Happy Halloween and Reformation Day church family! Here’s what you need to know for this week...
CELEBRATING | NEW LEADERS & COVENANT MEMBERSHIP
We've got lots to celebrate this week! This past Sunday we installed and prayed over our first-ever deacons—nine of them to be exact. We're so very thankful for these faithful volunteers and the way they serve God's people at Sound City Bible Church.
This week we also installed a new member to the Financial Accountability Team, and hosted a Covenant Membership Interest gathering as well (see image in the blog post header). And in all of this, we find evidences of God's grace to us! Join us this week in prayerful celebration for the new leaders God is raising up at Sound City, for the ways he's spurring our church family on in the use of their spiritual gifts in service to others, and for the way the Holy Spirit is prompting an increasing number of our people to move beyond "attending" and into the intentional and relational commitment of Covenant Membership.
THIS WEEK AT SOUND CITY BIBLE CHURCH
THIS SUNDAY’S SERMON | GOSPEL OF JOHN | JOHN 3:1–21
Is there any verse in the Bible more famous in recent years than John 3:16? It shows up on billboards, at sporting events, on the lips of celebrities, and in children’s memory verse lists. Yet, because of our familiarity, we run the risks of missing out on the dynamite-packed explosive power of this statement: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
Join us on Sunday as we get to eavesdrop on a midnight conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) and as we learn that a vision of God changes our perspective on everything.
NOVEMBER 1–7 | CALL TO FASTING | PICK YOUR DAY
During the first week of every month this year, we want to invite each of you to join us for one day of fasting. It doesn’t matter which day this week, only that you pick one. Just pick the day that works best for you. Why are we encouraging you to fast? Since the Bible teaches fasting as a spiritual discipline, it’s our desire that fasting would grow as an increasingly regular rhythm here at Sound City as well. We’re prayerfully expectant of what God will do in and through our church family as we grow in our understanding and practice of this important, but too often ignored, discipline. Join us in fasting one day this week Sound City!
COMING SOON | MARK YOUR CALENDARS
NOVEMBER 12, 3PM–5PM | STUDENT MINISTRY SCAVENGER HUNT
We've got another fun Student Ministry event coming up soon! For all you 6th-12th graders, come meet up with us at the church offices in Lynnwood (4720 200th Street SW, Suite 200) at 3:00pm for a Student Ministry Scavenger Hunt! Our Student Ministry leaders will be driving the students all over the Lynnwood/Alderwood area for this little adventure, which will end at 5pm over at Yogurtland in Lynnwood (19620 WA-99 #103). Students, invite your friends, and bring along a little cash to treat yourself to some frozen yogurt after the hunt. Don't forget to sign the release form below!
NOVEMBER 12 | FINAL CONNECT GROUP MEETING OF 2017
During the holiday season, which is fast approaching, our Connect Group will be pressing pause to take it's own Thanksgiving break and Christmas vacation as well. On Sunday, November 12, from 3pm–5pm, we'll be hosting the final Connect Group gathering of this year, and then we'll be kicking things off again on Sunday, January 7, 2018. If you're new to the church, or are not currently part of a Community Group, and want to learn more and/or register for Connect Group, click the button below.
NOVEMBER 19 — SAVE THE DATE | FAMILY GATHERING & POTLUCK
Mark your calendars now for Sunday, November 19 for our upcoming Church Family Gathering at Lynnwood High School after our morning services. We’ll start with a potluck at 12:30, and then the meeting portion of our time (back in the theater) will follow, between 1:30pm–3:00pm.
We’ll be providing church and ministry updates, looking at what’s ahead, celebrating all that God’s been doing in and through Sound City Bible Church, and spending some time in prayer as well. While this meeting is primarily for those already committed to the church as Covenant Members and those pursuing membership in the near future, all those who call Sound City home are encouraged to attend.
CHRISTMAS EVE DAY SERVICES | 8:00AM, 9:45AM, and 11:30AM
As we enter into the holiday season, and our thoughts turn toward Christmas and the birth of Jesus, we wanted to give you some save the date info to help you along in your holiday calendaring. This year is a little different for us, since Christmas Eve itself falls on a Sunday. So instead of the evening services that we usually do on Christmas Eve evening, this year we'll be hosting three morning services on Christmas Eve day, at: 8:00am, 9:45am, and 11:30am. Kids Ministry will be available in all three services for kiddos age four and under only, with the older kids joining in the main services with their parents. Mark your calendars now for Christmas Eve morning, and join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord together.
This week our Featured Resource is a pair of posts from our friends and partners, the Sojourn Network, who last week held their annual conference. In one link you'll find a bit of a social recap of the conference, and in the other a short film highlighting one of the compelling church plants that we're supporting through our participation in the Sojourn Network.
RIGHTNOW MEDIA | DISCIPLESHIP LIBRARY
RightNow Media is a free-to-you discipleship tool that we’re thrilled to be able to provide to all those who call Sound City Bible Church home. Whether on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, your RightNow Media access connects you and your family members to an always-growing, safe, video-based Bible study library, full of teaching resources on a wide variety of topics. This tool is great for finding additional teaching content for your Community Group, for marriage and family devotional times, and for personal study. If you’re new to Sound City and you have yet to sign up and request your own RightNow Media account, you can do so now through the link/button below.