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How our lives reflect God’s greater purpose Stories from our community of transformation, joy, and hope. Pages 2-11

Inspiring all generations to follow Jesus, love others, and live missionally.


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We are a church that values personal stories. God encapsulated His story in the words of the Bible. Jesus Christ taught His Father’s message through stories. And then we have our own stories — of challenges, brokenness, heartache — that we have seen God transform for His greater purpose. We pray that, as you read the stories in this issue, you will invite God more deeply into your own story in the new year.

“Our stories give richness and meaning to our lives, individually and together. God’s been in the middle of our family’s story, even when we didn’t always see how.”

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emember Dad yelling when we laughed as the Christmas tree fell on him? Remember Mom flipping the Chinese Checkers board at the lake when she was losing? Remember Katy and Maggie driving to the wrong state for tennis camp? Remember . . . ? Our stories give richness and

meaning to our lives, individually and together. God’s been in the middle of our family’s story, even when we didn’t always see how. Maybe He was especially present then. (I mean, who ever says, “Where is God when good things happen?”) I hope you’ll enjoy these stories from our community, and I pray they’ll help you tell your own story!

Special thanks to former CPC staff member Dana Widman for photography in this issue // www.danawidmanphotography.com

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ur kids used to argue about whether they had to go to church, but since we came to CPC 18 months ago, now they argue about whether we go on Sunday mornings or nights. Gino plays drums in the 11:00AM services a couple times a month, and the boys love to watch their dad play. But The Table on Sunday nights is where we usually go together, and it has become a vital community for us. We love the creativity and smaller size, and the boys are joyous about the kids’ program. They can replay in detail what they

learned and did. The Table is an easy place to invite friends, too. We often schedule play dates for the boys that involve The Table and then we share a meal at D’Amico afterward. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. God’s perfect timing is so clear in how He brought us to CPC before this “There is glory to God in this journey. My hope is secure because I trust in a mighty God.”

journey began. Shortly before my diagnosis, the sermon was on Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the

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peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” When I got the diagnosis, that verse was laced in my mind. I’ve clung to those words to remember that there is thanksgiving in this somewhere; there is glory to God in this journey. My hope is secure because I trust in a mighty God. We’re committed to being a family that serves, and CPC always points us to ways to do that together. We’re each at different places in our faith walk, but God is meeting us where we’re at while drawing us closer as a unit. Sundays are a sacred time for our family; coming to CPC is not negotiable. We all want to be here and be here together.

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Blanche Raup God’s Peace and Promises

T “There is no explaining the peace I feel except that it comes through knowing Jesus and His promises.”

hirty-one years ago, my husband and I lost a son when he was six months old. The day before the funeral, my mother-inlaw told me I needed to buy food and entertain guests after the service. I was grieving a child and had two other children to care for, so the thought of hosting people was overwhelming. That’s part of the reason I now coordinate the Memorial Receptions at CPC, to spare others from having to clean their house or get groceries on a difficult day. CPC offers up the Fireside Room and we serve bars, punch, coffee, and sometimes lunch. We provide a way for those who are grieving to be with others. The women of the church all bake. What we do is pass out love. When my infant son died, my husband and I were extremely new Christians and I didn’t have much of a faith. My mother-in-law said to me, “There is a verse in the Bible that says to trust in the Lord.” I kind of shrugged it off at the time. Then I started Bible Study Fellowship and found that verse in Proverbs: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding but acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your paths straight.” That verse became precious to me — especially when we lost a second son, Kevin, in a moped accident when he was 13 years old. After Kevin’s death, I would walk around and around and say, “Lord, I need a straight path today! Direct my path!” Exactly one year to the day after Kevin died, I went to the grocery store. The cashier recognized me and asked where my son was. I almost burst into tears when I told her, “My son died in a moped accident.” The bagger heard this and turned white. She asked, “Where

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did the accident happen?” I told her the street and she grabbed my hand. “Your son died by our house,” she said. “My dad went and got a blanket for him and read the Bible to him.” What mother wouldn’t want to hear that the last words her son heard were from the Bible? God knew I needed to hear that on that exact day. I didn’t need to know it when Kevin first died because Christ was carrying me then. But one year later, Christ was saying, “Okay, you start walking now, Blanche.” I hugged that bagger and told her to thank her dad. We were able to donate Kevin’s organs when he died. Ten years later, God allowed us to be on the other end of that experience when my husband received a liver transplant. The only thing we knew about the donated liver is that a young woman of 19 or 20 had died. We wrote a letter to the family to thank them and to say we knew what they were going through, that our own teenage son had died and his liver went to a young woman. You talk about a miracle growing from a miracle. If you call my phone, you’ll hear my message say, “Count your blessings; God loves you.” Just recently, John Crosby did a sermon on Romans 15:13 about the God of hope who supplies us with joy and peace as we trust in Him. I had forgotten that verse. The sermon came at a good time because my husband has been out of work for over a year. He’s 61, so this is a season of trusting God for hope and peace. There is no explaining the peace I feel except that it comes through knowing Jesus and His promises. God didn’t take away our boys for no reason. I trust Him. Every time I do a Memorial Reception at CPC, I try to give back a little of the peace Jesus has given me. Whether it’s with a smile, a touch of a hand, or simply giving someone a cookie, our committee tries to be the hands of Jesus at a time when people most need it. When we do receptions for people who aren’t from CPC, we try to shine on them even more because we hope maybe they’ll hear or see Jesus through what we are doing. CPC LIFE

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’m involved in a new Student Lay Care group where students help students who are going through tough times. We connect over Facebook when we hear about someone who is sick, has lost a grandparent, or just needs Jesus. Then we put by Mike Hotz, Missions together a care package or spend time with them. I also lead a small group of 7th grade boys at CPC on Wednesday nights. I started mentoring them last year and will continue with them through 8th grade. I like learning alongside them and it keeps me closer to Jesus. In the fall, I often have to leave football practice early to make it to CPC or I have to wake up early on Sundays for leadership training. But it’s worth it because I’m around good people, I stay out of trouble, and I’m learning about God. My leaders in Student “My leaders in Student Ministries Ministries have had a positive have had a positive influence influence on me. on me. I want to do the same I want to do the for my group of kids.” same for my group of kids.

