City Beautiful Church

Join us Sunday at 10:30 AM at 1220 Alden Road, Orlando, FL 32803.

City Beautiful Church is a community striving to become the kingdom of Heaven on earth. We are the people you see everyday and desire to be a part of culture carrying a message of faith, hope and love. Mission Together, we encourage, challenge, and equip one another to recognize and continually live in God's presence--abiding in Christ--further revealing God's love to the world for His glory. General Information City Beautiful Church is a community striving to become the kingdom of Heaven on earth. We are the people you see everyday and desire to be a part of culture carrying a message of faith, hope and love. We hold tightly to the teachings of Jesus as recorded by the apostles who penned the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In addition, the scriptures arranged in the Bible are the truth which we base our lives around. Please visit citybeautiful.ch for more information!

Mission: Together, we encourage, challenge, and equip one another to recognize and continually live in God's presence--abiding in Christ--further revealing God's love to the world for His glory

Join us tomorrow, 10:10am for our family fellowship time. Come early, grab some breakfast goodies provided by our community groups, and meet someone new.

This Sunday we will be reflecting on where the Lord has led us in 2019, with a time for our people to share personal stories. Come along!

10:10am family fellowship
10:30am gathering begins

1220 Alden Road

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

What child is this? During Advent, we have peered at the Christchild through the eyes of the supporting characters in the story of his birth. The prophets remind us to slow down and choose sacred joy in the midst of waiting. The angels challenge us to shake free from assuming we know about how the world is supposed to work. Mary and Jospeh welcome us into what choosing faithfulness looks like in chaotic times. And the shepherds invite us to spot the spotless Lamb who takes away our sins.

As you gaze upon the face of Jesus today, ask him, “who are you to me today, and how would you have me receive you anew this Christmas season?”

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! May we receive the beautiful gift of Jesus anew today.

Tonight is our Christmas Eve gathering! Join us at 5:40pm for hot chocolate and cookies, followed by carol singing and scripture reading at 6pm. This is a family-friendly service, so bring everyone you know to welcome in the miracle of God in Our Midst.

The shepherds remind us of the Good News for all who desire a better world. Scripture is full of shepherd imagery that offers a humble vision of God to balance the sovereignty of kingship. From the shepherds’ perspective, we re-examine our value systems for people in a power-hungry society. We look at those we would consider on the fringes differently. Shepherds challenge us - would we rather live in Jesus’ world or our own?

Join us tomorrow, 10:10am for our Advent fellowship time. Come early, grab some breakfast goodies provided by our community groups, and meet someone new.

We can’t wait to see what the Lord has for us. Come along!

10:10 family fellowship
10:30 gathering begins

1220 Alden Road

Embark is happening this Sunday! If you're new or looking to connect to our community, sign up on The Weekly to be a part of this month’s gathering on December 22nd directly after our 10:30am gathering.

Mary and Joseph were the family God chose to bless with baby Jesus, the savior of the world. Both parents were overwhelmed at times by what they were promised, but they chose to trust God moment by moment to see His promise fulfilled. Luke 1:46-55 is the song Mary writes as a response to her chosenness, and its dripping with scripture references she would have memorized from childhood. What surprises you about her response when you think about the Christmas story in the way it’s typically presented? When you consider the story of Mary and Joseph, what impresses you about their faith? Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve been handed a big promise from God, and you’ve had to learn to trust Him beyond your understanding of what’s normal and conventional? Are you walking through anything like that now?

Ask the Lord for deeper Mary-like faith in one specific area in your life. Consider sharing with your friends, and encourage one another this week to respond to God’s promises with, “I am the Lord’s servant, may Your word to me be fulfilled.”

We are having our very first Christmas eve gathering this year! From 6-7pm on December 24th, we will have a special service of carols and scripture readings that will tell the whole story of Jesus’ birth. The children will be with us so that we may worship as a family. Dress in your Christmas best, bring your friends and family, and come early for hot chocolate and cookies. Let’s celebrate God With Us!

The greatest gift of all time and the most anticipated event in all history didn't look the way anyone expected. Instead of coming as a conquering king, Jesus came as a baby to a poor couple who had to flee for their lives to keep him safe. Their story is extreme, but it fulfills the promise that even in chaos, Christ came to be Immanuel - "God with us". This week, ask God to show Himself in life situations that don't look how you thought they would.

Join us tomorrow, 10:10am for our Advent fellowship time. Come early, grab some breakfast goodies provided by our community groups, and meet someone new.

10:10 family fellowship
10:30 gathering begins

Join us 6-7pm on December 24th for our Christmas Eve gathering, we will have a special service of carols and scripture readings that will tell the whole story of Jesus’ birth. We will have coloring books for children so that we may worship as a family. Dress in your Christmas best, bring your friends and family, and come early for hot chocolate and cookies. Let’s celebrate God With Us!

