Mar 292010

Big Idea:
God’s Spiritual gifts are to be deployed for His glory and the building up of the body.

Scripture memory;
Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV)
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

Action Step:
Commit to discover, develop and deploy your spiritual gifts in a local body of believers.

Random Thoughts:

  • Sunday was a great day at the Grove.  I love seeing new faces and returning guests! 
  • I am so thankful for the world’s greatest volunteers!  I am amazed every week at how God blesses our church through their efforts and ministry. 
  • I love our band and worship team! 
  • What a blast to get to eat lunch together and hang out for some food and fellowship!  It is not something we get to do very often and it was so nice to see people talk and get to know one another.  AND we raised over $900 for our Romania team.  WOW!
  • I have loved our “BRING IT” series on spiritual gifts!  My heart’s desire is that everyone in our church would discover their gift and put it to use! 
  • Here are some web sites with spiritual gift assessments to assist you in discovering your spiritual gifts.  Elmer Towns is a professor and guru in church leadership.  Check this site out for a gift survey.  This gift survey is another great resource and it is fairly brief. 
  • Easter Sunday is this next week!  We have a huge Easter Egg hunt this coming Saturday at CornDawgs and a huge Sunday next Sunday!  I hope you are praying and inviting some of your friends, neighbors, and family members. 
  • Easter Sunday services at 9:30am and 11am!  Don’t forget!  Get there early!
  • We begin a brand new series called “DETOX: Replacing empty religious activity with an authentic pursuit of Jesus.”  I can’t wait. 

Keep praying, keep investing, keep inviting!

 Posted by at 9:05 am
Mar 222010

Big Idea:
God has given you a spiritual gift to be used to build up the body and make Jesus known!

Scripture memory:
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (ESV)

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

Action Step:
This week prayerfully consider where you can volunteer and serve so that you may better understand and discover your spiritual gifts.

Random Thoughts:

  • I am so thankful for what God is doing in and through Church at the Grove!  What a great time in the life of our church!  What a great Sunday!
  • Nathan did an outstanding job teaching on the gifts yesterday!  I am so thankful for our staff/team and those that are part of our teaching team. 
  • I am so thankful for our volunteers each and every week that make things happen!  Thank you to all of you that serve so faithfully.
  • 16 people attended our “Next Steps/C-3” gathering on Friday at Russ and Joanna Spires house on Friday night!  Yes!  I love it!
  • Yesterday was a great Sunday morning and then I went to play “airsoft” war with a group of middle school boys.  I am paying for it today!  It was great to connect with some new guys!
  • For those of you that have kept up with the historic “health care reform”, here is a great reminder in an article I came across this morning.  It reminds me of who is in control and where my focus should be.  Read it, reflect, and pray! 
  • I love hearing everyone talking about their spiritual gifts and where they can be put to use!  I love seeing God’s Word applied to life.
  • Austin, Shelly and the band!  Thank you for leading us in worship.  What a great Sunday in God’s presence!
  • So excited about a New Believer’s curriculum that Chris DiPascal has put together!  It’s called LAUNCH and it will Launch new believer’s into their journey with Jesus.
  • I am so looking forward to Easter!  I hope you are praying and considering who you will invest and invite to our Easter Sunday celebration.
  • March Madness is in high gear.  I am not a huge basketball fan but I love seeing the lowly underdogs upset the big guys in this tournament.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza!  We are partnering with CornDawgs.  I hope you have signed up to volunteer. 

Keep praying. Keep investing and Keep inviting. 

 Posted by at 10:57 am
Mar 192010

Big Idea:
Discover your spiritual gift and pursue developing it!

Scripture Memory:
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (ESV)
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

Action Step:
Put your handout where you will look at it multiple times this week and decide which two motivational gifts resonate with you the most. 

