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  1. The Park Newsletter 9.6.13

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    Good morning!
    What posture do you take when you come into the presence of God? Is it one of confidence, or one of shame, and how does our abiding in Christ impact our posture towards God?
    As you continually abide in Christ you begin to learn more about the character of God- of His perfect, steadfast love for His children. John even says that the love of God is so great, that not only are we called the children of God, but such we are (1 John 3:1). This is a truth that, unless we are continually in the presence of God, and experiencing His grace, love, and mercy, we will never truly know the depths of His love for us. And, if we do not know the depths of His love for us, then when we fall short and sin, the only way that we know how to stand in the presence of God is with our heads bowed in shame, fearing that He might withdraw His love from us if He finds our failures. However, if we truly know our identity in God, as children of God, then it changes our posture in His presence:
    “Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.” 1 John 2:28

    ~Contributed by Charlie Hughes


    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

     

    DON’T FORGET: We have moved to Eisenhower Middle School. Same time (10AM), new school (8231 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216)

     

    Starting Point on 9.22.13: What is Starting Point? We do this meeting once a month and it is designed to be a time where you get to find out more about the Park; it’s history, vision, values, etc. It is also a time where you can come with questions and we hope to provide clarity. Most questions get answered through the material that we cover, but not always. So, whether you are new or have been coming for a while, Starting Point is your next step in getting connected and I want to encourage you to join us right after service on Sunday, September 22nd. Questions? Email Chris

     

     

     


    Job Opportunity in Family Ministries @ The Park:

    Park Family Ministries is hiring! We are looking for someone who has a passion for families and kids to lead our Sunday morning classes. It’s part time and a link to the job description and application is below. Check it out if you are interested in applying or pass it along!

     

     

     

    Join or Start a Community Group: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. Also, we are always praying for new groups to start. If you are looking for community, sometimes the best avenue to take is to be the one who initiates it by opening up your home and seeing what God will do. If you are interested in starting a new group, please email Chris at the link below. You can find a current list of groups HERE.
    If you have questions, contact Chris.

     

     

     

    Have a great weekend, read 1 John, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Huebner Elementary!

    Chris

  2. The Park Newsletter 8.23.13

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    ” Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” – 1 John 4-6

    Last week we saw that there are 4 markers by which we know that we are abiding in Christ: multi-generational worship; transparent community; spiritual practices; and, defining and acting on your calling. The verse above speaks clearly regarding the the third marker- spiritual practices.

    John, here, clearly states that the way in which we will know that we are abiding in Christ is that we will walk in the same way in which he walked, but how can we know how he walked if we are not continually in the word of God, studying and reflecting on the life of Jesus? If reading scripture is a priority and practice in your life, it will begin to shape the way that you think and act- your heart will be transformed by the word of God so that you begin to see the world, and the people in it, through the eyes of Jesus. When you begin to live with compassion and conviction in your life- compassion towards the children of God, and conviction regarding sin- then you will know that you are abiding in Jesus, and that the love of God is being perfected in you.

    ~Contributed by Charlie Hughes


    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

     

    DON’T FORGET: We are moving to Eisenhower Middle School starting on Sunday, September 1st. Same time (10AM), new school (8231 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216)

     

    Starting Point on 8.25.13: What is Starting Point? We do this meeting once a month and it is designed to be a time where you get to find out more about the Park; it’s history, vision, values, etc. It is also a time where you can come with questions and we hope to provide clarity. Most questions get answered through the material that we cover, but not always. So, whether you are new or have been coming for a while, Starting Point is your next step in getting connected and I want to encourage you to join us right after service on Sunday, August 25th. Questions? Email Chris

     

     

     


    Job Opportunity in Family Ministries @ The Park:

    Park Family Ministries is hiring! We are looking for someone who has a passion for families and kids to lead our Sunday morning classes. It’s part time and a link to the job description and application is below. Check it out if you are interested in applying or pass it along!

