Dear RiverGrace Family,
The deacons and pastoral staff have been discussing the theme for the next period of time. We decided to emphasize “One Father, One Faith, and One Family.” Because there is much to share on each of these three topics, we will use this theme for the next two years.
The easiest way for us to prepare and coordinate the schedule is to have each pastor speak about different aspects of one of the topics. For example, Cindy will speak mostly about aspects of "One Father," Pastor Tommy will be sharing about "One Family," and I will be covering different aspects of "One Faith."
On the topic of “One Father,” there is much to learn about God from his names, like “I Am who I Am,” El Shaddai, and Elohim, to name a couple. Also, many times, our beliefs and feelings toward our earthly fathers influence what we understand about God.
“One family” refers to how we treat each other as brothers and sisters in the church, or even outside the church. The Apostle Paul often talks about such things as a loving each other, forgiving each other and treating others as equals. How does our church family function? How do we treat each other?
What does “One Faith?” Does it mean that everybody believes the exact same thing? It's true that different denominations emphasize different aspects of their understanding of the Bible. But what are the core beliefs that all believers share in common to truly be a Bible-based church? That is what I will be addressing this coming Sunday.
We will have our normal Wednesday Connect Groups and Spanish fellowship next Wednesday.
Lineup for this coming Sunday, January 14
⁃ 10:00am - Worship team practice - Rita
⁃ 10:45am - Setup
- 11:15 am- Pre-service prayer in room B23
⁃ 12pm - Worship service - P. Dave will be introducing the themes.
- 1:45 - Lunch. One of the hospitality teams will be cooking for the first time in
Activities next week…
- Wednesday, January 17 - Connect Groups - 11:AM and 7:PM + Spanish
- Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Worship service, P. Tommy
- 2:45 Filipina Connect Groups
Love and blessings,