Preparing for Resurrection Sunday

We are excited about Easter Sunday and look forward to celebrating with you and your guests.

Easter Lilies
We’d like to decorate our worship space with Easter lilies.  If you are planning to purchase one, would you bring it to church this Sunday then take it back home with you after the service?  Please write your name on the bottom.  Thanks!

Kids on Easter
We are grateful to volunteers from ChangePoint and Faith Christian Community who are caring for our infants through 2nd grade children during the Easter service.  Early elementary kids will start and stay in the classroom just for this special Sunday.  Children in 3rd grade and up will stay with their parents in the service, and we will provide a special kid bag for them.

Set up Help
We need more set up help for this Sunday.  Please contact Sabrina and let her know if you can come at 8:30am–sabrinamerriner@gmail.com or 310-2130 (can receive texts).

Good Friday
Other churches in town are offering Good Friday services.  One is ChangePoint at 8pm.

Welcome Austin Adams

worship teamWe are super excited to introduce Austin Adams as our worship leader.  Austin lives in Anchorage with his wife Grace.  He developed his music skill and heart for worship as a member of ChangePoint’s worship team.  Austin is pursing a degree in Christian ministry from Wayland Baptist University, which will be completed this fall.  We are excited to have Austin partnering with us in ministry at Clear Water Church.  Come hear some of Austin’s story this Palm Sunday!

Serving our Community

Hale Borealis

Hale Borealis-Mike Hale Borealis-Sabrina Hale Borealis-Marge

A few of us Clear Water folk participated in the Hale Borealis exercise on Tuesday.  We did this as part of the Love Alaska Season of Service.  We were mock patients who were mobilized from St Elias Specialty Hospital to the military base and then on to a C-17.  This exercise was part of helping hundreds of agencies run a readiness drill in response to a natural disaster.

It was fascinating to see a bit of the process that would happen in the event of a major emergency in Alaska.  Many agencies are well equipped to respond effectively, and it was fun to be patients who weren’t really injured.

Easter lunch for APU students

We’re planning Easter lunch for our APU students.  Would you like to help out with meal planning and prep?  Contact Sabrina:  sabrinamerriner@gmail.com

Joshua and the Minion

Interesting combination–Joshua and the minion.  Joshua is the conquering hero, but this minion is quite loveable; I’m sure he would have followed Joshua cheerfully and fearlessly into battle.  This week, read chapter 7 in The Story about Joshua and the Israelites entering the promised land.

Prize for Memory Verse Challenge on Mar 30

Prize for Memory Verse Challenge on Mar 30

The Memory Verse Challenge is this Sunday, Mar 30.  Be ready! The kids’ prize is this fun minion piñata.

Also, we’d love for you to join us for prayer at 9:40am before the service.

Join us for prayer, Sundays at 9:40am

Every Sunday before the worship service many gather for prayer in the northwest corner of our meeting room.  It is a special time of fellowship with one another.  We’d love for you to join us!

Ephesians 6:18:  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

New Mediator

This week we are reading chapter 5 in The Story.  It covers God giving the law through Moses and the building of the tabernacle.  God’s presence was tangible to the people through a cloud by day and a cloud of fire by night over the tabernacle, and his glory filled it.  His plan was to dwell with his people and today he dwells in those who have been cleansed by Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

Hebrews 9 explains how the tabernacle was a copy of the true sanctuary in heaven.  The ceremonial regulations associated with the tabernacle made one outwardly clean, but Christ’s sacrifice makes us internally clean and a place for the Holy Spirit to reside.

(NIV) 9 Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. … But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 … he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. … 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.  28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Ash Wednesday & Lent

Ash Wednesday is on March 5th this year and begins the season of Lent.  It falls on the calendar forty-six days before Resurrection Sunday (Easter) so that forty days, not including the six Sundays, may be set aside for prayer and fasting to prepare for the anniversary of our Lord’s passion and resurrection.  These forty days of Lent commemorate Christ’s forty days of fasting in the wilderness before His public ministry wherein He was tempted by Satan (Matt 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13).

Ashes on the first day of Lent represent contrition for sins and are a reminder of our mortality.  (Genesis 3:19:  “…For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”)  There are numerous places in Scripture where ashes are used to show sorrow for sin and repentance (e.g., Job 42:6; Jer 6:26; Dan 9:3).

Use this season to draw close to God through self-examination, repentance, self-denial, prayer and meditation on God’s Word.

Potluck this Sunday

Stay for lunch right after the service Mar 2.   If your last name begins with the following letters, please bring the corresponding dish to serve about 10 people.  Thanks!

  • A-H:  side
  • I-R:  main
  • S-Z:  dessert

Drinks and paper products will be provided.

Getting ready for Sunday

Sound Team

We need more people on our sound team.  No experience necessary.  Jump in this Sunday at 8:30 to learn the ropes.

Memory Verse Challenge

Be ready to enter your name in our drawing to say Gen 12:1-2 this Sunday.  This challenge creates fun competition and encourages our minds to dwell on Scripture.

The Story

Read chapter 2 in The Story, which covers Genesis 12:1-7; 13:5-6, 14-18; 15:1-6; 16:9-17:11, 14-16; 21:1-20; 22:1-18; 32:3-30; 33:1-12; 35:1-7, 9-12, 16-19, 22, 27-29; Hebrews 11:8-12, 17-19; Romans 4:18-22.