Gateway Friends,

This weather is more like Michigan than Salem.  Snow, slosh, and getting stuck is what we're experiencing this season.  I hope you had a memorable Sunday, January 8th.  Stacey and I sat by the fire, read Scriptures, journaled, prayed, watched a lot of football, and made the best of a snowy day.  We missed being with you, and we look forward to this Sunday, January 15, as we meet again for Celebration Services at 9 & 11am.

Some of you are aware of Gateway's 21 Days of fasting and prayer (Jan 9-30).Friends, it's not too late to begin the journey.  Attached is a helpful guide for the PURSUE 21 Day Fast (click here).  During this season, I have asked Gateway leaders to share what God is revealing and what they're believing for breakthrough in during the fast.  We will send an encouraging email on Wednesdays and Fridays during the Fast.  Isaiah the Prophet said it best in chapter 43, verse 18 - "Be alert, be present.  I’m about to do something brand new.  It’s bursting out!  Don’t you see it?"

Looking to Jesus,

Greg                       

“Day three and I am very aware that I have set aside my normal activities to focus on Jesus!  My stomach is grumbling, but my spirit is more alive than ever. Turning off the TV is difficult, but the creativity in how else to spend my time has opened the door to so much more.  The fast has already created space for catching up on books that I have wanted to finish, experiencing some unique moments with the family, and finding a greater depth in my Jesus time throughout the day.  All because of a change in my routine!”   Aaron

Dear Friends,

This is my first email communique to you for the new year.  Hopefully, you had a memorable Christmas and New Years.  Some of the highlights include all this snow.  Dozens of Gatewayers served the Homeless at the Room at the Inn outreach over the Holiday.  The Youth had an Elf party and an overnight lock-in event loaded with laughs.  More than 300 people celebrated with us for the Christmas Eve Candlelight services.  The Twelve Days of Christmas skit/dance was full of JOY. 

We launched the new year with a simple, yet profound message about Three Chairs on January 1.  You can listen online @ www.gateway4.com

It is with great delight I share Gateway's theme/focus/direction for 2017.  PURSUE What Matters Most... This is based on Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."  We all will pursue projects, careers, hobbies, relationships, habits, and many other things during the new year. It is my sincere desire that you and I PURSUE what matters most.  Friends, let's PURSUE JESUS.  This year will be filled with opportunities to KNOW Jesus personally, to GROW with Jesus more purposefully, and to GO for Jesus more passionately.  Let's KNOW/GROW/GO in 2017!

One of the ways we will Know/Grow/Go begins January 9th with the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.  Make sure to pick up a 21 Days Guide on Sunday for more information.

Believing for Breakthroughs,

Greg

Seasons Greetings Gateway Friends -

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.   Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

Today is officially the first day of a new season--winter.  Doesn't it seem like winter came earlier with the snow storm last week?  This is such a wonderful season, full of activity (parties, egg nog, cookies, candy, gifts, family, fudge, building snowmen, and more cookies).

Christmas is four days away and Gateway is thrilled to host two Christmas Eve services 4:30 & 6pm.  Join us for cookies, carols and candles as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We will finale our series, It's a _________life with a big dose of JOY.  Hope you can celebrate with us.

Last Sunday, we shared a giving opportunity with the Gateway community and you responded generously.  We will receive one last regular and Heart for the House offering on Christmas Eve. Thank you for the continued generosity of your time, talent, and treasure.  If you are unable to attend that evening, you can give online @ www.gateway4.com or mail checks to the office.   Items must be postmarked on or before 12/31/16 to be included in this year's tax statement.  

Grateful for you

Greg

know/grow/go

 

 

Gateway Friends,

Praise the Lord for the greatness of His name.  Bring a gift and come to Him.  Worship the Lord clothed in His holiness.    1 Chronicles 16:29 NLV

When I think about 'holy clothing', the last thing on my mind are the ugly Christmas sweaters we see this time of year.  All that being said, Gateway invites you to wear your favorite Christmas sweater this Sunday.  We may even have some prizes for ugliest, cutest, craziest, holiest? 

