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his is an important question, and one worth pondering. A great follow-up would be to ask: How much time do I give to what really matters? I don’t know about you, but I suspect I spend far less time on what really matters and far more than I realize (or would like to admit) on lesser things.

Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church, has four file folders on his computer screen, where he stores different ideas and tasks. The first one is labeled: What does God want me to do? The second: What do people I love need me to do? Third: What do I want to do? And finally: What do other people want me to do? Which folder do think might have the most items in it? According to Warren, it is number four: What do other people want me to do? I bet that is true for most of us, as well. Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t do things for others, but if we’re spending most of our time doing things in the fourth folder at the expense of the other three—well, that’s a problem. The second folder, What do people I love need me to do? certainly needs our attention. And number three, What do I want to do?, has its place, as well.

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But the first one—What does God want me to do?—is the one that should get our best time, our greatest energy, and our laser-focus. This September we are walking through the second chapter of 1 Peter in a four-part series titled “What Really Matters.” Together, we’ll be exploring four elements that influence our formation as Jesus followers:

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We believe these four themes are crucial as we become, in increasing measure by God’s grace, the people Christ Jesus desires as well as a community to which others are drawn. We hope you’ll join us as we worship the One worthy of our adoration and consider together what really matters.

R O N H A W K I N S serves as TR ANSITIONS PASTOR

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J E N I V E R S • FA I T H S T O R Y

Paul and Jen Ivers and their son, Easton Jen serves as a deacon at CPC.

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Reminding Us That Jesus Matters

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have a messy faith background. Religion, from a very young age, was sort of a divisive force. Some of the religious beliefs and practices in my extended family caused conflict that eventually isolated loved ones. Growing up, we were “Chreasters”—we’d come to church for Christmas and Easter. Then I went to a Catholic college far from home and didn’t know anyone, so I joined a pre-orientation retreat just to make friends. It happened to be run by the campus ministry. That started my faith journey. I still felt really insecure about my knowledge of the Bible, what faith was supposed to look like, and what a relationship with Jesus was supposed to be, but it was such a good church home. Every sermon felt related to where I was in life—young, in college, excited, and uncertain. Then I moved and started attending a new Catholic church, and it felt like whiplash; it didn’t look anything like the faith I’d been experiencing. Sadly, I felt super disengaged, and I didn’t attend anymore. In 2013 I moved back to Minnesota, and my parents invited me to attend CPC with them. That’s when my faith really started to flourish. We would attend together and then go get brunch. It was wonderful and really awesome when Paul (then boyfriend, now husband) started joining us, too. Sunday was for God, but then it was back to work on Monday. In the next few years, life started to become hyper-focused on my work. It was during this time that I felt my life was becoming more and more self-centered. I’d hear prayers about Jesus being the center of our lives and a firm foundation, and I was like, I’m pretty sure I’m making my relationships and identity at work the foundation of my life. There’s gotta be something I can get connected to here where Jesus can be more than just for Sunday. As a next step, I ended up in Pastor James Madsen’s class on Tuesday nights. I was so nervous. I didn’t know anything about the Bible. I didn’t even have a Bible to bring—I had like a Catholic youth Bible—and I felt so self-conscious bringing that. So I quickly downloaded the Bible app on my phone, and of course I get to the class, and no one is on their phone! But the class was great. It really made me start to feel like life wasn’t just all about me. A transformative moment was when James told a story about asking someone to pray for him that he might love Jesus more or better. I loved his request. I’d never even thought of that! What would it mean to love Jesus better? To love Him more? To give Him more of my heart? It opened my heart to Jesus in a new way, in a way I didn’t know was possible, a space that I didn’t know was there.

