Posts from May 2020

Family Meeting Notes- Regathering

Regathering Update Regathering Commitments  We are committed to fervent prayer. How we regather is very complicated, so we ask you to join us in praying daily for our leadership team and other church leaders as we make important decisions that affect the spiritual wellbeing of the many people we care about. We are committed to loving both our church and city. This means that we get to be like Jesus as we humbly set aside our preferences to meet the…

Family Meeting Notes – Finances

Introduction  (John)  Elder Update Michael Coursey: Overview and Staff Thank You   Bruce Thede: PPP Loan Information   Budget Update (John)  Giving Update  MARCH GIVING REPORT: MINISTRY FUND March Budget: $170,000 March Actual Giving: $169,586.73 Difference: -$413.27 (-.002%) APRIL GIVING REPORT: MINISTRY FUND  April Budget: $150,000 April Actual Giving: $187,612.71 Difference: +$37,612.71 (+25.07%) 2020 JANUARY-APRIL BUDGET REPORT: MINISTRY FUND 2020 January-April Budget: $600,000 2020 January-March Actual Giving: $670,037.35 ($572,027.67 Jan-April 2019) Difference: +70,037.35 (+11.67%) Expense Update January-April   Actual Expenses  Budgeted Expenses  Over/Under…

Kids Lessons for 5/31

Preschool Lesson: Here is a snapshot of the lesson details for this week: BIG IDEA: God gives me friends who help.BIBLE BASIS: Exodus 7:1–13 PRESCHOOL MEMORY VERSE: “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 TODDLER VERSION: “You are my friends” John 15:14 Preschool materials Elementary Lesson: “Who is Jesus?” It’s so important that our kids know the answer to that question beyond a surface level. For that reason, we’ll be answering that question over the…

Prayer Guide: May 31 – June 6

20 minutes with Jesus prayer guide MAY 31-JUNE 6, 2020 In His Word. Begin by carefully reading one chapter a day. While you’re reading, write down things that stand out to you, questions you may have, and what you think the passage means. Then look for a command to follow, a promise to proclaim, and a prayer to be prayed. Write them down, too . . . then obey, proclaim, and pray! In Prayer. Our prayer emphasis is three-fold: We’ll…

Kids Lessons for 5/24

Hello parents! We hope these lessons have been helpful for you and your kids as you seek to lead your family in a Jesus-first life! If there’s any way we can help in your at-home discipleship, let us know. We are here to serve you. Our Kids staff made these short videos for you in a series we’re calling, How to “Do Church” at Home.  They are simple ways how we lead our families on Sunday and throughout the week. Hopefully…

Daily Devo 5-22-20

An Article from the Gospel Coalition Oregon Churches statement of unity

Reopening Update 5-21-20

Dear Morning Star family, It has been said many times, but we can’t say it often enough: We miss you and love you very much. Our prayers for you continue to be fervent and consistent as we seek to lead you to pursue a Jesus-first life. As you can imagine, we’re getting lots of inquiries about our future plans. Pastor Scott shared about the framework for regathering in a recent service, and if you’d like to hear what he said,…

Pastor John’s Notes from Bible Study Roundtable

Roundtables: How to Study the Bible. Definition for Studying the Bible: The quest to discover the meaning that has been conveyed in a text. What are the benefits of studying the Bible?  2 Timothy 3:16-17: Teaching, training, correcting, rebuking. Psalm 1:1-3: You will be spiritually fed Jeremiah 15:16: There is great joy and delight Psalm 119:3-4,11: Guide to life, helps us not to sin. What are some barriers to studying the Bible?  Time Satan Habits Cultural The Bible requires action…