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was taught that if things need doing in church, you step up and volunteer. And I try to do that. But when I went to the Willow Creek Leadership Summit with other CPCers, I heard a speaker who talked about serving more than just at church. He said, “Bloom where you’re planted. Lead where you are.” I work for the Minnesota Twins, and so I asked myself, “I wonder what I can do here.” I began to use things I learned about leadership not only with big groups but with individual people. It’s absolutely amazing what happens when you put your hand on someone’s shoulder and say, “Can I help?” That is magic and it’s all God-given. Over the last three years, it’s amazing how my relationships within the Twins’ organization have grown. The word travels from person to person. If someone needs something or has a bad day, people say, “Call Glo . . . find Glo.” If they don’t come find me, I’ll get a quick message that says, “Come on down to Section 104. I’m waiting with a person down here.” It often starts with hello and a smile. I smile because I love people and it’s an open door to hear their stories. When I was a small child, my dad used to quote from Isaiah 30:15: “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” I think one of the reasons he said that to me was because I talked too much! But when I was at Willow, I learned that the future of our Al TeWinkel world is not going to depend singularly on the decisions of politicians and legislators: it will depend on Spirit-led people who shepherd others in quietness and confidence.

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year-and-a-half ago, my car was backed into by an SUV. I had a little whiplash and a headache, but my pain kept getting worse. I went to different doctors until I was diagnosed with generalized dystonia, which involves involuntary muscle spasms.

At first I felt uncomfortable contacting Congregational Care, because I thought it was for people who had lost loved ones or were older. But I decided to contact Kyle Jackson because I knew him back when I was a student. Kyle met with me every other week until he left CPC. I had a lot of questions about faith because my life had changed so drastically. I’m no longer able to drive or work a full-time job. Kyle and others have helped me process how God is using my challenges for His glory. Since my accident, I am so grateful for the ways that God has shown up. Even when life is challenging and hasn’t gone the way I would like, I am still choosing God. He has brought me joy, even in difficult circumstances.

and said, “I’m in.” I knew that the Lord had organized it so that I was there and not my wife. It was a little miracle. This is now my third year of mentoring three high school Student Leaders who in turn lead junior high small groups. It’s really been a blessing; these three boys are true disciples and it’s been fun to watch them grow in their faith. We meet every Wednesday before the small groups to go through the curriculum and make sure they are on the right page.

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few years ago, my wife and I received a notice about Parent Night for Elevate students (6th & 7th graders). My wife was so excited to attend but, at the last minute, she couldn’t go. She looked at me and said, “You have to go.” I said,

“You’re kidding. I never go to informational meetings where someone has to take notes.” I knew she’d want every detail from the meeting and that just wasn’t going to happen with me. But I agreed, and when I arrived, there were 30 women and me. The first thing the leader said was, “We are in a crisis: we don’t have enough male mentors” and he looked right at me. I raised my hand

The first thing the leader said was, “We are in a crisis: we don’t have enough male mentors” and he looked right at me. I raised my hand and said, “I’m in.” When I’m out in the real world, I hear people say, “What are kids up to nowadays?” I am happy to say that I know of 400 kids who are reading the Bible, learning about Jesus Christ, and living for God. CPC LIFE

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n one of my first Sundays at CPC, there was a congregational meeting where Paul Tshihamba was voted in as Missions Pastor. I sat in the balcony watching, and when the vote was announced, the Sanctuary erupted with clapping and cheering. To see a fairly white church show spontaneous joy and jubilation about an African-American pastor made a real impression on me. I was born in Nigeria and lived there until I was 18. For most of my life, I have been a foreigner living away from my homeland. Even though I’m a U.S. citizen now, whenever I visit Nigeria, my soul knows the difference. My DNA considers Nigeria home. When I left Nigeria for college, I was terribly homesick, so one Sunday I went to church thinking, “At least that’s one place I’ll feel connected.” But no one at the church said hi to me and I walked out more miserable than when I went in. I called home crying, and my father said, “If you’re in church, Tolu, there is something for you there. It may not be what you think it is, but keep going back and pay attention.” These simple words have become a life lesson for me. Now, whenever I go to church, I have the mentality that God has something for me there.

