Merry Christmas!!

In 1926, Dr. James A. Francis wrote, “Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book.  He never held an office.

He never owned a home. He never set foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He had no credentials but Himself.

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves.

His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying -and  that was His coat. When He was dead, He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Twenty-one centuries have come and gone, and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of progress.  All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as that one solitary life – Jesus Christ.”

RIVER SURVEY

Hello everybody
Happy holidays, hope this finds you well!!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know about some River news. We’re gearing up this holiday season to have a big River kick-off night on Jan. 16th at Church at the Gate with a fresh new look to each and every Friday Night. During this Friday night (Dec. 12th) We’re personally inviting you to come and dream a little bit with us about new and fresh ideas we can implement into the River.  Any creative strategies or ideas God has birthed within you about what He is calling you to do for His Kingdom, are what we are after.  We want all suggestions even if they sound crazy or impossible.  We want to hear your input and direction about how you see yourself involved in the River. We’re going to dream big and see what God does. Even if you can’t be there this Friday we would love to hear your voice, so feel free to fill out the survey!!
Your response is vital to the success of this ministry.

(TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR INPUT YOUR NAME WILL BE ENTERED IN A DRAWING TO WIN A PRIZE. WE WILL BE DRAWING FOR THE PRIZES ON JAN 16th, SO MAKE SURE YOU’RE THERE!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  )

1. How long have you been apart of the River? are you still apart?

2. What are we doing well?

3. What areas do we need to work on?

4. What are you passionate about? What brings your spirit alive?

5. How do you see yourself involved in the River?

6. If you were leading the River, what are some specific elements you would implement on Friday Nights? What would it look like?

7. If we provided a meal would you be interested in being apart of that?

8. What are your ideas on local service projects?

9. List 5 ideas that you want to see implemented into the River (i.e. small groups, meal, service projects, etc.)

10. Do you consider yourself a leader? Would you be interested in leading a small group or being involved in one of our ministry teams such as hospitality team, prayer team, worship team, sound/tech team, service project team, etc…? (if so, which one)

11. What are some avenues or strategies that we could pursue to help build community?

12. What are some relevant teachings you would like to hear at the River?

Please Copy your responses in a message to Jeremy Iversen (jeremy.iversen@usiouxfalls.edu or jeremy@churchatthegate.com) . Thank you for your time and Merry Christmas!! We hope to see you this Friday DEC. 12th for the last River of 2008.

Finger of God

The Deaf hear.

The Blind See

The Lame walk

The Mute speak

The Broken hearted are restored

The Sick Healed

The Dead live

Don’t believe it?……..

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