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August 30, 2019

Greetings E-news Friends,  

This Sunday 
Do you like reading biographies and autobiographies? This Sunday we will look at the longest autobiography of the Apostle Paul recorded in scripture. He tells his story of coming to Christ. He describes it in three parts; first, he tells what his life was like before he met Christ; second, how he came to know Christ and third, how his life was changed after meeting Christ. Every follower of Christ has a similar story, yet distinctly different and unique. What is your story? Have you ever taken the time to write your story? As we unpack this autobiography, you will learn how to develop your own powerful story. Take some time in your small group for individuals to tell their story. You will be inspired by hearing how the uniqueness of God’s grace works. One more thing - some of you may discover you do not have a story of God’s amazing grace; you only have religion. Let this be a wake-up call to seek the wonderous and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  

If you were not able to hear the message last week, take a moment to visit our Sermons page and listen now. 

Small Group Sign-Up Begins this Sunday  
A vital part of our mission at Briarcliff is to grow in community. If you are not already in a community small group, now is the time to get connected. It is a great place to find friendship, support and transformational discipleship. There are groups that meet at different times, locations, and days of the week. Small Group leaders will be at tables in the back of the auditorium following each service this Sunday and next.  Feel free to introduce yourself, ask questions, or even arrange to attend their group as a guest to see if it is a right fit for you.  If you’d like more information about our groups, please visit our Small Groups page. 

Discover Your Design 
To discover your God-given design will transform your life! To experience the discovery of your SHAPE- Spiritual Heart (passion) Abilities Personality Experiences, register for  

our next class, September 15 and 22 at 10:45.  More information and a link to the registration form can be found on our Discover Your Design page. 

Join Daily Prayer Focus for This Week 
You can receive the prayer guide, one day at a time, this next week (Monday-Friday). We will text you once each day with one thing to pray for. Each morning when you look at your phone, you can pray. Be a daily part of this team!  Join now by texting the word pray to 94090.   

This week’s ministry focus.                                                        We will focus on the upcoming Parenting Conference.  If you would prefer a printed copy rather than a daily text, here is the Parenting Conference Prayer Guide. 

Parenting Conference  
Do you want to build a Godly home and raise children who know and serve the Lord? During the Next Generation’s parenting conference, pastor and best-selling author Dr. Paul David Tripp shares four lessons rooted in the gospel that every mom and dad need to hear. You’ll learn practical tools to help you parent in the 21st century and meet other parents who are doing the same thing. You won’t want to miss this opportunity on September 13th–14th. The conference begins at 5:30PM on Friday and space is limited. Please complete the Parenting Conference Registration by September 1 so we can plan and prepare efficiently. 

A New School Year Means a New AWANA Year!  
Briarcliff Kids’ AWANA program is a Wednesday night ministry rooted in sharing God’s love. AWANA begins September 4th and will continue through April. Children three years old through fifth grade can join us weekly as we play games, listen to bible stories, and memorize scriptures.  Awana Registration is open now. 

Operation Christmas Child 
We are collecting items in September to pack 600 shoeboxes that will have an eternal impact on the children around the world who receive them.  This Sunday’s collection items are crayons, pencils, sharpeners and erasers. You can find the entire list of items on our Operation Christmas Child page. 

UPCOMING EVENTS    
Small Group Lobby Promotion – September 1st and 8th  
Operation Christmas Child collection begins – September 1 
Awana begins – September 4th  
Small Group Fall Launch – September 8th   
Briarcliff Anniversary – September 8th  
Parenting Conference – September 13th-14th  
Discover Your Design – September 15th & 22nd, 10:45AM 

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