Church Under the Bridge: JAN. 29

January 23, 2012

Hi everyone!

Well after our special December event, we are back to our regular schedule (the last Sunday of every month), and that means Church Under the Bridge is this Sunday! I hope 2012 has started well for you all.

For 2012, my biggest goal is to stop doing things my way, and to start doing things His way. This means abiding in His Spirit. Jesus said in John 15:4-5, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” And if we remain in the Spirit then what fruit can we expect to see in our lives? Galatians 5:22-23 reads: “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Though we try, we can not have the fullness of these attributes apart from the Spirit. 

LOVE. The first and greatest of these fruits is love. The original word for this love in the Greek is “agape.” This means love, charity, a love-feast (a feast of charitably dear love). This is the love that is patient and kind, not envying or boasting, never proud, not rude or self-seeking, not easily angered and keeping no record of wrongs. This is the love that does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” IT NEVER FAILS (1 Cor. 13:4-8). We can work hard to try to bear fruit and do our best to extend love with our own strength, but it won’t be fruit that will last and it won’t be this Agape love. “If I speak in the tonguesof men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). We can only expect this perfect love to pour out of us through the power of the Holy Spirit.     

With that, here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, Jan. 29:

Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Hamburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Coffee and Hot chocolate

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 Please check out our Cookies for CUB sheet below to sign up and bring baked goodies for Church Under the Bridge. You may bring them downtown or leave them at New Life’s info. desk at any weekend service on the last weekend of the month. 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).

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