Creek's End Family & Friends,
There isn’t much worse in a baseball game than a rain delay. Getting ready for the game, only to have it interrupted before it or during it is not just frustrating, but it can throw plans into complete disarray.
Players, fans, broadcasters, umpires…no one likes a rain delay. Some cause games to be postponed to a later date or sometimes simply finished many hours after it was scheduled to begin. Our Houston Astros experienced this yesterday, postponing Game 4 of the ALCS to tonight. Regardless, there’s just not much good about a rain delay.
The life of Jesus’ earthly father seems much like a baseball rain delay. He was a young Jewish carpenter, ready to begin life with the woman who would soon be his wife. He expected a normal and simple life, filled with normal and simple things, like getting married, raising children, working hard, and serving his God.
His life, however, was to be anything but normal and simple. In fact, because of God’s plans for him, his life would feel like one big rain delay. Jesus, said the angel Gabriel, would disrupt and delay every aspect of this young carpenter’s life. Those wedding plans? Well, your wife is pregnant by the Holy Spirit, so congrats!
That wedding night? Well, you can’t consummate the marriage until she has that baby, so yeah. That son you hope to hand off your business to one day? Well, your first born will actually be God’s son who will be the Savior of the world, so no.
Every aspect of Joseph’s life was like a rain delay…interrupted, delayed, changed, overhauled. That’s what Jesus does. But all along, God called Joseph a righteous man, so the rain delay was worth it to experience God in that way. Jesus will interrupt your life. And he will make it beyond anything you could have ever experienced if it stayed on schedule. In the words of the MercyMe song…
Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
NEW SERMON SERIES "INVERSION PRINCIPLE" BEGINS SUNDAY
Brokenness is a word that we don’t use much these days. It is not something we aspire to. You don’t want to write “broken” on your resume. We live in a culture that’s been termed “a throwaway culture.” When things break we throw them away. We don’t value repairing and fixing, making things new. In this message Jesus gives us a new lens with which to see broken things. For when Jesus looks at something broken, He sees something valuable. Join us Sunday for Broken To Be Whole.
EXTHREE STUDENT MINISTRY
BIBLE STUDY METHODS WORKSHOP
MEET CREEK’S END
All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us on Sunday, October 20 at 9:30 AM and hear what Creek’s End is all about. This is your opportunity to join our family and be a part of what we are doing in our community and in the world. A special breakfast will be provided as well so come meet us and find out more about how you can be involved. Sign up online at www.creeksend.org or on the Connection Tab on Sundays.
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. 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.
COMMUNITY IMPACT TEACHER FEEDING
On Thursday, October 24 we will be feeding the teachers and staff of Bernshausen Elementary.
We begin at 7:00 AM. If you’re interested in volunteering
TRUNK OR TREAT
BIENVENIDO A IGLESIA
COMING SOON IN “THE INVERSION PRINCIPLE”
When you look at the ministry of Jesus, here’s what you’ll find: He spent a significant amount of His time debunking the myths that the people had been taught about God and about faith. A lot of what He did was to say, “You’ve heard it said this, but I’m going to tell you something different. I know you’ve been taught to look at it this way; I’m going to give you a new way to look at it.” And so He came on the scene, and He confronted some false beliefs about faith, about religion, about God that many people had just kind of accepted. Join us for this 5 week series on the upside down teachings of Jesus and discover “The Inversion Principle”. Here is the remaining schedule…
OCTOBER 27 – “HUMBLED TO BE EXALTED”
For those who are consumed with getting to the top of the ladder, with reaching a certain status, with being successful, Jesus has a lot to say. In this message He’s going to redefine what all that means, because it turns out that the way up is down. We will discover greatness is not something that you ascend to; it’s something that you descend to.
NOVEMBER 3– “EMPTIED TO BE FILLED”
One of the things about God’s nature that you’ll see in Scripture is He loves to fill empty things. From empty jars to empty stomachs to empty hearts, Jesus was about filling what was empty. The way we deal with emptiness in our culture is by living in a constant state of consumption. We are constantly consuming. And we love to get online and shop and buy things. We love to think about what we don’t have but what we’re going to get. And once we get whatever we wanted, we need something more. In this message Jesus turns it all upside down by helping us realize He can only fill us when we are empty.
NOVEMBER 10 – “DYING TO LIVE”
As Jesus neared the end of His ministry it became very evident to the disciples that happily ever after wasn’t going to happen. He started talking about His death. He talked about a resurrection but they never heard that part. They couldn’t get past the “I’m going to die” part and suddenly it wasn’t any fun to follow Jesus. But in order to really live, we must understand the sacrificial side of Jesus. We will learn the way to really live with purpose is to die to ourselves.
NOVEMBER 17 – “GIVING TO RECEIVE”
When we look in the mirror some things are easier to see than others. We can see anger, we can see jealousy, and we can see guilt. But it is very difficult to see greed. Jesus warns us in this message that greed is a subtle thing. We will learn His inversion principle that giving actually results in receiving - just not the way we think.
See you this weekend,