Creek's End Family & Friends,
Since coming back from my sabbatical, I so appreciated the fact that I was given a “reset”. It was time to let go of the past with all its ups and downs, and embrace the future. I was weary, and the break did me good. But as good as it was for me, I still had a burden for the Creek’s End Family.
We’ve been going hard at it for over 15 years. Since starting at Klein Oak High School in 2004 we have moved to a new location, remodeled and built numerous buildings, and reached out to our community with God’s love and compassion. We have baptized over 1000 new believers, and we have sent many to minister in other churches and organizations. Numerous trips have been made to local and foreign mission fields. It has been a good 15 years.
But like me, I believe our church family is tired and weary. Our volunteers are overworked and our leadership is exhausted. I believe it is time for a “reset”. In order to minister the next 15 years and beyond we need to be healthy. In praying and talking to our Ministry Team and other leadership, the consensus is we need a rest.
In order to accomplish this, we need to get the family together again in one setting. So on January 5, the first Sunday of the New Year, we are temporarily going to a new schedule of one Bible Study and one Worship Service. We are calling it “The Power of Oneness” - 1 + 1 = ONE. In essence, 1 Bible Study + 1 Worship Service = One Powerful Force.
The Creek’s End Family will gather for Bible Study at 9:30 AM. All 2nd hour classes will move to this earlier time. Little Creek, Creek Kids, and E-Three Students will also meet during this time. At 11:00 AM we will worship TOGETHER, with only Little Creek meeting the second hour. We believe not only the Creek’s End family needs to worship together, but our individual families need to worship together as a family as well. This gives us the opportunity to try new Bible Study classes and train teachers and volunteers for the future. We can also offer some short 4-6 week special topic classes, since this frees up our Ministry Team to teach.
Because of the size of our facilities, I do not believe we will be able to maintain this for a long period of time. At some point down the road we will have to duplicate again. But not until we are healthy. Coming together will give us a new energy, a chance to meet people who didn’t attend the same service before, and a unity that we desperately need in a world that is trying to divide us. And hopefully, we will all understand how important each member of the Body of Christ is.
For most people, this is a small adjustment. But for some of you I realize it’s a big deal. I can only pray you will stick with us and try it for a while. God has called Creek’s End to be a light to our community and we need everyone along with their talents and gifts to do what God has called us to do. Change is never easy but sometimes necessary for health and growth. I hope you will embrace this temporary change and continue to be a part of a church that loves God and loves people.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
"SEARCHING FOR CHRISTMAS" CONTINUES
Reality Television is still a big thing nowadays. From Dancing with the Stars to Survivor to Big Brother, we love the unscripted reality shows. But how do we deal with life when it becomes unscripted? Suddenly, it’s not so attractive anymore. In Mary’s response, we will discover that when we recognize our lives are unscripted… that our greatest plans are not going to happen…we can still find Christ there.
As is our tradition, we will have
Baby Dedication in December for
those interested. To participate,
contact Amy Green at
ABS LEADERSHIP MEETING
A FEW SEATS LEFT ON THE BUS
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Our “Hope For The Holidays” Christmas Offering has begun. You may give to this offering any time between now and December 31. Our goal is $15,000 and is dispersed into several areas. So far we have raised just over $5,600. There are only four more Sundays left to give so please pray about helping us help those who are in need. Below are the projects your giving will go toward in this special offering…
South Texas Children’s Home (STCH) – we will provide a family-style Christmas party, including a meal, desserts, and stockings and gifts for every child. We will play games and share the Christmas story to the children. Every home on campus will receive a large gift basket, filled with gift cards, supplies and fun events for the house to do as a family. The Event will impact over 140 people. Creek’s End will travel to the campus on December 14, 2019 to provide the ministry event.
Klein ISD Therapeutic Education Program – we will provide an appreciation meal to every employee of this very specialized education campus. We will also provide gifts for the children participating in the school. This event will impact over 300 people.
Living Water International – we will be making a donation to put in a water well in a community in desperate need of fresh water. It will impact the entire village. Living Water is one of the Creek’s End world mission partners.
Coreluv – we will make a donation to continue to care for the rescue and care of the orphan children in Haiti. It will provide housing, food, education and medical care for these wonderful children. Coreluv is one of the Creek’s End world mission partners.
Families In Need – we will be able to help any families in need this Christmas and beyond. Creek’s End helps families inside and outside our church, impacting our community every year. Through your support, it will provide food, gifts, supplies and hope for the hurting.
You may give online, at the Giving Kiosk, or with offering envelopes in the seat backs. Give generously, and be a part of bringing Hope for the Holidays to those in our community and around the world.
BIENVENIDO A IGLESIA
COMING SOON IN "SEARCHING FOR CHRISTMAS"
How do you find Him in all the commercialism? Where can you see Him in the lights, the presents, and the holiday parties? You don’t have to look far, but you have to look beyond the sights and sounds of the season. You can find the Christ of Christmas in the unexpected, the unscripted, the unfamiliar, and the unbelievable. But you CAN find Him. Join us for this four week Christmas series “SEARCHING FOR CHRISTMAS”, and discover how to find Christ in a culture that has tried to remove Him, or at least obscure Him from the Holiday Season. Here is the schedule…
DECEMBER 15 – “Find Him In The Unfamiliar”
Part of what makes the Christmas season so meaningful for many of us is the familiarity. We are familiar with the story, the decorations, the music, and the atmosphere. However, the unfamiliar frightens us at times. Mary and Joseph found themselves in an unfamiliar location, surrounded by unfamiliar people, in an unfamiliar environment. We will see how their response proves that God is still at work – and Christ can be found - even in the unfamiliar.
DECEMBER 22 – “Find Him In The Unbelievable”
The first ones to receive the news of Jesus’ birth was a group of illiterate and unrefined shepherds. How could someone so undeserving be on the top of God’s list? Perhaps it’s because God wants EVERYONE to find His Son. And for those who find Him, there are four unbelievable gifts waiting especially for them.
CHRISTMAS AT CREEK’S END
Christmas involves so many great traditions —decorations, gift giving, family celebrations. In the midst of your holiday preparations, take time to reflect on the true joy this season brings. It began that first Christmas, when God sent his Son to free us from our past and offer us hope for our future. Join us and bring your family and friends to one of our Christmas Eve services to enjoy candlelight, carols, and communion. Service times are 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Come and celebrate Christmas at Creek’s End!
CHRISTMAS OFFICE HOURS
The church office will be closed December 24 – January 3 for the holidays. For emergencies you may contact any of our Ministry Team.
LIGHT YOUR WORLD
While Jesus walked this earth, He was the Light of the world. And in the Sermon on the Mount, He said to His disciples, “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). We are not the source of light; Christ is. But as believers, we have His presence dwelling within us through His Holy Spirit. We are merely the beacons through which He shines into this dark world. Join us the Sunday after Christmas for one service only at 11:00 AM, and listen as Discipleship Pastor Jesse Hicks challenges us to shine our light in 2020.
DISCIPLENOW SIGNUP HAS BEGUN
SAVE THE DATE
See you this weekend,