In Praise of Mother Nature?
We live in a beautiful part of the world. Even with the devastation of the recent fires, the area is still filled with amazing views and some are speculating that even burn areas will be green with new life come springtime.
The beauty of this region is the reason many of our residents have made the choice to live here - and who could blame them! However, the danger of living in such a gorgeous place is that the creation can easily become our main focus instead of the Creator responsible for it all.
As difficult as it may be for some of us to imagine, there are those who fail to see God in the majesty of our world. But evidence of a purposeful Creator is everywhere for "those who have eyes to see".
A friend of mine shared the following video with me this past week and I think you will find it fascinating.
Join us this Sunday, August 24th, as we take a look at a "Song of Creation" (Psalm 19). In it we find not only God's fingerprints in his creation, but also his full revelation through his Word. I hope to see you there.
On Sunday, September 7th, we'll be launching a church-wide experience in discovering the continuous story of God's love and pursuit of humanity. To aid our discovery, we'll be using "The Story", an abridged, chronological arrangement of biblical passages from the NIV Bible. For those of you who may be new to faith, The Story will give you a holistic and sequential picture of the storyline of Scripture. For you seasoned Bible veterans, the chronological arrangement of texts will help illuminate the way the whole Bible fits together in a single grand narrative. In no way is The Story intended to replace the Bible. We will be using it in the same way you might use a devotional book to gain new insights and perspectives on God's Word.
The children's Sunday School classes will be using the special curriculum so that they will be focusing on the same part of the story as the rest of us will be in Worship. There are age-appropriate versions for the entire congregation and the youth group and some newly formed small groups will focus on the Biblical passages contained in each week's chapter.
On Sunday, September 7th, we will have copies of the materials available for you to purchase. Here are the prices of the different resources:
* Adult hard cover edition (retail $19.99) $10
* Teen soft cover edition (retail $14.99) $8
* The Story for Kids (retail $9.99) $6
* The Story for Children (retail $19.99) $12
* The Story for Little Ones (retail $17.99) $10
We hope that everyone in the congregation will be reading these Bible passages together, so we don't want anyone to let the cost keep them from getting the appropriate book. If you would like to contribute a bit more in order to offset the cost for someone who may have difficulty affording their own copy, you are welcome to. Plan on bringing cash or your check book and make checks payable to "CCC".
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