11-10-19 @North Heartland ... Ministers: The Shocking Truth
Good morning dear family and friends of NHCC,
LOTS and LOTS of awesomeness lining up on the calendar that will make the run from now thru the end of the year the best of the year!
This Sunday we have a great and fun service planned. In addition to honoring our military veterans at the beginning of the service, I'll be pulling back the curtain in my message Ministers: The Shocking Truth which is the fourth in our series More Than a Building. If you've ever wanted to know the real deal about these people, you don't want to miss this week.
Next Sunday we'll close out the series in a service that will also include our semi-annual baptism. I talked about baptism (who it's for and why it's important) in last Sunday's message so, if you missed it, click here to watch or listen. Note that I cover it in the second half of the message, after I talk about communion and who that's for and why it's important.
One question that came up several times afterwards was whether or not we would do baptisms at a time other than at a service. The answer for someone who is truly unable to attend a service - they are in the hospital, their unit is being deployed, etc - is yes. In all other cases, we limit baptisms to a service not because there is any spiritual significance in doing that way but because we want our congregation to share in the joy of "mission accomplishment." Many people who call NHCC "home" pray and give and serve and invite over and over again so that those who don't know Jesus will feel welcome here and hopefully ... eventually ... choose to believe in Him and follow Him. They - we - are tremendously encouraged from witnessing one of the fruits of our collective investment, i.e. when people get baptized.
So, if you're wanting to be baptized and wonder why we do it in front of the whole church, that's why. Baptism is about you and Jesus but it's also about everyone who has, in some way, made it possible.
If you want to get more info on baptism and sign up, click here.
As for the rest of the year, I'll hold off on the details other than to say we're going to shift into high gear for the holidays beginning Sunday November 24th with The Sanity Clause - practical advice on how to survive those holidays. Then it's four weeks of Christmas at the Movies, as well as a brand new family-focused event called "Jingle Jam" which happens Saturday December 8th. Then, of course, Christmas Eve services, then ... well, more details on all of that soon.
Hope you have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!
****** Stats from last Sunday ******
LiveStream IPs 32
Ministry & Operations Fund
Weekly Offering $23,878
Weekly Goal $26,462
Total from July $402,997
Goal from July 1 $427,308