Big Events and Bigger Prayers This Week!

HAWAIIAN SHIRT SUNDAY
On July 29 we are celebrating summer with Hawaiian shirts, ukuleles during the service, and ice cream sundaes afterwards!   Share the post to your Facebook page to invite others to show off their best shirt too!

UNITY FEST—DAY ZERO
On August 8 the gates at Heritage Landing will open for the start of Unity Fest!  Show up at 5:00PM or earlier if you want to save a place for the group.  Bring money for food but entry is free!  All of Celebration and your friends are invited to enjoy David Crowder, speaker David Palau, and other musical guests.  The night will end around 10:30PM.  This is one of the coolest times you will have all year!  Don’t miss it!

FINISHING WELL
The new Children’s Area is almost done!  Take a tour to see what it will look like: Tiki Hut sign in, coffee bar in the Fireside Room, and cabinets in the Oasis and Children’s Nursery!  We are only $6500 short of completing the project!  Please send in your pledges or prayerfully consider financially supporting the project as we seek to finish well.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
July 27, Play to Learn Class, 10:00AM in the Fireside Room
July 29, Hawaiian Shirt Sunday
Aug 1, Baby Basics, 10:AM in Fireside Room
Aug 1, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
Aug 8, Unity Fest- Day Zero
Aug 13, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
Aug 24, Pray for Muskegon
Aug 26, Summer Ending Hot Dog Roast
Aug 26, Youth Group Summer Ending Party

 

PRAYERS

  • Praise God for 4 full barns of food for Orphans Unlimited in Mozambique. They are now able to feed their children in the village for the year!
    Pray for Jackie Knights dad who is recovering from surgery to remove cancers.
  • Pray for greater cooperation between Muskegon churches.
  • Pray for Becky Fredrickson who will have eye surgery on Friday.
  • Pray for families who are not able to positively resolve conflicts.
  • Pray for Bill Essenberg who broke his arm and knee after a bike accident last week.  He has surgery on Thursday.
  • Pray for Jim Espinoza’s daughter who is having trouble with her intestines.
  • Praise God for a great mission trip to Honduras for Pastor Rick and his wife Carlita.
  • Pray for Pastor Matt’s friend Seth who was just deployed for 4 months in Afghanistan.
  • Pray for those still searching for purpose in this life.
  • Pray for those with deep struggles they do not tell anyone about.
  • Pray for God to make us uncomfortable with our impersonal distance from Jesus.
  • Pray for boldness to invite friends to hear God’s good news.
  • Pray for lives surrendered to Jesus at Unity Fest in August.
  • Pray for those involved in our community and making an impact for Jesus.
  • Pray for family conflicts which seem to be unfixable.
  • Pray for those feeling restless in their journey with Jesus.
  • Pray for God to continue his work in us to transform every area of our lives.
  • Praise God for continued recovery for Roger Doctor (Brenda) from double knee replacement.
  • Pray for Ray, a Lakeside Community friend, who is losing his fight with cancer.
  • Pray for Teresa, Jeff K’s wife, who is dealing with the side affects of being weaned off her medication.
  • Pray for those who have had surgeries or injuries lately and need healing.
  • Pray for Lilia DuRose for safe travels to Ukraine.
World Missions Prayers: PRAY FOR MADAGASCAR
  • Pray for well-trained Christian workers willing to serve in isolated areas with difficult living conditions.
  • Pray for honest government leaders with a vision to bring their country to financial and political stability.
  • Pray for supernatural effectiveness by ministries aimed at urban youth and outreach to isolated areas.
  • Watch this Youtube video to pray specifically for this country: http://prayercast.com/madagascar.html

Don’t Miss This at Celebration!

Related imageHAWAIIAN SHIRT SUNDAY
We never have a dress code at church but on July 29 we strongly suggest you wear a Hawaiian shirt to celebrate summer!  Ask a friend if you don’t have one.  Grandpas always have one in the closet!  We will have ice cream sundaes after the service to add to the fun!

UNITY FEST—DAY ZERO
On August 8 the gates at Heritage Landing will open for the start of Unity Fest!  Show up at 5:00PM or earlier if you want to save a place for the group.  Bring money for food but entry is free!  All of Celebration and your friends are invited to enjoy David Crowder, speaker David Palau, and other musical guests.  The night will end around 10:30PM.  This is one of the coolest times you will have all year!  Don’t miss it!

