April 17, 2014

The Blessed Life Landscape

Do you want to live THE BLESSED LIFE?

If we’re honest with ourselves, every single one of us would answer, “Yes!” We all want to experience blessings in our lives. We want to be successful, prosperous, healthy, and happy.

But how can we do it? What is THE BLESSED LIFE really all about?

Join us on Easter Sunday, April 20th, to learn how you can begin to live THE BLESSED LIFE!

The Easter Offering

April 16, 2014

The Easter Offering

This Sunday, April 20th, as a part of our worship experience, we will have a special time of giving through The Easter Offering. All of the money we receive  on this day will go towards community outreach in Winston-Salem through Samaritan’s Ministries.

We believe that living THE BLESSED LIFE involves giving to those in need, so we’re going to help feed the hungry in our city. We want our community to know that one of the reasons God blesses us is so we can be a blessing to others.

If you plan to be our guest on Easter Sunday, we invite you to participate in this special time of giving. If you can’t be in attendance, but you’d still like to give to this special cause, click here to go to our giving page. Let’s celebrate Resurrection Sunday by giving generously to a God who has given us everything!

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We often tell people, “BLESS you!” when they sneeze. Some people say, “Have a BLESSED day!” when they tell someone goodbye.  And a lot of us even say “the BLESSING” before we eat our meals.

But what does it actually mean to be BLESSED? How can we truly experience BLESSINGS in our lives?

We invite you to be our guest on Easter Sunday, April 20th, as we discover how each and every one of us can live THE BLESSED LIFE.

No Limits

When you were little, what did you dream about becoming? An astronaut? A ballerina? A professional wrestler?

Whatever it was, chances are it was something that you felt was important. Something big. That’s the thing about kids— they dream big because no one has told them that they can’t do something yet. They literally have no limits.  But it’s different when we get older, isn’t it?

In middle school and high school we start to see the areas we lack for the first time. We’re not the most popular or influential. We aren’t the most talented. And eventually we start to wonder if we can ever do or be anything significant. The big-dreaming days of our childhood feel long gone under the weight of our all-too-limiting reality.

That’s exactly what happened in the life of a guy named Moses. With a tough past and not many real skills, he had no reason to believe that his life would be used to do anything extraordinary. But after a few encounters with God, Moses’ perspective changed completely. He found that, with God, there is no limit to what you can do.

So this month, students in MS/HS will learn that with God there is no limit to what you can do!

Below is the New Church Youth Schedule for the month of April:

April 6 – Small Group (Summer Camp Meeting)

April 13 – Small Group

April 20 – No Youth Service (Easter Sunday Family Time)

Because Jesus finished his mission, we can start and finish ours!” (from Wk. 4 of the Red Letter Day series)

T. J. Ward

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14Apr_standard_HumilityDuring the month of April, our Newkidz (k5 – 5th) environment will be focused on learning about humility.

Humility is putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve. 

Putting others first is not our natural inclination. We live in a world that’s all about putting ourselves first. Jesus lived in a world like that too. He could have looked out for Himself, but He didn’t. Out of His love for us, He chose to put us first. 

The monthly memory verse is “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather in humility value others above yourselves.”  (Philippians 2:3 NIV)

No matter how good of a person you are, your sin requires a sacrifice that you can’t provide.” (from Wk. 3 of the Red Letter Day series)

T. J. Ward