Creek's End Family & Friends,
I don’t know about you, but I’m really weary of this global pandemic and the chaotic disruption it has caused in our lives. As a pastor, I’m keenly aware of my role as a shepherd that not only feeds the sheep, but also guards and protects the flock. I feel we have done a good job with that as we moved our services to live stream only, and are now doing a gradual reopening of coming back to our campus. We will continue to make sure all safety measures are taken to protect the health of everyone who comes on our campus – even beyond this pandemic.
However, I have been frustrated because the Body of Christ has not been together. Yes, we can worship from our homes through technology, but that should never replace the actual assembling of believers. For the Body to function correctly, all the “body parts” are supposed to be together. Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesians 3 was this: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. It is only when we are together that we truly experience the height, width, and depth of God’s love.” How do you truly experience God’s love? Being with other believers.
Think of it this way. Let’s say that we encircle a church building we have never seen before. We stand in a certain spot next to someone else, the building is surrounded, but none of us have ever seen the entire building. But if each of us takes turns describing what we see in front of us, by the time we get around the circle we will have a good idea of what the building looks like.
That is what gathering as believers is about. I share what Christ has done for me. You share what Christ has done for you. Other believers share what Christ has done for them. Even though our experiences are different, we see a part of Christ we may have never seen before. We truly experience the height, width, and depth of God’s love.
I say all that to say I hope we can get back together as a church as soon as possible. We cannot continue to live in fear when God has given us a spirit of power. Lately I have been reading a book by John Piper, one of the great theologians of our day. Recently he wrote a very short but powerful book called “Coronavirus And Christ”. This is what he wrote: “Therefore, one of God’s purposes in the coronavirus is that his people put to death self-pity and fear, and give themselves to good deeds in the presence of danger. Christians lean toward need, not comfort. Toward love, not safety. That’s what our Savior is like. That is what he died for.”
So as Creek’s End continues to open up, with safety measures in place, let’s do our best to get back to being the church TOGETHER. For sure there are some who need to stay away due to health conditions and vulnerability. We are praying for you and hope you can come back soon. As we begin soon to open up various ministries such as Little Creek and Creek Kids, we can’t wait for your kids to learn about God’s love. For our students and adults, we long for being able to experience the height, depth, and width of God’s love with you. Let’s get back TOGETHER soon!
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US ON CAMPUS SUNDAY
We are continuing with two services at 9:30 & 11:00 AM. Attendance is being divided by alphabet. If your last name begins with A – L, please attend the 9:30 service. M – Z is asked to attend the 11:00 service. In the Worship Center we are still using every other row. There must be at least two seats between families and non-family members. NO CHILD CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE. Children are welcome to attend the service with their parents.
This weekend we are adding coffee, but no food products. Also, worship folders will be available with sermon notes. Please bring your own pen or pencil.
Those who need to stay home can watch live stream at 9:30 & 11:00, so you have a choice. If you are a senior citizen we encourage you to stay home and watch. If you are not feeling well or have underlying health conditions, please stay home and watch. If you just don’t feel comfortable with the risk, by all means please stay home and watch.
Because we have been raised to new life with Christ (because we died with Christ), we can now change the focus of our desires. We are no longer tied to sin but are free and alive in Jesus Christ. Being raised up with Jesus Christ ought to make a difference in the way we live and in our feelings about God. It requires living with a focus. Our heart, or desires, have to be personally directed toward the things of God, otherwise our lives will spin out of control. Join us on campus or on Live Stream at 9:30 or 11:00 AM.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR SUNDAY
On our website we have made it easy to access materials that are available for Sunday as we worship from home. This link SUNDAY RESOURCES will take you to all the links you need – Sermon notes, Bible Study video, Live Stream, prayer requests, and online giving.
COVID 19 MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY
We have another ministry opportunity in response to the Covid 19 pandemic. Creek’s End will be collecting the items listed below for PREGNANCY ASSISTANCE CENTER NORTH on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Collection times will be 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Please bag all of the items for easy transportation.
(* Asterisk indicates items with the greatest need)
*Diapers sizes 5-7 and Pullups
*Baby wipes (for babies, not sanitizing wipes)
Baby Food: Stage 1 through Toddler (*stage 1 & 2)
Similac Advance (Blue Top), Similac Soy (Pink top)
*Baby lotion, diaper rash cream, baby wash
Pop-up baby laundry hamper
*Toddler clothing 18 months & up (all sizes accepted)
Journals (to hand out with Bibles)
Comfortable fuzzy socks with no skid bottoms
Nursing scarves Lotions or moisturizing soap (unscented or calming scents appreciated)
Basic Hygiene items: deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, feminine hygiene items
Mom snacks: Granola bars, trail mix, pretzels single serving size
$15-$25 Gift Cards from HEB, Walmart or Kroger
Larger items: Pack n Play, play pen, bouncer, walker, high-chair, baby bed with mattress, umbrella stroller with sunshade cover.
NEW SUMMER SERIES BEGINS IN JUNE
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus invites people into ways of being in the world that promise the truly good life. At the end of the sermon the crowds are amazed, but this isn’t so much because the content is new but because of the clarity, strength, and authority with which Jesus teaches. His teachings are radical, but not out of the blue. In this 8-week summer series, our habits and ways of being will be deconstructed and reformed through Jesus’ teachings and model. It will bring us back to a simple, yet challenging way to live that can only be described as The Good Life.
See you this weekend,