Blessing Bags

blessing-bag-1Ladies, we have talked a bit about how Evident Grace could help out and serve the very large homeless population that is around the bowling alley where we meet.  It is hard to know what to do when someone is standing outside your door while you are at a stoplight.  In fact, it can be pretty scary or even awkward.

Lots of thoughts go through our heads:  “Should I give them money? Should I take them out for a meal? Should Ii just ignore them?” In light of so many around us, and in light of Evident Grace’s mission to serve the community, we thought we should try to put something together.

In light of all of that, Amy Duncan has been speaking with Heather O’Hara from New Life in Christ (NLIC)  about what we might do, and they thought it would be good to gather our resources and put together something called “Blessing Bags”’.  Basically, a Blessing Bag is a ready-made gift to give to someone in need with a few basics like water, gum, a few toiletries, and some food contained in a Ziplock bag easily stored in your car.

The ladies of NLIC have graciously opened up their monthly women’s breakfast this coming Saturday, October 19, for all of us to gather and work on assembling these bags together.

This is a great opportunity for us to physically share the love of Christ with someone in need, so let’s gather EG there in full force. Please invite friends to come along. Also, this is a great activity for moms & daughters to do together. So please join us!

Below you will find a link to the sign-up of what is still in need to help complete these blessing bags. If you are unable to attend you are welcome to sign up for something and drop it off at NLIC or at my apartment anytime this week.

http://www.timetosignup.com/nliccwm/signupsheet/18164

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Week 3 Resources (and more) from “Come on Back” at Evident Grace

awesomeThis past Sunday, in sermon #3 from our “Come on Back” series on the book of Joel, we looked at the greatness and awesomeness of God.  This thought encapsulates that sermon well:

“We should rightfully proclaim the holiness and righteousness of God as well as the mercy of God. We will not give side glances to God’s holiness and hatred of sin and only speak of God’s forgiveness through Jesus. And we will not give side glances to God’s forgiveness through Jesus and only speak of His holiness and hatred of sin. This full picture of God’s character is what makes Him awesome and great. He is both holy and forgiving.”

What we hope is that we can continue the conversation that was begun on Sunday throughout the week.  So whether you were able to make it or not, we want to help you and your family dig a bit deeper.

Towards that end, you can download the first “Come on Back” devotional pdf for free at https://gumroad.com/l/piQu (just type in $0.00 at checkout).

If you would like devotional #1 it on Amazon Kindle, you can find it at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FI1SXOG

The second sermon devotional from 10/06 can be downloaded for free at https://gumroad.com/l/APiY (just type in $0.00 at checkout).

If you would like devotional #2 on Amazon Kindle, you can find it at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FNTDCF8

If you would like audio #2, you can find it at https://gumroad.com/l/DONZY (just type in $0.00 at checkout).

If you would like devotional #3 from 10/13, you can download  it for free at https://gumroad.com/l/JAAD (just type in $0.00 at checkout).

If you would like devotional #3 on Amazon Kindle, you can find it at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FUOEXEA

Thoughts on Worship in Song

crowd 4 editAs always, I had a blast on Sunday.  One of the wonderfully redemptive things that I see God doing in us at Evident Grace each week is pulling together all of our various backgrounds, talents, and commitments and creating a unified desire to see God’s people worship.  We can see this step by step as we prepare each week.

On Thursday, we run through our songs for Sunday for the first time.  We then find spots that need more attention, and we run through them again.  We add textures and agree on moods for different portions of the songs.

Sunday run-through is a complete 2.0 where we remember what Thursday sounded like, and then either add new elements or reinforce ones that we agreed on in practice.

And then, as our service begins, God creates something altogether unique for that moment as the voices of the people unite with the Holy Spirit to create praise to Jesus Christ.

Our songs are not and never should be about perfection (they can’t be if I’m the music leader).  They are about making every effort of faith to lead the people of God in praising Him through song.  The Holy Spirit meets us, guides us, and transforms all of us in this wonderful moment.  Thanks for being a part of that.