I try to be intentional about welcoming people. I know what it’s like to feel different or like the stranger. For a long time, I was a single woman at a church that was mostly families. At CPC, I am one of the few African-American women. But it’s up to me to help people be comfortable with me. The key is being intentional — like looking for people

“I try to be intentional about welcoming people. I know what it’s like to feel different or like the stranger.” who are sitting alone, or asking the newcomer, “What are you doing for Thanksgiving? What are you doing for Christmas?” I still remember those years as a foreign student, when the holidays were the hardest. I missed my family and had nowhere to go. It was a double loneliness. So much of African culture is about being good hosts. I would say Minne-

sotans are focused on being good hosts, too, but express it differently. Minnesotans tend to stick to circles of people they’re comfortable with or have known a long time. I understand that; my husband grew up in Edina and has had the same ten best friends since college. But I think of Jesus’ example of reaching out to the Samaritan woman. We should all try to broaden our circles — to be not just a host to people we’re comfortable with, but those who are different than us, too. Growing up in Nigeria, I saw how some American churches approached missions in Africa. There was often a paternalistic attitude of “I have the solution; let me fix you.” I was invited to join the CPC Missions Steering Team and I can say with confidence that CPC’s approach to missions is about partnership and mutual understanding. CPC identifies people who are finding solutions for their own country and asks, “How can we walk alongside you?” CPCers return from GO! Trips to Africa and talk about the receiving lines that formed to welcome them. I ask them to think about how we treat the strangers we meet. Obviously we’re not going to form receiving lines — that’s so not Minnesotan! But we can all start by paying attention.

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ince I was young, there was nothing I wanted more than a big, happy family. I worked in the finance industry in Boston and New York in my 20s, but when my husband and I moved to Minnesota in 2004, I really wanted to start popping out babies. An opportunity fell in my lap to manage the investment portfolio for the Dayton family, which was a great job. But we also focused on building a family. I never imagined I would face a multi-year struggle with infertility and ultimately grieve five miscarriages. By God’s grace, I had twins, Andy and Luke, in 2007. I tried to quit my job twice while I was pregnant with them, but my boss convinced me to continue part time. I figured I’d hang up my cleats once I had another baby, as I was certain I would. In January 2010, I had my fifth miscarriage, our second child with a fatal case of Turner’s Syndrome. It was the hardest loss. We knew we weren’t only saying goodbye to a daughter but to the idea of a bigger family. That same month, John Crosby delivered a sermon focused on a “spiritual

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inventory” to examine how we were following Jesus, loving others, and living missionally. I had to give myself some pretty low marks at that point. I didn’t have time to be as intentional as I wanted, and my feelings toward God were growing apathetic. A voice in my head said, “You can turn this ship around, but it’s going to require effort and sacrifice.” What I needed was time and availability. I felt God calling me to quit my job. I even wrote that down.

“Not titles, but testimonies of showing up, of being available in the lives of others.” But I didn’t want to quit my job anymore. It was the part of my life where I received the most affirmation. It also paid really well, such that I made more in three days than my husband did in five, and I had developed an unhealthy self-satisfaction about that. I realized that money and achievement had become my idols. While I was wrestling with whether to leave my job, I had to redo a D&C procedure, because my last miscarried baby

hadn’t been fully removed. It was insult upon injury. A powerful, immobilizing sadness come over me. One morning I went down to Minnehaha Creek with my iPod and the first song that came on was “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” I replayed it for two hours, weeping. I saw five birds — which I took to be a sign of my five lost children — circle overhead. I felt a surrender and acceptance wash over me. It was then that my wrestling stopped and I said, “Okay, God, Your way, not mine. This has felt like too many goodbyes, but I’ll do it, I’ll say goodbye to this job, too.” A few months after I quit my job, I went for a walk with a woman I esteem greatly, Nan Bertelson. She was telling me she had recently gone to an event where she introduced herself as “Paul’s wife,” because she didn’t have a concise title to describe what she does. God planted a thought in my head, which I repeated to Nan. “No, you’re not just Paul’s wife, you have an important ministry — the ministry of availability.” That phrase, “ministry of availability,” kept popping into my head for several months, and I felt God saying that was what he had for me now, too. Not titles, but testimonies of showing up, of being available in the lives of others.


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ll of CPC’s sermon series have been powerful, but the “Hope that Endures” series especially hit home for my wife and me. In the hustle and bustle of a young family, we unknowingly were so inwardly-focused on the stresses of our everyday life that we completely missed the forest and only saw each tree in front of us. “Hope that Endures” changed that. We’ve taken a step back to realize how truly blessed we are and how there are so many people who could use a helping hand. We are rethinking how we can better raise our kids with a servant-like mindset rather than one that is self-serving. We want to teach our 2-and 5-year-old children that we can help others in need, even from a long way away. We recently showed them a picture of Godfrey, the boy we are sponsoring from Moyo, Zambia. Now that our 2-year-old daughter is older, we would like to sponsor a girl from the region as well. CPC LIFE

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Brooke Toftoy

Q When did you start getting involved at CPC? Friends invited me to CPC when I was in 6th grade. I was totally the girl who was the big distraction, but I loved coming. In 8th grade, all the girls I had come to CPC with decided not to go on the Commitment Class Retreat. My parents said, “We paid the money. You’re going.” It was on that retreat where I really understood about Jesus for the first time. He completely changed my heart.

Q Why did you pursue a career in youth ministry?

Brooke Toftoy has served as the Associate Director of High School Ministries for seven years. Hometown: Edina, MN Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 4:4-7 Book you’re currently reading: Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr Favorite food: Sweet potatoes Hobbies: Holy Yoga, running, reading, seminary

Dan Anderson

As soon as I met Jesus in 8th grade, I felt called to ministry. A lot of people feel called to whatever age group they were when they met the Lord. When I look back at high school, I realize that I was going through a lot of stuff, but I really didn’t have an adult mentor in my life. It changes everything if students have adults who love Jesus and are walking with them and caring for them. This models Jesus in such a powerful way. When high school students and leaders have been together in House Groups for four years, they become family.

Q How do you stay balanced in the pressures of your work?

