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A Word from Wade
Dear Church Family,
The ABC’s of membership revolve around three things – Attend a Worship Service, Belong to a Community Group, and Commit to Serve. We are a grace church in theology and in practice, so we believe people should follow the Spirit in fulfilling these three membership roles, but these three things – and all our participation in them – are vitally important to the health of our church.
Community is the lifeblood of our church. Jonathan Bartley and I had lunch this week and he said, “Wade, our Community Group has been an amazing support for us.” Many of you are praying for Eva as she fights cancer, and we are believing God to bring healing to her body, but Jonathan’s words only re-affirmed what our entire staff knows about COMMUNITY. It’s the heartbeat of our church.
It's hard to believe we are only a few weeks away from Easter (April 1, 2018). This year we are going to do something different. For the first time in decades, Emmanuel will have a 7:00 am Sunrise Gathering in front of the crosses. It will last for about 25 minutes (sunrise is at 7:18 am) and then we will go inside for some coffee and pastries. Our 8:00 am service with a full choir and orchestra is the one we want everyone who can to attend – because if we don’t have people come at 8:00 am in the auditorium, we will not have room for the other two Sunday morning service (9:30 am and 11:00 am). Come to Easter early and participate in both the Sunrise Gathering and the 8:00 am service!
Many people are visiting Emmanuel, so do your part and reach out to people around you that you may not know. Get to know their story. Show to them the love and grace that Jesus has shown to you!
"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us”
- Psalm 103:8, 10-12, ESV
Aren’t you thankful for the truth found in this Scripture? Romans 3:23 tells us that all of us have fallen short of the glory of God, and Romans 6:23 reminds us the wages, the payment for our sin, should be death. However, Romans 6:23 doesn’t end there. It reminds us of the Gospel and that “the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” I know that I am thankful that the Lord “does not deal with us according to our sins,” for if he did, we would deserve death. Instead, Jesus’ death on the cross and the blood that He shed covers over our sin and gives us forgiveness.
Today in our Bridge service we will sing a new song about this promise of forgiveness of sins. It is entitled “His Mercy is More.” As we learn it today, I pray your heart will be encouraged. “Our sins, they are many, but his mercy is more.” Amen!
During Valentine’s Day people usually make that day about their loved ones on this earth. I am learning to see everything, in this life, as an opportunity to point my heart to Jesus.
So, if you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day or if the day was really hard for you, let us remember the love of God. Every love story, in this life, will end. But with Christ, we have the hope of an eternal never ending love story, with our loved ones who know Christ and more importantly, Jesus.
“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”
- Jude 1:20-21
Our focus this week is the story of the woman who was despised, rejected by religious leaders – the ones who should have extended love and hope. Instead, they threw her at Jesus’ feet and demanded that He make her pay for her wrongs. But Jesus wasn’t falling for their trap. He knew that no one in that crowd of accusers had the right to judge. Only God can do that. We are focusing on the central truth that Jesus loves us even when others don’t. What a promise! Parents, we are even given the ability to ask God to help us see just how much we are loved, even if you feel unworthy. Nothing can separate us from God’s love!!! Let us, together, ask Him to help us share this with our children, who are the future!!!
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 8:38-39
Emmanuel Enid Family,
We are getting closer to our summer mission trips to Poland and Guatemala. We are asking that you pray for our team going to Guatemala this summer. Julie Yarbrough does an incredible job leading our team to Guatemala each year. She always has a great team that travels to work and serve among the Guatemalan people.
We will be having bake sales and other fundraising events in the near future to help our team raise the support they need to serve in this great mission of our church. Please be in prayer for Julie and our team as they prepare to serve from July 20th to July 31st.
I would like to invite you to join us as we do life together! Sunday mornings, Derrick and Crystal Bentz lead the community group Convergence. They meet in Room B303 at 10:00 am. It’s a place to meet other singles and learn together.
Sunday nights at 6:00 pm, Sunday Night Life meets in the Conference Room. We just began the study “When the Devil Knocks.” This study is about how important it is that we are in the Word of God and that we are there for each other.
