Friend Day

Come discover that your name is important to God!

Isaiah reveals the heart of God toward Israel and I believe in God’s heart toward you and I.

Is 49:16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins. (NLT)

God is saying, “I am mindful of you. Your distress, your troubles, the ruins of your life are always on my mind.” It’s as if your name is written in the hand of God. Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we begin our our new series, “What Is Your Name?”. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back and invite a friend to church!

H2O “Water Identity” Believers Statesboro 10-26-14

Watch or listen online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/

The Baptism of Moses

As with many things in the Bible, there is a story behind the story and this is true with Water Baptism.

The story behind the story of Baptism is found in the book of Exodus. Paul referred to the events in Exodus as he wrote to the Corinthian Church.

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (NIV)

Looking back in Exodus we are reminded that God sent Moses to deliver, His people, the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Joseph brought his family, the Hebrews, to Egypt to save them during a seven year famine. But Joseph died, the Pharaoh that was good to them died, and now things have changed for the Hebrews.

Now they are poor people with no rights and no freedom. They find themselves not people at all in Egypt. They have no identity. They are slaves, property, and they are reminded everyday by the lashes that hit their backs. They were ordered to make bricks and couldn’t keep up with the production demands given the provisions and harsh work environments they were subject to.

· What about you? Ever come home from work, after a long day of your nose to the grind, exhausted and feeling like you can’t keep up? You feel like your identity is nothing more than a cog in a machine. You feel like people would rather use you than know you. Maybe you feel like you have no rights, no freedom!

· What happens to our identity when the loudest voices in our lives are the one that beat us down?

10-26-14 H2O Water Identity Wk_4When we are treated less than what we really are in Christ Jesus?

In our story in Exodus, God looks down and see’s the children of Israel and see’s that they only know themselves as slaves and work horses but not as Children of God.

So God decides to do something about it. God sends Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that he, “Let God’s people go!” Pharaoh agrees at first and then changes his mind, but after God sends ten plagues upon the Egyptians, Pharaoh agrees to let them go.

So God’s people are saved from slavery! Moses leads them out of Egypt and God’s presence goes with them on their journey.

Exodus 13:21-22 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. (NIV)

They were saved and being led by the Spirit, but they still needed this Baptism experience that Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 10.

No sooner than they leave Pharaoh changes his mind again and pursues them with an army with horses and chariots. The Hebrews suddenly find themselves blocked by the Red in front of them and the army of Pharaoh pursuing them from behind!

The rejoicing in God saving them and delivering them out of Egypt suddenly turns into fear and uncertainty as they face the Red Sea!

· What do you do when you think God saved you but now you are not so sure (you are facing your Red Sea) about current situation in life. When doubt and struggles come in?

· Maybe you don’t do anything. Maybe you wait for God to rescue you.

God tells Moses to stretch out his hands and the Red Sea parts!

Exodus 14:16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. (NIV)

The entire nation of Israel passes through the Red Sea on dry ground.

Pharaoh’s army gave chase and the Sea suddenly closed in on them and they all drown.

Now God’s people have been saved twice by God, they are now standing on the other side of the water on dry ground. They came up out of the water. This passing through the waters was known as Moses baptism! God saved them and they were baptized!

Trouble in the Desert

You keep reading after God brings Israel out of the water, and you wonder if you have bet on the wrong horse! Because they still have struggles on their journey, they still have problems on the way.

Did they lose their identity again after their Red Sea moment?

It seems that they kept listening to the voices that tell them that they are not who they are.

Maybe that’s the point. God didn’t bring them through the water so that they would be perfect.

Maybe God brought them through the water because He knew they would wonder and they would need an anchor in their story. God knew they would need a tether in their identity that would help them when lies shouted to them about who they were. They would need to know that their identity was that they were the Children of God.

Our Salvation and New Identity

Now the baptism of Jesus doesn’t just look back to Exodus, it looks forward too, because our deliverance didn’t occur with Moses with his arms outstretched over the Red Sea.

Our recue happened when Jesus died on a cross with JESUS’ ARMS OUTSTRECHED for us and when He rose again to give us new life in Him!

We weren’t rescued from slavery and Pharaoh’s army, but we have been set free from the slavery of sin!