Because I was an English major and words are important to me, I connect to God through reading Scripture. My Bibles are so well worn they’re like journals, because I write people’s names in the margins or things that stand out to me. I was so devastated a while ago when my purse was stolen because my Bible was in it. They never found my purse, but someone found my Bible. It was a miracle. Because I’m an empathetic type of person, I often feel overwhelmed when I hear stories of brokenness. I started practicing Holy Yoga, and it has been powerful for me, because we focus on Scripture and breathe it into our bodies. So often we forget that the Holy Spirit is our companion and always with us, just like our breath. Holy Yoga helps me pay attention to both in an intentional way.

Q What are some of your roles in Congregational Care?

I visit people in hospitals, talk with those going through crises, help couples plan their weddings or their babies’ baptisms, write the curriculum for Sunday Communities, and work with the Nesters’ steering team. I love Congregational Care because I have the honor of acting as an Old Testament priest, sharing people’s concerns with God and sharing God’s Word with them. It’s an incredible privilege and a sacred place; it’s what I get to do. I love being with people, sharing in their journeys whether on the mountaintop or walking in the hard places of illness, death, and conflict.

Q Why did you pursue vocational ministry? Dan Anderson serves as Pastor of Congregational Care. He has worked at CPC for seven years. Hometown: Norwich, CT Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 103 Book you’re currently reading: The Secret Lives of Wives by Iris Krasnow Favorite food: Chocolate chip cookies Hobbies: Biking, cross-country skiing, gardening

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Back in college, I shared with my professor that I was considering psychology, botany, photography, youth ministry, and teaching. He said, “Dan, have you considered pastoral ministry? It includes youth ministry, teaching, and counseling. And photography and gardening can be your hobbies.” I said, “Oh, that makes sense.” After my first year of seminary, I had a summer internship at a church in Connecticut, and I felt incredibly affirmed that God had placed me in the right vocation. I went on to get my Master of Divinity and Doctorate in Marriage and Family Studies at Bethel Seminary.

Q Can you share a little about your faith story?

I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. But in that environment, I was an actor: I learned what was expected and I did it. The biblical word for that is “hypocrite.” It was not until my late teenage years that the mask was revealed and I knew that I needed to make my own decision to follow Jesus. It’s a journey, just like it says in 1 John 3:2: “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”


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At CPC, we seek to inspire all generations to follow Jesus, love others, and live missionally. Please look through the various programs for kids, students, and adults --- and join us! For fuller descriptions and more information on any of these programs, please visit www.cpconline.org.

general CPC OFFICE/BUILDING CLOSURES Due to the New Year’s and Martin Luther King, Jr. holidays, CPC will be closed January 2 and 16. WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS Dinner served in the Great Room from 4:45-6:00PM every Wednesday there is programming. Salad Bar-$4; Dinner & Salad Bar-$8; Dinner without Salad Bar-$7; Kids’ Meal-$4; Family Max-$25 January 4: Sloppy Joes, cake January 11: Spaghetti, cookies January 18: Pizza, Caesar salad January 25: Chili, Rice Krispie treats MID-MONTH CHAPEL SERVICE Wednesday, January 18 at 12:00PM A traditional service with a short message by Mike Hotz, hymns, communion, and prayers. Lunch follows. ADULTS: NEW WINTER CLASSES

WEDNESDAY EVENING FELLOWSHIP PREVIEW Wednesday, January 4 from 6:007:30PM in the Fireside Room Gather for cider, hot chocolate, cookies, and warm fellowship to get a sneak peak of our winter class offerings. Contact: Debbie Ducar at 952.920.8515 x226; debbied@cpconline.org. STARTING POINT: SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS IN A SECULAR WORLD Wednesdays, January 11-March 21 from

6:00-7:30PM at a home across from CPC This conversational small group is a safe place to explore faith, ask questions, and experience community. It’s ideal for people who are a little unsure of their biblical knowledge or want an overview of their place in God’s story. Cost: $20 suggested donation (includes a Starting Point Bible and CDs). Register: www. cpconline.org/register. Contact: Debbie Ducar at 952.920.8515 x226; debbied@cpconline.org. Note: Please pick up your materials in CPC’s office and read the first chapter before you come to the first meeting.

JANUARY TERM WITH PROFESSORS Wednesdays, January 11, 18, & 25 from 6:00-7:30PM in the Chapel Seminary professors Peter Vogt, Carla Dahl, and Jeannine Brown will teach. Peter will speak about the Old Testament and Jeanine and Carla will talk about their book, Becoming Whole and Holy. Contact: Debbie Ducar at 952.920.8515 x226; debbied@cpconline.org. No registration necessary. PARENTAL GUIDANCE NECESSARY: REAL KIDS, REAL WORLD Wednesdays, January 11-February 15 from 6:00-7:30PM in the Fireside Room This series focuses on how to raise kids with faith that sticks. Topics include the effects of social media on kids (led by Mike Bernard); relationships at home (led by Todd and Laura Mulliken); raising fiscally-savvy kids (led by Kari Norman). Contact: Debbie Ducar at 952.920.8515 x226; debbied@cpconline.org.

