UpStreet – March 2017

Forgiveness is deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.

Memory Verse:  “Put up with one another.  Forgive one another, if you are holding something against someone.  Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:13, NIrV

March 5:  We start off the month learning about the lengths God will go to rescue His children. In Luke 15:1-7, we listen to a story Jesus told about a shepherd that risked the entire flock in order to find and rescue the one sheep who has run off.

Bottom Line: God forgives you. God Time Card Week 1

March 12: We continue our look at forgiveness with one of Jesus’ most well known parables. In Luke 15:11-24, Jesus talks about a kid who thinks he’s got it all together. He demands half of his dad’s money and takes off to spend it on himself. It’s only when the money is gone he realizes he’s made a HUGE mistake and needs forgiveness. He’s got just one hope: that his dad will let him come home and be a servant.

Bottom Line:  Everyone needs to be forgiven, even me. God Time Cards Week 2

March 19: We continue Jesus parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:21- 32. Although the son returns ready to work off the money he took from his father, the father welcomes his Lost Son home, and even throws a giant party! But not everyone’s too happy about this. The kid’s older brother has obeyed dad all his life—without a single party to show for it. He’s sulking in the backyard until his dad shows up. And if big brother isn’t willing to let this whole thing go, he’ll miss out.

Bottom Line: When you don’t forgive, you miss out. God Time Cards Week 3

March 26:  We finish the month with another one of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 18:21-35. Jesus tells the story of a servant who likes to live it up—even though he’s weighed down by MILLIONS of dollars in debt! This servant gets a big break when the king forgives his debt. You’d think he’s got it made—until he finds a man who owes him a few bucks. You’d think he’d pay it forward and cancel the debt, but that’s not what happened. He gets caught when he didn’t forgive others like the king forgave him.

Bottom Line: Since God forgave you, you should forgive others. God Time Cards Week 4

UpStreet – February 2017

Love is choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.

Memory Verse:  “Here is what love is.  It is not that we loved God.  It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins.”  1 John 4:10, NIrV

February 5:  We start off the month learning about God’s perfect love. In John 15:12-13, we discover that Jesus showed us love in the most sacrificial way possible, by laying down His life for us. Jesus asks us to love one another, just as He loved us in the way we sacrifice for our friends.

Bottom Line: Love others because Jesus loves you. God Time Card Week 1

February 12: We continue our look at love in Mark 4:35-41 as we look at a familiar story from a different point of view. Jesus and His disciples were out on the sea when a flash storm struck fear into the disciples. Jesus showed love for His disciples. He calmed the storm and showed that He can be trusted no matter what.

Bottom Line: Comfort others who are hurting. God Time Card Week 2

February 19: In Mark 6:30-44, we see how Jesus’ care for others turned into one of His most amazing miracles. Jesus reached a point in His ministry when He was extremely popular. Everyone wanted to hear what He had to say about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, thousands of people showed up to hear Him speak. As it became later in the day, Jesus could have sent them all home to grab some dinner, instead He made the unthinkable happen. He turned five loaves of bread and two fish into a meal for more than 5,000 people.

Bottom Line: Give to others who are in need. God Time Card Week 3 

February 26:  We finish the month in Luke 10:25-37. When Jesus told the Pharisee’s “Love your neighbor as you love yourself,” they shot back with another question. “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus went on to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. When faced with the decision to ignore an enemy or have compassion, the Samaritan chose to set aside His differences and show love.

Bottom Line: Love others because they matter to God. God Time Card Week 4

UpStreet – January 2017

Knowledge is discovering something new so that you can be better at whatever you do.

Memory Verse:  “Your word is like a lamp that shows me the way.  It is like a light that guides me.”  Psalm 119:105, NIrV

January 8 – God Time 1.8
We kick off January with young Jesus’ life and look at Luke 2 when He was twelve years old. Jesus had traveled to Jerusalem with his family for a festival. When Mary and Joseph began their journey home they realized Jesus wasn’t with them.  We need to keep learning what God says through His words. Through reading the Bible, we can hear what God wants us to know.

Bottom Line: What God says is the most important thing to know.

January 15 – God Time 1.15
In John chapter 1, we read John’s account of Jesus’ baptism. Jesus was about to start His public ministry and shows up on the banks of the Jordan River where his cousin, John the Baptist, was baptizing people.  That day, he pointed out to everyone who Jesus was and why they should know Jesus and start to follow Him.  The more we read God’s Word, the more we understand about who Jesus is and why He came to earth.

Bottom Line: Discovering what God says helps you follow Jesus.

January 22 – God Time 1.22
After Jesus is baptized, God leads Him to the wilderness where Satan tempts Him. Satan twisted what Jesus knew about God and His Word. But Jesus knew Scripture backwards and forwards. Jesus leveraged what He knew from Scripture to use God’s truth to fight and win over evil.

Bottom Line: Discovering what God says helps you make the wise choice

January 29 – God Time 1.29
We end our month on knowledge in Matthew 11 where we find John the Baptist in prison. John wondered if Jesus was truly the Savior that God had promised and goes right to the Source to find out. Jesus responded with love and reassured John that all of God’s promises are coming true.

