The Gospels and Hockey

The Gospel Challenge Begins Feb 10

Lent begins this Ash Wednesday, February 10. The forty days commemorate Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness as he was preparing for his public ministry. It’s a season of penitence, examination, and renewal prior to celebrating Resurrection Sunday (Easter) and the season of Pentecost. Fasting is observed Monday through Saturday. (The six Sundays throughout Lent don’t observe fasting so as to continue celebrating the Lord’s Day.)

Whether or not you choose to fast during these forty days, choose to make this an intentional time of drawing near to our Lord Jesus Christ by reading all four Gospels. Reflect on all that he has done for you by his life, wilderness experience, and time leading up to his Passion.  If you read two chapters a day starting on Ash Wednesday (Feb 10), you will cover all of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John by Easter.  You can find a daily Bible reading plan on the Clear Water Church app. After opening “daily Bible reading” select “browse reading plans” and then choose “the Gospels during Lent”.  canstockphoto5674885

One of the best app features of our app is the audio file of the ESV. It’s easy to cover a lot of Scripture as you’re getting ready for the day or driving in your car by turning on the audio feature within the reading plan.1024px-Speaker_Icon.svg

Hockey Championship Feb 13

Come out to cheer on Clear Water Church as we skate against C3 this Saturday at 10 AM on Cheney Lake (2245 Baxter Road). Bring your skates even if you’re not playing hockey; there is plenty of ice! Also, feel free to just spectate. This is for our entire church. There will be snacks and drinks and tons of fun!IMG_0123

Update your contact info

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If you consider Clear Water Church your home church, please give or update your contact info. Email mmerriner@gmail.com and give your name, number, email, and address.  Thanks!

New journey group directories 
Pick up the latest directory this Sunday and join a group.
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Happy New Year!

The new year brings a new beginning.  With what do you desire a fresh start?  Give that desire to the Lord and watch him work in your life.

canstockphoto32353305What’s ahead on Sundays at Clear Water Church:

  • Jan 3:  New Resolutions
  • Jan 10:  Jason Ellis concert
  • Jan 17:  Daybreak:  Help when we are depressed (New sermon series with accompanying Journey Group material)

 

Christmas Eve Celebration – 5:30 PM

Join us as we celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. There will be lots of singing and merry making at this child-friendly service. Come early to get a seat and not miss a moment!

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  • Thursday
  • December 24
  • 5:30 PM
  • Wendler Middle School
  • To help with setup text Kyle at 317-1160

 

Why is it more blessed to give than to receive?

IMG_2682Thank you Clear Water Church for your generous gifts to the ten needy families of Wendler Middle School. The school staff was wowed by all the Christmas gifts delivered this week. Many families in need will be blessed this Friday, and we are filled with joy to give. What greater blessing than to make a difference in someone’s life!

In Acts 20:35 the Apostle Paul says:  In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

We can give in many ways–our time, resources, prayers, and so on. Giving motivated by manipulation isn’t satisfying, but giving motivated by love is not only satisfying but according to Christ more rewarding, honoring, and joyful than receiving.  Jesus demonstrated this in his own sacrifice for us. In Hebrews 12 He endured the cross for the joy set before Him.  We are his joy!

 

 

Return Wendler Christmas gifts Dec 13

canstockphoto16550792Thanks to everyone who purchased gifts for members of the ten Wendler families in need this season. Please return the description card, gift, and signed Christmas card (from Clear Water Church) in a gift bag this Sunday. We will deliver the gifts to the school on December 14. Feel free to add gift cards also. Thank you for your generosity. It is a blessing to give!

This week spend time in 1 Thessalonians chapter 2. Find it and December’s memory verse on the Clear Water Church app.

1 Thessalonians Bible Reading Plan

the coming of christ (sunrise)May you have increased hope, peace, joy and love this Advent.  Draw near to the Lord by mediating on his Word through The Coming of Christ: 1 Thessalonians daily Bible reading plan. Find it on the Clear Water Church app.

The daily Bible reading is designed to dedicate a full week to each of the five chapters so that you’ll have the opportunity to thoroughly dwell on the whole book of 1 Thessalonians. As you re-read each chapter over the week answer a new question that will be posed in the devotional content. Also, expect other pertinent texts for this advent season to be scattered throughout the reading plan until Christmas. Before reading the Word each day ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to the truth and give you insight.  The questions you’ll answer with each reading of each chapter are:
1. What is the main point of this Scripture?
2. What does God-Father, Son, Holy Spirit-reveal of Himself?
3. What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heat? A promise to claim?
4. What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?

Celebrate Jesus’s first advent as a child in Bethlehem and long for his second coming by spending time with him in his Word this month.

Cookie canvasing & FB community page

cookies 2Cookie Canvasing – this Sunday, Nov 22
Join the fun! Invite others to our Christmas services with cookies in hand. We’ll go out in twos this Sunday right after church with cookies and invitations to nearby neighborhoods. Feel free to bake and/or deliver. Bakers, please bag 2-4 cookies together (based on size). Christmas service invitations will be provided.

facebookFacebook Community Page
Request to join the new Clear Water Church Facebook community page.  It is for those who have filled out a “Count Me In” card to help us connect with one another, share prayer requests and celebrate what the Lord is doing.

Growing Children’s Ministry

Childrens Ministry Penguin webOur children’s ministry is growing. (This is the Sunday morning program for babies through 4th graders.)  More kids have been coming this fall, and we’d also like to start a Sunday school class for our 5th-6th grades. This means we are praying for 18 new children’s volunteers. Would you pray along with us and also consider serving? You can serve once a month, once a quarter, … you name it.  Come to our social and training this Sunday.  (See below.)

Children’s Ministry Social & Training – This Sunday, Nov 15, Noon, Don Jose’s Restaurant
Calling all current and prospective children’s volunteers to our first-ever volunteer social and training. We’re ready to take our kids’ ministry to the next level.

Let us buy you lunch right after church at Don Jose’s on Northern Lights Blvd. (one minute from Wendler) as we go over our brand new children’s volunteer handbook. We’re also implementing background checks and security training. RSVP to Amy Martin at martinbymail@yahoo.com.  Thanks for serving our kids!