“Light” is a powerful metaphor to consider when we examine who Christ is in revealing the world as it truly is. In John 1:9-13, and 3:16-21 the writer speaks of those who are in the light and receive Jesus, and those who remain in the dark and reject him. What are the properties of light that echo what God is doing through Jesus? How have you experienced the reality of that light in your life? What is going on inside of us when we stop into the light or try to hide in the darkness?

This Friday 6:30-8:30 at 1220 Alden, all married or engaged couples are welcome to join our Marrieds gathering. Bring a side or salad to share, we will eat together. Shoot us a DM if you've got any questions!

Jesus is the perfect picture of what God is really like - he always has been, and always will be. He doesn’t lay aside his divinity in order to embrace his humanity; rather, his ability to be fully present to us in self-emptying love is evidence of his divine nature. In order to receive Jesus as he truly is, you must approach him with awe and reverence. Let him reveal to you what God is really like, and who you really are. You have not been overlooked, you matter to Him. God is nearer than you know.

Join us tomorrow, 10:10am for our Advent fellowship time. Come early, grab some breakfast goodies provided by our community groups, and meet someone new.

We can’t wait to see what the Lord has for us. Come along!

10:10 family fellowship
10:30 gathering begins

1220 Alden Road

We are having our very first Christmas eve gathering this year! From 6-7pm on December 24th, we will have a special service of carols and scripture readings that will tell the whole story of Jesus’ birth. The children will be with us so that we may worship as a family. Dress in your Christmas best, bring your friends and family, and come early for hot chocolate and cookies. Let’s celebrate God With Us!

This Sunday we read Isaiah 9:2-7 as an example of the prophets challenge to wait for the Lord’s messiah, even in the darkest moment of Israel’s history. Isaiah 11:1-9 is another such poem, meant to stoke the hearers’ imaginations to envision how God’s future deliverance will unveil itself in Jesus Christ. Read the passage, slowly. What words or phrases stand out to you? What piques your interest? How do you see these prophetic words embodied in Jesus as we discover him in the New Testament?

In this Advent season, consider one thing you are waiting on God to deliver on. Pray that you might find the strength and endurance to keep actively waiting on Him, and seek wisdom and direction on how to serve Him in the meantime.

10:10 Family Fellowship is happening in the main space all through Advent. Our community groups are serving breakfast foods! Come early and enjoy some fellowship before we gather to worship promptly at 10:30am.

Advent is about learning to live in the space between God's first and second coming. The prophets help us ask if there can be joy in that waiting. We often skim on the surface of life to avoid the pain and questions we need to face, and we cover it up with noise and busyness. Sacred waiting pushes against all our instincts to tether us to God and His faithfulness. God is always arriving, so we are always waiting. It prepares us in the greatest darkness to watch for the light.

Join us tomorrow, 10:10am for our Advent fellowship time. Come early, grab some breakfast goodies provided by our community groups, and meet someone new.

We can’t wait to see what the Lord has for us. Come along!

10:10 family fellowship
10:30 gathering begins

1220 Alden Road

Advent, meaning “arrival”, is the beginning of the church calendar and the preparation for the Christmas season. These four Sundays are meant to remind us of Christ’s first coming 2000 years ago, so that we might learn expectant waiting in our lives today. Staring this Sunday, December 1st, we will anticipate the arrival of the baby Jesus from the vantage point of those who witnessed God coming to Earth. Join us at 10:10am for fellowship, followed by worship at 10:30am. O Come, Emmanuel!

Our community groups will be serving free breakfast at 10:10am each Sunday in Advent, starting December 1st! Come early, have some delicious food and enjoy some fellowship before we gather to worship promptly at 10:30am.

Thinking Christianly involves a deep willingness to turn to God in trust and experience his nearness in the midst of every situation we face in life. The pathway to contentment in every situation is not based on changing the situation; it is based on changing the way we think in the context of our connection to God. Instead of trying to control every circumstance, we can rejoice in God, trust in His goodness, take a posture of thankfulness, and focus our thoughts on the truth of God’s character in our circumstances. The most important thing to remember as we practice contentment in God is to remember that in all things, He is always near.

Embark is happening this Sunday! Anyone new to our community is invited to join us directly after our 10:30am gathering in the whiteboard room. Sign up on The Weekly on our website to let us know you're coming!

Read Philippians 3:17-21. Philippi was a colony of the Roman empire, established about 100 years before Paul’s visit as an outpost for soldiers victorious on the battlefield in Northern Greece during the Roman civil war. Their role as a colony was to live by caesar’s rules and spread Roman culture to the surrounding areas. The language Paul uses to speak of the church’s citizenship is very appropriate - he’s challenging them to consider who is ultimately king.

What does being a colony of heaven under King Jesus’ rule mean for our task in the here-and-now? What are the specific difficulties of pledging your allegiance to King Jesus (and not caesar) today? How can we practically learn to think like citizens of heaven first? Intercede over those stumbling blocks of being true to Jesus as our king, so that we might live as better citizens. Let’s encourage one another to rally to him daily.

