1/23/2023 - Edition #3
In this week's Collegeside Family Devo:
- Meet The Family: Bryan and Ginny Henson / Katelyn Leddy
- Collegeside Family Devotional:  Jonathan Anderson
- Check out this week's reading plan.
- Learn about what's happening at Collegeside.

What are we reading this week?

The Collegeside family has been challenged to read through the Bible in 2023. The reading plan shared will help us accomplish this together.  Click the link below to download this year's reading plan.
This Week's Reading Plan:
Thursday, 1/26- Exodus 28-29 / Psalm 26
Friday, 1/27- Exodus 30-31 / Psalm 27
Saturday, 1/28- Exodus 32-34 / Psalm 28
Sunday, 1/29- Exodus 35-40 / Psalm 29

Monday, 1/30-Leviticus 1-4 / Psalm 30
Tuesday, 1/31- Leviticus 5-7 / Psalm 31
Wednesday, 2/1- Leviticus 8-10 / Psalm 32
Thursday, 2/2- Leviticus 11-13 / Psalm 33
Friday, 2/3- Leviticus 14-15 / Psalm 34
Saturday, 2/4- Leviticus 16-18 / Psalm 35
Sunday, 2/5- Leviticus 19-20 / Psalm 36

Family Devotional - Exodus 20

by: Jonathan Anderson
Exodus 3: 1-9
1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
7 Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.


In the first verses of Exodus chapter 3, the Lord appears to Moses from the midst of a burning bush on Mount Horeb. Moses looked out on the bush. He noticed that although the bush burned, it was not consumed by its blaze. We have all heard the story of the burning bush, and it is undoubtedly one of God’s great miracles. But how many times do we stop there and miss what comes next?  

The purpose of this miraculous encounter was not just to show God’s ability to light a bush on fire without it burning up. The purpose was to give Moses a message and charge him with a mission. God saw the affliction of His people in Egypt and heard their cries. He knew their suffering. (v. 7) It was time to reveal His plan to deliver the Israelites out of their bondage and into Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey – the Promised Land. It was a plan only He could deliver on.

My takeaway from this passage of scripture is that the God of the universe cares deeply about His people and has a plan to redeem us. He SEES us and HEARS us and KNOWS our sufferings. God is no different today than He was then and He has an eternal plan for our lives.

When we are in bondage, at our lowest point, do we cry out to the Lord for help?  And when we do, are we then looking, waiting for His arrival? Are we trusting in His plan and are we following the path he sets before us?  He may not arrive by setting our landscaping on fire, but God is all around us, and He wants to save and bring us into His Promised Land.
 
I’m a very independent person and don’t always ask for the help I need.  I also live a very busy life and rarely would I slow down to look at a bush, even if it was on fire.  If you’re like me, I challenge you to start doing 2 things:
1. Ask the Lord for His help and seek His plans.  
2. Slow down long enough to look and listen for His response.  


I have no doubt His blessings will follow.

Meet Our Collegeside Family

Bryan and Ginny Henson

Hello Collegeside Family!!
We are Bryan and Ginny Henson better known to some as the family that has Campbellball at their house.
We love God, our family, and all things Atlanta Braves!!
We have a full-time job together that we have entitled “PGFM”.  It stands for “Papa-Granna Family Ministry” which describes how we spend most of our time; loving and caring for those in our family. We have been blessed with 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

We love our Collegeside family and are beyond blessed to be a part of it. We love, love, love the singing at Collegeside!!!  Matt and JD are wonderful worship leaders! We are so very thankful to hear John’s excellent, insightful and well prepared messages every week!!!  Both of these are so crucial for our walk with the Lord!  

We are committed to God and each other.  We strive to grow spiritually every day thru our Bible study and praying together. We know that is what has gotten us through life’s ups and downs. We are thankful for every day that God gives to us.

Katelyn Leddy

Hello! I am Katelyn Leddy. I have lived in Cookeville my entire life minus the two years I spent at Abilene Christian University. I loved ACU, but did not enjoy living so far from home. After my sophomore year, I transferred to TTU major in Elementary Education.

After moving back to Cookeville, I started going to the UCSC with my cousin, Natalie Hughes. I graduated from TTU in 2017 and began teaching at Park View Elementary School. During this time, I was not sure where I fit into a congregation. I was no longer in the college ministry, but I did not qualify for the young, married group, so I hopped around to a few different churches to hopefully find my place.

 Several of my friends started attending Collegeside when John became the teaching minister. In 2019, Sarah Foy (my best friend of nearly 20 years) and I moved into a house together and I decided to visit Collegeside again, now as an established adult. Luckily, I found my church home! I have been so blessed to be part of this church family. My favorite thing about Collegeside is our multigenerational relationships. Between ministers, shepherds, my core group, heartfelt moms/sisters, fellow “young professionals”, 3-4 year old Wednesday night kiddos, SMBC campers, and friends I’ve known my whole life— I feel seen and known at Collegeside. By creating strong relationships inside the church, we are more equipped to share and show God’s love beyond our four walls. I am excited to see what that looks like in the year 2023!

Singing and Soup and Chili Cook-off
This Sunday Night!

Does your soup or chili have what it takes to win the golden ladle? If so, enter it in this year's Collegeside Soup and Chili Cook-Off! Join us on our 5th Sunday night and take advantage of this opportunity to Worship and Connect with our Collegeside family.
When: January 29th
Where: The Collegeside CLC (Gym)
Schedule: 5:00pm -Chili/Soup Tastings and Voting / 5:45pm- Singing / 6:30pm- The Awarding of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Ladles.

Call the church office if you want to sign-up to bring soup or chili.