Creek's End Family & Friends,
Some years ago there was an incredibly gifted concert violinist named Fritz Kreisler. He had a Stradivarius violin. Let me tell you how he got it. At one time, the violin belonged to an old Englishman. Kreisler heard about it and offered to buy it, but the old man said it was not for sale. One day he ventured to the old man’s house and said, “If I can’t buy it, may I touch it?” The old Englishman invited him in. Kreisler picked up that violin and then he tucked it under his chin. He began to draw the bow across the strings. The old Englishman sat there and great tears began to well up in his eyes, then course down his cheeks. Moved with emotion he said, “It is not for sale, but it is yours. You are the master and alone are worthy of it!”
That is what worship is all about. God is the Master and He alone is worthy of our praise. We’ve been spending the summer in the Psalms, and Psalm 29:2 says, “Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” When was the last time you truly realized God alone is worthy of your praise and obeyed the command to worship Him?
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End . . .
REACHING CAMPAIGN UPDATE
When God calls us to do something greater, it will require a ridiculous investment. So we introduced the REACHING CAMPAIGN. The REACHING CAMPAIGN began March 5 and runs to August 27. Our goal was a big one, and we have raised just over $102,000 so far. But we are nearing the end of our campaign and still need to raise almost $50,000. What happens if we don’t reach it? We won’t be able to complete our project, mainly extra parking spaces. Construction on the new building will begin any day now as well as the Prayer Garden. Those projects are already taken care of. But in order to have the parking we need, we need to raise the full amount of $150,000. It is time for us to exercise our ridiculous faith and see what we can sacrifice in these last few weeks of the campaign. Our REACHING giving is above and beyond our regular giving. It is part of our call to REACH OUT, REACH IN, AND REACH UP. Let’s see what God can do with our ridiculous faith.
SUMMER IN THE PSALMS
There are two things that speak loudly about God: His creation and His Word. If we are looking and listening, God will reveal Himself to us in incredible ways through nature and through Scripture. Young Adult Pastor Wade Henderson will show us in this Psalm how God speaks both visually and verbally to those who seek Him. Join us this Sunday for Psalm 19.
DEVOTIONS IN THE PSALMS
We want you to immerse yourself with us in this great Bible book. An online devotional guide is available. You can go to our website to find the link or you can go here: SUMMER IN THE PSALMS DEVOTIONALS. Let’s spend some quality time daily in God’s Word and let Him speak to us through the Psalms.
NEW ABS SERIES
God’s goal is to set us free from sin. Romans 6:8 says, “Now, if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Forgiveness of sin is just the beginning of life in Christ. But the problem is that so many people stay there; they don’t move on. Jesus didn’t die and rise from the dead simply to forgive you. He rose to live his life through you. Come and join people just like you who want to study the Bible and do life together. There are classes for every age group. A new video study will begin August 20, a 4-week study in Romans called Dead To Sin – Alive In Christ. No need to sign up, just show up and get into God’s Word.
We are having another baptism Sunday on August 27
in both services. If you are interested in baptism,
and plan to attend Baptism class on Wednesday,
August 23 at 6:30 PM.
MEET CREEK’S END
August 30 at 7:30 PM: All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us in the Café in the Atrium and meet our Ministry Team and hear me briefly share what Creek’s End is all about. The food and beverage are free, but we need your reservation. You can sign up online or on the Connection Card on Sundays. Come meet us and find out more about how you can be part of the Creek’s End Family.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY COMING THIS FALL
Did you know that 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck? Or that 64% of Americans can’t cover a $1,000 emergency? This doesn’t have to be true for you! All you need is a practical plan for your money—and Financial Peace University IS that plan! In nine easy-to-follow lessons, you’ll learn how to get out of debt, create a budget, make wise spending decisions, save for the future, and so much more! You’re invited to the next Financial Peace University class! It begins September 13. We need to order materials by August 31 so please sign up as soon as possible. If you’d like to learn more about taking control of your money once and for all, check out the class details on our website at www.creeksend.org.
AWANAS COMING THIS FALL
LADIES BIBLE STUDY
A new Bible Study for ladies will be available
on Wednesday evenings starting September 13
at 6:30 PM. Contact Connie Still at
or to sign up.
COMING SOON IN SUMMER IN THE PSALMS
We’re over halfway through our summer team teaching series
that is helping us discover God is God, and we should
Here is the remaining schedule …
AUGUST 27 – PSALM 78
The philosopher, essayist, and novelist George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In this psalm, Community Pastor Tim Seippel helps us discover that what happens in the past – good or bad – should serve to help us in our relationship with God in the future. Knowing God’s precepts gives us a foundation to overcome our past mistakes and teach our children how to avoid them.
What does it look like to follow Jesus? People ask that a lot. And the answer is, it’s different for everyone. For Matthew it started by leaving his job as a tax collector and having Jesus at his house for a party. He becomes a disciple, travels and ministers with Jesus, writes a book in the Bible that bears his name, and now we name our children after him. For others, following Jesus begins differently. But those who accept the invitation begin the journey of their lives and over time, usually at a slow pace, God does incredible things in their relationships, in their finances, in their families, in their careers, etc. Join us September 3 for this stand-alone message about what it looks like to follow Jesus.
Men’s League has a monthly fellowship on the third Thursday
of the month at 7:00 PM. All men are invited to join us.
Please sign up online so we can get a food count.
See you this weekend,