Anchor Is For Our Neighborhood
Baptism Sunday! – Updated
Check out our Facebook page for more pics of the baptism and the picnic! It was a beautiful day and we were thrilled to celebrate the baptisms of David, Tami, Diane, Jana, Beth, and Chessie! Keep them in your prayers as they grow in their faith and love for the Lord.
It’s always a joy when men and women choose to express their union with Christ and his people through baptism! This year eight men and women will be baptized at the outdoor pond located at the Palacio’s. We will worship at Anchor at 10am, dismiss with the benediction at 11am (there will be no SermonSequel or Kids Sunday School), and then everyone is invited to head out to the home of Carlos and Linda Palacio where we will have a picnic at noon, and then baptisms will follow at 1pm. It’s an honor to serve our Lord in Fort Wayne and to be part of his ongoing mission to rescue and redeem friends, family and neighbors, welcoming them into the Body of Christ through baptism. Join us for a great day of celebration and feasting!
Celebrate Easter with Anchor!
We’re looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Join us on Sunday at 10am for our Easter worship gathering as we remember the raising of Jesus from the dead. If you’re an early riser, join us at 8:30am for a SonRise Breakfast in our Fellowship Hall! Everyone’s welcome to eat with us – it’s a time where we feast and give thanks together for the new life we have in Christ.
For the Easter weekend there will be no worship on Saturday at 5pm, we have discontinued that event. We do invite you to join us every Sunday, to make some new friends, get to know God in a new way, and discover how you can learn to live in the way of Jesus. Our Palm Sunday message will explore the ways we can know God’s will for our life, and the Easter Sunday message will help us better understand why God lets bad things happen to good people. We will let the Scriptures and the stories of Jesus point us forward in our questions, and our answers.
Learning to Love to Pray to Our Father: a local worship-series
What if the season of Lent could be for you one of prayer and reflection on your life with God and one another? Could it become an opportunity for us to examine and cleanse our hearts? Our motives? What if we could together prepare for our celebration of Christ’s resurrection – that enduring promise of renewal and salvation?
During this season of Lent Anchor will be providing the congregation and community an opportunity to revisit the practice of prayer, renewing our love for God through new angles and action-steps for prayer. We will be focusing on praying the Our Father, known as the Lord’s Prayer because it is the one prayer taught to the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
By learning to love to pray the Our Father during Lent, we are preparing ourselves to refresh our heart for the resurrected Christ as we open ourselves up to the new life he is bringing to Anchor.
This worship-series complements the Learning to Love to Pray seminar and small groups that are being hosted by the local 46808 neighborhood churches.
Learning to Love to Pray: a local training event for the community
It is being hosted by the 46808 Neighborhood Churches on Saturday March 22nd, 9am-2pm, $10 with lunch included at North Highlands Church of Christ, 1414 Archer Avenue.
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For more information or to register, please call 424-5501 or email email@example.com
The seminar will encourage and equip:
* Believers who want to learn to love to pray
* Ministers & church leaders who want to ignite prayer in the local church.
* Intercessors who want to develop their prayer ministry abilities.
Along with this one day seminar, there will be three Sunday evening gatherings of the neighborhood churches to explore more ways we can learn to love to pray.
We’ll share a meal together at 6pm and then meet at 7pm for a session on prayer.
March 9 – hosted by Anchor, the session will be led by Pastor Tim Hallman, “Why Pray?”
March 16 – hosted by First Mennonite, the session will be led by Pastor Peter Janzen, “One Voice – United in Prayer: a reflection on Romans 15:6″
March 30 – hosted by Trinity United Methodist, the session will be led by Pastor Matthew Leffler, “Put It Into Practice: Learning to Love to Pray – Follow Up”
Recent Sermonseries: The Bible
Wouldn’t you like to better understand what you read in the Bible? Wouldn’t you like to be able to ask questions and seek answers with others who have a similar curiosity and commitment? Then consider checking us out for this new series that starts the third weekend of January (the 18th/19th)
We’ll be using material from The Bible, as viewed on The History Channel, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. This amazing visual experience of key stories from the Bible will open your eyes and your heart to the stunning and saving work of God in the world.