     


     
    Missional Partner Spotlight:

    At the Park we partner with individuals and organizations around our city and the world to extend the great message of the gospel through words and actions. We pray for these partners as well as help fund many of their projects, initiatives, and personal needs. For a complete list of our current partners click HERE.

     

    Kari Kurz is the local area director (Northwest) for YoungLife. Here is a little bit about the organization:
    Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
    To find out more about YoungLife, go to their website: www.younglife.org/us
    Kari would love to talk with you more about how to support the work she does here in San Antonio. Click here to contact her.

     

     

    Join or Start a Community Group: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. We are wrapping up our study of Exodus over the next 2 weeks and then will be launching into a new study in mid-August. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. Also, we are always praying for new groups to start. If you are looking for community, sometimes the best avenue to take is to be the one who initiates it by opening up your home and seeing what God will do. If you are interested in starting a new group for the next sermon series, please email Chris at the link below. You can find a current list of groups HERE.
    If you have questions, contact Chris.

     

     

     

    Have a great weekend, read 1 John, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Huebner Elementary!

    Chris

  3. The Park Newsletter 8.16.13

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    “that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” 1 John 1:3

    This past Sunday, when Scott announced that throughout the next 5 weeks we will be working through the book of 1 John, he gave the challenge that we should read through the entirety of 1 John every day for the next 5 weeks to see the impact that continuously spending time in the Word would impact our lives.
    The really cool thing about continuously immersing yourself in scripture over and over again is the effect that it has on your mind, your attitude, and your heart; the words of the scriptures begin to be what is running through your head, or coming out of your mouth as you go along with your day- similar to the effect that song lyrics have on you when you hear a song over and over (and over, and over) again. When the language of scripture becomes your own personal language, you begin to hear the words of God that relate to various experiences or conversations you have throughout the day, and you are able to be in continuous fellowship with God and with other believers.

    If you haven’t given Scott’s challenge a shot, I highly encourage you to do so, and see how over the next 4 weeks the language of your mind and your heart change, and to see how you begin to apply scripture to your life in a personal way.

    ~Contributed by Charlie Hughes


    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

     


    Job Opportunity in Family Ministries @ The Park:

    Park Family Ministries is hiring! We are looking for someone who has a passion for families and kids to lead our Sunday morning classes. It’s part time and a link to the job description and application is below. Check it out if you are interested in applying or pass it along!

     


    Children’s Hunger Fund – Back to School Pak:

    Join us immediately after church THIS SUNDAY (August 18th) to help pack backpacks with Children Hunger Fund. Going back to school is an exciting time each fall but can also prove to be a little expensive. CHF helps families in need by providing school supplies and backpacks. If you know a family who could greatly benefit by one of these packs please let us know. Our goal is to pack 300 backpacks. Please join us for about 15-20 minutes after service to make this happen!
    Email Chris for more details.

     

    Missional Partner Spotlight:

    At the Park we partner with individuals and organizations around our city and the world to extend the great message of the gospel through words and actions. We pray for these partners as well as help fund many of their projects, initiatives, and personal needs. For a complete list of our current partners click HERE.

     

    Kari Kurz is the local area director (Northwest) for YoungLife. Here is a little bit about the organization:
    Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
    To find out more about YoungLife, go to their website: www.younglife.org/us
    Kari would love to talk with you more about how to support the work she does here in San Antonio. Click here to contact her.

     

     

    Join or Start a Community Group: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. We are wrapping up our study of Exodus over the next 2 weeks and then will be launching into a new study in mid-August. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. Also, we are always praying for new groups to start. If you are looking for community, sometimes the best avenue to take is to be the one who initiates it by opening up your home and seeing what God will do. If you are interested in starting a new group for the next sermon series, please email Chris at the link below. You can find a current list of groups HERE.
    If you have questions, contact Chris.

