PARKING LOT PAVING BEGINS MONDAY
The entire church parking lot will be paved beginning Monday morning, Aug. 22. It’s possible that enough of the work will be completed to allow parking for Wednesday evening. We’ll email an update on Tuesday or Wednesday with parking information. It’s very important not to drive on the fresh asphalt. Also, no bikes, people or basketball playing on the asphalt until it’s completely ready. If you need to come to the church building during the paving project, park in the Youth House lot, close to the building.
THE GATHERING CHURCH SOCIAL, SEPT. 11
Mark your calendars for Sunday, Sept. 11, as we worship with our brothers and sisters from CUMO and from the Ukrainian church. We hope you’ll stay for the meal following service, beginning at 11:30, which will be provided mostly by the church. Keep watching for details on what you can bring!
COMMUNITY GIVEAWAY IS SEPT. 17
The Community Giveaway is coming up – Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Clothes, toys, books, kitchen stuff, and small furniture items are welcome. Bring your donations to the church garage behind the Youth House by Wednesday morning, Sept. 14. We need volunteers to sort items before the event and folks to be on hand that morning. Please contact Pat Moore if you are able to help.
‘REVITALIZING THROUGH EVANGELISM’ MEN’S RETREAT SEPT. 23
This annual men’s retreat in Lakeville, Ohio, is one our church has frequently attended, and we plan to take a group this year. The cost is $60 for the two-day event. The pre-event golf outing is an additional $35. Visit the sign-up table in the lobby this Sunday to register or pick up a brochure for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CELEBRATE RECOVERY
Celebrate Recovery (CR) needs volunteers to be babysitters and kitchen bakers/servers. The group meets Monday nights from 6:45 to 9:30. Your commitment would be only one or two times a month. Contact Peggy Link at (513) 967-9983 or email@example.com if you can help.
YOUTH GROUP PROMOTION SUNDAY CELEBRATION, AUG. 21, 4-7 PM
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers at the fellowship hall to welcome our new 6th graders into the youth group. Let’s show them the fun, food, and fellowship that the Withamsville Youth Group is all about! If you would like to contribute to the party, guys bring drinks, girls bring chips.
GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER
From 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, we learn that God wants us to give willingly of our abundance and that we should do so cheerfully. When we do, it helps the church continue our work here and around the world. How to give: place cash or check in the contribution box, mail your check to the church, or use a credit or debit card to give online through CCB.
If you cannot join us in person this Sunday, watch through our YouTube livestream.
- Bible class starts at 9 a.m. — John’s Witness to Jesus
- Worship service starts at 10 a.m. – A Life Worth Living: Living Free – 1 Peter
Thank you for clicking the “like” button in YouTube under each class and sermon. This helps our online outreach to the community be more effective!
AUGUST PRAYER FOCUS
Be holy, because God is holy. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set you hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”—1 Peter 1:13-16 NIV
- Jan Eminger will have surgery for breast cancer on Aug. 31
- Abby Pauley will have surgery on Sept. 8.
- Craig Tennant’s daughter (and Duane Tennant’s granddaughter) Brittany is in the hospital with unexplained pain. An exploratory surgery is planned for Aug. 22.
- Our children and teachers as they return to school – elementary, middle school, high school or college
- Pizza Night – Wednesday, Aug. 31
- The Gathering Church Social – Sunday, Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.
- Community Giveaway – Saturday, Sept. 17
ROCKs events are for children ages 1 through grade 5. Children are encouraged to bring friends to all ROCKs fun activities!
Youth Group is for young people in grades 6 through 12. Youth are encouraged to invite friends to participate in studies and activities.
- Promotion Sunday Celebration – Sunday, Aug. 21, 4 p.m.
- Host the Teens at Mark & Karen Mason’s home – Saturday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m.
- Ice Cream Night – Wednesday, Aug. 31
John’s Witness to Jesus, Various Teachers – Main Auditorium
John’s Gospel reflects on different aspects of Jesus’s life than those in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. John says that Jesus did many signs in the presence of the disciples, but those which he has included were written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:31). Each week, we will review a different narrative from John focusing on chapters1-11, with the aim of deepening our faith in Jesus.
College and Young Adults Class – The Book of Ephesians, Mike Gulley’s Office
This book explains how the church comes to full spiritual maturity in Christ. The book describes the good news of what God has done and how it blesses our lives. It instructs us on how to live in light of those blessings and ends with encouragement to stand firm in the face of hardships.
Youth Classes – Like Me. A Journey Through the Commands of Jesus – June 12 through Aug 28
A rabbi invests in those He thinks can be just like Him. Jesus is no different. And He left behind a way to follow Him, to be just like Him, because He believes anyone can. This class looks at several different ways anyone anywhere can follow in the way of Jesus, based on the actual words of Jesus.
Children’s Classes – Solomon Built The Temple in last Sunday’s class. This week, children through grade 5 will see how earthly kings can never keep from sinning and how Solomon’s Sin Divided The Kingdom.
WEDNESDAY EVENING DIVE SERIES
Christian Thompson leads our Aug. 24 “Dive” class as we continue discussing how we can Dive Into Serving Others. Youth and adults will meet together in the Fellowship Hall. Children ages 2 through kindergarten meet in the loft while those through grades 1 through 5 meet in the downstairs classroom.