Then Pastor Melissa Schaser married us and was really good at staying connected to us, which was vital, because marriage isn’t without unexpected turns—you think things are going one way and then all of a sudden it goes another. Life has been really bumpy. In our first year, I was overworked and found a new job, then we moved, and then we were pregnant, and then I had a severe form of morning sickness that left me feeling isolated and broken. I remember during my pregnancy, I was full of questions of what it would be like to be a mom and how to deal with all the anxiety I felt. Sue—who I usually sit next to in Bible class—reminded me that fear and anxiety is normal, and to think about how much I already loved my growing baby and to imagine how much God loves us. He’s going to be with us regardless of the good and bad. Her words brought comfort that felt so different than what I’d get from my nonChristian community. It’s a beautiful thing to be reminded that God promises to be faithful to us and to be with us. Our child is going to have heartbreak and beautiful experiences, but he’ll never be alone. Where we’ll fail him, because we’re human, God will be perfect. He will take our imperfections and make us whole. Easton was born, and within six weeks, we had to put our dog down, I got pneumonia, I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic they gave me and I couldn’t nurse Easton anymore, and then I was back to work. It was supposed to be joyful, yet it was just such a dark time. Our CPC community reminded us of our foundation during this turbulence, helping us anchor our lives on something bigger than ourselves. That’s what saved us in those tougher times. I'm still working on How do I love Jesus more and better? It's a good thing James still has a seat for me in class! I do think I have more capacity to love Jesus now—putting my faith and trust in Him, especially through the ups and the downs. Bob Goff writes, "Jesus never promised to eliminate all of the chaos from our lives; He said He'd bring meaning to it." The past few years have been total chaos, but it's Pastor James and Melissa, our loving parents, and our CPC family that have helped us understand the meaning in the mess. Being surrounded by a community of Christ followers means we have people who will pick us up when we aren't doing so well and continue to carry us toward Jesus. And I've learned that community, at its most meaningful, reminds us of what matters: having a relationship with Jesus. CPC LIFE

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NE W FA CE S at CP C We added four new staff members over the summer!

JOSH MEYERS

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUR JOB IN ONE SENTENCE: I walk with students as we learn who God is and who God made us to be.

BRIAN LENZ

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL ARTS

The Good Samaritan

YOUR JOB IN ONE SENTENCE: To make sure everyone who needs to be seen and heard can be seen and heard.

FAVORITE BIBLE STORY: The loaves and fishes. I love the interpretation that it was a miracle not because Jesus magically multiplied everyone’s food but because everyone shared what they had. That loving our neighbors and trusting in tomorrow’s bounty is within our reach at all times.

WHAT DREW YOU TO CPC? I found CPC through teaching guitar lessons to Ashley Crowder (Pastor Petey’s wife). I was drawn in and continue to be inspired by the abundant welcome I’ve felt from the entire community.

WHAT IS ONE HOPE YOU HAVE FOR THIS YEAR? I want to extend an equally warm welcome to the guests and congregation on Sundays and throughout the week.

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CORY GREGORY DIRECTOR OF CONNECTIONS

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT WORKING AT CPC?

YOUR JOB IN ONE SENTENCE:

CPC has such a huge gift. I’ve worked or volunteered in churches where we were surprised when six kids showed up for Wednesday night youth group. Of course, numbers are not the most important thing to God, but the fact that hundreds of students show up to our church on Wednesday is still incredibly special. It means that this community trusts CPC. They trust that when their kids show up here they will meet God and they will meet people who care deeply about their kids.

Creating systems and experiences that encourage people to engage here at CPC, whether they are brand new or have been around for years.

WHAT IS ONE HOPE YOU HAVE FOR THIS YEAR? I hope that our kids feel a deep sense of community and belonging with each other at CPC, and I hope that translates into a deep sense of responsibility to each other outside of CPC. I hope these kids are looking out for each other and looking out for the kids on the margins wherever they go.

FAVORITE BIBLE STORY: The formation and spread of the early Church as found in the book of Acts

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT WORKING AT CPC? Having served here years ago, this feels like a homecoming for me. This community is where I claimed my adult faith as my own, and I treasure the relationships—old and new—that make this place so special.

WHAT IS ONE HOPE YOU HAVE FOR THIS YEAR? To continue building clearer, easier on-ramps for people to engage in the meaningful ministry happening in and through CPC.


UNDERSTANDING the OLD TESTAMENT Many Christians find the Old Testament long, intimidating, or just too confusing to read. Join Dr. Nick Schaser for a closer look into the Scriptures of ancient Israel—a great companion to our October/November worship series that walks through the Old Testament. This seven-week series will equip you with practical knowledge about important figures, events, and theology.

Sundays, October 6-November 17 6:15-7:30PM • Westview Cost: $10 Sign up: cpconline.org/classes

DANIELLE WEGNER

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ELEMENTARY YOUR JOB IN ONE SENTENCE: I am blessed to enrich the lives of 4th and 5th grade students through deeper relationship with Jesus, while simultaneously collaborating with and equipping adults to do the same.

Advance the Common Good Learn how Christians can bring hope and leadership to their communities!

