Blessed Are

by Element Christian Church
Today's blog comes from the wisest person who ever lived:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
 
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
 
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
 
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
 
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
 
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
 
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

One of "thems" weeks

by Michael Reed
Well, it is one of "thems" weeks where there is a lot going on, but the crowning jewel of this week is that Sunday Daylight Savings begins. Which, we all know what that means... we set our clocks FORWARD an hour (on Saturday night) and lose what feels like five hours of sleep, but more importantly, Aaron will be grumpy on Sunday. 
 
Grumpiness is ok though, we have a lot of great things happening this week, so check them out if you are depressed like us about the state of exhaustion that will occur on Sunday...
  • This Wednesday Element University starts at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary!
  • Saturday is Cinderella's Closet from 10am-3pm, let any girls know who could be blessed by a dress for prom!
  • Sunday, right after each service, we will have our Baptism Class in the "Office" Classroom. You don't need to signups, just come check out what it means to be baptized, and what you need to do to be baptized, and ask any questions you might have. We hope it won't be more than 20 minutes long. 
Lots of stuff happening, but we hope you remember Jesus is Lord over time, stands above it, and so we thank Him for for every night of sleep and every day we get to be a part of what He is doing in and through Element.

 

Mixed Messages From A Cookie Box

by Element Christian Church
I had a strange thing happen at work the other day…

A co-worker of mine mentioned that her daughters, who attend a Christian school in town, were selling chocolate bars as part of a fundraiser. She brought up the possibility of bringing the box in, but was hesitant, since the box clearly displays the name of the school and its church affiliation. After another co-worker and I told her that wouldn’t be a problem, she mentioned that the box also has the phrase, “Saving the world from sinners.”

This was when I cringed.

This “short and sweet” phrase may seem harmless enough—just a tool for cute kids to use while spreading joy through delicious chocolate, but this is yet another example of poor theology rearing its ugly head. I couldn’t help but wonder what my non-Christian, spiritually ambiguous co-worker thought of that phrase—the world needs to be rescued from people like ME? Too often, this is the mentality of evangelical culture…it is us (the good guys, the “saved,” the churchgoers) vs. them (the bad guys, the sinners, the non-churchgoers). Maybe it’s just me, but this seems to strongly contradict Biblical passages like:
  • …For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… [Romans 3:23]
  • All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way… [Isaiah 53:6]
  • Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned [Romans 5:12]
Another thing that immediately stood out when I heard this phrase was the assumption that sinners (people) are the enemy. We know from Scripture that is not true: “ For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” [Ephesians 6:12]. Who are our enemies, then? Satan, sin, and death…and Jesus has victoriously conquered them all for us through his death and resurrection.

As fellow sinners, we should be going out into the world—loving ALL people (as Christ first loved us) and sharing the joy of our true enemies’ defeat. After all, what could be any sweeter than a message like that?

This blog is from the computer of Michelle Gee, one of our newer worship leaders.

What's Next For Element

by Element Christian Church


An update on what's happening at Element and what lies in our future. There will be much more to come, but for now we ask for your prayers. If you attend Element, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions you have.

 

How Many Pumpkins?

by Element Christian Church
This Sunday is our annual Pumpkin Killing and we thought we would play a little game to see who gets to launch the cannon first! How many pumpkins are in the pile pictured below? Either text in your vote to 805.310.4229 or go to our facebook page and guess in the comment section. And we'll see you Sunday at 2pm.

How Many Pumpkins?


UPDATE: Congratulations to Sarah McCool for closest guess of 275 pumpkins. There were a total of 279 total!

Sarah Launching the first pumpkin!

JESUS || NEW SERMON SERIES STARTS THIS SUNDAY

by Element Christian Church
This Sunday we begin a new series called Jesus. Each week we will look at an attribute of Jesus from different perspectives. The series will be taught by Aaron as well as different leaders of Element. If you missed Sunday's promo video, you can watch it below or check out the series page for the breakdown each week.


At Element we are all about one thing, we beat one drum, it may get old, but it is the only hope the world has ever had…His name is Jesus. Jesus is King of kings, Lord of lords, hope of the world, light to mankind, savior of rich and poor, men and women, and everyone and everything else.

Every message at Element is about Jesus, but this fall…all the way through Christmas, we will be taking an even more in depth look at the amazing-ness of who He is. Jesus has inspired people for ages, He continues to inspire, and this series is part of that inspiration.

Baptism Stories - September 1, 2013

by Element Christian Church

Last Sunday was our Baptisms, and we had 8 people baptized! If you didn't make it, or missed reading the stories, this week's blog is simply a link to them. Please read them, be excited for them, and always stand amazed at the goodness of our great God.

 

Baptisms & Labor Day BBQ 9/1/13

by Element Christian Church


Join us September 1st at 1pm at 1371 Solomon Road. To learn more about baptism, click here. Baptisms are not magical, but they are a deeply spiritual event that reflects the work Jesus has done in our lives and for that we celebrate when we see life transformation within our church family!

We will then be having a BBQ afterwards in celebration. We are combining with Labor day. Kids are welcome to swim after baptisms!

What to Bring: Element is BBQing Tritip, making bread & beans, beverages. We ask you bring the following if your last name begins with:
  • AL - Desserts - (Few dozen)
  • MZ - Salad - or Side Dish

Other items to bring:

  • Folding chairs
  • Sunscreen
  • EzPopup tents
  • Lawn games
  • Extra Cookies
  • Pool Floaties
  • Swimsuits/Towels

Dads. A Father's Day Interview.

by Element Christian Church


On Mother's Day 2013 we interviewed Jessa, Amanda, and Pam as part of our service. We then thought, "wouldn't it be amazing to interview their husbands as well?" Well, the guys were game, just not in front of everyone. The video was incorporated into our Father's Day 2013 service, but being broken into 2 distinct parts. Here, on the blog site, we have edited them together to make one longer video about the wounds we experience as children and the redemption that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings. Watch Matt, Nathan and Doug share their stories about what they learned from their dads and what it means to be a son of God, their Heavenly Father, whom we all can call, "Abba, Father."