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Your Most Important Decision

Dear Spry Church, This Sunday we start a series about the most important decision you could ever make. It's not just a one-time decision that we make and then put behind us or move beyond, but a decision with implications for each day at the deepest level of who we are, and even a daily decision to reaffirm. That is the decision to follow Jesus, to place your faith and tr...

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Do Not Be Afraid

Dear Spry Church, I hope you enjoyed (or at least were able to tolerate) the first snowfall of the year. Our kids were SO excited! We put on layers of clothes, grabbed our sleds, and walked to the nearest hill - a really great hill for sledding. Wow! I hadn't had that much fun in a long time. It made me feel like a kid again! Our son Zeke has officially conquered his fea...

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2 BIG Announcements This Sunday

Dear Spry Church, Happy New Year! I pray that 2020 will be a blessed and meaningful year for you and your family. I know that's what it will be for our Spry Church family as the Lord continues to move among us in amazing and powerful ways. This Sunday we have two big announcements to share - this is such exciting news! We'll also continue our worship series "You Are Not ...

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Merry Christmas!

Dear Spry Church, I hope you and your family have had awonderfulChristmas!Thank you for the cards and gifts. As I opened each one, I prayed for the sender by name. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. I pray for God's abundant blessings to be upon you this Christmas season and remain with you in all that lies ahead. Thank you to everyone who came to our Candle...

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A Very Special Week Ahead

Dear Spry Church, This weekly update covers Christmas-related events and recent news about multisite ministry (see below for that part). The next week will be very special for our church and I hope you'll be part of what God has in store for us! Sunday in worship we continue our series called "The Wonder of Christmas." We'll focus on the wonder of a promise, and this prom...

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2 weeks till Christmas!

Dear Spry Church, In worship this Sunday we'll focus on the wonder of a manger. I've learned some new things about the Christmas story in preparing this message, and I'm excited to share it with you. Each year we experience the joy of welcoming hundreds of people for Candlelight Christmas Eve worship services. For many, this might be their first time to visit our churc...

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Exciting Plans for Our Church!

Dear Spry Church, God is doing great things in our midst and that is so wonderful to see! On Tuesday we had a Celebration Dinner and Vision Night to celebrate what God is doing and to share God's vision for our church for the next 10 years. Here is the audio recording of the presentation I shared: bit.do/vision2019 Following those comments, we considered a specific oppor...

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I Thank God for You

Dear Spry Church, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! I'm reminded of the many times we read in the Bible a call to give thanks to God, including this passage that I've shared with you before:"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Those are great words to take to he...

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Thanks for Sharing the Love!

Dear Spry Church, You are such a remarkable church! Last Sunday, for the first time in 2019, we had our Angel Tree in the lobby. It started out with about 50 ornaments, each with the name, age, and Christmas wish from a child. Within about 2 hours, all the ornaments had already been claimed - amazing! So we started taking names of others who would like to be an angel for ...

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How You Can Find Peace

Dear Spry Church, I hope you've been enjoying the fall weather. I love this time of year! The changing colors on the leaves move me to praise the God who created them to display such beauty, reflecting God's glory. There's a passage in the book of Isaiah that describes the trees themselves as praising God (they "clap their hands" in praise of God). This Sunday in worship...

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