God’s Gift of Joy

photo 2What 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.

God’s Gift of Love

2 lit candlesThis 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

giftThis 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.

God of Hope

1 lit candleAs 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.

First Week of Advent & Turkey Bowl

The first week of Advent begins Nov 30–reflecting on the gift of hope.  Be ready for the memory verse challenge this Sunday:  John 1:1-5.

cookies 2Thanks to everyone who baked cookies and went canvasing this past Sunday!  Together, you potentially made up to 300 personal invites to our Christmas services.  We’ll be setting up more chairs this next month.

turkey gravyAlso, thank you for all the turkey gravy packets you brought in the last couple of weeks for Anchorage’s Thanksgiving Blessing project.  You are blessing our city in the name of Jesus.

turkey bowlFirst Annual Baxter Bog Turkey Bowl
Come play some pre-turkey football on Thanksgiving Day at the Baxter Bog field. Kickoff is at 1:00pm.  You are welcome to meet at Kenny and Hannah’s house at 6451 Village Pkwy and walk across the bog.  Call Kenny for details: 847three54five738

Canvasing the neighborhood on Nov 23

Christmas InviteRight after church this Sunday, from 11:30am-2pm, we will go into the neighborhood around Wendler and invite people to join us for church this Advent season (Nov 30-Dec 24).  Wear warm clothes.  Pizza will be provided as we are briefed and given maps.  Then we’ll head out in twos to pass out cookies and invitations.  The more, the merrier!

Calling all bakers
Would you bake cookies this week and bring to church this Sunday in clear bags of three?  We’ll tie ribbons on each bag and hand them out as we canvas the neighborhood that afternoon.

The Story
We’re on chapter 25 this week in The Story.

Potluck Nov 9

Brings lots of tasty food this Sunday for a fun time together.  We’ll set up right after the corporate worship service at Wendler.  If your last name begins with A-I, please bring a salad, if it begins with J-R, bring a main dish, and if S-Z a dessert.  Drinks will be provided.  We look forward to enjoying time with each other over lunch.

Collect items for Syrian refugees this week

Let’s fill 50 Syria Action Packs this Sunday, Nov 2

We will organize items into bags right after church.  Bring any of the following items (any size):

  • Solid-color T-shirt (no images)
  • Socks
  • Jacket/windbreaker
  • Towel
  • Bar of soap
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Knit hat
  • Blanket
  • Bed sheet

Text or call  33zero-7O36 to let Alana know what you are bringing in on Nov 2.  That will allow her to keep a tally so we can supplement whatever shortage there might be on any of the items.    Thank you!

Potluck right after church, Nov 9
Bring lots of food to share with our guests.  Thanks!

  • A-I salad
  • J-R main dish
  • S-Z dessert

Outreach to Wendler & Syria

We will be at Wendler Middle School fall conferences this Wed, Oct 22, noon-7PM.

Wear your CWC t-shirt and come anytime between noon and 7pm. Assist the school staff and represent the Lord and CWC to Wendler families. Our table will include CWC info flyers, water bottles, home-baked goodies and Bible verse bookmarks. Text Sabrina at 310-2130 to let her know when you’re coming or if you can drop off homemade cookies. Thanks!!!

Syria Action Packs
Bring any of the following items the next two Sundays for the Syria Action Packs:
  • t-shirt
  • socks
  • jacket/wind breaker
  • towel
  • bar of soap
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • hairbrush/comb
  • journal
  • pens
On Nov 2, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, we will assemble the Action Packs together right after the church service with the items that are brought in.
The Christians in Syria have asked for these packs to share with their Muslim neighbors to demonstrate the love of Christ.
This is a great opportunity to serve our Christian brothers and sisters in Syria.
Get more info about the action packs here.

Exciting Outreach

We’re thrilled to have a chance to meet Wendler families face-to-face Wed, Oct 22 during student conferences.  We’ll have a Clear Water Church info table set up with our water bottles and welcome flyers.  Please contact Sabrina, 310-2130, if you’d like to help for an hour or two between noon and 7pm or if you like to bake some treats for our table.  We will also assist teachers as needed.

Pick a date to join Seth this fall as he knocks on doors in the neighborhood to invite people to church and ask how he might pray for them.  Meet him at Wendler’s front parking lot on Fridays at 3pm or Sundays at 2pm for two hours.

This Sunday, bring your rimmed tires.  Dylan and company are offering to changeover your tires right after church.  Please invite anyone you know who might need this help.

Read chapter 20 in The Story for this Sunday.

Chapter 17 & the Memory Verse Challenge

Read chapter 17 for this Sunday.  It’s about the fall of Jerusalem, a shocking and tragic day for the southern kingdom, Judah.

Be ready for the Memory Verse Challenge!  The prizes are lush Sherpa throw blankets.

We’ll have a reception right after the service in honor of Austin Adams to thank him for leading our worship team these last six months.