Join us this Sunday at 9:30am, for week #3 of our series titled, Gospel: The Story of a Redeeming God.
In Genesis 3, where sin entered the world and fractured it, we read how man exchanged the creator God...for creation. I John 2:15-17 mirrors the fall of man and our daily struggle between God's best for our lives and what the world says we need.
"Do not love the world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from the world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever." I John 2:15-17
The story of Genesis 3 is one of the saddest portions of scripture. It's the "Bad News" of the gospel story. But this "Bad News" is not the final chapter of the biblical story. In the face of the worst thing that could ever happen, the Bible presents to us the best thing that could ever happen. However, Matt Chandler reminds us that to truly appreciate the good news of the gospel, we must first understand and learn how to navigate the bad news...sin. This is what we will focus on this Sunday as we walk through the bad news of Genesis 3 and unpack some lessons that will help us in our own daily struggle with the temptations of this world. Please join us in-person or online beginning at 9:30am.
As we gather for our in-person service, Parkside church staff and leadership will be wearing masks and we are asking everyone to do the same.
I want to invite you to stick around after our service, as our discipleship class will begin a study through the book of Luke. Luke serves as a "Gospel story investigator" through his account of the life and ministry of Jesus. The purpose of the book of Luke is to present the facts about Jesus so that people will place their faith in Him, as the Messiah. This class begins at 10:45am and will serve to further enhance our gospel series. Consider checking it out!
Sunday Morning Tech Volunteers
We are still in need of volunteers to help with the sound, live-streaming and PowerPoint on Sunday mornings. No experience required! Please see Doug or Roger for more information.
Church Council Nominations
It's that time of year again, where we nominate individuals to fill open positions on our church council. A nominating committee has been put in place and is actively seeking recommendations to fill these open positions. The members of the nominating committee are Mark Hester (chairman), Bev Lynam, Mary Stevens and Pastor Doug. If you know an active member of Parkside Fellowship with outstanding leadership ability, you can nominate them by submitting their name via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or there will be submission forms available on Sunday. All submissions will be due no later than January 30th.
Finally, attached is this week's prayer list. Thanks for being a church committed to praying for one another.
See you Sunday.
As our nation and our community continues to live in a state of uncertainty and unrest, allow me to share a thought.
Some things are just evil. They can be feelings, events or even people. Joseph was one of those people who experienced evil things. You see, Joseph was his dad's favorite and it went to his head. Joseph couldn't help but throw this fact in the faces of his brothers. Instead of killing Joseph and solving the problem, they instead sold him into slavery. This horrible, backstabbing act of betrayal, led to a very long season of pain and suffering in Joseph's life. Sure, it worked out in the end, but that doesn't erase the evil. Remember what Joseph said about the evil actions of his brothers? He said, "As for you, you designed evil against me, but God designed it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are to today." This incredible story of human trafficking and betrayal in Joseph's life had an evil design, first by his brothers and then by Potiphar's wife, but with this same event, God's design was good. Joseph, as he sat in jail, had to decide which design to live under, God's good design or the evil design of his brothers. That's a hard one to accept.
Anything that you and I experience, whether good or evil, lives under the sovereignty of God and contains two choices for us. Like Joseph, everyone of us makes a daily decision to live under God's good design or the enemy's evil design. As we continue to experience evil, the question is a simple one..."Whose design are going to live under?".
Please join us this Sunday at 9:30am, as Pastor Norm continues our series, "Gazing at God's Glory". Our focus will be on John 1:35-51. In this story, Jesus tells Nathanael that as a disciple, he "will see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man". With this statement, Jesus is letting the disciples know that the glory of God will be seen throughout his ministry.
There are two options for accessing our Sunday service:
1. Attend our live "in-person" gathering. No reservations are required and we will continue to follow all necessary COVID guidelines. Please wear a mask so we can keep everyone safe and healthy!
2. We value our online church community and will continue to livestream our church service at 9:30am for those who wish to participate. Also, don't forget to stick around after the service for our "after-church zoom gathering". We start at 10:45am.
Also, it is not to late to sign-up for our Parkside Women Zoom Discipleship Class titled, The Sermon on the Mount. This online class, led by Melanie Annes and Melissa Predmore, meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm
You can register for this class on our facebook page. Here is the link: www.facebook.com/events/712020736392195
Nominations for Church Council
If you know an active member of Parkside Fellowship with outstanding leadership ability, you can nominate them by submitting their name via email to email@example.com or there will be submission forms available on Sunday. All submissions will be due no later than January 18th.
Thank you for being a church that values prayer!
"See" you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor