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September 6, 2019

Greetings E-news Friends,  

OUR VISION 
Before we unpack our vision, let’s revisit our MISSION (the purpose of our existence). We really do not create the mission for our church. Jesus Christ has done that and it does not change. The only option we have is how it would be delineated. The way we say it at Briarcliff is we are here to “SHARE the gospel, GROW in community, and SERVE others.” What then is our VISION? Vision is simply a picture of what we think God desires for our church to look like in 6-12 months. It does not address “how” - that requires planning. Vision is unique for every church and is always changing. Here is the vision we see for Briarcliff in the next 6-12 months. OUR VISION IS TO BE A FIRED-UP FELLOWSHIP, WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP. What does that mean? We will unpack that this Sunday. Whatever it takes, don’t miss it.  

If you were not able to hear the message last week, take a moment to visit our Sermons page and listen now. It was about Paul’s story; his life before Christ, how he came to Christ, and his life after coming to Christ. Every follower of Christ has a story. It would be great to hear your story. Send it to  . Use the same outline as Paul’s story and keep it to one page, font size 12.   

Small Group Sign-Up Continues this Sunday  
It was great to see the buzz around the group sign-up tables last week. 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 again this week in the back of the auditorium following each service.  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. 

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 will be on the vision for Briarcliff.  If you would prefer a printed copy rather than a daily text, here is Our Vision Prayer Guide

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. 

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. 

Financial Peace University 
Do you have a financial plan? Planning and managing your money is an indispensable part of successfully managing your life. Most everyone spends a major part of life making, saving, giving, and/or spending money. How are you doing in this area of life? Could you do better? A resource that has helped millions get in charge of their finances is Financial Peace University. This 9 week course, led by Sebastian DeGeer, will begin at Briarcliff on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 PM. Don’t miss this life changing opportunity. We invite you to register for Financial Peace University today. 

A New year for AWANA if off and running!  
Wednesday was a great start of a new year for AWANA. There is still time to sign-up. Children three years old through fifth grade can join the weekly fun of play games, listen to bible stories, and memorize scriptures.  Awana Registration is open now. 

Briarcliff Kids Baptism Class 
Briarcliff Kids is excited to announce an educational opportunity for both parents and children to understand baptism. The class will be during the 9:00 AM service on September 22nd. Both children and parents will be able to ask questions. The opportunity is open to any family in Briarcliff Kids whether your child is seriously considering baptism, or you just want to understand before your child begins to ask questions. This class is strictly educational and does not require a commitment to baptism. Register for the Briarcliff Kids Baptism Class today. 


Operation Christmas Child 
Thank you for your generous donations enabling us 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 wash cloths. Socks, underwear and T-shirts will be collected in the next few weeks. You can find the details and entire list of items on our Operation Christmas Child page. 


UPCOMING EVENTS    

Small Group Lobby Promotion – September 1st and 8th  

Small Group Fall Launch – September 8th   

Briarcliff Anniversary – September 8th  

Parenting Conference – September 13th-14th  

Discover Your Design – September 15th & 22nd, 10:45AM 

Briarcliff Kids Baptism Class – September 22, 9:00 AM 

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