ThornCreek Church
PRODIGAL // Big Brother
Do you know anyone who has drifted from God? Maybe they used to go to church. Maybe they never attended church. Maybe their relationship with God has just grown cold. This message series is for them. We will be looking at a famous story in the bible called, "The Prodigal Son". For eight weeks we will be looking at this story through the eyes of the Prodigal. He left home to chase after the pleasures of this life, only to find out He could never outrun the love of his father, and discovered the true treasure. It's a messy story of God's grace. Whether you consider yourself a "Christian", or you have no relationship with God, you will be changed by the story of The Prodigal.
Locations & Times
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  • ThornCreek Church
    3853 E 120th Ave, Denver, CO 80233, USA
    Saturday 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
  • ThornCreek Church Online
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM, Sunday 7:00 PM, Tuesday 10:00 AM, Thursday 8:00 PM
Welcome to ThornCreek

We hope you experience God in a meaningful way at ThornCreek Church! All elements of ThornCreek are designed to help you discover God's love and purpose for your life. It's a great place for the spiritual seeker or the deep-rooted Christian.
How to Connect

1. Take the 3 Weekend Challenge.
2. Join a Small Group
3. Volunteer Somewhere
4. Attend the TC Membership Class.

Click the link below and fill out the form to tell us more about yourself, if you're interested in volunteering, if you've made a decision about Jesus Christ, to register for any event or to provide comments.

https://thorncreek.church/connect
Upcoming Events
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Fix It Ministry | The Fix It Ministry is now ready to take on projects. We need you to let us know how we can help with any personal repairs for your home or car. These volunteers want to use their God-given gifts to love on you. When you give them an opportunity, it brings joy to their hearts. It's a way they can serve God. So, let us know if you have anything and we'll talk about next steps. Please email Andy Fish at fixit@thorncreek.church.

Youth Summer Camp | June 4-7, 2021. Save the date! See Pastor Nick for more information.

Marriage Workshop | Sunday, June 6 | 5:00pm | This is the first of our new monthly Marriage Workshops that will be held at ThornCreek Church. The workshop will last one hour and fifteen minutes (1:15), and during this time we'll have a time of teaching on a topic that will help strengthen or prepare you for marriage, then we'll break off to small groups to discuss. The Marriage Workshop is open to everyone, married or single, free of charge. We will meet at ThornCreek Church, 3853 E. 120th Ave, Thornton, CO. Invite your friends and neighbors to attend with you!

ThornCreek Summer Worship Night | Friday, June 11 | 6:30pm | Amphitheater at Carpenter Park - 3498 E 112th Ave | This is going to be an amazing time to come together to worship in the beautiful outdoor weather.

New Friends Lunch | Sunday, June 13 | 12:30 - 2:00pm | If you are new to TC & so far you like what you see - this is the perfect next step for you. Come have lunch with Pastor Ruben and his family, as well as meet some other TC families. Lunch and childcare are provided free of charge. thorncreek.church/newfriends

Child Dedication Weekend | June 26 & 27 | As a parent it's important to raise your children for the Lord, but we don't want you to do it alone. If you would like to dedicate your child, child dedication weekend is a perfect opportunity to do so in front of the church! This is also an opportunity for the church to make the commitment to walk alongside you and your child. Please let Pastor Katie know if you have questions or are considering dedicating your child.

Kids Camp | Wednesday, June 30 - Friday, July 2 - Kids completing Kindergarten or 1st Grade | Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2 - Kids completing 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th Grade. | KIDS CAMP IS A GO! Save the date and don't miss camp!!! Please see Pastor Katie for registration and to let her know if you're interested in counseling at camp this year! We need SEVERAL camp counselors!

Membership Class | Sunday, August 1 | 1:00 - 2:30pm | Membership in the church is not about joining some exclusive club. It's about committing to the local church and desiring to be a part of the whole. Join us to learn more about membership at ThornCreek Church. Lunch will be provided and you'll hear more about the history of who we are, why we do what we do, and where we believe God is taking us in the future. We encourage you to deepen your commitment to the local church. Register for our Membership Class, today!

