Between the celebrations of Christmas and the New Year sits a space, a membrane which makes the senses slow and body trudge, yet feels like a vacuum. It’s the space between the closing of one world and the opening of the next. And the same occurs after New Year’s Day, after the routines begin to whirl and the rhythm of responsibilities regain their authority. It’s a space between holiday and spring, pumpkin spice and fruit punch, cozy and basking. Here in San Antonio, it’s hot and cold and cold then hot. Even the plants are confused about this space, and we all just want to start the next season. But the space between is an opportunity like a diamond in the rough. What beautiful things are revealed when we seek to find, uncover, and polish the sparkle of something buried. So in the space between, for what nugget of truth, of growth, might God have you mine? What outstanding understanding could God speak to you only when you exist in the space b etween distractions?
The year is off to a great start! And it's all about small groups right now!
Small groups have started, however, there is still time to join or sign up for some of our hybrid groups. Many groups do meet weekly, but some meet at specific times in the session. Take a look at the images of the Small Group trifold to find out more and sign up for a small group! You can also click here to be directed to the groups page.
Wonderful things happening right now at SAF Church. Plans are in place to improve the facilities in ways that will immediately serve our community better. These plans will make the food distributions and other resources from West Avenue Compassion operate with more space and support. Parking will be improved in flow and spaces. Restrooms, classrooms, and volunteer break rooms will be added and/or renovated. Big. Plans.
But not only with these steps help us serve our community with more excellence, we know that it will create a space for God to reach His people, speaking inspiration, truth, and love all those who are brought to this campus. Our goal, given to the SAF staff, pastors, and board by God through prayer, is to reach 550 new people and become a part of their faith journey, giving service and support. With 550 new people, we will have 728 people on a mission to flourish as God's people by serving, loving, and inspiring others as they have been.
As we enter the new year, consider how you might be called to become a part of this Vision 728. Of course we need funds. We are grateful for those who have continued to support this monetarily. But we also need hands and feet, and spirit support through prayer and wisdom in strategy. We want all hands on deck for Vision 728!
See what's happening below, and see you soon!
This Christmas we have events all month long to celebrate the joy of the season. We kick off Dec. 4th with an open mic coffee house in our lobby, at 7pm. You can catch a show on the 14th, join us for a night of Christmas worship on the 20th, and drive through the parking lot on Dec. 23rd at 7am to add some joy to your morning commute via free coffee, coco, and prayer! There's plenty of opportunities, so come on out and celebrate!
As many of you who attend on Sundays or listen to the messages on Facebook sometime during the week many already know, we have some new ways of serving our church family and our community. Doing so effectively takes individuals who have a willingness to help others and a desire to use their skills in a volunteer capacity. Look at the few opportunities below and see if you might be interested... or see if one is just calling your name ;)
1. The Connector
We have a new small resource center called "The Connector." It's all about connecting people to what they need, be it a book, a small group, a pastor, information on church services, help finding professionals, or even just wanting to support the vision of SAF.Church by purchasing some swag and representing our church in your daily life (things like lanyards and t-shirts). We even have notebooks for your sermon inserts so you can keep a journal of your Sunday spiritual growth experience.
We are looking for someone who can run a simple point of service. We use Square for our check out, and it's fairly straightforward. But, having someone with some retail experience, who can keep track of inventory and check people out, as well as help people find that they are looking for, would be a great blessing to everyone!
All proceeds from the The Connector go to Vision 728, which helps us serve our community better. West Avenue Compassion (WAC) may be putting items there also, which would go to support WAC .
2. Prayer Teams
If you are interested in joining one of the prayer team groups that commits to praying for requests and urgent needs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Drive In Church
On Dec. 23rd we will be hosting a Drive Thru prayer, coffee, and hot chocolate event in our parking lot for the Monday morning commute! If you would like to bless your community and serve those who are still working even 2 days before Christmas, when kids are home from school, and well...it's Monday. Come out and let's make their day!
4. Sports Leagues
If you have experience helping with a sports team, we need you! There are lots of visions and idea floating around SAF leadership about using our campus for kids sports. Get in touch if this is your passion!
Coffee House Open Mic Dec. 4th
If you have anything to share... now is the time! On Dec. 4th at 7pm - 9pm we will have a Christmas Kick Off Open Mic night, hosted as a coffee house in the lobby! Coffee Bar, Cooking Bar, and fun art and entertainment... come on out y'all!
Sign up with your song, poem, story, art piece, graphic arts and film media!!
Email Jackie@saf.church, DM us on facebook @ /sanantoniofirstchurch, text us at 210.361.3943, or call us at 210.349.4241
Many wonderful things are happening in this season of celebration! The whole month of December we have events to come together and enjoy the season of joy. But first we start with a special event in November where we meet together to ask questions and share thoughts about Vision 728. The SAF.Church Board will be taking your questions, thoughts, and concerns on order to help the SAF Leadership continue forward well. Scroll down for more events happening in November, plus the entire Christmas at SAF schedule of events!
Looking forward to connecting with you soon! Message us with any questions or help signing up for small groups or volunteering for Octurbofest or Inspirit!
Look below for things happening soon! Upcoming for fall, look for announcements about Man Camp 2019, Octurbofest, and Inspirit night of worship!
VBS at SAF 2019!!
Follow this link to register online: VBS at SAF 2019
Find the Facebook event here: facebook.com/events
Join us for Easter morning:
Come to one or come to all!
Son Has Risen outdoor service 7:15am
Easter breakfast 8:15am
Easter Sunday Service 10:45am
Egg hunt after service at 12:15pm
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