FAVORITE BIBLE STORY:

Speakers Include:

The Woman at the Well (John 4)

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT WORKING AT CPC? I am excited to share the Gospel with children and their families and to see how Jesus will plant seeds of faith to further transform and redeem our community.

WHAT IS ONE HOPE YOU HAVE FOR THIS YEAR? I hope students will learn to trust God’s character and experience God’s family. It will hopefully be a year where friends become best friends and kids will confidently insist that “they’ve got this!” as they explore the Kingdom of Heaven.

Malcolm Gladwell Author + Journalist (The Tipping Point, Outliers, David and Goliath)

Francis Chan Pastor + Author (Crazy Love, Letters to the Church)

Rebekah Lyons Author (You are Free)

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CPCers enjoying July’s Breakfast-in-a-Cup!

Summer camp fun!

June’s Colombia GO!Trip

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High schoolers worship at Summit summer camp in Michigan

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HAPPENINGS EVENTS MID-MONTH CHAPEL SERVICE

Wednesday, September 18 • 12:00PM • Chapel A traditional service with a short message by Pastor Emily Hamilton, hymns, Communion, and prayers. Lunch follows in the Westview Room.

FIRST STEPS

Sunday, September 22 • 10:30AM & 12:00PM • Room 200 Want to learn more about our church, staff, and programs? This informal time is a great place to hear from Pastor Petey Crowder about our community and how to get connected!

FREEDOM SUNDAY

With J.J. Gomez & CPC Mission Partner International Justice Mission Sunday, September 22 • Meet & Greet at 10:30AM; Presentation at 12:00PM CPC is pleased to welcome the IJM Dominican Republic Country Director, Juan J. Gomez. He is responsible for leading IJM’s Justice System Transformation program to strengthen the capacity of Dominican authorities to rescue and restore survivors of trafficking/forced labor, hold perpetrators accountable, and reduce the prevalence of child trafficking.

A VISIT FROM CPC MISSION PARTNER CONGO INITIATIVE

Sunday, September 29 • Meet & Greet after services The co-founders of Congo Initiative, Dr. David Kasali and Dr. Kaswera Kasali will share about their work. Congo Initiative educates ethical leaders who have integrity; invests in a sustainable, vibrant Congolese society; and develops grassroots initiatives for peace, hope, and justice.

LAY CARE TRAINING

Mondays, October 7-November 11 • 6:30-8:30PM • Anderson Hall Over the course of six Monday evenings, become a trained Lay Care Minister to encourage, support, and provide tangible acts of care to those in our community. Ministry areas include Grief Recovery, Hospital Ministry, New Baby Visitation, Prayer & Healing, and Senior Visitation. melissas@cpconline.org for more information or sign up: cpconline.org/events

WOMEN WHO INSPIRE

Friday, November 1 • 6:30-8:30PM • Westview Women Who Inspire events are geared toward women of all ages to be encouraged to grow in life, work, and calling. Join us this fall for “Call to Courage,” a core teaching from Dr. Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead.™ Certified facilitators Jennifer Peterson, PhD, PCC, and Molly Peterson, MA, PCC will help you identify your call and explore a path to leading a braver life. Cost: Early bird rate of $20.00 until September 15. Sign up: cpconline.org/events

KIDS SAVE THE DATES: FAMILY COMMUNION WORKSHOP

Sunday, November 24 or March 8 • 4:00-6:00PM • Westview Kids and their parents discover both the biblical beginnings and CPC’s tradition of taking Communion while participating in a kid-friendly Seder dinner. All ages welcome. Cost $5/person. Sign up: cpconline.org/kids

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WEEKEND PROGRAMMING

No registration required, but kids attending programming must check-in at the Family Check-In area. More details at cpconline.org/weekend-programs.

STARTING SEPTEMBER 7/8

Saturday 5:15PM service: Loving childcare provided (6 weeks-3 years). Sundays 9:30 and 11:00AM services: Nursery (Infants & Toddlers): Loving childcare provided (6-weeks2-years). Preschool: Preschool families may choose to keep their kids with them at the beginning of the service OR take them directly to the classroom for playtime (before programming starts). NOTE: Preschool will be in Anderson Hall and the 2nd floor classrooms. Elementary: At 9:30AM, we offer Sunday school for kids (K-5th) on the 3rd floor. Kids can be dropped off before the beginning of the service OR they can attend the beginning of worship with their families. At 11:00AM, all elementary kids begin in the service with their families, and then are dismissed for Kids’ Church. There will be no programming on Communion Sunday, October 6 in order to provide an opportunity for families to worship and take communion together.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: CHOIR & CLUB Wednesdays starting September 11

