August 28, 2013
Last Wednesday in my Direct, I gave a list of things we believe in at Whitewater Crossing. Today, I want to give you a few more!
-We believe in God. We finished our Competing Stories series last weekend by focusing on Atheism. Heard lots of good chatter about the worship gatherings. (Atheism). Just read an article this week by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that found that Christians are happier and more socially connected than atheists – at least on Twitter. The study analyzed data from nearly 2 million tweets from more than 16,000 users on the popular social networking site. Their goal was to examine the differences between Christians and atheists in natural language. They found that Christians used more words that conveyed positive emotion and fewer words that conveyed negative emotion than nonbelievers did. They were also more connected and talked more about social processes than atheists.
-We believe in Serving. The welcome mat will be out for those who serve at Whitewater at this year’s iserve Summit on Sunday, September 15th at 6:30pm. We passionately believe that people who choose to serve cultivate an atmosphere where relationships lead to transformed lives. That’s why it’s so important to come together once a year to celebrate your personal and collective serving ministries. Terry Nelson and I will be speaking to inspire us to create environments together that offer hope in Jesus and a home in His church. Informational breakout sessions will follow in your specific area of ministry. Register at iserve to let us know you’re coming.
-We believe in Missions. Our missionary partners, Casey and Teri Hancock, have arrived back in Mexico safely and we are planning a short-term mission trip to Mexico City for November 9 – 16, 2013. Cost of the trip will be about $1000 based on current airfare. This includes travel, as well as room and board in Mexico. This trip will assist the Hancocks with their efforts in Mexico by assisting with Bible study groups, English clubs, and other activities that might involve some light construction work. Any age or ability is welcome. A $200 deposit is required by September 15 in order to purchase plane tickets. Click here for registration forms and information.
-We believe in Life. Jamie Mather and the Reach Out Pregnancy Center in Harrison are literally saving lives of babies as they minister to pregnant women and their families. They are hosting a 5K Walk/Run to be held on Saturday, September 21 at Miami Water Forest. They are looking for participants, donations, and sponsorships. (http://www.justaskusgirls.com/ or 5k walk/run for life) By the way, they also need size 5 & 6 diapers and name brand formula: Similac and Isomil.
-We believe in Community Groups. It’s the best way to learn the Bible and enjoy relationship. Multiple groups are launching next week and following The Story. This coming weekend is your LAST opportunity to sign up in the Atrium or online. Community Groups Listen, Legos will never fulfill their lives in solitude. Neither will we.
-We believe in staff member Gary Coleman and his Outside ministry of riding roller coasters. Gary passed a HUGE milestone last Saturday at 4:00pm at Kings Island when he enjoyed with some special others, his 10,000th ride on the Diamondback! Gary uses this hobby (and passion) as a tool for witnessing to others. Keep riding and sharing, Gary! Congratulations from your church family!
-We believe in Michael Boggs and his unique gift of singing/songwriting. He is doing a special Encore concert Saturday, September 7th, right after the Saturday service. We are proud that Michael is one of our worship artists and he will be doing some songs from his new album coming out soon. Invite a friend!
-We believe in change. Jesus gave this illustration in Luke 5: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be ruined, and the new patch wouldn’t even match the old garment. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins.” Willingness to embrace change is a key difference between great churches and those that are willing to settle for mediocrity and eventually become obsolete. We are not doing people a favor by keeping things the same just to keep people happy, because many times what’s comfortable, isn’t what’s healthy or the best for the future. Organizations need fresh change. Relationships need fresh change. Facilities need fresh change. We hate change, but we need to change!
You’ll notice some great (and strategic) changes in the Atrium this weekend as we launch Whitewater CONNECT. The former Book Store space has been transformed into a new space to assist you in getting connected and involved in Community Groups and Serving Teams. Drop in and say hello. You can ask questions and sign-up for Community Groups and Serving Teams. All other information and sign-ups will still be found at the Info Desk in the Atrium.
See you this weekend for the part two of The Story. Read Chapter 22, bring a friend, and discover your story in His!
Much love. (We believe in that too.)