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Sunday was our Christmas service and truly beautiful!!!  Thank you to everybody who served on Sunday to make it magical all the way around!

We borrowed Prairie High School’s grand piano for worship and it was AMAZING!!!  Wasn’t that sound with Christmas carols about the most gorgeous thing ever?  I absolutely love the story of Christ’s birth and our Christian heritage.  I just cry at the idea that our KING started out as the most humble and innocent creature on the planet.

One of my most favorite aspects of the Christmas story is actually Mary.  I think all the time of the scrutiny she must have faced as an unmarried, pregnant woman and yet she carried out God’s plan with full submission to His will.  Following God is often a very difficult task and yet Mary did it with grace and peace.  A great testimony to all of us as Jesus asks the difficult tasks of obedience for us.

Thank you for those of you who gave us gifts.  We appreciate you thinking of us!  It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this church.  My heart is grateful for each of you!

The kid’s ministry all heard the message of Jesus.  Gina took Tiny Town and made sure our toddlers got understood the story of Jesus with crafts and lessons.  Thank you for loving our toddlers!  Andrea knocked it out of the park with our older kids as well!  They did a Christmas sock drive and are donating a big boxes of warm socks to a local homeless shelter for the cold months ahead.  Way to go, kids!!!

Every year our church takes the last Sunday off for a Sabbath rest, so we will not be having our regular service next week! This is a chance for our teams to take a break and rest in the finished work of Jesus. We invite you to take that Sunday, be with your family, read His Word and pray forGod’s will in your life.

All tax-deductible year end giving can be done by December 31 online at www.coffeechurch.com or mailed to North Creek Church, 13023 NE Hwy 99 Suite 7-17, Vancouver, WA 98685.  We need about $30,000 to cover all the costs through the end of the year without dipping into savings.  We would appreciate any last minute gifts you can send in as this is a reachable goal for us.  Thank you for support North Creek all year!

I hope you have a truly incredible Christmas.  It may or may not be filled with friends and family.  You may find yourself stressed or frustrated. You may not get the gifts you want.  You may struggle with the fact that you couldn’t financially give the gifts you want… But one thing that I pray for you is this:  I pray for a moment.  A moment when Christ captures your heart and you feel His incredible presence from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.  I pray He meets you and reminds you of His glory.  The rest is simply details.

He is an awe-inspiring Savior.  May that never be lost in our hearts.

Merry Christmas!

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God is good!  When the world is upside down, He is still our firm foundation.  He’s our rock.  He’s our peace.  He’s our hope.  If you feel anything less than that, it’s because you set your eyes on the wrong thing.  Turn your eyes to Jesus and watch Him change your perspective.

On that note, are you enjoying our series on Gratitude?  Such a solid topic on the lens that God wants us to have in this broken world.  Join us for two more weeks of this study and invite a friend!

I got SUPER sick on Saturday night with some odd virus that made my skin hurt, but by Sunday morning, I was able to make it!  I hate missing church and do anything in my power not to miss a Sunday.  It’s a discipline that I think is lacking in our society and I encourage you to try it!  When you go to church often, you have more friendships, your kids have more fun in classes, and you hear the entirety of messages and chapters in the Bible within their context.  I hear people talk all the time about finding God outside of the walls of church, but I still fall on the side of the fence that God designed this beautiful thing called the “church” for a reason.  And it only works well when we are ALL a part of it together.

Tonight is Simply Worship!  I can’t wait for a night of praise and worship with Jesus.  I need Him desperately and I have no doubt that He will show up in my heart.  You’re invited!!!

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We are looking for some key volunteers, so if you’re looking to get involved, here are some key options:

  • Trailer Pickup – Got a truck and would love to drop off a trailer at 7:00 am on a Sunday morning once a month at Prairie High School?
  • Security Team – We want some more strong people added to our team who will take one Sunday a month and walk the campus during service.  We want our environments secure and safe!
  • Hosting – We need greeters and ushers!

If you are interested in those or any of our other areas, go to www.coffeechurch.com and fill out a volunteer application.  Thanks so much for jumping in!

We are gearing up for a beautiful Christmas service on Sunday, December 20, so invite a friend.  It will be a wonderful pause in this busy season to honor Christ’s birth! Also, take note that we do not have service on December 27.  We take one Sunday a year off to reset for the new year!  We come back in January ready to change the world!

Two ways to give this week:

Our Kid’s Ministry is doing a sock drive for the homeless.  Bring some new, warm socks to share with those in need!

It’s our community’s Walk and Knock on Saturday.  North Creek usually does a food drive during the holidays, but without a facility this year, it makes that very heavy ministry a little more challenging.  Would you take advantage of this great charity and put out a bag of food on your porch by early Saturday morning?  If we all jump in to what our community is doing, we can make a difference!

 

I hope your week is full of warmth and Jesus! 😉  We love being your pastors and we look forward to the future!

Be blessed!

 

 

We had a great weekend as we kicked off a new series this weekend called “Let’s Talk”.  This series is based in relationships with a focus on communication.  Such good stuff whether you are married or single!  Join us for the next several weeks as we dig in to the Word of God in this area.

We are feeling great as we head into our 6th week of a massive transition for our church.  Our systems are going smoothly, our volunteers have been outstanding, and we are seeing new growth each week.  We are loving being mobile and taking a respite from the daily responsibility of owning a building.  We look forward to the future, but are enjoying the present as well!