Dinner (5:00-5:30PM for choir families & 5:30-6:15PM for all): Enjoy a low-cost dinner with your family and other CPCers. Kids must be supervised; they may not be dropped off. Food options will change weekly. Cost: $5/person Choir for K-5th graders (5:30-6:15PM): Develop a love for music, learn biblical truths, and improve musical and dramatic skills, all while praising God! Kids participate in worship services and special programs throughout the year. Choir kids registered for Club will be guided to the MPR for preClub activities. Club for K-5th graders (6:25-7:30PM): With this year’s theme, “Around the World with Jesus,” kids will grow in their understanding about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus as they cross cultures traveling from one destination to the next. To be ready for their year of travel, kids will receive club journals and bags. Sign up: cpconline.org/kids Cost: $20 for Choir only; $20 for Club only; or $35 for Choir and Club

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PARENT ORIENTATION

Wednesday, September 18 • 7:00-7:30PM • Sanctuary Are you a parent of a K-5th grader in Club or Choir? We invite YOU to come learn about what your kids(s) will experience. Meet staff members, catch the vision, and get important info about this year’s plans.


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all pleasing to God! Brunch is provided following worship for a time of vanc@cpconline.org fellowship and food.

REGISTRATION

ADULTS

All 6th-12th graders must register in order to participate in Student Ministries programs and small groups.

MIDDLE SCHOOL KICKOFF!

Wednesday, September 11 • 6:25-7:30PM • Westview Get ready to jump into a great year! All 6th-8th graders will be meeting together this year in a new program called SIX8. You will not want to miss this fun and memorable night! joshm@cpconline.org or brooksw@cpconline.org

SIX8

Wednesdays starting September 18 • 6:25-7:30PM • Westview A high-energy, engaging program for 6th-8th grade students. Please make sure your student is registered. joshm@cpconline.org or brooksw@cpconline.org

HIGH SCHOOL HSM KICKOFF!

Wednesday, September 11 • 7:45-9:00PM • Westview Get ready to jump into a great year! You will not want to miss this fun and memorable night for all 9th-12th graders!

COMMITMENT CLASS

Wednesdays starting September 18 • 7:45-9:00PM • Anderson Hall check-in A night of fun, large-group learning and small-group discussion for 9th graders. Please make sure your student is registered. carrieg@cpconline.org

TEN12

Wednesdays starting September 18 • 7:45-9:00PM • CPC A great night full of fun and an authentic space for kids to just be themselves. We start the night in Westview for large group learning, followed by small group time to process what was just heard. ericaf@cpconline.org

SPECIAL NEEDS TAPESTRY

Tuesdays, September 17 & October 1 • 6:30-7:30PM • Anderson Hall CPC’s ministry for kids and students with special needs explores who God is and how we can have a relationship with Him through Bible study, service projects, games, guest speakers, and story/drama. vanc@cpconline.org

MOSAIC WORSHIP SERVICE

Sunday, September 22 • 10:45AM • Westview Mosaic celebrates that we are all children of God, and all are invited to worship God in our own way. This service is led mostly by students with special needs. Noises, sounds, and movements are welcome—they are

MIXED SUNDAY COMMUNITIES

Sundays starting September 22 • 9:30 or 10:45AM More than just “Sunday school,” Sunday Communities foster a sense of belonging and growth with people of similar interests or life stages. They gather for community time and discussion-based teaching. • E3: millennial couples (9:30AM - Room 116) • CATALYST: married couples with young kids (9:30AM - Room 201 & 202) • ALLOY: (formerly called Mixed Tapes): mostly 30s-40s (9:30AM - Room 205; starts September 29) • S.A.L.T.: late 40s-60s (9:30AM - Fellowship Hall East) • A.C.T.S.: late 50s & up (9:20AM - Fellowship Hall Center) • MORE: active retired folks (10:45AM - Fireside Room) • CREDO: intergenerational (10:45AM - Room 10) Learn more: cpconline.org/sunday-communities

