Last Sunday the Plastic Noel candle was officially lit, so you know what that means…just three more action-packed Sunday gatherings this year at actionchurch! For the balance of 2013 we’ll look at the Christmas story an entirely new way in the “Christmas Party” series. We’ll also celebrate communion together, and on the final Sunday 12/22, celebrate together in a special family service that you won’t want to miss. We’ve also got an actionchurch ornament for everyone, a fun photo booth where you can share your favorite Christmas Sweater with the world, and many more surprises along the way. Below is the line-up of great bands that will bring their take on Christmas classics for the next three weeks. Don’t forget, Christmas is one of the easiest seasons to invite friends and family to church. Be there…and bring someone!
December 8th- Everything Dear
December 15th- Divine Air
December 22nd- ADO Band
December 29th-No Sunday Service
Enjoy family and friends or attend one of the many great churches in York.
I Like to Party
My first crew gig with actionchurch was in the garage of a dance club. Yep. As crazy as it sounds….it was even crazier in person. The actionkidz venue was in what technically was the garage area of Club 19 and I volunteered one month each quarter to teach what would (in a normal church) be the equivalent of Sunday School – ONLY LIKE A PARTY! Each week we would set up the bounce house and a big screen TV (housed in the back of a VW bus)..…there were strobe lights, video games, donut sugar highs, loud music and the kids would go nuts! At 10:59 we would lower a huge overhead garage door and the “lesson” would begin.
All things considered it was a pretty cushy gig. There were no attendance sticker charts. There were no lesson plans to prepare. You weren’t even required to come up with a cutesy craft each week. And if you forgot your objective there were three big posters hanging from the ceiling reminding everyone what we needed to learn:
- Put God first
- Treat others the way you want to be treated
- Make wise choices
It was simple. I liked it. It worked. And most importantly – “we didn’t make it up”! (That’s a Don quote) It’s been working for thousands of years! Jesus taught his followers the EXACT SAME MESSAGE!!
The – My Name’s Steve and I Like to Party Sermon gave me a sweet reminder of my early crew days. (Same message – different venue – same sugar high) What’s even sweeter is that I continue to see this message exemplified each and every week at actionchurch. All you have to do is look around to see it put into practice. Our leaders live and breathe these principles with their families. (Wife jokes excluded) Our crew demonstrates it in their relationships with each other. And our small groups are developing into solid “parties” of individuals who idealize these beliefs.
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Period.
We didn’t make it up. Jesus taught it for a reason. It works. Period.
I’m up early this thanksgiving morning mostly because at my parents house in Missouri- the early bird gets the hot shower…and the first shot at chocolate pie. As I sit here this thanksgiving morning I’m thinking about family. Above is a picture of just a few of my brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, in-laws and outlaws. We’re going to sit down later today (nearly fifty of us) and share a meal…and many stories of shared experiences, good and bad. I’m thankful for this opportunity to spend this time with so many people that I love and share a common history…to just enjoy their company and eat..and laugh…and talk…a lot.
I hope you are enjoying time with family and friends this thanksgiving day as well. I hope you take just a moment as I am this morning to express thanks to God for the blessing that having family is. Most of all, I hope you are part of my extended family (that don’t share my really questionable DNA ) but share an even greater bond as fellow followers of Christ. There truly is not a more important thing to be grateful for in this life.
So, happy thanksgiving, actionchurch. I’m thankful for you. Maybe it’s just the pie talking, but I can’t think of another group of people on the planet I’d rather go through life with. I’m truly blessed to be part of your family.