What is Advent?

Advent comes from the latin word Adventus meaning “coming” or “arrival”. It is a season of preparation for Christmas that lasts around four weeks. It is a time to prepare our hearts in celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus. It is also a time to look forward in anticipation to our Savior’s promised second coming!

Why Advent?

In a season that is busy with shopping, family, meals, decorating, and traveling, we need to be reminded of what all the busyness is about….or at least what it should be about. We are celebrating the greatest story every told. Observing the season Advent is a way to interrupt the busyness and direct our hearts and minds toward Jesus. It’s designed to help us remember what God has done for us. It is a way for us to connect our hearts to the anticipation that our ancestors felt as they eagerly awaited the coming messiah. It is also a way for us to ponder and pray for Jesus’ return.

Invitation

Come celebrate the season of Advent with us on Sunday Mornings at Cheyenne Middle School, December 3rd – December 24th at 10:30 AM. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Aslo, be sure make plans to attend A Night of Hope of on December 17th. Let’s celebrate the coming of our Savior, Jesus!

Resources

If you would like to observe the season of Advent at home with friends or with your family, here are a couple of resources to help you.

Advent Guide – Distributed by The Village Church 

Good News of Great Joy – Daily Advent Readings 

GivingTreeEach year, there are several families at John Ross who are not able to provide gifts for their children at Christmas. John Ross Elementary has invited our church again this year to help with their Giving Tree effort for the benefit of these families. This year, the needs are greater than ever. This is a great opportunity for our church family to demonstrate the love of Christ through giving, just as God has given to us through Jesus.

Beginning today, the Giving Tree will be set out in The Commons, with tags for each family in need. The tags will have all the information for the family’s needs. We also have a list of the needs on this form here. If you did not have an opportunity to pick up a tag on Sunday, please select a gift from our online form.

Instructions:

  1. Stop by the Giving Tree in the school lobby and pick up a gift tag on November 19th, 26th or December 3rd.
  2. Purchase a new gift based on the information on the tag.
  3. Bring the unwrapped gift to the Giving Tree. Gifts can also be brought to the school office during the week, no later than December 4th. 
Other ways to help:
  • Donate Walmart gift cards and 7-11 gas cards.
  • Donate wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, gift bags, gift tissue, etc.
  • Volunteer with the school staff to wrap the gifts.

If you have any questions, please contact Glenda Lawrence ([email protected] or 405-760-5131).

Thanks for making a difference in our community!

New Sermon Series begins November 5th!

Sex is everywhere. Wherever we turn, people are talking about sex.

Too often, the church has chosen to avoid this conversation, at least publicly. Truth is that we often talk about sex…just not at church. We talk about it at the office. We talk about it at the gym. Our students talk about it in the hallways. We just choose not to talk about it at church.

That’s about to change. The time is long overdue for the church to engage in this conversation in a healthy and biblical way. We need guidance. We need direction. We need to uncover the naked truth about God’s design for sex.

In this series, we seek to provide answers to the questions we all ask but typically don’t ask at church. We hope that you will join the conversation.

A NOTE TO PARENTS: This series will be rated PG, so parental guidance is suggested. It may feel PG-13 in some places, but that’s only because the Bible is a PG-13 kind of book. As a father of four, this is a series I would certainly want my 6th and 9th grade students to hear, but it is not a series I would want my 2nd grader to hear. Our kids need age-appropriate guidance in this area of their lives. They have a natural interest and desire to discover what it’s all about. They will find information about sex somewhere. I think it’s best if they view the church and their parents as great sources of wisdom who are not afraid to have this conversation. – Jeff

We have some exciting news! 
We will be hosting “A Night of Hope” with Christy Nockels on Sunday evening, December 17th. This will be a family tailored event with amazing Christmas music by Christy and her band, guest speaker, and story telling that will engage all ages. We couldn’t be more thrilled!

Christy Nockels is a singer and songwriter who has been contributing to the Christian music scene for the past 10 plus years and has been involved with Passion (worship conferences). She and her husband, Nathan were nominated for several Dove awards including female vocalist of the year and producer of the year in 2007. They both have roots in Oklahoma City and got their start as worship leaders here. They currently live in Atlanta, Georgia with their four children. You can purchase Christy’s new Christmas album, The Thrill of Hope, here.

We will be partnering with the “ A Night of Hope” tour team to bring this event to our city. This is a ticketed event with some exciting VIP options that families won’t want to miss, including: early entry, family photos with Christy, and a fun family Christmas activity before the concert begins.

Click here to purchase tickets now!

