Author: Jennifer Harper
The Tuesday AM women’s Bible study will begin Priscilla Shirer’s Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath, a 5-week dvd series on Tuesday, January 30th, 9:30 AM. If you’d like to order the workbook that goes with the study ($15), please contact contact Jennifer Harper.
The Tuesday PM study will begin a series by Joyce Meyer on the book of James; contact Kim Norton for more information.
Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox Ministry collects year-round, and we’re excited to partner with this outreach again this year. We’ll collect for Boys & Girls, ages 10-14 years. This month’s collection focus:
Toothbrushes | Chapstick | Stick Deodorant | Small Hairbrushes.
Thank you, SWC, for your incredible generosity in 2017; we’re grateful to work together to share the love of Christ with children around the world.
Psalm 63:1-3 (ESV)
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
Arizona is my birthplace, but the best years of my childhood were spent in the Pacific Northwest, specifically, in the state of Oregon. It is overwhelmingly beautiful with its craggy coastline, mountains, forests and flowers that grow in riotous color. The dark rich soil and the constant drizzle of rain seemed to make everything grow without effort. Years later when I returned to Arizona, I found the local plant life difficult to accept, scrubby trees in varying shades of brown, and bushes replete with thorns. As unlikely as it might seem, I have since come to regard their unexpected beauty. The plants of the Southwest must be tenacious of life, and given enough water, they may thrive in otherwise barren places. The Agaves, Saguaros and “Seuss-like” Joshua Trees are becoming familiar and beautiful to me because they are strong. Their ability to survive is reassuring and reminds me that our Heavenly Father is the Giver and Sustainer of life, for plants and people. His love is greater than hardened soil, a hardened heart, or the difficult circumstances that we may face. King David gave us the model for such times: As we gaze upon the beauty of the Lord in the midst of our dry times, we can be restored. His presence brings fresh life even, or especially, in the wilderness.
We’re excited to partner with Hustle PHX in their entrepreneur program for people in our city. Hustle PHX encourages the creation of sustainable business ventures that affirm the dignity of people and lead to the flourishing of all communities in Phoenix. Through their program, they provide a limited number of carefully selected entrepreneurs with three essential kinds of capital: Intellectual, Social, & Financial.
Want to get involved in a more hands-on way, or just want to know more about this great outreach? Here’s a link for more information or volunteer opportunities.
Sunday, November 5th, we had an exciting and inspiring SWC missions overview in the morning service. Pastor Larry presented of all the SWC Missions Partners, local and global, and talked about ways to be involved, through practical means, through giving and through prayer. Pastor Martin from Agua Prieta shared a beautiful message about compassion, and the Reconciliation Church choir and Hustle Phoenix were our special guests, as well. If you missed this great day, or just want to experience it again, click the link below.
Think, Live, LOVE Globally: Missions Celebration 2017
This is a brief overview of the various outreaches that we were able to participate in over the last year.
Pastor Theron & Jewell Holland and Joe & Joyce Leonardi lead a ministry that is especially focused toward those who are incarcerated at Arizona State Prison in Florence. In this dark place, the Hollands and Leonardis are taking the light of Christ to men who need to hear the message of salvation and freedom offered by God.
Another way that this team reaches out to those incarcerated is through written correspondence, beyond their frequent visitation. They build relationships and offer encouragement and discipleship with these men on a regular basis.