I hope your 4th of July weekend was memorable. The fireworks on our beach was one of the best ever. Thank you City of Fort Lauderdale! On the 4th, Marie and the Children's Mnistry had a Family Game Night (Nerf Gun Battle and Dodgeball) from 7pm until 8:30pm then we went and watched the fireworks together. It was a great time and I look forward to another battle night!!
This past Sunday was communion and it was amazing with a lot of children and adults all excited to be in God's House and grow together. As we approach the middle of summer with its heat and humidity I want to encourage you all to take some time to sit and listen or as the Bible says, "Be Still"! Being still helps us in so many ways and I hope everyone will make some time for that spiritual discipline.
I hope you all have a blessed week and experience God's love and share it daily! Peace, Love, and Grace.
The sermon title was "Beauty Secrets" and the scripture was Genesis 29:16-35. Every civilization determines what is beautiful and that can cause a lot of heartache for all of us. As we all know "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" but God challenges us to make Him the "Beholder" because He created us and loves us. He doesn't create junk or make mistakes but creates us with a unique purpose.
Summer is fully upon us. It is amazingly hot and humid but the ocean and the breeze makes it all worthwhile. I hope you all are having a good summer. For those of you who are able to slow down I hope you will and fully enjoy it. For those whose busy schedule doesn't change then I encourage you to carve some time out to relax. It is so important and this IS your pastor speaking! : )
Worship has been enlightening with our choir bringing us to a deeper place and our summer hymn sing where we sing your favorites. Worship also has been a place of "stillness" where our hearts and minds can be stilled in God's presence. I hope you all have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship. Peace, Love, and Grace.
The sermon title was "Hamburger Heaven" and the scripture was Mark3:31-35 and Ephesians 2:11-22. Church ought to be a place where all are welcome and grace is freely and abundantly dispensed because we all are equal at the cross.
VBS has come and gone and my goodness what a great week!! We had 91 kids with over 40 adult and teenage volunteers helping to make this past week amazing. A huge thank you to Marie and all the team for creating opportunities for the children of this church and community experience the love of God! I was so impressed and honored to be a part of this week. The theme was "To Mars and Beyond" and each day the children had to build-up an element to help rescue the Mother ship and her crew. The elements were faith, boldness, kindness, thankfulness, and hope! A big thank you needs to go to Daryl and Kathy Soderman for designing the out of this world set! Many hours went into it and we are grateful. Another thank you to Rob and Amanda Baumann for making a huge robot for the kids to see and interact with. We are already looking at next years options for VBS!! A much-deserved rest is in order for all those who helped make this past week happen.
I need to share with you all that Dale Lee passed away last Friday (June 14th)! He fought bravely for a long time and now he is home with our Lord. Please pray for God to comfort Marcia and the family as they begin a new "normal". The service for Dale will be June 22nd at 11am with a reception to follow in Eden Hall. It will be catered by their favorite restaurant that they would go to most every Friday evening - Tequila Sunrise! We will miss Dale's leadership and love for this church!
I hope you all have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship. Peace, Love, and Grace.
The sermon title was "The Most Unforgettable Words of All" and the scripture was Luke 3:21-22. I love you, I believe in you, I am proud of you, and lastly, I am sorry! These four phrases need to be repeated over and over to our children and to all those we love!
Summer has finally arrived and goodness are the kids of our church excited! What another wonderful day of worship here yesterday. I love our summer worship schedule with the choir not in robes and having the hymn sing for the whole summer in place of the first hymn. I also love how calm the different sections are as they shout out their favorite hymn to sing: ) Worship is alive and well at Church By The Sea.
Our Children's Ministry began VBS this morning. We have 87 kids and 40 youth and adult volunteers and the theme is "To Mars and Beyond". Marie and her team have a done an amazing job putting this amazing week together and converting Eden Hall to the Mission Command Center in outer space! If you all are nearby the church please stop in and take a look. Please pray for this week as the children of our church and community are experiencing Christ. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship. Peace, Love, and Grace.
The sermon title was "What's Your Mission?" and the scripture was Acts 1:8 and 2:1-17. Pentecost was June 9th and that is the day the Church celebrates God giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God's presence in our lives, it gives us power, and it gives us purpose. Our mission is to be His hands and feet in this world.
What another wonderful day of worship over the Memorial Weekend. We had a spirit of honoring those men and women who have died while serving our country. I hope you were able to take some time to say thank you. I just want to say how grateful I am for our choir and our Music Director/Organist, Christopher Kane. He and they work so hard to bring us into God's presence thru music so THANK YOU!
After worship we had our annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. Thank you to Chef Peter and Sous-Chef Cheri for preparing a wonderful meal for us! We had beef brisket, ribs, burgers and dogs. A great time was had by all. Another thank you goes to Andres Gunther for MC'ing the event!
We have an exciting summer planned of worship, fellowship events, a pool party or two at our house and in 2 weeks - VBS is coming (June 10-14). Eden Hall will be transformed into deep space with the theme being "To Mars and Beyond". VBS is completely full and we can't wait. Please pray for Marie, all the teenagers and adults, and all the kids as they will experience Jesus Christ in new and fresh ways.
We also have some great things to be involved in that are coming up soon, so please check out our APP (The Church By The Sea) and sign up for what interests, or challenges you. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship. Peace, Love, and Grace.
