Creek's End Family & Friends,
I recently celebrated my 59th birthday. The number 59 to me is just a weird number. It’s an odd number, as well as a prime number. You don’t see the number a lot on sports jerseys. It just seems so insignificant. So I recently tried to search for meaning in this number to make me feel better about turning this ripe old age.
I could not find one single book in the Bible that has only 59 chapters. However, there are three chapters in the Bible that have 59 verses, one in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament. Leviticus 13:59 talks about leprosy, Luke 12:59 talks about judgement, and John 8:59 is about throwing stones at Jesus. Psalm 59 and Isaiah 59 are both pretty gloomy. Not a great spin on the number 59.
However, I did discover something positive. In Gematria, which is Hebrew numerology, the number 59 is "נט" or "nt," which spells the name Natalie. Hebrew usually omits vowels. While a few letters can be used as vowels, all letters are consonants. Natalie means birth; more specifically it means Christmas. And I LOVE Christmas!
So I guess the number 59 isn’t so insignificant after all. After all, I was born in 1959 (yes, next year is a BIG one) and Christmas shows me that God has given this old guy a significant purpose in life. I now live 59 miles from where I first met my wife. I had my 5 children in a span of 9 years (February 1982 – February 1991). And would you believe the distance from the church to my house is … 5.9 miles? It’s actually 6.3 but I had you there for a moment.
There are some pretty cool 5:9’s in the Bible, too. Revelation 5:9 is one of my favorites – “And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.’”
What’s my point? My point is, that just like me, your life is significant to God, no matter your age. Each birthday is a reminder that God has a plan and purpose for your life. Each day is a reminder He isn’t finished with you yet. Never forget that.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
“TELL A GOOD STORY" CONTINUES
You love Christ, and you love people. But do you know where to start in sharing Jesus with them? Would you like to have the confidence to engage people in life changing conversations? Pastor and author Donnie Anthony will share the importance of telling our story, and how we can share Jesus fearlessly.
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS CHRISTMAS OFFERING
It’s time for our annual Christmas offering which will be taken from October 7 until December 31. Our goal is $15,000. Below are the projects this money goes toward to bring hope during the Holiday season…
- The South Texas Children’s Home (STCH)
- KISD Therapeutic Education Program
- CORELUV Orphanage in Haiti
- Underprivileged families in our community
- Mission work in Northeast India
You may give online, at the Giving Kiosk, or with offering envelopes in the seat backs.
RADIANT WOMEN MONTHLY MEETING
WOMEN’S EVENT "UNCLUTTERED" COMING IN NOVEMBER
Men’s League has a monthly fellowship on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM. All men are invited to join us. Please sign up online so we can get a food count.
STUDENT MINISTRY HAS A NEW NAME, NEW SCHEDULE, & NEW EVENT
The Student Ministry under our Student Pastor Josh Mackey has a new name. From now on it will no longer be Pulse but “eTHREE” Student Ministry. eTHREE is based off of our vision statement for youth ministry. It is as follows:
“We want every student to graduate from our ministry ENLIGHTENED about the Word of God, ENCOURAGED to continue walking with God, and EMPOWERED to do His will.”
On Sunday, the meeting time for Students has been changed to 11:00 AM only. They are encouraged to worship with their parents in the 9:30 service and go to group time in The Warehouse at 11:00. Parents, you can attend worship at 9:30 and join an Adult Bible Study at 11:00. That way you and your student are both worshipping and growing deeper in God’s Word.
PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL
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COMING SOON IN "TELL A GOOD STORY"
Throughout the Bible there are moments where telling a story made a major impact on the world. When we follow the examples given to us in God’s Word, we’ll find that our gospel-centered stories can lead others to meet Jesus, remind us of our heavenly Father’s faithfulness, and give us courage to live out a life of faith. Join us for this 3-part series. Here is the remaining schedule ...
OCTOBER 21 – “THEIR STORY”
God is giving our church a new mission opportunity. Soon we will be partnering with the For All Mankind Movement (FAAM) in an effort to reach India for Christ. We will be hearing from Kevin Philips, founder and director of FAAM and discover how we can use our story to help the people of India find their story
FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL
Our annual Fall Festival will be Sunday, October 28, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Enjoy blowups, games, a cakewalk and food as well as many other fun activities. There is lots of fun for the whole family. Candy donations are needed for this event. Look for the Grocery Cart in the Atrium and bring candy donations at any time.
NEW SERIES “MONSTERS” STARTS OCTOBER 28
We all face spiritual monsters. These monsters seek to
devour our faith, pulling us away from the victory we have
in Christ. This series highlights four different “monsters” Christians must battle as they seek to live faithful lives of obedience to God.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS WORKSHOP COMING SOON
It has been said, "He who buries his talent is making a grave mistake." How true this statement is for so many Christians. God has given each believer a spiritual gift that He wants us to use for His glory, but we often don't use it. We may deny that we actually have a spiritual gift or if we do acknowledge it, we may doubt its usefulness to glorify God, and then just bury it. But we must realize that God wants us to be involved with His work. He is so gracious that by His Holy Spirit He freely distributes gifts to all who are saved. He not only wants us to know our spiritual gifts, but He expects us to grow in them each day. Join us for this special workshop on Sunday, November 4 at 9:30 AM and discover the spiritual gifts God has given you. Sign up online at www.creeksend.org and take the spiritual gifts test, and then bring the results to the workshop.
MEET CREEK’S END
All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us on Sunday, November 11 at 9:30 AM and meet our Ministry Team and hear us briefly share what Creek’s End is all about. A special breakfast will be served but we need your reservation. Come meet us and find out more about how you can be involved. You can sign up online at www.creeksend.org or on the connection card on Sundays.
See you this weekend,