Reunion Church November 2022 Newsletter



Reunion's mission statement is woven into the DNA of our community life. From strong biblical teaching by Pastor Steve, deep discipleship training from Equip and Community Care ministries, honest and hard-hitting curriculum for youth, and biblical training about the armor of God for our children, God's Word is taught throughout our community. God's Word never returns void. The men and women of God at Reunion are equipped for every good work. WINGS Women's Ministry is diligently gathering toiletries and clothing for the Harvest Compassion Center to meet the needs of our less fortunate neighbors and will be deeply ministering to the women of Reunion at their upcoming fall retreat. Everyman Men's Ministry just stepped up to sponsor and build relationships with two young boys in a rural Uganda orphanage. They will serve our entire community at our upcoming Thanksgiving in the Park celebration.

We are so thankful to be a part of such a strong community of faith that is so faithful in loving and serving our Lord and those around us. We truly are blessed to be a blessing! So, what's up for November? How can you get involved? Check the What's Coming Up section to get the details on what is going to be an awesome November.


 


Dr. Stephen Isaac, Reunion Church Peoria AZ

THE PASTOR'S CORNER

Why Jude's Text Must Transform Our Lives The Holy Spirit will also reveal to us through Jude's message and meaning that despite how strong we may we think we are, we are all vulnerable to various forms of false teaching and systematic conformity to cultural trends.

Examples: There exists a deception of darkness and conformity to the ways of the world when the following takes place. The lines between what is right to us - and what is righteous to God are continually erased. The lines between what is fair to us - and what is just to God are redefined by the narrative of man rather than the biblical principles of God. The lines between what has become emotive truth to us - and what has always been revealed and eternal truth to God are determined by our preferred feelings. The lines between rendering and surrendering are extraneous or irrelevant; rendering our human will either to the imagination and authority of man or to the creative design and authority of God. When ALL lines of distinction and separation are fluid and variable. To effectively eliminate wrong or unrighteous presuppositions or preconceptions we start with fierce honesty: Is this biblical, or is this cultural? Am I allowing what is biblical to be overcome by what is cultural? One may be right, and yet not righteous. But if one is righteous, one will always be right. Unlike those who despise the moral standards of Biblical Christianity and mock the relevance of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, we have the Word and the Spirit to guide us and the strength of other genuine followers among us to walk with us as accountable and discipled in our faith (Jude 17–19). We are not alone.

We must stay immersed in God’s love not only for our own sake but also to expose the deception around us so that others will not fall away. Jude is clear that judgment certainly awaits those who lead others astray. Within the biblical church we can have confidence that we will remain grounded. Our job is merely to expose falseness by contending for the faith—and offering the alternative of the authentic Jesus.

Jude’s letter shines light on the characteristics of heretical teaching and leaders who care only for themselves: Jude shows us that false teachers follow their own desires and show favoritism to gain advantages (Jude 12–16). Over and against these values, true followers of Jesus are characterized by the biblical moral virtues and ethics of mercy, peace, love, and honesty (Jude 2). True Christians serve first - helping to save others from falling away (Jude 22–23).

To review and preview; at the end of his letter, Jude will tell us all to:

Adhere to biblically sound common salvation and contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Practice sincere obedience to the Gospel and commands of Christ. Prioritize righteous living and godly morals. Pray in the Spirit. Extend mercy to those who doubt. Live life in the love of God and God's creation. Save those AT RISK. Despise the garment of flesh.

True Christians do not live for themselves - we belong to God, and then to loving and serving one another; we are “slaves (bought with a price) of Jesus Christ,” so that as many people as possible might be saved by the redemptive work of Jesus in those who have surrendered their lives to Him.

REUNION CHURCH NOVEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS

11.3-5.2022 - WINGS WOMEN'S MINISTRY RETREAT 11.12.22, 5:30 PM - FAMILY THANKSGIVING IN THE PARK HOSTED BY EVERYMAN MEN'S MINISTRY AT RIO VISTA COMMUNITY PARK, 8866 W. THUNDERBIRD RD., PEORIA, AZ 85381. RAMADAS 4 & 5. FUN, FAMILY-STYLE POTLUCK THANKSGIVING DINNER. 11.13.22 - WINGS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY TICKETS GO ON SALE 11.16.22, 6:30 - 8:00 PM - MOVEMENT THANKSGIVING! THE MOVEMENT YOUTH GROUP IS PROVIDING THE TURKEY, SIGN-UP ON THE MOVEMENT FACEBOOK PAGE. 11.19.22, 9:00-11:30 AM - JONI & FRIENDS HALF-TIME RESPITE FOR CHILDREN LIVING W/ DISABILITIES & THEIR SIBLINGS. REGISTER HERE AND INVITE OTHERS WHO NEED THIS MINISTRY. PLEASE SEE AARON OR VICKI GROSKEMPER TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS WONDERFUL MINISTRY.


 

REUNION CHURCH REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS

NOTE THAT THIS MONTH THERE IS NO: 3RD THURS. WINGS GATHERING 11/23 - NO REUNION MIDWEEK GATHERING 11/24 - 26 - THE REUNION CAMPUS IS CLOSED OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS SUNDAYS 9 AM - 10 AM EQUIP ADULT BIBLE CLASSES: THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP AND BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS - THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER & ATTEND! MOVEMENT YOUTH GROUP - OPEN CONVERSATIONS SERIES CHILDREN'S MINISTRY (NURSERY-6TH GRADE) 10 AM - 10:20 AM GRACE'S CAFE - FRESH BAGELS, MUFFINS, PASTRIES, COFFEE 10:30 AM COMMUNITY WORSHIP GATHERING CHILDREN'S MINISTRY (NURSERY-6TH GRADE) WEDNESDAYS - 6:30 PM CAMPUS COMMUNITY CARE GROUP MOVEMENT YOUTH GROUP REUNION KIDS CLUB (NURSERY-6TH GRADE) OFF-CAMPUS COMMUNITY CARE GROUPS MEET IN VARIOUS HOMES ON DIFFERENT WEEKNIGHTS AROUND THE VALLEY. CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.


 

An Advent Visual: Dream Dreams – Encourage – Graciousness – Peacemaker

by Frances LaPrairie

We are entering the autumn season and gaze ahead to winter and the Christmas season with its blessed coolness! During the recent storm, I watched as the wind-swirled leaves all around and over and under, and then—far away. I saw an important lesson in this imagery:

Just as trees let go of their leaves when autumn arrives, so should I let go of my dead leaves - the unnecessary, lifeless baggage in my life and let the mighty wind of the Peacemaker do His work in me. I must start again, with a clean sheet of paper in front of me each new day God gives me, and start anew to hope, imagine, create and live! God’s Word says to:


That’s why the words said by the messenger angels to the simple shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth can empower and strengthen us for the new season ahead:

Peace on Earth –Good Will Toward Men and Women Luke 2:14

When guilt from the past prevents this beautiful new season from flourishing in me, I must remember this promise of God:

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not see it? I am making a path in the wilderness and rivers in the desert…" Isaiah 43:18-19


Pastor Steve wrote: "Jude warns of consequences of repeating the past, equips us to walk forward right and righteously, and finally blesses and empowers us to the certainties of what lies ahead."


And so, this solitary widow, who is so sheltered and often selfish (narcissistic) can say with enthusiasm:

Hey Jude, don’t make it bad Take a sad song and make it better...


 

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU

REUNION CHURCH IN PEORIA, ARIZONA

OFFICE HOURS: MON. - FRI. 9 AM - 12 PM PHONE: 623.979.5465 E-MAIL: info@reunioncommunity.org

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