It’s not the water that cleanses us but the water symbolizes a life that has gone to the grave with Jesus and came up out of the grave alive and free from sin!

Rom 6:3-7 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the

dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 If we have been united with him like this in his

death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified

with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—

7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

Saved from Sin Was Foreshadowed in Noah’s Baptism

1 Pet 3:18-22 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also– not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand– with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. (NIV)

NEXT STEP: I will use my baptism to remind me of my identity as a Child of God, free from sin!

Confessed and Forgiven

Col 2:11-16 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. (NIV)

Water Identity

We are going to have moments when we are tempted to believe that we are the old us and not the new us.

There will be times when we will see ourselves as something less than what we are, the Children of God, righteous in Christ Jesus!

· Sometimes there will be voices screaming at you that you are not holy, you don’t belong to Him.

You aren’t loved!

· Sometimes those voices will be our own voices, refusing to believe who we are in Christ.

So we need this moment. We need to be water baptized. We need this Water Identity!

You and I are given the opportunity to step into the waters and have grace wash over us from head to toe. Jesus said to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” Mark 16:16

This act of Baptism now identifies us as a Child of God!

Your sins may seem to pursue you, but they have been drowned in the blood of Christ!

We’ve been renamed, reclaim by the cross and adopted as sons and daughters! We are children of God!

Engage in a divine act of protest of the voices of shame that chase you! Be baptized and tell the world that you belong to him!

Next Step: I will be baptized today and declare my new identity in Christ Jesus!

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

1. How would the Red Sea experience help the Hebrews in their upcoming desert experiences? Do you think that they needed a reminder of their identity as Children of God?

2. Explain how our Baptism experience is like the Red Sea experience. Do we need to be reminded of our identity as Children of God?

3. As you journey through life, how aware are you of your new identity in Christ Jesus? How often to you think about it?

4. Tell me a least three things that the Bibles says about your new identity? (Who you are in Christ. EX: “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!)

5. When you think about yourself, what percentages of your thoughts are good and positive and what percentages of your thoughts are bad and negative?

6. What do you need to do to get into agreement with God about your new identity in Christ Jesus?

FRIEND DAY-Sunday, 11.02.14

October 28th, 2014

Who are you inviting to church?
"WHAT IS YOUR NAME?" begins this Sunday! Bring a friend to church and they will receive a free t-shirt!

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Last week in our H2O series, we talked about the importance of adding water. Some thing just work better with water,  a jet ski, coffee, a lily pad and Christians! Jesus set the example for the importance of adding water and being baptized Himself and he established Baptism as an eternal ordinance in His Church (Matt 28:19). Baptism is an outward expression of what we believe, that we belong to the Body of Christ. This week several Believers will do this. They will add water to their lives an publicly declare their belonging and their belief in Christ! Come and celebrate with everyone who will be Baptized in the 9 or 11 a.m. service and obtain their “Water Identity”.

It is not too late for you to make this decision to be baptized. Simply come Sunday morning with a towel and change of clothes.

Why Add Water and be Baptized?

1. Adding Water is a public identification with the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ Jesus.
2. Adding Water declares that you are forgiven of all your sins.
3. Adding Water Is a Public Declaration of Your Belonging.
4. Believers in the Bible Added Water by Being Baptized.
5. Jesus Commands Us to Just Add Water

So, if for no other reason, you should add water to your Christian experience and be baptized just because Jesus told you to. John 14:15 "If you love me, you will obey what I command. (NIV)

Baptism

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Jesus’ Ministry Was Launched By Adding Water

As a child of God, it is important to follow Jesus’ example and be baptized in water. It is a very important first step in the Christian life. Jesus was baptized in order to “fulfill righteousness.”

Matt 3:13-17 (NIV) Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

Jesus Said Add Water to All Nations

As Jesus commissioned His followers, He established Baptism as an eternal ordinance of His church.

Matt 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (NIV) We, at Believers Church, are not fulfilling our commission if we are not being baptized ourselves and baptizing others.

Belief and Adding Water Go Together

1) Jesus Commands Us to Just Add Water

Baptism is not an option for us; rather it is a commandment that God requires out of every believer. Some of Jesus’ last recorded words instructed believers to be baptized. Believing and baptism seem to naturally flow together.