GOSPEL-CENTERED LIFE Wednesdays, January 11-March 14 from 6:00-7:30PM at a house near CPC Learn how the gospel of grace applies to our everyday lives. Books are available at Pathway. Register: www.cpconline. org/register. Contact: Debbie Ducar at 952.920.8515 x226; debbied@cpconline.org. DOING THE RIGHT THING Thursdays, January 12-February 16 from 6:30-8:00PM in Room 204 In this DVD series, Chuck Colson and Brit Hume lead a panel discussion on different ethical crises facing our country. We’ll watch the DVD and have a discussion facilitated by Dennis Hykes.Register: www.cpconline. org/register. Contact: Debbie Ducar at 952.920.8515 x226; debbied@cpconline.org. FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY Thursdays, January 12-March 29 from 6:30-8:30PM in the Fireside Room Practical, biblically-based resources for personal financial management by Dave Ramsey. Cost: $100/couple. Register: contact Mary Allen at 952.920.8515 x243; marya@cpconline.org. TIM KELLER’S PRODIGAL GOD Wednesdays, February 1-March 14 from 6:00-7:30PM in the Parlor Join us for a six-week study on the parable of the prodigal son using Tim Keller’s video series. Contact: Debbie Ducar at 952.920.8515 x226; debbied@cpconline.org. CPC LIFE

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adults SUNDAY COMMUNITIES Sunday Communities offer a place to belong and grow with people in a similar stage of life. A new community starts this month at 10:45AM in Room 108. From January 8 through April 1, we’ll take an in-depth look at The Apostles’ Creed. Join us as we unpack this ancient Christian document for today’s faith. 9:30AM: S.A.L.T. (30s & 40s) A.C.T.S. (50s & 60s) MIXED TAPES (20s & 30s couples) CPC Singles (40s & 50s)-2nd, 4th weeks 10:45AM: MORE (all ages) CREDO (NEW! all ages) Visit www.cpconline.org/SC. CREDO SUNDAY COMMUNITY Beginning Sunday, January 8 from 10:45-11:45AM in Room 108 If you attend the Traditional Service and want to find a place to connect and grow, grab a cup of coffee and join us in this new Sunday Community, Credo. Contact: Peter and Pamela Strommen at cpcscredo@gmail.com. CPC SINGLES (40s & 50s) Sundays, January 8 and 22 from 9:3010:45AM in the Parlor; usually meets 2nd and 4th Sundays and 3rd Thursday We are studying The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns; study guides in Pathway. This month we’ll meet socially on Thursday, January 19 from 5:007:00PM at Cowboy Jack’s in Bloomington. Please bring your gently-used coats to the Great Room for the January Coat Drive. Contact: cpcsingles@gmail.com; find “CPC Singles” on Facebook. IN THE WORD Starting Monday, January 9 from 9:3011:30AM in Room 107; meets weekly This is a discussion-oriented Bible study for men and women. We are studying Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. Register: James Madsen at 952.920. 8515 x308; jamesm@cpconline.org. CPC BOOK CLUB Thursday, January 19 at 7:00PM in the Parlor; meets 3rd Thursday monthly On January 19, we’ll discuss The Prince

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and the Pauper by Mark Twain. On February 16, we’ll discuss Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Contact: Nancy Reutiman at 952.920.1837.

WEDNESDAY MORNING STUDY Wednesdays from 11:00AM-12:00PM; meets weekly Rick Byron leads this lively discussion of Daniel. We meet every Wednesday except Edynamoes days. Contact: Debbie Ducar at 952.920.8515 x226; debbied@cpconline.org.

women WOMEN IN THE WORD Mondays, January 9-April 23 from 9:3011:45AM in the Fireside Room We are offering two sequential studies. We’ll start with James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore, which includes topics on joy, hardship, faith, wisdom, humility, and prayer. Then we’ll study Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer, which shows how interruption can be God’s invitation to do more. Cost: $35 until January 2; then, $40. Register: www.cpconline.org/register. Contact: Jane Pooler at jane.womenintheword@gmail.com. MOM’S MORNING LARGE GROUP Wednesday, January 11 & 25 from 9:3011:30AM; meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays On January 11, Bonnie Axelson will speak on “Management Training for the Home Executive.” On January 25, Dawn Fleming Ramaker will speak on “The Weigh-Out: Satisfying Your Spiritual Hunger.” Cost: $20 for the year; $25 for childcare. Contact: Tonya Beck at tonyabeck1@comcast.net. Have you missed a Mom’s Morning talk? Recordings are available in Pathway for $3. NEEDLEWORK GUILD Saturday, January 14 from 10:00AM2:00PM in the Fellowship Hall; meets 2nd Saturday monthly Needlework Guild’s mission is to make warm garments and blankets for local agencies that serve the needy. We have yarn, fabric, and knowledgeable knitters to get you started. Contact: Sally Stoutenburgh at 952.927.6915.

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Thursday, January 19 from 9:15-11:30AM in the Fellowship Hall; meets monthly Craig Sanborn, youth pastor and camp leader, will speak on “Rage Against the Media: Effects on Teens.” Cost: $5/ session. Contact: Anita LaHaye at mlahaye@comcast.net. Small Groups Two Thursdays a month Moms meet biweekly to help navigate kids’ teen years. Contact: Ann Satterthwaite at annsatterthwaite@comcast.net.

