whole time. Mary and Joseph traveled nearly 90 miles, uphill to get to Bethlehem and Mary most likely rode on a donkey while she was nine months pregnant! But with all of the challenges leading up to Jesus’ birth everything slowed down and they could finally experience the moment they had been waiting for.

My sincere hope for you is that Christmas Eve can be sort of a reminder for you of that type of a moment. With all the hurry of this season; from Amazon Prime to late night cooking to decorating everything we all need to catch our breath and remember that first Christmas.

And I bet you know some people in your life that need that same gift this time of the year. They’ve been scrambling with busy schedules and heavy expectations but church isn’t a priority. God put them in your life for this exact moment, to invite them to an experience they’ll never forget...it could change their eternity.

Christmas Eve services are not merely for us.  The power and hope of Jesus is for everyone and it can change anything in your life and the lives of those around you.

Looking forward to meeting many of your friends and family this Christmas season.


Grace and peace this season,

Pastor Phil

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Commitment Weekend

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The night before Christmas was always really special as a kid. The anticipation of what would be under the tree waiting in the morning and all the fun of the festivities that surrounded it. As a kid, if you would have told me that I would enjoy giving gifts as a parent as much as I do I wouldn’t have believed you. But actually, I like it even better! I love knowing what the kids are going to get and watching their little faces light up with excitement on Christmas day.

We shouldn’t be surprised that it works this way, Acts 20:35 shows that the early church was careful to share this same idea. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Actually we know now that even science tells us that our brains respond when we give, we were designed to be generous!

This weekend we will commit together—just like a smaller group of people did a decade ago—to see how we can be a part of what God wants to do through us into the next decade and beyond. We are praying and hoping to raise $3 million (and adding no debt) to create significantly better spaces in our large group environments and parking lot to clearly share the better life in Jesus.

I’m asking you to do two things. First and foremost, pray. We’ve been talking about how we make our gift to Re:Vision a spiritual decision and it comes on the other side of these questions:

  • What can I give?
  • What can I sacrifice?
  • What can I trust God for?

We are also going to be praying a specific prayer as a church this week, especially on Friday.

And second, decide as an individual or family what you’ll commit to what God wants to do through us and come Sunday with your three commitment and initial offering towards that commitment. All we’re asking is for you to ask God to lead you … and then be obedient to what you feel He is asking you to do … period.

I have been so excited to share what I believe God has put on our heart as a leadership team through Re:Vision—it’s God’s big number for us. And I hope you sense God’s big number for your family and can give it joyfully this weekend. God loves that kind of giving.

Helpful Resources:

Re:Vision Gathering- Did you miss attending a Re:Vision Gathering. Watch it here.

Re:Vision Prayer Guide- Join us on Friday, October 13 in prayer for Re:Vision and the commitments being made.



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