Just returned from a fantastic mission trip to Guatemala City, Guatemala. First, I want to thank the Father for the opportunity, desire, resources, and a great team of five other people who felt the call to go. Then, I thank you , my brothers and sisters in Christ of Spring Creek Church and others who helped make it possible for us to go, and for your prayers. We were able to accomplish all we set out to do and more, the the glory of God!
We visited churches, our three missionaries, and a school, helped to complete a Sunday School room, back filled a retaining wall, and visited Antigua, with its ancient church structures and beautiful, colorful crafts handmade by the locals. The team will give more details and show pictures in a brief presentation this Sunday, November 2nd, during worship.
We arrived back home just n time for our annual Fall Festival. What fun for everyone, especially the children. Thanks to the great host of helpers who led each game, painted faces, distributed prizes, prepared and served food, set up and cleaned up. It is one of the events we host that is good for our church and for our community. thank you, Kathy Huggins, for heading up Fall Festival in excellent fashion!
And now we proceed to a November filled with opportunities for worship, service, outreach, and enjoyment. On Sunday, the 8th, Canterbury Crossroads music group will lead us in a special worship service sure to be a blessing. This is our "bring a friend" Sunday, when we are all encouraged to invite new people to attend worship with us. The New Member's Class, held on the 16th at 10AM, will provide the opportunity for those who are new to our church to get to know us better and how to become a member. Anyone is welcome to join the class, especially those who have previously joined the church And have not attended a new member's class. On Thursday, the 20th, we will have a Spring Creek Church float in the Montevallo Parade!
Then on Saturday the 22nd, our Christmas on the Creek Bazaar, hosted by our Cumberland Presbyterian Women's Ministry group, will draw folks from all over to purchase holiday themed beautiful handcrafted gifts and homemade goodies. Be sure to invite your neighbors and friends! They will hank you for it.
One of the most powerful things we can do is to pray over the events of the church. Whether it's some of the special events that I've mentioned, or our regular gatherings, prayer is mightily used of God to bless people through the events. We pray then we obey. We put feet to our faith and help plan, implement, promote, invite, and participate with God's blessing.
I'm looking forward to November! And it's a joy living this Christian life together with you! -- Scott
How do we live out and share with others this Good News? From John 3:16 we see 3 aspects of the Gospel/Good News:
1. LOVE — “God is Love” (1 John 4:8) God shares His incredible, unconditional, powerful love with us. As it says, “For God so loved the world.”
2. FAITH — We believe, have faith, in God and His promises. We are called to be believers, not doubters. This is an active faith. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 4:7).
3. LIFE - God is Life - “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). We were dead, separated from God because of our sins, but through Jesus Christ, He made us alive! (see Eph. 2:1-6).
We see this good news, this love, faith, and life lived out and shared with others through all the things we do and say as a church:
Prayer, Worship, Learning (Christian Ed), Fellowship, Service, Evangelism (see Acts 2:42-47)
In closing, let me again mention a couple of new things that are coming up in the life of our church. First, you will see the current Session of our church, the elders, briefly kneeling in prayer at the altar just prior to the beginning of Sunday morning worship. This is to humble ourselves before the Lord and request His blessings upon our worship, our church, our families, our nation, and any current church need. We hope you will join us in prayer from the pews as we prepare our hearts for wor-ship, and ask for God’s hand of blessing.
Second, the Billy Graham, My Hope America training session is coming up on Sunday, July 28, at 7pm. Please be in prayer for this outreach ministry where people of our church will invite others to their home to hear the gospel presented. We’ll share more about this ministry at worship and in depth at the training session. Let me know if you’re interested.
It is indeed a privilege and joy to live out and share this glorious Good News with you, the Spring Creek Church family, on a daily basis. God is blessing us beyond measure and it is exciting to consider what He will do in our midst in the future.
In Christ’s Great Love,