Bottom Line: When you don’t know what God says, ask.

UpStreet – NOV & DEC – Joy

Joy is finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.

Memory Verse:  “Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord.  I will say it again.  Be joyful!”  Philippians 4:4, NIrV

November 27:  In Isaiah 9:6-7, the prophet Isaiah wrote: ‘A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace,’ (NIrV). He wrote this hundreds of years before Mary or Joseph or any of the shepherds came on the scene. But this piece of history is significant to the Christmas story because it tells us something incredible about God. It reminds us that God made a promise to send a Savior.

Bottom Line: I can have joy because God keeps His promises.

December 4: We continue our look at joy in Luke 1:5-25; 57-79. After God had been silent for about four hundred years, an angel suddenly showed up and made a promise to Zechariah and Elizabeth.  The angel told Zechariah that they would have a son, even though they were well past the age of having children. The day John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus, was born to them the Christmas story was set in motion.

Bottom Line: I can have joy because anything is possible with God.

December 11: In Luke 2:1-7, we read Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth. Jesus was God’s Son, yet God chose to have Him born in a place where they kept the animals. It was dirty and smelly, but that didn’t matter. Mary and Joseph were thrilled because they had a Son, Jesus. And Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to rescue the world.

Bottom Line:  I can have joy because God sent His Son.

 

December 18:  We finish up the month in Luke 2:8-20. God wanted to announce to the world that His son Jesus was born and He chose to do that through some shepherds. Now, shepherds were not that important, they weren’t famous, and they weren’t royalty.   The birth of Jesus was good news for every person of every social class and nationality, regardless of their mess, regardless of their circumstances, regardless of their status.

Bottom Line:  I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone.

Christmas Eve Services:

Thursday, December 22  @ 7:30pm

Friday, December 23 @ 6:00pm & 7:30pm

Saturday, December 24 @ 4:30pm & 6:00pm

*Childcare will be provide for birth-PreK for all services.

There will be no services on December 25th and January 1st.

UpStreet – Fall 2016

Have you ever been to the circus? The circus can be a fun experience. But have you ever watched the circus through the eyes of a child? How they suddenly point to the sky as they notice the courageous men and women who walk, skip, and even ride bikes three stories above you on the high wire. Whether on the high wire or in life, trust is important. If we don’t trust, we might miss the opportunity to watch God show up and do what only He can do.

Trust is putting your confidence in someone you can depend on.

Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5, NIrV, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Do not depend on your own understanding.”

Week 1:  In Genesis 37 and 39:1-2, we discover that Joseph was his father Jacob’s favorite. He gave Joseph a colorful coat, which made the rest of his brothers extremely jealous. On top of that, Joseph told his family about his dreams where they bowed down to him. Eventually, they sell Joseph into slavery and lie about it to their father. Though Joseph was alone in a far-away country, he chose to trust God.

Bottom Line: When you think you’re alone, you can trust God is with you.

Week 2:  We continue Joseph’s story in Genesis 40. Joseph is accused of something he didn’t do and finds himself in prison. Joseph still trusted God, and God was with him.

Bottom Line: When life doesn’t make sense, you can trust God is with you.

Week 3:  In Genesis 41, we look at the next chapter of Joseph’s life. Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret. With God’s help, Joseph interpreted the dreams and formulates a plan to help Egypt survive through the seven years of famine that God said was coming. Joseph could have been worried and decided that the task was too difficult, but instead he trusted God and God was faithful.

Bottom Line: When the pressure is on, you can trust God is with you.

Week 4:  In Genesis 42-45, where we discover that Joseph finally reveals his identity and forgives his brothers for how they treated him. Throughout his entire life, Joseph trusted God and realized that what his brothers intended for harm, God intended for good to help preserve their family.

Bottom Line: You can trust God no matter what.

Week 5:  In Exodus 2:1-10, we discover that Moses was born during a time when Pharaoh feared that God’s people would overthrow his reign. God rescued him with help from Pharaoh’s own daughter who ended up bringing him to live in the palace and raising him as an Egyptian.

Bottom Line: Even when you don’t know what will happen next, you can trust God is with you.

Week 6:  God calls Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Moses gives excuse after excuse for why he’s not the person God should use. But Moses doesn’t have a choice; God has chosen him.

Bottom Line: Even when it seems impossible, you can trust God is with you.

UpStreet – August 2016

WIERD SCIENCE

All throughout Scripture, we see how God responds to disobedience. While there were consequences, God continued to love the world and made a way to restore our broken relationship. With that in mind, this school year, we’ll walk kids through God’s One Big Story of God’s plan to rescue us by sending Jesus, His only Son, to make it possible for us to have a relationship with God again.

Obedience is trusting those who lead you by doing what you’re asked to do.

Memory Verse: Hebrews 13:17a, NIrV, “Trust in your leaders. Put yourselves under their authority. Do this because they keep watch over you.”

August 7:  We kick off the month at the beginning of the Bible with Adam and Eve in the Magnificent Paradise God created for them to enjoy. Yet, as we discover in Genesis 3:1-24, Adam and Eve decided that they would rather make up their own rules than follow the ones God made for them. Rather than trusting God’s plan, they trusted their own. The consequences they faced changed history.