At Gateway, we hope you feel welcome and comfortable to come as you are, to wear what you want.  Whether you're a northwest flannel-guy, like Pastor Aaro, or a snazzy suit-wearing dude, like Pastor Greg, all are welcome.  I believe Jesus looks on the inside more than the outside. 

his Christmas, open your heart to the wonder of his love, peace, hope, joy and the grace hat e sufficiently supplies.  The December Sermon Series,  "t's a __________fe" continues this week with, part 2 - "t's a HOPEFUL life."  You can listen to last wee' message online,   "It's a PEACEFUL f"- .www.gateway4.com. 

Know Jesus personally

Grow with Jesus purposefully

Go for Jesus passionatel

 

 

Gateway Friends -

For to us a Child will be born.  To us a Son will be given.  And the rule of the nations
will be on His shoulders.  His name will be called Wonderful, Teacher, Powerful God, 
Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.   Isaiah 9:6 (NLV)

December is one day away, and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, said it best when he declared the promise of the Messiah.  To us a Child was born.  /  To us a Son was given.

This Child/Son will be called Wonderful, Teacher, Powerful God, Father who lives forever, Prince of Peace.  This is the answer, the solution for our nation, our families, our church, our friends, our coworkers, our classmates and our neighbors.  This Child grew up to be a Man, and this Man sacrificed His life for ours.  We encourage you to invite your family and friends, and join us for Celebration Services in December as we launch our new Sermon Series: 

It's a _________ life.

Greg

 

Gateway Friends -

But I will give repeated thanks to the Lord, praising him to everyone.  Psalm 109:30

Tomorrow is Turkey-Day, and if you're like me, a lot of food will be enjoyed.  Of course the meal will be memorable, but it will be the precious people sitting around the table that matter most.  The Schaub family is hosting for the first time - all five of our children, three of the greatest sons-in-law on the globe, and yes, three grand-babies that bring Stacey and I so much joy.  One of our newer traditions is to share thankful moments from the year and document them in our Family Grateful Journal.  This Holiday season, I am grateful to the Lord for His unending faithfulness, undeserved compassion, and amazingly sufficient grace.  In addition, Stacey and I are grateful for Gateway . . .

The capable staff that invest their heart, soul, and strength - Thank you.

The competent leaders that share their time and talents - Thank you.

 For each person that calls Gateway their church home - Thank you.

 For the global missionaries serving on the front lines advancing God's kingdom - Thank you. 

Enjoy the Holiday!

Greg

know/grow/go

Gateway Friends -

    This is the day the Lord has made.

    We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

 

Do you know what today is?  National Fast Food Day  
opefully, that doesn't change your lunch plans.  Yesterday was National Clean out Your Refrigerator Day.  Tomorrow, believe it or not, is National Take a Hike Day.  I'm looking forward to Sunday,  National Peanut Butter Fudge Day.  Who comes up with these National Days?  www.nationaldaycalendar.com  

Maybe Americans need an excuse to celebrate?  Honestly, I didn't clean my refrigerator, and I won't eat fast food today.  I probably won't take a hike tomorrow, but I may look for some fudge Sunday.

Do you know what today is?  A perfect day to TRUST JESUS.  Friends, whether you hike, eat out, or clean your refrigerator this week matters very little. However, trusting Jesus daily will transform your life.  Trust Jesus with your health, relationships, finances, jobs, school, emotions, ministries, future.  Lean not on your own understanding, but acknowledge/trust Jesus, and watch how He makes your path straight (Prov 3:5). Be encouraged today in the Word.  Take five minutes to read Psalm 97 and pray. 

For you, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth. Ps 97:9

Trusting with you,

 Greg

 know/grow/go

Gateway Friends -

 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

       God was on the throne yesterday; ruling and reigning.

       God is still on the throne today; large and in charge.

       God will be on the throne tomorrow; still strong and sovereign.

       Do you think God is panicking in Heaven?  Is He as alarmed, disturbed, concerned about

       our new President, Governor, Leaders, and ballot Measures, as some of you 

       are?  I hope you prayed, voted, and will continue to pray.  In the meantime, I want 

       to offer a special 'shout-out' to the men and women who have served and continue 

       to serve in our military.  Grace upon grace and strength upon strength to all the 

       Veteran's - 11/11/16.

