To my Grove family,
Please read to the end of the email to see our Christmas schedule.
Remember…this weekend Daylight Saving Time ends. This means that we will gain an hour of sleep as the clocks “fall” back.
This weekend Pastor Daniel Bishop will be bringing the second message in our four-part Love Offering series we are calling “Rise up and Shine”. If you did not hear Pastor Matt’s message last week as he kicked off the series, it a “must” for you to hear; it was fantastic. Click here to listen to Matt’s message. Pastor Daniel’s message this week is called, “Rise Up”. If you will read Ephesians 5:8-20 and Romans 13:11, you will be ready for the message this weekend. We will also be having communion at each service, but we will be doing this before the message instead of afterwards this week. Please try and make it for all of the messages in this series as we lay out the vision for the coming year.
Our next baptism is on Sunday, November 13, after the 10:45 a.m. service. If you have thought about being baptized, this will be your last opportunity of the year. We will have our “Talk on Baptism” by the Prayer Room after each service this weekend. Come join us and learn the importance of being baptized. You can also get in touch with Pastor Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will walk you through what it means to be baptized.
Our annual Golf Classic is almost here so mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3. This tournament helps support our men’s HANDS trek which is going to Belize this coming year and they will be working on construction projects to benefit a summer camp. We need many people to play in this tournament. It will be a lot of fun and is open to all ability levels. Come on out and enjoy the day and help a great cause. Sign up here. We also need businesses to help sponsor this tournament and we have many different levels of sponsorships available. Anyone can help out with sponsorships. If you have any questions about the tournament or sponsorships, just email Andy Gibeault at email@example.com.
2017 Board Members
If you have recommendations for board members for the coming year, will you submit those names to me, Pastor Daniel, or any of our current board members (Brian Jaramillo, Ron Chitwood, Craig Merrihew, Matt Bushman, Robert Hasson, or Ric Slagle)? Remember as you consider possible names, these men must live their lives according to the scriptures as they apply to elders. Here are scriptural references for selection of board members: 1 Timothy 3:1-7, “Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer (board member) he desires a noble task. Now the overseer (board member) must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach (lead a small group), not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputations with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” Titus 1:6-10, “An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless — not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. This person must be a man of Faith, willing to step out and trust God in areas where he feels God’s leading and directing. This person should be someone who cares about lost people, reaches out through evangelism, is dedicated to prayer, and is growing in spiritual disciplines.”
Global Prayer Time
Would you like to learn more about our Grove global partners? We meet the first Sunday of every month during the 10:45 a.m. service to spend time together learning about and praying for our partners around the world. Join us at our next meeting this Sunday, November 6, in Room D-3. Our Global Partners Evan and Audrey Eusey from Japan will be our special guests.
For tonight’s Family Night, the Hub special is Sloppy Jalapeño Joe sandwiches with homemade chips for $8.40 plus tax. On Saturday evening the special will be roasted prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, creamy horseradish, and vegetables for $15.95 plus tax. There will be a dessert Saturday night of the chef’s choice for all guests. Our free “Uncrustable” peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit cup, chocolate chip cookie, and Kool-Aid juice packet is for our guests 12 and under with an adult entrée purchase.
Christmas Schedule 2017
This year Christmas is on a Sunday and we learned a lot a few years ago the last time Christmas fell on another Sunday. We had a service on Christmas Sunday and it caused a lot of problems. It was low in attendance but the bigger issue was the lack of volunteers. I think we all know we can’t function at The Grove without our great volunteer teams, but on Christmas day it was very hard to recruit people to be here and we were woefully understaffed for the day. Because of this we are doing what many of the larger churches are doing (except with one Grove caveat).
This year all of our Christmas services will be on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24. We will have four services at 1:00, 3:00 (deaf interpretation will be available), 5:00, and 7:00 p.m. The one thing we are doing differently is we are sending you a Christmas message/sermonette through email on Christmas morning (from me) so you can still have church on Christmas morning. We are going to add some thoughts and questions that you can use with your family for discussion with all ages if you would enjoy doing that on Christmas morning. Pastor Daniel is trying to set me up by a big fireplace, with a robe and slippers, as I share the message…but I doubt that is going to happen. We just want you to know well in advance of all the opportunities you will have for our Christmas services so you can make plans to be with your family and friends as well. This way we can save our staff and volunteers and allow everyone to be home on Christmas morning.
Hope to see you all here this evening and then an hour later than usual this weekend.