SMALL GROUPS

CPC offers a variety of small groups to help you connect with others and to deepen your relationship with Jesus. For more details and to sign up: cpconline.org/groups • 20s & 30s: Thursdays twice a month • 7:00-8:30PM • St. Louis Park • Soul Keepers (50s & Up): Every other Wednesday • 7:00-8:30PM • St. Louis Park • Couples with Kids: First Thursdays • 7:00-8:30PM • Member homes • Christ in Career: 1st & 3rd Saturdays • 8:30-10:00AM • CPC • 40s-50s Couples: Alternate Sunday and Thursdays twice a month • 7:15-8:45PM • Member homes

IN THE WORD

Mondays starting September 16 • 9:30-11:30AM • Room 116 OR Tuesdays starting September 17 • 7:00-8:30PM • Room 116 James Madsen leads this intergenerational discussion-oriented class for men and women on the book of Hebrews. The theme of Hebrews is that Jesus is better! Together we will look at why Jesus matters in our everyday life as we dig into Scripture. Sign up: cpconline.org/classes

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY

Wednesdays starting September 18 • 11:00AM-12:00PM • Room 303 Rick Byron leads this lively discussion on the book of Romans. We meet every Wednesday except when Edynamoes is held. debc@cpconline.org

SUPERNATURAL PARENTING

Wednesdays starting September 11 • 6:25-7:30PM • Room 10 Grow as a family in faith this year! Drop off your kids for Wednesday night programs, then join other parents for fellowship and learning. This year, Supernatural Parenting will follow the discipleship series the kids are learning. Grow your own spiritual muscles so you can better lead your kids at home. CPC LIFE

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HAPPENINGS

The Supernatural Parenting class will follow the Kids’ Ministry schedule. Childcare provided. Cost: $25/person. Sign up: cpconline.org/classes

CPC BOOK CLUB

Thursday, September 19 • 7:00PM • Room 204 We discuss The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. All are welcome to join us. Susan Schrader at 952.914.9493

UNDERSTANDING THE OLD TESTAMENT

Sundays, October 6-November 17 • 6:15-7:30PM • Westview Many Christians find the Old Testament long, intimidating, or just too confusing to read. Over the course of seven weeks during our fall sermon series, join Dr. Nick Schaser (Macalester College) for a closer look into the Scriptures of ancient Israel. We will revisit Old Testament books and equip you with practical knowledge about important figures, events, and theology that will help you in your own personal Bible study. Cost: $10. Sign up: cpconline.org/classes

MEN SMALL GROUPS

CPC offers a variety of small groups to help you connect with others and to deepen your relationship with Jesus. For more details and to sign up: cpconline.org/groups • Tuesday Morning Group: Tuesdays • 6:45-8:00AM • CPC • The Dads’ Group: Wednesdays • 6:30-7:30PM • CPC • Thursday Morning Groups: Thursdays • 7:00-8:00AM • CPC • Friday Guys’ Group: Fridays • 6:10-7:00AM • Calvary Church in Edina

WOMEN MOMS IN THE MIDDLE (for moms of tweens and teens)

LARGE GROUP Thursday, October 3 • 12:00-1:15PM (New Time!) • Anderson Hall Dean of Students at Southwest Christian High School, Rob Wassenaar, will discuss “The GREAT Teen Years—How to Bless our Teens through Active Schedules, Study Pressures, Social Media, and Spiritual Growth.” Cost: $35 for full year or pay $5/session at the door. Sign up: cpconline.org/moms-in-the-middle SMALL GROUP Thursday, September 19 • 9:30-11:15AM • CPC Small groups meet twice a month and provide in-depth connection, support, and study. Based on interest, a new morning and evening group will be started. If you are interested in joining a group, contact Kirstin Slaney: slaneyhome@gmail.com

NEEDLEWORK GUILD

Saturday, September 14 • 10:00AM-2:00PM • Fellowship Hall Our mission is to make warm garments and blankets for local agencies that serve those in need. We have yarn, fabric, and knitters to get you started. Edie Kosa at 952.920.1753

MOM’S MORNING (for moms of young children)

LARGE GROUP Wednesdays, September 11 & September 25 • 9:30-11:30AM • Westview Join other moms for fellowship and inspirational speakers. At our kick-off meeting on September 11, Ashley Crowder (mother of two and wife of CPC’s Executive Pastor Petey Crowder) will share parts of her life story and how through it she’s learned the necessity of doing life WITH both God and others. On September 25, Todd Mulliken (owner of Mulliken Counseling

