Merry Christmas ONEchapel!
Christmastime is my favorite season of the year. I love the lights, the evergreen trees and the sense of kindness that comes upon our society during the Holidays. Don’t let any Scrooge-like attitudes get the best of you. Instead, enjoy the gift of Jesus and share Him freely during this most wonderful time of the year! There’s so much happening…here’s a sample:
WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER
We’re praying for our families, church and city every Wednesday night at the ONEchapel Offices. If you need an encouragement in the middle of the week, come on over. We’ll pray from 7-8pm. 3800 Ben Garza Ln. Austin, TX 78749.
HIGH SCHOOL HOUSE PARTY!
High School students are meeting at Darren and Lori Green’s (284 Limestone Trail, Austin, TX 78737) at 7pm tonight (12/1) with Pastor Brent for fabulous fun, worship and encouragement. If your teenager needs some good friends, this is the place! The Jr. High House Party will be Sunday (12/4) at 5pm at the same location!
CONNECT GROUP LEADER TRAINING
If you’re even thinking about possibly leading a connect group someday…join me this Saturday (12/4) at the ONEchapel Offices for a morning of fellowship, vision and training. We’ll have a little refreshment around 8:30am and begin promptly at 9am, ending around 1:30pm. This training is required for Connect Group Leadership in January when we will start several more groups. Don’t miss it!
JOY TO THE WORLD SUNDAY!
This is the first Sunday in our new message series called NOEL! We will unwrap the Christmas story in a way you may never have heard before and speak of the joy of Advent! Don’t let the Holidays get you down, enjoy the wonder of peace on earth and the message of God’s joy sent to the whole world this Sunday morning at ONEchapel at 10am!
ONECHAPEL CHRISTMAS PARTY
And speaking of Christmas…let’s get together and celebrate the season on Wednesday, December 15th for an open house Christmas party at the ONEchapel Offices. We’ll have eggnog, hot cider and a bunch of other yuletide treats. PLUS, we’re holding our very own UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CONTEST, so rummage around and find the ugliest sweater in your closet and try to win a big prize! We’ll start at 6pm, judge the sweaters at 7:30pm and end at 9pm. It’s going to be HO-HO-Horrendous!
CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED!?!?
We’ve decided to postpone our Christmas Eve Service until next year. With set up and tear down at the theater, and the strain on volunteers and their families, we just felt like this is not the time to press. So, we’ll focus on some serving and other outreach opportunities instead. If you want to participate, find a Connect Group and join them in serving people in need this Holiday season.
WHERE CAN I FIND A CONNECT GROUP?
I’m so glad that you asked. The best place to find Connect Groups is www.ONEchapel.com, and then click on Connect Groups for the list. If you want even more info on the groups, go to www.myONEchapel.com where you can create your very own profile, join the group of your choice and update all of your personal information at the same time. It really is a great tool and completely secure. Try it at www.myONEchapel.com.
MOVING TO TWO SERVICES!
As you’ve probably noticed, Sundays are getting more crowded, and as a result, we need to make room for those who Jesus is adding to ONEchapel. Every week someone makes a commitment to follow Jesus and we need to make sure that continues. Even though it may be a bit inconvenient, it is worth our time and energy to have two services. Plus, there is really no extra set up or tear down, and since we’re getting to the place where we can rotate our teams, allowing everyone to serve a service and then attend a service, this is the right time for expansion. January 9th will be our first Sunday for not ONE, but TWOchapels! Let’s GO!
I’m so excited about what is happening right now at ONEchapel as people are growing, connecting and serving one another, and I believe there is much more to come! Let’s keep moving forward in building a community of love that’s aggressively living and sharing the GOOD NEWS of Jesus in Austin.
Shine your light!