       Join us Sunday for Celebration services at 9 & 11 as we lift high the Name of Jesus.

     

Ways to PRAY . . . 

       1. LIGHT to prevail over darkness

          2. RIGHTEOUSNESS to prevail over wickedness
          3. LOVE to prevail over hatred
          4. PEACE to prevail over anger and strife
          5. UNITY to prevail over division

          #ilovemychurchgateway

         Greg

          know/grow/go

Gateway Friends -

We're less than a week away from our nation and state seeing new leadership in our government.  My prayer is that you won't panic, but instead, PRAY! 

My hope is that you will VOTE and trust Jesus with the process.  The famous hymn, "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" is echoing in my head/heart this week. 

"On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand...when every earthly prop gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay."

      "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less"

        by Edward Mote, 1797-1874

      1. My hope is built on nothing less
          Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
          I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
          But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
          On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
          All other ground is sinking sand.

      2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
          I rest on His unchanging grace;
          In every high and stormy gale
          My anchor holds within the veil.
          On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
          All other ground is sinking sand.

      3. His oath, His covenant, and blood
          Support me in the whelming flood;
          When every earthly prop gives way,
          He then is all my Hope and Stay.
          On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
          All other ground is sinking sand.

     4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
         Oh, may I then in Him be found,
         Clothed in His righteousness alone,
         Faultless to stand before the throne!
         On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
         All other ground is sinking sand.

     Hoping, standing, singing, trusting, believing, along with          you -

     Greg

     #iloveJESUS

     #ilovetheUSA

     #ilovemychurchgateway

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:3 NIV

Gateway Friends -

Have you ever looked up the definition for a word in the dictionary?  I searched GOOGLE online and discovered what the word missions means? 

This Sunday at Gateway, we will do better than define missions.  We will share mission and hear from missionaries.  Join us at 9 & 11 as we sing and celebrate God, who sent His Son on the first mission adventure in history when He sent His Son, Jesus.

Gateway Global Missionaries:

Denise Johnson / Poland

Cole Family / Laos

Wani Family / YWAM-Africa

Cooper Family / East Asia

 

Gateway Local Missions:

Storehouse Outreach

Holiday Coat Give Away (Nov)

Judson Middle School

Room at the Inn Christmas Outreach

Thank you for prayerfully considering ways to pray, give and go. This Sunday, we will receive a second offering to help our sponsored missionaries and the projects we're aiming to complete in 2016-17.

missions

  1. an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel.   "a trade mission to Mexico"

    • a group of people sent on a mission.

      "by then, the mission had journeyed more than 3,500 miles"

    • an organization or institution involved in a long-term assignment in a foreign country.

      "the head of the West German missiion

     

  2. the vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith. "the Christian mission"

          synonyms:vocationcallinggoalaimquestpurposefunction, life's work

#ilovemychurchgateway

Greg

Dear Gateway Family -

I'm still on a 'high' from last week's service!   I LOVE MY CHURCH!  Seeing so many of you in the awesome shirts was definitely a highlight, as were the testimonies of those  office.

It was fun to celebrate the 16 years I have been the pastor of Gateway and to remember the great things that God has done in that time.  One of the blessings of pastoring in the same place for as many years as I have, is that you really get to see God's faithful hand over time - in our community as a whole, but also, in your individual stories of growth and faith.  I am honored that God has chosen me to shepherd this incredible group of people, and I am grateful for the appreciation that you showed to Stacey and I.  Thank you all for making the day special.  Thank you for the kind words that many of you expressed in special cards, and for your generous gifts. 

Now it's MY turn to appreciate!!  Sometimes, in 'Pastor Appreciation Month," the senior pastor gets all of the attention.  I want to make sure that the other pastors in our midst know how much I, and hopefully you, appreciate them too!  Please join me for the rest of the month in appreciating these pastors that work so faithfully at Gateway:

         Stacey Schaub - my right hand girl and my beautiful wife of 28 years.  Some of you may not realize that she is an ordained minister.  She has served by my side every minute of the time that I've been the senior pastor here, and Gateway wouldn't be the same without her!

