Clear Water in the Newspaper
Check out the recent ADN article about Clear Water Church: School buildings help young churches focus on services, not costs.
On Saturday, February 21, we held the first annual hockey tournament with Chugach Covenant Church. Many came out to Cheney Lake despite the drizzle to enjoy hot dogs, hot drinks and skating. From novices to college experienced players, all levels of hockey were in action. Go to our Facebook page to see all the photos.
We made a presence at the student conferences on February 19 handing out our water bottles and giving away The Case for Easter booklets by Lee Strobel, not to mention providing the teacher dinner that day. Faculty, staff and families are becoming more aware of who we are and that we hold worship services here every Sunday.
Our first all-church prayer meeting is this Sunday, February 15, 6 PM, at Wendler Middle School. This will kick off 40 days of prayer during Lent, which runs February 18-March 29. We are using the Seek God for the City 2015 prayer guide. By the way, there is also a Seek God for the City 2015 app, which you can download for $0.99.
We’ll begin a six-week Sunday series February 22 covering the following topics: revival, awakening, transformation, evangelization, and visitation of the King.
New journey groups are popping up for a six-week study on prayer. Pick up a directory this Sunday.
A great feature of our new app is the daily Bible reading plan. It features many Bible versions–a most note-worthy one being the audio version. A couple of recent studies show that Scripture reflection is the number one way to grow spiritually. If you find it challenging to make time for daily Bible reading, listen to the audio version as you get ready for work or are driving around town. As God’s Word pours into your mind let it transform your thinking, emotions, and will.
We’ve been serving Wendler Middle School through tangible gifts such as the back-to-school drive, Christmas gift collection for families in need, and a teacher’s lunch. We also have an opportunity to serve with our time–either once a week or one to two times per month–tutoring students in math during homeroom or lunch. Contact Kevin Sullivan at 263-3835 or email@example.com to sign up and get more details.
We’re excited to introduce our very own app. You’ll find easy access to sermons, the monthly memory verse, online giving, upcoming events, multiple Bible versions and a daily Bible reading plan. Download it for free on Android or Apple products.
Memory Verse Challenge this Sunday
Get ready to recite John 1:14 & 17.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
This Sunday we’re covering chapter 29 in The Story about Paul’s missionary journeys.
Come with enthusiasm and food to share this Sunday, Jan 18. We’ll enjoy each other’s company and favorite potluck dishes. If your last name begins with A-L, please bring a salad; if M-Z, please bring a main dish. We’ll begin the potluck right after our 10:00 worship service.
Right after the potluck is a one-hour volunteer orientation for everyone. We’ll talk about what it takes to pull off a Sunday service, have some friendly competition, give our plan for making setup run even smoother, and ask you to commit to pitching in. Current volunteers will leave better trained. New volunteers will see what the fun is all about. We want as many people as possible to know the ropes on Sunday morning so they can fill in at anytime to keep our teams cruisin’ along. PS–Brush up on your balloon stompin’ skills for a fabulous prize.
PREPARING TO CARE FOR MORE SOULS
I am excited to announce that already 99 adults have filled out a “Count Me In” card – declaring Clear Water Church to be their home church.
In the parable of the talents, Jesus makes it clear that faithful servants are rewarded with greater responsibility. We want to faithfully care for the souls God has already entrusted to us and prepare to care for even more souls. To that end, we are focusing on three things in the upcoming months.
1. Hire a full-time associate pastor gifted to lead worship. We are actively searching for this person. Your role is to join us in asking God to bring us the right person.
2. Fill out Sunday teams. It takes a lot of people to make Sunday happen well: greeters and ushers, setup and tear down folk, audio & video controllers, children’s teachers and assistants, food prep workers, and the worship team. Are you hesitant to volunteer because you are not sure what is involved in being part of a team? We are hosting a Sunday Team Orientation January 18, immediately following the Sunday service, to answer take away the ambiguity. Your role is to attend the orientation and prayerfully consider joining a Sunday team.
3. Pray more. On Sunday evening, February 15, we are going to have our first all-church prayer meeting. The following Wednesday, February 18, we will begin 40 days of prayer for the city. Your role is to attend the February 15 prayer meeting and participate in the 40 days of prayer for our city during Lent.
Adding an associate pastor, filling out our Sunday teams, and praying more, will help us care better for those who are already here and better prepared us to care for more souls.
I am so thankful for your partnership in this wonderful ministry.
In Christ’s love,
If you knew of a way to become more like Christ at the end of 2015 than you are now at the beginning, would you do it? Mike gives some practical tips for pursuing such a goal in last Sunday’s sermon.
We’re beginning 2015 with great ways to build up our Lord’s church: a potluck in January, Sunday morning set up training, opportunities to be used by the Lord, and an evening prayer service in February. Please pray for our journey groups as they regroup and continue the coarse.
What a joy to see so many gifts come in for Wendler families in need this season. It was obvious that they were thoughtfully purchased for each individual whether it was for a 7th-grade boy, elementary sibling or mom. These presents are being delivered via the middle school staff on Friday. Thanks Clear Water Church for being generous and blessing others this Christmas.
This week’s Advent theme is joy! We can truly have joy–deep down in our soul joy–, not based on circumstances, but the treasure we have in a union with Jesus Christ. Rejoice in the Lord and be blessed!
Join us for a joint Christmas Eve service at 5:30 PM with Chugach Covenant Church at Begich Middle School. We’ll sing carols, hear the Christmas story, and have light refreshments and fellowship.
This week we’re lighting two candles in our Advent wreath. The first represents hope (from last week) and the second love. It takes humility to receive God’s love because there is nothing we can offer Him to deserve His love. He offers it freely. It is truly a gift, best demonstrated in the Father sending His Son, Jesus the Messiah, to earth–to live among us, die for us and conquer death. May you humbly receive this amazing gift of love and let it transform your heart. (Pick up Advent devotionals this Sunday.)
…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19
This Sunday, Dec 14, is the last day to bring in your unwrapped gifts or food/clothing gift cards for eight Wendler families in need. We want to wish these families a Merry Christmas by expressing God’s free gift of love through our gifts.
There is also a one-hour opportunity to serve students at Wendler this Thursday, Dec 11. Learn more here.
As you anticipate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ this Advent season, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Pick up an Advent devotional this Sunday.
Brighten a family’s Christmas
Teachers at Wendler have identified eight families in need. They are creating gift boxes for each family to be delivered on Dec 19. To help out, bring in food or clothing gift cards or pick up the card of an individual family member this Sunday and buy a gift for that person.