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Newsletter for the Week of
March 6th, 2016

For from him and through him and to him are all things! To him be glory forever! Amen.

Spotify link to this Sunday's worship songs
This week's Sermon: "The Church: Part 2" (Romans 12:1-2)

“Everything that we believe is filtered through our plausibility structures — belief-forming apparatus that acts as a gatekeeper, letting in evidence that is matched against what we already consider to be possible. Plausibility structures filter out claims that we believe cannot be reasonable or potentially true.” (Joe Carter) Whatever is having the strongest influence on the way I think about God, myself, and the world, will determine what I believe and how I live. For a follower of Jesus, we have to figure out every day whether the story of redemption (the gospel) is our strongest influence.  
Main idea: You need a renewed mind.

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Year of Biblical Literacy

This week's New City Catechism Question # 10:
What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

Answer: Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.
Welcome Lunch, Sunday, March 20th right after service. Excellent way for newcomers to get to know what Christ Church is about and how to get connected over a meal on the church. Email Michelle if you're interested!

Community Group Leaders Training. If interested please fill out the form! Praise God that we are growing and need more Community Groups and more CG leaders! For those of you who want to potentially serve and bless the church by hosting and/or facilitating discussion or at least learn what this will look like. 

Interested in joining a Community Group? Please fill out the form! For those of you who are new to Christ Church and have been attending but aren't connected to a Community Group, they are a major way we live out our mission and vision to make disciples in Christ, Together, for the City. 
Mission Highlight: Expanding care to more orphans in Mcheneka means that that the local churches have been mobilized and additional volunteers have been identified and trained. These volunteers are ordinary people in the community that have been moved by the love of Jesus to care for the most vulnerable in their community. They are often just above the starvation line themselves.
These volunteers typically take on the care of 5-10 orphans. That means that each of these orphans will receive three essential services (Food, Education, and Basic Health Care) and they will be visited once or twice a week in their homes.
Hands at Work calls these Holy Home Visits and they are the foundation of the care that these children receive.
Visiting an orphaned child in their home is to act on behalf of the absent parent. During that visit, the opportunity is given to a child to put aside the stresses of home, of responsibility, and just be a child. Home visits demand time, and can only be effective with the right desire of heart: the choice to go, and the willingness to get to know the child’s name and story. A home visit is beneficial, not just in understanding the external needs, but in spending time to engage with a child’s hurting heart, therefore bringing value and worth into their soul. Home visits may carry a high personal cost of time, emotion, and energy. But like the gospel, they bring transformation. We know we have been adopted into Christ's family and we want to see the same realization in our children. We cannot create a culture of changing lives through brief service. Change does not come quickly; it comes with time and commitment.
We received the exciting news last week that the community we support in Mcheneka is ready to provide care for an additional 50 orphans. So over the next number of weeks our church, Wellspring Church, and Grace Alameda will be raising commitments to support these children. Providing the 3 Essential Services costs $20 per month.
Three Essential Services
FOOD - Lack of a secure food source is a primary cause of vulnerability among Africa’s poorest children, driving many to incredibly dangerous survival practices. Young girls across Africa are daily selling their bodies just to secure a plate of food.
EDUCATION - Millions of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa have no access to even primary education. Orphans are often forced to abandon school for a number of reasons: inadequate funds for school fees, caring for sick family members or younger siblings, emotional distress, and discrimination. But education is the key to unlocking every child’s God-given potential.
BASIC HEALTHCARE - Hands at Work in Africa improves the health of the most vulnerable through a suite of holistic activities delivered in the homes of sick and dying parents and of orphaned and vulnerable children.
Recurring Announcements
  • Please join us in A Year of Biblical Literacy. This year, we are reading through the Bible together as a congregation. We have a Scripture reading schedule (never to late to hop on!), videos, and other resources to help us along. 
  • Sign up for the online newsletter! You can go to christchurchsf.org/#newsletter!
  • Youth Group Discussions every Sunday after service, 12:00 - 12:30pm Older youth welcome and encouraged to join us in the "Chill out" section of the Cafeteria!
Have any questions, comments, thoughts to share? Please email us!
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