NEXT

June 1, 2010

I (and a ton of our singles) just returned yesterday from our trip to the NEXT conference.  It’s always difficult to summarize all that took place there but I’ll try!   The weekend is packed with wonderful worship, world-class teaching, community groups, time to hang out, kick ball, ultimate Frisbee, meals in downtown Baltimore (with 100′s in line with you!), reunions with friends from other churches, fellowship late into the night, too little sleep, prayer, application, and lots of coffee – all with close friends plus 2500 other attendees.  We are glad to report that his year’s conference was simply outstanding.  We want to thank everyone who prayed for us while we were away and I look forward to all the stories you’ll hear about how God met us.

So, in light of our return from this conference, I’d like to encourage everyone in the church in two ways:

1)  Ask someone you know who went:  What is one reason you believe God had you go to that conference?  I think it will encourage you to hear from those who went the ways that God was at work!

2)  Listen to what we heard!  You can listen to all the messages online here.  I’d encourage you to – they are awesome!

We all look forward to being back at church on Sunday and worshiping together.  Conferences are great – but there’s no place like home!

Grace to you,

Eric


Church Picnic is ON!

April 24, 2010

We are in faith that God is going to hold back the weather and allow us to enjoy our planned picnic tomorrow! Please continue to pray with us for good weather and bring an umbrella tomorrow if you’re nervous!

Have a great day!

The Pastors


Good Friday Service

April 1, 2010

We want to invite everyone to join us for our Good Friday service tomorrow night from 7:00 – 8:00.  We will have time to sing, look at Scripture, reflect on what He has done for us and share communion together.  This has always been a sweet time together, so please plan to come!

“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Isaiah 53:4-6


NEXT: Sign up today…

March 31, 2010

…and get $25 off registration!  Today is the last day for early-bird registration for NEXT.  It looks like over 50 young adults have already registered from SGC.  I am excited about attending this conference with you and trust that God will encourage us as we gather, teach us as we study His word, meet us as we worship and respond and equip us for life and godliness in Christ Jesus as we apply what He’s taught us!  Check out the website here!

Eric


All I Have is Christ

February 17, 2010

Last Sunday we sang All I Have is Christ together in response to the sermon.  There are three things that you might not know about that song and more particularly – about the author.

1)  My friend Jordan Kauflin wrote that song.  Jordan is Bob Kauflin’s son and I’ve known Jordan for many years through our friendship with the Kauflins.  Jordan is a fine drummer and we have had the chance to serve on different worship teams together.  Jordan is also now a fine songwriter and many have been encouraged by this song to trust fully and only in Christ.

2)  My friend Jordan and his wife Tali found out just last week that their son Jack has leukemia.  I think we all can imagine that the shock of this hit hard. While all reports are that Jordan and Tali are trusting in God (you can read an update from Tali on her blog here) at this time, they can use our prayers.  Please pray for complete healing for Jack.  Please pray for wisdom and direction.  Please pray for God’s comfort for their little boy and the Kauflin family.  Also, please pray that God would be glorified through it all.

3)  Finally, Jordan is currently a student at the Pastors College and a classmate of Albert’s.  Please pray that God will use Alb and Jen and those around Jordan and Tali to minister to them.  Last year, while we attended the PC, we had a family go through a significant medical trial and how wonderful it was to see God’s grace poured out on them in the context of loving and supporting friends.

We know that the Kauflin’s will experiencing the deep love and grace of God and pray toward this end.

Grace,

Eric

PS:  Bob Kauflin also posted about this over at Worship Matters.


Meeting today is ON!

February 7, 2010

Please use care on the roads, but our meeting will take place as planned.