     

    Starting Point on 8.25.13: What is Starting Point? We do this meeting once a month and it is designed to be a time where you get to find out more about the Park; it’s history, vision, values, etc. It is also a time where you can come with questions and we hope to provide clarity. Most questions get answered through the material that we cover, but not always. So, whether you are new or have been coming for a while, Starting Point is your next step in getting connected and I want to encourage you to join us right after service on Sunday, August 25th. Questions? Email Chris

     

     

    Have a great weekend, read 1 John, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Huebner Elementary!

    Chris

  4. Park Newsletter 8.9.13

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    Good morning!

    In case you haven’t heard, it has been quite a wild ride for Lauren and I the last 10 days. What started out as a normal Dr. visit last Wednesday turned into going to the hospital to have a c-section! We welcomed Everett Charles Nikkel into the world at 4:29pm on July 31st. The road since then has been a little bumpy but everyone is healthy and happy. Lauren is my hero and the bravest person I know.

    We wanted to take a moment and thank you, our church community, for all of the well-wishes and visits. We are blessed to have Everett with us and a community like you to support us.

    Everett is a miracle in more ways than one. His delivery was perfectly timed and instigated by things we could have never seen or planned for. Every step, whether forward or backward, has proved to be just right in the overall scheme of things. I love how the psalmist puts it: “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” ~Psalm 18:30

    Thank you again and much love to you from the Nikkel’s. We look forward to introducing you to Everett soon.

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    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:


    Job Opportunity in Family Ministries @ The Park:

    Park Family Ministries is hiring! We are looking for someone who has a passion for families and kids to lead our Sunday morning classes. It’s part time and a link to the job description and application is below. Check it out if you are interested in applying or pass it along!


    Children’s Hunger Fund – Back to School Pak:

    Join us immediately after church on August 18th to help pack backpacks with Children Hunger Fund. Going back to school is an excited time each fall but can also prove to be a little expensive. CHF helps families in need by providing school supplies and backpacks. If you know a family who could greatly benefit by one of these packs please let us know. Email Chris for more details.
    Missional Partner Spotlight:

    At the Park we partner with individuals and organizations around our city and the world to extend the great message of the gospel through words and actions. We pray for these partners as well as help fund many of their projects, initiatives, and personal needs. For a complete list of our current partners click HERE.

     

    Kari Kurz is the local area director (Northwest) for YoungLife. Here is a little bit about the organization:
    Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
    To find out more about YoungLife, go to their website: www.younglife.org/us
    Kari would love to talk with you more about how to support the work she does here in San Antonio. Click here to contact her.

     

     

    Join or Start a Community Group: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. We are wrapping up our study of Exodus over the next 2 weeks and then will be launching into a new study in mid-August. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. Also, we are always praying for new groups to start. If you are looking for community, sometimes the best avenue to take is to be the one who initiates it by opening up your home and seeing what God will do. If you are interested in starting a new group for the next sermon series, please email Chris at the link below. You can find a current list of groups HERE.
    If you have questions, contact Chris.
    Starting Point on 8.25.13: What is Starting Point? We do this meeting once a month and it is designed to be a time where you get to find out more about the Park; it’s history, vision, values, etc. It is also a time where you can come with questions and we hope to provide clarity. Most questions get answered through the material that we cover, but not always. So, whether you are new or have been coming for a while, Starting Point is your next step in getting connected and I want to encourage you to join us right after service on Sunday, August 25th. Questions? Email Chris

     

     

    Have a great weekend, read Exodus 34-35, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Huebner Elementary!

    Chris

  5. The Park Newsletter 8.2.13

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    Good morning and happy Friday!

     

    Throughout scripture the continual presence and nearness of God is eluded to, and evident in various ways. For example, in the book of Exodus, specifically, the presence of God is plainly visible as a pillar of smoke and fire with the following promise: my presence will go with you, and I will give you rest (Ex. 33:14). This past Sunday we sang a song with the line, “In your presence God, I am completely satisfied,” and it got me wondering, do we really find complete satisfaction in the presence of God alone? And it so, what does it look like?

