Creek's End Family & Friends,
I love the fact that Creek’s End is a casual church. In that I mean we don’t have to dress up (you can if you want to!) and enjoy coffee and visiting before and after the services. The friendly, laid back atmosphere is pretty obvious the moment you walk in the door.
What concerns me is I’m beginning to see us becoming too casual in our approach to God and our worship services. Are we too casual when we walk into the services ten minutes or more after they have begun? Are we too casual when we drop our kids in Wee World or Creek Kids long after their classes have begun, therefore interrupting the flow? Are we too casual when we sit in the Atrium and watch the service rather than go inside and participate?
When our kids are late to school, they are counted as tardy. As parents, we do everything we can for that not to happen. Is the spiritual lives of our children not important enough to be on time at church? Shouldn’t we teach them that God is more important than school and He deserves the same commitment to promptness and attendance?
When we are late for work too many times, it could cost us our job. So we do our best to be there early or on time. When we are late for church we think nothing about it – or who it affects.
We do our best to have our leadership there on time and start the services on time. We even give a five minute “warning” of when the services will start. And many times we begin with a half empty worship center until people finally trickle in.
Some people are late because they’re just really bad at being on time. They’re late to everything: dentist appointments, their own wedding, work, and movies. I don’t know if there’s any hope for these people.
Some are late because of genuine hindrances like traffic, parking problems, getting four kids dressed, in their car seats, and in their Sunday school rooms, or newcomers who don’t really know where they’re going. At Creek’s End we feel a responsibility to think through every possible hindrance, and make our campus, schedule, and signage as conducive to moving a mass of people (and guests especially) to their destinations with ease.
But some are late because they want to skip the worship. They don’t want to have to stand there and sing the songs. They’d rather take their time getting to church and get there after the singing is over, and be in time for the sermon. They see the time of singing together as being optional and unimportant.
That is my concern about being too casual. It affects our approach to God and our worship of Him, which eventually seeps into our daily walk with Him. As your pastor, I want to challenge and encourage you to step it up. Go ahead and dress casually if you want to (I do) and enjoy your coffee and visiting. But when it’s time to worship, or time to go to your Bible Study class, let’s give God priority and be on time. Let’s approach God the way He wants – in reverence and love for His presence.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
“PAY ATTENTION” SERIES CONTINUES
Life is full of situations and times when we just don’t understand or know what to do. The Christian has all knowledge and wisdom available to them by seeking God and petitioning Him through prayer, yet we often look away and take the wheel. Community Pastor Tim Seippel will show us in this message how that can lead us into some difficult moments. Join us Sunday for Who Do You Trust?
FINANCIAL PEACE COMING SOON
MEET CREEK’S END
All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us on Sunday, September 9 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 Card on Sundays.
AWANA RESUMES IN SEPTEMBER
Awana is a children’s program which impacts and shapes the lives of millions of kids and adults worldwide through proven resources and expertise that help families develop lifelong disciples of Christ. It is for children Ages 2 years to 5th Grade. They will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 – 8:00 PM beginning with a Launch Party on September 12. Awana is led by Jimmy Green and supported by our Wee World and Creek Kids Ministries. Be watching for details and also how you can get involved.
SUMMER WELL SPENT
Now that we no longer pass 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, http://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 "PAY ATTENTION"
Linked to Solomon and other wise men, the book of Proverbs includes hundreds of short, clever sayings designed to teach every person how to live and act wisely. Each saying touches on a common area of life and shows us what kind of world we live in and what it looks like to live well before God and toward others. Here is the remaining schedule…
AUGUST 26 – “GOD’S BLUEPRINT”
Dr. Phil, Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Astrology, Scientology…. And thousands of self-help books all try to tell you that “you can do this on your own” and that you are capable of being a better, faster, stronger, richer, more successful person by following their advice. The problem is, in the end, none of this really works unless you use the original blueprint for success, the Bible. In this message, Young Adult Pastor Wade Henderson gives us God’s view of His Word and what happens if you change it.
SEPTEMBER 2 – “DESTINATIONS”
What do we do when we wake up one day and find we are not where we intended to be when we first started? Every area of our lives has a road we choose to go down. In this final message, I will show us how where we are going has nothing to do with our intentions. But it has everything to do with wisdom and our choice of direction.
RADIANT WOMEN MONTHLY MEETING
Men’s League has a monthly fellowship on the third Thursday
of the month at 7:30 PM. All men are invited to join us.
Please sign up online so we can get a food count.
CREEK LIFE FALL CLASSIC
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NEW SERIES “MY BIG FAT MOUTH” STARTS IN SEPTEMBER
Open mouth . . . insert foot. Don’t we all wish we could avoid that scenario? All of us have had moments when we wish we could reach out and retrieve the words that just left our tongue. And all of us have had our lives shaped by the words spoken to us. Over and over again we are reminded of their power and how one of the most important skills we can learn is how to constantly monitor OUR BIG FAT MOUTH. Watch for details soon.
See you this weekend,