Random Thoughts:

  • Craig Story did an incredible job teaching on our primary spiritual gifts this past Sunday!  I have talked with so many people this week that are excited about the discovery, development, and deploying their spiritual gifts in the church and the community.
  • Sunday was such a great day at CATGrove!  I love baby dedications and what it means for the babies, families and for our church!
  • Huge crowd Sunday.  Largest attandance since we moved into the high school!  I love seeing so many new faces each week.
  • The time-change hit me hard this week!
  • I love our volunteer servants!  We have the greatest in the world.  Sundays could not happen without them and all they do to invest into the life of our church and making an impact in our community.
  • Yesterday was the last of “Thankful Thursdays”.  For two months straight our staff and volunteers have loved on Teachers and staff at Youth Middle and Walnut Grove High school.  I am so thankful for all who made it possible to do ministry to these schools.  Barbara Bledsoe, Lisa Malcom, and Nancy Boyd played a huge role in coordinating everything and so many prepared food and welcomed teachers!  Thanks to “Skips” for catering two lunches for these teachers at both schools!
  • Easter Eggstravaganza just two weeks away at Corndawgs!  Don’t miss it.  Thank you to all who are already committed to volunteer and to those that have filled eggs!  Thank you!
  • We have a huge group committed to our Next Steps/C-3 class tonight at the Spires’ house!  I love connecting people!
  • Easter Sunday is just over 2 weeks away.  This is a huge weekend/Sunday to remember the victory over sin and death we have through Jesus!  We also have a great opportunity to invest relationally into the lives of so many people in our community that will come to worship with us on Easter Sunday! 
  • Be praying over those that you will invite and bring with you to CATGrove on Easter Sunday that God will reveal to them who He is and how much He loves them!
  • Go to church at the and see the new website.  Nathan is still working on it but it is awesome!
  • Baptism on April 11!  We will probably be baptizing a huge group! 
  • Romania fundraising lunch on Sunday March 28!  Join us for lunch!  $5 per plate or $20 max per family.  Support a great cause and meet some new people! 

Keep praying, keep investing, keep inviting!

 Posted by at 9:13 am
Mar 102010

Big Idea:
God wants to do an “Extreme Makeover” in every person’s life so that they can do the good works He had prepared for them!  He does this through giving Spiritual gifts to all who follow Jesus!

Scripture Memory:
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 

Action Step:
This week read Ephesians 2, 3 and 4, and also Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12!

Random Thoughts:

  • Time Change coming this Sunday!  Set your clocks forward one hour this Saturday evening! 
  • What an incredible Sunday gathering this past Sunday!  I am so excited about “Bring It!” our new series on Spiritual gifts!  I love Ephesians 2:1-10.  God’s love, grace and mercy is mind-blowing! 
  • God already has good works prepared for me to do!  We all must discover, develop, and deploy our spiritual gifts so we can walk in those good works!  WOW!
  • God uses pastors, teachers and leaders to equip the people in the church for ministry.  It is not the pastors and teachers who should DO ALL the ministry.  You and I are in this together!  We ALL are ministers!  That is why learning your spiritual gift and jumping in to serve is so important.
  • We have the world’s greatest volunteers already!  I am so thankful for the men and women, and the boys and girls that serve so faithfully to help us worship and glorify God and to reach out to people in our community with the love of Jesus!
  • Volunteer of the quarter!  Larry Pottsis an amazing servant of Jesus!  I am so thankful for this man who helps set-up and breakdown EVERY week!  He won’t read this because he doesn’t utilize the internet, so please tell him I bragged on him!
  • I loved having theSkype interview with the Hardins this past Sunday!  It was one of my favorite things we have done at CATG!  Please pray for them.  I look forward to having them with us in May when they are back home for a brief time.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza!  We are partnering with CORNDAWGS here in Walnut Grove for a huge Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 3.  The Egg Hunt is 10-2pm with different age catagories AND you need to go online to to register for the hunt in order to avoid the walk up fee on that Saturday.  Sign ups are already taking place fast. 
  • We need volunteers for the Easter Egg Hunt!  Thank you to everyone helping fill the eggs and thank you for helping us on that Saturday!
  • Speaking of Easter!  It is Sunday April 4!  Please be praying about who you can invest in and invite to join that special Sunday!  We will have 2 services that Sunday at 9:30am and 11am!  What a perfect day to show your friends and family what a great church we have and more importantly what a great Savior we have!
  • Our next baptism is Sunday April 11, the week after Easter!  Let us know if you are planning to be baptized.
  • Next Steps/C-3gathering Friday night March 19!  Great chance to learn about CATGrove!
  • Great prayer time last night at ACCESS prayer time!

Keep Praying, Keep Investing, Keep Inviting!

 Posted by at 10:21 am