Upcoming events:
- Feeding the Homeless | Coming soon!

Check out more at: thorncreek.church/events
TC Kids (Birth - 5th Grade)
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ThornCreek Kids Ministry - Meeting In-Person on Sunday mornings at 9:00am & 11:00am!!

Saturday Online Kids Worship Service - 4:30 PM
Kids can go to: Live.ThornCreek.Church
This video will become available On-Demand on Sundays. You can go to the “ThornCreek Church” YouTube page.

ThornCreek Kids Ministry strives to walk alongside and equip parents to be spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. Our hope and prayer is that with a strong faith foundation, kids will make the decision to continue growing as Christians, and become Christ-like disciples.

Our age-level classes allow us to reach children at their developmental level, so that by God’s grace they will be able to comprehend to the best of their ability, the topics we are covering in church!

All Ministry Partners (over the age of 18) have passed background checks, and all Bridge Team members (6th-12th graders) are supervised by adults.
TC Students (6th - 12th Grade)
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ThornCreek Student Ministries mission is to create a safe place for students to encounter Jesus, ask questions, process struggles and to experience the love of God while ultimately integrating them into the body and mission of Jesus Christ.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS
ENCOUNTER | Wednesday 6:00pm-7:30pm - Youth Group is meeting in person. This is our midweek Youth Group service. At Encounter, we have food, games, deep Bible study, student led worship and small groups. We believe that we are better when we are together.

We will also continue to provide an ONLINE option for students that will be available on our website at thorncreek.church/students which will be posted every Thursday at 2pm. This will be the recorded youth service which will be posted online.
Worship Service Info
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Did you come with kids? The messages at ThornCreek can be rated PG-13. As an option, we have a great Children's Ministry Program! If you choose to bring your kids into worship, please do your best to keep them from being a distraction to others.

Volume: If you find the music too loud, please visit the Welcome Table for ear plugs. Ear plugs are also available at the Worship Center doors.

Nursing Mom? We have a room just for you! This room is located through the Worship Center, and has been furnished with your comfort in mind! You can see the entire service live on a flat screen TV.

Distractions: To allow you and those around you to be more fully engaged in today’s service, please refrain from leaving the Worship Center during services. Also, please turn off or mute all cell phones and other mobile devices.
“The prerequisite of receiving the grace of God is to know that you need it.” - Timothy Keller
To RECEIVE God’s grace is to live your life CHANGED by the GRACE OF GOD.
ULTIMATELY, IT IS ALL ABOUT HOW YOU LIVE BECAUSE OF HOW YOU HAVE BEEN CHANGED BY THE GRACE OF GOD.
“If our churches aren’t appealing to younger brothers, they must be more full of elder brothers than we’d like to think.”
- Timothy Keller
“One of the hardest things in the world is to stop being the prodigal son without turning into the elder brother.”
- John Ortberg
You can LIVE in the Father’s house and not love like the father loves.
“Though the older son stayed at home, he was actually more distant and alienated from the father than his brother, because he was blind to his true condition...Because the elder brother is more blind to what is going on, being an elder brother Pharisee is a more spiritually desperate condition.”
- Timothy Keller
You can know the Word of God...and you can know all the words to every worship song ever written...and you can pray beautiful prayers...and you can do all of the right things...but at the end of the day, if you have the heart of the older brother you are worse off than the one who walks in darkness.
LOVE is one thing...FEAST is another...and we are ALL INVITED to both.

Message Study Guide

Download this week's message study guide for use with your small group or personal study.

https://thorncreek.church/message-series/prodigal
Giving

There are several convenient ways to give at TC:
1. Give via text. Text GIVE to 720-619-2688.
2. Give online via the link provided below.
3. Give via check or cash by dropping either in the offering that will be passed during announcements or in the giving box located in the back of the Worship Center.

MAY 2021
Weekly Need: $12,000
Received last week: $19,101 (May 15-16)
Received May to date: $126,854 (As of May 16)
Remaining Need in May ($66,854) exceeded budget
May Need $60,000
April Needed $48,000
April Received $55,360

https://thorncreek.church/give