EPIC Families—

One thing we’ve been uniting around as an EPIC Team is that the church is the church, gathered or scattered. Gathering physically is an incredible gift; but we’re also grateful for ways to gather virtually while that isn’t possible. (As a reminder: all regular, in-person EPIC gatherings are currently cancelled until further notice.) We firmly believe social distancing doesn’t need to be relational distancing or spiritual distancing. So in this time, we want to stay connected with your student, and give them a few ways to continue engaging with God, us and each other!


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Colossians 3:12-13, Daily Devo

May 4, 2020

Today’s scripture: Colossians 3:12-13 • Holly

Colossians 3:9-11, Daily Devo

May 1, 2020

Today’s scripture: Colossians 3:9-11 • Phil

Desserts for Straight Street

Desserts for Straight Street
Monday, May 4th—drop off between 9 AM and 12 PM

The past few weeks have held a lot of chaos and change…not just in our world, and probably in your world too, but right here in our city. A growing number of homeless folks in our local community have been affected by changes with COVID-19, and more and more have been going hungry daily. Straight Street Orlando has been incredible in doing all they can to meet that need, by providing pop-up meals for the local homeless population throughout the week. And the best we can in this season, we want to join them!

A few incredible people at the church have committed to providing a hot meal for these folks on Monday night (May 4th)…but they need some help providing dessert. EPIC—that’s where you come in!!

Whether you love baking, or whether you know you could handle Slice & Bake or boxed brownie mix…we need your help! We’ll be providing about 250 desserts for Straight Street this Monday, so we need 10 volunteers to bake 25 cookies or brownies (individually packaged) for our homeless friends for this Monday, May 4th!

A few notes:

  • Please be sure to package the desserts individually. This is a big deal, to help keep our friends at Straight Street safe and healthy. You can package them in individual plastic bags, plastic wrap, etc. 
  • Drop them off between 9AM—noon in the church lobby on Monday (5/4). There will be a table with a sign.
  • Please make sure your brownies and cookies do not have nuts. A lot of people have allergies and we want to be sensitive to that!
  • If you can make enough, be generous with sizes! Big brownies = better brownies. (I think we would all agree.)  🙂

Colossians 3:5-8, Daily Devo

April 29, 2020

Today’s scripture: Colossians 3:5-8 • Kris

Colossians 3:2-4, Daily Devo

April 28, 2020

Today’s scripture: Colossians 3:2-4 • Angel

Colossians 2:20-31, Daily Devo

April 27, 2020

Today’s scripture: Colossians 2:20-31 • Holly

Quote referenced (by Henri Nouwen): *quote was shortened in the video; below is the full quote*
“At issue here is the question: “To whom do I belong? God or to the world?” Many of my daily preoccupations suggest that I belong more to the world than to God. A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows that my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.

As long as I keep running about asking: “Do you love me? Do you really love me?” I give all power to the voices of the world and put myself in bondage because the world is filled with “ifs.” The world says: “Yes, I love you if you are good-looking, intelligent, and wealthy. I love you if you have a good education, a good job, and good connections. I love you if you produce much, sell much, and buy much.” There are endless “ifs” hidden in the world’s love. These “ifs” enslave me, since it is impossible to respond adequately to all of them. The world’s love is and always will be conditional. As long as I keep looking for my true self in the world of conditional love, I will remain “hooked” to the world-trying, failing,and trying again. It is a world that fosters addictions because what it offers cannot satisfy the deepest craving of my heart.”

Colossians 2:16-19, Daily Devo

April 24, 2020

Today’s scripture: Colossians 2:16-19 • Phil

The God we serve doesn’t require us to follow rituals but instead allows us to choose to be in a relationship where we have the opportunity to encounter the greatest love we will ever know on this earth. We follow him out of reverence not out of requirement.

Questions to engage with:

  • How did God speak to you through this scripture today?
  • What does it mean to be legalistic? Have you ever felt like you were being that way towards someone else? Or Vice Versa?
  • It might feel like you are disconnected from God, and your EPIC family right now. How can you find nourishment from God so that you may feel more connected to Him, and His people?
  • In what ways are you needing to feel connected to your EPIC family? Pray and tell God what your thinking and feeling. While you’re at it tell an EPIC Staff member or tell a friend. THEY WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO GET YOU MORE CONNECTED

Song to check out You Hold It All Together by All Sons & Daughters

Colossians 2:13-15, Daily Devo

April 22 2020

Today’s scripture: Colossians 2:13-15 • Kris

Here’s some questions to keep thinking on:

  • Verse 13 says God “forgave us all our sins” or “trespasses.” In your Bible or on Google, look up the phrase, forgave us our trespasses.” Does that phrase show up anywhere else in the Bible? What might that phrase mean?
  • Has there ever been a time when a friend or family member intentionally took the fall for something you did?
  • Verse 15 talks about the “rulers and authorities” Jesus triumphed over on the cross. Who or what are these “rulers and authorities”? What might it mean that Christ has triumphed over them?

Colossians 2:9-12, Daily Devo

April 21 2020

Today’s scripture: Colossians 2:9-12 • Angel

Colossians 2:6-8, Daily Devo

April 20 2020

Today’s scripture: Colossians 2:6-8 • Holly