         Aaron Mireles - my right hand man.  We hired Pastor Aaron earlier this year, and I know that we can all see the blessing that he has been to our community.  In that short time he has revamped/redecorated our building, switched around our office space to make room in the Children's wing, provided great leadership in rebuilding our Kid's Ministry, led a hugely successful VBS, leads youth, and a life group and much, much more.    

         Lynn Mireles - Pastor Aaron's mom.  Lynn is an ordained Foursquare minister and has years of experience as a pastor and chaplain.  I am grateful for her partnership, both in my Divisional responsibilities and here at Gateway.

         Rebecca Nguea-Njoh.  My daughter is a licensed foursquare pastor, and has ministered to the young (and old!) in our midst.

And of course there are countless staff members and congregants who have a 'Pastoral Heart' and lead different ministries and Life Groups...too many to mention!  Again - Gateway wouldn't be the same without the care of the many leaders in our midst.  Please show your appreciation this month to them as well. 

Greg

know-grow-go

 

Psalm 107:28-31 Yet when they cried out to the Lord in their troublethe Lord brought them out of their distress.  He calmed the storm and its waves quieted down. So they rejoiced that the waves became quiet, and he led them to their desired haven.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his gracious love and for his awesome deeds on behalf of mankind.

Gateway Friends -

If you have been watching the news or seeing facebook posts from friends in Haiti or the east coast, you have seen the devastating path that Hurricane Matthew is on.  Will you pause and pray?  Please take the next minute to pray for safety.      #prayforflorida #prayforhaiti 

October will be a memorable month :)

October 2 -   Communion + Youth Worship Team + Consumed series finale

October 9 -   We begin a new series titled: Soul Survivor

October 16 - Gateway will celebrate 5 years on the Idylwood campus. #ilovemychurch

October 23 - Gateway focuses on revamped Kids ministry and unveils updated HUB

October 30 - We will highlight Missions and share upcoming Holiday plans

For His glory

Greg

know/grow/go

 

Gateway Friends

 Hello Gateway . . .

    . . . on this beautiful Wednesday in Salem Oregon!  Weather doesn't get better than today.  We are so excited about what God is doing within His church, particularly with our young people.  If you haven't heard, we have hired Joni Buyes as our new Children’s Ministry Coordinator.  God has called her to kids, and has placed a passion to see our little ones know, grow, and go in Jesus.  If you haven't had a chance to meet her, be sure to connect with her this Sunday.

   Other exciting news is that our brand new Youth mid-week service launches tonight at 6:30 pm.  God has brought together an incredible team of adults that are ready to connect, serve, and mentor our students.  Every week we will serve a full meal to help those that don’t have time to eat before, or are coming straight from sports.  Our heart is to create an atmosphere that is focused on students growing in their faith, having fun, and creating lasting friends, while enjoying great food.  If you have a middle or high-school student, be sure they check us out every Wednesday here at Gateway Church!

   Kids and youth are such a critical part of the Kingdom of God here and now!  I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday @ 9 or 11!!

Aaron Mireles

Gateway Foursquare Church

Gateway Friends,

Gateway Friends,

Recently a family member asked me, "What is your favorite Bible verse?"  Since I have so many, my immediate response was, "the Scripture I read today during devotions."  One of my favorite Bible verses in the Psalms is: How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!        Psalm 133:1

When you pray for Gateway, what do you pray for?  A better question may be, who do you pray for (kids, youth, staff, pastor, missionary, ?)  Lately, I have been praying for Gateway to experience two things.

#1 Divine encounters with Worship and the Word.

#2 Unity among God's people.

If you were at Celebration services Sunday, September 18th, we experienced an incredibly divine encounter with God during Worship.  Thank you, Jesus, for meeting us.  Thank you Karen, Bill, Stacey, Judy, David, LC, Cassie, Jeff, Dan, and the Praise Team for leading us into God's presence.

Following services Sunday, we hosted our annual Connections Fair and the unity, energy, and excitement was palpable.  Look at some of these significant stats: 

20 Ministry opportunities were on display/offered.

157 people signed up to be involved!

