Apr 22, 2018
Our Values #2
Series: The Story
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Perfectly Imperfect

I recently saw these words on a t-shirt and it made me do a double take.  I actually had to stop, think, and let those words sink in.  Then I thought, WOW–how cool!  It reminded me of God creating us in His perfect image (Genesis 1:26, And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”). 

Now, I kimperfectnow I am FAR from perfect…in every way.  I could name off a multitude of physical imperfections and I don’t even want to THINK about all of my inner imperfections, or sins, because there are so many.  However, because I am a Christian, I know God is not going to give up on me even when I screw up…which is often.

We all have our flaws, our weaknesses, our imperfections.  2 Corinthians 12:9 states, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  We all need to remember that our church is a group of sinners with a gob of weaknesses!  And THAT is why we need to turn to each other and to God.  THAT is what makes up a church—a whole bunch of imperfect sinners trying our best to follow our Lord.  We come together in our weaknesses and THAT is where our strength lies.

We are imperfect people, loved by a perfect God!
By: Sarah Cross


30 Hour famine draws teens?

     On April 18-19, 54 teens showed up to participate in the 30 Hour Famine Experience.  I am always amazed when this many teens show up to an event with “no food” being offered.  Our first event was a “Walk for Water” where we took all the teens to Pittsburg Spring and had them each carry a Gallon water jug 3 miles back to church while walking.  They had many people watching as the exuberantly walked and talked.
     That night, the teens made cardboard shelters in the grassy area in back of the church and slept outside in the 50 degree weather.  It was quite hard to go to sleep outside, let alone wake up several times in the night feeling cold.  This was to help them experience some of the hardships that kids, and even adults, experience around our world each night.

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Then, Sunday morning the group made breakfast for around 50 people in our community.  This might have been the hardest things teens had done yet:  make food while going without food!  They did a great job!  After the morning breakfast, the group sat in 2nd service worship together and took up most of a section of seats. 

Of the 54 studentswho attended, 14 of the students helped to raise a majority of the $1,700 that our group raised to help support World Vision.  Thanks to everyone who gave to help this great cause.  Thanks for supporting our Teen Ministry as we plan events like this for our teens.  We want to do as much as we can to help our teens know that our faith and potential service should be global in nature and impact.  It was a great weekend!
By: Micah Hudson


Great Marriage Event!

The Art of Marriage Retreat was a wonderful event on April 10-11!  Twenty-one couples, plus four couples from our team, all learned new ways to improve and strengthen their marriages. Couples ranged in age from their 20’s to their 60’s and ranged from not yet married to married 43 years! Tables for two, candles and candy, wonderful snacks and fruit , even a wedding cake let these couples experience this retreat in a “dating” fashion.
Every marraomiage is different, but all share difficulties at some point. This retreat helped to identify areas where problems could arise and how to recognize when there IS a problem. This retreat is not meant to “fix” every marriage; rather, it is a tool for couples to use through different stages in their marriage.
We will be offering follow-up classes on Sunday mornings at 10am through June 6 at church during the Sunday School hour; the first class focuses on Improving communication. Our team is already anxious to consider doing another retreat. Marriage is a precious relationship; investing in strengthening it is invaluable! Watch for news of another retreat and/or classes in the future.



“Play a Game with Me?”

“Will you play a game with me, Momma?” These are the words I hear from my three year old almost daily. “I will in just a minute. I need to finish washing these dishes,” I say. I continue to clean my kitchen, and once the dishes are done I notice a pile of papers on my kitchen counter that belong to my Kindergartener. I begin to sort through them, to decipher which of them are treasures and which of them are destined for the recycling bin. As I deliver a stack to the recycling bin, I notice a pile of dirty socks, T-shirts, and pants left in the garage after some muddy adventures outside. I pick them up and head to laundry room where I realize I have a ton of laundry that needs to be done if all of us want to be clothed for the remainder of the week. I begin sorting pile after pile…and there you have it; I’ve officially forgotten that I am supposed to be playing a game with my little guy. At this point in time, he has too, because HE’S THREE. He’s off playing Super Weston or destroying all of his older brother’s LEGO creations at this point in time. But, I guarantee you, he WILL remember that we were supposed to be playing a game. When? Probably when I have just laid him down for his afternoon nap. “You never played a game with me!”, he’ll moan as I am just crossing the threshold to exit his bedroom. “I’m sorry. We both forgot didn’t we? We’ll play after nap”, I say as I try desperately to not let “mommy guilt” get the better of me. “Mommy guilt”…you know, that feeling you get when you realize you’ve done job after job and forgotten to attend to the little people that are number one on your job description. It is in these moments that we, as mothers, have to give ourselves grace and not let “mommy guilt” win the battle in our mind. There is always tomorrow. “Bad moments don’t make bad mommas.” This is one of my favorite quotes from Lysa TerKeurst. So, take heart, moms. There IS always tomorrow, and I guarantee that if you are speaking positive words into your children, and dishing out lots of hugs and kisses, they’re not going to remember the times that you forgot to play a game with them…or feed them. (Yep, I’ve totally done that.) They will remember that their mommy was encouraging, loving, and full of grace not only for them, but for herself.
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P.S. As I finish writing this blog, my son looks at me and says, “Mom, we haven’t played a game!” Ha! I’m off to play, Hi Ho Cherry-O!
By: Ashley Duff


Unleash YOUR Superpower!

This was the theme to this year’s Hearts at Home conference. At first I thought it sounded a little silly. Having two boys, I had visions of little cape crusaders running around the house, wreaking havoc on the furniture, knocking over lamps, and being crazy LOUD! Then, as I listened at the conference, I was enlightened to the fact that we ALL have our own “superpowers” (or better known as “gifts”).

To the moms out there: God has given each of us our own unique superpower to fit us and our families. Not everyone has the same strengths. Can you get your craft on like no other? Do you have the ability to stretch a meal to feed an army? Are you

an all-star budgeter? Maybe you have talents in the fields of writing, singing, encouraging, cooking, teaching, or art.

Regardless of our superpowers, we need to realize that God gave us EXACTLY wha
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t we need for our family. No more getting down, thinking and wishing we had the capabilities of another mom friend. God put us in a “superhero cape,” if you will, that specifically fits ONLY us. We need to rejoice in that! We also need to remember that God is our power source and without Him, there are no superpowers.

So, what superpower has God given you?

by Sarah Cross


Mommy Reboot

This past weekend I, Sarah, was privileged to attend (with 6 girlfriends) the 2015 Hearts at Home conference in Normal, IL. Jill Savage founded Hearts at Home 22 years ago with a mission to encourage, educate, and equip moms to strengthen families using Christian values. This was my 3rd year in attendance and each year has gotten better and better! This year’s keynote speakers were Lysa TerKeurst (president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and bestselling author) and Dr. Gary Chapman (director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. and bestselling author).

20150313_074303-1I am truly amazed each year as I am surrounded by over 5,000 women, 20 plus speakers, and workshops galore all coming together for one goal: to better ourselves as wives, mothers, and daughters of Christ. While this is a fun weekend getaway with girlfriends, it is also a time to recharge, refuel, and reboot. To quote Jill Savage, “Taking care of yourself is taking care of your family.” While this is often hard for mommies to do, over the years I have realized this is a MUST.

So, for this one weekend each year, I throw away any notion of “mommy guilt,” leave my children in the capable hands of my husband, and focus on MYSELF so that in the end I can take better care of my family. I encourage every mom in every stage of motherhood to check out Hearts at Home! www.heartsathome.org.
By: Sarah Cross