    In the early 1600’s a man who went by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection spent his day-to-day life serving in the kitchen of a monastery in France, and wrote about finding complete satisfaction in even the smallest of tasks by being constantly aware of the presence of God in his life. He wrote, “I began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world…the time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees before the Blessed Sacrament.”

    Can we, like Brother Lawrence, find joy and satisfaction in all that we do- even the smallest and most menial of tasks- as we do them with the constant awareness of the presence of God?

    ~Contributed by Charlie Hughes

     

    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

     


    Job Opportunity in Family Ministries @ The Park:

    Park Family Ministries is hiring! We are looking for someone who has a passion for families and kids to lead our Sunday morning classes. It’s part time and a link to the job description and application is below. Check it out if you are interested in applying or pass it along!

     

     


    Service Project THIS Sunday with SERVING THE SERVANTS:

    Brandon Griffin has a great heart for serving our city and world and has a new opportunity for you to be a part of. This Sunday at the Park you will hear from him directly on how to serve a group of soldiers serving in the Middle East. The idea is a care package and it’s pretty simple: this Sunday take a box (there are only 50), fill it with the items listed, shipping label provided, pay the $15 to ship it, and bless a soldier who is overseas serving our nation. We hope you will grab a box this Sunday!

     

    Missional Partner Spotlight:

    At the Park we partner with individuals and organizations around our city and the world to extend the great message of the gospel through words and actions. We pray for these partners as well as help fund many of their projects, initiatives, and personal needs. For a complete list of our current partners click HERE.

     

    Kari Kurz is the local area director (Northwest) for YoungLife. Here is a little bit about the organization:
    Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
    To find out more about YoungLife, go to their website: www.younglife.org/us
    Kari would love to talk with you more about how to support the work she does here in San Antonio. Click here to contact her.

     

     

    Join or Start a Community Group: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. We are wrapping up our study of Exodus over the next 2 weeks and then will be launching into a new study in mid-August. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. Also, we are always praying for new groups to start. If you are looking for community, sometimes the best avenue to take is to be the one who initiates it by opening up your home and seeing what God will do. If you are interested in starting a new group for the next sermon series, please email Chris at the link below. You can find a current list of groups HERE.
    If you have questions, contact Chris.
     
    Starting Point on 8.25.13: What is Starting Point? We do this meeting once a month and it is designed to be a time where you get to find out more about the Park; it’s history, vision, values, etc. It is also a time where you can come with questions and we hope to provide clarity. Most questions get answered through the material that we cover, but not always. So, whether you are new or have been coming for a while, Starting Point is your next step in getting connected and I want to encourage you to join us right after service on Sunday, August 25th. Questions? Email Chris

     

     

    Have a great weekend, read Exodus 34-35, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Huebner Elementary!

    Chris


  6. The Park Newsletter 7.26.13

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    Good Morning!

    If you have read ahead in the book of Exodus to the scriptures we will be working through this Sunday (Exodus 32-34), then there is a good chance that after reading one passage in particular you found yourself thinking something along the lines of, ‘Seriously, Israel? Seriously?’ If you haven’t read the passage yet I don’t want to spoil it for you, but lets just say it involves an entire nation bowing before a golden calf in worship. For me, it is THE scene I think about when I think about idolatry, or idol worship. While this is definitely a very clear example of idol worship, the reality is that an act doesn’t have to be that extreme to be considered idolatry. In its most basic form, idolatry is the tendency to give value or devotion to something or someone that hinders our love and devotion to God. Idolatry is something that God takes so seriously that he dedicated the first two of the ten commandments to, so it ought to be something that we take seriously as well.

    Idols can take the form of anything- possessions, jobs, hobbies, family, social status, etc.- and they may be different for everyone. It is up to each individual to look at their own life and determine if there is anything that is hindering their worship of the one true God, and humbly submit it to God, putting God back in His rightful place in your life, wholeheartedly worshipping Him, and Him alone. The following verse, from 1 John is only one of the many verses throughout scripture that warn against idolatry, and does so after giving a brief, beautiful reminder of the God that we put our hope in.

