Sunday is a big day! It’s the culmination of our Growing Together Campaign. It’s the day where we respond to what we’ve been learning about stewardship. It’s the day where we step out in faith and turn in our 3 year giving commitments. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll prayerfully considered how God wants to use you and your family at this time to accomplish his will at ACC.
You can read Dave’s post below for the details about where we are currently at in relation to our goal. Please join us in praying for God’s generous financial provision in the remaining days of the campaign.
Don’t forget, we’ll have a celebration lunch immediately after the 10:30 service. We’ll have activities for kids, lots of great food, and time to hangout with our church family. We hope you’ll join us!
That is the total to date of our pledges to our Growing Together campaign. That’s approximately 46% of our goal of $1,250.000.
Many have made faith-filled, prayerful, joyfully sacrificial, absurdly generous commitments; over and above their regular giving.
For that I praise God. How humbling and exciting to see families and individuals catch the vision and help us fulfill it!
This coming Sunday, October 30th we plan to receive the remainder of the commitments from our congregation. Maybe you have already tuned in your commitment card. Maybe you plan to turn it in this Sunday. Regardless, I have one request from you.
Commit yourself to pray tenaciously for the next 7 days. We need God to provide. We need His people to respond in obedience. We need to trust Him. Please join me in prayer for this pivotal moment in the life of ACC.
On Sunday, November 13th we will be announcing the final total.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Thanks for praying!
One of the guys in my BOB group (Band of Brothers – Men?s small group) said something yesterday that reminded me of the importance of having a Sabbath. I feel like this is a topic that I have sounded off on several times before, but it?s one that I think we need to be reminded of often. We live in such a fast-paced, performance-oriented society, it?s easy to overlook our need for rest. The reality is even God rested. After spending 6 days creating, God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:3). The need for a regular period of rest is deeply rooted in who we are as God?s creation.
In my own life, I?ve found that I am healthiest physically, emotionally, and spiritually when I follow God?s example and make time for a Sabbath. For me, that day is Monday (my regular day off). I take a break from my normal schedule. I?m home with my family. I avoid doing work related things and I make time for things that refuel me. For me, those are things like playing with my kids, cleaning the house (I know I?m weird, but it?s true!), doing some reading, and spending time with my wife. You?ll notice that my Sabbath doesn?t look like sitting on the couch or sleeping all day (what you might think of as rest). I?ve found that those things may meet my need for physical rest, but they don?t bring about the emotional and spiritual rest that I?m looking for.
Wherever you are at on your spiritual journey, I hope you?ll consider your personal need for rest.
September 18, 2011 Baptism Service from Arlington Countryside Church on Vimeo.
My favorite Sundays at ACC are when we do baptisms. To watch people go public with their faith in Christ and hear the story of their spiritual journey is always so exciting and encouraging.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4
This video is from our most recent baptisms. Enjoy!
At services this past Sunday, Upward Basketball & Cheerleading serving opportunities were presented. 2011-2012 will be the eighth Upward season at ACC. Upward is open to boys and girls in grades 1-6. Practices begin the week of January 2, and Opening Game Day is January 28.
We hope that every person who attends ACC will be involved with Upward in some way. There are several positions with varying time commitments for people of all ages- whether you are a sports fanatic or do not know much about basketball. Coaching requires presenting a one hour practice and being at the game on Saturdays. This is a highly relational and rewarding role that will allow you to be a mentor to children.
Other jobs are:
Concession Stand Worker??Prayer Team??Clean-up??Referee??Time Clock
We also need your help in spreading the word in the community about Upward. Please distribute brochures, put up a yard sign, and invite families you know to participate. Register online; the early bird rate of $75 is available through Nov. 1. (http://www.acchurch.org/)
Please join in praying for a successful season. Let us know if you have questions about getting involved. You will hear more about Upward in the coming months.
Visit Upward?s site for more info on this great ministry! www.upward.org
Guest blogger: Allison Bies
I am going through a normal day and begin to feel “different.” I pretty much brush it aside and continue throughout the day. Then I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. I panic. Could it be? Surely not. A few days later, I feel horrible pains in my lower abdomen. A few hours later, I?m left with the reality that I have just miscarried……again. I wish I could say this wasn?t a familiar tale with me. The truth is that I had gone through the same thing just five weeks earlier and again a few years before. The pain ran deep.
The reality is that there are so many families that experience a loss from a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or sids. Many grieve in silence. Robyn Bear saw this reality through many personal losses and decided that something had to be done. In 1988 with the support of President Ronald Reagan she declared October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This vigil is observed around the world. And on October 15th you may light a candle in remembrance of your baby at 7:00pm whatever your timezone and leave it lit for one hour. If someone from every timezone does this, there will be a continuous wave of light honoring the babies.
There is such an event being held at Trinity International University this year. The event will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the lower level of the ATO Chapel Building. All that have personally experienced a loss, know someone that has or would like to simply come to show support are encouraged to attend. There will be personal stories from families, music, prayer time, a candle-lighting ceremony, a short message from a pastor and light refreshments. Please make others aware who would benefit from this very special event. If you have any questions you may contact me or the church office.
Guest blogger: Melissa Reddin
Sunday, 10/9/11, is a big day for me. While the ACC family is gathering for worship, I will be running the Chicago Marathon. I?ve run several half marathons in the past 2 years, but this will be my first full. I?ll be running with my brother and my Dad. I?m excited and extremely nervous.
My running journey began about 2.5 years ago. At that point, I was very overweight and couldn?t run around the block. With the help of my family and some great friends, I?ve made some major lifestyle changes, fallen in love with running, and lost around 60 lbs in the process. Sunday is a milestone I dreamed of, but never actually imagined reaching. I will start running around 7:50am and am hoping to be done around 11:30 (or just as second service is finishing up here at ACC). If you think of it, I?d appreciate your prayers as I finish preparing for and set out to run the marathon on Sunday.
Some ways you can be praying for me:
- Health. Lisa and the kids came down with colds yesterday. I?m feeling a little under the weather right now.
- Strength/Perseverance. Even though I?m well trained, it?s gonna be tough.
- Safety. Any number of things can go wrong on race day.
“If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You are to obey it.” – Henry Blackaby
The story of the 12 spies in Numbers 13 is a great example of God’s people questioning God’s directives. Yes, God had bluntly told the Israelites that the inhabitants of the land they were to occupy were bigger and stronger than them. But, he also promised that he would be with them and give them victory. Now was to be their greatest moment as a nation – go take the land!
But the spy report went awry. Ten of the spies balked. They made the mistake of focusing on the giants of the land rather than upon the God who was guiding them. They refused to obey out of fear. Their fear spread like wildfire and infected the entire community. As a result – God banished that generation from entering the Promised Land – they died off while wandering in the desert for another 40 years!
I struggle with fear sometimes too. I know God has called me to do something specific but I’m hesitant; questioning; fearful. I am afraid of – Rejection. Conflict. Failure.
I must learn as the Psalm writer: When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3
May God grant each of us the courage and wisdom to always be obedient, in spite of our fears. He will never lead us astray or let us down. His purposes can always be fulfilled in us as we trust and obey.