Due to the inclement weather service this Sunday, January 13th has been canceled.
Welcome to the second week in our January series all about SELF-CONTROL!
Let’s look at Proverbs 16:32, where Solomon uses the idea of a fighting warrior to help us understand that, regardless of the situation, being patient and keeping our cool is always the wise choice!
Bottom Line: Think before you lose your temper. God can give us the strength we need to pause and think about the consequences of our actions. Rather than letting our anger get the better of us, God can help us show patience and keep the situation under control.
Check out Studio252 to watch the Week 2 short story and movie (the So&So show): click here. Video will be available on Sunday, January 13th.
This year’s Christmas Offering continues through January 31st. We want to be ready when God says move. Our goal is to add $40,000 to our building fund. You can help by marking Christmas Offering on your offering envelope or choose Christmas Offering when you give online. Currently, we have raised $30,100 toward our $40,000 goal.
Ways to Give at SCC:
1. In service during the offering
2. Mail the postage paid envelope (In your bulletin)
3. APP - Download the app at get.theapp.co/1904
4. ONLINE - southcountycares.org/give
5. TEXT - text amount and area you want to give to 571/620-6271. Example: $50 offering
Thursday, May 16th through Saturday, May 18th. Cost is $165 per person which includes lodging and food. Retreat will be at Pine Creek Park in Gore VA. Check out the promo video at the bottom of this link where you can also sign up.
What is Fasting: Simply stated, biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. As a church, we are fasting in order to deepen our relationship with God and to walk in step with His plan and purpose. The best way to do this is to redirect our food source or something else of importance to us, such as tv or social media. Instead of doing these things, we replace them with Bible reading, prayer and journaling.
The overall goal is to experience a genuine hunger for spending time with God. Fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength, but the Lord will give us strength.
Fasting together as a church is a great way to begin our theme for the year - Engage. We believe God is going to do amazing things in 2019 as we seek God together.
The type of fast you participate in is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Fasting social media is another great option for those who are not able to fast food. They key is to replace these things with seeking God.
Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual discipline. Starting in January we will be reading Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. The book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. Each chapter includes exercises to help you begin the practices--individually and in a group context. The final chapter puts it all together in a way that will help you arrange your life for spiritual transformation. The choice to establish your own sacred rhythm is the most important choice you can make with your life. You can pick up your copy in the lobby on Sunday for $15. It is also available to download on Kindle for $10.
Week of December 30th read chapters 1 and 2
Week of January 6th read chapters 3 and 4
Week of January 13th read chapters 5 and 6
Week of January 20th read chapters 7 and 8
Week of January 27th read chapter 9
*Don't beat yourself up in you fall behind - just do your best. The goal is to grow together.