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Center in Edina and CPC member) will be speaking on birth order. Limited childcare available; contact momsmorning.cpc@gmail.com to check on availability. Program cost: $60; childcare cost: $55/child. Sign up: cpconline.org/moms-morning SMALL GROUP Meet 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays starting September 18 • 9:30-11:30AM Join other women of Mom’s Morning who desire a small community where it’s safe to ask questions and be honest about life’s challenges. Our small groups allow you to develop meaningful relationships through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and support centered in Christ. Limited childcare available. Childcare cost: $55/child. Sign up: cpconline.org/moms-morning

WOMEN IN THE WORD

Mondays, September 16-December 9 • 9:30-11:30AM • Anderson Hall Join us for Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit. In this study, Beth Moore encourages women to explore what it means to grow in and experience the work of the Holy Spirit. Eleven sessions include DVD teaching, small group conversation, fellowship, and prayer. Cost: $17. Sign up: cpconline.org/classes

TUESDAY AFTERNOON WOMEN’S STUDY

Tuesdays starting September 17 • 1:00-2:30PM • Fireside Room Carolyn Beatty leads an in-depth study of the Gospel of Luke. Participants will use the ESV Scripture Journal available in Pathway for $6. This group generates lively discussions and cares for one another. Carolyn Beatty at 612.729.3143

SMALL GROUPS

CPC offers a variety of small groups to help you connect with others and to deepen your relationship with Jesus. Visit cpconline.org/groups/women • Monday Evening Moms’ Group: 1st Mondays • nearby home • Titus 2 Women: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesdays • 9:30-11:30AM • CPC • Wednesday Night Moms’ Group: Wednesdays • 6:15-7:30PM • CPC

OLDER ADULTS EDYNAMOES

Wednesday, September 25 • 11:30AM • Fellowship Hall Enjoy a delicious lunch and singing and piano from Tara Brueske. Her program will include contemporary songs, classic jazz, and Broadway numbers. Cleo Wedge at Sign up by Sunday, September 22: 952.922.2769 Cost: $5. Please bring Jerry’s cash receipts and pop can tabs.

HORIZONS (ACTIVE-RETIRED AGE)

Saturday, October 5 • 11:45AM • CPC Horizons is an inviting community of active retirement-age singles and couples, experiencing and sharing the good we see all around us! Please join us for a boat tour down the Mississippi River. We will gather for lunch at CPC at 11:45AM and then head out for the tour. Cost: $25 (includes lunch, boat tour and transportation) Sign up: Great Room on Sunday mornings, or cpconline.org/events.

RUTH CIRCLE

Meets every Wednesday • 9:30AM On the first and third Wednesdays, we meet in a home for food, fellowship, devotions, and prayers. On the other Wednesdays, we serve at Feed My Starving Children and at CPC. Barb Bucha at 952.470.4414


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LYDIA & MARTHA CIRCLES

Wednesday, September 18 • 10:30AM Judy Romine 952.929.4983; Pat Haberkorn at 952.941.4188

CARE GROUPS LGBTQ FAMILY GROUP

This group is for parents and family members of someone who is LGBTQ. Discuss together how to best love and support our loved one and each other. rgarton1@msn.com

DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP

Tuesdays starting September 3 • 6:30-8:00PM • Room 205 This group is for people who are recently divorced or in the process of divorce. We welcome you wherever you are on the emotional spectrum of divorce. Learn more at cpconline.org/care

GRIEF RECOVERY

Tuesday, September 10 • 6:00-8:30PM • Fireside Room • meets 2nd Tuesdays Grief Recovery is for those who have lost a loved one. We experience God’s hope and healing through fellowship, prayer, and sharing a meal. Debbie Manning will be the guest speaker. No reservation needed. debbiem@cpconline.org

GRACE & HOPE FOR OUR CHILDREN

Tuesday, September 17 • 7:00-8:30PM • Anderson Hall • meets 3rd Tuesdays Does your child experience emotional or mental health issues? You are not alone. Join other parents, friends, and caregivers as we care for one another on our journeys. Meetings include sharing time and occasional guest speakers. PACER Children’s Mental Health Coordinator, Renelle Nelson will be our guest presenter. dbrown@dcbrowninc.com

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Friday, September 13 & Saturday, September 28 • 10:00AM-12:00PMs Usually meets 2nd Friday and 4th Saturday of the month but varies at holidays This ministry seeks to share God's love, comfort, and peace through the knitting and gifting of shawls. Prayers for the recipient are knit into each shawl. Over 100 shawls were gifted this past year! More knitters, experienced or not, are needed. Tutoring is provided. Janice Velgersdyk at 612-986-5902

S.T.A.R.S.