FINISHING WELL
The new Children’s Area is almost done!  Take a tour to see what it will look like: Tiki Hut sign in, coffee bar in the Fireside Room, and cabinets in the Oasis and Children’s Nursery!  We are only $6500 short of completing the project!  Please send in your pledges or prayerfully consider financially supporting the project as we seek to finish well.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
July 20, Play to Learn Class, 10:00AM in the Fireside Room
July 23, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 24, Pray for Muskegon
July 25, Baby Basics, 10:AM in Fireside Room
July 25, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
July 29, Hawaiian Shirt Sunday
Aug 8, Unity Fest- Day Zero
Aug 26, Summer Ending Hot Dog Roast

 

PRAYERS

  • Praise God for Kennedy Bergman getting baptized this past Sunday!  May God bless you as you continue to follow him!
  • Praise God for a good recovery for Roger Doctor (Brenda) from double knee replacement.
  • Pray for Ray, a Lakeside Community friend, who is losing his fight with cancer.
  • Pray for Jackie Knight’s dad who was hospitalized this week with colon and stomach cancer.
  • Pray for those looking for affordable housing in Muskegon.
  • Pray for Teresa, Jeff K’s wife, who is dealing with the side affects of being weaned off her medication.
  • Pray for those feeling left out and isolated.
  • Praise God for continued improvement in her battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
  • Pray for Jim Espinoza’s daughter who is having trouble with her intestines.  She is down to 84 pounds!
  • Pray for a quick recovery for Tom Fredrickson who had nose surgery last week.
  • Pray for Maria Ramirez’ sister Delores and brother Rudy who are having health issues.
  • “Pray for my grandkids that they may stay on the right path with the Lord.”
  • Pray for those who have had surgeries or injuries lately and need healing.
  • Pray for Lilia and safe travels to Ukraine.
  • Pray for Sandy Ring and her back issues.
  • Pray for Dan, Reyes Hinajosa’s co-worker who badly hurt his back.
  • Pray for those with unpublicized medical issues.
  • Pray for those looking for employment.
  • Pray for those who battle loneliness and depression.
World Missions Prayers: PRAY FOR LUXEMBOURG

Pray for the power of God’s Spirit to triumph over materialistic ritual.
Pray for the Word to be quickly available in Lëtzebeurgesch.
Pray for healing of suspicious attitudes toward evangelicals.
Watch the Youtube video below to pray specifically for this country
http://prayercast.com/luxembourg.html

3 Things to Know This Week – July 11

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Join us July 11 at 10:30AM for a trip through 1st Corinthians to study the many issues dealt with in the early church which we still deal with today. We will use a study by Melissa Spoelstra “First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree.”  Also, you are welcome to arrive at 10:00AM to make layettes for Baby Basics.  Hope to see you there!

BOOK CLUB
The next Book Club meeting will be Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30PM at El Burrito Loco on Harvey Street near the mall.   We’ll discuss “Lost Among the Living” by Simone St. James.

UNITY FEST—DAY ZERO
On August 8 the gates at Heritage Landing will open for the start of Unity Fest!  Show up at 5:00PM or earlier if you want to save a place for the group.  Bring money for food but entry is free!  All of Celebration is invited to enjoy David Crowder, speaker David Palau, and other musical guests.  The night will end around 10:30PM.  This is one of the coolest times you will have all year!  Don’t miss it!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:Related image
July 11, Baby Basics, 10:AM in Fireside Room
July 11, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
July 13-14, POSTPONED: Couples Small Group Retreat
July 13, Play to Learn Class, 10:00AM in the Fireside Room
July 23, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 24, Pray for Muskegon
Aug 8, Unity Fest- Day Zero

