Where: St. Mark United Methodist Church
Date: Friday, December 5
Time: 6:00 pm
“It’s Christmas, the best time of the year!” You are invited to this live sing along with Miss PattyCake as she introduces children to the characters of the nativity, CELEBRATING Jesus’ birthday. And, children discover what God wants for Christmas! Be sure to stick around after the concert for pictures with Miss PattyCake!
There are many words to describe God. One of those words is “generous”. And what an excellent word to describe the big-hearted and overflowing extravagance of God’s grace. We can be exceedingly grateful that God relates to us with a generous grace. But if God treats us with such generous grace, shouldn’t our lives be conduits of that grace to others? Shouldn’t we embody that kind of godly generosity? Doesn’t God desire that his people be generous as he is generous? Because he is generous? And as we grow in godly generosity, aren’t we then growing in grace? And if generosity is about grace, isn’t it also about joy? What if growing in generosity produces joy? And not just any joy. Deep joy.
Beginning Sunday, November 2, we begin a three week journey to discover “The Joy of Generosity.” Along the way we’ll consider the overflowing generosity of God in Jesus Christ. We’ll reflect on how generosity relates to life as followers of Jesus. We’ll even spend some time talking about church finances, apportionments, and how money is really about mission. The journey will climax on Sunday, November 16, when we make our 2015 covenant giving commitments. If you need a current commitment card, download it here. Join us each week in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 am for VIVID or in the sanctuary at 10:30 am for the traditional service. See you there!
Live Worthy: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians
We talk a lot about living for Jesus. But our talk often remains abstract, unapplied, and irrelevant. And for all the talk we often miss out on what Christ wants for us. We settle for less than his best when it comes to our spiritual lives, and we end up exhausted. What if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if it is actually possible to live a life that honors Christ and embodies his best? And what if it’s not just sometimes? What if it’s possible to experience his best all the time? Consistently. Comprehensively. Completely. What if it could really happen?
The good news is that scripture promises exactly that. God promises that we have all we need to live in a way that honors Christ to the glory of God. How do we get in on that? What does it look like? That will be the focus of a new sermon series called Live Worthy: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians beginning Sunday, September 14, at St. Mark UMC. Join us in VIVID at 9:30 am or in the Sanctuary Service at 10:30 am. See you there!