(Short Term Assistance Reaching Seniors) is a ministry designed to support seniors at home during their recovery from an accident, illness, or fall, or returning home after a hospital/rehab stay. Services include transportation to doctor/physical therapy appointments, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and more! Judy Brink at 952.920.4364

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A.R.M.S. (Active Retired Men Serving) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Thursdays • 8:00AM-12:00PM • donuts and coffee at 10:00AM This dedicated group works on various projects to keep the building in prime condition! We welcome both men and women of all ages and skill levels. noelc@cpconline.org

CALLING ALL SINGERS! JOIN THE CHANCEL CHOIR!

Thursdays (Rehearsals) • 7:00-9:00PM and Sundays (Worship) • 9:30AM We’ve got a place for you in the Chancel Choir at CPC. This non-auditioned group participates primarily in the 9:30AM service and is open to any interested singers. All voices are welcome, and we are particularly looking for male voices (tenors and basses). For more information: heatherh@cpconline.org

RING BELLS WITH US

Tuesdays • 5:15-6:15PM Do you read music? Are you reasonably hand-coordinated? If so, we can use you in the CPC handbell choir (Covenant Bells)! High schoolers and adults are welcome, and training can be provided if you do not have bellringing experience. For more information: heatherh@cpconline.org

NEAR BLOOMINGTON LOAVES & FISHES

Friday, September 20 • Third Friday of the Month, Year-round; Prep: 2:004:00PM, Serve: 5:00-7:00PM • Creekside Community Center Volunteers age 15 and older are welcome to prepare and serve a meal with our Bloomington friends. Sign up: cpconline.org/events

FAR UPCOMING GO!TRIPS

Dominican Republic, March 2020 • Israel-Palestine, June 2020 • South Asia, Fall 2020 Our GO!Trips partner with local ministries in global regions that are working to bring hope, reconciliation, and justice through the love of Jesus Christ. Watch for more info coming this fall! leslieb@cpconline.org

MISSION PARTNERS MISSION OF THE MONTH

Our September and October special offering will go to International Justice Mission. IJM is a global organization dedicated to eliminating the slave trade everywhere. Mark your check memo Mission of the Month or give online: cpconline.org/give

URBAN VENTURES PRODUCE TRUCK

Sunday, September 8 • 9:00AM-12:00PM Buy fresh produce from the Urban Ventures CityKid Mobile Market at CPC, including their hydroponically grown vegetables. Your purchase supports Urban Ventures, the CityKid program, and their local farms.

HERE LOVE JESUS AND LOVE KIDS?

Help kids feel known and loved and learn about Jesus and the Gospel by helping out weekly or monthly, working directly with children or behindthe-scenes. karenr@cpconline.org CPC LIFE

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BIRTHS

Lucas and Jessie Ovans welcomed a son, Lincoln Thomas, on June 1.

Ron Manning passed away on July 25 at the age of 88. He is survived by his son Steve (Debbie).

Justin Carlson and Martha Rathmanner welcomed a daughter, Veronica Caitlin Carlson, on June 20.

Henry William “Bill” TenBroek passed away on July 25 at the age of 85. He is survived by his son Will (Julie) and grandchildren Ben and Tommy.

Peter Nelson and Kelsey Patch welcomed a son, Everett James Nelson, on June 25.

Earl Swanlund passed away on August 2 at the age of 91. He is survived by son Eric (Cyndi).

Brett and Samantha Johnson welcomed a son, Anders Isaac, on July 6.

Rosalie Carlson passed away on August 12. She is survived by son Jon (Deb) and grandchildren Anders, Peter, and Jonas.

Peder and Natalie Nyhus welcomed a daughter, Joy Lisabeth, on July 9.

MARRIAGES

Phil Coonley and Callie Lunger were married on June 1. The Rev. Petey Crowder officiated. Alex Boyd and Kelly Evans were married on June 29. The Rev. Debbie Manning officiated. Kate Manning and Jordan Moberg were married on July 13. Matt Moberg officiated.

