Creek's End Family & Friends,
At the end of February I closed out a series on Elisha called “Ridiculous Faith”. On that Sunday, I announced that Creek’s End was about to do something ridiculous. In order to provide more discipleship space, replace and repair audio visual equipment, and provide more parking, we needed to raise $150,000 in six months. It sounded ridiculous, but you as a church have been rising up to the challenge.
There were four important truths I talked about that day…
- Investing in God’s work requires sacrifice
- Investing in God’s work means putting His glory above our own
- Investing in God’s work opens the door to God’s blessing
- Investing in God’s work invites God to do the miraculous
When God calls us to do something greater, it will require a ridiculous investment. So we introduced the REACHING CAMPAIGN. The REACHING CAMPAIGN began March 5 and runs to August 27. Our goal was a big one, and we have raised just over $100,000 so far. That is incredible! Raising that amount in five months averages $20,000 per month. That is ridiculous! But we are three weeks from the end, and still need to raise almost $50,000. What happens if we don’t reach it? We won’t be able to complete our project, mainly extra parking spaces. Construction on the new building will begin any day now as well as the Prayer Garden. Those projects are already taken care of. But in order to have the parking we need, we need to raise the full amount of $150,000.
It is time for us to exercise our ridiculous faith and see what we can sacrifice in these last few weeks of the campaign. Our REACHING giving is above and beyond our regular giving. It is part of our call to REACH OUT, REACH IN, AND REACH UP. Let’s see what God can do with our ridiculous faith.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End . . .
SUMMER IN THE PSALMS
Why, God? It is a question we all ask eventually as we look at the world around us and witness great injustice. Sometimes we are even tempted to shake our fists at God. In this Psalm, Student Pastor Jesse Hicks will help us explore that part of our nature as well as be called to remember the truth of God's character upon which we can stand and be confident. Join us this Sunday for Psalm 73.
DEVOTIONS IN THE PSALMS
We want you to immerse yourself with us in this great Bible book. An online devotional guide is available. You can go to our website to find the link or you can go here: SUMMER IN THE PSALMS DEVOTIONALS. Let’s spend some quality time daily in God’s Word and let Him speak to us through the Psalms.
Men’s League has a monthly fellowship on the third Thursday
We are having another baptism Sunday on August 26
in both services. If you are interested in baptism,
and plan to attend Baptism class on Wednesday,
August 23 at 6:30 PM.
MEET CREEK’S END
August 30 at 7:30 PM: All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us in the Café in the Atrium and meet our Ministry Team and hear me briefly share what Creek’s End is all about. The food and beverage are free, but we need your reservation. You can sign up online or on the Connection Card on Sundays. Come meet us and find out more about how you can be part of the Creek’s End Family.
NEW ABS SERIES
God’s goal is to set us free from sin. Romans 6:8 says, “Now, if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Forgiveness of sin is just the beginning of life in Christ. But the problem is that so many people stay there; they don’t move on. Jesus didn’t die and rise from the dead simply to forgive you. He rose to live his life through you. Come and join people just like you who want to study the Bible and do life together. There are classes for every age group. A new video study will begin August 20, a 4-week study in Romans called Dead To Sin – Alive In Christ. You can sign up at the Information Desk on Sundays.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY COMING THIS FALL
Did you know that 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck? Or that 64% of Americans can’t cover a $1,000 emergency? This doesn’t have to be true for you! All you need is a practical plan for your money—and Financial Peace University IS that plan! In nine easy-to-follow lessons, you’ll learn how to get out of debt, create a budget, make wise spending decisions, save for the future, and so much more! You’re invited to the next Financial Peace University class! It begins September 13. We need to order materials by August 31 so please sign up as soon as possible. If you’d like to learn more about taking control of your money once and for all, check out the class details on our website at www.creeksend.org.
AWANAS COMING THIS FALL
COMING SOON IN SUMMER IN THE PSALMS
We’re halfway through our summer team teaching series
that is helping us discover God is God, and we should
Here is the remaining schedule …
AUGUST 20 – PSALM 19
There are two things that speak loudly about God: His creation and His Word. If we are looking and listening, God will reveal Himself to us in incredible ways through nature and through Scripture. Young Adult Pastor Wade Henderson will show us in this Psalm how God speaks both visually and verbally to those who seek Him.
AUGUST 27 – PSALM 78
The philosopher, essayist, and novelist George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In this psalm, Community Pastor Tim Seippel helps us discover that what happens in the past – good or bad – should serve to help us in our relationship with God in the future. Knowing God’s precepts gives us a foundation to overcome our past mistakes and teach our children how to avoid them.
What does it look like to follow Jesus? People ask that a lot. And the answer is, it’s different for everyone. For Matthew it started by leaving his job as a tax collector and having Jesus at his house for a party. He becomes a disciple, travels and ministers with Jesus, writes a book in the Bible that bears his name, and now we name our children after him. For others, following Jesus begins differently. But those who accept the invitation begin the journey of their lives and over time, usually at a slow pace, God does incredible things in their relationships, in their finances, in their families, in their careers, etc. Join us September 3 for this stand-alone message about what it looks like to follow Jesus.
See you this weekend,