We would love some new volunteers in a couple of key areas as well.  If you’d like to serve on our security team once a month, we’d appreciate several more people.  Basically, security is just people who walk around our key areas to make sure all is well.  We’d also love those of you who love working with kids to consider jumping in once a month in one of our kids areas.  If you’d like to serve, you can fill out a volunteer application at www.coffeechurch.com.

We are enjoying how many people are coming early to have coffee and get to know some new friends. Our foyer is filling up by 9:30 am, which has given us some great opportunities to talk, pray, and create community.  Join us early on Sundays!

Also, we are praying in our auditorium during worship practice from 8:30 to 9:00 am.  It has been such an amazing moment to connect with Jesus and prepare our hearts for what is ahead.  Everybody is welcome, even your kids!

Thank you to everybody who has jumped in with our 12for12 missionary giving.  Just from our current commitments of $12 a month per family, we have currently TRIPLED our monthly missionary giving, which is AWESOME!  Thank you for your generosity.

Also, we appreciate your faithful monthly giving to North Creek.  Tithing is a HUGE part of our obedience to Jesus.  If we aren’t willing to let Him lead our finances, that is a stronghold we need to address in our hearts to fully live out the life Jesus has for us.

We prayed two weeks ago for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  We had several people lean into that prayer and some of them received that gift.  We encourage you to continue to seek all that God has for you in every area that the Bible teaches!

Our growth group had a Mexican potluck on Sunday that was INCREDIBLE!  I ate my weight in delicious food.  Just thought that was good advertisement for you to join a growth group in January.

Good things are going on at North Creek!  Invite a friend, jump in somewhere, and enjoy some great community!

I love this church!  I love Jesus!  I love what He has in store for a people who will submit to Him!  Let’s do this!

Happy Easter!!!  I pray your weekend was full of joy, hope, and peace in the resurrection of Jesus!  I love the story of a crucified and risen Savior.  And honestly, Saturday is my favorite part…it’s the day where Jesus-followers felt alone and abandoned…but the next day changed everything.  It is my reminder when I feel alone, tomorrow is a new day with a new hope!

We had an amazing Good Friday service at our Battle Ground campus.  About 160 people joined us in a night filled with music, reminders, and communion.  We spent time remembering that our sin has been nailed to a cross and we are free!

Thank you to our worship department for an incredible amount of work and prayer to make that evening a success.  We are grateful for your hearts and talents.  We appreciate each of you and are grateful to partner with you to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus!

We headed into Sunday with a beautiful sunny day and four great services with a total of 450 people joining us.  We celebrated with a couple dozen people who raised their hands to declare a personal “Comeback” to Jesus!

Our Deaf Church included an Easter play to visually show the power of the resurrection story!  They had a packed service and a potluck afterward to celebrate together.  Pastor Jim got to pray with a man who wanted Jesus in his heart as well…that’s what it is all about!

Thank you to all of our volunteers who worked on Easter Sunday.  We are “Door Holders” in the house of God to allow other people to walk in and hear the message.  We appreciate your time and energy that makes North Creek what it is!

Our KidCity classes knocked it out of the park with stations that walked them through the story of God, each with tactile objectives to help our kids learn the story in a hands-on way.  We have great kid’s ministries!

On top of all of the Easter excitement, our youth ministry at Hazel Dell turned 5 years old on Thursday!  Happy Birthday to the Difference!  You are an amazing group of teenagers and we love you!

And on to the next thing!  Our small groups launch in about a month and we are looking for leaders.  The summer semester is SUPER fun to lead…anything goes…Bible study, dinner group, workout group, hiking group, ANYTHING that gets our people connecting in healthy relationships.  They are also short at only 6-8 weeks long, so it is a short and fun commitment.  Throw your idea out to Kari at kari@coffeechurch.com ASAP so we can get you equipped to facilitate.  Thank you for being a part of investing in people!

Whew!  Our family is gearing up for my daughter’s gymnastics State Meet this weekend, so we are still in full-speed mode.  We can’t wait to watch her shine!

Thanks for being a great church!  Isn’t it profound to have the privilege to tell the world about Jesus?

 

 

Such a gorgeous weekend!  For all you students, we hope you enjoyed Spring Break.  Couldn’t have been any nicer weather!

Battle Ground enjoyed a packed house last weekend.  Awesome!   We would love for you to volunteer one Sunday a month as we grow.  You can find the volunteer form at www.coffeechurch.com.

Over at Hazel Dell we finished most of the parking lot and were pretty excited to say goodbye to our previous mud pit.  Thank you to the dozens of people who have come to help over the last four months of getting this building painted, cleaned, and looking sharp!  We still have lots of details to nail out, but all of the immediate problems are dealt with and we can function well in our new home.

Easter weekend is next weekend!  Plan on joining us twice if possible.  First for our Good Friday Celebration at Battle Ground and then again on Sunday for our Easter services.  We cherish the story of the death and resurrection of our Savior and look forward to sharing it with you.  Invite a friend!  Everybody is welcome at the Coffee Church.

On Sunday we expect extra people for our services.  You can help us by doing two things:  1. Come a little early.  It gives extra time for kid’s checkin, getting a cup of coffee, and getting into service.  2. Fill in the seats in the front and middle of rows first to better accommodate those people coming in after you.

That being said, we have great parking, plenty of chairs, and lots of coffee, so it will be a wonderful morning!

Happy 3rd Birthday to Caleb!  He wore a crown on Sunday and told me he was turning three, so I think he deserves a shout out.  I think we should all wear crowns on our birthdays…

Well, I hope this week is filled with love, peace, and joy in your life.  The Good News is that we serve a God who took away all of our sin and we are truly all walking comeback stories!  Be blessed!

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