Update: week of 03/30: David’s story, Sozo Training, Baby Cooke!, , and Kindness for Kids!

David and heathHello, everyone:

This week we’ll move through further into the Old Testament prophets, just before stepping into the New Testament next week in our ongoing series through the Bible.

If you haven’t heard it yet, I encourage you to go online and listen to David’s story. He spoke to us about Jonah, and about what God has done for him… In both of their stories, we see that you can run… but God always brings you back to Himself. David has an incredible story that ended with the first standing ovation I’ve seen. It was well deserved.

By that way, that’s David in the pic above- he’s the silly one in the background, passing out a graduation certificate to a man who’s recently completed the program at The Village!

Here are a few other updates!

1. Kindness for Kids is in two weeks on April 12, 2014, a great day to get out and serve the neighbors. The Village Street Ministry Team has been collecting toys for kids in need and has a series of neighborhood projects lined up.

They’ve been working closely with the Neighborhood Association President to line up a great morning of reaching out to love others. They’ll hit the streets at East Brownsville Park, this Saturday, 11am to 2pm, for Kindness for Kids. The day will include toy giveaways, face painting, moon bounces, toy giveaways, and hot dogs.

Contact Blake Wilson (blakewooson@yahoo.com) for more info.

2. Sozo training is on the same day, all day… 9 am until 4 pm, at Berney Points Baptist Church’s facility (2250 Blue Ridge Blvd, Hoover, Alabama 35226). 

Contact Brannon Nix for more info (sozobirmingham@hotmail.com)

3. Welcome baby Miriam Mae Cooke to the world! Jason and Heather welcomed her March 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm- on her grandmother’s birthday. She checked in at 20.25 inches and 7 pounds, 4 ounces. And she smiles when she sleeps (true!). Congrats, Cookes!

That’s all for this week!

I look forward to teaching you this Sunday, worshiping with you, and enjoying another week together.

We love you all,

Andrew and Cristy

Updates // week of March 16- Community Service Day (4/12), Baptisms, Audio up

photo 2Hello, everyone:

Here are the updates for the week of March 16!

1. Street ministry opportunity on April 12, 2014, a great day to get out and serve the neighbors. The Village Street Ministry Team has been collecting toys for kids in need and has a series of neighborhood projects lined up.

They’ve been working closely with the Neighborhood Association President to line up a great morning of reaching out to love others. They’ll hit the streets at East Brownsville Park, this Saturday, 11am to 2pm, for Kindness for Kids. The day will include toy giveaways, face painting, moon bounces, toy giveaways, and hot dogs.

Contact Blake Wilson (blakewooson@yahoo.com) for more info.

2. We’ve got the audio up from last week. We’ve been stomping through the Bible for a 13 week series that took us to the exact midpoint this past Sunday when we talked about David’s bread and cheese delivery service

This week we’ll move on to Solomon.

3. Baptisms next Sunday. The 30th is the final Sunday of the month- and that means baptisms. You can sign up this Sunday by completing a communication card- or just show up that day ready to go! Here’s a link to one of our teaching on baptism.

See you this weekend.

We love you all,

Andrew and Cristy

PS- the video announcements from this past Sunday are below.

http://vimeo.com/88460993

Updates, week of 03/2- Aloha, Daylight savings time (Spring forward), Deborah’s message…

Aloha, everyone!

Cristy and I are back after an incredible trip to beautiful Hawaii. We’re glad to be back- but loved our time away and look forward to going back.

Here are a few updates for you this week:

1. This week is Daylight Savings Time / Spring Forward. You can either wake up at 2:00 am, the official time to forward your clock for an hour, or you can just do it before you go to bed.

2. I heard Deborah did an incredible job teaching you all this past week. Her message on Rahab will be up on our media site soon. I’m so grateful for the gifts God has given us in the people who walk with us.

By the way, if you’re a woman and want to meet other women, Deborah leads a study in her home each Tuesday evening.

3. This week we’ll talk about Ruth- an incredible story that talks about the primacy of people in our loves- not positions, not possessions, not even personal opportunities that may come our way. I’m look forward to sharing with you some simple truths I’ve been soaking on as I walked down the lava beaches of Hawaii and as I sat (for seemingly endless hours!) at 35,000 feet.

Plus, we’ve got a few fun things we’ll do during our time together this week, as well.

We love you all,

Andrew and Cristy

PS- I have attached the video from last week’s announcements here:

Weekly update, week of 2/23: New sight and sound gear, through the Bible series, and Awaken to Grace

Hello, everyone:

The announcements from this past Sunday’s service are above. Here are the other updates for the week of February 23, 2014.