This means that more than 75% of Gateway adults chose to engage, invest, and commit to ministry this fall.  This will be a catalyst for change, and momentum will certainly build.  

Thank you for committing your life to community.  You and Gateway will benefit and be blessed, but more importantly, God will be glorified and honored.  As we launch the fall season, may you experience more divine encounters and unity.

Grateful

Greg

know/grow/go

 

Gateway Friends

Good afternoon Gateway Family,

This Sunday, September 18th is Connection Sunday at Gateway!  If you currently call Gateway your home, or you are looking to make it your home, you will not want to miss this event.  God has created each of us with unique abilities and gifts that we are able to use within the body of Christ.  This week’s Connection Fair will give you many places to get connected to others in a vital way that fits both our needs and the needs of the body.

Eph. 4:16 says “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps other parts grow so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”

Whether you attend the 9 o’clock or the 11 o’clock service, please plan to stay after and take a look at the many opportunities there are to get plugged in and connected to others.  You’ll be glad you did!!

Greg

Gateway Friends,

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 

25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging

one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)

This passage of scripture has always stirred me.  Perhaps the vivid words, like, 'unswervingly' and 'spur' create this?  As we launch into the fall season, my hope is that you're stirred, spurred, stimulated, motivated, inspired, encouraged, and ready for the God-nudges.  You can listen to the Sunday, Sept 4th sermon to learn more about God-nudges (www.gateway4.com).  It is not a matter of 'if' God will nudge; it is a matter of 'when' He will nudge and 'how' we will respond.

For me, the nudges include three main areas: 

#1  ENGAGE prayer-life. Take prayer more seriously and do-it more consistently.  

Pray without ceasing.  1 Thessalonians 5:17

#2EXERCISE daily.  Find ways to move.  Health focus for body, soul, spirit.

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.  1 Thessalonians 5:23

#3ELIMINATE sugar and dough.  Ok, limit the intake of these temptations.  If losing a few pounds happens in the process, that would be fine by me.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Well, there you have it!  That may be too personal, but a wise person once said, transparency and vulnerability are the key to humility.  I'm learning to lean into the God-nudges.  Thank you in advance for your grace, patience, and support as Gateway navigates the season ahead.  We have some exciting options for you to KNOW/GROW/GO.  Join us Sept 18th for the fall Connections Fair.

Cheering for you!

Greg

 

Gateway Friends,

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftsmanship.  Psalm 19:1 NLT

Have you enjoyed the blue skies and sunny days of summer in the Willamette Valley?  Summer zoomed by and Gateway experienced some amazing memories.  In June, a dozen Youth and Adults made a difference during the Kaleo Mission Trip.  In July, a group of Middle and High Schoolers had a blast at Camp Crestview.  We also hosted our first ever VBS Kids Camp.  Only two weeks ago, many traveled to Fern Ridge for Family Camp. These, and so many other experiences, helped build community and life long memories. 

Now we transition to September!!  This means kids will return to school and the football season starts.  At Gateway, we will launch the fall season schedule.  Join us on September 18th for our annual Connections Fair to discover ways to plug in.

This Sunday, we wrap up our Superheroes series on the greatest hero of all, JESUS. This will be a meaningful service - filled with inspired worship music, Communion, and a stirring Word of encouragement.  If you're in town this Labor Day weekend, please join us for Celebration Services at 9 & 11am.  Next week we begin a new sermon series titled, CONSUMED.  Stay tuned for more info on Gateway give-aways during this season of seeking God's contentment for our lives.

Lastly, I would like to personally extend my deep gratitude for the Gateway Staff.  During my recent vacation/breather/get-away with Stacey, we realized afresh, how fabulous the Team is.  Each has worked diligently this summer season and I'm so thankful for our gifted, generous, godly crew of servant-leaders (Karen, Lynise, Corky, Aaron, Louis-Claude, Lynn, Don, Heather and so many others).  Doing Church as a Team!