WOMEN’S RETREAT: “FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS” Saturday, February 11 from 9:00AM3:00PM in the Fireside Room; registration at 8:30AM Internationally-known author and speaker Dee Brestin will challenge and delight us around the theme of “Falling in Love with Jesus.” Enjoy a catered lunch. Cost: $40, with $15 going to the work of International Justice Mission, a favorite ministry of Dee and CPC. Register: www.cpconline.org/register. Contact: Debbie Ducar at 952.920.8515 x226; debbied@cpconline.org. TUESDAY WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30PM; meets weekly in Room 107 Join Carolyn Beatty as she leads an in-depth Bible Study on Romans. This group generates lively discussion and cares for one another. Contact: Judy Romine at 952.929.4983. CIRCLES Circles combine fellowship, learning, and service in a small group setting. They consist primarily of women over 50; new members welcome any time. Martha Circle Wednesday, January 18 at 10:00AM in the Parlor; meets 3rd Wednesday monthly Laura LaVoi, CPC Facilities staff, will speak about her adventures behind the scenes at CPC. Contact: Pat Haberkorn at 952.941.4188. Lydia Circle Saturday, January 21 at 9:30AM in the Parlor; meets 3rd Saturday monthly Ashley Barlow from The Table will


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speak. Please bring a treat to share. Contact: Ellen Hastings at 952.896.0066. Esther Circle Saturday, January 21 starting at 10:00AM; meets 3rd Saturday monthly Join us at the home of Annette Horton (6901 West 84th Street, #116, Bloomington 55438) for fellowship and Bible study. Contact: Annette Horton at 952.920.3617. Ruth Circle Meets every Wednesday at 9:30AM On the first and third Wednesday of the month, 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, including cooking and serving lunch for Edynamoes and office projects. Contact: Barb Bucha at 952.470.4414.

50+ EDYNAMOES Wednesday, January 25 at 11:30AM in the Fellowship Hall Ventriloquist extraordinaire! Pastor Kevin Doely will entertain us with his figures and puppets, blending comedy, storytelling, music, and audience participation. Cost: $5. Register: Judy Romine at 952.929.4983 by January 23. Please bring Jerry’s cash receipts, Campbell’s Soup labels, and can tabs. NESTERS: BUNCO AND PIE Saturday, January 28 at 6:30PM in the Fireside Room CPC’s active retirement-age community invites you to enjoy Bunco and Pie. Bunco is a lively and easy-to-learn table game. No cost, but register in the Great Room on Sundays or contact Mary Allen at 952.920.8515 x298; marya@ cpconline.org.

care ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP & EDUCATIONAL SERIES Thursday, January 12 in the Fireside Room; meets 2nd Thursday monthly Support Group: 5:30-7:00PM Series: 7:00-8:30PM

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A series for care partners and those with an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis. January’s talk is a panel discussion with care partners on “Caring for Yourself, While Caring for One Another.” Prior to each talk, a support group meets for spouses and adult children caring for loved ones. Register: Mary Allen at 952.920.8515 x243; marya@cpconline.org.

GRACE & HOPE FOR OUR CHILDREN Tuesday, January 17 from 7:00-8:30PM in the Parlor; meets 3rd Tuesday monthly A support group for parents of kids with emotional/mental health issues. We seek to be a caring community as we share our journeys. Contact: Doug Brown at 612.839.9992; dbrown@ dcbrowninc.com. DIVORCE SUPPORT CARE GROUP Tuesdays through January 24 from 6:308:00PM in Room 201 Divorce Support is a Care Group for people experiencing the pain of separation and divorce. We are a place to find help, discover hope, and experience healing in your jorney. Contact: Debbie Manning at 952.920.8515 x275; debbiem@cpconline.org. PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY Tuesday, January 24 from 7:00-8:30PM in the Parlor; meets 4th Tuesday monthly Join a new care ministry to knit or crochet prayer shawls. The shawls are made with the hope of being vessels for God’s presence and comfort. You do not need knitting experience, nor is this group age/gender specific. Materials provided. Contact: Pat Johnson at 952.947.0734.

missions GO! TRIP EXPO Saturday & Sunday, January 14/15 in the Great Room surrounding CPC services See, love, and serve God’s people on a GO! Trip in 2012. Opportunities include nine different destinations in the US and around the world. There are intergenerational, family, and adultonly trips, including specialized trips for those with medical, legal, educational, IT, lay-care, or construction-related interests/skills. Previous trip participants

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will be there to answer questions. Contact: Leslie Boie at 952.920.8515 x274; leslieb@cpconline.org.

MENTORING INFO LUNCH Sunday, January 22 at 12:15PM in the Multi-Purpose Room Statistics say that students who are mentored are less likely to skip classes, use drugs, and drink alcohol at a young age. They also perform better in school and are more socially aware. Join us for lunch and to learn more about mentoring. CPCers are currently mentoring at Jabbok and Episcopal Community Services, and we are building a team to serve at Cornelia School in Edina. Contact: Kathy Nielsen at 952.920.8515 x311; kathyn@cpconline.org.

kids 2012 SUMMER CAMP DATES Registration opens March 15 at 9:00AM VBS - June 12-14 (3-year-olds by June 1, 2011 through those entering kindergarten) Summer Surge - June 14-15 overnight (those entering 4th & 5th grades) Family Frenzy - June 20, July 18, & August 15 (3-year-olds by June 1, 2011 through those entering 5th grade) Summer Blast - June 25-28 (3-year-olds by June 1, 2011 through those entering 5th grade) The (Big Huge Ginormous Outrageous Super Fun) Camp - July 9-12 (those entering 1st–3rd grades) Camp-Out - end of July (those entering 4th & 5th grades)

students MIDDLE SCHOOL ELEVATE AND COMMITMENT CLASS Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18, & 25 from 6:00-7:30PM A night of fun, large group learning, and small group discussion for 6th-8th graders. If your student has not yet registered, please do so at www.cpconline. org/register. Contact for 6th-7th grade Elevate: Mandy Jester at 952.920.8515 x232; mandyj@cpconline.org. Contact CPC LIFE

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for 8th grade Commitment Class: Lee Hanssen at 952.920.8515 x267; leeh@ cpconline.org.

