Restoration City’s Snow Plan

RCC Snow Plan

When I first saw the forecast for this past weekend, I prayed a simple prayer, “God give me wisdom and make it really clear whether or not we should meet on Sunday or cancel our weekly gathering.”  So, I had at least one really clear answer to prayer this week!  It honestly wouldn’t have been possible or safe for us to have meet in the Synetic yesterday.

Fortunately, we saw this coming and have a plan in place that I think is going to serve you well.  On Friday, we recorded a shorter version (20 min.) of the sermon that has already been sent to your Community Group leaders.  So, when you go to Community Group this week, it’ll look a little different – you’ll watch that video and then shift into discussion and prayer time.  So, get to Community Group this week, if you can.  Even if you aren’t in a Community Group, this is a phenomenal week to check one out.  They’re all listed on our website.  If you can’t make it to your Community Group (I understand that’s going to be particularly hard at the beginning of the week), we’ll post the video and study guide to this blog on Friday morning so you can catch up over the weekend.

When we gather next Sunday, we’ll be right back in Mark’s gospel without missing a beat, which is great because we’re on track to finish Mark on Easter morning with the resurrection.

Enjoy Community Group this week!

Don’t Waste Your Blizzard

Waste Snow

You may have heard there’s a little snow heading to DC.  It seems like the only question is how much.  While we all wait to see the answer to that (and whether or not we’ll gather as a church on Sunday!), let me suggestion another question: how do we avoid wasting the blizzard?

It’s going to be incredibly easy to waste the next few days.  Some of us will be tempted to waste it on a massive Netflix binge.  Some of us will be tempted to waste it in ways that lead to even greater regrets.  I can’t tell you how many young couples I’ve talked with over the years that felt like they should spend the night together for safety and somewhere along the way, safety turns into sex.  But this weekend doesn’t have to end in a lazy, unshowered, media saturated storm of regret and waste.

Here’s three thoughts on how not to waste a blizzard:

REST

Get some sleep!  Do your body, mind and soul a favor – take a nap or sleep in or do both.  So many of us are running in a state of near constant depletion.  We’re tired, ineffective and constantly stressed.  The world is going to shut down for the next two days or so.  Give yourself permission to do the same.  How awesome would it be to emerge from this weekend feeling rested?

READ

I mean this one in two different ways.  Yes, there’s part of me that is thinking books in general.  I’m currently reading three different books and if this weekend lets me make a little more progress than I had planned, I’ll be thrilled.  But I’m also thinking about the Bible.  This is an opportunity to linger in the pages of Scripture – to read, to pray, to meditate, to process.  Don’t rush through your daily reading.  Have an extra cup of coffee and enjoy the chance to really engage with Jesus.  Even the most boring weekend can become extraordinary if you believe Jesus is speaking to you through His Word.  Netflix isn’t bad – but an 8 hour movie marathon accompanied by a neglected Bible is a tragedy.

SERVE

At some point over the weekend, you’re going to get a chance to put the book and hot chocolate down and go serve someone.  Shovel a sidewalk, help dig out cars, check-in on a neighbor, invite a neighbor over for dinner.  I bet you anything there’ll be someone living within 1,000 yards of you that will need help this weekend.  While you’re out there helping, meet some people.  It’s honestly going to be a great chance to meet neighbors, build relationships and develop a little community with people that live right be you.  Be salt and light!

Who knows what the weekend is going to hold, weather wise.  My prayer is that whatever happens, we’ll use it for the glory of God and the good of our city.  Don’t waste the blizzard – be safe, be smart, have fun and use it well.