Update from PT [07/26/20]

Greetings Creekside Friends,
 

I trust this email finds you well.  I wanted to greet you in Jesus’ Strong Name and pass on few updates on some things we are working on.  I don’t know about you, but I find myself feeling like the disciples in Acts 1. 

 

As Jesus prepared to ascend from earth his disciples who were with Him asked, “Lord, at this time are You restoring the Kingdom?”  I feel like many of my prayers are asking our Lord, “When will our normal lives return…are you coming…how much longer…what are we to do?”  It feels like I get the same answer as the disciples and many of you.  “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” 

 

Translation:  Our Father is in control and can be trusted!  Walk in the power of the Spirit who will guide you and empower you during this season of wondering and waiting.  Wayne Cordeiro said, “Sometimes you don’t know Jesus is all you need until He is all you have.”  I hope you are taking time to grow in Jesus.

 

Some Updates we are working on and more details will be coming

Outside Service, Saturday August 8th  

We will be having an outside service on Saturday evening, August 8th from 5:00-6:10 p.m. on the back lawn.  As of now, there are no number restrictions for meeting outside so all are invited to attend with NO SIGN-UPS.  We will also have children’s ministry during our adult service.  We will have to social distance and wear masks while we will have worship, prayer and teaching.  This service will have the same content as what will be our online pre-recorded service, Sunday August 9th.    

 

Connection/small groups

These will be launching in mid-September. Like never before I believe these groups are needed.  Your spiritual growth should be a top priority in your life, especially in this season.  In this time of social distancing, I’m convinced you and I need to stay connected to others while helping to keep others connected.

a.      We will have ZOOM groups for those still not ready to gather and GATHERING Groups for those who are ready to meet together.  We also want to establish some ONLINE groups for those who are “outside our community.” We will continue to follow County guidelines but many of you are ready and need to meet up with others.

b.     We want to make these groups as easy as possible to get into with many options and meeting times for people to engage in.

c.      We are in need of people to facilitate our groups.  Would you consider facilitating a group, especially if you have done one in the past?  We also want to invite new facilitators to join us and we will train you.  If you are interested or have questions, please email me at terry@creekside.org.    

d.     Begin now to communicate with and invite people you know you would like to be in a group with. 

As your pastor, I ask you to pray about your involvement.  It is our goal to get 70% or more of Creekisders in our connection groups.  With all the isolation and social distancing, connecting with others for growth and fellowship has never been greater. 

 

Honoring Our Seniors

In the season ahead, I am planning to have a meal and time to honor and celebrate our Creekside Senior Saints.  We have some of the most wonderful people who have been a part of and faithfully served Creekside for many years. This will happen soon after some of the restrictions on food and gathering are lifted.

 

Outreach Opportunities

As we have tried to figure out our new normal that may well be our new reality, we want to get back to assisting in our community.  During this time, it has been important to hang back, watch what is taking place while envisioning the coming horizon.  We thank our Lord, that while the virus hasn’t flattened significantly, we have learned it isn’t as unilaterally lethal as first thought.  We believe the church is always strongest when she is moving out and serving others.  Pastor Dustin, I and our staff are looking at ways to engage our youth and church with some initiatives to assist our schools and community in the season ahead.  There is nothing set to date, but some ideas are being worked on.  If this is something you would be interested in being a part of, please email me or let me know.

 

Thanksgathering Service, November 26

As we look ahead, we are making alternative plans for this beloved service so we can still hear Creeksiders letters of thanks to our Lord on Thanksgiving Day …stay tuned!

 

Most are no longer looking at three to five-year plans, but three to five-month plans.  It is time to move forward in Jesus Name.  Every obstacle we face will yield an opportunity for us to pursue.

 

God is good!

God is great!

God loves us!


PT