WYSIWYG

What is happening at GUV;

Early Morning Prayer
Friday’s 07:00 to 08:00 – Chris Morley Home in Kents Hill. (Full address in our weekely email out. Please email guv@grandunionchurch.org for full details)

GUV Ladies Afternoon Retreat
Saturday 23rd March – 14:00-18:00 – Netherfield Chapel
An afternoon of worship and creative Ministry. Guest speaker is Liz Harden, Assistant Pastor at Leeds Vineyard.
Please Invite friends and sign up on the following link https://grandunionchurch.churchsuite.co.uk/events/kwllmirr

Big Weekend
Sunday 24th March - 10:30 at our Netherfield Campus - 14:00 at our Monkston Campus
Sunday 24th March - Wellbeing Morning - Stony Stratford Library - 10:00 to 12:00
This week our Children will decorate T-Shirts whislt we will do Prayer walking and Help with Storehouse to move some bags of Clothes. 

Joint Church Celebration
Sunday 31st March – 10:30 to 13:00 – Monkston Campus
When there are five Sunday’s in a month we plan to come together and hold a joint Church Celebration. These services will alternate between both of Campus locations. The first one if 2019 is on March 31st. Join us as we celebrate, and worship; testimonies.

Union Group Socials
Next Week -  after the Big weekend we want to encourage Union Groups to have a social and invite friends who are not part of a church.  You can go bowling, have a BBQ, a pasta / curry night.  The hope is that we build relationships with those who are not part of the church!

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WYSIWYG – pronounced Whizzywig

 

Masks -we all have them, we all put on masks to make ourselves more acceptable to others.  Having masks means I can change them depending on the company I am in.  This incongruence in our behaviour is easier than dealing with our character.  A person of good character requires that we work on integrity.

In his book “Seven Habits of Highly effective people” Steven Covey draws the distinction between Character Ethic vs. Personality Ethic.  Personality is about masks – I put on a front.  Character is what I am when no one is watching.  Character is what we need for the long haul.  Covey goes on to show that since the 1940’s the books published moved from being character focussed to Personality focussed, what mask do I need to use to be better at sales, better at marketing and achieve success.

Character is what will help us survive success. Romans 5:3-5 tells us

"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

We see that Character is not something that is instant.  We need to build character.  The result is “WYSIWIG”  What you see is what you get!  That people meet us as a transparent people.

Casting Crowns had a song called “Stained Glass Masquerade”.  It is a person who is part of a church and they feel they need to play a masquerade so that people would not know their struggles.  May we be a transparent people.  WYSIWIG!

Stained Glass Masquerade video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqO6iJ5Yz60

Thank you

Chris

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Regular and recurring events at GUV:

Sponsorship for DTI
We took a special offering for DTI on Sunday 3rd March.  If you still want to contribute, please mark your electronic transfer with DTI.  Please Join us as we invest in the lives of these young people.

GUVyouth
Weekly - Fridays - GUVyouth Friday Night Social - Netherfield Campus - 19:00 to 21:00
Weekly - Sundays – Sunday Evening Service 16:30 - Netherfield   (Please note on Big Weekends there is no Sunday Evening Service)

Community Fridge
Weekly - Tuesdays - Community Fridge - Netherfield Campus - 17:30 to 18:30
Weekly - Thursdays - Community Fridge - Netherfield Campus - 10:00 to 11:00
The community fridge is an incredible project that is a mechanism for distributing food that would have landed in landfills. It helps reduce our carbon footprint and reduce waste. Please feel free to take the food that is freely available!

MK Storehouse
This is a ministry of the church whereby we make clothing available to any person who is struggling and in need.  Storehouse meets with people, prays with them and signposts them to other agencies.  If you know of someone in need please refer them

  We are always in need of Volunteers.  CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFEENCE?