Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Verve Haps

Christmas at Verve is a wrap!
  • For the first time in our church's history we offered four identical Christmas services. Every one had a ton of energy; a total of more than 350 people attended Verve over the last three days! 
  • We continued our series called The Compassion Conspiracy by talking about how Jesus came to earth to help heal people whose lives are broken. We are all broken in different ways, but the good news is that Jesus wants to be close to those of us who are, in the words of the Bible, "brokenhearted," and "crushed in spirit." If you feel like either of those things -- maybe due to finances or family or your past -- know that God wants to 
  • Our band kicked off each service by performing "Joy to the World" to the tune of "Home" by Phillip Phillips. We are big fans of pop culture and like to use it in our services as much as we can, and it was fun to mix a classic Christmas carol with a rocking mainstream song.
  • Our pastor told a story that demonstrated with great clarity both his foolishness and his genius. It involved a blender, fainting, and lots of blood. If you couldn't make it to Verve for a Christmas service, name sure you watch it online this week.
  • Over the past month we've been collecting gifts for students at Dean Petersen Elementary, a school located in a poverty-stricken area of Las Vegas. Thanks to the generosity of you Ververs we were able to provide gifts for more than 600 students, and this past Friday a team of Ververs delivered the presents to students at Dean Petersen: