BAPTISMS

If you have not been baptized yet, we would love to make that happen! We believe baptism is a symbolic act of obedience by a believer that publicly declares he/she has placed her/his trust in Jesus Christ as Savior. It is a public declaration, an outward expression of inward change that Jesus has made in you. On August 22, we will have a special baptism service where we will baptize all of those who are ready to take this step. Click here to learn more and sign up for baptism!

BRANCH YOUTH GROUP

Branch Youth Group (BYG) is in their summer game series, Tribal Wars, and would love to have any students grades 6th-12th join them on Wednesday nights! Each Wednesday during the summer, BYG meets in the sanctuary at 6:15 p.m. for service, then heads outside for crazy, messy, fun team games as each tribe competes to win an end-of-the-summer prize. The night ends at 8:15 p.m. and all students are welcome. If you have questions or want to learn more, email Pastor Nelson!

NEXT

First time joining with us? Maybe you tuned in during the pandemic and interested in learning more about how to get connected? Join us after second service on the third Sunday of each month for NEXT. This monthly gathering is a short, informational meeting with some of our team members where those who are newer to our church can learn more about who we are, what we believe, and how to get connected here.

SERMON SERIES

Our summer series, This Is How We Know, is a verse-by-verse look at the book of 1 John as we explore what it means to continue growing in relationship with Jesus Christ. We’ll examine what we call the “growth trinamic,” the three concepts that are an integral part of knowing we are growing: belief, obedience, and love. We’ll also send home a Scripture memory card each week so we as a church family can practice infusing God’s word into our lives. Hope to see you there each week!

BRANCHKIDS TOPICS

Wondering what our kids are up to? Here’s what BranchKids is covering this summer:

  • July 4–Happy Independence Day!  This month Early Childhood and Elementary students are focusing on trusting God.  They’ll hear the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and trust that God is always with me!
  • July 11–Today Elementary students will hear from Jaclyn Crawford about her inspiration and heart behind the Portage Park Treasure Box Project and practice loving our neighbors by decorating and packing extra boxes for Jaclyn to hand out to people in our community!  Early Childhood will hear the story of Peter walking on water and see how Jesus helps us trust God.
  • July 18–Early Childhood and Elementary students will hear about the armor of God and learn how we can use what God has given us to stand strong.
  • July 25–Early Childhood and Elementary students will learn that God loves us no matter what so we can trust Him!
  • August 1–This month Early Childhood will be hanging out in the Construction Zone and learning about our powerful God.  This weekend they’ll learn how God made me BECAUSE God is powerful!  This month Elementary students will dig deep into the connection between wisdom and God’s character.  This weekend, they’ll hear how Jesus grew “in wisdom and stature” and learn that wisdom is worth searching for.
  • August 8–Early Childhood will hear the story of Moses and the Red Sea and learn God’s power is awesome!  Elementary students will hear how Solomon asked God to give him wisdom and how we can trust God to give us wisdom as well.
  • August 15–Early Childhood will hear how God gave Moses and the Israelites water from a rock and learn God’s power can give me what I need.  Elementary students will dig deep into Proverbs 22:3 and remember to think before we act.
  • August 22–Early Childhood will hear the story of Daniel eating food in Babylon and learn how God’s power can help me make the right choice.  Elementary students will hear a story of Rehoboam from the Old Testament and how he chose to spend time with fools.  Students will learn it’s important to hang out with wise people.
  • August 29–Early Childhood will hear the story of Daniel and the Lions and learn that God’s power can protect me.  Elementary students will be encouraged to never stop growing in wisdom.