SERMON: David Bridges
“Chosen for a Purpose”
Genesis 12.1-9

ALTAR FLOWERS: The flowers are given by Joe and Michelle Hancock in thankfulness for God’s bountiful blessings-first date that led to 25 years of a wonderful marriage, 5 fantastic kids, and so much more…

QUESTIONS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH: For the next several weeks we will be featuring a different selection each week from the list of questions that our church elders wrote to help guide us as individuals and a congregation during 2018.  The questions are based on our Hopes and Commitments Statement, with the themes of Loving, Learning and Listening. You are encouraged to spend some time prayerfully reflecting on these questions in the coming weeks. If you would like to have a complete copy of the Questions for Spiritual Growth or the Hopes and Commitments Statement, you can pick one up from the kiosk, or find them on the church website. This week’s question: “In what ways do I see God’s Kingdom breaking through in my life and community?” 

CAN YOU HELP US to care for the environment by volunteering to pick up church recyclables about once a month? Our “Green Friends” group has set up a rotation of volunteers who take turns picking up paper & plastic to be recycled. If you’d like to help or want more information, contact Mark Rubash. 

ATTENTION LADIES, young and old, you are invited to a western style bridal shower for Courtney Hamilton, daughter of Cindy and Lee and granddaughter of Marge Kelly. The shower will take place TODAY from 2 to 4 p.m. Courtney and her fiance, Ryan Autrey are registered at Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon and Carnival.com.

FAMILY PROMISE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Our next week to host Family Promise is coming up on October 14th-21st. We need volunteers who would be willing to help provide one of the evening meals, or to stay overnight at the church one night during the week. We also need a few volunteers to help care for the kids on Tuesday evening, October 16th while the parents take a class. Please contact  Desiree Trevino or Beth Skeeter if you would like to help.  

NEW THIS FALL – the church is hosting Wednesday evening suppers that are shared by the Kids Can Do club, the young adult class and the junior high group. Dinner is served at 6:15 p.m., and the various groups divide up for their own activities following the meal. It would be a great help to have a few volunteers who could sign up to provide dessert for one of these suppers (either homemade or store bought desserts are great), or to help with clean up after the dinner one Wednesday. If you can help, contact Kenton Hannemann. We are also setting up an online form on Sign Up Genius which should be ready this week; you can contact the church office for information or look on our church website for the link.

PRIMETIMERS LUNCHEON is this Thursday, September 20th at 11:30 a.m. Come and enjoy a catered Chick-fil-a lunch with a peach cobbler and ice cream dessert from Joe’s Barbeque. Yum! Our entertainment this month will be provided by our friend Dennis Rundell. He has a beautiful voice and will bring us back in time with a variety of his favorite songs. A love offering will be taken for our guest musician. Come and enjoy friends, fellowship, food and fun!

MEN ARE INVITED to come for a time of prayer and worship on Wednesday mornings from 6:15-7:15 a.m. We meet in David Bridges’ study, and coffee is provided. All men are welcome.

LADIES, there is still time to join us for the fall Bible study, “Just Open the Door” by Jen Schmidt, which began on Wednesday, September 12th. A light breakfast will be served at 9:15 a.m., followed by the study at 9:30. We’ll finish by 11 a.m. Please RSVP to Kody Shepherd, if you need childcare. Come and bring a friend to enjoy this time of fellowship and study!  

THE WOMEN’S EVENING BIBLE STUDY GROUP will meet on Wednesday, September 19th, at 6:30 p.m, at Kimberly Sheets’ home, to fellowship and discuss this fall’s study.

SAVE THE DATE!  Our annual Thanksgiving dinner will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 18th.  More information coming soon!

FAMILY PROMISE OF CLEAR CREEK will host its annual Gala on Saturday, October 20th from 5:30-9 p.m. at Hometown Heroes Park in League City. This year’s event is themed “Be the Light”, and will include dinner, entertainment, inspiration, and live and silent auctions. Tickets cost $75 and are available at www.ccfamilypromise.org. Auction donations are gratefully accepted; for information on the auction or event sponsorships, email fundraising@ccfamilypromise.org.

FALL BEACH RETREAT: Mark your calendar for November 9th -11th  and plan to join us for our all-church fall retreat! This year’s retreat will be a bit different from previous years – instead of going to a camp we’ll be staying at beach houses in Galveston. The retreat is open for all ages – adults, students, and children, either individuals or families. The cost of $100 for adults and $75 for 3 years through high school includes 2 nights of lodging in beach houses as well as 4 meals. There is no charge for children under 3. The weekend will include 2 worship times, some optional group activities, and plenty of free time for enjoying the beach, exploring Galveston, relaxing on your own, or having fun with new friends. Reserve your spot by filling out one of the registration forms on the kiosk and turning it in with your payment. The deadline to register is October 21st. If you have questions, contact Bobby, Janet or Josiah at the church office.

LADIES – SAVE THE DATE for our 2019 Women’s Retreat! We will be returning to Camp Tejas from February 1st – 3rd, 2019; make plans now to join us! More information about the retreat will be available this fall, but meanwhile, mark your calendar!