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9:30 AM ► Worship Service + Children's Ministry


11:00 AM ► Worship Service + Children's Ministry



a message from Pastor Greg

aug 26, 2020

Good morning Creekside,


Well, it's Friday October 2, I can't believe it, we are cruising to the final 3 months of 2020...and most of us won't miss 2020!! Can you imagine all the things that will be written about this year in the history books? And to think, you lived it and survived it.


For a while there I was writing twice a week then I backed off to once a week, twice a month and now I have given some time in between to give us all a break from the constant chatter. Why the break? For one, cases of Covid are going down and hospital rates are going down so a need to communicate was easing up, second, most people are tired of talking about it (I'm in that category) third, at this point nearly 85% of our church has returned to worship either on Thursday or Sunday by now, so most folks are feeling confident about returning to worship. We just don't need much more of a constant barrage of Covid communication as we did 2-3 months ago to calm our nerves and remind us all that God is in control.


So here's what's happening now. As I stated above approximately 85% of our church have returned to in-person worship. Our attendance patterns are shot out of whack, but I would pray and trust you will find your consistency once again. As of the last month we have picked up about 30-40 new folks joining us in worship!! WOW, that is awesome, thank you God. We have also had 4 baptisms as of late. Our weekly average has creeped back up over the 300 mark (was 430-450). We were able to serve over 4,000 meals in Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura and we had our 3rd partnership with Houston Food Bank to feed another 150+ families in our own communities.


Here's what this means, God is at work and still moving in our congregation. Why would we think He would stop moving in our midst over a virus? This is a great reminder to all of us that God, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit are always at work!! Salvation still hangs in the balance and our church is still in the fight for redemption and the souls of people in Needville and our surrounding communities. Never give up and never surrender to our enemies and perceived enemies. The hand of God and the word of God will prevail in all circumstances. In my other ministry job we have started 3 new churches and assessed 8 potential new churches in the middle of this nonsense.


Back to our church, this means about 15% of you are watching from home or you have busy weekends. This is our third year of offering this opportunity on Facebook live. Keep watching and continue to engage on Sunday mornings!! Please check in with Ashlee and participate and not go unnoticed. As a pastor I care about all of us and I'm trying to keep up with as many as I can who are not present on a Thursday or a Sunday. I do so by you checking in on FB with Ashlee. Help me to pastor you and email me or text me with an update of your current health etc.


How about Thursday Worship? We call it "The Bridge", to bridge the gap of your busy weekends. We currently average 40 people on Thursday with about 150 chairs on the floor to get maximum safe distancing. It is the beginning of the weekend and it is a great alternative to the larger Sunday scene. I would encourage you to try a Thursday night worship experience to ease back into live worship without the "crowd". It all starts at 7:00p every Thursday.


How about some other stuff:

Youth is back! Learn more here or email Ashlee @ Ashlee@CreeksideFellowship.org

Safe Halloween will be on schedule for Saturday, October 31, 4-7:00p Details will be available starting this Sunday. Updates will be posted to Facebook and our website


Need a place to pray, write, think or have peace and quiet? 

Our Prayer Garden has been properly cared for, for over a year now by great volunteers. As of this week our "running creek" at the Garden has been restored!! It's a great place to contemplate what God is doing in your life. There are two benches provided or you may bring your own chair and hang out with our God!! Not sure where it's located? Ask me Sunday and I'll show you around. How about a "thank you" to our volunteers? We have about 6 volunteers doing the job...if you would like to be volunteer #7, 8 or 9 let me know and I'll add you to the team!


That's it for now. See you Sunday

I love this church!

Greg


Pastor Greg on "the grip of fear"

Here we are with the predicted second surge! I'm quite aware of fears, (I am almost repeating email content from two months ago) but I don't live by the grip of fear. I hope this statement makes sense. I make this statement in humble sincerity. 


2 Timothy 1:7 says "for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" as well as John 14:27, "...Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid". It's the "sound mind" phrase that first arrests my attention. Sound mind means the fear has been weighed, wrestled with, faced, understood yet dismissed because of a spirit of "calm". Ah! that's it. Not ignored or stick our head in the sand, but rather faced, measured and dismissed because of a "calm" that God has given us.


The night before open-heart surgery I slept like a baby! It was the best night sleep of the previous 7 days in the hospital. I was completely content. I remember as I was being strapped down to a surgical table and discussing the procedure, I could be afraid or remain calm. My heart would be taken out to have a hole cut in it to excise a tumor. My heart's new hole would then be patched with bovine material, then everything would be reconnected...easy as cake. A scientist from Space X was quoted, "there are a 1,000 things that can happen when you ignite a space rocket...only one has a good outcome". So it is, I remember thinking a thousand things can happen in the next 4 hours in this operating room, only one is good.


Finally, don't forget the Apostle Paul's words in Philippians 1:20-23 "For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don't know which is better, I'm torn between two desires..."


Of the Philippian verse above I'm struck by a second phrase. I highlighted it for you in bold and italicized it for you, "but if I live..." what a strange, bold, courageous, exciting and opportunistic statement. I have always hated the old brimstone and fire statement, "if you die tonight do you know where you will go? Heaven or hell?" I've always liked the other statement, "if you don't die tonight, how will you live for tomorrow...?" 


We are all wrestling with this Covid thing. We aren't out of the woods and in the "all clear". But rather in the midst of it all, the thick of it all, I'd still rather live in the confidence of my Lord. After wrestling and measuring it, I'll choose a spirit of calm". And as I live, I'll live with courage. I hope you will choose these two perspectives as well.