Good Friday Service.

This Friday we’ll be joining the rest of Journey for Good Friday Service. Join us for a night of worship and reflection on the death of Jesus. Dinner will be at 6pm, and the program will begin at 7:15. We will close at 8:30pm. …

Outdoor Movie Night!

Hey everyone! This Friday we’re having a outdoor movie night at Journey! Wohoo! We’ll be watching F.R.E.D.I., the story of friends, strange happenings, and the mystery robot at the center of it all. You can check out the trailer here.

We’ll be having dinner at 6:30pm, followed by the movie starting around 7:15. Feel free to bring your favorite lawnchair and a blanket, because it might get a bit chilly outside! Invite your three best friends, and I’ll see you on Friday.…

Upcoming Family Bible Hour Elective – February 7th

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February 7 – 28

Sundays 9:15 – 10:25am

Room 202 (CE Building)

Margin is a four-week elective that focuses on creating time and space for God in our lives. It was one of the first series I did at Journey and people mentioned how helpful it was. Well it’s back!  Not the same curriculum but the same focus. Margin is a practical elective that is meant, not to shame you, but to give you the practical tools you need to regain time and space that life has robbed from you. Taught by one of the great Pastor/Teachers of our time, Bill Hybels, you will learn how to simplify your life so you live majoring on the important stuff and not on the emergent and immaterial.

Signs up are in the Church foyer, or you can sign up by email at: pastorrichard@JourneyEC.org.…

God Our Creator

If anyone is interesting in the quotes I read this Sunday I’ll be happy to post them here! They are some of my favorite quotes on the topic of faith and science. I really love the sciences. I think they reveal the vastness and incredible intellect behind the universe. Imagine how smart God has to be to design a world like ours that functions so symbiotically with incredible symmetry, form, and constancy. Today we can probe far into outers space, deep into the ocean and penetrate the depths of the atomic level and no mater how deeply you probe up, down and within you find incredible detailed design.  If indeed God created the world, as we believe then, as smart as he has to be, I think we can trust him with our lives. I think we should listen to him far more than we do! ~ PR…

New Members

Had a great first meeting.  Still room for more people. If you want to join the church come to the new members elective that is meeting in Room 202 at 9:15AM.  If you missed today you can still catch up next Sunday! ~ Pastor Richard…

Can we make sense of all this death?

San Bernadino. Paris. The Middle East. Look in the rear-view and we see Sandy Hook, Columbine at the previous intersection, and a highway behind us of people killing people. At every occurrence the world seems shocked and horrified, as if such things are surprising. But if we had been paying attention, this is exactly what we should expect. It makes perfect sense.

… and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” – James 1:15

I’m going to pause for a moment so that I’m not mistaken for someone who has never experienced loss and therefore just blames abstract notions. I have friends who are dead – friends who are dead because someone decided to kill them.

But we know that these things should not be. Something inside us screams each time this happens: THIS SHOULD NOT BE. And yet it is, over and over and over. We’re right though, this should not be. But why should things be different, and more importantly, where did we go so very wrong?

There was a time, at the beginning, when we instead of going wrong we went right. 

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them…

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” – Genesis 1:27, 31

Humanity was made to be in a perfect relationship of love with the One who made us and with one another. We’ve lost a sense of the first part, but most of us living on this world still have a firm idea on the second. We know we should have peace. We were made for it. And we all have the deepest longings to return to it. That is what it is that cries out within us when tragedy strikes. It is a remnant of the image that God has put in each of us. This is the only way to explain our outrage and horror at something that seems a part of daily life in a world without universal morality.

God has already told us where we went wrong.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Romans 5:12

Christianity has always had the answer as to why …