We are excited to slowly get back into the swing of things and focus on kids service! We are kicking off one kid service a month that will take place during regular Sunday services and will include a message, a craft and fellowship. It’s so critical for our kids to connect with God and each other! The next one is March 14th! Sign Up Here:
Growth Gatherings is back! Join us on Google Hangouts at 6:30 pm every Wednesday and let’s dig into the Word and grow!
Join here! https://meet.google.com/bgy-zgns-sjz
We are excited to partner with a local school for their wishlist needs. If you know a teacher, you know they sacrifice a lot for our kids including purchasing supplies out of their own pocket. We want to support those in our community.
We are excited to plan a special Movie event for our youth! Teens will get a chance to hang out with peers, get encouraged with a devotional, and enjoy a private movie showing! Youth events are tailored for ages 13 to 19. 12 Year Olds may attend with parent permission. Space is limited so sign up below!
Location: AMC Mayfair
Date: March 27th
Time: Arrive at 5:15 pm
Movie: Jurassic World (PG-13)
Questions? Please contact Christian Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barbara Rios at email@example.com
What would your life be like if Jesus lived it? Imagine the change you would experience in your thoughts, actions, and relationships. Think of the joy and freedom that could transform every area of your life. That’s exactly what God has in mind for you! Check out Transform LG led by Jessica & Luis Chavarria. This LG will start out virtual and eventually move in person. Sign up now 👉🏼
Looking to learn key marriage skills and God’s role in your relationships? Join Love & Marriage life group every other Thursday in rotation with transform lifegroup. Sign up here 👉🏼 https://urbanpoiema.churchcenter.com/groups/life-groups/love-marriage-lg
We are excited for what God has in store this year! Your gifts help make our outreaches and caring for God’s house possible! You can safely give on our App, our website (www.urbanpoiema.com/give), or via envelope at the welcome center. Gifts are always tax deductible and go directly into the ministry!
“Let [us] offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.” Psalm 107:22
Giving of thanks can often be a misconception of its true meaning. We speak with our mouths, yet our hearts can be cold, full of hurt, or just plain ungrateful. Or we are just thankful to eat turkey, tamales, or arroz con gandules!
Thankfulness means so much more.
Gratefulness is derived from something that has been done for us or given to us that was unexpected or undeserved. So we are eternally grateful!
On this Thanksgiving Day, let us remember what the Lord has done for us. Remember His mighty acts and His songs he sings over us in our most desperate times.
Yes, this year has been a catapult of pain, loss, change, and so much more thrown at us. I’ve asked myself, how do I pastor the flock in these times? Times of such hurt and desperation? How do we continue to be the church?
We can’t be afraid to be real with God in our lamentations like we talked about a couple weeks ago. David was an example of this as he expressed his frustrations but ultimately trusted in God’s deliverance.
While this year has been difficult, it has also been a time of reflection. A time to identify the most important things in our lives. A time to draw near to God in a new way.
The psalm above teaches us to offer thanksgiving in a sacrificial way. Which means being thankful even when we don’t feel it, when we are tired, when we are in our pain, we still give thanks for the memory of who God is and what He has done for us!
Don’t ever forget where and how God healed you and delivered you from the enemy!
In this unprecedented time, let us not forget that God is the reason we sing joyfully. He is the reason we still believe and trust in His faithfulness.
Remember the amazing gift of salvation given to us in Jesus Christ.
“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
I am thinking of each one of you and how thankful I am to be a part of your lives. I am thankful for being able to share the hope and joy in Jesus Christ.
As you celebrate with your loved ones, be grateful, take a moment to remember how blessed you are. Remember God’s glorious acts that he has done for you and your family and sing a sacrifice of praise! In true thankfulness, we will find blessings and peace.
Happy Thanksgiving! We love you all!
Pastor Temo, Barbara, Adriana, Natalya, & Lucas
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