Church Announcements 12/9

Hello church! We celebrated the second week of Advent this last Sunday. Here are some reminders about events coming up this season and discussion questions for your CG.

Announcements:

  • Brit Porter and Hayley Clements are hosting a ladies holiday hangout on Thursday, December 20th at 7pm in the Porter/Clements home! Address is 4921 43rd Avenue South, Seattle. Feel free to bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share, or just come as you for an evening of fellowship with the women of RVC! And – while we love our children – please leave them at home for this one. 😉 If you need a ride, please reach out to Shelly Lischke (shellylischke@comcast.net).

  • We need volunteers to help with our Christmas Eve service! You can help set up, clean up and/or bring refreshments. Please contact Brit Porter (nateandbrit@gmail.com) or Shelly Lischke (shellylischke@comcast.net) and let them know how you’d like to serve.

CG Questions:

Advent of the King: The Gospel of Matthew - Week #2 (Matt 1:18-25)

  • What's your favorite Christmas movie and why? 

  • What's the worst Christmas movie you have ever seen? 

  • Who are the hardest and easiest people to shop for on your Christmas list? 

  • What is one of your favorite Christmas gifts as a kid? 

This last Sunday we looked at the Christmas story in Matthew 1:18-25 and the big idea is that Jesus is God with us.

Jesus is GOD with us (Matthew 1:18-20) 

  • What is the significance of the Holy Spirit being the active agent of creation in 1:18? Where else and what else has the Holy Spirit created?  

  • The virgin birth described in this passage is one of the most contested miracles in the scriptures. Four response to the virgin birth are that it's impossible, it's a myth, it's a copycat or it just doesn't really matter. How would you respond to these objections? 

  • How is Joseph convinced of the virgin birth? What is the significance of the virgin birth in understanding who Jesus is and what he has come to do? 

Jesus is God WITH us (Matthew 1:21)   

  • What does the Angel tell Joseph to call the child from this miraculous birth in Matthew 1:21? Who are the people that Jesus will save from their sins? 

  • How would you explain sin to someone who has never heard of it? Why is it so important that Jesus came to save us from our sins?  

Jesus is God with US  (Matthew 1:22-25) 

  • How does the prophecy of Isaiah 7 speak of Jesus? 

  • How does the virgin birth shows God's redemptive love, God’s initiating rescue, and Jesus' unique nature?

  • How are we doing this Christmas season? What is God teaching you in this season? What challenges face you during the holidays? How can we support each other? How can we pray for each other? What is something God has been doing in your life that we can all rejoice in?   

Thanks and have a great week!

Church Announcements 12/2

Happy December, church!

First off, a huge thank you to everyone who helped us get Christmas decorations up and do some long-overdue cleaning in our storage rooms behind the auditorium. We let go of a lot of stuff we no longer need, found some stuff we didn’t know we had and were able to streamline the space back there. No more tripping over boxes when we’re trying to set up in the morning! And, best of all, the auditorium looks beautiful.

Announcements:

Irene shared some information about next year’s mission trip to the Philippines. Sign up deadline is January 31, 2019. For more information, please reach out to Irene Yung (irene.yung.rvc@gmail.com).

Remember to invite your friends and family to our Christmas Eve service on Monday, December 24th at 6:00pm. Printed invitations are available at the Welcome Desk.

Printed copies of the family Advent devotional are available at the Welcome Desk. If you’d like to download a digital copy, please see here: https://d1nwfrzxhi18dp.cloudfront.net/uploads/resource_library/attachment/file/916/Lead_Pastors_-_2017_-_Advent_-_Guide_-_Digital.pdf

CG Questions:

Advent of the King: The Gospel of Matthew - Week #1 (Matt 1:1-17)

  • What are some of your favorite things about the Christmas Season? What are you most looking forward to this Christmas? What is God teaching you this Christmas? 

  • We're beginning our study of the Gospel of Matthew with the goal of working through the book as we build up to Easter of 2019. What is your history with the book of Matthew? Have you ever read it all before? What do you think of it? What stands out to you in the book? What sorts of questions do you have about book? What are some of your favorite parts of Matthew? 

  • What do you know about your family tree? Who in your family do you most look like? Who in your family do you most act like? What family characteristics do you love and which ones do you want to avoid? 

  • As you examine Jesus' family tree which looks from Abraham to David (1:1-6), David to Exile (1:7-11), and the exile to the birth of the Messiah (1:12-17). Which characters jump out to you in Jesus' genealogy and why? How does Jesus' family tree show the grace of God at work in Jesus' own family? What ways can God's grace help us to not think we are better than others? What ways does God's grace help us to be open about our own shortcomings? What ways can you, and do you need to, extend God's grace to others?  

  • Any practical needs or ways we can serve one another this next week? How can we be praying for each other over the next week? 

Thanks, and see you next Sunday!

 Advent of the King: The Gospel of Matthew - Christmas 2018 - Rainier Valley Church

Advent of the King: The Gospel of Matthew - Christmas 2018 - Rainier Valley Church

Church Announcements 11/25

Happy Tuesday, church family!

Announcements:

  • Christmas decorating and church clean up is this Saturday, 12/1 at 9:00am. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided! If you need a ride to the church that morning or would like to lend Christmas decorations to our cause, please contact Kari at operations@rainiervalleychurch.com.

  • We will host an informational meeting about church membership on Sunday, 12/2 after service. Please let Pastor Kyle if you’re planning to attend.

CG Questions from “Kingdom Promise” Haggai 2:20-23:

  • Do you regularly wear any rings? What does it look like, where did you get it, what do you like about it? What’s the story behind the ring(s) you wear regularly?

