‘Tis the Season

hollyDec 4, 10:00 AM – Pick up info cards of Wendler family members in need this Christmas and buy Christmas gifts.  Return gifts by Dec 18.

Dec 11, 10:00 AM – Christmas Cookie Canvasing. Bring in bagged cookies (2-3 per bag). After the service, take Christmas invites and cookies to give to those you wish to invite to our Christmas services.

Dec 18, 10:00 AM – Jesus the True Light. Children’s program through 6th grade. Deadline to bring in Christmas gifts for Wendler families.

Dec 24, 5:30 PM – Christmas Eve. Candlelight service. A family-friendly service with activity packs for children.

Dec 25, 11:00 AM – Christmas Day. Caroling and the Christmas story. Kids stay with parents. (Note: The start time is one hour later than usual.)

Jan 1, 11:00 AM – New Year’s Day. Pancake brunch. Eating, socializing, and committing the New Year to our Lord. Kids stay with parents. (Note: The start time is one hour later than usual.)

Thanksgiving Plans?

This year consider ministering to displaced families with relatives in Providence Hospital.  Sign up at church on Sunday or contact Brian at 268-8659 or brian@skilledmissions.org.

Who:  Displaced families with relatives in Providence Hospital.
What:  Provide a meal, fellowship and possibly share the Gospel.
When:  Thursday, November 24th (Thanksgiving Day).
Where:  Hickel House is located at 3967 Piper Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508.
How:  Please prayerfully consider coming alongside this worthwhile ministry.Turkey canstockphoto472475

Details:
The Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel House is a hospitality house that offers an affordable, comfortable “home away from home” for outpatients and their families receiving medical attention at a Providence Health & Services Alaska facility.

Located on the Medical Center campus, the Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel House offers a shared living environment with others experiencing similar family medical needs.

This ministry’s goal is to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to those residents that are away from home.  We meet the physical need of food, and we hope to meet a spiritual need by showing the love of Christ through our actions.  In past years, the Lord has opened opportunities to share the Gospel with non-believers.

What’s needed:

  1. Provide food or non-food items on the sign-up list.
  2. Be willing to help setup/breakdown at the Hickel House on Thanksgiving Day.
  3. Be willing to fellowship with Hickel House residents.

Plan:

  • Sunday, November 20th– Deadline to sign-up for donations.  Sign up at church.  Anything not donated will be purchased.
  • Monday, November 21st– Go shopping for miscellaneous items needed.
  • Wednesday, November 23rd– Please drop off all donated items to the Hickel House by 7pm.  If you are unable to drop off anything, let me know and I will make myself available to pick it up.
  • Thursday, November 24th– We will serve at 12:00 noon Thanksgiving Day (November 24th, 2016) Setup/warm-up will begin about 7:30 am.  Break down/make to-go dinners/clean up usually starts about 1:30 pm, usually done by 2:30-ish.

Fall Back and Prayer Night

Clocks Move Back

Nov 6 begins Daylight Savings Time.  Turn your clocks back one hour.  Enjoy the extra hour of sleep and see you at 10 AM for worship.

Stained glassPrayer Service – Sunday Night, Nov 6, 5-6 PM

Let’s join our spirits together for a meaningful time of prayer. The prayer service will be held in the beautiful sanctuary at First Congregational Church adjacent to Wendler Middle School on Northern Lights Blvd.

If you can help provide childcare for children through 4 years of age, please contact Sabrina ASAP 310-2130. This is a paid job.

Wendler Outreach and Voiceless

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Wendler student conferences are Oct 26 and 27. We’re providing a teacher dinner during their break on Thursday the 27th from 3 to 4 PM. Please contact Sabrina if you can drop off a crock pot meal that day to Wendler: sabrinamerriner@gmail.com or 310-2130.  Desserts, appetizers, and bread welcome too.

Wendler conferencesMeeting Families – Oct 26 & 27

We also need people to hand out our water bottles at our PR table during the conferences.  It’s a great way to connect with students and families. Conferences are Wednesday 12:15-3:00 PM, and Thursday 12:15-3:00PM and 4-7PM.  Contact Sabrina if you can come for an hour or two at 310-2130.

voicelessVoiceless – Oct 20

Alaska Right to Life is organizing a showing of the movie Voiceless.  It’s happening this Thursday, October 20, 7:00 PM at Regal Cinemas Tikahtnu 16.  Get free tickets here.

Get wisdom though it cost all you have

FOOL PROOF SLIDEProverbs 4:7-9 says:  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.”
Join our Proverbs reading plan this fall. Read the chapter that matches the day of the month. Choose a verse from each chapter for meditation each day and let the Word of God get in to you!  (You can find multiple Bible versions on the Clear Water Church app.)

 

Fool Proof Your Life

FOOL PROOF SLIDEProverbs Sermon Series
Gain biblical wisdom for your life this fall. We’re starting a study in the book of Proverbs this Sunday, Sept 25. Recognize folly and choose God’s perfect way.

Don’t forget the Memory Verse Challenge is also Sept 25. Be ready to recite 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 for a fun prize:  The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its part are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

journey group

Journey Groups
Pick up a fall directory at church. Some options are listed here. Be in community and minister to one another through a smaller group. Many groups are discussing the Fool Proof sermon series.

3-Year Anniversary and Potluck – Sept 18

canstockphoto6639872Happy Birthday, Clear Water Church!
Come celebrate our 3rd anniversary on Sunday, September 18. Worship begins at 10 AM and the potluck at 11:30 AM.  If your last name begins with A-M bring a main dish, N-Z bring a side dish. Brings lots of food to share.  Drinks and desserts will be provided.
We look forward to celebrating with you what God has done and anticipate His leading and provision this next year.

image2We now have elders! 
Four elders were installed on September 11. Thank you for praying for our church leadership.

 

September Happenings

Wendler Back 2 School Party – Sept 6
Back 2 School

Join the fun and bless Wendler Middle School. If you’re not signed up yet to volunteer just show up anytime starting as early as 4 PM. Help with setup or tear down or with a game both and so on.  Wear your Clear Water Church sweatshirt.

Elder installation and Journey Group directories – Sept 11
Join us for our first installation of elders on September 11.  Fall Journey Group directories come out this day.  Pick one up at church.

3-year Anniversary & Potluck – Sept 18
canstockphoto6639872Happy birthday, Clear Water Church! Come celebrate our 3rd anniversary on Sunday, September 18. Worship begins at 10 AM and potluck at 11:30 AM.  If your last name begins with A-M bring a main dish, N-Z bring a side dish. Drinks and desserts provided. We look forward to celebrating with you what God has done and anticipate His leading and provision this next year.

 

 

Preparing for Fall

Memory verse BIGGER challenge
REICold StoneThis month’s verse, Hebrews 12:1-3, is longer than usual but a great text to put to memory. We memorize Scripture because it shapes our world view and influences how we live. For an extra incentive, the prizes on August 28 will be $40 REI gift cards. All elementary kids who nail it in Sunday school will get a Cold Stone gift card.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Journey Groups coming togetherjourney group
Please pray for our journey groups ministry this fall.  Ask the Lord to prepare leaders and hosts and that we have plenty to offer everyone.

Wendler Chalk the Walks – Aug 22, Noon-1 PMChalk Walks
School starts this Monday. Show up to Wendler and write encouraging messages on the sidewalks for the students. Chalk provided.

 

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Anyone have easily-accessible storage that the church may use? We need about 25 square feet. It does not need to be heated. Contact Sabrina: sabrinamerriner@gmail.com, 310-2130.