Let's do this together

New Year's resolution season is in full swing. At church, one of the most common resolutions I hear mentioned is the desire to read the Bible more, often to tackle the whole Bible in a year.

Whether you're a novice or a pro, the idea of that much reading may seem daunting to you. That said, we want to help!

If you'd like to get into your Bible more this year than last, there are an abundance of resources - and that can be intimidating, so we've narrowed it down to three options for getting into your Bible more.

  1. Get into a small group! You can browse the small group directory online here or call April at the church office 563.391.5488.
  2. Try this One-Year Bible Reading plan from divinementor.com.
  3. Try this 30-days with Jesus reading plan from Zondervan.

Here are a few tips for making your new adventure a success:

  1. Treat your Bible time like a vacation: Put it on your schedule & go for it!
  2. Do what you can each day.
  3. Show yourself grace. No need to throw in the towel if you miss a day or two (or thirty).
  4. Find a friend who wants to take this journey with you & scheudle a time to talk about what you're reading together.

Let us know what you're doing to stay in the Word. You can send us an email at contact@christchurchdavenport.org or reach out to us on social media (links below). We can't wait to hear how it's going for you!

Hear Christmas Different

Advent is one of my favorite seasons. There is just something special in the air around Christmas. This excitement spills over into our church and into our worship. So much of our Christmas music is steeped in tradition. It is filled with nostalgia and often times feels like home.

For Advent at Christ Church, you will hear Christmas classics like Silent Night and Joy to the World. You will also hear some newer pieces of music in both our Traditional and Modern gatherings.

I challenge you to hear Christmas music differently this year.

Don't let it just whisk you away to traditions from your childhood. Be present with the songs. Think about how Christ's coming to earth is still relevant in your life today. Above all, I invite you to sing the anew this year! As we sing "O come let us adore him" or proclaim "Let earth receive her king" it is our hope that we do gather around Christ and adore him and that ALL would receive Christ as king. This is a special time! I look forward to worshiping with you all!

 **Nursery available at 9:30 AM & 10:45 AM; no Kid Start programming**

**Nursery available at 9:30 AM & 10:45 AM; no Kid Start programming**

Kid Start Updates

This fall has flown by! During the month of October, kids learned about how David became King. Our October Bible verse was October Bible Verse: “The LORD sees into the heart:” 1 Samuel 16:7. These are the BIG Bible points the kids loved learning about:

  • God cares for us
  • God wants us to love Him
  • God wants to know our heart

During the Month of November, kids learned about King Solomon with the focus on wisdom. We studied the following Bible verses:

  • Proverbs 6:6—to work hard like ants
  • Proverbs 10:1—wise vs. foolish sons
  • Proverbs 17:17— a friend loves at all times

Here are a few our smiling kid’s faces for you to enjoy!

Simply Christmas

The holiday season is fast approaching with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner. The holidays are a joyous time, but also a busy time. It gets busy in our house as Helen redecorates. I am not much of a house decorator. I could leave the same stuff up all year long or nothing up for that matter. Helen, however, likes to be in the season. She has already pulled out the fall decorations in the two totes we have for those and then after Thanksgiving, I will have to pull those two totes back out to repack them and then start bringing in the 17 totes for Christmas decorations. (That number might be an exaggeration.)

We have the regular decorations like two Christmas trees, ornaments, lights and nativities that need to be put up. Then we have the Christmas figurines, Christmas hand towels, Christmas soap dispensers and Christmas draft-dodgers that need to be used. All kinds of Christmas decorations to remind us of the season. Mostly what all of these decorations remind me of is the work I had to do to get them out and will have to do to put them away. Helen does most of the decorating work, so I should not complain too much.

Thinking of all these decorations reminds me of the preciousness of the simple, quiet moments of Christmas. Sometimes those moments are significant because of the work done to prepare us for that moment and other times the moments are special without any preparation.

This holiday season we hope you will join us at Christ Church and be blessed by Simply Christmas. We hope Christ Church can be an oasis in the midst of the busyness of the season. We want you to be blessed by remembering the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. Join us for our Advent series that will lead us to Christmas Eve and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. We hope to offer simple moments of great blessing during this wonderful season of the year.

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Endeavor Happenings

Since the end of July, I have had the blessing to hang out with the most amazing students on Wednesday nights at Endeavor. These students are not only wanting to grow in their relationship with God, but they also want stronger relationships with each other. You can tell how much they enjoy each other as they gather each week.

Young people these days are pulled in so many directions. With all the different school and work commitments, we may not see every student every week. So, some weeks there are 40 of us and other weeks almost 60! No matter who is there, each week has had something special about it.

Some Wednesday nights have been focused on community building through games and small group discussions. Other nights we have discussed current events like racism and the shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas. God’s Word guides our time together with youth-led worship being a highlight each week.

This past weekend, we had a powerful retreat at Pictured Rocks Camp. Twenty-nine youth and adults experienced a whirlwind 28-hours of fellowship, food, Bible study, trust walks, caving, team building activities, worship and prayer. During our time away, the youth brainstormed about ways that Endeavor can help them grow in their faith walk.

We also started looking at “guidelines” to help keep youth focused on their faith while at Endeavor and not being distracted by phones, gossip, judgment, etc. We will continue tweaking these ideas as we being to prepare for the new year.

These teens are so committed to becoming stronger disciples of Jesus Christ so they can transform the world. Please keep Endeavor in your prayers as we continue to reach new teens for Christ and please continue your support and encouragement towards the teens that are here on Wednesday evenings.