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A Word from Wade
Dear Church Family,
IF you have NOT signed up for our 2nd Annual Senior Adult Appreciation Banquet (July 5, 2017), you need to do so TODAY! This is going to be a VERY fun evening of fellowship, food, and entertainment. The meal will be served to you in the auditorium (around tables) by our staff, and the program will be extremely interactive and fun-filled. Prized for everyone. WE are expecting between 300 and 350 people, and it won't be the best evening possible WITHOUT YOU!
In July we have the amazing opportunity of hosting a special event on THREE Successive Wednesday nights (July 12, 19, 26) at 6:30 pm in our auditorium. The COPPER SCROLL Presentation will be given by the former Lawton fire investigator who is working with Israel's government to dig this fall at a place Israel believes the prophets Daniel and Ezekiel buried the Ark of the Covenant, Moses Tabernacle, and other precious artifacts in 586 B.C. We are the only church in the United States that will be having this presentation, and because of security, we will not be able to LIVE broadcast. You will want to be present at 6:30 pm in the auditorium for this 90-minute presentation each Wednesday night.
Join the Army!
In last week’s article, I talked about how we desired to see the Lord do a great work through our music and worship ministry, and that we wanted to see Him add more people to the ranks of our army of lead worshipers. I want to let you know about an opportunity that is coming over the next few weeks that is a great way to either “get your feet wet” or to come back and be a part of the worship ministry if you haven’t participated in awhile.
Starting Sunday night, July 2nd, we are beginning our “summer session” for our adult choir. On each Sunday night in the month of July, our choir will meet for rehearsal in the choir room/worship center from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to either try choir out if you have never sung with our group before, or a way to come back and get connected again with the choir here at Emmanuel.
We hope you’ll consider joining us! You won’t regret it!
Growing up, we would always go to my grandparents’ house for the holidays. In their front yard was this huge tree. As children, we would climb all over this thing. We would take its fruit and have epic battles that would last for hours on end. We would make up games that only a young mind could fathom. For us, this was a place of imagination and innocent pleasure.
Years later a huge storm rolled through my grandparents’ neighborhood. In all the chaos, the tree was uprooted. The damage done was enormous, not only to my grandparents’ yard but to their neighbors’ yards, their driveway, and even the public road that ran in front of their house. You see this tree’s roots ran deep and wide.
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him.” (Colossians 2:6-7a)
Accepting that Christ came, died, was buried, and rose again is not the only thing we are called to as Christians. We are called to grow deep into Christ like the roots of a tree. I love this picture because a tree's roots don’t just immediately happen, they come with time and patience.
I believe the same thing happens with us in our relationship with Him. Over time, as Christians, our roots should run deep into Christ. So deep that no storm can uproot us. Not because we are stronger than the storm, but the foundation we are set in is firm. It is the foundation that was set before the beginning of the world and in it is truth.
“When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.” (Prov. 10:25)
So, I would encourage you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, grow deep into Christ. Become a tree rooted in the truth.
We had a great turnout last week for our Summer Ladies Bible Study! If you missed our first week, it's not too late to join us! Wednesday mornings at 9:00 in the Conference Room.
This week we are looking at John 2:1-12 when Jesus performed His first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Jesus' highest priority was loving His Father and doing His will.
"Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink, for I will fill him with streams of living water, which never runs dry."
Come and study with us as we look into the gospel of John this summer.
When Jesus had ended these sayings… the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
- Matthew 7:28-29
Jesus was the greatest leader and communicator who ever walked the face of the earth. He was consistent, clear, and courteous. Never forget that your communication sets the tone for the interaction among your family, job, and community.
“How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that.”
- Psalm 139:14
Every month in our Sunday Kids Konnect program emphasizes a memory verse. Our focus this month is how God has created us perfect in His image and how wonderfully amazing we are, individually! God created us to know Him, and we can trust Him no matter what life may bring our way.
When Adam and Even sinned, something major happened. We were forever separated from a holy, perfect God. But God didn’t want to be separated from His creation. So He sent His only son Jesus to earth. Jesus left heaven, put on a body and became human so that He could fix that separation forever. When you trust Jesus as Savior, you have the promise of abundant life. That means both now on earth and one day in heaven because God made you to know Him.
We enjoy how our curriculum ties the gospel into every lesson and understanding how our Savior loves us every week.
