Hello Sunrise family!
 
We were encouraged to see that our President understands the importance of church services and has deemed them essential, calling on state governors to allow for their re-opening. While this is positive news, it’s also very surprising news, especially since tomorrow is Sunday!
 
With that in mind, the Sunrise leaders have met and decided that we’re not quite ready to host an in-person service this Sunday, May 24. We will still have our live event watch party on YouTube; the link will be posted on our church website (and possibly our Facebook page, text message prayer chain, and email list) in time for you to watch at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.
 
By way of explanation, we have taken advantage of our empty building to work on some projects, which are coming along nicely but have not yet reached the point of allowing us to hold a service in the building. We also have some logistical complexities and we need a little more time to put in place the procedures and safety measures that we need to keep people safe and healthy.
 
We are working to prepare for a service at the church building next Sunday, May 31. However, we will keep you informed as this is subject to change based on our own readiness, as well as government decisions, community statistics, etc.
 
We realize that people have a wide range of thoughts and opinions regarding the resumption of church services and the reopening of society in general. To echo what our brother Tim (the preacher at Christ’s Church of Deer Park) has said, it’s okay to have different views and even to disagree, but it’s not acceptable to allow our disagreements to turn into division or sin. We need to walk humbly together and show one another God’s love and grace.
 
Please know that the Sunrise leaders are taking these issues very seriously and they are working hard to arrive at decisions that are based on much thought and prayer. Your leaders love you and truly want God’s best for you.
 
Because of Jesus,
 
The Sunrise Elders and Ministers
 

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May 17, 2020
Debunking the Myths About Forgiveness
Continuing in our message series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy shares some myths we tend to believe about forgiveness, that can prevent us from forgiving genuinely and completely. In our struggle to forgive, we need to get rid of the myths before we can start talking about real solutions.
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  • May 17, 2020Debunking the Myths About Forgiveness
    May 17, 2020
    Debunking the Myths About Forgiveness
    Continuing in our message series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Troy shares some myths we tend to believe about forgiveness, that can prevent us from forgiving genuinely and completely. In our struggle to forgive, we need to get rid of the myths before we can start talking about real solutions.
  • May 10, 2020Thanks Mom! (And Other Things I Didn’t Say Enough)
    May 10, 2020
    Thanks Mom! (And Other Things I Didn’t Say Enough)
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    Series: (All)
    To remember and honor our moms on Mother's Day, Troy shares some things he didn't say often enough to his own mom, such as "Thank you," and "I'm sorry," and "I appreciate you never giving up on me." 
  • May 3, 2020Treat People the Way They Were Meant to Be
    May 3, 2020
    Treat People the Way They Were Meant to Be
    Of course we need to treat people the way they should be treated, but can we treat them the way they were created, and the way we want them to become, not the way they actually are right now? Can we treat them the way they were meant to be? If so, we can make significant progress in overcoming our struggle to forgive.
  • Apr 26, 2020Keeping People at Arm’s Length
    Apr 26, 2020
    Keeping People at Arm’s Length
    For the second message in our series, Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Bud talks about those times when we need to create geographical and/or emotional distance from the people who have hurt us. However, he also encourages us not to keep people at arm's length forever, especially if our choices are stemming from an unforgiving heart.
  • Apr 19, 2020Why a Gorilla? And Why Are You So Angry?
    Apr 19, 2020
    Why a Gorilla? And Why Are You So Angry?
    Troy introduces our new sermon series, based on the book, Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive, by Brian Jones. In this first message, Troy explains the metaphor of a gorilla for an unforgiving heart, and starts to help us unpack that moment in our lives when pain chose us and we began our struggle to forgive.
  • Apr 12, 2020A Tomb on Loan with No Debt Owed
    Apr 12, 2020
    A Tomb on Loan with No Debt Owed
    Series: Standalone
    Happy Easter! Think about the word "empty." Sometimes, it's a bad word and other times it's bad in a sense, but there's also an element of good. And then there are times when it's just completely a good word. In the most important example of this, the tomb of Jesus is empty because He rose again from the dead and He was never meant to stay in the grave. And because Jesus has power over sin and death, for those of us who belong to Him, our graves can one day be empty, too.
  • Apr 5, 2020God’s Way is the Better Way
    Apr 5, 2020
    God’s Way is the Better Way
    Our youth minister, Chad, concludes our Hebrews series by highlighting the many ways in which God encourages us and builds us up even during difficult times like we are facing now. Even though it looks different for the time being, we can still love each other, take care of one another, and allow our faith to triumph over fear.
  • Mar 29, 2020Run the Race and Never Give Up
    Mar 29, 2020
    Run the Race and Never Give Up
    Continuing in our series through Hebrews, Troy covers chapter 12 and encourages us to run the race of life with perseverance, knowing that our trials and struggles will be worth it. When we focus on Jesus and our goal of eternal life in heaven, we will never give up, no matter how much our feelings might tell us to quit. God did not create us and send us here to start the race, He sent us here to finish the race and live forever with Him.
  • Mar 18, 2020Learning From the Hall of Faith
    Mar 18, 2020
    Learning From the Hall of Faith
    As part of our message series through the book of Hebrews, Bud shares some lessons we can learn from chapter 11, which is often called the "Hall of Faith." Even as we live our lives in this world today, we can put into practice the type of faith that has led so many people to trust God and follow Him. We can do this because "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
  • Mar 14, 2020A Clear Conscience: You Can’t Have It Both Ways
    Mar 14, 2020
    A Clear Conscience: You Can’t Have It Both Ways
    Continuing in our series through Hebrews, Troy discusses chapter 10 and reminds us that we can draw near to God and hold on to the hope we have in Jesus, or we can say, "No, thanks. I'm going to do things my way, even though I know what's right." Can we, as followers of Jesus, grow to be more like Him, to let go of our own will, and to yield to God's will?
 
 

 

 

 
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