Our Savior was born to bring the thrill of hope to all who receive Him! This will be a fantastic chance to invite our church and our city to engage in the story of Christmas and to shine a bright light for all to see the splendor and glory of our Lord, Jesus. 

Mark December 17th, 6-8 PM on your calendars now and make plans to invite family, friends, co-workers, baristas, servers, anyone and everyone to celebrate Christmas with us on this special occasion. Spread the word! Share our social media posts, send personal invitations, shout this from the rooftops! 

Go:Local Outreach Opportunity: 

We have some unique one-time opportunities to serve as a volunteer to help make this event happen (marketing, hospitality, merch sales, ushering, photography, production assistance, set up/tear down, and more). Most volunteers will be able to fully attend the concert! If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here.

RSM Bonfire Night | 11.12.17

admin —  October 24, 2017

Students, join us for bonfire night on November 12th! We are going to hang out, play games, roast hot dogs, make s’mores, and worship together.

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Men’s Fall Round Up | 11.11.17

admin —  October 15, 2017

Men, join us for our men’s gathering on Saturday, November 11th. This will be a great opportunity to get to know other guys in our church, enjoy some good food, and enjoy some laughs together. We’ll have gear on hand for ultimate frisbee, corn hole, and whatever yard games you want to bring. No pressure to participate in the games, but we know it wouldn’t be a guys event if there wasn’t some kind of competition! We’re planning to have a tv or two set up to watch some college football, so really, there’s no excuse for you not to be here.
This is a men’s event, so guys- feel free to bring your sons along to join you in the fun. This will also be a great opportunity to introduce your friends to other guys in our church as well. Make plans to attend, and invite a buddy. Looking forward to hanging out.
When: Saturday November 11th, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
What to bring: Bring a lawn chair if you have one. Yard games are great to bring too (optional)
How to sign up: Stop by the Next Steps area on Sunday to sign up, or

RSM Costume Contest | 10.29.17

admin —  October 5, 2017

 

Students, let the costume planning begin! Our costume party will be at the same location and time as normal RSM. We will have a costume contest with prizes for the winner. This will be like normal RSM but with more costumes and a whole lot more candy.
  • Dress Appropriately and Modestly
  • Be Respectful and Considerate of Others When Choosing Your Costume
  • Please Avoid the Darker Themed Costumes
  • No Weapons Allowed
  • If you aren’t sure if your costume idea is appropriate, ask a leader or email us at [email protected]

Parents, we want to let you know about an upcoming equipping conference hosted by our friends at Mpact Parenting. This video conference will cover the content from pastor and author, Paul Tripp’s recent release, “Parenting”.  We believe you will be greatly blessed, challenged, and equipped by this event! If you or a parent you know is looking to grow in his or her calling, please pass this along. For more information on this event, please visit Mpact Parenting on Facebook.

Location: Kim Ray Conference Center

Cost: Free

Register by reserving tickets here

“In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.”

Worship & Prayer Night | 11.05.17

admin —  October 4, 2017

Join us on November 5th for a night of extended worship & prayer.

Come excited. Come hungry. Come tired. Come rejoicing. Come with sorrow. Come and spend time with Jesus. And as we do, His promise is to satisfy the deep longing of our souls.

Our time will have two trajectories. We will sing and pray vertically to God, thanking him for his character and expressing joy and gratitude for His saving Grace. And we will spend time encouraging one another horizontally as we declare truth about God in prayer and song.

November 5th | 6:00-7:30 PM | Cheyenne Cafetorium

Childcare for 1- 3 years will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Parents with birth-12mo. you are welcome to bring your baby into worship with us!

Hebrews 10:23-25 says, Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Colossians 3:12 calls us to, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

 

What does it mean to thrive?

admin —  October 3, 2017

We have a lot of experience in getting through life in survival mode; running from one thing to the next. But I don’t think God intended for us to merely survive through life. Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that he came that we would have life and have it abundantly. 

As a church, we want you to experience renewal and to thrive as a follower of Jesus. We believe this happens best in the context of being connected to gospel-centered community that we like to call group life.

Group life helps us discover how the gospel transforms all of our lives. Living life together helps us see how Jesus is better than the comforts, securities, and successes we try to attain. Reorienting our hearts around Jesus and His kingdom frees us from being enslaved to fear and the opinions of others.

In our Redemption Groups, we strive to live out this kind of group life. We want to connect you to a Redemption Group. We want you to benefit from a shared life with others in community. We have groups located throughout the city and on different nights of the week. Check out the map and list here, and find a community to do life with.