    “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:20,21

     

    ~Contributed by Charlie Hughes

     

    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

     

     

    Job Opportunity in Family Ministries @ The Park:

    Park Family Ministries is hiring! We are looking for someone who has a passion for families and kids to lead our Sunday morning classes. It’s part time and a link to the job description and application is below. Check it out if you are interested in applying or pass it along!

     

     

     

    Missional Partner Spotlight:

    At the Park we partner with individuals and organizations around our city and the world to extend the great message of the gospel through words and actions. We pray for these partners as well as help fund many of their projects, initiatives, and personal needs. For a complete list of our current partners click HERE.

     

    Kari Kurz is the local area director (Northwest) for YoungLife. Here is a little bit about the organization:
    Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
    To find out more about YoungLife, go to their website: www.younglife.org/us
    Kari would love to talk with you more about how to support the work she does here in San Antonio. Click here to contact her.

     

     

    Join or Start a Community Group: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. We are wrapping up our study of Exodus over the next 2 weeks and then will be launching into a new study in mid-August. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. Also, we are always praying for new groups to start. If you are looking for community, sometimes the best avenue to take is to be the one who initiates it by opening up your home and seeing what God will do. If you are interested in starting a new group for the next sermon series, please email Chris at the link below. You can find a current list of groups HERE.
    If you have questions, contact Chris.
     

     

     

    Have a great weekend, read Exodus 32-34, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Huebner Elementary!

    Chris

  7. The Park Newsletter 7.19.13

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    Good morning!

    I hope you are having a great summer thus far. With vacations, kids home from school, and just the general heat be sure and take some time to slow down and physically and mentally rest. For me that means to turn off my phone, unhook from social media, and get outside in the evenings. Whatever it looks like for you, do it and do it often. Use those moments to put your mind and heart towards the things of God. As we know, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” ~ Colossians 3:2-3

     

    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

     

    Missional Partner Spotlight:

    At the Park we partner with individuals and organizations around our city and the world to extend the great message of the gospel through words and actions. We pray for these partners as well as help fund many of their projects, initiatives, and personal needs. For a complete list of our current partners click HERE.

     

    Kari Kurz is the local area director (Northwest) for YoungLife. Here is a little bit about the organization:
    Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
    To find out more about YoungLife, go to their website: www.younglife.org/us
    Kari would love to talk with you more about how to support the work she does here in San Antonio. Click here to contact her.

     

    DeFrees Family Mission Trip: 

    The DeFrees family is with Real 4 Christ Ministries in Mombasa, Kenya from July 12-24. Real 4 Christ is spreading God’s love in many ways in Africa. They have planted two churches, started a school that serves 300 students and share Jesus with people in neighboring villages. In addition, they have opened a feeding center, medical clinic and drill wells so that communities have clean water to drink.

    The DeFrees’ are very excited and humbled to join their friends Chris and Lisa Moore (founders of Real 4 Christ Ministries) in being the hands and feet of Jesus in Mombasa and answering God’s call to go and make disciples.

    Please keep them in your prayers as they minister in Kenya. Thank you!

    Exodus Community Groups: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. Any time we start a new book of the bible we engage our community to find out if anyone would like to start or join a new group. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. You can find a current list of groups HERE.

    If you have questions, contact Chris.
     

     

     

    Have a great weekend, read Exodus 25-31, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Huebner Elementary!

    Chris

  8. Back to Huebner THIS Sunday!

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    Good morning!

    In case you missed it, last Sunday the Park partnered with Mission Church to do an event at Haven for Hope. The morning was full of music, teaching, baptisms, lunch, and fun for kids. It was amazing to see all that God did in uniting 2 communities of faith to reach out to the residents at Haven. 16 people were baptized that morning!

     

    We are excited to be back at Huebner Elementary this Sunday at our normal 10am time slot. We will be back into our study of Exodus. This Sunday we will be in chapter 24. Read it a few times this weekend.

