ONEchapel Family and Friends,

What an amazing time we had together on Christmas Eve. It was truly a moving experience celebrating the Savior with family and friends. You gave almost $3,000 toward the “We’ve Got Your Backpack” initiative for Sunset Valley Elementary students, sharing life and light with families in need.

As we wave goodbye to 2013 and look to the New Year, here is what's happening at ONEchapel.

FAMILY SUNDAY on December 29th

This weekend is what we call “Family Sunday” where we invite all the children to join us in the auditorium for worship together. We’ll gear the service toward the whole family with some special elements for kids and a couple of surprises! You don’t want to miss out because it’s going to be crazy fun! As always, we’ll meet at 9:30am and 11:30am at the Westlake PAC.

FIRST WEEK PRAYER AND FASTING on January 5th – January 11th

Start the year off right by putting God first. During the first full week of 2014 we’ll be consecrating our lives to follow Jesus all year long. We’ll be praying for our families, friends, neighbors and co-workers to come to Jesus, as well as fasting food during this time. You may choose to fast a meal, a day or several days, or try a modified eating plan to resist appetites of the flesh and encourage spiritual awareness. Check out this article from Bill Bright who founded Campus Crusade for Christ on How to Prepare for Your Fast.

Schedule for the week of prayer and worship at Monterey Oaks: 

Weekdays at 6am for prayer

Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm for worship

CONNECT GROUP LEADER TRAINING on January 12th

Many of you are ready to lead a Connect Group this next semester. You don’t need a theology degree. You just need to love people and allow God to use you to share himself with others. We have a bunch of great resources for group ideas, so don’t hesitate. Join me for a two-hour training on Sunday, January 12th at 4:30pm at Monterey Oaks. Sign-up here!

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACKPACK INITIATIVE

If you’re interested in joining this team to serve needy kids and families each week by packing backpacks contact kristi.savage@onechapel.com. This is an investment in our partnership with Sunset Valley Elementary and an easy way to share a tangible expression of God’s love with people in need.

I love this adventure! See you Sunday.

Ross

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