Mondays nights at 6:00 pm, we offer DivorceCare in Room A105. If you have in the past or are going through a divorce, this class will help you with how to deal and give you tools to help put your life back together.
Each of these community groups and classes are a safe place for you to come and do life with other singles. Don’t do life by yourself. Come and join us!
We have TWO new Bible Studies starting for you the end of this month!
Monday, February 26th, at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room, we begin “Discerning the Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer. This is a 7-week study led by Lisa Shriner & Tammy Bickerstaff.
Wednesday, February 28th at 9 am in The HUB, “The Quest” by Beth Moore will begin. This is a 6-week study led by Marisa Sauls.
Both studies will be fabulous and will help us learn how to hear and truly listen to God when He speaks to us.
Hope you can join us for one of these!
Books available first day of class. Free childcare!
Have a Blessed Week,
It’s a new year. Be diligent in your personal growth. Don’t be afraid to step out and try something new. Growth only happens with intentionality. There is no accidental growth. Listen and watch for opportunities to get out of your comfort zone. GET comfortable being uncomfortable. There is no better time than today!
Senior Adult Ministry
Meteorologist Michael Armstrong is the Field Meteorologist and Executive Weather Producer for KOCO 5 First Alert Weather. When severe weather threatens Oklahomans, Michael leads local coverage from the field in First Alert Storm Command.
Michael is an Oklahoman through and through, born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
His work has been seen nationally and internationally on NOVA, the Discovery Channel, and The Weather Channel among others.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from the premier severe weather research program in the world, the University of Oklahoma, School of Meteorology. He has also taught meteorology as an instructor at Mid America Christian University and worked as a forensic meteorologist providing meteorological analysis as an expert witness.
While Michael is passionate about covering Oklahoma's extreme weather, he also loves the beautiful weather Oklahoma offers in the spring and fall. He lives in Edmond with his wife and their four children.
You might be surprised at how many people it takes to make our Sunday morning worship services happen. The vast majority of these people are volunteers giving their time and talents freely. If you see a production volunteer this Sunday, be sure to thank them for what they do!
Are you interested in getting involved in production here at Emmanuel? We are always looking for dedicated volunteers. If you want to get plugged in, we have open spots to run sound, lights, graphics, and cameras!
Emmanuel Christian School
Changing the Mind
When we consider the education of children, the beginning of the discussion must start with the thought or idea of eternity. By that, meaning what is it that lies beyond this life.
Looking at education, then, from an eternal perspective, it becomes increasingly apparent that education, in reality, is a spiritual battle. It is a battle for the mind and the heart of the child. Ultimately then, it is the thoughts and ideas of a child that guide their actions, those actions over time become habits, and finally, those habits are the framework that forms the character of the child.
Emmanuel family, thank you for partnering with ECS as we battle for the minds and hearts of the next generation.
Emmanuel Enid Library
Our church library is full of Christian books: Christian fiction, books for Christian growth, biographies, Bible studies, books for women or men, devotionals, books on prayer, books for parenting and marriage, audiobooks (CD’s), and DVD’s. Books are added to our collection every month. The library is located across from the nursery in room A106.
Let God Be God: Life-Changing Truths from the Book of Job by Ray C. Stedman. With warmth, encouragement, and even humor, Bible teacher Ray Stedman offers solid biblical comfort and counsel on Job’s (and your) deeply personal and agonizing questions and helps you work through the problem of human suffering. Stedman offers profound insights about the nature of suffering, the character of God, and the reality of your own humanity.
FICTION – Jan Karon
Jan Karon began working as a receptionist for an advertising agency. After leaving samples of her writing on her boss’s desk, her talents were finally noticed. She imagined an Episcopal priest walking down a village street and started writing weekly installments about the character for a local newspaper, which later became At Home in Mitford, Jan’s first novel. The title has since been reprinted more than eighty times and today The Mitford Series contains fourteen titles. Jan says her character-driven work seeks to give readers a large, extended family to call their own.