  • Haggai’s final prophetic word is addressed only to Zerubbabel, why is that? What is Zerubbabel’s background? What does Zerubbabel represent? (Hag 2:20)

  • What does the prophet Haggai mean when he writes that God will shake the heavens and the earth? Is this referring to an earthquake? What other passages in the scriptures use this metaphor of a cosmic shifting? Why does God inspire the biblical authors to sometimes use metaphorical language in the Bible? What advantages and disadvantages of using and interpreting metaphorical statements?  

  • If God is perfect, holy, and righteous by nature, how should he and must he respond to sin? What does a good God have to judge sin? Why does true goodness require judgement?

  • Our culture doesn’t like the idea of God judging sin of any kind but what ways does our culture make all sorts of different moral judgments all the time?  There are multiple times God says “I will” in this passage, what does this teach us about God’s control and role in world events and human history?

  • Why are such great and lofty things spoken over Zerubbabel when we know from history that very little ever became of him? What can we learn about the nature of the Messiah from this passage? If you had only this passage about the messiah, what would the Messiah look like? What do we learn about Jesus, the true Messiah, from the book of Haggai?

  • Let’s pray together, asking God to help us apply what we have learned in Haggai and thanking Him for his power in history and his victory in the Messiah.  

Thanks, and see you soon!

 

Church Announcements 11/18

Hello Church Family,

Happy Thanksgiving week! Here’s a summary of announcements, community group questions and questions you can ask your family and friends around the Thanksgiving table.

Announcements:

  • Christmas decorating and church clean up will take place on Saturday, 12/1 at 9:00am. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided! If you need a ride to the church that morning or would like to lend Christmas decorations to our cause, please contact Kari at operations@rainiervalleychurch.com.

  • We will host an informational meeting about church membership on Sunday, 12/2 after service. Please let Pastor Kyle if you’re planning to attend.

 

6 Good Questions to Ask Your Family/Friends Around the Dinner Table this Thanksgiving:

  1. What experience or opportunity are you most thankful for this year?

  2. What book, article, blog post or sermon impacted you the most? 

  3. What have you learned about God, yourself or others this year for which you are most thankful?

  4. If you could thank one person today—near or far, living or dead—for their influence on your life, who would that person be?

  5. Who is one person you’ve never really thought of to thank for their contribution to your life, but would like to this year?

  6. For what do you feel most grateful to God this Thanksgiving Day 2018? 

CG Questions from “Kingdom Purity”  Haggai 2:10-19:

  • Off the top of your head, what are the first things that come into your mind when you think about the word “holiness”?  

  • What are some behaviors and activities that people in Seattle would perceive as holy, good, acceptable, pleasing, and righteous? What kinds of traditions and ceremonies do people regularly take part in that help them to feel like they’re forgiven, acceptable, and righteous?

  • How is it possible for us to go through religious ceremonies when our hearts are still far from God? How can we better move the focus of our attention from external conformity to internal transformation? How can we keep short accounts with God and other people so we don’t allow ongoing sin to divide us from God, his church, and others?  

  • God is using economic hardships to call his people back to faithfulness. God is always working through economic recessions and financial misfortunes to produce revival in our hearts through repentance and refocusing on his priorities. How have you experienced God using difficulties in your life to bring about repentance? How have difficulties and challenges cause you to refocus your priorities? Instead of complaining about our circumstances, how can we see opportunities to grow, refocus, and repent?

  • God blesses those who faithfully walk in obedience. What are some of the blessings you have experienced from walking in obedience to God?

Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Haggai #2

Haggai #2 “Dealing with Discouragement” by Elder Candidate Steve Pratt

Announcements:

  • It’s time to clean closets and decorate for Christmas! Please join us on Saturday 12/1 at 9:00am. If you are available to help or have decorations to contribute please contact Kari at operations@rainiervalleychurch.com.

  • The next membership class will take place the week of 12/9. If you want to know more about the class, please attend an informational meeting on Sunday 12/2 after service.

  • We are hosting a Christmas Eve service on 12/24 from 6-7pm. We will have invitations to hand out to friends and family in the coming weeks.

Community Group Questions:

Haggai Week #2

“Kingdom Perspective” Haggai 2:1-9

  • Talk about a disappointing experience in your life that didn’t go the way you thought it would, what was your response? Did you get bitter, depressed, angry? How do you typically tend to respond to disappointment in your life?

  • What was discouraging the people of God as they rebuilt the temple? What situations and circumstances in your life cause you to feel discouraged? How can discouragement lead us to either better our situation or become bitter over our situation? What are healthy, God honoring ways of dealing with discouragement and what are destructive and God belittling ways of dealing with discouragement?

  • What three things does God call his people to do and remember as they continue working on the temple project? God promises his presence as a motivation for the people. How is the reality of God’s promised presence by the Holy Spirit a comfort and a motivator for you? What difference does the presence of God make in your life?

  • Why is God’s covenant with his people an assurance in the midst of difficulties? How does the truth of God’s sovereignty comfort and encourage you in the midst of life’s challenges?

  • Are there times when you have struggled to obey God because you feared that you would not have the necessary resources? How encouraging is it to know that we as Christians are a part of the greater temple, Jesus, who is promised presence of God with us? How is our temple better than the one in Haggai? In what ways can we experience the presence, peace, and power of God by the Spirit, in Jesus, our greater temple?

  • Let pray, giving God our discouragements, doubts, and frustrations and asking him for more of his presence and peace in our lives.

 Steve Pratt preaching on Haggai 2:1-9

Steve Pratt preaching on Haggai 2:1-9