Families: We encourage you to be active in our Children's Ministry. We have many fun activities throughout the summer, and this gives an opportunity to focus on relationships with God as our foundation! This week we will be traveling to OKC to Gattitown.
Thank you, to all who get involved and give their time selflessly to serve our ministry. These efforts all go to HIS glory!
Motivation for Obedience
When we come to commands in Scripture we can obey in two ways. We can either obey to earn God's favor or obey because of God's favor. They seem very similar but are quite different. Obeying to earn favor produces pride and self-righteousness if we succeed. It makes us give up if we fail. Obeying because of what Christ has done produces joy and freedom.
We are all called to live life on mission for Christ.
Are you interested in foreign missions? We have incredible foreign mission opportunities at Emmanuel!
Please contact the church office for more information.
This past Sunday in the Sunday Night Life group we had a great group of singles. We also had four visitors. I felt impressed by the Holy Spirit to email one of them to tell them I was so glad that they came. This person emailed me back telling me how she had been feeling lonely, sorry for herself and jealous of other people. How the study spoke to her and she was so glad she came!
If you are not involved in a Community Group let me encourage you to please get in one. It’s a place to find friends to have fellowship but also a place to learn and grow in Christ.
We all need each other.
Senior Adult Ministry
Senior Adult Appreciation Dinner
Wednesday, July 5, 5:30 p.m.
In the Worship Center
The purpose of our dinner is to express, “Thank you,” to our seniors who are so active and supportive of Emmanuel's kingdom ministry. The staff will provide entertainment, “Remember When.” Doug and Peggy are planning a delicious menu. In the near future there will be a chance for you to sign up. Please mark your calendars! Let’s party!
Senior Adult Trip
Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks
On a Friday in September (TBD)
Meet at the church at 12:15 p.m.
Arrive back in Enid about 9:30 p.m.
Cost is $14.00 for aquarium admission.
Supper at Outback Steakhouse on your own.
We will be taking our two 15-passenger vans. Transportation will be free. On the round trip to Jenks we will stop at the Service Center on Highway 412.
Sign up in the church office.
You will pay for your aquarium ticket at their ticket office, and we have a record of all who have previously paid.
Discipline: activity or experience that provides mental or physical training.
Training is never easy and rarely fun but is always necessary to become better at anything. In Hebrews 12:11 Paul talks about our journey as Christians with the idea of discipline. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
For me personally discipline is never something I’m excited about. I tend to want an emotional response or connection to what I am doing. When I do things like read my Bible, pray, worship, go to church, or even attend a community group, I don’t always get the feelings I want. My emotions aren’t always aroused like I would hope but God, through Paul, tells us to press on for the sake of righteousness and peace.
“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-13) The things we do in this life shouldn’t be about self-advancement but rather about building up and helping others around us. Our disciplines are for others.
Yes, reading your Bible, praying, & worshiping can be great for you personally but have you ever thought it could be good for someone else as well? Whether it’s someone seeing you disciplined in raising your hands in worship or remembering a verse of scripture that speaks into their life or maybe it’s simply the fact that you listen to the Spirit and pray for those that He lays on your heart. These disciplines do help us personally in our walk with Christ, but I would argue that the greater purpose is to help others.
Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” I personally believe that the greatest act of love that Christ showed to his disciples was the very life He lived, His disciplines. So, I encourage you to be disciplined in the things you do for Christ not just for yourself, a feeling, or salvation because that was only achieved through Christ, but for who Christ called us to, others.
We all have something to work through!
Celebrate Recovery (CR) provides a meaningful way for people to come together and share in their struggles with "hurts, habits, and hang-ups." CR meets on Thursday evenings beginning at 5:15 for an optional fellowship meal time followed by a large group time of worship, teaching, and sharing at 6:00. After the large group worship, we separate into “Open Share Groups” which are gender and issue specific support groups, and a “Newcomers Group” for individuals who are new to CR to help them understand how the program works.
Come and let us celebrate recovery together!
Emmanuel Christian School
PK3 Now Enrolling!
It is hard to believe but the 2017-2018 school year is less than 60 days away. One of the programs, many within the Emmanuel family may not be aware of, is our educational program for 3-year-old students. The program began in 2014 and has been a blessing for many of our Emmanuel families over the last three years. Of particular benefit are the programming options available to parents.
For more information about the three-year-old program or any of the other educational programs at Emmanuel Christian School, please call or come by the school office.