Our past Education to Action night was a powerful one. Our dear Leslie Acevedo shared her story of surviving domestic violence as a child, while representatives from Harbor House of Central Florida taught us about the harsh realities of domestic violence in our city, and what we can practically do to help survivors looking to get free from power and control. Spend some time today praying for those still in abusive situations in our area. For more information on how you can get involved, please visit citybeautiful.ch/eta

Family! Today is the deadline to sign up for the International Thanksgiving Potluck this Saturday evening. Bring a dish from your heritage to share, and let's learn about one another and celebrate our diversity. Link in bio.

Mature thinking frames how we hold our past loosely, how we trust in our future destination, and how we commit to the present moment in our journey. While we can’t forget our past, we are no longer shackled by it as we learn new ways of following Jesus. This requires a deep trust beyond our earthly capacity to walk a new trajectory in Christ. If your honest desire is to encounter the God perfectly revealed in Jesus, you can’t go wrong. It may take some time, but that’s okay: following Jesus is its own reward.

God leads us into deeper maturity in our thinking as we remain faithful to Him. Let’s submit every part of our story to Him.

Family! This Wednesday is the last day to sign up for our International Thanksgiving Potluck happening this Saturday at 7 pm.

We want to share in the diversity of cultures and heritages represented here at City Beautiful Church. Unsure what to bring? Call your parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles, and ask them for a favorite recipe.

You can sign up online - link in profile!

As you head out to shop for Saturday, grab a couple extra non-perishable food items. We will be giving them to a local organization to help those in need celebrate the holidays.

Tomorrow we continue our "Thinking Christianly" series by examining how Paul views maturity along the journey with King Jesus. Join us tomorrow, 10:10am in the lobby for our family fellowship time. Come early, grab a coffee or tea, and meet someone new.

We can’t wait to see what the Lord has for us. Come along!

10:10 family fellowship
10:30 gathering begins

1220 Alden Road

Happy November, family! Thanksgiving is drawing near and we are ready to celebrate our third International Thanksgiving Potluck together. Join us on Saturday, November 23rd at 7 pm as we celebrate our cultural diversity. This is a time for us to cherish and learn more about the different heritages present here at City Beautiful Church over food, music, and stories. Don't know what to bring? Get on the phone with your grandparents, aunts, uncles, or bring a favorite American dish.

Be sure to sign up online before November 20th to let us know what you are bringing. Link in profile.

Our main pursuit in life is knowing Jesus, something eternal and incorruptible. Too often, we can hold onto temporary things in this life in an unhealthy way to prop up our egos and find love that will disappoint, even the good things. As you look over the categories of “confidence in the flesh” that Paul illustrates in his own story (nationality, ethnicity, education, religion, passion, performance), which temporary marks of privilege or abilities might you be placing your confidence in? How does that specifically affect your pursuit of Jesus?

Take time to pray over the specifics of “confidence in the flesh” you hold, confessing them to Jesus. Pray for courage to consider it all loss for the sake of knowing him, that we might rejoice in Christ, our king.

This Sunday at 6:00pm is our next Education to Action gathering at the church focusing on domestic violence. We'll be hearing from someone in our community as well as Harbor House of Central Florida who is working to end domestic abuse in Orlando.

In 2018, 104,914 crimes of domestic violence were reported to Florida law enforcement agencies resulting in 64,573 arrests.

The most current national studies on domestic violence suggest that from 22-25% of all women will experience domestic violence at some point during their lives.

As followers of Jesus, we think differently about where our confidence lies. We may have status or skills, but too often, we use them to justify ourselves to others and we even try to justify ourselves to God. While our privilege and abilities are not inherently bad, it is how we hold them that determines our journey. We aren’t promised good feelings or tidy answers, we’re promised a loving presence and a trajectory for our lives. We can hold our privilege and abilities loosely to have confidence in the one thing that truly matters: knowing King Jesus.

As we continue our series "Thinking Christianly" tomorrow we'll be looking at where our confidence lies, and what it reveals about how we try to control our reality. Join us at 10:10am in the lobby for our family fellowship time. Come early, grab a coffee or tea, and meet someone new.

We can’t wait to see what the Lord has for us. Come along!

10:10 family fellowship
10:30 gathering begins

1220 Alden Road

Did you get one of our VALUES t-shirts yet? You can purchase yours in the church lobby before or after a gathering for $10.

Happy November, family! Thanksgiving is drawing near and we are ready to celebrate our third International Thanksgiving Potluck together. Join us on Saturday, November 23rd at 7 pm as we celebrate our cultural diversity. This is a time for us to cherish and learn more about the different heritages present here at City Beautiful Church over food, music, and stories. Don't know what to bring? Get on the phone with your grandparents, aunts, uncles, or bring a favorite American dish.

Be sure to sign up online before November 20th to let us know what you are bringing. Link in profile.

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