DEATHS

Eleanor Oas passed away on May 4 at the age of 80. She is survived by her daughter Christy (Tom) Franz. Bruce Lennick passed away on May 13 at the age of 61. He is survived by mother Julie Lennick. David Grant Adams passed away on May 18. He is survived by son Grant (Meg) and grandchildren Cullen and Logan. Robert “Bob” McChesney passed away on June 9 at the age of 87. He is survived by wife Carol, daughters Sue (Rick) Anderson and Mary (Kenton) Bergen. James “Jim” Peterson passed away on June 19 at the age of 84. He is survived by daughter Deb (Jon) Carlson and grandchildren Anders, Peter, and Jonas Carlson. Sally Schultz passed away on June 21 at the age of age 87. Carol Loftis passed away on July 10 at the age of 68. She is survived by son Josh (Melissa) and grandson Elliot. Ruth Bloom passed away on July 16 at the age of 94. She was a charter member of CPC.

RECENTLY HOSPITALIZED Nikki Abramson Jerri Densmore Shelly Haiker Patsy Miller

Beth Montgomery John Mulliken Kathy Potter Judy Sappington

Barbie Small Nila Varner

STAFF UPDATES

Brian Lenz joined the Worship team as Associate Director of Technical Arts in July. Josh Meyers joined the Student Ministries team as Associate Director of Middle School in July. Danielle Wegner joined the Kids’ Ministry team as Associate Director of Elementary (emphasis 4th and 5th grade) in July. Trevor Tinsley transitioned from a position in Student Ministries to Associate Director of Worship in July. Van Chounlamountry transitioned from Associate Director of Middle School to Associate Director of High School in July. Cory Gregory joined staff as Connections Director in August.

FINANCIAL UPDATE Missions YTD Total Missions Giving*: $ 10,892

*Given through special offering, above and beyond missions’ dollars we budget for partners. Ministry Fund Revenue/Expense Update June 2019 YTD revenue actual: $373,946 June 2019 YTD revenue budget: $338,914 July 2019 YTD revenue actual: $719,672 July 2019 YTD revenue budget: $651,017

Harry “Bud” Schoening passed away on July 17 at the age of 80 years. He is survived by his wife Jane.

YTD (7/31/2019) We are ahead on giving revenue by $ 68,656. We are under on expenses by $ 64,912.

Gloria MacDermott passed away on July 25 at the age of 93.

CPC fiscal year 2020 began June 1, 2019 and ends May 31, 2020.

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T R A N S I T I O N U P D AT E

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aiting. Let’s face it: we don’t like it. Sometimes the wait is short—we wait in grocery lines, on elevators, at stoplights. Sometimes the wait is long— we wait for that someone, that something, that someday. Waiting is that moment sandwiched between where we were and where we will be, a moment that can be wasted or a time that can be redeemed. So as CPC sits in a time of waiting as we seek our next senior pastor, I encourage us all to consider how the following practices can help us grow in God’s grace. REMEMBER HIS FAITHFULNESS CORINTHIANS 11:23-26

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DON'T WASTE THE WAIT

When we share in the Lord’s Supper, it is an act of remembrance we do while we wait for His return. Similarly, while we are in this season of waiting, there is great value in remembering all He has done. In considering the things He has accomplished through us, we are filled with awe and gratitude. We are encouraged when we recall that once we were lost, but Jesus found us; that once we were blind but Jesus healed us. In the recounting of His faithfulness to us, our faith is strengthened. COMMIT TO PRAYER ACTS 1-2 As Jesus’ followers watched Him ascend to the Father, they remembered His words: “Wait for the gift my Father promised. . . . And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Then they gathered in the upper room and “joined together constantly in prayer.” That was how they waited . . . in prayer. And consider the power-filled miraculous

revival that happened! People from all over the known world heard the Gospel in words they could understand. The Church was birthed through the power of prayer. Just imagine what will happen in our lives and in our church as we wait in God’s presence for God’s power to do God’s purpose. CONTINUE BUILDING HIS KINGDOM JEREMIAH 29:4-9 Sometimes when I am waiting, I can be tempted to think, Why bother starting anything until the next season begins? Are you tempted to think that, as well? We are apparently in the company of the Hebrew exiles in Babylon, who were hoping and praying and waiting for an immediate deliverance. Here is what God needed to say to them while they were waiting: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.” Continue doing the ministry, planting the Gospel seeds, and increasing in number—while we wait. Continue living the life Jesus has redeemed for us. In the seasons we wait, God is still on the move and Jesus is always inviting us to join Him in doing even greater things. In this season of transition, we can trust that God is at work, making all things new, arranging all things for good and for His glory. In this transition, we can continue to grow in Christ’s grace.

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