RUCKUS: SUPER SNOW TUBING Friday, January 20 from 5:30-8:00PM at Buck Hill; meet at CPC at 5:30 Ruckus events are our fun-filled Friday night outings. This month, we are heading to Buck Hill for a night of tubing. There are only 40 spots, so sign up fast! Cost: $12. Contact: Mandy Jester at 952.920.8515 x232; mandyj@cpconline.org. COMMITMENT CLASS WORSHIP EXPERIENCE Sunday, January 29; times vary The Worship Experience is a meaningful and mandatory part of Commitment Class. Students and a parent will meet at Cornelia Elementary School to get directions and head to a church that worships differently than CPC. You will receive detailed letters in the mail. Contact: Lee Hanssen at 952.920.8515 x267; leeh@cpconline.org.

HIGH SCHOOL HOUSE GROUPS Wednesdays, January 4, 11, & 18 from 8:00-9:30PM If your child wants to join a core group, contact Brooke Toftoy at 952.920.8515 x286; brooket@cpconline.org. SEXY? AN OVERNIGHT FOR 9TH GRADERS Friday, January 20 from 7:00PM to Saturday, January 21 at 12:00PM at CPC Our guest speaker will be talking about gender, relationship issues, and the connection between spirituality and sexuality. Guys and girls will gather separately for small group experiences and meet up for large group. Cost: $25. Register: www.cpconline.org/register. Contact: Nick Dooley at 952.920.8515 x260; nickd@cpconline.org. HSM CORE GROUP BONDING NIGHT Wednesday, January 25 from 8:009:30PM Final papers, projects, and exams are over for the semester and it’s time to relax! Core groups will take a break

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from regular programming and go out for coffee or dinner together. Details to be decided by each core group. Contact: Brooke Toftoy at 952.920.8515 x286; brooket@cpconline.org.

HSM CURRICULUM ONLINE HSM staff writes curriculum for each house group. Visit www.cpconline.org/ hsm to see what your student is learning. Contact: Brooke Toftoy at 952.920. 8515 x286; brooket@cpconline.org.

the table SMALL GROUP SIGN-UPS Sundays, January 1 & 8 If you are new to The Table or want to get connected, join a small group. It’s the best way to grow deeper in community and a good way to live missionally. Sign up on Sundays. All ages welcome. Groups include: women, men, couples, and those with families. Contact: Ashley Barlow at 952.920.8515 x223; ashleyb@cpconline.org. OASIS: COLLEGE RETREAT Tuesday, January 3-Thursday, January 5 at Grand View Lodge For the second year, CPC and St. Pat’s in Edina are offering a place for collegeaged students to reconnect with one another and be refreshed by God during their winter break. Cost: $75. Register: www.cpconline.org/register. Contact: Cory Gregory at 952.920.8515 x276; coryg@cpconline.org. BONFIRE & S’MORES Sunday, January 8 post-service Join us outdoors post-Table service to hang by the fire making s’mores and drinking cider. A toasty way to bring in the New Year with our community. All ages welcome. Bring your own blankets! SMALL GROUP GATHERING Sunday, January 15 at 4:45PM in the Fireside Room; usually 1st Sunday This gathering is a once-a-month expectation for anyone in a Table small group. We’ll spend an hour before the service discussing a relevant question from Scott Boren’s Missional Small Groups and/or the current sermon series.

TABLE HANG-OUT Sunday, January 15 at 7:00PM Join other Table folks post-service at Tavern on France (6740 France Avenue South, Edina 55435) to eat, drink, and enjoy community.

upcoming events FAMILY FEST MINISTRIES: WINTER FAMILY CAMP January 13-16 & February 17-20 Join Family Fest, CPC’s friend in ministry, at Winter Weekend, a multi-generational getaway at Grand View Lodge. Enjoy speakers, winter sports, bonfires, plus great accommodations and food. Register: www.familyfestministries.org. Contact: Pete Larson at 952.881.0939; info@familyfestministries.org. FAM JAM FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND THEIR FAMILIES Saturday, February 11 from 9:0010:45AM in the Multi-Purpose Room WOMEN’S RETREAT Saturday, February 11 from 9:00AM -3:00PM See description under Women’s section. ARIZONA SNOWBIRD GATHERING
 Wednesday, February 22 The annual gathering will be held at the Winfield Community Clubhouse in Scottsdale. Invitations will be sent to CPCers with Arizona addresses on file. Cost: $18/person (send check payable to Joan Nickells at 8688 East San Rafael Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85258). Contact: Stan and Joan Nickells at 612.708.9476; stanleybn@aol.com. EDINA CHURCH CHOIR FESTIVAL Saturday, February 25 at 2:00PM at CPC Join us for a special Festival Service, featuring the choirs from seven Edina churches, under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong (director of the St. Olaf College Choir). Open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.


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Family SYMPATHY TO: Hallie and Steve Richards on the passing of Hallie’s father, Neil Nickerson, on November 9. A memorial service was held November 26 at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake. Anne and Paul Kapsner on the passing of Anne’s father, William Davies, on November 15. A memorial service was held November 21 at First Presbyterian Church of White Bear Lake. Don and Judy Smith on the passing of Don’s mother, Evelyn Smith, on November 20. A memorial service was held November 29 in the Chapel. The Rev. Rich Phenow officiated. Joe and Carol Burke on the passing of Joe’s father, Gordon Burke. A memorial service was held November 23 at the Church of Christ the King in Minneapolis. Marlene Ziemer on the passing of her husband, Richard Ziemer, on November 21. A memorial service was held November 28 in the Sanctuary. The Rev. Rich Phenow officiated. Fred Bassinger on the passing of his wife, Bonnie Bassinger, on December 15. A memorial service was held December 19 in the Sanctuary. The Rev. Rich Phenow officiated.

