College and Singles Weekly Update: September 1st-8th

WORSHIP NIGHT!!!

All college and single’s are invited to worship night THIS SUNDAY EVENING!!! This will be in place of our regular college night for our college group.

Join us for a time of worship, prayer, and testimonies. This is a combined college and single’s event and we can’t wait to fellowship all together!!

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Room 231

Pizza provided!!

Invite your neighbors, friends, and family to experience everything you love about NAOBC on Sunday, September 12, for I Love My Church Sunday! This is a church-wide event!! Wear your NAOBC swag and stick around after worship and BFG for food, dessert trucks, inflatables, live music, and more!

Lunch for I Love My Church Sunday is $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.

Lunch includes all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, apple sauce, and water. Dessert trucks will be on-site but are not included in the lunch purchase. Dessert trucks include Philly’s Best Frozen Desserts and Cookie Dough Bliss & Creamery. Guests can stop by the guest table on September 12 to receive a voucher for free lunch. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
Order your lunch HERE.

SINGLE’S GROUP:

  • No BFG this week because of Labor Day weekend. Service times are still at 9 and 10:30 AM.

Small Groups:

Our singles group will be dividing up into men’s and women’s small groups this fall, going through the Psalms.

Ladie’s group

Time: 7PM

Location: 7600 Carmil Court

Men’s group

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: 9101 Leicester Court

Single’s Retreat:

Date: September 18-19

Fee: Early bird fee is $50

Register here!!!

(Scholarships are available to help pay)

Contact Abigal Johnson (one of our single’s interns) with any questions.

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • No BFG this week because of Labor Day weekend. Service times are still at 9 and 10:30 AM.

College Night:

No college night this Sunday. Worship night is taking the place of college night this week! See details above.

Wednesday Night Discipleship:

Time: 6:30 pm.

Location: Dependent upon classes.

Adults will have the opportunity to serve with the Choir, attend Open Bible Study with TJ Betts studying the Psalms, or meet in Discipleship Groups.

Men’s groups will be using the book Disciplines of a Godly Man by R Kent Hughes, and women’s groups will use Disciplines of Godly Women by Barbara Hughes as a springboard to invest in one another’s lives.

Please be sure to register so you can be placed in proper groups! Click here!!

Check out our website or GroupMe App for more info regarding specific events!!

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Alexa Knight, one of our college group interns.

Psalm 16 has been the most recent psalm of comfort to my weary and dry soul and such a source of great truth and encouragement to my life, and here’s why:

 

Psalm 16 offers a comparison to its readers between the lives of those who run after false gods and the lives of those who take refuge in the God. It compares the two, explaining how those who run after other gods shall have sorrows that multiple (vs. 4), while those who take refuge in the Lord are found secure; they are the Lord’s delight… He holds their lot. David goes on to tell of the beauties of God and how He gives counsel, how He is at his right hand and shall not be shaken (vs. 8). David describes the Lord as always before him, a refuge, and the only provider of good. Then, in vs. 9-11, David responds to these truths that he so poetically laid out by saying..

 

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.

For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.

You make known to me the path of life;

in your presence there is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

 

What can we learn from this psalm? Multiple things convict me, challenge me and encourage me when I dwell on these verses.

 

  1. This Psalm tells of the beauty of God and His love for us, and it is something to be spoken about! Let David’s words be a challenge to us to call to mind the extraordinary treasure that is our God. Reflect on the goodness of God and His role in your life, and speak it back to Him, and be challenged to share with a friend.
  2. As we learn to call these truths to mind, we must learn to also respond! David takes these truths and beauties about God and responds through hope and praise over who God is. He is strengthened and has found internal peace. He finds spiritual rest that the Lord is His everlasting refuge. He allows it to change his response to trials and sorrows that are multiplying in the lives around him.   
  3. The more deeply we fall in love with and pursue Christ, the more natural a response of praise and deep awe will become to us. There are joyful and rejoicing hearts that flow from Saints who “set the Lord before them always” because even in heartache or trial, having Christ as your refuge gives you hope and reason to rejoice and be glad.                                                             
  4. Be encouraged brothers and sisters! God is our refuge and He will not abandon us. He has provided for us and promises to never abandon us. When we seek to trust and rest in God there is “fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore”, because nothing is more precious than the relationship with our Savior.

 

It is my prayer that in seasons of doubt, weariness, whether in the valley or on the mountain, that we will seek to take refuge in Christ and allow that to be our source of hope and joy despite our circumstances! That we will set our eyes on the only King, instead of chasing after false gods. That we will partake in the fullness of joy that is taking refuge in Christ instead of running to and following the pleasures of this world.

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