You can join us on Saturdays at 5pm or Sundays at 10am for our worship gatherings where we will engage the key stories through a sermon and SermonSequel (where the congregation discusses the message together). Also available are small groups that will be meeting during this series around the city during the week. We’ll be exploring five key stories through small groups and sermons for five weeks.
To sign up for a small group, please contact us with your location in the city and a time/day that works best for your schedule.
Recent Sermonseries: Shine!
As we head into the holiday season, your relationships with one another enter a different dimension. Expectations with friends and family around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years get out of whack. Pour in some nostalgia, struggles with loneliness, and some seasonal anxiety, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Join us for Shine! our new sermonseries, starts in November and runs through the end of the year. You’re welcome to join us any weekend, Saturdays 5pm, Sundays 10am.
Anchor will be looking for some guidance on how to shine in all our relationships. In the letter to the churches in Philippi, Paul urges his friends to have the same attitude of mind towards one another that Jesus had. We’ll be learning what that looks like and how to try it out. Paul urges us to change our attitude and actions towards one another – like Jesus – and then we’ll be able to shine like stars.
Paul uses an ancient Christian hymn about the Incarnation of God to demonstrate the kind of attitude we ought to have towards one another. The Christmas story is the Incarnation story – of God taking on flesh in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. Through God in Jesus we witness the humility and servanthood that marks the Incarnation & Christmas. That attitude ought to shape us in all our relationships – that is, if we don’t want to be a black-hole.
And so for us, to shine in our relationships during this holiday season may include a journey of humiliation. As awkward or difficult as some of those seasonal gatherings may be, you’ll be trying to approach them with the same attitude of mind as Jesus Christ. That is truly keeping Christ in Christmas, that is what will help you shine!
Another Amazing Halloween Maze
It was a dark and stormy night for Halloween this year! But neighbors flocked to Anchor to get dry, have some hot soup, let the kids wander through the maze and play some carnival games.
Anchor really stepped it up with 20 crock-pots of soup! So many great volunteers served and smiled for an amazing evening for soggy children and their grim parents!
Big thanks to Aaron Vergon and Kevin Whitacre for their leading and serving with so many amazing volunteers who served the neighborhood so well on such a wet night.
To see a hundred more pics, head to our Facebook page!
Recent Sermon Series – Communionity
Too often Christians focus on “Jesus and me” at the expense of “Jesus and my neighbor too.” Communion on Sunday mornings too often reinforces a narrow view of being a Christian, “Thank you for forgiving me of my sins.” What if how we did communion focused us less on our past sins, and more on Jesus and his current work to save our community from sin?
That’s what we’ll learn and begin to put into practice every week in our Autumn sermonseries at Anchor. Communionity is our new word to describe our learning to commune with Christ who is connected to our community.We believe that sharing the Cup of Christ can make us an Anchor in the neighborhood.
Unity with Christ will include unity with our community where Christ is currently at work. Can our participation in communion each week increase our connections in the community with people not like us, with the poor and imprisoned, with the wounded and wandering?
We’ll have to learn some new ways of partaking of Communion, of participating in the Lord’s Supper, of celebrating the Eucharist, of anticipating that Great Banquet. It’ll take some practice, some creativity, some openness to the promptings of the Spirit of Jesus. And that’s what it takes, week after week, to start a movement of communionity.
Jesus came to start a movement where by ever more diverse people would experience the healing, freeing, transforming power of God and then in joy invite their community: “Come follow Jesus with us!”
You can read more about this series on our blog.
Opportunities for You
Our small groups ministry has several opportunities. Check them out here!
Disabled and elderly neighbors need help with a variety of tasks. You can find a neighbor to serve in your community through NeighborLink Fort Wayne.
Habitat for Humanity has is looking for volunteers to work at their ReStore (the Resale Store). Check out the shifts available here.
Anchor Community Church is a host site for The Literacy Alliance Learning Center, which helps adult participants prepare to take the GED exam or study to meet other educational goals. Classes are held weekly on Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in participating in these classes, you must pre-register by contacting The Literacy Alliance at 426-7323. If you are interested in assisting students, training will be provided. Please contact The Literacy Alliance at the same phone number.