The sermon title was "Jesus Plus" and the scripture was Acts 15:5-11 and Philippians 3:3-9. Is Jesus Christ alone all we need to be right with God? Or is it Jesus plus something else...baptism or going to the right church...No! Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and us.
What a wonderful day of worship yesterday. It was Youth Sunday at CBTS and my goodness, I was blown away by how amazing the kids are in our youth ministry. Nicholl and Jon are doing a fantastic job ministering to our youth and their families. The kids led worship from start to finish with Nicholl bringing the message about "serving rather than being served". I was challenged to remember the simple truth that God has called us all to serve. We are to serve wherever we go. We also had one family that joined our church - Chris and Kristin Pernicano. They have two children - Navy and Jax! I look forward to you all welcoming them when you meet can.
We finished off Sunday with our annual golf tournament at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. We had a marvelous time. Thank you to Dave and Jackie Bayer and the golf pro Mark Van Dyck for putting on a great event. The winners were Andrew Stowe, Chris Bates, Rolv Heggenhougen and Will Clemons. Congratulations to you all and I look forward to our next tournament.
The month of May before and after worship we have the Serve 'N Celebrate board out for you all to sign. We are asking you all to sign up for a fellowship event(s) that interests you to either co-chair or be on the committee. Each fellowship event will have support from previous chair's and staff. Please make an effort during the week or on Sunday and sign up to help serve this great church. We want to have as many of you lead or be involved in leadership. We also have some great things to be involved in that are coming up soon so please check out our APP (The Church By The Sea) and sign up for what interests, or challenges you. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship. Peace, Love, and Grace.
The sermon title was "To Serve & Not Be Served" and the scripture was Mark 9:35 and Galatians 5:13. God has called us all to serve Him and others. Real joy comes from serving...Jesus first, Others in between, and Yourself last.
I hope you all had a happy Mother's Day weekend and some time to think about your mother and all her contributions! We had an excellent day of worship as we celebrated all the women in our lives who have helped us be who we are today. It was also a great celebration of God's amazing love! After worship the congregation was invited to come to the Pocock Garden where we released butterflies. The butterfly release is always a special time for the young and the not as young.
The Church By The Sea has some great things to be involved in, so please check out our APP and sign up for what interests, or challenges you. If you are feeling that CBTS is the place for you to call home then I welcome you to meet with me after worship for a time to get to know each other and explore becoming a member of this great family. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship as our youth will be leading us. Peace, Love, and Grace.
The sermon title was "The Heart of the Law" and the scripture was Romans 13:8-10. Everything is summed up on one word "LOVE". Everything we do and everything we are needs to be wrapped up in love. Jesus was and is the prime example of this so remember the heart of law is -- LOVE!
This past weekend was the Air and Sea Show which was totally amazing. The weather was perfect, the show itself was flawless, traffic wasn't too bad on A1A, and it seemed like everyone had a great time. Our worship was amazing as well. It was a communion Sunday which is always a great time for us as a family to draw close to God and to each other. I hope this week you all experience God's love in a unique and personal way. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship. Peace, Love, and Grace.
The sermon title was "Inside Out" and the scripture was Romans 12:1-2 and Luke 6:43-45. The world tries to conform us into its mold, but God desires for us to be transformed - to be a people that follow His lead and to be a people of grace and love.
This past week Marie and I were in Nashville, TN for the Q Conference. It also just happened to be the NFL Draft as well. The conference was great and challenging in some areas but I was caught off guard at how many people traveled to hear in person who their pro team drafted. 200,000 people came to Nashville for this event - they were people dressed up with face paint, jerseys, decorated helmets, tattoo's, it was crazy. I was reminded how we are to be about Jesus' love and grace. We need to be fired up, excited, face-painted, and rejoicing that God Almighty drafts us into His love by Jesus Christ. Now that is a celebration!!!
It is the week after Easter and life slows a little as summer approaches and our snow-birds have made their way back to their other church home. : ) We will miss you all and pray you have a safe return. I hope you all have a have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship.
Peace, Love, and Grace.
PS - Don't forget this is Air and Sea Show weekend. I believe they have Sunrise and AIA blocked off. Give yourself a little extra time to get here on Sunday.
The sermon text was from Acts 5:27-33 and the sermon title was "World Changing Commitment". Peter and the other Apostles refused to remain silent about the good news of Jesus after His resurrection despite the peril they faced from the Sanhedrin. They knew the risks but were committed to their faith and that commitment formed the new church which would change the world.
Easter at Church By The Sea was inspiring! Each service (7:30, 9, and 11) had it's own expression of God's love and grace. The 7:30am service was beautiful as the sun rose and the moon melted away. The 9am service was a large crowd full of excited children who couldn't wait for our butterfly release afterwards and the 11am service was a little more calm and reflective. All three services I hope were encouraging and uplifting. Thank you to our music ministry for drawing us into the presence of God. I hope you all had an amazing and inspiring Easter from waking up to when you went to sleep.
As excited as I was about Easter and celebrating with family and friends Christ's resurrection - my heart was so heavy in regards to the bombing in Sri Lanka! I pray for peace and hope for those people and all of us. Let's all be peacemakers. Have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship. Peace, Love, and Grace.
The sermon title was "Is This It?" and the scripture was John 11:1-6, 17-27, and 38-44. Does life end at death or is there more! Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though they may die." Do you believe that?