Pastor Mark's Weekly Update May 9, 2019
Summer Break is Not a Christian Holiday
It is a blessing to be a church that is diverse in age and is reaching so many young families. Family life is moved by the rhythm of the school year. Those precious holiday breaks and summer break are good moments for families to reconnect, break from busy schedules, and find some moments for true rest. But Summer Break is not a Christian holiday.
If we are not careful, we will let the slow down of summer keep us from important missional living. Summer Break is a great time to invest more in the Kingdom. Vacation Bible School, camps, mission trips, Love Your Neighbor Outreach, and just good old fashioned Christian hospitality where you invite brothers and sisters in Christ, or lost friends and family to your home for a cookout or dinner are all ways to capture the extra time with a kingdom focus.
Some things to be aware of that are upcoming:
May 9-11 – South Metro Fine Arts Academy Recitals
May 12 – Mother’s Day Recognition during AM Worship & No Evening Activities
May 19 – 5 PM Evening Worship highlighting Power 4 Kids Children Choirs
May 22 – AWANA Awards Night (All church celebration of our AWANA Program)
May 26 – 6 PM Church Picnic and Mock Drive-in Movie Night
May 29 – No Mid-week Activities
June 2 – Evening Joint Worship begins for the Summer (Sermon on the Mount Continued)
June 5 – Summer Wednesday Series – “We Believe” for adults and “Wild Encounters” for children
June 10-14 – Vacation Bible School – Register online here: VBS/In the Wild
Pray for Colorado
Senior Pastor, Mark DeMoss, wrote a blog this week regarding the school shooting in Colorado. Read this timely article here: School Shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Help CHBC Love Your Neighbor
This Summer we are taking our desire to reach and minister to the greater South OKC Metro from our parking lot to our neighborhoods. Jesus gave us a great command, “to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:36-40). We have been asking the question, “What would it look like to do this literally?”. Instead of the Back to School Bash this summer we are asking you to be part of a gospel strategy called Love Your Neighbor. You can find out more by following this link to our website: Love Your Neighbor. Host and Co-hosts have been assigned. They will be asking for others to provide food, canvas neighborhoods, and be on the prayer team. As with all mission efforts it takes the members of the church to go, support, and pray. Every one of us should be doing one or more of these as we attempt the bold move of saturating OKC with the gospel.
We need people to join the Neighborhood Canvasing Teams and Food Teams. You can sign up this Sunday, or see Susan DeMoss, Jennifer Crosby, or one of our pastors to find out how to get involved.
“Resolved, in narrations never to speak anything but the pure and simple verity.” (Jonathan Edwards, 1723) ‘Verity’ comes from the Latin word ‘veritas’, which means “truth”. You will see these words printed on the entry gates to Harvard University. At their founding they were committed to truth. At the time they intended to convey a belief in all truth being God’s truth. Sadly, that is not the stance of this great university today. But you and I, like Jonathan Edwards, can be stalwarts of truth. May the word ‘VERITAS’ be imprinted upon our hearts, our minds, and our lips. May all who pass our way hear nothing but truth.
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Pastor Mark D. DeMoss
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