Most of the time, we try to define love with a bunch of words and stories, but frankly, that often just falls short. Love is a verb and is best understood by doing not talking, so this week (November 14-21) we will be collecting canned goods and other nonperishable foods to pass out during service time to some of the families in our community. Please be sure to bring something or even a few dollars in order that those less fortunate than most of us may have food not just on thanksgiving but for weeks to come.
Bins and Boxes will be found in the cove entrance and the main entrance.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends,since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:7-12
Have you ever been engaged in an intense battle of Words with Friends when your friend drops some word that absolutely has to be made up? Yet, when you look it up in the dictionary, your glorious moment of being right is stolen from you as you have found out that your friend somehow knew that “nunatak” was a word having to do with glaciers. (Personally, my guess is that it had to do with an attack by nuns but so be it.) Similarly, we sit in church sometimes and all of a sudden we hear these words used that render us as perplexed as “nunatak.” What is faith? Love? Grace and mercy? Sure, society has all sorts of meanings for these words, but what do they mean when they’re constantly thrown out during church? Are they really that different from society? Or are they just “churchy” words to which the rest of the world is clueless?
Well, come join us the next few Wednesday nights and find out for yourself what on earth words like faith, love, grace and mercy actually mean in relation to God.
We are blessed to have Zen Hess with us this Wednesday night. Zen is a senior Biblical Studies major at Huntington University as well as the drummer for the campus praise band, Joyful Noise. With all honesty, I have met few Christians that p0ssess the passion Zen has for God; his humility and zeal as he strives to grow in grace and delve deeper into the knowledge of God are just so evident and contagious! You won’t want to miss what the Lord has to say through him, so be sure to join us November 7 at 6:30 as Zen Hess brings the Word.
-My best friend Schaad and I after diving off the sand dunes at the annual Water’s Edge Wilderness Retreat.-
As the son of the Senior Pastor it was only natural that I would spend a lot of time in church. In fact, I think I spent more time at the church than at my house! I remember back when I was in middle school and high school The Cove Youth Center would be open every day for teens from around town to come and just hang out. Needless to say, I went to The Cove every day. It was here, more than at any other time, that I got to get really close with my youth pastor and the other teens in the group. Sure, I know The Cove isn’t open every day now, but I was blessed to have a youth pastor and volunteers who had the ability to sacrifice that much time every day just so they could get to know me.
This coming Wendesday night (Oct. 24) the Anderson Zone churches will be meeting at our church for the Zone Revival. Our youth groups will be coming together for a special service at 7pm for worship and the Word. Afterwards, we will be having pizza and playing some dodgeball, so bring a couple dollars and a friend and be prepared the Lord to speak to you!
Our Bible Quizzing team kicked off it’s season last month at Fort Wayne Grace Point and did a fantastic job; though, it was a bit of a learning experience for us all. We are looking forward to our next quiz, which is here at our very own MCoN on October 13, so if you’re free, stop by between 9am and 3pm to cheer us on!
Water’s Edge recently kicked off the new school year by reopening the Cove After-School Program. Come join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-6:00PM for ping pong, movies, pool, video games, homework help, SAT prep or just to hang out.