PRAYERS

  • Praise God for a good recovery for Roger Doctor (Brenda) from double knee replacement.
  • Pray for Ray, a Lakeside Community friend, who has cancer.
  • Pray for Jackie Knight’s dad who has colon and stomach cancer.
  • Pray for those looking for affordable housing in Muskegon.
  • Pray for Teresa, Jeff K’s wife, who is dealing with the side affects of being weaned off her medication.
  • Pray for those feeling left out and isolated.
  • Praise God for continued improvement in her battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
  • Pray for Jim Espinoza’s daughter who is having trouble with her intestines.  She is down to 84 pounds!
  • Pray for a quick recovery for Tom Fredrickson who had nose surgery last week.
  • Pray for Maria Ramirez’ sister Delores and brother Rudy who are having health issues.
  • “Pray for my grandkids that they may stay on the right path with the Lord.”
  • Pray for those who have had surgeries or injuries lately and need healing.
  • Pray for Lilia and safe travels to Ukraine.
  • Pray for Sandy Ring and her back issues.
  • Pray for Dan, Reyes Hinajosa’s co-worker who badly hurt his back.
  • Pray for those with unpublicized medical issues.
  • Pray for those looking for employment.
  • Pray for those who battle loneliness and depression.
World Missions Prayers: PRAY FOR LIBYA
  • Pray for a unified government that will rebuild the nation with justice and peace.
  • Pray for the tiny Libyan Church to be united and established despite intense persecution.
  • Pray for Jesus to reveal Himself to moderate and extremist Muslims alike.
  • Watch the Youtube video below to pray specifically for this country [http://prayercast.com/liberia.html]

 

3 Things to Know This Week – July 4

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, that they are endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  This is the 2nd sentence of the Declaration of Independence.  It is the ideal from which our country was established!    It is one reason why we celebrate on July 4th each year.  This doesn’t mean we cannot be disgruntled when our actions do not back up this ideal.  We have a responsibility to point it out and strongly encourage people to live by this ideal.  Seek to treat your neighbor as your equal because they were created by God just like you!

John Adams, the 2nd American president, wrote, “I believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…”  We of all people should be grateful for our freedoms and ideals and CELEBRATE TODAY!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Join us July 11 at 10:30AM for a trip through 1st Corinthians to study the many issues dealt with in the early church which we still deal with today. We will use a study by Melissa Spoelstra “First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree.”  Hope to see you there!

UPCOMING EVENTS:Related image
July 4, American Independence Day
July 8, Communion Sunday
July 9, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 9, Council Meeting, 6:30PM at Cerminaro’s
July 11, Baby Basics, 10:AM in Fireside Room
July 11, Women’s Bible Study, 10:30AM in Fireside Room.
July 13-14, POSTPONED: Couples Small Group Retreat
July 13, Play to Learn Class resumes in the Fireside Room
July 23, Couples Small Group Bible Study, 6:30PM in the Fireside Room
July 24, Pray for Muskegon
Aug 8, Unity Fest- Day Zero

PRAYERS

Prayers from our Celebration family:
  • Praise God for the safe return home for Dave DeBoer from his work with Orphans Unlimited in Mozambique.  We look forward to a report of how the Solar Bibles were received.
  • Pray for Tom Fredrickson who is having surgery on his nose today.
  • Pray for Maria Ramirez’ sister Delores and brother Rudy who are having health issues.
  • “Pray for my grandkids that they may stay on the right path with the Lord.”
  • Pray for those who have had surgeries or injuries lately and need healing.
  • Pray for Lilia and safe travels to Ukraine.
  • Pray for Sandy Ring and her back issues.
  • Pray for Dan, Reyes Hinajosa’s co-worker who badly hurt his back.
  • “Pray for my sister Nicole for strength.  She’s going through a lot in life.”
  • Praise God for a successful double knee replacement for Roger Doctor.  Pray for him as he recovers at home.
  • Pray for children caught in the middle of divorces.
  • Pray for those with unpublicized medical issues.
  • Pray for those taking vacations over the summer.
  • Pray for those looking for employment.
  • Pray for those who battle loneliness and depression.

Here are some prayers from inmates at the Muskegon County Jail:

  • “Pray for my family as I will be away from them for a while.”
  • “Pray that I may be able to let God control my life instead of me.”
  • Pray that peace can be made between me and my dad.
  • Pray for the delivery of my second child to be born in 2 weeks.
  • Pray for my family as we get reunited after 16 months.
  • Pray that I may stay on the path which God has for me.

World Missions Prayers: PRAY FOR LIBERIA
Pray for healing from terrible pain caused by two civil wars and the rebuilding that must occur in this impoverished nation.
Pray for spiritually mature leaders in the churches who will preach the Bible with integrity.
Pray for restoration for Liberia’s children — 50% of the population — who struggle to overcome the devastation of war.
Watch the Youtube video below to pray specifically for this country [http://prayercast.com/liberia.html]