Bottom Line: I should trust and obey even when I think my way is better. God Time Cards Week 1

August 14:  After Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, the world was broken. This broken world continued to spiral until God had enough. In Genesis 6–8, we read the account of Noah and how he trusted and obeyed God while the rest of the world opposed God. We’ll discover how God used Noah and his family to start over.

Bottom Line: I should trust and obey even when others don’t. God Time Cards Week 2

August 21:  For week three, we continue our journey through God’s One Big Story with Abram. As we track along with His story throughout passages in Genesis 12, 13, and 15, we’ll see how Abram dropped everything to follow God. God gave Abram a clear promise to establish a great nation from Abram’s family, but God didn’t offer a clear picture of the journey it would take for that to happen. Abram obeyed God in spite of the unknowns.

Bottom Line: I should trust and obey even if I don’t know how it will all work out. God Time Cards Week 3

August 28:  In the final week of August, we’ll discover that God’s promises to Abraham are starting to come true. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, gives birth to a son. They name him Isaac. But then in Genesis 18, 21, 22, we discover that God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Abraham trusted what he knew about God and obeyed believing that God would make a way of escape for Isaac. Eventually, Abraham’s family becomes a great nation and another Son would arrive on the planet. Jesus would become the ultimate way of escape for the whole world.

Bottom Line: I should trust and obey because there’s a bigger plan. God Time Cards Week 4

UpStreet – Summer 2016

WHERE IN THE WORLD

This summer, we get to view the story of Jesus through a man whose life was radically changed when we encountered the story of Jesus. He went from a person who did whatever it took to stop the message of Jesus from spreading to one who ended up writing most of the New Testament of the Bible and dying for his faith in Jesus. This man, as you may have already guessed, is Paul. He went all over the known world preaching the Story of Jesus. We’ll explore where in the world Paul was and how we fit into his story too.

Faith is believing that what Jesus did can change me

Memory Verse: Hebrews 11:1 (NIrV), “Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see.”

June 5:  We’ll kick off the summer with an overview of the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We want kids to understand that the Story of Jesus is not just a bunch of stories in the Bible; rather it’s a message of salvation He came to give the world. We’ll go through an overview of the Life of Jesus, discover why He needed to come, and discuss what putting our faith in Jesus means for us 2,000 years later after He walked on our planet.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes everything. God Time Card June Week 1

June 12:  We’ll see what happened in Acts 9:1-25 when Jesus appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus. Paul was on his way to stop the message of Jesus from spreading. But Jesus had different plans for Paul. Paul was about to become the one to take the story of Jesus to the rest of the world. This encounter with Jesus completely changed Paul’s life.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I see him. God Time Card June Week 2

June 19:  We’ll continue Paul’s story in Acts 9:26-31, as we find out what happens when he goes to join up with the other Jesus followers he was known for persecuting. As you can imagine, they were probably a bit frightened to trust Paul. But Barnabas convinced the rest of the disciples that Paul could be trusted. He stood up for Paul who used to be his enemy.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I see others. God Time Card June Week 3

June 26:  We’ll finish up June with passages in Acts 11 and 13. Paul and Barnabas head to Antioch as they discover that the message of Jesus is starting to spread to people outside of the Jewish community. Many of these new followers of Jesus are in need. The rest of the disciples send Paul and Barnabas on a journey to collect money that will be a huge help to those Jesus followers.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I help othersGod Time Card June Week 4

July 3:  We continue our look at Paul’s journey in Acts 15:1-35 with an important meeting that happened in Jerusalem. Paul and the rest of the disciples were arguing about if people who weren’t Jewish had to become Jewish in order to follow Jesus. At the end, they decide that the story of Jesus is for everyone. Nothing should stand in the way of people coming to faith in Jesus.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus is for everybody. God Time Card July Week 1

July 10:  In Acts 21-36, 25:23-26:32, we find out more about an opportunity that Paul had to share his story with King Agrippa. Paul told King Agrippa that he believed Jesus was the Son of God. That truth was bigger than any other faith story because Jesus actually lived, died, and rose again to save us. This is proof that the Story of Jesus is way bigger than any other story.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus is bigger than every other story. God Time Card July Week 2

July 17:  In the third week, we’ll take a look at something Paul wrote while he was under house arrest. He was hoping to encourage the early churches in Ephesus. In Ephesians 4:32, Paul writes how we should forgive others because of the way God forgave us through Jesus.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I forgive others. God Time Card July Week 3

July 24:  Next we head to Acts 27:1–28:10 where we discover that Paul was shipwrecked on his way to Rome. This was obviously something Paul never planned, but his faith in God never wavered. God used that whole ordeal to help others put their faith in Jesus.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I see my problems. God Time Card July Week 4

July 31:  We’ll finish up our “Where in the World” series with something else that Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus. In Ephesians 4:4-6, 15b-16, Paul cast vision for how we need to work together to accomplish everything that God wants us to do.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how we work together. God Time Card July Week 5