Weekly News and Notes

for our church family & friends.

 

 


Friday
Jan182013

New Hispanic Service!!!

Hello Church!

I am still inspired by the baptism service and testimonies we experienced last Sunday morning.  It was such confirmation that God is at work, reconciling the world to Himself!  Let me share with you some things you may want to know as Sunday comes closer.

Many Lights of Christmas Work Day is scheduled for tomorrow, January 19, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Much of the work will be taking down the steel structures and putting them away in the storage units behind our church.  Many hands make light work.  If you are available, I hope we will see you tomorrow morning for this ministry opportunity!

Midweek Bible Studies.  Our new Bible studies for men and women began last Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.  The men are doing a verse-by-verse study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians in the LAC - Room 409.  The women are studying the Psalms of Faith, and meet in the LAC large assembly area.  If you want to know more people and hunger for meaningful relationships and inspiring times in God's Word, jump in and join us on Wednesday nights!  We also offer a Wednesday evening meal in the Hebrews Cafe from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. each Wednesday evening.  Come early and let's eat together!

Financial Peace University.  We are offering two new FPU classes.  The first begins on Sunday, January 20, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the LAC - Room 409.  The second begins on Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in McQueen Chapel.  You can register at the FPU ministry counter in the church foyer this Sunday!  Join the scores of SFC families who have experienced new financial freedom by applying these principles to their lives!  Classes are nine weeks long.

Midweek Spanish Service.  We started a new Hispanic service last Wednesday night, with a dozen attending!  It was an inspiring beginning to this new opportunity for worship and fellowship.  It will meet at 7:00 p.m., in Room 204, this week!  Get the word out about this exciting new service!

Local and District Ministerial Licenses.  Interviews for those wanting to receive either a local or district ministerial license will be Saturday, February 2, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Previous licensees may look for their applications via email.  Should it not arrive in your inbox, please pick up your application at Information Central, or call the church office.  New candidates should pick up applications at Information Central in the church foyer, this Sunday.  Please give prompt attention to this matter, sooner rather than later.  The church board must approve all applicants just days after the interviews.  Failure to interview on time will mean a one-year waiting period until 2014.

Charitable Giving Statements.  A friendly reminder to pick up your charitable giving statement for 2012 at Information Central this Sunday.  Thanks for suppporting our ministry at SFC!

Love you all and see you on Sunday!

Friday
Jan112013

Off to a Great 2013!

Hello everyone!

God gave us great services last Sunday as we heard of His miraculous work in a Creative Access country.  We are grateful to be partners with our great God, helping to bring a little bit of heaven to earth!

Many Lights of Christmas Work Day has been cancelled for tomorrow, January 12, due to the severely cold weather coming our way.  It has been rescheduled for the following Saturday, January 19, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Much of the work will be taking down the steel structures and putting them away in the storage units behind our church.  We welcome all the help we can get to do this more strenuous work!  Hope to see a number of you next Saturday!

New Sermon Series.  God willing, I will preach the first message in our new Winter sermon series, discovering how God can take a nobody and turn them into a somebody!  Don't miss a single week of this new and exciting series!

Midweek Bible Studies.  Our new Bible studies for men and women will begin on Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.  The men will be doing a verse-by-verse study of First and Second Thessalonians in the LAC - Room 409.  The women will be studying the Psalms of Faith, using the Joy of LIving curriculum in the LAC large assembly area.  Why not begin 2013 in a group study of God's Word?  You can sign up on Sunday at the table in the back of the sanctuary! 

Hebrews Cafe Reopens.  Our Wednesday night meals will begin again on January 16, to support our adult Wednesday night Bible studies, youth and children's activities.  Make this a regular part of your midweek practice, to fellowship together around a meal, and attend a Bible study class or church activity!  Hope we pack it out next Wednesday night!

Financial Peace University.  We are offering two new FPU classes.  The first begins on Sunday, January 20, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the LAC - Room 409.  The second begins on Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in McQueen Chapel.  You can register at the FPU ministry counter in the church foyer this Sunday!  Join the scores of SFC families who have experienced new financial freedom by applying these principles to their lives!  Classes are nine weeks long.

Local and District Ministerial Licenses.  Interviews for those wanting to receive either a local or district ministerial license will be Saturday, February 2, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Previous licensees may look for their applications via email.  Should it not arrive in your inbox, please pick up your application at Information Central, or call the church office.  New candidates should pick up applications at Information Central in the church foyer, beginning this Sunday.  Please give prompt attention to this matter, sooner rather than later.  The church board must approve all applicants just days after the interviews.  Failure to interview on time will mean a one-year waiting period until 2014.

It's going to be a wonderful Sunday!  Hope to see you at church!

 

 

Friday
Dec212012

Christmas Sunday Schedule ...

Hello everyone,

As we approach the weekend, here are a few reminders ...

Christmas Services on Sunday, December 23rd.  As we have announced for several weeks, we are having one combined English-speaking Christmas service this Sunday, beginning at 10:45 a.m. in our sanctuary.  We are also having our regular Spanish-speaking worship service in The Cave at 10:45.  No Sunday School classes will meet this week.  So, here is a brief summary of what Sunday morning will look like.

