Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Verve Haps

This past weekend at Verve was a big one:
  • Continued our series called The Crapper by talking about what we should do when we feel stuck in the middle of a bad situation. In this series we are looking at the life of a guy in the Bible named Habakkuk, who found himself stuck in a crappy situation for more than two decades. He spent 25 years waiting for God to come through on a promise, and there's a lot we can learn by looking at his life.
  • For example, Habakkuk's name means "to wrestle," or "to embrace." This paints a great picture of how we can interact with God when we feel like he's being unfair. We can wrestle with him -- we can go to God with our complaints and questions and fears -- and we can embrace him. When we embrace God, we fully put our faith and trust in him, even if we don't understand how he's working through our situation. We trust that God has a greater plan that he is working out through our present circumstances. 
  • On Saturday we hosted a Poker Night to raise funds for a Verve mission trip to Ecuador that's happening next month. It was fun getting to know other Ververs in a friendly (but intense!) competition that was all for a great cause. Because a bunch of people at Verve got together to play poker, the Ecuador team will be able to more effectively point the people of Rocafuerte, Ecuador, to God. How cool is that? 
  • Announced that we are collecting school supplies for teachers at Dean Petersen Elementary. Dean Petersen is located in a really rough part of Las Vegas, and we've sort of adopted the school by looking for ways we can show them God's love in tangible ways. Most of the school's teachers end up buying school supplies out of their own pockets because their students cannot afford basic items like pencils and paper. So the next time you're out and about, buy tons of these supplies and bring them to Verve's lobby by no later than August 19!
    • Dry erase markers
    • 8-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer
    • Copy paper
    • Pencils
    • Coloring pencils
    • Glue sticks