Our hope is built on Jesus
Dear Spry Family,
With the election outcome hanging in the balance, and our nation (and world) holding its breath, and with all the "normal" crisis things of 2020 still going on, this has been quite a week. I'd like to remind us where true and lasting hope can be found. Our hope isn't built on who lives in the White House, or who occupies any political position. Our hope is built on who lives in our hearts, and who occupies the throne of heaven--the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. Our hope is in Jesus.
This weekend in worship the theme is eternity. It's easy to get so caught up in the present that we lose perspective. Scripture reminds us that the Lord reigns, always and forever. The message will be about having an eternal perspective and how that can shape the way we live each day, helping us find greater purpose and peace. I'll share a simple practice that has been a total game changer for me. It's something that will help you launch your day and free you to live your life focused on loving God and loving people. Our worship will also include a significant announcement, both in person and online, that you won't want to miss.
Thank you to all who came to our first indoor worship services in months last Sunday. It was so good to be back inside worshiping God together! We will continue to follow the protocols (wearing masks, physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning) as we offer weekly worship inside at our School St. Campus--9am traditional, 9:45 and 11am contemporary, with children's church and nursery available for each service. Discussions and discernment about moving toward weekly worship at our Pine Grove Campus are ongoing at this time, and we are excited about the events that have already begun there: Pastor Luke's Bible Study (each Thursday at 10am), weekly youth events (Wednesday nights 6:30-8:30), and Community Meals (drive thru pick up is the 3rd Wednesday of the month starting at 5:30pm) at our Pine Grove Campus. Our online worship continues each week. We encourage you to worship with us regularly at a time and in a way that you choose.
Love Your Neighbor by Giving Blood
Here's another upcoming event at our Pine Grove Campus. There will be a blood drive on Sunday, November 15 from 12:30-5:30, with free COVID-19 antibody testing. Appointments are encouraged. To register, please call 1-800-771-0059. There is a significant need for blood donations. Thank you for helping us serve our community in this way. I just called to make an appointment, and I encourage you to do the same.
Help Us Serve the City of York
On Sunday, November 15 Uprising Student Ministries will lead our Serve the City Food Run. We have the honor of showing the love of Jesus in our community as we provide meals to our neighbors in need. I love it that youth are taking the lead in this effort! You can also get involved--no matter your age--by donating food or money, or by serving.
Food Donations (These are needed at our School St. Campus by Thursday, November 12)
32 - 1lb bags of frozen sweet corn
8 - stalks of celery
7 - 1lb bags of carrots
16 - 32oz chicken stock
2 - 5lb bags of flour
1 dozen eggs
Financial donations to cover 60lbs of turkey, and bagged lunches
Bagged lunches to be made on November 15 during Sunday School Hour (10:10-10:55) in Room 100
Volunteers to go into the city on Food Run to distribute food should sign up with Chris@SpryChurch.com by Thursday, November 12
Again, while Uprising Student Ministries will be leading this event, anyone from the church is welcome to get involved. Thank you for helping us share the love of Jesus with our neighbors as we Serve the City of York!
An Eternal Perspective
Join us for worship this weekend as we look at living in the light of eternity. Having an eternal perspective means living your life not consumed by the chaotic urgency of the present, but grounded, secure, at peace, and guided by purpose and hope no matter what.
I'm excited to worship the Lord with you this weekend!