9:00   a.m. - The Hebrews Cafe will open for breakfast, serving a breakfast casserole with home fries,      or donuts and coffee.  

10:45 a.m. - English-Speaking Christmas Worship Service in the sanctuary.

10:45 a.m. - Spanish-Speaking Christmas Worship Service in the Cave.

Again, no Sunday School this week.

Christmas Eve Communion Service.  Our traditional Christmas Eve Communion Service will be on Monday evening, December 24th, 5:30 p.m., in our sanctuary.  This one hour service will inspire us to a greater appreciation of the birth of Christ, God's greatest gift to us!  Please bring family and friends with you for this special service.

December Giving. As a reminder, an information brochure is available in the sanctuary chair pockets describing how to make "year-end" financial gifts. With new tax laws coming in 2013, you may want to consult your tax preparer about your 2012 charitable gifts.  Remember, any such gifts must be postmarked or received in our office, by December 31, to count toward your 2012 giving.

Read the Bible Through in 2013. Our one and two-year Bible reading plans are available in the brochure rack in the Worship Center foyer. Plan to read God's Word systematically in 2013 or in 2013-14! You will be blessed!

I look forward to worshiping with you on Christmas Sunday!  See you then!

Friday
Dec142012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas ...

Hello church,

With light snow in the forecast for today (no accumulation expected for the front range), it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  When we turn on our more than a half million lights for our drive-through tonight, it will "light up" our world.

To review our volunteer schedule ...

Many Lights Evening Schedule.  When you come for your appointed volunteer time, here is what you can expect and how you can help.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Dinner in the Cafe

5:15 - 5:20 p.m.  Prayer and Instructions in the Cafe

5:20 - 5:30 p.m.  Dress in Costume in the gymnasium and stage in the Cave

5:45 - 5:50 p.m.  Go to your assigned positions

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Participate in the MLOC

9:00 - 9:15 p.m.  Clean up and Close

The meals include beef minestrone soup tonight, chicken pot pie on Saturday night, chili and cornbread on Sunday night, and chicken broccoli afredo on Monday night!  Come early with the joy of Christ and a Christmas prayer in your heart!

Costume Characters Needed.  Some of our scheduled volunteers have become sick and will not be able to participate tonight.  If you would like to volunteer and are not scheduled for tonight, come on down and we will find a place for you tonight, or anytime throughout the weekend!

Volunteer Parking.  As always, we ask that NO CARS be parked on the West side of the building.  Please, if you are a volunteer, remember to park on the EAST side of the building, out of sight, and walk through the building from that side.  Thank you, in advance, for your help with this.

Dress Warm.  Please ensure you and your kids are properly dressed in layers to keep them warm while serving outside over the weekend.

December Giving.  Falling short of budget in November, we want to finish strong in December!  Please review your giving to ensure you are current.  In addition, an information brochure will be available in the sanctuary chair pockets describing how to make year-end" financial gifts.  Remember, any such gifts must be postmarked or received in our office, by December 31, to count toward your 2012 giving.

Read the Bible Through in 2013.  Our one and two-year Bible reading plans are available in the brochure rack in the Worship Center foyer.  Plan to read God's Word systematically in 2013 or in 2013-14!  You will be blessed!

Let's join prayers for an impactful weekend as we present Christ to our community!

 

Thursday
Dec062012

It's Here! Many Lights of Christmas Begins!

Happy Thursday everyone,

I have returned from my trip to see our daughter and son-in-law, serving as missionaries, just in time to jump into The Many Lights of Christmas!  It will be a blessed and happy time for our church as we actively love our community through this amazing outreach!  Here are some things you should know ...

Many Lights Evening Schedule.  When you come for your appointed volunteer time, here is what you can expect and how you can help.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Dinner in the Cafe

5:15 - 5:20 p.m.  Prayer and Instructions in the Cafe

5:20 - 5:30 p.m.  Dress in Costume in the gymnasium and stage in the Cave

5:45 - 5:50 p.m.  Go to your assigned positions

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Participate in the MLOC

9:00 - 9:15 p.m.  Clean up and Close

The meals include meat loaf on Friday night, spaghetti on Saturday night, and soup and salad on Sunday night!  Come early, bring a Christmas smile for your face, and a Christmas prayer in your heart!

Costume Characters Needed.  Each year, as we begin, we are somewhat uncertain about the number of volunteers to expect.  At the moment, we feel we need more to be in character, and serve in other places!  Call ahead, if possible, to let us know you can help, or just come with a willing spirit.

Volunteer Parking.  As always, we ask that NO CARS be parked on the West side of the building.  Please, if you are a volunteer, remember to park on the EAST side of the building, out of sight, and walk through the building from that side.  Thank you, in advance, for your help with this.

Hayrides.  We are able to offer hayrides through The Many Lights of Christmas!  The cost is $3.00 per person, with a $10.00 family cap.  Enjoy your trip through the lighted drive-through in a different way!  Let the authorized persons know at the entrance that you want to do the hayride, and they will direct you.

It is so good to be home and ready to serve alongside some of the most amazing people I know!  It will be a blast!  I hope to see you on opening night, Friday night, as we welcome our congregation and community to the 2012 edition of The Many Lights of Christmas!  See you then!