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10 For 10 Coming to Beautiful Savior

Category:Events,Newsletter,Worship

“All the church ever talks about is money!”

You’ve heard it before. You may even have said it before. Let’s take that statement to task. It’s simply not true. It is true that we’ve spent three to four weeks in worship each year on a significant stewardship emphasis to encourage regular, consistent, generous offerings at Beautiful Savior. It is true that our leadership seeks to be transparent about our congregation’s financial health in our quarterly updates. Yet, that statement above is misleading: God desires so much more than our money! He wants us to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. If we could love God that way, money would not be an issue.

Frankly, we are again in serious need of an honest discussion about our love for God and how it is reflected in our use of his blessing of money—earning, spending, saving, and giving. Our congregation has enjoyed the blessing of subsidy funding from our church body for 20 years, but this significant blessing is no more. As a result, the budget that supports the wonderful ministry we carry out in La Porte anticipates $35,000 of red ink. Graphs of our monthly offerings show varying hills and deep valleys that cannot currently support such ministry.

Spoiler alert: You will hear biblical preaching on the stewardship of treasures this fall at Beautiful Savior. Late in September, we will challenge our Beautiful Savior family to give a tithe (10%) OR to increase the proportion of what they are giving for their weekly offerings for a period of ten weeks. Why this challenge? Our generous giving is one way in which faith-filled hearts respond to the riches of Christ and show the honor, love, and gratitude we have for what Christ has done. Giving is an act of worship. That’s the only reason collect offerings.

The practice of tithing (giving 10%) is at least as old as Abraham (Genesis 14:20). In Old Testament Israel, tithing was commanded by law. In the New Testament Church, tithing—along with all other methods of giving—is inspired by the gospel of Christ. Many Christians, free from compulsion, tithe as an exercise of their faith. Does God have the ability to keep us safe, warm and well-fed without 10% of our income? If we share an even greater proportion? Faith relishes the challenge. The Spirit is up to the task!

How is it possible to give as generously as a tithe– or more– and  do so freely and joyfully? Christ’s love empowers his poeple. It flows freely from Christ “who loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). Generosity to God is a response to Christ’s willing sacrifice for us.

Tithing serves New Testament Christians as a benchmark for proportionate giving. The Apostle Paul said, “…each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). As New Testament Christians, tithing is a practice to be engaged in freely rather than a requirement to be met legally. Some of us are already in this spiritual habit. Inspired by God’s grace, we may seek to give more, more often, or more creatively. For others, tithing will be a big step and a significant test of faith. For still others, life-issues known to God may make a tithe currently unreachable. What about an extra percent, or two, or three? No matter where we are on the “giving spectrum,” this is true: Our trust in God’s goodness is well-placed!

“Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us to Him be glory in all the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”

Ephesiasn 3:20-21

You will receive several mailings, devotional pieces, and a commitment packet over the next four months as part of our 10 for 10 Stewardship Emphasis. Receive them in the spirit they are offered: As an opportunity to grow in faith and in the grace of giving. Study them. Think about them. Pray through them. They will help keep our stewardship emphasis centered in Christ and the cross as we seek to avoid financial quick-fixes and gimmicks!

May the Lord of the Church richly bless our Beautiful Savior family as we seek to excel in the grace of giving!

In Christ,

Beautiful Savior’s Leadership Team

Brad Minnick, Patrick Wheeland, Barry Younggreen, Carl Rowe, Tom Klosowski, Brian Larson, Pastor Kevin Boushek


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The Hope of Easter

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Easter 2019 at Beautiful Savior

Hope is a beautiful word and a powerful force, but our hopes aren’t always realized.

Our hopes aren’t always realized.

Discover a hope that won’t disappoint – the Hope of Easter. Experience the good news of love, a new start, and the promise of eternal life – all connected to a world-changing event that brings hope.

Join us at Beautiful Savior for vibrant worship, an inspirational message, and a place for your family to discover The Hope of Easter

Easter Sunday

April 21st, 2019

9:30am

Series Continues Through June 2nd.


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Holy Week Worship

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Beautiful Savior offers several worship opportunities during Holy Week.  We would love for you to join us for any of these services!

Palm Branch

PALM SUNDAY

Sunday, April 14th – 9:30AM

Jesus triumphantly enters into Jerusalem as the King. We shout out joyful songs of praise.

 

Communion

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Thursday, April 18th – 7:00PM

Jesus demonstrates a love unlike any other. The King of kings becomes a willing servant.

 

CrossGOOD FRIDAY

Friday, April 19th – 7:00PM

Service of Darkness

Jesus gives up his body and pours out his blood as the perfect sacrifice.

Empty TombEASTER SUNDAY

Sunday, April 21st – 9:30AM

Celebration Service

Jesus is risen to free us! Freedom dawned for us on Easter morning as Jesus rose victorious.

