My Friends,

I hope you've been following along with my tips for surviving disruptive times. I have two new tips to share with you today and if you need to catch up on any of the first seven tips I've shared so far, you can check them out online. Here are this week's tips:
Tip #8: Keep Laughing
Joy is healing. It's how we feel when things are right. In disruptive times it's easy to feel like everything is wrong so anything we can enjoy helps to bring a sense of healing. We often think we are victims of our circumstances but that is linear thinking and we live in a circular world. Even in painful times we can find a funny joke, a lighthearted comedy or some joyful worship to help prompt us toward healing. Laughter reminds us of what we long for in heaven when everything will be put right. So keep laughing!

Tip #9: Give Thanks
If you take 3-5 minutes each morning to give thanks for everything from big to small, it will change your life. Our world teaches us to think critically which often means thinking negatively but what is brilliant is to look past what is wrong and see what is right. If I go out into my yard and focus on the dead branch that needs to be cut off my orange tree rather than seeing all of the ripe, tasty fruit awaiting me, I miss out. If you start by giving thanks each day, you'll discover more oranges on your tree.
Before I go, I also want to share this video message about generosity for those who may have missed it last week. I want to thank you for your continued giving over this past year and encourage us as a team to continue pressing in to generosity throughout 2021. Together we can further advance the kingdom of God.

Keep shining,
Sunday Gatherings
Join us Sundays at 9am, 11am, or 5pm for our outdoor church services. Seating provided on the Piazza, or bring your own blanket or chair to sit on the lawn.
Children’s & Youth Programs
Children’s Ministry is offering programs for kids birth - 6th grade during our 9am service. Registration opens Sundays at 12pm for the following weekend. Our Jr High and High School ministries meet during the week..
Bottom Line
Sunday, Feb 28, 10:45am, Auditorium
“The War for Good Mental Health: The Impact of Covid, Social Distancing, Masks, & Media” - Bottom Line hosts a conversation between Jeff Moore & Dr. Chip Taylor as we journey together as working professionals in discovering healthy ways to fuel a purposeful mindset while combating & managing fear, anxiety, depression, loneliness, & anger.
Inside event with appropriate distancing.
Women's Simulcast Event with IF
March 5, 6-9pm, & March 6, 8:30am-3pm
Women Engaging is thrilled to participate with IF for the first time, uniting with a global "sisterhood of women and speaking directly to what we’re walking through in this moment." Join us on campus, online, or in home groups.
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