This Sunday at 9:30am, we will finish up our journey through the book of I Peter. As Peter closes this letter, written to churches and believers all throughout Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), who had been scattered due to persecution, he reaffirms the overall exhortation of his letter. Because we hold to the true faith in a trustworthy God, we can stand firm in God's grace. In the midst of all oppression, mistreatment, temptation, or trials, we can endure with hope because of the sustaining power of God. In short, through Christ, we can have unwavering hope. Join us Sunday at 9:30am, as we gather together to give praise, glory and honor to our faithful God, who reigns forever and ever!
Adult Sunday School is back!!
Stick around after the service as we begin a brand-new study. Join Mark and Jonella as they walk us through the book of Acts. The study is titled, "Going Viral: The Birth and Advance of the Church". As Jesus ascended into heaven, he looked at his disciples and proclaimed, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8. What we will encounter in our study of Acts is a group of people who, after hearing the gospel and receiving the Holy Spirit, became bold witnesses for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This study will remind us that Parkside is made up of people who Jesus has saved and sent to be missionaries in the world. As we will see, the early church could not have advanced without the unwavering commitment of those early believers. Just as he did in Acts 1:8, Jesus sends all of us out to be His witnesses. Join us at 10:45am, as we take a deep-dive into the rapid advancement of the early church.
Trunk O Treat is this Saturday (tomorrow) from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Thanks to everyone who has supplied candy, stuffed goody bags with information about Jesus and Parkside, and to those who will be helping with food, games and passing out candy. We are excited to host this year's Trunk O Treat, as we love and serve the families in our surrounding neighborhoods. Pray that the weather cooperates and that Jesus is glorified!
Ladies: Don't forget to sign-up for our 1st Annual Handmade Holidays Women's Craft Event. This fun opportunity to craft, chat and connect will take place on Saturday, November 5th, from 10:00am to 12:30pm, at Parkside Fellowship. Each attendee will learn to create handmade decorations for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We will supply all the materials, instruction, coffee and tea. We are asking each lady to bring 2 dozen of their favorite homemade holiday treat to share. Sign-ups will continue this Sunday.
Finally, attached is this week's prayer list. Please continue to pray for the needs within our church family.
See you Sunday.
This month has been especially hard for our church family. Even as we anticipate all that God is going to do, as Parkside commits herself to becoming a healthy, growing congregation that seeks to make Jesus non-ignorable through making joyful, passionate disciples of Christ, we are still impacted by the pain of those within our church family. Several of our members are struggling with health-related issues and the loss of loved ones. Many are in need of a hope transfusion. Hope in the promise of a God who is present, hope in a God who is active, a God who hears, and a God who loves.
There is nothing like gathering together as Christians, singing God's praises and hearing His Word preached, to reassure us that our God is:
"compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." (Psalm 103:8)
Join us this Sunday, at 9:30am, for a hope transfusion, as we continue in our series titled, Resilient Hope! Until then, remember, when we rest on the promises of God...
Our illnesses don't seem nearly so final.
Our fears fade and lose their grip.
Our grief over those who have gone home to Jesus is diminished.
Our desire to press on in spite of the obstacles is rejuvenated.
And when you come across a season of pain and suffering, lean on the words of the apostle Paul:
"Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
(I Corinthians 15:51-55)
1. Saturday, October 29th Trunk O' Treat 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Needs: bags of candy, volunteers to decorate their car trunk and pass out candy, volunteers to help with concessions/bounce house/hay ride, etc. Sign-up this Sunday in the church lobby.
2. Saturday, November 5th Handmade Holiday: A Women's Craft Event 10:00am - 12:30pm
Join with women from Parkside Fellowship and other campus churches as we gather to craft, chat and connect. This will be a fun day of building relationships, as you learn to create handmade holiday decorations for your home. Parkside will supply all the materials, instruction, coffee and tea. Please bring your favorite holiday treat to share. Sign-ups begin this Sunday.