1. I love the new set-up. Over the past several months that we’ve been at the UCP building, we’ve been saving money to, at some point, do things well. So, we’ve used “pieced together” sound gear from a few things we borrowed from various places- all for which we’ve been extremely grateful. Those friends helped us 1) start worshiping as a larger group while 2) being able to save money to buy the things we wanted and needed when the time came.

That time was / is now… Over the past 3-4 weeks we’ve ordered some equipment- sound and visual- that has all arrived. I hope you will like the changes we’re implanting.

Jonathan, Brandon, and their teams have spent a lot of time planning, figuring, lifting… many thanks to them.

2. I’m enjoying the 13-week run through the Bible. Honestly, I wasn’t sure we would be able to do it without just bombarding you with too much information each week, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised as to how easy it’s going, connecting the dots.

The next two weeks will take us to two women in the Bible who played pivotal roles… We will look at Rahab this week… and Ruth the week after that.

3. In the video announcements we referenced the “Awaken to Grace” classes that we hope to start in the next 60 days or so… We’ll pass more info on to you in the next several weeks. For now, you can learn more on our website- where you can even download the material.

That’s all for now. Have an incredible week- and we’ll see you soon.

We love you,

Andrew and Cristy

Updates for week of 02/16- Celebrating people, Through the Bible in 13 weeks, and Women’s study

DSC_1990Hello, everyone:

Here’s the updates for the week of February 16, 2014. By the way, I’ve placed the video announcements from this  Sunday at the bottom of this post).

1. I love it when we celebrate grew things happening to people in our church. The Bible tells us in Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Sometimes, we get to weep together- it’s fun when we get to celebrate together.

This week, it was incredible to celebrate that Chauna has been drug free for 9 years! It’s a great reason to have cake at the church- and an even greater reason to give thanks. I loved having you all pray for others, too, to walk in the same freedom and wholeness.

2.We’re rocking along in the 13-week series that runs us through the entire Bible. We’ve hit Adam & Eve, Noah, and now Abraham. Go to our media site for the latest uploads.

Next week we’ll look at Moses. I’m looking forward to teaching you again some of the great truths of Scripture- in a way that connects all of the stories in the Bible together, to highlight the one big story of what God has done and is doing!

3. The women’s study on The Shack starts this week at Deborah Bowles’ house. For more info on this weekly / Tuesday evening study, email Deborah (dl.bowles@prodigy.net).

That’s all I’ve got for this week! You guys have an incredible week- enjoy the warmer weather. See you next Sunday.

We love you,

Andrew & Cristy

Weekly update / new video announcements, new sermon series, new women’s group

Hello, everyone:

Here’s the weekly update…

1. You’ll notice that we’ve got a few changes rolling out… We’re placing announcements on video, now, and we’ll start having a worship guide, communication card… and a few other things… including announcements on video (like the one above) that will play during our worship services- and on our website.

Over the next few weekends, you’ll see some new sound equipment… a better projector… a few other items to make things flow more smoothly. It’s all part of getting things a bit more organized so that things can roll a bit smoother.

By the way, we’ll start implementing some ministry teams in the near future (most of them have been rolling- we just don’t have an easy “on ramp” in place for you to get involved, and that will be another change). You can read more about that here (class) and here (ministry teams).

2. The new series, Bible People, is rolling. The first talk on Adam and Eve is up- we’ll hit Noah this week. Over the next few months, we’ll walk (run) through the entire Bible. You’ll see how all other stories connect, and actually be able to find your way around the entire book fairly easily by the time we’re through.

I’m grateful to Trent for teaching us this week. Trent has an amazing story of leading in an organization, to spending some time with the Department of Corrections, to now moving into the Director of Operations position at The Village.

By the way, after his sermon, I referenced a story I read on the Internet about a pastor who thought it was a big, big deal when his church welcomed one ex-felon into the congregation. I’m grateful that you are all so incredibly welcoming to guys and gals with a past… that you see what the Lord sees and allow them to even lead and lead well- with no explanation, no back-story required… just a trust that grace covers and then empowers…

3. Small group for ladies. Deborah Bowles is heading up a small group for women- in her home. The group will meet on Thursdays. Email her directly (deborahbowles@remax.net) for more info, directions, etc.

By the way, our friends at Starbucks (Lakeshore / Wildwood Shopping Center location) have been giving us the coffee free of charge each week, for the past several months. Please tell them thank you if you’re ever in the store!

We love you all- see you Sunday.

Andrew & Cristy