Creek's End Family & Friends,
I’ve been listening to a lot of worship music during this global pandemic. Music sets a tone and demeanor for me - it sets a mood. (By the way, shout out to our Creek’s End worship teams! We have so much talent on our stages every Sunday.) Back to music: I have caught myself recently just needing noise in the background in the office and in the car. Perhaps I should blame it on weeks and weeks of news, political campaigns, masks, and social distancing.
But I do know this. During this time of uncertainty, the enemy would like nothing more than to drive a wedge between families and relationships. I’ll call this “negative noise.” It might start small, but we need to drown it out. This is our time to worship loudly! Raise the roof!
Will you commit to pray with me for relationships? ALL relationships - family relationships, work relationships, relationships with neighbors, even those with the checkout clerks at stores. We have no idea what each other’s pandemic looks like, but I can guarantee that we could all use some positive noise in our lives.
Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.” The struggle is real. This all has gotten VERY real. But we are believers - a united front. Let’s sing and worship the King of kings!
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
CHANGE FOR LIFE BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN
Don’t forget to bring your baby bottle back this Sunday July 5th for Pregnancy Assistance Center North. When you fill a bottle with cash, checks and change, you enable women to receive no-cost medical care and education that is empowering. Much more, you give them the opportunity to hear the message of new life in Christ!
SUMMER SERIES "THE GOOD LIFE" CONTINUES
Divorce is a departure from the purposes of God. Jesus explained that provisions for divorce in the Old Testament were an accommodation to the hardness of people’s hearts and a necessary evil. Regardless of the circumstances, divorce signifies the fatality of the marriage vow. It’s the death of the dream, the breaking of the covenant, and the ending of “what should have been.” Jesus shows us that being committed in marriage for life is important to experiencing the good life. Join us Sunday for Wrecking Ball, on campus or online at 9:30 & 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, online giving and a Connection Card.
VBS 2020 WILL BE VIRTUAL
As we continue to navigate through the global pandemic, we will still have VBS this year, just in a different way. This summer, kids are invited to join us VIRTUALLY for Rocky Railway VBS July 13-16. At Rocky Railway, kids discover through life’s ups and downs that Jesus’ power pulls us through. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, take part in one-of-a-kind Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them to trust Jesus, and learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.
Rocky Railway will be live streamed online each day beginning at 10:00 AM. It is for kids ages 4 to 12. We will be having theme dress-up days and also have the opportunity for kids to join a mission effort to help the South Texas Children’s Home (www.stchm.org) in Goliad, Texas. For those who can, our church family is encouraged to open their homes and invite neighborhood kids to participate.
MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST
All men are invited to join us on Saturday, July 18 for a time
of food, fellowship, and inspiration. Beginning at 9:00 AM
we’ll have breakfast and then hear more about our Men’s Retreat. You can sign up online at this link:
SUMMER MISSION TRIP TO SOUTH TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOME
DECLARATION Mission Trip is July 27-31.
Cost is $175. A deposit of $50 holds your place.
You can sign up and pay online at this link:
DECLARATION MISSION TRIP 2020.
For more info contact Tim at
COMING SOON IN "THE GOOD LIFE"
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. Here is the remaining schedule…
JULY 12 – “BUT YOU PROMISED” We are all familiar with sayings such as "A man's word is his bond," or "A handshake is as good as a contract." These sayings belong to another age. We live in a world where contracts are worth only the paper they are written on, and promises are broken with impunity. Today, a man's word means little, and a handshake is merely a handshake. In this message we learn the good life consists of making sure we do what we say we will do. As the old Gaelic proverb says: There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.
JULY 19 – “THE SECOND MILE” The Jews lived under constant Roman oppression. One demand by a Roman soldier or citizen would require a Jewish person to carry their burden for a mile. It was an inconvenient and unjust law. Israel lived in anticipation of the coming of Messiah. One who would deliver them from such tyranny! Now, here Jesus stood…telling them they should carry their Roman neighbors pack for a second mile?!? Surely this could not be what He meant. But it was. In this concept lies the secret to true joy and living a good life.
JULY 26 – “BEHIND ENEMY LINES” Hating an enemy is what comes natural. We need supernatural help. If we try and love our enemies apart from the help of God it will difficult if not impossible. Loving your enemy does not mean you have to add them to your Christmas list, or make them your best friend. It doesn’t mean you excuse their actions. In this final message we learn from Jesus that the good life is about loving those who are unlovable.
See you this weekend,