See you Sunday.
Throughout the New Testament we read of the changed life that follows genuine conversion. When God freely and fully forgives the sins of our former life--when the righteousness of Christ is credited to our account and the Spirit of God takes up residence in our hearts--the old things pass away and all things become new (II Cor. 5:17). This week, Larry Annes will be preaching as we continue walking through I Peter. Beginning with chapter 4, the apostle Peter is going to remind us, as followers of Christ, that we have entered into a glorious relationship with our Heavenly Father, made possible through His Son Jesus Christ. In addition to a new relationship with God, Peter also addresses how this new life impacts our way of thinking and living. Our lives should look very different from the culture around us.
Though almost 2,000 years separate us from Peter's original audience, many Christians today can identify with the apostle's words. Written for a particular time, his words are nevertheless timeless. They speak with incredible relevance today--especially his comments regarding the reaction of those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. Join us this Sunday, at 9:30am, as we continue in our series, Resilient Hope.
Note: Not only is Larry Annes preaching this Sunday, but we will also be celebrating Larry's recent ordination by our church council! Congratulations Larry!
Special Invitation: Immediately following this Sunday's service, please join me as we gather together for a special time of thanking and praising God for his past faithfulness. During this time of prayer, we will also ask God to give us boldness in proclaiming our salvation through Jesus and for a spiritual awakening to grip our city. Finally, we will ask God to guide us in our endeavor to be a light in our community. This "Concert of Prayer" will begin at 10:45am in the large Sunday School classroom directly across from the Fireside Room.
Thank you for being a church that actively prays for one another.
See you Sunday.
I have been a follower of Jesus for over 45 years and yet, I still find the process of spiritual growth to be a long and often painful process. If you've been a Christian as long as I have...or even longer, I'm sure you've experienced moments along your Christian walk, when you've said things that made others question your spiritual age. Like a toddler who doesn't get their way, we are susceptible to temper tantrums, or we may pout like preschoolers, or argue and complain like teens. All the while, we should be conducting ourselves as mature believers, setting an example to those younger in the faith. Unfortunately, even the spiritually mature have moments when they find themselves back in days of the "terrible twos."
This is Paul's purpose for including a barometer for spiritual maturity in his letter to the early church. In I Peter 3:8-12, the apostle Peter sums up what he sees as the kind of lifestyle that epitomizes Christian maturity. In just 5 verses, Peter points out 9 virtues that act as a sort of measuring rod for spiritual growth. As a tangible, objective set of checkpoints, we can use Peter's list to discover areas of our lives that may need some attention. Sunday at 9:30am, we will listen, as Peter describes for us this strange life that we are to pursue, as aliens and ambassadors in a strange land. Again and again, Peter ties this lifestyle of holiness to the life of hope--consistent anticipation of the reward that will come with the return of Christ. Join us this Sunday at 9:30am, as we continue in our series, Resilient Hope.
Special Members Meeting: I want to thank everyone who has attended informational meetings, asked questions about, and has spent time praying for the recommendation from our church council that Parkside Fellowship vote to be adopted into the Calvary Family of Churches. By joining with other Great Commission driven, Gospel-centered churches, Parkside will be poised to make Jesus non-ignorable in Beaverton and to the ends of the earth!
This Sunday, at 10:45am, you will hear a motion from our church council regarding being adopted into the Calvary Family of Churches. Each member will then be given the opportunity to cast their ballot regarding the motion presented. Our prayer and hope throughout this process, has been and continues to be, that each member of Parkside Fellowship will make a prayerful, informed voting decision.
This special members meeting will take place in the large Sunday School classroom, directly across from the Fireside Room. This meeting will NOT be live-streamed. For those who are unable to attend in-person, I will send out an email, early Sunday morning, stating the motion and how to cast your vote. You will have until noon on Sunday, to submit your ballot via email.
Please reach-out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 949-838-6981.
In addition to our church, please continue to pray for those who are hurting.
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor