Creek's End Family & Friends,
So here's the deal. I've memorized all the Scriptures that tell us we are beautifully and wonderfully made. I've agonized with God over body insecurities. I've done the whole 30-days-to-a-beach-body routine and failed. This year, something… must…change. Something.
The best conclusion I've come up with on how to survive the bathing suit season is this: Change the atmosphere. Create a culture that celebrates God's creation. Draw confidence from His beauty rather than our preconceived, unattainable notions of what beauty is or should be. Steer the attention away from insecurities and point it back to Jesus.
Let's not miss summer. Let's not leave memories on the table because we were too bound up by our body junk to enjoy, really delight in the dog days of summer. Create a culture that celebrates God's creation. Change the atmosphere.
You see, we have the opportunity to bring to the pool, beach, lake, river, park...the representation of God Himself. The Spirit in us is bigger than the bumps of cellulite or the extra 10 pounds that winter left in its wake. Summer is here and His beauty abounds. We were created to enjoy and delight, NOT cower and hide away.
The waves call our name. The sun sparkles. The lightning bugs chirp. The juicy watermelon overflows (Even though I can’t stand watermelon…I know – Un-American). But it is all to HIS glory.
I propose that we bless others by creating a culture of celebration as we gather around the pool or layout at the beach. Don't you know the person right next to you has their own issues? Don't you know that Jesus speaks through YOU straight to their heart when we cultivate an atmosphere of lifting up? For when we redirect the conversation, insert His Truth into our pool side gatherings, encourage and affirm, HE IS GLORIFIED. That’s how you survive the bathing suit season.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
“STAND” SERIES CONTINUES
Elijah was a man who had convictions, meaning he held strong to what he believed. In our world it’s difficult to stand by our convictions when so many people have the wrong convictions or none at all. In this message we will learn what it takes to not only have convictions, but to stand firm in those convictions. Join us Sunday for Stand Firm.
WOMEN’S SHELTER TOUR
TAKING AN OFFERING
Beginning Sunday, July 1, we will no longer be passing the bags in the services. We are offering other alternative ways to give. We hope you will consider recurring giving at the Giving Kiosk or online at our website, www.creeksend.org/igive.
Or you may want to do an automatic draft through your bank. Automated bank bill pay is the easiest and most effective way to automate your giving. Once it is set up, you can update or change your giving at any time simply by changing the amount on your bank’s website. If you are not currently using bill pay, contact your bank or see your bank’s website to set up bill pay. With bill pay, there are no processing fees, so 100% of your gift goes to the ministries of Creek’s End.
For those who still want to write checks and give cash, the offering boxes will be available. How you give is up to you - Giving Boxes, Giving Kiosk, online at our website, or ADT. Thank you for your generosity and willingness to try new things.
COMING SOON IN “STAND”
When we’re pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a stand? When we do take a stand, in the right ways, at the right time, for the right reason, it can change the course and direction of our lives. The flip side is true, as well. When we compromise on the wrong things, in the wrong ways, at the wrong times, it can cost us way more than we can even imagine at this time in our lives. In this series we’re looking at how we can take a stand for the things that matter most, as well as some stories of the most courageous people in the Bible. See the remaining schedule below …
JULY 1 – “STAND ASIDE”
Jesus knew there would be a sacrificial side to following Him. Following Christ may mean giving up a relationship, or staying in a marriage, or making your financial resources available. And it’s almost like we have to die because we have to give up a part of our lives. In this bonus message we will discover It takes courage to stand aside and put Christ first.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VBS 2018 is going to be a JUNGLE RIVER ADVENTURE!
STUDENT CAMP COMING SOON
STUDENT CAMP for grades 6-12 will be at Pineywoods Encampment July 23-27. Cost is $325 per student.
You can sign up at this link: STUDENT CAMP
For more information contact Josh at
PRAY FOR OUR HAITI TEAM
The HAITI MISSION trip is July 28-August 2 and is
already full but you can participate through
prayer and giving.
You can donate at this link:
NEW SERIES STARTS JULY 8
The Time Is Now is the study of the book of Haggai and
how God used the prophet to lead Israel to rebuild God's temple. This three-part series will encourage us to act on
what God is calling us to do to rebuild what has been destroyed in our lives – our marriage, our finances, our relationships – the list goes on.
LADIES SUMMER BIBLE STUDY
See you this weekend,