Over the past couple months we have been working on making our website more mobile friendly. We want you to be able to use your phone to get our Sunday morning information. We hope to have our weekly information from the bulletin online each Sunday morning. A big change will be that you can open the sermon notes from our website. (We are still attempt-ing to perfect this...). We are even hoping that you will be able to open take notes right on your phone.
We are very close, actually by the time you are reading this, our online giving should be up and running. There will be a few steps to set up your donor profile. But the good news is that there will be a step-by-step process on our webpage to walk you through setting up your account. Once you have set up your account, you won’t have to input your information again and you can set up recurring giving (see below.) If you are a little unsure about how to do this, we have more good news. On a couple of Sundays in September we will have someone in the lobby to help you set up your donor profile. They can walk you through setting up your account. For recurring donations you look for “Scheduled Giving” and you select the frequency and amount of your giving as well as the start date. Then you select “Activate Schedule” and you are a recurring giver. I want to thank you for supporting your church. You make ministry possible here.
You are invited to join us for a Pastor’s Porch meeting Sunday tonight here at the church at 6:00p.m.The idea of Pastor’s porch is a casual time where we can sit around and discuss things on your mind.We will discuss follow up from our last meeting, our Room for prayer event and possible worship center decoration changes. It would be wonderful if you could bring a plate of cookies or something to add to the refreshments.We will meet in the lobby area off the worship center.
Even In Babylon
“This is not the world I grew up in!” –I recently heard this from a woman in her 30s. This world is changing, and changing fast. It’s a world that is becoming more and more difficult to be a Christian. Daniel had it worse than we do. He was carried off by an invading army. Taken from his family, likely near the age of 15. I can’t even imagine what that would be like as a parent having one of my sons ripped out of my life and carried away. I really can’t imagine what it would be like to be the one who was carried away. Then Daniel (and others like him) get to this foreign land. They are being trained to be some kind of servant for the royal court. Their names are changed, their identity taken from them. They are told to live like the people in this foreign land –to eat, dress, talk, like a foreigner. But they refuse to compromise, what amazing courage they had! What could a book like this have to offer us today? It may be as simple as understanding and believing that God is in control even in the most difficult circumstances. Maybe you know the pressures of living in a world that has values that are far different than yours? Maybe you have been pressured to cover up your faith? Maybe you have pressured to NOT speak up? What do you do? I believe Daniel’s stories will inspire our faith!
I want to say thank you to Pastor Nate and Pastor Wes for doing a great job preaching while I was on vaca-tion. It is such a blessing for me to be on vacation and know you are in good, no, in GREAT hands. These guys are awesome! I’m so thankful to have them on our team, I hope you feel the same way! Our family had a wonderful time in Sunriver with Krista’s parents and her siblings. In all, 16 of us were in Sunriver, hiking, biking, swimming and playing games. It’s just great to have family time with the grandparents and cousins creating memories. We also had a great time watching the Olympics together and cheering on the U.S. in all kinds of sports. My favorite was watching soccer, of course. Thank you for understanding that your pastors need vacation and family time.
Pastor Mark Wilks