Two new classes begin this Sunday and will continue through June 30th. Please join us at 9:30am for a wonderful time of building friendships and learning biblical truths!
Ladies: New Connection Class on Heaven
Many of us think of heaven as an ethereal, cloud-filled place where we all walk around strumming harps – forever. Some people fear heaven may be boring and aren’t (truthfully) looking much forward to it. However, 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him, but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.” God has shown us a lot more than most of us realize about what heaven will be like. It’s all in the Bible, and we’re going to see that it truly is something to look forward to. In fact, you’re probably already longing for it. Ladies, join us Sunday at 9:30am in the Northwest Wing of the Auditorium as we explore what the Bible says about the place that God has prepared for us.
Men’s Foundations: Victory over Sexual Sin
Sex is a good gift from God that has become broken. We exist in a world that is using sex to sell, entrap, and destroy. It is seductive and speaks directly to our sinful hearts with promises of pleasure, control, and satisfaction. To be affected by the twisted sexual nature of this world you don’t have to have a sordid history of infidelity, premarital sex, or a raging pornography addiction, though many of us are struggling with these very issues. Whether you are recovering from sexual sin, actively battling with temptation, or building a strong defense against future temptation, please join us beginning this Sunday at 9:30am in the Northeast Wing of the Auditorium. Through Christ we will take back the TRUTH of our God given gift of sexuality and work to release the men of our congregation from the chains of sexual sin and distortion, so that we might truly begin to serve God’s purpose for our lives. We will be going through the book Sexual Sanity for Men, available for $12 at the first class.
As you know, our church family has a team serving in Brussels, Belgium over the next nine days. Thank you for praying for them as they seek to share the great news of Jesus Christ with immigrant Muslims. Your financial investment and prayer support are such a blessing.
Interested in keeping up with what’s happening in Brussels? Follow Pastor Chuck’s blog as he and other team members update the church on their week of missions together. You can sign up for the blog on the church website or follow it here http://www.churchonmill.com/blogs/pastor/.
God is speaking in remarkable ways right now as we make our way through Malachi in our weekly worship gathering. On May 19th, Pastor Chuck will be preaching on a section of Malachi 3 that has gripped his heart – the opportunity to care for those in dire need (Mal 3:5). We will be offering opportunities to respond with either Compassion International or Christian Family Care. Start praying now about how God would want to work through you.
Here’s a bit more information on the local need…
Arizona has over 14,000 children in the child welfare system. There are not enough foster families to provide homes for these children, which have led to 1500 children living in shelters and group homes. On top of all this, there are 600-800 children waiting for adoptive families.
Roosevelt Community Church, Whitton Avenue Bible Church, Church on Mill, and Life Connection Church has partnered together to raise awareness in our churches on the need for foster and adoptive parents. We are boldly praying that the Lord would call 6 new families between our churches to become foster or adoptive parent.
Take the first state required step by attending a Christian Family Care Orientation May 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm at Roosevelt Community Church, for an introduction to foster care and adoption.
Who is the church? Why are we here? Has God told us how to structure our church or is it up to us to decide? Why bother with membership? Who will God hold accountable for the ministries of the church and the caring of peoples’ souls? These are urgent and weighty questions!
In our 1st Wednesday this month we will seek to speak into these issues . Join us at 6:30pm this Wednesday to dream together about what it would look like to be God’s Church, God’s Way. This will likely be a ‘red-letter’ evening you won’t want to miss! Pastor Chuck will be presenting biblical material that has been in the prayers and on the hearts of the leadership team for three years. You may catch a grander vision for your own life and our lives together than you ever dreamed possible! Make plans now to join us for this unique teaching and Q&A opportunity. As always excellent activities for kids of all ages are offered concurrently.
We’ll see you Wednesday in the auditorium!
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Both ‘good times’ and ‘awful times’ prove to be fertile soil for the weeds of spiritually disillusionment and apathy to flourish. In Malachi’s day, suffering had not been endured well and spiritual laziness ensued. God sent Malachi to reveal the horrors of empty religion and reawaken a passion for relentless God-centeredness. His message is as urgently needed today as it was in his day. In this series, God will call us back to radical, all-consuming passion for God.
