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November 23, 2016

This Sunday begins Advent Season 2016 - already!  Advent is a time of anticipation and waiting.  Waiting for what?  The simple answer - GOOD NEWS - the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world.  Every year the church around the world joins together in retelling the greatest story ever told - God's story!    

Beginning Sunday we begin a new message series from the Gospel of Matthew.  And the Gospel of Matthew begins with a peculiar genealogy. Why is it peculiar?  Matthew intentionally mentions five women.  This is very unusual for several reasons.  For one, women aren’t mentioned in genealogies of the Ancient Near East.  Also, there are many women who could be mentioned but are not mentioned, like Sarah, Rebekah, or Leah for example.  What's going on?  

Matthew is writing his Gospel story for a Jewish audience.  From the opening words to the ending words, Matthew is proclaiming the Gospel message - beginning already with the genealogy - a gospel of grace!  It is for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity, including gentiles, who believe in Jesus.  

During Advent, we will explore the women of the genealogy of Jesus.  By mentioning these particular women, his Jewish audience is 'hearing' something powerful.  Jesus bloodline is a bloodline of grace.  God carries out his plan of salvation for the world through ordinary, yet extraordinary, sinful people.  In spite of the unfaithfulness of God's people, God remains faithful to his plan of salvation.

After Christmas, we will continue our journey through Matthew to seek to understand and know Jesus better - through his teaching, his life and his death.  And in knowing Jesus better, we will know and understand better what God's will is for our life.  We have been called by God to enter into his great story of grace.    

In preparation for Sunday, take a look at the genealogy of Jesus as arranged and recorded by Matthew in Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Matthew.  Notice the women mentioned there: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, the wife of Uriah, and Mary.  Then read the story of Tamar found in Genesis 38.  Q's: What is the heart of the issue for Judah?  Why is he afraid to give his only remaining son to Tamar as the law of God requires (Deuteronomy 25:5-10)?  Does the end justify the means of Tamar's actions?  Finally, where do you see justice and where do you see grace in this chapter?  (Some answers are obvious and others not so much - Dig Deep!)     

Pastor Mark   


Saturday, November 26    Church Decorating for the Advent Season, 9 - noon.
All Hands On Deck!

Special Newsletter Update and Christmas Wish-List from Margaret Njuguna for the En-Gedi Children's Home
Christmas Wish-List

Message Schedule for Fall, 2016 
11/27         Advent 1: A Bloodline of Grace: Tamar Seeks Justice  Genesis 38,  Matthew 1
12/4           Advent 2: A Bloodline of Grace: Rahab                         Joshua 2-6,  Matthew 1

12/13         Advent 3: A Bloodline of Grace: Bathsheba                  2 Samuel 11, Matthew 1
12/20         Advent 4: Babettes Feast - A Story of Costly Grace     John 3:16

Download Schedule for Fall, 2016
Digging Deeper
11/27         Message Reflection       Pastor Mark Quist
12/4           Message Reflection       Pastor Mark Quist
12/13         Message Reflection       Pastor Mark Quist
12/20         Message Reflection       Pastor Mark Quist

JOY! JOY! JOY! Operation Christmas Child an Overwhelming Success!

Thank you to everyone who donated and/or supported and prayed for Operation Christmss Child. We dropped off over 35 boxes this year, so please continue to pray that these boxes safely travel to their destinations and share God's love.

Financial Update
The Crestview deacons are thankful for the faithful giving of our members.  If you have any questions about Crestview’s budget or giving, please contact a deacon.

Save The Date   
Sat,  11/26    Church Decorating for the Advent Season, 9 - noon
Sun, 11/27    Christmas Choir Rehearsal begins
Sun, 12/4      Sign up for Dinner-for-8 begins, for groups meeting January - April, 2017

Sat,  12/10    Hike to the Star! Meet at Crestview, 6 pm
Ths, 12/18    Christmas Caroling Party, 6 pm
Sun, 12/18    Choir Service, 9:30 am
Sat, 12/24     Christmas Eve Service, 4:30 pm

Crestview events can also be viewed on the church Calendar

We are a community of faith glorifying God, becoming like Christ, and building God's Kingdom. Because of God’s incredible love for us, we love one another deeply and share the hope we have in Jesus. By the Power of the Holy Spirit, we do this through: * Life-giving worship * Teaching God’s Word * Caring for one another * Serving our neighbors * Engaging our community * Sharing our resources.

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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