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STAFF TRANSITIONS: John Mitchell joins CPC as Executive Pastor.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: Charlotte Grimm, MPLS Children’s Helen Zabel, Fairview Southdale Glenn Brandenburg, Fairview Southdale Matt Nelson, Methodist Jack Nichols, Methodist Alfred Peterson, Fairview Southdale Dave Scherf, Fairview Southdale

FINANCIAL UPDATE June 1 – November 30, 2011 Ministry Offering Budget: $1,980,905.59 Actual Offering: $2,034,803.47 Variance: $53,897.88 November Mission Partner of the Month (Thanksgiving Harvest + Barnabas Fund): $31,163 YTD Mission of the Month Total: $58,423.35 Expenses are on budget year-to-date. To make your 2012 Commitment to CPC, visit www.cpconline.org/give or contact David Peterson, Finance Manager, at 952.920.8515 x206; davidp@ cpconline.org.


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New Sermon Series A new year brings new series to share together in worship. Our three-week “Vision Series” focuses on the core commitments of our church: to follow Jesus, love others, and live missionally. Starting January 28/29, we begin “The Christian Atheist,” a series to examine ways we say we believe in God but still want to do life on our own terms.

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in January A new Sunday Community named “Credo” starts January 8 at 10:45AM. All six Communities (four at 9:30; two at 10:45AM) offer adults a place to learn and connect on Sunday mornings; they will study “The Apostle’s Creed” through April 1. Learn more on page 14 or at www.cpconline.org/SC.

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Message Gear Get a sneak peak into each weekend’s sermon through “Message Gear,” CPC’s weekly message tool for personal or

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January Classes A wide variety of classes for adults begin this month on topics including theology, finances, grace, and Christian ethics. The popular class “Parental Guidance Necessary” also returns for sessions on social media, raising fiscallyresponsible kids, and relationships. For full descriptions, see page 13 or visit www.cpconline.org/classes. Come to a preview night on January 4.

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GO! Expo Where might you go in 2012? Zambia? The Middle East? Jackson, Mississippi? Le Batre, Alabama? Come to the GO!

Expo after services on January 14/15 to learn about the nine opportunties to see, love, and serve God’s people on a CPC GO! Trip this year.

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Celebrating Lay Care Lay Care Weekend is January 21/22 as part of our Vision Series on “love others.” Rich Phenow will speak and 18 new Lay Care Ministers will be installed, joining more than 350 others who are specially trained to care for those in need in our congregation.

large group study. Subscribe at messagegear@cpconline.org to receive a weekly email on Fridays.

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Your Commitment in 2012 If you haven’t yet made a financial commitment to CPC for 2012, we encourange you to do so — it helps you be intentional and us plan our ministry budget. Make your commitment at www.cpconline.org/give or contact David Peterson in the church office.

>> Facebook If you’re on Facebook, find CPC there. Go to www.facebook.com/cpconline

and “like” us to keep church updates, photos, and conversations in your newsfeed.

Celebrate with us how CPC’s generations are following Jesus, loving others, and living missionally. FOLLOW JESUS Sunday Communities begin a three-month series on the statements of The Apostle’s Creed. Seven new classes for adults begin this month on faith and the Bible.

L O VE O T H E R S Kids’ Ministries collected 62 shoeboxes and $370 for children in need through Operation Christmas Child. 18 Lay Care Ministers will be installed this month to care for people in our church.

L IV E M I S S I O N A L LY 334 families received Christmas gifts through Adopt A Family. 84 high schoolers and leaders went to Chicago to serve people in need the week after Christmas.

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Women’s Retreat We’re pleased to welcome Dee Brestin, an internationally-known speaker and author, to our women’s day retreat on February 11. Her topic, “Falling in Love with Jesus,” will remind us that Christianity is a relationship more than a religion, as we comprehend the depth of God’s love for us. Learn more on page 14.

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Worship Times this Month Saturdays at 5:15PM | Contemporary Worship Sundays at 9:30AM | Traditional Worship Sundays at 11:00AM | Contemporary Worship Sundays at 6:00PM | The Table (for the Next Generation) January 18 at 12:00PM | Mid-Month Chapel Service

Saturdays at 5:15PM | Contemporary Worship Sundays at 9:30AM | Traditional Worship Sundays at 11:00AM | Contemporary Worship Sundays at 6:00PM | The Table (for the Next Generation) January 18 at 12:00PM | Mid-Month Chapel Service

This Month in Worship January 1 at 11:00AM & 6:00PM (No service December 31) | One New Thing (John 7:37-38) Dan Anderson speaking; Kyle Jackson at The Table January 7/8 | Vision Series: Follow Jesus (Mark 1) John Crosby speaking; Brad Jackson at The Table January 14/15 | Vision Series: Live Missionally (Matthew 10) | John Crosby speaking; Brad Jackson at The Table

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Who are we as a church body? From where do we receive our purpose? In January, we will spend three weeks looking at Christ Presbyterian’s commitment to follow Jesus, love others, and live missionally. As we begin a new year, we hope this will be a time to refocus our efforts — and our purpose — on what it means to live as a Christian community.

January 21/22 | Vision Series: Love Others (Philippians 2:1-8) | Rich Phenow speaking; Brad Jackson at The Table January 28/29 | The Christian Atheist (James 2:9) John Crosby speaking at all services

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