Our new Connection Classes will begin this Sunday from 9:30-10:30am and will last six weeks. Connection Classes are great opportunities to meet people, develop friendships, and learn more about vital topics. Join us on Sunday!
How We Got the Bible (Northeast Wing of the Auditorium)
The Bible’s origin, development, and translation are important topics for us to be familiar with as we interact with the questions and concerns of friends, family, and co-workers. The Bible is the most widely read book of all time, yet many know very little about where it came from. If you would like to learn more of the story behind the ancient, sacred book that continues to speak today – join us! Nathaniel Carlson is leading this Connection Class.
Jonah (Women’s Class, Northwest Wing of the Auditorium)
The book of Jonah provides an encounter with the character of God, and with our own need to embrace radical forgiveness. In seeing God’s love for the murderous people of Nineveh, we come face-to-face with God, whose mercy extends even to the most despicable. Come learn about our ever-present God, who is always in control and calls us to obey and trust in Him. Ladies, we hope you will join us! Jennifer Wood is leading this Connection Class.
There will not be a 1st Wednesday during April. If you are free tomorrow night, we would encourage you to utilize the preschool/children’s activities at the church as an opportunity to get together with someone who came on Easter and discuss the sermon (1 Cor. 15).
The next 1st Wednesday will be May 1st.
Beginning on Sunday April 7th, we have two new connection classes including one just for women! These classes will meet from 9:30-10:30am April 7-May 12.
How We Got the Bible (East-wing of auditorium)
At Church on Mill we are committed to the truth of both the Old and New Testament, firmly believing that the Bible is the Word of God. But have you ever wondered how did the Word of God get into our hands? What were the first materials that the words of Scripture were written on? How was Scripture preserved and passed on? How and why were the different books of the Bible compiled? In this class we will take a biblical and historical journey that engages these questions and more. The Bible’s origin, development, and translation are important topics for us to be familiar with as we interact with the questions and concerns of friends, family, and co-workers. The Bible is the most widely read book of all time, yet many know very little about where it came from. If you would like to learn more of the story behind the ancient, sacred book that continues to speak today – join us! Nathaniel Carlson is leading this Connection Class.
Jonah (Women’s Class, Northwest-wing of auditorium)
This six week study of Jonah, based on the Jonah Bible study by Sandra Glahn, invites us to see God at work through a reluctant witness. The book of Jonah provides an encounter with the character of God, and with our own need to embrace radical forgiveness. In seeing God’s love for the murderous people of Nineveh, we come face-to-face with God, whose mercy extends even to the most despicable. Come learn about our ever-present God, who is always in control and calls us to obey and trust in Him. Ladies, we hope you will join us! Jennifer Wood is leading this Connection Class.
Please join us for worship and community during Easter Weekend at Church on Mill!
On Good Friday, March 29th, we will have a soup dinner at 6:00pm, followed by a time of reflection and worship from 6:30-7:30pm. Our theme this year is, “Words of Life in Death.” This unique worship gathering will guide people through the seven things Jesus said as he was dying. Beginning at 6:25, childcare will be provided for babies through 2 year-olds in the Preschool Building, and Preschool Church for ages 3 through Kindergarten, which will begin on the Preschool Building playground. Children in grades 1-6, will also meet on the Preschool playground and will have an awesome time during Children’s Church, focusing on the seven things Jesus said on the cross.
The celebration on Easter morning, March 31st, begins at 10:00am with a light breakfast on the patio. The Worship Gathering, focused on “The Ultimate Victory,” kicks off at 10:45am, and is followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for kids and free lunch for college students. Additionally, we hope you’ll stick around for cake and punch on the patio as the kids hunt for eggs.
Make plans now to attend and bring some friends! Let’s pray Easter Weekend 2013 is an unforgettable time of God’s grace upon us.
Part of God’s brilliance in creation was designing humanity as people who image God either as men or women. His good design was meant for his glory and our joy. In a follow-up to the second sermon in the Who Am I? series, Pastor Chuck will be teaching this 1st Wednesday on God’s design that men and women equally and distinctly reveal aspects of his character in every day life. We will consider this design in general and look at how it applies in marriage and the church in particular. Join us for an important evening this Wednesday, 6:30pm, in the Auditorium. Excellent activities for kids will be provided concurrently.