You're probably familiar with this common phrase uttered in countless ads and infomercials on television. The strategy is to make you believe that there are all kinds of wonderful added bonuses included with whatever they're shilling. The more "add ons" = a better value and more reason to call the 800 number, break out your credit card, and start those "easy payments"!
But when it comes to the Good News of the Gospel, the "add ons" can not only detract from the Gospel -- they can make it no Gospel at all. A group of Jewish believers were going around to the early churches that Paul had founded and preached that these Gentile Christians had to become Jewish in order for God to accept them. Paul recognized the danger in this and wrote his letter to these young churches in Galatia to be sure they didn't lose the wonderful gift of freedom Jesus bought for them.
We'll be diving into the first chapter in the book of Galatians this coming Sunday, April 22nd, in our series "Set Free". Although we may not think we need to follow the Jewish laws in order to please God, there are many ways we can slip into the same kind of problems. I hope you'll be able to join us.
CHIC Fund Raisers
This coming July, we'll be sending 8 high school students and two adults to our Covenant denomination's triennial conference called "CHIC" (Covenant High In Christ) in Knoxville, TN. During these five days, 5000 students from Covenant churches around the county (and beyond) will gather at the University of Tennessee for a time of worship, transformation, and fun. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is often life changing for young people and we're thrilled to be able to enable our teens to be a part of it. However, we need to raise some money in order to get them there
so we're holding a couple fundraisers that we want you to know about:
Sunday, April 29th following morning worship
Come bid on some delicious desserts made by the students, their families, and some talented bakers within our congregation.
If you would like to contribute your dessert specialty to the auction, please contact Pastor Jeff
Saturday, May 5
9-4 at the church
We’re looking for donations of items for the sale (no clothing, please). Items can be dropped off at the church beginning on Thursday, May 3rd. If you need something picked up, please contact Pastor Jeff
Vacation Bible School - June 25-29
Starting this Sunday you can register your children, grandchildren, and any other children you know for our VBS.
Now is also the time to sign up to volunteer in one of the many ways you can help out to make this wonderful program happen. Look for the table display at church or contact Naomi Murray at 509-668-7517.
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church