We love supporting Alpha Center, a local faith-based nonprofit that works to serve men and women facing an unplanned pregnancy, women who need support after an abortion decision, and young adults in need of STD screening. They are on the front lines in dealing with issues of the life of the unborn, our highly sexualized culture, relationships, and Jesus. They interact with young adults who have never gone through the doors of a church or campus ministry.
This Sunday we are kicking off an easy fundraising campaign to financially support them.
Just pick up a baby bottle at the front door, fill it with a check, cash, or coins and return it to the church building by November 27. Checks can be made out to Alpha Center.
All funds raised go directly to support Alpha Center’s work.
Many of you know that we set aside the last Wednesday of every month to gather for prayer at the building at 7:30PM. As elders we would like to add the element of fasting with prayer for your consideration.
Fasting is voluntarily going without food — or any other regularly enjoyed, good gift from God — for the sake of some spiritual purpose, in this case prayer. We would like to invite you to join us to choose at least one meal on Wednesday, October 26th to fast and pray. During that meal set aside time to pray for some or all of the following items:
- Elders (Eric, Jay, Nick, Sergei, Vince, Wes)
- Deacons (Bobby, Major, Patrick J., Danielle, Patrick R., Andrew, Virginia)
- Staff (Vince, Emily, Melanie, Jr, Cassy, Eric, Sergei)
- Missionaries we support
- Church plants we support
- Salvation of the lost (people you know – people you meet on Sunday)
- Deeper understanding of the gospel (for you and others you interact with regularly)
- Wisdom for us as a church in how to reach this city with the gospel of Jesus
This will be a good start for prayer recommendations for one meal of fasting.
In addition, on Wednesday evening we will gather to pray together at 7:30PM. We would invite you to join us. As I mentioned on Sunday, we will spend the first 20 minutes talking through and answering questions about suffering. We realize that this series on Job may be causing more questions than it is answering. We want to be available to discuss/answer questions with you. We will spend the last half hour praying together for those who are struggling/suffering/facing hardship.
Consider fasting and praying through one meal and then join us Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30PM!
Here is a helpful blog post on the discipline of fasting.
We can know much about God, but does that knowledge about God always cause us to feel like He’s near? It doesn’t, does it? In the midst of suffering it often feels like God has abandoned us.
On Sunday, Kirsten and I shared a story of our own struggle through pain and suffering. In the midst of ongoing suffering we all struggle to trust God. We are grateful to God for sustaining our faith. We are thankful that God comforts us and allows us to comfort others. God gives.
These videos are in conjunction with our current sermon series in the book of Job. You can listen to the sermons here.
We have been studying the book of Job together as a church. You can listen to the sermons here. In our first week in the book of Job, we stated that one of the reasons we are studying the book together is so that we can, in some ways, normalize suffering. We all suffer – or we will all suffer at some point. Suffering is a normal part of life in this fallen world.
One of the ways we hope to communicate that suffering is all around us is by showing stories of people in our own church body. There are people all around us who are suffering through very difficult situations. This often causes us to doubt God’s sovereignty and God’s care for us. Suffering is physically, emotionally and spiritually challenging and it often causes us to ask the question – “Why?”
Our friends, Chris and Molly were gracious in sharing their story with us last Sunday. We are thankful for their gift to us in their story. We are grateful to God for sustaining their faith. We are thankful that God comforts us and allows us to comfort others. God gives.