Life At The Bridge 11-29-19 Thanksgiving

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:3-6

As we took time today to reflect on all we are thankful for, these prayers by Paul came to my mind. There is no way we could or would want to do this life alone. I was talking to someone just today about why “the Church” is so important. It’s not because the “church” has all the answers or has it all together. It’s not because “the church” is the way to God. It’s not even because somehow attending church earns you a trip to Heaven or extra points to spend there.

The Church is so important because it’s by gathering and doing life together that we learn and grow from others who are on the same journey with us. It’s in the church that we find love, support and encouragement to follow Jesus even when it feels like we’re swimming against the cultural current. Within the church we find people who will remind us who we are when the world is trying to tell us we are someone else. It’s more exciting to do life with those who will celebrate what we celebrate and value what we cherish. And it’s with the strength of His Spirit in this unified team that we can win the personal battles we face and even better, I believe together we can literally change the world.

I thank you all for your partnership in the Gospel...and in life. I couldn’t live this life as I do without you and I hope you feel the same. So, as we considered all we are thankful for today, I thanked OUR God for all of you. Jen and I an the boys hope you all had a great day. Know that you are a blessing to us. And we pray you will be blessed.

Join us again this Sunday as we continue the series: A Life Well Spent. This week Paul Damon will be teaching very practical applications of true and faithful stewardship. How exactly do we make the very best of all that God has entrusted to us? If you have missed either of the past two weeks, click here to view those messages and catch up before Sunday. Bring a friend and join us for an inspiring time of worship and growth - 8:30, 10:00 or 11:30am.

Holiday In The Park: Join our community downtown on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30 for South Haven’s official kickoff of the Christmas season. First United Methodist Church has invited the community to join them for a Christmas Carol Sing at 5:00pm on Saturday the 30th. They have a beautiful church building and I am sure it will be a heartwarming and powerful experience. Click here for a complete listing of events.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: If I were to ask you if you were satisfied with your financial situation, how would you answer? I think most people would like to do better. We always hope the ministry of our church is relevant and practical for your life. How much more relevant and practical can you get than providing good, solid financial management training. As a gift to you, we are bringing in financial coach/advisor Paul Damon of Stewardship Planning Partners. He will be presenting two classes, both starting at 6:30pm at the church. The first class, Fundamentals of Financial Freedom, (A comprehensive course on personal finances) will be Monday, December 2nd. The second class, Who Will Inherit The Mess (Financial future and legacy planning) will be on December 9th. We hope you will take advantage of this gift.

Across our Bridges:
Opportunities with other local churches...

Hope Reformed Church Live Nativity - 1365 Monroe Blvd (Free to the public and great for the whole family.) Click here for more details.


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