find and follow Christ.
FRONT AND CENTER
Thank you for choosing a seat to the front and center of the Auditorium when we come together to worship as a community. This helps your mind and heart remain engaged as others discreetly find open seating in the back once the service has begun.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we are excited to walk together with you. If you’re new, we’d like to give you a free gift, (no strings attached), just stop by a host station.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS & STORY BOOKLET (BIRTH - PRE-K)
Special Christmas Gifts & Christmas Story Booklets for Preschoolers are going home to each child during the month of December. These special gifts are for families to use at home to discover the true story of Christmas.
CHRISTMAS EVE - PRESCHOOL A special Christmas adventure is planned during each Christmas Eve Experience for all preschoolers (babies Pre-K). Children will enjoy fun activities, music & a special live nativity.
THE TML CHRISTMAS STORE
Christ Journey supports partner Touching Miami with Love in their annual Christmas Store with unwrapped toys for the children of Overtown. Neighborhood parents are able to “shop” at the store. To be a part of this giving, go to Touchingmiamiwithlove.org or find a list of toys to purchase at the host stations. Toys can be dropped off at Host Stations. Please do your shopping early as the store opens Dec. 13.
Sunday • Dec 29 • Larry and Penny Thompson Park • 11a - 2p Games, bounce houses, food, & fun. Bring your friends. No Worship Experiences on that day (but be sure to join us online!) Let’s end 2013 with some fun at the park! If you’re new to Christ Journey or new to your spiritual journey with Jesus Christ, then consider one or two of these next steps:
Baptism is a beautiful expression of our experience with Christ. The submersion under the water is a symbol of Christ’s death and the rising up out of it clearly illustrates His resurrection. When we encounter Christ we are identifying with his death, burial, and resurrection and so baptism is an outward expression of an inward working of God’s Spirit. We are commanded in Scripture to follow Christ’s example in Baptism and we are encouraged to do this as a step of faith. If you have any questions about Baptism reach out to Pastor Jesse at JesseC@ChristJourney.org or register at ChristJourney.org/Baptism.
STARTUP (NEW MEMBER’S ORIENTATION)
The best way to begin to make Christ Journey feel like your home, family or team is to attend StartUp, our new members orientation, on Sunday, Dec 15 at 9a in the teacher’s lounge (Jack Gordon Elementary-where we meet on Sundays). You will discover a place to belong and a path to grow. It’s easy, just register at ChristJourney.org/ StartUp or sign up at any Host Station.
Give the gift of serving a child this Christmas. There is a variety of volunteer opportunities in preschool during each Christmas Experience. A Preschool Volunteer Workshop will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 pm. To RSVP, email us at Preschool@ ChristJourney.org.
CHURCH ONLINE CHAT HOSTS
Would you like to be a part of life change around the world... but from your home? You can be on a digital mission through Church Online! Email ChurchOnline@ChristJourney.org if you are interested in hosting an online experience that works with your schedule during the week.
Download youversion.com/live on any smartphone to access message notes & scripture during worship.
We have great opportunities available for children, babies through middle school. Please ask a host in the lobby for more information.
LAST CALL FOR CHRISTMAS CHOIR!
Sundays • 2-3:30pm If you are interested in being a part of the Christ Journey Christmas Choir, the last day to join in preparation rehearsals is Sunday, Dec. 8. This is the vocal community that will help lead worship for the Christmas at Christ Journey experiences on December 22 & 24 at all campuses. Worship@ChristJourney.org for more info.
GIVE THE GIFT OF YOUR TIME THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON AND SERVE! Please visit ChristJourney.org/Christmas for more information.
We strongly believe in the power of the arts & their relevance as a communication tool in today’s society. As artists who follow Christ, we are called to use artistry to accurately & effectively represent truth. If you are an artist, contact Worship@ ChristJourney.org for your next step.
I’M ALL EARS
Calling all audio engineers! If you have experience mixing audio in a studio or live setting, or you simply have a good ear for music, we would love to meet you! Opportunities available at all Christ Journey campuses -physical & online. Contact Worship@ ChristJourney.org for more information.
You know who you are. If you have an interest in media or lighting production, or if you simply love to figure things out & work with your hands, we need to meet you! Experience is a plus, but not required. We will teach you everything you need to know. Contact Worship@ ChristJourney.org for more information.
Interested in playing your instrument in one of our weekly experiences? We have a custom-designed program that will help you interact in a live rehearsal setting as well as send you home with rehearsal tracks for some private practice time during the week! Contact Worship@ChristJourney.org today!
The Christmas Promise
VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT OPPORTUNITIES
This month we want to highlight two specific areas that have room for new volunteers:
Parents are the best volunteers in this area, but whether you are a parent or without kids, our Elementary aged kids are some of the best kids and we’d love to give you a tour and show you what Highway is all about. To learn more or schedule a tour, email Gisel at GiselZ@ ChristJourney.org.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (SHIFT)
Please help yourself to coffee available in the courtyard.