"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” Mark 16:16

Jesus’ call for us to believe in Him also included a call to be baptized, showing us the importance and high value that the Lord places on Baptism. Notice that even though we are expected to be baptized, Baptism is not what saves us, the believing does. “He who does not believe will be condemned.” Baptism is an outward display of an inward change.

2) Believers in the Bible Added Water

Pentecost – “Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” Acts 2:38

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. Acts 2:41

Some have taken Peter’s words “let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” to mean that these are the only words that can be properly spoken in a baptismal service. The most common words spoken in baptisms are, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. The son is Jesus; therefore, baptizing in the name of the Son is baptizing in the name of Jesus.

Phillip and the Ethiopian – Acts 8:26-36 When Phillip shared the gospel with the Ethiopian eunuch, he immediately asked, “Here is water, what is hindering me from being baptized?”

Acts 8:37-39 Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.

Gentile Believers Were Baptized in Acts 10 when salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit came to the Gentiles; they were also instructed to be baptized in water.

Acts 10:44-48 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been

poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said,

47 "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have the Holy Spirit just as we have."

48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a

few days. (NIV)

3) Other Believers in The Bible Added Water

Lydia – Acts 16:14-15 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us. (NIV)

The Jailer and his Family – Acts 16:30-33 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved– you and your household." 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. (NIV)

CrispusActs 18:8 Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized. (NIV)

Ephesus BelieversActs 19:1-6 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." 3 So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John’s baptism," they replied. 4 Paul said, "John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." 5 On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. (NIV)

After his conversion, Ananias told Paul that the first thing that he needed to do was be baptized.

Acts 22:15-16 You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ (NIV)

In our modernized, "comfort zone Christianity," we do, sad to say, tend to take God’s commandments far too lightly. As Chuck Colson points out:

“Most Westerners take baptism for granted, but for many in the world the act requires immense courage. In countries like Nepal, it once meant imprisonment. For Soviet or Chinese or Eastern bloc believers, it was like signing their own death warrant.”[1]

Add Water as a Public Declaration

1) Adding Water is a public identification with the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ Jesus.

In water baptism, a Christian is bodily submerged in water as a public identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our old sinful nature symbolically dies when we go under the water.

Rom 6:1-11 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

11 … count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

When we come up out of the water, we come up as a new person in Christ Jesus. We are no longer controlled by sin, but we are alive in Christ Jesus! Dead to sin, alive in Christ!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Were you selfish? That’s dead. Were you manipulative? That’s dead. Were you bitter? That’s dead. Were you an alcoholic? That’s dead. Were you addicted to drugs or even nicotine? That’s dead. Were you sexually immoral? That’s dead. Did any other sin control your life before? That’s dead.

Baptism is an outward expression of something that has already occurred in you at salvation.

  • It is your public confession to your friends, family, and all who know you that you are now a

new creation in Christ Jesus.

  • It is your public commitment to forsake the ways of the world.
  • It is your public declaration that you are dead to the sins of the past.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

2) Adding Water declares that you are forgiven of all your sins

Col 2:11-14 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. (NIV)

Col 2:14 “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which

was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (NKJ)

(Handwriting: A word commonly used when a monetary obligation was acknowledged by a debtor. It means a signed confession of indebtedness, bond, or self-confessed indictment. In Eph. 2:15, it is used of the Mosaic Law.)[2]

Col 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. 1 Cor 2:8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (NIV)

3) Adding Water Is a Public Declaration of Your Belonging

A wedding ring is an outward sign that a person belongs to another through the act of marriage. A military uniform is an outward sign that a person belongs to a particular branch of service. Similarly, baptism is an outward sign that identifies us as belonging to the family of God.

“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free– and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many …” 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Here again, Baptism is an outward picture of something that has occurred within. No matter what your background or ethnic origin, by one Spirit, we are baptized into one body. Baptism represents your adoption into the family of God. You now belong to Christ’s family and are members of His body.

When new believers are baptized, we are welcoming them into our family. We are saying, “This person is now one of us!” As a family, we can love, support, care, and pray for one another.

The Living Bible describes it this way in Ephesians 2:19 “You are members of God’s very own family … and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” That’s right; this is where you belong, in the household of God.