An Easter Brunch will be served following worship. All are invited to attend.


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Scandal

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The President did what?!? The local pastor said what?!?

Scandals aren’t just bad because bad things occurred. Scandals deal with the things we did not see coming; things that shouldn’t happen. The plot and conspiracy that unfolded to condemn a man named Jesus two millennia ago is a scandal.

But there is more to this scandal than what transpired in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

The scandal includes us all!

The scandal of our sin caused all Jesus endured. Greater still is the scandal of God’s grace – his undeserved love for us – that alone moved him to send his own Son to die for us.

During this season of Lent we will unpack the scandal that took place 2,000 years ago and its significance for us today.

March 10 – April 14

Sundays at 9:30am

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

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Ash WednesdayMarch 6, 2019 – 6:30pm

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent.  On this day we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Yet, Jesus promises us new life in him.

Ash Wednesday has traditionally been observed as a day of personal reflection and confession before God.  We bare our soul open to him and confess our sins, and he is faithful and forgives us for the sake of Jesus.

A Note about Ashes

The Imposition of Ashes will be offered in Beautiful Savior’s service. The Imposition of Ashes has been a tradition of the Christian Church throughout history.  Ashes are a sign of mourning in many cultures.  On Ash Wednesday we mourn that our sins caused the death of our Lord.  For many, receiving ashes, either on the forehead or on their hand, serves as a reminder to them of the love of Jesus that led him to pour out his blood to rescue them from their sins.

Beautiful Savior offers the Imposition of Ashes for those who find this tradition beneficial for the focus of their meditation and worship. Those who do not desire the ashes are encouraged to use this portion of our service for personal reflection.


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Chosen

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The breakfast cereal. The new car.  College. Career path. Whether the choice is big or small, how do you choose?  On what will you base your choice? You want the best, the most reliable, consistent, and fulfilling option. So maybe it’s hard to imagine that God would ever choose you.

Maybe you are all too aware that your life is riddled with poor choices and decisions. Maybe you feel your weaknesses and inconsistencies are too hard to hide. Maybe you don’t care, but it doesn’t matter.  God has chosen you, because that is who he is and what he does.  His choice is based on his own undeserved love.

He has chosen you to be led by the Son whom he chose to be your Savior.  When you follow him you will discover that you have been chosen to be blessed and glorified, to show radical love, and to choose others.

Join us as we celebrate that we are God’s chosen.   

February 10 – March 3

Sundays at 9:30am

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New Year Revolution

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New Year Revolution

The good news of Jesus Christ is not superficial, but revolutionary.

Could we know the gospel and yet not really know the gospel? In much of Christianity moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel. In this series, we will seek to cut through the superficiality of religion and reacquaint ourselves with the revolutionary truth of God’s gracious acceptance of us in Christ. The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in us what religion never could: a heart that desires God.

Let the power of the light who has burst into the darkness change you and your world as you enter the new year.

Sundays, January 6 – February 3

9:30am


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Christmas 2018

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A Light in the Darkness

The world can be a dark place. We see it in the news. We see it in our lives. On the first Christmas, a brilliant light pierced the darkness. The child born in a Bethlehem stable had come to bring the light of forgiveness and peace to a darkened world. Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Our Christmas worship will feature and inspiring message, favorite Christmas carols, and a place to bask in the light of the Christ-child.

A Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Christmas Eve Worship

Candlelight Service – 4:30pm

Christmas Day Worship

Celebration Service – 9:30am


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Joyful Generosity Resources

Category:Bible Studies

Find links and downloads to accompany the Joyful Generosity study.  The study took place at Beautiful Savior in December of 2018. 

Budgeting

Spreadsheet Family Budget

Every Dollar 

Mint


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He Comes, Bearing Gifts

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Curly head dolls that toddle and coo. Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too. Santa Claus is comin’ to town.

You’ll hear those lyrics often during the holiday season—a song about a man who’s coming to bring all sorts of gifts. But, are they really gifts? The definition of a gift is “something given voluntarily without payment or condition.” The man in the red suit has conditions:

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good…


If you give someone a gift only if they meet certain qualifications, that is not a gift.

There is one who is coming, bearing real gifts, profoundly important gifts. Jesus came that first Christmas to win forgiveness and give all the gifts that come with it: hope, peace, joy, love. He is coming again at the end of this world to give you the gift of resurrection to eternal life. In the season of Advent, we connect Christ’s first coming with his second coming. We rejoice in all the unconditional gifts he gives. 

He is coming, bearing gifts. Let us prepare our hearts to meet him.

Join us on Sundays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th for this series. 

9:30am

On Sunday, December 23rd, there will be a special children’s service. 


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