We are so excited that Demi decided to give her life to Christ and be baptized. It was beautiful the way our leaders modeled for her what it looks like to live a Christian life and regularly talked with her and discipled her. Her journey is just beginning and we are all eager to see where God takes her. We’re sure she’s just one of many students God will draw to himself through Christ. The work God is doing through the Everyday Youth Group is powerful and a joy to be apart of!
Things to pray for:
Everyday Kidz is taking a big step this June: we’re adding a nursery. That’s right… bring on your gurgling, giggling, crying, beautiful little bundles of joy!
God cares deeply for children, and Everyday Kidz strives to provide a loving, safe environment for children of all ages during our Teaching Services. We currently produce fun, faith-building experiences for children ages 2 to 12. We’re now ready to grow younger. Starting in June, expect your littlest ones to be loved, nurtured, and engaged by a team of trained caregivers in our new nursery. Spread the word!If you’d like to be one of our committed volunteers, please let us know. We can get the ball rolling on a background check, and get you plugged into our training process. We’ll always make room on the Everyday Kidz team for qualified volunteers who love God and love kids. Contact Wendy for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyday Kidz just finished a lesson series about Moses and God’s dramatic rescue of his people from Egypt. Now the Everyday Family Group is planning a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for this Sunday to visit their Ancient Egypt exhibit.
We will meet at the Bennett’s apartment at 2:00pm and ride the train together to the museum. The church will cover the donation cost of the tickets to the museum. We’ll spend an hour there and then individuals can decide if they want to stay longer (museum before closes at 5:30pm).
You don’t need to be a participant of the Everyday Family Group to come. Everyone is welcome to join us!
If you have more questions, contact email@example.com
Is life supposed to be this difficult?
Am I blowing it, or is God holding out on me?
What’s really going on here?
There’s the reality we see with the eyes in our heads, and a deeper reality we can only see with the eyes of our hearts. Without wisdom to see through all the smoke and mirrors, we’ll never experience the full life Jesus promised. To get some clarity, join us for this new series of messages, and bring a friend.
Find the schedule here: Gatherings.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and while we want to celebrate and honor motherhood, for many it’s a painful day. At Everyday Church we will be discussing some aspects of mothering. While we remember the happy parts of Mother’s Day, we should not forget the painful parts either. God certainly doesn’t. He knows many are struggling with miscarriages, failed adoptions, loss of a child, infertility… questions without answers. He knows the pain of those struggling with distant relationships with their mothers or their child. He grieves with those who have lost their mothers. If Mother’s Day is a painful day for you or someone you know, we hope you’ll come find comfort with God.
Let’s pray people would feel God’s comfort and love. Pray that our words and actions make their struggles easier not harder.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15
The Everyday Youth Group will begin meeting on Friday nights (instead of Sundays) this May 10th. We’ll continue meeting on Fridays until the end of the school year, and perhaps longer if it works out well.
We focus on reaching out to middle and high-school students, and realize how much better it is for both kids and their families to meet on a night when they do not have school the next day. We are going to give this change a try for the next eight weeks and then reevaluate, so stay tuned. And come to Youth Group this Friday!
The God Who Renews
The Everyday Church Rest Retreat has passed. The word on the street is that it was fantastic! As I listened to stories, viewed pictures, and read online accounts of the weekend, an odd section of the bible came to mind.
Isaiah 61 is a descriptive piece of poetry. It does was poetry is meant to do: paint a picture in your mind with simple words. Good news to the poor…bind up the brokenhearted… freedom… comf
I wondered for a moment why that bit of Scripture came to mind. The answer came quickly. God is in the business of restoring and renewing. This world takes away, it robs, it does great harm. Satan is out to destroy you and me, our children, our friends, our neighbors. This retreat was a way for us to step away and remember what God so desperately desires for us. To experience refreshing and renewal.
Here are some ideas for prayer:
- pray through Isaiah 61 and ask God to speak to you through it
- pray for those around you who haven’t experienced the renewal God offers
- pray Everyday Church is visibly different in this city, that we’re a community of people who rest well and delight in the life God has given us
- pray that each of us will be a living example to our neighborhood that God truly does what Isaiah described in Isaiah 61
God is doing something remarkable with Everyday Church, and it’s an answer to prayer. Our young faith-family is unusually diverse. We have people coming from all over the spiritual map– seekers, skeptics, young believers, mature believers.
We’re ethnically diverse. Some of us speak English as a first language, others Spanish. We have singles, newly-weds, and couples who’ve been married for decades. Some have earned advanced degrees; others are street smart. We come in all colors that humans come in. We are babies, toddlers, kids, teens, twenty-somethings, people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s… all in a church of now, perhaps 100 people!
“In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” Colossians 3:11 (NLT)
Christ is all that matters!
* That this diversity is just the beginning for ECC.
* For our Spanish translators: Mi and Iris.
* For English speakers who are trying to learn Spanish (like me!)
* That God would teach us how to truly love one another in Christ.
* That God would use this diversity to convince our neighbors He is among us.
We can’t do this without you. Please pray,