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April 13, 2018

Greetings E-news Friends,

Encouraged. A study of 1 Peter
My dad could sharpen a knife to be razor sharp. On the other hand, the grind that sharpened his knife only dulled mine because I didn’t know how to use the grinding stone. That can also happen  when we do not know how to allow the grind of life to sharpen us rather than dull us.

The Apostle Peter was writing to a people scattered throughout the northern areas of Asia Minor. They suffered the grind of persecution day in and day out and actually grew strong.  This Sunday we will unpack the first 10 verses of chapter two. You will be encouraged by insights on how to allow the grind to sharpen you rather than dull you. Bring your bible and journal and expect God to encourage you.  

Exploring Faith
What do you believe about God, the bible, Jesus, eternity and evil? Are you clear about what you believe, why you believe what you believe, and can you substantiate what you believe?  If you are not sure how to answer, then join us in the next session of  Exploring Faith which continues this Sunday, April 15, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM. The agenda is set by your questions. You will not be called on but you can ask any question on your mind about faith. We will meet in the new Training Room just off  the Fellowship Hall. You can enter the lower level through the east doors.   Register here for you and your friend(s).

Parent & Child Dedication
Our next Parent & Child Dedication is planned for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13th as part of our regular services. This dedication is designed for children birth to three years of age. Parent and Child Dedication is a commitment to raise your child in the ways of the Lord. Click here to learn more and register.

Personal Discipleship Plan (PDP)
It is exciting to see how many of you have gone on line and completed the Personal Discipleship Plan inventory.  As Christians committed to pursuing discipleship, our desire should be to intentionally grow together as disciples (students) of Jesus Christ.  To better determine how to grow, we must first be honest about our current reality. We must ask the questions, "What type of disciple am I today?" and "How can I grow as a disciple?" The PDP will help identify areas of strength and growth and give direction in setting life-changing goals. If you have not completed the PDP, take the next step.

Premarital Weekend | May 4th & 5th
Briarcliff Church’s premarital ministry is designed to give engaged and newly married couples a unique opportunity to learn, seek wisdom, and receive counsel about marriage in a safe, fun, challenging and authentic environment. Premarital ministry exists to prepare couples for marriage by addressing common challenges in marriage from a biblical perspective. Whether you go to Briarcliff Church, attend another church or don’t go to church at all, you are welcome in our premarital ministry.Registration here.

Briarcliff Students Camp Revolution   
Briarcliff Students is continuing to “Partner with Parents to make Disciples” by going to Camp Revolution this year in June! There will be an informational meeting for parents and students on April 15th at 12:15-12:45 PM in Student Room upstairs for both parents and students. We will cover cost, camp rules, waivers, schedule and any other questions that you might have.   

The camp will be at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR from June 18th-22nd. If you plan to join this meeting please email Nathan Le Blanc at .

Blessings,

Vernon

UPCOMING EVENTS    

Exploring Faith - April 8, 4:30 PM (Training Room)

Student Camp Meeting - April 15, 12:15 PM (Student Room)

Premarital Weekend - May 4th & 5th    

Food collection - May 6

Parent & Child Dedication - May 13

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