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    COMMUNITY OF GRACE

    MEN’S MINISTRY

     

    SEPTEMBER 2019

     

    2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” …

     

    How many times in your life have you felt sufficient? Is living day by day, just surviving, sufficient? At first glance, sufficient would appear to mean: “just enough to get by or meet the need” or “the bare minimum”. 2 Corinthians 12:9 speaks to sufficiency during times of weakness, and how God’s grace is complete and fully adequate to forgive and fill the imperfections of our sinful human nature through Jesus’ sacrifice.

     

    When given a task or placed in a particular situation, no one wants to hear that their performance or approach was insufficient. The connotation implies failure or defeat.

     

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, self-sufficiency is viewed by our world (particularly in Western culture) as a great attribute. You need to pick yourself up by your own bootstraps and do not show weakness lest you become a poor, helpless, unsuccessful, victimized person. Self-sufficiency may conjure up worldly images of strong, independent and successful people. But were we really created to be “silos” of self-sufficiency, not relying on God or each other?

     

    King Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: “9Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”

     

    Jesus speaks to utter dependency and perfect alignment with God in John 5:19: “19So Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.

     

    God wants us to be, feel and act sufficient every day, but not because of something we’ve done or achieved. Our confidence and reassurance lie in God’s unending love for us and the grace that He established in sending Jesus to provide the perfect example of how to live our lives and the all-sufficient sacrifice to save our souls from condemnation.

     

    When you’re at your weakest, take reassurance in the perfect, complete and indivisible love and grace of God, displayed in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection (John 3:16).

     

    Men’s Ministry Annual Retreat

     

    This year’s annual retreat is being postponed until the fall of 2020, due to concerns with a lack of availability/attendance of COG men for the event.


    Upcoming Events

     

     Beast Feast: Sunday September 8th at 5:00 pm. Men’s connect event being held at Joel and Catherine Bundick’s home. Men should bring their own raw meat to be cooked/prepared during the event.

    Joel and Catherine’s address:  21006 E Bellewood Dr Centennial, CO 80015

     

    The Men’s Ministry will be preparing a survey of potential upcoming event ideas. More to follow …

     

    Weekly Bible Studies

     

    Tuesday mornings at 6:00 AM – Sermon on the Mount – the group meets in Joel’s office.

     

    Friday mornings at 6:00 AM – Book of Daniel – the group meets at Carino Coffee located at the corner of Smoky Hill Rd and Picadilly St.  This group is led by Karl Been.

     

     

    Quote of the Month

     

    “If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together.”

    - African Proverb

     

    Men’s Ministry Team

    For questions or information about the Men’s Ministry, please contact Jeff Drury at jeff@communityofgrace.com.

                Kyle Kane, John Tejada, and Tom Wager

     

    Stay connected with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/communityofgracemenofcog or on the church website at cogaurora.org/ministries.


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    COMMUNITY OF GRACE

    MEN’S MINISTRY

     

    AUGUST 2019

     

    Psalm 119:130 – The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

     

    No one likes to be called stupid. Not even the title character of the film Forrest Gump, who had an IQ of 75 and admitted that he was “not a smart man.” Whenever someone said or implied that Forrest was stupid, he always gave the same firm retort, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

    No one likes to be called simple either. The adjective “simple” can have very positive connotations. For example, when you are wrestling with a problem, you prefer a simple solution to a complex one. But in the modern vernacular, calling a person simple is akin to calling that person a simpleton, which means that he lacks intelligence, common sense, and good judgment.

    In Psalm 116, David says, “The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me” (v. 6). Why does David refer to himself as “simple”? He certainly wasn’t a simpleton. The Hebrew word that he used, both there and in Psalm 119:130, can be translated as “one who is open to persuasion” or “one who can be enticed or seduced.”

    Ouch. That’s applicable not just to David but to all of us. After all, the Bible often refers to us as sheep who can be led astray quite easily.

    To avoid heading down the wrong path, we need the “unfolding”—the opening, the insight, the guidance—of God’s Word. We need to allow God’s Word to penetrate our hearts and change us. For many of us, that can be difficult, especially when a passage of the Bible is not straightforward or not seeming to be applicable for us.

    Fortunately, we have help. The Hebrew word for “unfolding” means an entrance, such as a gate. In John chapter 10, Jesus describes himself not only as the good shepherd, but also as the door, or the gate, for the sheep. Jesus, the embodiment of God’s Word, enables that Word to penetrate our hearts. That’s good news for all of us as simple men.


    2nd Annual Pastor’s Cup Golf Tournament

     

    The 2nd annual Pastor’s cup golf tournament was a great success.  We ended up with 4 groups of four golfers each. Joel, Garrett, Grayson, and John placed first at 5 under par. Roger, Kevin, Ernie and William placed 2nd at 3 under par.

    Ben, Will, Aaron, and Jerry placed 3rd at an even par. The fourth team were all guests that do not attend COG - Mark, Wyatt, Tyler, and Rigo and they finished at 1 over par.

     

    Awards were given to Grayson and Tyler for the longest drive with Grayson taking the pro shop gift certificate and Tyler taking the free oil change at Big O Tires. John and Kevin won the closest to the pin holes with John taking the pro shop gift certificate and Kevin taking the Mama Louise gift certificate.

     

    A huge thank you to William Fabrizio for organizing this event.  We look forward to next year’s 3rd Annual Pastor’s Cup Tournament.

     

    Men’s Ministry Annual Retreat

     

    This year’s annual retreat is being held in the Fall.  We are working on dates and will have further details Mid-August.  Snow Mountain Ranch will be the facility we will be meeting at for this year, located in Granby, Colorado.  The estimated cost will be $140 per person, which will include lodging, food, and use of the recreation facilities for the entire weekend.  We have an excellent speaker for this year’s event, a published Christian author.  Be sure to plan for attending this year’s retreat.  It will be a great weekend of fun, relationship building, great food, and a place of spiritual growth.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

     

    Faith Day at Coors Field: Sunday August 18th. This is a family event.  Seats are limited, so be sure to sign up at the Get Connected table to reserve your seat.  Kari Jobe will be performing live this year after the game.  Cost for this event is $20.00 per person.

     

    Beast Feast BBQ is being held on Sunday, September 8th at 5:30pm at Pastor Joel’s house.  Bring your own meat and something to share with others.  Drinks and paperware will be provided.

     

     

    Weekly Bible Studies

     

    Tuesday mornings at 6:00 AM – Sermon on the Mount – the group meets in Joel’s office.

     

    Friday mornings at 6:00 AM – Book of Daniel – the group meets at Carino Coffee located at the corner of Smoky Hill Rd and Picadilly St.  This group is led by Karl Been.

     

     

    Quote of the Month

     

    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

    - Winston S Churchill

     

    Men’s Ministry Team

    For questions or information about the Men’s Ministry, please contact Jeff Drury at jeff@communityofgrace.com.

    Kyle Kane, John Tejada, and Tom Wager

     

    Stay connected with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/communityofgracemenofcog or on the church website at cogaurora.org/ministries.

     

     

    Blessings

    Jeff Drury

    Community of Grace

    Men’s Ministry