     

     

     

    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

     

    Missional Partner Spotlight:

    At the Park we partner with individuals and organizations around our city and the world to extend the great message of the gospel through words and actions. We pray for these partners as well as help fund many of their projects, initiatives, and personal needs. For a complete list of our current partners click HERE.

     

    Kari Kurz is the local area director (Northwest) for YoungLife. Here is a little bit about the organization:
    Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
    To find out more about YoungLife, go to their website: www.younglife.org/us
    Kari would love to talk with you more about how to support the work she does here in San Antonio. Click here to contact her.

     

    DeFrees Family Mission Trip: 

    The DeFrees family is leaving TODAY to join Real 4 Christ Ministries in Mombasa, Kenya July 12-24. Real 4 Christ is spreading God’s love in many ways in Africa. They have planted two churches, started a school that serves 300 students and share Jesus with people in neighboring villages. In addition, they have opened a feeding center, medical clinic and drill wells so that communities have clean water to drink.

    The DeFrees’ are very excited and humbled to join their friends Chris and Lisa Moore (founders of Real 4 Christ Ministries) in being the hands and feet of Jesus in Mombasa and answering God’s call to go and make disciples.

    Please keep them in your prayers as they minister in Kenya. Thank you!

    Exodus Community Groups: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. Any time we start a new book of the bible we engage our community to find out if anyone would like to start or join a new group. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. You can find a current list of groups HERE.

    If you have questions, contact Chris.
    Rwanda Church Construction Update:
    This past Easter we as a community decided to fund the construction of church in Rwanda through our friendship and partnership with Bishop Nathan Amooti. The project is going great and I thought you might like to see a couple of pictures:
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    Have a great weekend, read Exodus 24, and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Huebner Elementary!

    Chris

  9. Haven for Hope THIS Sunday @ 10:30am

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    Good morning!

    I hope you had a great Independence celebration. We are truly blessed to live in nation built on freedom. Please continue to lift up our leaders and all of those who serve in our armed forces. For those of you who have or are currently serving, thank you for securing and maintaining our freedoms!

     

    Please help us spread the word!: The Park is partnering with Mission Church this Sunday, July 7th, to have an outdoor concert, baptism, worship service, and lunch at Haven for Hope. We will not be meeting at Huebner Elementary this Sunday.
    The event at Haven for Hope will begin at 10:30am and parking is free. Everyone is invited!
    When: Sunday, July 7th @ 10:30am
    Where: Haven for Hope
    Address: 1 Haven for Hope Way, San Antonio, TX 78207

     

     

    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

     

    Missional Partner Spotlight:

    At the Park we partner with individuals and organizations around our city and the world to extend the great message of the gospel through words and actions. We pray for these partners as well as help fund many of their projects, initiatives, and personal needs. For a complete list of our current partners click HERE.

     

    Kari Kurz is the local area director (Northwest) for YoungLife. Here is a little bit about the organization:
    Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

    We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

    To find out more about YoungLife, go to their website: www.younglife.org/us
    Kari would love to talk with you more about how to support the work she does here in San Antonio. Click here to contact her.

     

    DeFrees Family Mission Trip: 

    The DeFrees family will join Real 4 Christ Ministries in Mombasa, Kenya July 12-24. Real 4 Christ is spreading God’s love in many ways in Africa. They have planted two churches, started a school that serves 300 students and share Jesus with people in neighboring villages. In addition, they have opened a feeding center, medical clinic and drill wells so that communities have clean water to drink.

    The DeFrees’ are very excited and humbled to join their friends Chris and Lisa Moore (founders of Real 4 Christ Ministries) in being the hands and feet of Jesus in Mombasa and answering God’s call to go and make disciples.

