April 2022 Newsletter


Our new outreach initiative is working with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. We will be serving with them monthly on Service Sabbath. One volunteer hour is equal to 92 meals! Let's help make a difference!

 

Upcoming Events

Vespers

  • April 8 // 7:30 pm

  • Belong Room (Basement level in the new wing of the Collegedale Church)

  • Kristie Wilder will be speaking on mental health and the church

Social Event

  • Softball Night

  • April 23 // 8:15 pm

  • SAU Softball Fields

Sabbath School

  • Weekly // 10:30 am

  • Belong Room

  • Please note that on the first Sabbath of each month we will participate in outreach in lieu of discussion

Women's Group

  • Weekly // Wednesdays // 6:30 pm for dinner, 7:00 pm for Bible study

  • Location subject to change, monitor updates on Facebook and weekly newsletters

Men's Group

  • Weekly // Wednesdays // 8:00 pm

  • Focus room in the South Atrium of the Collegedale Church


 

Announcements

Devotional Authors


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Devotional Thought

Be A Spring

Have you ever seen something almost every day of your life, hardly noticing it until you see it in a new light and start appreciating it more? I know I have. Construction vehicles are one example. My son, Henry, loves them, so my wife, Beth, and I actually notice them now as we drive on the road. We love to point them out to our son and hear him gleefully respond with his clear voice, “Bulldozer! Cement mixer! Crane! Hydraulic drill! BIG excavator!” Now even my wife and I will turn each other and say, “Did you see that? That was a nice one.” Kids bring a fresh perspective on life that’s contagious. Recently, I also gained a new perspective on the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman found in John 4:5-15. We’ll focus on verse 14 (ESV): “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” In the past, I usually assumed that verse 14 meant, believe in Jesus and you will have eternal life, like John 3:16 using different words. That’s certainly a true and encouraging message to get from this passage. However, I believe there’s more going on here. Notice that Jesus says that if you drink the water, it will become a spring inside you. What does this mean? Imagine a jar positioned directly under a waterfall. What happens? Eventually, it overflows. In fact, it is both being filled and overflowing at the same time. The same is true for what Christ does in and through us. We not only possess eternal life in Christ, but also through Him become conduits by which the water of life reaches others. The water of life is contagious; Christ uses us to fill others, so that they may also overflow. This is impactful because it gives us a job to do. So as you go about your daily lives, remember not only to be filled with Christ, but also to pour Christ out to others.

Nathan McKee, Collegedale Post-collegiate member