So as you make the decision to be baptized, we rejoice with you as you publicly declare, “I am now a new creation in Christ Jesus, the old has passed away and all things are new! I am now baptized into the Body of Christ Jesus. I am part of His family!”

So Why Add Water?
1. Adding Water is a public identification with the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ Jesus.
2. Adding Water declares that you are forgiven of all your sins.
3. Adding Water Is a Public Declaration of Your Belonging.
4. Believers in the Bible Added Water by Being Baptized.
5. Jesus Commands Us to Just Add Water

So, if for no other reason, you should add water to your Christian experience and be baptized just because Jesus told you to. John 14:15 "If you love me, you will obey what I command. (NIV)

NEXT STEP: I will be water baptized next Sunday, 10-26-14. _____ 9 am _____ 11 am.

NEXT STEP: I am willing to do a short video testimony telling why I want to be baptized.

NEXT STEP: I have already been baptized, but I will pray for and celebrate those who are being baptized next Sunday, 10-26-14.

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

1. If you have been baptized, share your experience and what it means to you. If you have not been baptized,

no pressure, we are not trying to manipulate you.

2. Jesus lived a sinless life, why did He get baptized? Explain your answer.

3. Adding Water is a public identification with the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ Jesus. What are you declaring that you have died to? What does it mean to live a resurrected life?

4. According to Col 2:14-15 how did Jesus disarm our adversary the devil rendering him and any other accuser in our lives powerless?

5. Explain how water baptism is a symbol of our belonging to the family of God.

6. If Jesus commands all Believers to be water baptized, why are so many reluctant to do so?


[1]"The Body: Being Light In Darkness" by Charles Colson and Ellen Santilli Vaughn, 1992, Word Publishing, page 137

[2] Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Spirit Filled Life Bible NKJ (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991), p. 1816

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In H2O, “Living Water”, we learned through a vision God gave Ezekiel (Ezekiel 47), that God intends for us to drink from the Living Waters of Life and allow Rivers of living waters to flow out from us to others. Last week in “Sharing Water”, we talked about God’s clear plan and purpose for us. We are to be the conduits, the canals, the river beds, and the path that gets the Living Water from the temple to the people who are dying of thirst- the hungry and thirsty ones and the ones who are withering away. God is not a secret to be kept. Salvation is good news to all. And Living Water is not only good to drink, but it must be shared! This Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m., join us as we continue H2O. This week we will look at the significance of water in the life of Christians, how Jesus set the example for all Christians and what it means to “Just Add Water” in our walk with Him. Don’t forget to use your Believers Church Invitation Cards and invite five thirsty people to come experience Living Water! This Sunday they will see something that they (and probably you) have never seen in church before!

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Last week we looked at the vision that God gave Ezekiel,(Ezekiel 47), concerning how His Holy Spirit would flow as “Living Water” out of the temple and into the streets. It would start small and then increase in depth until it became a mighty rushing river bringing life and health to all!

The scripture declares that the Church and the individual members of the church are now the temples of God in whom the Holy Spirit fills and dwells (1 Cor. 3:16; 1 Cor.6:19). This flow of the Living H2O of God will flow from us and into our families, communities, cities, and states. God is not a secret to be kept. Salvation is good news to all! Living Water is not only good for us to drink, but it must be shared! Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we continue our H2O series with “Sharing Water.”

 

SCHOOL IS OUT NEXT WEEK AND WE WILL BE DECORATING THE FLOAT FOR THE FAIR PARADE! If you are in town, and would like to help with the float, call Barbara at 681.1440 or       e-mail her at barbara.kidd@believersmail.com. Don’t forget your Halloween Candy! We are preparing to love on hundreds of children on October 31st at our Family Fun Night and we need your help to provide lots of candy to these children! Drop off your donations in the church lobby!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT, October 31st

October 8th, 2014

 

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One Hour on Wednesday

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Can you live without H2O?

Not for long, only about 3 to 5 days. Water is man’s great necessity. Without it no child can thrive, no nation an exist! As your body must have water, your soul must have water as well, The Water of Life. Everyone is extended an invitation to drink of this Living Water! “Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.”  (Rev. 22:17) Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we begin our new series of teachings titled, H2O.

 

We will also begin collecting candy for our Family Fun Night on October 31st. Bring in your candy donations and drop them off in the baskets in the lobby!

 

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