Greg

know/grow/go

Hello Gateway family,

This past weekend we took the church beyond the four walls of the facility and worshiped Him in His beautiful creation. Yes, it was a little warm, but to see all those campers and folks that made the drive to Fern Ridge reservoir was powerful.  Acts 2:46-47 says, “…they shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.  And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” This very text was lived out at family camp this past weekend.

It is the heart of Gateway that all people will experience the hope that is in Christ Jesus, and the incredible relationship we can have with one another as a part of His family.  If you weren’t able to make family camp, then be sure to make it to some of the other connection events we have planned.  The next opportunity is just around the corner with our end of summer Movie Night on Friday, August 26th @ 7:30pm.  

Pastor Aaron

Gateway Friends,

Greetings, Gateway Heroes!

Pastor Stacey, here.  I so enjoyed bringing the Word last Sunday!  At our staff meeting this week, the team was telling Greg how proud he would have been of me for bringing a prop - my big purple bathrobe.  This prop seems to have struck a chord with many -- it's the first thing people mention when they comment about the message.  (It also made a showing on Facebook.  I'm glad the link to the message is there, too, so people might understand WHY I was wearing my robe at church!  I wasn't just running late as some suggested!)   I hope that you, too, have been putting on your 'Super Hero Capes' this week -- making time to be with God and to hear from Him through His Word. . . for "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17).

As I prepared that message, I found a thought in a book, titled "Girls With Swords," by Lisa Bevere.  I didn't have time to share it Sunday: The heroes listed in the 'Hall of Faith' in Hebrews 11 were very brave people!  But don't imagine that being brave translates to never afraid.  Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it this way, "A hero is not braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer".

Is there something you are facing these days that you need to be brave for . . . a few minutes longer?  I do!!!  I just had a dream about it last night, as a matter of fact!  Many of you know that my son, Jon, plays college football.  His season is about to start . . . and I'm nervous about it!  You see, he suffered a season-ending injury last year.  He had surgery to repair his torn ACL, and he's regaining momentum and full range of motion.  His deep desire is to return to his position as the starting quarterback at Pacific Lutheran this fall.  I support him and his passion     . . . but it's not easy being the quarterback's Mom when the 300 pound opponents on the line are after her son!  Lord, I need to be brave this fall!

God has encouraged me with this thought:  "Fear is the enemy giving me a guided tour of my future without God in it.  Faith is seeing God in my future . . . every part of it". (Randy Remington).  God will be WITH me . . . He 'clothes us with Himself' . . . remember from Sunday's message?  No matter what happens, the God of the universe will accompany me (and my son!) on this journey.  This thought makes me brave, and helps me sleep better at night!  I pray for a new season of bravery for all of you, my fellow heroes.  I look forward to seeing many of you at Family Camp this weekend.   

Franklin D. Roosevelt — 'Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.'

~ Pastor Stacey

 

Gateway Friends,

     Last week was a wild and incredible week! Our very first VBS was a huge success. We had 58 kids from our church and community with 9 kids accepting Jesus into their hearts. That is something to praise Jesus for! We sang songs, did experiments, played games, got wet and had a blast all week long.

In addition to all the kids, we had over 30 adults and youth helping to make this week great. From building sets to throwing water balloons, the VBS team made this week so memorable for each kid.  Without their investment we would not have been able to make it happen. If you were part of this team thank you, thank you, thank you!

Kids and youth are the church of today and the lessons that they are learning will be with them for a lifetime. No matter what twists and turns life throws at them the truths that are sown through experiences like this will always be with them. I remember sitting at the edge of my bed with my dad at 5 years old accepting Jesus into my heart for the first time. Yes, I made plenty of mistakes growing up but Jesus had been rooted within me and He kept me coming back.

It is so exciting to be a part of a church community that is so focused on all ages. From the youngest to the oldest we are all precious in His sight and He deserves our very best.  The very best was pulled out for our kids in every way last week and it was so great to be a part of with so many of you!

Don’t miss out on the brand new series “Superheroes” that will start this week in both the adult services and kids. Family Camp is the on the weekend of August 12-14th and space is still available.  Remember, services will not be at our normal location but will be held at 10:30am at Richardson Campground on the Fernridge reservoir.

Have an amazing week,

 

Aaron Mireles