Updates
Dec 11, 2019

Hello, Church Family!

We just entered into the season of Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming". It is a season where we as a church intentionally focus on expectant waiting and preparation. We join the global church in waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ. We also wait on and prepare for the return of Christ when all wrongs will be made right.

Though life can be lonely, painful, and extremely difficult, we wait with hope, peace, joy, and love because we know that God is in control. I hope you can join us on Sundays and Wednesdays during Advent as, together, we prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate the coming of Christ the Lord.

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Dec 11, 2019

As we reflect on the lectionary texts this year I want to encourage you to read the texts we do not cover during our Sunday morning gatherings at home.

December 8, 2019
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

December 15, 2019
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

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Dec 11, 2019

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
We hope you, your family, and your friends can join us for our Christmas Eve candlelight service on December 24 at 6:00 p.m.

December Diaper Drive
Our friends at Anchor Point are in desperate need of large diapers and pull-ups (sizes 4, 5, and 6) to replenish their diaper pantry. Often times, when people donate to pregnancy centers, they automatically think about supporting children 12 months and younger. However, Anchor Point partners with parents until the child is 3 years old. Please donate diapers and pull-up sizes 4, 5, and 6 in the church lobby any time during the month of December.

Prayer Nights
Join us December 4, 11, and 18 to explore and experience different contemplative prayer practices. We will meet from 6 - 7 p.m. at our facility (218 Clear Creek Ave, 77573).

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Nov 14, 2019

Hello, Church Family!
We have some important things coming up in our community. I hope you can join us for them!

This Sunday we have a congregational meeting from 6-7 p.m. at our church facility. This past summer, Elders listened to over 60 people from our church community to help us get a sense of our self-perception as a community. On Sunday we will explore and process the stories we gathered. Child care is available for 2nd grade and under but we need you to RSVP today by emailing Karis at Karis@ecclesiaclearlake.org. Older kids are welcome to participate in the meeting or they can do something quietly in the sanctuary while we meet.

This is an important conversation for a number of reasons. Processing the story together will help us deepen our relationships with one another. It will also help us better understand how we see ourselves. I hope you can make it. If you cannot make it but want to be involved in the conversation, email me (Coby@ecclesiaclearlake.org) so we can make other arrangements.

Advent Focus

This year we are exploring prayer as a community during Advent. We will do this in two ways.

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Nov 14, 2019

As we reflect on the lectionary texts this year I want to encourage you to read the texts we do not cover during our Sunday morning gatherings at home.

November 17, 2019
Isaiah 65:17-25
Isaiah 12
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

November 24, 2019
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Luke 1:68-79
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

December 1, 2019
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

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Oct 29, 2019

This past summer, over 60 people from our church community were invited to participate in intentional listening exercises with the elders in order to get a sense of our self-perception as a community. We have taken the notes from the conversations and used them to write a narrative of our current shared reality. On November 17, we will have a congregation-wide meeting to explore and process the narrative as a community. The meeting will be held at our church facility (218 Clear Creek Ave.) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Oct 29, 2019

We need one more woman to help lead our girls' small group. Please prayerfully consider joining our ministry team. Contact Pastor Coby if you are interested.

Here are the gathering dates for the rest of 2019:

  • November 3 - Luke 19:1-10
  • November 17 - Friendsgiving Meal Potluck
  • December 1 - Matthew 24:36-44
  • December 15 - Christmas Party
  • January 19 - First MC for youth 2020

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Oct 29, 2019

As we reflect on the lectionary texts this year I want to encourage you to read the texts we do not cover during our Sunday morning gatherings at home.

November 3, 2019
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 119:137-144
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10

November 10, 2019
Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

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Oct 4, 2019

Early in my faith, I had the dangerous belief that Christians were only supposed to be happy. And thus, when I experienced sadness, loneliness, fear, and depression, I was afraid to be honest about the pain. I identified with Brennan Manning in Ruthless Trust, “Sensing that if I bare my soul, I will be abandoned by my friends and ridiculed by my enemies, I remain in hiding, borrowing the cosmetic kit to put on my pretty face.” I ended up suffering in isolation.

Thankfully the more I study scripture and do inner healing work, the more I realize that God desires us to bring our full selves as we seek the Triune God. We are to bring our laments and our joys; our ugliness and our beauty. Furthermore, God gives us one another. We are called to weep with each other, rejoice with each other, and to build each other up. This is one of the most important parts of being the church.

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Oct 4, 2019

As a reminder, our preschool and kindergarten class now joins the rest of the church body during communion. If you have a child in preschool or kindergarten, please pick up your child before taking communion.

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