(cut this out and use it to invite a friend)
CHRISTMAS EVE PRESCHOOL TRAINING
We love our 6th, 7th, & 8th grade kids. They are asking great questions and always ready to have fun. Do you have a passion for teenagers? Are you looking to be a part of raising up the next generation of leaders? Serve our middle school kids on Sunday morning at Shift at 11:30am. Contact Pastor Jesse to schedule a tour or if you have questions: JesseC@ChristJourney.org
How many promises are there in the Bible? Estimates range from around 3,500 to over 7,000. Who knows? What matters more than that is the audacious claim Paul makes in his second letter to the Corinthians, “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Think of it. All the promises of God are “YES” in Jesus. No wonder the angels are so excited to announce His birth! God isn’t just coming to be with us in Jesus, He is coming to be FOR us! Rediscover the wonder of The Christmas Promise in our new December series. Titles include: Tree of Life, Gift of Love, Light of Hope, and Bells of Joy! Eight exciting opportunities to share The Promise of Christmas with others! Sunday, Dec 22: COUNTRY WALK 10a • 11:30a | CORAL GABLES 3p • 4:30p • 6p Tuesday, Dec 24: CORAL GABLES 3p • 4:30p • 6p
If you’d like to listen to today’s message again or share it with someone... Download: ChristJourney.org/Podcast Watch: ChristJourney.org/Watch Pick-up: Purchase CD’s at a Host Station Complete message series are also available in CD albums.
If you feel called to pray or have a need, join us to receive hope, encouragement, healing & anything God sends our way! Contact Lourdes: email@example.com
Send your us your prayer requests at ChristJourney.org/Prayer and our prayer team will pray for you.
Ask a question & get an answer online at ChristJourney.org/Questions
Our Christ Journey Food Pantry is open Mondays 9a-noon for our community. We are also an “Access” site to facilitate applications to critical programs that may help beyond food. For more information please contact Missions@ChristJourney.org.
You can give in church, from your phone or online at ChristJourney.org/Give Download the Secure Give App to give from your smart phone. Download “Secure Give” from your phone’s App Store, select Christ Journey Church and set it as your home organization, then select Make a Donation and follow the prompts.
Celebrate with us this Christmas and rediscover the wonder of The Christmas Promise! You’ll experience moments of surprise and pauses of wonder as the truth illuminates your mind and ignites your heart. Many of us are preparing to share the story with elegance and passion – why not invite friends and family of all ages to be your special guests for Christmas at Christ Journey?
Sunday, Dec 22 Country Walk 10a • 11:30a
Coral Gables 3p • 4:30p • 6p**
Tuesday, Dec 24 Coral Gables 3p • 4:30p • 6p**
Spanish translation offered at all experiences. ** Portuguese translation offered.
GIVE THE GIFT OF YOUR TIME THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON AND SERVE!
Please visit ChristJourney.org/Christmas for more information.
Worship Times & Location Sundays at 10a & 11:30a Children: we have several opportunities for your children to enjoy on Sundays. Discovery Land (Birth-Pre-K): 10a & 11:30a Highway (K-5th grade): 10a & 11:30a Shift (Middle School): 11:30a
Sunday Location Jack D. Gordon Elementary School 14600 Country Walk Drive Church Office 14425 Country Walk Drive Miami, FL 33186 305-448-4425 ChristJourney.org
Give Global Winter Missions Offering
December is Winter Giving time at Christ Journey! This special gift above your tithe goes dollar for dollar back to our Mission Partners. Winter Missions Offering dates back to the founding of our church and is critical in every missionary’s budget. The Give Catalog, available now at all host stations, gives you a glimpse into the missions world and how your dollar works. Thank you for giving!
Season of Giving For year-end gifts, there are many ways to give at Christ Journey... Complete the information on the envelope in the Give Catalog or note “Missions” on a tithing envelope, and drop it in the offering container as it is passed. You can also place it in the tithe boxes on the walls inside the auditorium. Checks can be made payable to Christ Journey Church.
ChristJourneyCW Giving kiosk. Located in the atrium, you can use it to make a one-time gift with your debit or credit card.
Broken promises and broken hearts litter our world like so much trash, thoughtlessly tossed aside.
From politicians to parents to trusted friends gone cold or worse, many of us are experienced in the pain of a broken promise. And tragically, we also know the grief of failing to keep our own promises as well. Into this broken world, God comes in the Ultimate Promise – Messiah. This Christmas, we celebrate the past in our Savior’s birth; the present as we follow Him as Lord in our daily lives; and the future looking forward to His return as King of Kings!
Give using your smartphone. Download the Secure Give App and search for “Christ Journey Church.” It’s easy to set up your profile to begin giving immediately at ChristJourney.org/ SecureGive.
During Sunday experiences.
Giving online is safe, secure, and easy. You can set up a giving schedule at ChristJourney/Give and track exactly what you give.
With your own bank’s bill pay service, you can set up a recurring payment (donation).
Give by mail.
Automatic bank debit.
Give by mail. Make check payable to Christ Journey Church and send to: Christ Journey Church Attn: Leslie McKinney 624 Anastasia Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134
WE’RE ALL GOING TO CHURCH...ONLINE!
Across all campuses on Dec. 29, we will all be attending Church Online at ChristJourney.tv.
These are exciting times to be a part of what God is doing at Christ Journey! Truly, “The future is as bright as the promises of God!”
Church Online is an interactive church experience with streaming video, real-time chat translated in over 50 languages, live prayer, and a global connection that is easy to share with others! Be a part of Church Online and connect with some amazing people around the world. Have family in another country? Invite them to join you online!
If you are interested in hosting a Church Online party at your house, let us know! We can talk you through any technical needs you may have to make it a success. Email ChurchOnline@ChristJourney.org.