    If you would like to be a part of this opportunity we ask that you keep Real 4 Christ and the DeFrees family in your prayers as they prepare for the trip. Also, if you would like to help financially, please make checks payable to Real 4 Christ Ministries and give your donation to Bill or Pam at church or mail it to 5407 Stormy Trail, San Antonio, TX 78247. To find out more about Real 4 Christ Ministries please visit their website www.real4christ.com

     

    Exodus Community Groups: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. Any time we start a new book of the bible we engage our community to find out if anyone would like to start or join a new group. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. You can find a current list of groups HERE.

    If you have questions, contact Chris.
    Worship Service on July 7 @ Haven for HopeWe will not be meeting at Huebner Elementary on July 7th. We will be partnering with Mission Church and will have a full morning of worship, prayer, teaching and lunch at Haven for Hope here in San Antonio. There will be plenty of opportunities to serve that morning as well so stay tuned. More info to come. To find out more about Haven for Hope click here.

     

     

    Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you Sunday at Haven for Hope!

    Chris

  10. The Park Newsletter 6.28.13

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    Good morning!

    I hope you have had a great week! I posted this core belief last week and thought I’d give it another go around this week:

    One of the Core beliefs of the Park is that the church consists of people, not necessarily programs. Programs are fine, but in and of themselves cannot achieve the mission of the church. People are the vessels, empowered by the Spirit, to communicate the truth of God found in the scriptures and revealed in the Person of Jesus Christ. People are the church, not buildings, programs, or budgets.

    In 1 Peter 2 it says, “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” It goes on to say that once we were not a people, but now we are God’s people…once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy.

    How would our city look if the mercy we have received reverberated out into every corner and neighborhood around us? Not as the result of a program launched by a particular group, but rather by each individual person acting as the church, the priest to those around them who also need mercy? Lord, let your kingdom come as we intentionally pursue the people around us. May we each discover the program that you have in mind for us.

     

     

    There is a lot going on around the Park these days and we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Check out the following events and opportunities to serve:

     

     

    PARENTS!- Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 30th 4-6 PM for a Family Ministries Parenting event. We are delighted to be hosting Jason Raitz, who will share his thoughts on the “The Sacredness of Parenting”. “We’ll discover the infinite love God has for His children and how He calls us to love them.” He is a great communicator and we know you will enjoy it! To make it even better, it’s free and we will have babysitters for the kids. Sign up with Jen at jen@theparksa.org to receive the evite with all the details.

     

    DeFrees Family Mission Trip: 

    The DeFrees family will join Real 4 Christ Ministries in Mombasa, Kenya July 12-24. Real 4 Christ is spreading God’s love in many ways in Africa. They have planted two churches, started a school that serves 300 students and share Jesus with people in neighboring villages. In addition, they have opened a feeding center, medical clinic and drill wells so that communities have clean water to drink.

    The DeFrees’ are very excited and humbled to join their friends Chris and Lisa Moore (founders of Real 4 Christ Ministries) in being the hands and feet of Jesus in Mombasa and answering God’s call to go and make disciples.

    If you would like to be a part of this opportunity we ask that you keep Real 4 Christ and the DeFrees family in your prayers as they prepare for the trip. Also, if you would like to help financially, please make checks payable to Real 4 Christ Ministries and give your donation to Bill or Pam at church or mail it to 5407 Stormy Trail, San Antonio, TX 78247. To find out more about Real 4 Christ Ministries please visit their website www.real4christ.com

     

    Worship Service on July 7 @ Haven for Hope: We will not be meeting at Huebner Elementary on July 7th. We will be partnering with Mission Church and will have a full morning of worship, prayer, teaching and lunch at Haven for Hope here in San Antonio. There will be plenty of opportunities to serve that morning as well so stay tuned. More info to come. To find out more about Haven for Hope click here.

    Exodus Community Groups: Community Groups at the Park track with the Sunday sermons. Any time we start a new book of the bible we engage our community to find out if anyone would like to start or join a new group. Since community is a core value of the Park, we encourage everyone to get into a Community Group. You can find a current list of groups HERE.

    If you have questions, contact Chris.

     

     

    Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you Sunday!

    Chris