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Crestview Newsletter 6/30/2016

Nehemiah 1
We are diving in!  It's time to walk through a book of the Bible together from Sunday to Sunday.  We begin a message series on Ezra and Nehemiah  - this is challenging stuff!  I have been deep into some background study of this time in the history of God's people of Ancient Israel.  We will primarily be focusing on the book of Nehemiah and look to Ezra from time to time to fill in with other insight.  Ezra and Nehemiah are considered to be a unity.  Both were instrumental during the reign of the Persians and Medes (while in exile) in the rebuilding/renewal of Jerusalem and the Temple.  Much more importantly, they were instrumental in bringing the people back to a living and loving relationship with the Lord.  Lots of good stuff here for us to learn and grow in our faith and walk with God.  Let's dive in and journey together through Nehemiah/Ezra.  

In preparation for Sunday, read chapter 1 of Nehemiah.  Nehemiah is the cupbearer to the Persian king.  As a Jew, he hears about the despair of the people in Jerusalem and the disrepair of the city/temple.  The ruler of Persia allows Nehemiah and some others to return to Jerusalem and rebuild.  This endeavor is met with significant challenges both internal and external.  

As you read Chapter 1, ask these questions: What is Nehemiah's 'burden'?  What is Nehemiah's first reaction to the news of his homeland? (3 fold response)  If you have time to reflect further, what is the general outline of Nehemiah's prayer?  If you bullet point the movements of his prayer its very instructive of a Lament.  

Peace out - see you Sunday if not before!
Pastor Mark
 
Special Summer Download scheduled for Sunday July 10th
As a follow up on the sermon series we just completed, "Drawing Near to God," we will have Download following the worship service on July 10th to further discuss how you can craft, create, and implement a Rule of Life of your own.   

Results of the Congregational Meeting
Last Sunday, June 26, we met after the service for our annual Congregational Meeting.  During the meeting the 2016-17 budget was approved unanimously. New elders and deacons are:

Elder:  
Sue Scheeres
Marty Huisjen

Deacon:
Ross Holland
Margaret VanAndel

Those who have completed their service on Council are Dave VandenBerg, Roger Tinklenberg (Elders), and Joe VanAndel (Deacon).  The thanks of the entire fellowship of Crestview Church goes out to Dave, Roger, and Joe for their dedication and diligent efforts on behalf of the people of Crestview to God's glory.
Pastor Mark Installation Service and Brunch
On Sunday, July 17, Mark Quist will be officially installed as pastor of Crestview Church. We will praise God for His mercy and blessings on our Fellowship through His gift to us of the Quist Family.

To make this a proper celebration before the Lord, we will have a feast (brunch) afterwards in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a dish to pass--whatever you would like to bring (i.e., egg dish, fruit, cheesecake....). And, of course, if you can't bring a dish then, please be sure to bring yourself!  

Dessert Night at the Quist's
Hi gang!
 We would like to invite you to our home for dessert and spend time together.  We have several nights listed below.  Please give us a call 616-566-8201 or send me an email pastormark@crestviewchurch.org and let me know which night works for you.  Each evening is from 7:00-8:30pm.
 
Times available:
Tuesday July 5th
Sunday July 10th
Sunday July 24th
Sunday Aug 7th
Tuesday Aug 9th
Sunday Aug 14th 

Mark, Deone, Morgan and Anna 

Sign up for Crestview camping!
OK. Everyone who would like to go camping but has not yet signed up for the splendid camping trip on July 29-31--tomorrow it is officially July--time to send that email to Eleanor! 
We have camp sites reserved in beautiful Golden Gate State Park, just 50 minutes drive from Boulder.  If camping isn’t your thing, then plan to come for the day on Saturday. All you will miss is 2 nights of questionable sleep. There will be vaguely organized activities during the day on Saturday, all accessible straight from the campsite (hiking, biking (road and mountain), fishing and of course hanging out at camp). We will have our Crestview service in God’s amazing outdoors around 5pm on Saturday.  Crestview will cover the cost of the campsite, you will be responsible for the park entry fee ($7 per day). Invite your outdoor loving neighbors!
Email Eleanor to reserve your spot. (eleneedy@yahoo.com) ……….first come, first served. (Include number of people, number of vehicles, currently we have tent only sites – let me know if a camper/RV site is needed)

Crestview Missions
New Adventures for the Cloyds
Click HERE to view the latest newsletter from James and Cheryl Cloyd.  The Cloyds have been missionaries in France for many years. They are now following God's call to Strasbourg. 

CRC Newsletter for 6/29/2016
Click HERE to view the current copy of the Christian Reformed Church Newsletter. 

Empty Prescription Bottles Needed
Terry Maker has asked for empty prescription bottles for an art project she is working on.  All sizes needed. Feel free to black out the name on the bottle with a black marker.  You can leave your donations in the church office. Thank you!!

Message from the Library
Launched in April 2016, the new Digital Library gives free, online access for CRC churches and members to hundreds of Faith Alive Christian Resources titles—including curriculum, Bible studies, and more. This one-year pilot program, made possible by your church’s support of Ministry Shares, will maximize the use and ministry impact of Faith Alive’s resources throughout the denomination. With the Digital Library, you and everyone in your church can access hundreds of resources in a more convenient way—any time of the day or night, from anywhere, on any device connected to the web. To get started, log in or create an account at http://library.crcna.org/
- Barb Tinklenberg

VBS at East Boulder Baptist Church, July 11-14
Hello Crestview Families -
A nearby church is offering summer Vacation Bible School open to neighborhood kids at no cost. Click HERE to view the description page on EBBC's website. 
- Jackie LaMaire

Bike to Work Day Barbecue Outreach (comments from 6/23/2016)
Thanks for a great party yesterday! I know alot of people put in alot of work and prayers and they were answered. It was wonderful and a great team effort. Thank you!
- Eleanor Needy

What an awesome party last night! No one kept count of the number of attendees, but Steve grilled:  120 hamburgers, 80 brauts, 40 veggie burgers, and 15 regular hot dogs--and all but a handful were consumed.  
- Debbie Ash

Last night, I just kept thinking about Jesus feeding the multitude... and how we @ Crestview never ran out of food last night. I would look over at the food tables, and there was an abundance of meat, salad, watermelon, chips, and cookies. Then a half hour later, after seeing full plates, I would look over and there was still an abundance of all of the foods present... and so on, and so on. I couldn't believe it! Even for the people who showed up at 7:00pm, there was still plenty of food for them. And beyond the food - our community **God's community ** was full of life, laughter, and joy. Children playing safely, people having great conversations and relaxing on the lawn, awesome music buzzing all evening, the bike tune-up station working its magic, Crestviewers keeping the food stations tidy and full, and Steve was perfect on the grill... it was so great. What really impressed me the most is that we TRUSTED in God for this evening. No expectations, no judgments, simply showing God's love by sticking to our mission of:Becoming Christlike, Building His Kingdom, and Glorifying God
- Jackie LaMaire

Move-In Party Saturday 6/18/2016)
Here is a picture of the last piece of furniture (the piano) being moved into Mark and Deone's house last Saturday morning. Many thanks to all who helped to make this a very productive (and fun :) occasion.
- Debbie

 


Save the Date
July 10 - Special Download after Service: Developing a Rule of Life
July 17 - Pastor Mark Installation Celebration & Brunch
July 29-31 - Crestview Camping, Golden Gate State Park

Remember that all current and future Crestview events can be viewed on the Calendar
 

We look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
Crestview Church
3665 Madison Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 444-5780
Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m.
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