SVC eBulletin - 2/21/20 - Fear and Courage
Last Sunday we finished our "Commission Possible!" series by touching on the last of our five disciplines - Ministry. Jesus tells us in Matthew 23:11 that the secret to greatness is found in ministry - in serving others. Through His example washing the feet of the disciples in John 13, we saw that there are several characteristics to being a servant minister:
Servants serve out of love.
Servants know who they are in Christ and have a good sense of identity.
Servants serve to meet a need.
Servants serve imperfect people.
Servants are humble
The greatest person to ever walk the Earth, Jesus, had the greatest ministry - and He did it through serving. If you missed this or any of the messages from the Commission Possible series, you can find them online along with the outlines
, or on the podcast
This series will serve as a foundation moving forward that will define our ministry at SVC. We will stay focused on each of the five disciplines - Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Evangelism, and Ministry and we will structure the messages around those disciplines and continually reinforce them. By doing that, we will see a natural progression toward carrying out the Great Commission. I am excited about what I feel God will do for us as we walk together with Him on this journey.
- JJ Secki has been serving our youth for a full year already! Recently, God has been teaching him about fear and courage, and this Sunday JJ will be sharing about why we fear and how God calls us to be courageous. It's our first time getting a message from JJ, and I am looking forward to hearing from him. I hope you will all join me in supporting him this Sunday. I'll see you there!
Life Groups are one of the most unique ministries SVC has to offer in that unlike anything else, they have the ability to fulfill BOTH the Great Commandment AND the Great Commission. Together we can share in the joys and challenges of life with people who care for us leading to a rich experience in our journey with God. We get to practice what God is teaching us with others who will listen, challenge, and nurture us. We get to practice new skills, use our talents and gifts, and serve people in our community with others who we know and trust. Life groups are great ways to connect with others in the church as well as a way to create a comfortable environment for you to invite friends who may not be comfortable yet with showing up on a Sunday morning. Great relationships make life better and richer! Check out one of our Life Groups for yourself and experience the difference relationships make.
Our Riches in Christ
Join Marc Potocsky as he leads a life-changing, eye-opening 12-week bible study of the book of Ephesians, called, "Our riches in Christ."
This letter along with the letter to the Colossians is the pinnacle of God's progressive revelation of the mystery of the gospel to the church given to the apostle Paul, the "Apostle of grace." Its main theme is God’s gift to the church (you and I), which is His body and the foundational multifaceted Grace of God, establishing the believers calling, position, identity, and perfect union in Christ.
Tuesday evenings 7 pm
Tim and Jennifer Kearney's home in Westbrook.
Thursday evenings 5 pm
SVC Parish Center Office
510 Village Walk, Guilford
Ladies Fellowship - Thursdays - 5 pm
Join Eileen Cramer as she leads a Ladies Fellowship for women on Thursday evenings at the parish center. The topic may change from week to week, but there will always be time for fellowship and prayer. For more information, contact Eileen.
Coming Soon - Beagle Meetup
Starting in April, Pastor Chris will be hosting a monthly Beagle Meetup on the Guilford Green or at the Guilford Dog Park. Details will be here soon as well as publicized on local social media and with local merchants. The meetup is open to all beagles in the area. More to follow!
New Life Groups are continuing to form. Check back here for more information on new groups. If you have an idea for a new group, see Pastor Chris!
Saturday, March 14th - 9 am
Breakfast isn't just for men! The ladies of the church will be getting together for breakfast on Saturday, March 14th at the Brownstone House in Guilford. Come join with the ladies in the church and get to know one another better. It's a great time to find out and talk about any new events too! No RSVP necessary, just show up at 9:00! For more information contact Tanya at 860-391-5084.
THIS Saturday, February 22nd - 5 pm
Just a reminder that THIS Saturday, the ladies of the church will be having a baby shower for Sharmese Walcott. It's no secret - IT'S A GIRL!
For more information please contact Tanya at 860-391-5084.
Thrive is a group for junior and senior high students. An atmosphere where anybody and everybody can come and feel included, loved, and heard. The focus is on helping young people learn how to connect with Jesus in a deeper and more personal way. They regularly tackle some very tough topics that are current in our world today.
Check out JJ Secki as he gives an intro to what to expect at THRIVE!
THRIVE meets every Wednesday at the Parish Center located in Village Walk, in Guilford. 6:30 - 8:30. For more information contact JJ Secki at 203.645.4054.
Oasis and Pre-Service Prayer
Every Sunday Morning 9:00-10:15
Do you need prayer? Do you enjoy praying for others? How about just taking a break and listening for God's still small voice?
Every Sunday morning we have a time of prayer and what we call Oasis. We start with Oasis, which is a time of sitting at the feet of Jesus. It is a Harp and Bowl style of worship featuring musical prayer. The name is derived from Revelation 5:8, describing heavenly creatures which each had harps and held golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints.) Harp and bowl, soaking Praise and Prayer in an intimate setting, finding rest for your soul. After Oasis we try to be more intentional about praying for our community, area churches, and the needs of our church.
Oasis and Prayer meet in the Leete room down the hall from where we have our Sunday morning service. For more information, see Marc Potocsky.
Tithes and Offerings
At SVC we don't have a special time in the service set aside for collecting tithes and offerings. At a table located at the entrance door, you will find a small box with a cross cutout on the top. Please place your tithes and offerings in this box. There are envelopes that will be alongside the box that will allow you to designate how you may like your gift applied, or for you to receive a giving statement for cash donations. Please feel free to add your name to your gift, or to designate it toward Tithes and offerings, Missions, or our new Building Fund.
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God at Work
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I will praise you to all my brothers; I will stand up before the congregation and testify of the wonderful things you have done.
Prayer Training Opportunity
Roger Bertolini is coordinating a training session for Freedom Prayer on April 24-25. Freedom Prayer is a personal prayer ministry that exists to help with the process of recognizing and resolving anything that would keep us from an abiding relationship with God. It is a “first responder” ministry, focused on equipping individuals to prayerfully examine, with God, fundamental emotional and spiritual needs that hinder their Christian walk. You can get more information about the training here:
. You can also call Roger at 615-405-6194.
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Vineyard Eastern Conference - July 21-23 - North Jersey Vineyard, South Hackensack, NJ.
Everyone is invited!
Trunk or Treat - October 27th 2-4pm
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Shoreline Vineyard Church
P.O. Box 383
Guilford, CT 06437
770 Boston Post Road
Village Walk Plaza
Guilford, CT 06437
Guilford Community Center
32 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:14AM