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Hi IBC family, I'm Ryan Sanders, the Pastor of Engagement. I'm passionate about connecting people with community here at Irving Bible Church.

Saturday night, my family and I finally saw Hamilton. We had been waiting a long time to see it, and we loved it. If you’re not familiar, Hamilton is the biggest Broadway hit in decades. It’s about Alexander Hamilton (yes, that one) and it casts him as an ambitious, high-energy iconoclast whose life motto seems to be “Go for it!” Even in situations when he probably should do otherwise, Hamilton decides to go for it. His character-defining song comes at the very beginning of the show when Hamilton declares, “I am not throwing away my shot!” 

So why am I telling you about my Saturday night and a dead guy? Because it’s Holy Week which means it’s our opportunity to go for it

This week, IBC will host guests, neighbors, Chreasters, visiting family members, skeptics, pilgrims, sinners, and saints. Our doors will welcome people from other faiths, people from other nations, people of all ages, and people with no clue how much Jesus loves them. More people will step onto our campus in the next four days than any week of the year. 

This is our shot. 

It’s our opportunity to welcome people, serve people, and point people to the risen savior. It’s our opportunity to pique interest, build trust, and debunk Christian stereotypes. It’s our opportunity to put our best foot forward. 

So here are four practical ways you can go for it this week. 
  1. Make Room. Hospitable people make room for others. They wave in, scoot over, and open up. You can make room for others in the parking lot by parking far from the building, in the worship center by moving to the center, and in your conversations before or after the worship service.  
  2. Serve. When Easter Sunday ends, IBCers will have logged more than 2,000 total volunteer hours. It is a massive undertaking. And there is still room to join the team. If you can serve at the North Irving Easter Festival on Saturday, or if you can smile and hold open a door on Sunday, please join us! Just email us.
  3. Invite. There are people you know who will be more open to an invitation to church this Sunday than any other Sunday of the year. Don’t miss your shot to bring them with you! Feel free to employ our social media resources.
  4. Pray. Holy Week is the church’s super bowl because it celebrates a supernatural event. All our friendliest welcomes and fabulous festivals don’t matter at all if they don’t point to Jesus. So pray for the Holy Spirit to move in hearts all week. 
Together, let’s follow Hamilton’s lead. Holy Week is here. Let’s not throw away our shot. 

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Easter Sunday

April 21 • 8, 9:30, & 11:15 A.M.

Do you wonder? We all experience fear and uncertainty about life and faith. And yet, the resurrection of Jesus fills us with wonder and the hope of new life. Join us as we celebrate Easter Sunday and the power of the risen King.

North Irving Easter Festival

April 20 • 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Brought to you by IBC and the City of Irving

Event will include games, bounce houses, Easter story path at IBC, food options, scavenger hunt, and Easter eggs for all.

NextWomen Crafts & Laughs

Tuesday, April 30
10 a.m - noon

For a fun morning with women 55+, bring a brunch item to share and come craft with us. We will provide the crafting supplies, and we promise guaranteed success regardless of your crafting or laughing expertise.

Victory Flows

Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For 4 years now our special needs ministry has been partnering with a non-profit called Victory Flows to put on Fun and Freedom events for families with special needs. Activities for individuals with special needs of all ages, separate groups for siblings, and a space for parents. This is an incredible opportunity to show these families the unconditional love of Jesus, while providing the parents with much-needed rest and community.
Irving Bible Church is thankful for your consistent generosity.
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