I love it, enjoy it, and take great comfort in what God is doing through our efforts.

Resources for our Come on Back Series

study_of_joel-tall-black-taglineThanks to everyone for the tremendous launch of our “Come on Back” series on the book of Joel.

In our second sermon in the series, we explored this Big Idea:  True Joy is Calling out to the Lord.

All of us cry out in some way.  We either cry out in need or we try to present ourselves as someone who doesn’t need help.  Both are cries of help.  But true joy is calling out to the Lord, and even better yet, true joy is being heard.

What we hope is that we can continue the conversation that was begun on Sunday throughout the week.  So whether you were able to make it or not, we want to help you and your family dig a bit deeper.

Towards that end, you can download the first “Come on Back” devotional pdf for free at https://gumroad.com/l/piQu (just type in $0.00 at checkout).

If you would like devotional #1 it on Amazon Kindle, you can find it at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FI1SXOG

The second sermon devotional from 10/06 can be downloaded for free at https://gumroad.com/l/APiY (just type in $0.00 at checkout).

If you would like devotional #2 on Amazon Kindle, you can find it at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FNTDCF8

If you would like audio #2, you can find it at https://gumroad.com/l/DONZY (just type in $0.00 at checkout).

Details about our (EG)Groups Launch

egg groupsEvident Grace Fellowship is ridiculously, insanely, and lots of other adverbs excited to announce our Evident Grace Groups (EG)Groups for the Fall of 2013.

While we may be meeting in what appears to be traditional small groups stylings, (EG)Groups are intended to do much more than just get the church together in smaller settings (though that in and of itself has great value).  Our hope is that (EG)Groups enable us to live out our commitment to Community.Worship.Service. in a greater and deeper capacity.  Here is how.  Our (EG)Groups will give you the opportunity to do several things:

Our gathering will deepen and grow our community as we get to know and care for each other. 

Our gathering will extend and develop our worship on Sundays into the day to day of our lives.

Our gathering will help us discover areas of service both within EG and outside our community.

We are going to launch in the Fall with two groups (details below), and prayerfully look towards multiplying these in January.  The plan is to meet up until Thanksgiving, and then we will take a break so our efforts can be joined as one in service to our neighbors and community throughout the holiday season.

As we walk in this, we ask three things of you.  We ask that for a commitment to these three things:

Let’s commit to gather together.

Let’s commit to grow together.

Let’s commit to go and serve together.

So, towards that end, here are the details of our two groups:

The Jany (EG) Group will launch on Sunday, October 6th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.
The Murray (EG)Group will launch on Wednesday, October 9th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

Each group will discuss how often they will meet at that first gathering, and each group is going to be working through a study called “Gospel-Centered Community”.  Though you won’t need it for the first get-together, we encourage you to purchase the study guide for that study here.

Here the particulars for each group:

The Jany Group will meet at 5820 E Copper Mountain Dr.  If you want to bring your children, the Jany Group will have childcare just around the corner at 10509 Edinburgh Dr.  They just ask that you try to drop the kids off at 5:45pm.  They will have 2 babysitters for childcare and ask for a $5 donation to contribute towards paying the babysitters.  This week, they will have chicken nuggets and fruit for children to eat for dinner for those who would like to have their children eat dinner there.  Families are welcome to bring alternate food for their children if they would prefer. They are just asking that any food that will be shared be tree nut free, as we have children that are “go to the emergency room” allergic to tree nuts (peanuts are ok).  If you could, would you RSVP to them at pjjany@juno.com

The Murray group will meet at 9549 Evergreen Circle.  If you want to bring your children, the Murray’s will provide a room in their house for the kids to play.  At this first study, the Murray’s will provide coffee and cupcakes.  If you are going to be able to attend, please RSVP to littlecap25@hotmail.com

Please know that all are welcome whether you RSVP or not, but respond if you can.  Also, please feel free to invite in friends and bring visitors.  All are welcome.