Hello, church family! Here’s what you need to know for this week...
CELEBRATING | BAPTISMS
This past Sunday after our morning services we gathered together for a church-wide time of fellowship, food, and baptisms, in Edmonds at Marina Beach Park. We baptized three children and two adults, and then celebrated together this step of faith and obedience taken by those who came forward.
Join us this week in celebrating this evidence of God's grace to us, that he would continue to stir us to obedience and to the joy that always comes from following him.
THIS WEEK AT SOUND CITY BIBLE CHURCH
THIS SUNDAY’S SERMON | GIFTED: ONE BODY, MANY PARTS — PT 4
This week, we're in week four of our sermon series, Gifted | One Body, Many Parts. This Sunday we will look at the more “extraordinary” or overtly supernatural gifts: prophecy, miracles, healings, speaking in tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. These controversial and often misunderstood gifts play an important role in the life of the church, even serving to point us to the gospel of Jesus. Join us on Sunday as we wade into these important topics!
THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 | KIDS MINISTRY — CLASSROOM PROMOTION DAY
God’s always taken great care of us when it comes to Kids Ministry — greatly growing the number of kids that hear about Jesus week to week, bringing volunteers forward to join the team, and in pointing the way forward for us strategically as he sees fit. This Sunday our next big strategic change in the ministry comes to fruition, as we move to grade-based classrooms for all our school-aged kiddos. We’re really excited about this change for lots of reasons, which is why we wrote a blog post about it. Especially for you parents reading this, make sure to head over to our blog now to read this post and to make sure you understand how this change will impact you starting this coming Sunday morning.
SEPTEMBER 1–8 | 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! For additional information about fasting, head over to: scbc.do/fasting.
COMING SOON | MARK YOUR CALENDARS
SEPTEMBER 10 | FALL 'IDENTITY GROUPS' LAUNCH
If you were asked the question "are you struggling?" how would you answer? If you'd say "yes" to that question—regardless of the reasons—then chances are Identity Groups is for you. Being part of an Identity Group means connecting with other Christ followers on a journey of discipleship, recovery, redemption, and healing. More specifically, Identity Groups is a focused eleven-week small group study designed to help us all increasingly believe and live out the reality of our identity in Christ. Our fall groups will meet weekly on Sunday evenings from 6pm-8pm (most weeks). Space is limited so register now at scbc.do/identitygroups if you’re interested in being part this session of Identity Groups.
SEPTEMBER 10 | PRAYING FOR STUDENTS
Each year the students of Sound City enter into a new school year, they're faced with the various challenges and temptations that come with it. So we make it a point every year around this time to invite the students of Sound City Bible Church (those entering grades 6–12) up on stage so that we can cover them in prayer. Please mark your calendars now, and join us on Sunday, September 10, at the start of either service to participate in this special time of prayer for our students. You can help us by letting us know which students plan to participate in each service by emailing email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER 24 | ONE MORE "PARTNER IN THE GOSPEL"
This past summer we enjoyed the rich benefit of teachings from several pastors who are good friends to Sound City, whom we are honored to call Partners in the Gospel. On September 24, in that same spirit, we're inviting Pastor Dave Harvey, another good friend and partner in the gospel, to come and teach us from God's Word. Dave is not only Teaching Pastor at Summit Church in Florida, but he's also the Executive Director of the Sojourn Network, the church-planting and healthy churches network of which Sound City is now a part. Join us in praying for our friend in advance of his time with us later next month.
OCTOBER 1 | MEXICO MISSION TRIP INTEREST MEETING | SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendars now for the Sunday, October 1, interest meeting for our 2018 Mission Trip to Mexico. The meeting will take place during the 11am service, and the focus will be our February 11–17 trip to Baja to serve at the mission in Vicente Guerrero. Please prayerfully consider if this is something God may be calling you to pursue, then join us for the October 1 meeting. Registration info coming soon. In the mean time, you can email any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCTOBER 1 | GOSPEL CONVERSATIONS WITH KIDS | SAVE THE DATE
Back in July we hosted this year's first evangelism training event, and now plans are in place for our next equipping event. On Sunday, October 1, from 3pm–5pm at the church offices (4720 200th Street SW, Suite 200, Lynnwood, WA 98036) we'll be hosting this training event called, Gospel Conversations with Kids — led by our friend Deborah Rowe. As most of you know, evangelism is a significant area of focus for us this year — and this training is one more step in that direction. Save the date, and plan to come and join us to get better equipped to share Jesus with the kids in your life, and pretty much anyone else as well. Registration info coming soon. In the mean time, email any questions to: email@example.com.
This week our Featured Resource is an article by Pastor Adam Mabry that's posted on one of our favorite blog sites, The Gospel Coalition. The article is entitled, Why It’s Foolish to Underestimate the Gift of Faith, a fitting and timely resource to go along with our current sermon series about spiritual gifts, Gifted | One Body, Many Parts.
If you're not currently part of a Community Group, come join us this Sunday for the Connect Group, from 3pm–5pm at the church offices in Lynnwood (4720 200th Street SW, Suite 200, Lynnwood, WA 98036). The Connect Group is our temporary-by-design Community Group that has as its primary goal: helping all who come to find the best possible long-term Community Group fit. It’s also a place to where you’ll meet new people, learn about biblical community, and experience it as well. Register now at: scbc.do/connectgroup and then join us this Sunday. If you have questions, please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONNECT TO SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
One practical way for you to get connected at Sound City is to prayerfully consider signing up to serve God and his people on a regular basis. Serving is one of the very best ways to build new friendships, get involved, and use your God-given gifts and talents to glorify God and serve his people. For more information about available opportunities, and to sign up with a service team or two, go to: scbc.do/serve and click on Sign Up to Serve.
COVENANT MEMBERSHIP AT SOUND CITY
If you call Sound City Bible Church home, and you’ve not yet joined us as a Covenant Member, then we’d like to (1) invite you to learn more about membership at Sound City, and then (2) to start the self-paced membership process. Get started with either one now at: scbc.do/membership.
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 by heading over to scbc.do/rightnowmedia.
KIDS MINISTRY | SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
Our Kids Ministry has a really good problem—there’s tons of kids that show up every single week to learn about Jesus! But the problem we’re facing as we grow, is not always having enough Kids Ministry Team members to serve all the kids showing up each week. That means we could really use your help. We’d invite you to prayerfully consider if God might be asking you to join this awesome team of volunteers committed to helping all the kids of Sound City to increasingly know, love, and live for Jesus. Please prayerfully consider serving in this important ministry, then when you’re ready, fill out the Kids Ministry application at: scbc.do/kidsapp.