• How will you decide what will be important to you this Fall?

    REAL QUICK: Anaheim High's marching band will be performing at City Church this Sunday at the beginning and at the end of the service.

    Now back to the question... Though we may not feel the effects for a while, the Fall is headed our way faster than a Cheetah on crack! Okay... bad joke I know. The point is... it's coming!

    For some of you, the change in season will have little effect on your schedules. For others of you, it will mean a lot more activity. Regardless of where you fall, how will you decide what will be important to you?

    Here are some questions to consider as you head into the Fall:

    1. What do I want to make sure does NOT suffer as my schedule gets more full?
    2. What do I hope to achieve by the end of 2014?
    3. What daily steps can I take towards making sure my goals are moving forward?

    For me, the two things that absolutely cannot suffer are my relationship with Jesus and my wife. Everything else is secondary and tertiary to those two. While I have some big goals for the next 2-4 months, I know that I'm going to blink and 2015 will be here. I don't want to look back on this season without having believed everything depended on God, but lived like it all depended upon me.

    So... are you ready to see Jesus move in a new way in your life? Decide what can't suffer, make some goals you'd like to see, and take daily steps to knock them down!

    Proverbs 13:4 - "The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied."


    [FREE] Movie Night-Friday August 29th (TONIGHT) @7:07pm

    Our movie night is happening tomorrow night! All are welcome. Are you coming?

    When? Friday August 29th @7:07pm.

    What movie are we watching? We will be watching "God's Not Dead."

    Do I need to sign up? You don't have to, but it'd be helpful if you can send Lisa an email letting her know you are attending! Her email is lisa@lovehopecity.com.


    Grand Opening Month/5th Birthday Bash - September 7th

    After two months of "soft launch," we can't wait for our Grand Opening Month! Beginning with our 5th Birthday Bash, we're going to have a blast! Here's what you can expect...

    1. A brand new series launch focused on spiritual growth.
    2. The unveiling of the new City Kids rooms.
    3. Cake, refreshments, and a "Dunk A Pastor" tank after the service. If you want to participate, bring a bathing suit and a towel for yourself.


  • The Power of Perspective

    A famous business leader named Jim Rohn once wrote "If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." Though not necessarily written from a perspective of faith, these words ring true to the family of God as much as in the business world.

    Our past impacts our perspective.

    Three of the most powerful influences on all of our lives are our upbringing, the friends we surround ourselves with, and the things we choose to expose ourselves to (TV, movies, etc.).

    Ultimately, every Christian's goal should be to have their perspective increasingly shaped by God and His word over all other influences.

    Romans 12:2 says "be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Essentially, shifting our perspective to the the one God wants us to have is a spiritual growth issue at the core.

    Church attendance is a powerful indicator of a person's perspective.

    Perspective determines whether we go to church or not, how deeply we "dive in" when we go, and if we scoff or engage. I am not saying going to church is synonymous with being a Christian, but I can't imagine why a Christ-loving believer wouldn't want to be there. To the believer who wants to transform his or her mindset to Christ's, weekly participation in Jesus' church is biblically designed as a key ingredient in the process.

    CHALLENGE! To those of you who go to church, I challenge you to keep diving deeper into Christ's people. Love despite the deep hurts and choose to look past the personality quirks. Repeat, repeat and keep repeating until Christ changes your perspective to His. To those of you who don't go to church (for whatever reason), I challenge you to honestly ask yourself "Why?" If the answer is a blaming statement rather than an "I" statement, maybe it's time for a shift in perspective.

    BOTTOM LINE: The perspective we bring ultimately determines the volume of the praises we sing!

    P.S. This Sunday, my former youth pastor Steve Redden is speaking at City Church. I think he has a message that will really "shift your perspective." Don't miss out on another great weekend! 


    City Church [FREE] Movie Night-Friday August 29th @7:07pm

    We have had so much fun getting settled into our new campus the last couple months. One of the ways we have celebrated is by creating simple opportunities to hang out here together. We're doing it again by hosting a movie night!

    When? Friday August 29th @7:07pm.

    What movie are we watching? We will be watching "God's Not Dead."

    Do I need to sign up? You don't have to, but it'd be helpful if you can send Lisa an email letting her know you are attending! Her email is lisa@lovehopecity.com.


    Anaheim Marching Band at City Church Sunday August 31st

    We are so excited to welcome Anaheim High School's marching band to City Church on Sunday August 31st. It's our prayer to be a outpost for the community around us, so this is a huge win!

    They'll be performing during our normal service time at 10:10am. We will still have our "regular" service activities, this is just icing on the cake. Please take some time to pray right now that God would use this experience powerfully in the lives of all who attend. More info here.


  • Movie Night! Friday August 29th @ 7:07pm

    City Church is hosting a movie night! We will be showing the film "God's Not Dead."

    Where is it happening? Weather-permitting, it will be happening outside in our interior courtyard. With that said, you may want to bring a blanket and a comfy lawn chair you like if you have one. We'll have chairs here, but if you have one you like, feel free to bring it. In case you don't have it, our address is 701 W. Broadway, Anaheim CA 92805.

    What can I do if I have kids? We'll be showing a kid-friendly movie in an adjacent room for the kids to enjoy.

    Do I need to sign up anywhere? No need to, but if you'd like to let us know you're coming it would help us plan. Simply email Lisa@LoveHopeCity.com.

     

  • 5th Birthday Bash

     

    CITY CHURCH IS TURNING 5!

    If you've been a part of City Church for a while, you know we always do something special to celebrate our church's birthday. We think this is our most momentous birthday ever. We have so much to celebrate including so many lives transformed for Christ, so many miracles that have transpired, and a brand new campus!

    Our 5th birthday bash will kick off our "Grand Opening Month."

    What will we be doing? We'll have our service at 10:10am as always and then immediately following, we'll have cake, refreshments, and a "Dunk the Pastor Tank."

    Brand new kids facilities will be open for the first time! In addition to everything going on in the service, we'll give everyone the chance to see our brand new City Kids rooms.


  • Anaheim High School Marching Band @ City Church

    For the first time ever, City Church is bringing an entire marching band to perform in our service! We believe in being a church for our local community. Since Anaheim High School one block down the street from us, we invited them to come perform, and they said yes.

    So come join us Sunday August 31st (on Labor Day weekend) for a special performance from the Anaheim High School Marching Band!

    Please pray that God uses this powerfully in the lives of all who attend.

     

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