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Oh Be J yful news

March 2012

pO Box 175 | 625 maroon avenue | crested Butte, cO 81224 | (970) 349-6237 |



nlike more traditional Baptist churches, OBJ has included Elders as part of it’s leadership paradigm. The Elders act as co-laborers with the Pastor as overseers in managing the spiritual affairs of the church. The position has been a part of OBJ’s organization structure ever since we first constituted as a church back in the early 80’s. Together along with the Pastor (a first among equals) that guard sound doctrine, teach, preach, serve in various capacities and are a great source of support and accountability. During my tenure as Pastor at OBJ, Al Van Dyke ministered early on as the sole Elder for many years, serving this church faithfully in many different areas. Later, Mark Ewing was set aside as an Elder and the three of us have worked wonderfully together in serving the Bride of Christ as overseers. I have been so blessed to have such faithful and gifted men to co-labor with and cannot speak highly enough of their value to me, the church and their service to Christ. Most recently we have added two more fine and capable men to the ranks of Elders here at OBJ. Tyler Hansen and Chris Gibson were set aside as Elders just a few weeks ago. Tyler has faithfully been serving as our worship pastor for many years and has done a wonderful job of leading our music team who provide quality spirit filled music that so richly contribute to our Sunday morning worship. He also has been instrumental in establishing our sound system and the training for those who work the sound booth. He has led spiritual songs and hymns in many venues at both ends of the valley and has made many weddings memorable through his God given musical gifts.

Chris Gibson came to us five years ago as a struggling alcoholic fresh out of rehab, a broken man who was touched by the grace of Jesus into sobriety and now into a ministry to those struggling from addictions. He is currently the Director of New Adam’s House, leads our Celebrate Recovery ministry and also serves in numerous capacities just as Tyler does. Both men have been meeting with myself, Al and Mark for the past two years in being considered for the role of an Elder. We are honored to have them aboard as additional servants to the beautiful Bride of Christ here at OBJ and we have given them both our full vote of confidence entrusting them with such a great responsibility. Their humble and open hearts have placed them with us to watch and learn from our Savior in this area of service. Our Church is blessed to have such a broad based plurality of leadership with these faithful four men...and I am very blessed! Keep these men in your prayers and get to know them. Pray that God will protect them from the enemy as the enemy will look to bring them down. Keep us all in your prayer serve the Bride of Christ and you together as a team. In His love and service,

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Oh Be Joyful exists to bring glory to God through the ministry of reconciliation as outlined in Colossians 1:18 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. To be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, to sustain a vital relationship with Him, to be used of God to bring all people into this same relationship, to live in love and reconciliation with one another. As a church, we strive to be about the ministry of reconciliation through six areas: Ministry of Equipping Ministry of Harvest Ministry of Healing & Recovery Ministry of Retreat Ministry of Service Ministry of Worship To find out more about the mission of OBJ and the ministry of reconciliation, please visit

March birthdays 4 Earle O’Hagan 4 Jack Duryea 9 Nancy Osmundson 14 Renee Wright 16 Tim Geisler 20 Tyler Harpel 27 Conni Mahoney 28 Chris Gibson


Sunday Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - Intercessory Prayer (in OBJ Café) 8 a.m. - Adult Bible Study 9 a.m. - Worship Service 9:30 a.m. - Children’s Sunday School (midway through service) 10:15 a.m. - Post-Service Fellowship 1 p.m. - Skiers Chapel (top of Painter Boy lift - ski season only) changes that heal study: Monday - 4-6 p.m. (OBJ Lounge) Ladies Bible Study: Thursday - 9 a.m. (OBJ Lounge - Childcare provided) care and share foodbank: First Thursday of the Month - 4-5:30 p.m. (OBJ Basement) celebrate recovery worship: Thursday - 6 p.m. (OBJ Sanctuary) men’s fellowship: Friday - 7-7:45 a.m. (OBJ Café)

Happy Birthday!

season of lent Mark your calendars. OBJ will have a Good Friday service on April 6 at the church and Resurrection Sunday is April 8.

Sunday worship recordings CDs of each Sunday’s worship service are now available. Please advise the church office the date of the service you would like. Allow two weeks for duplication.

the obj family is getting bigger! Elias Milton James Gardeen was born to David and Linsey Gardeen on February 10 in Quito, Ecuador. Levi Joshua Helland was born to Jesse and Sparrow Helland on January 5 in Denver. Elijah Gilbert Hansen was born to Tyler and Janna Hansen on February 4 in Gunnison.

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embers and visitors alike may have noticed that many of the songs we sing on Sunday mornings are hymn-like in structure and content but distinct from hymns in melody and arrangement. This is a conscious choice and one that I think it is important to understand as a church body. And I think the best way to explain it is to unravel how I choose music for our little mountain church. First and foremost, I want the music we sing to be true to what God reveals about himself through scripture. Secondly, I want the music to somehow unpack the gospel. Whether that is by singing of God’s character, diving into a greater understanding of our sin or unraveling Christ’s redemptive work, it is my hope that our singing will not only elicit a purely emotional response but an intellectual one as well. Lastly, I want the music we sing to resonate within our souls melodically and to speak to our contemporary culture musically. Did you know that when many of the old hymn texts we sing were orginally written, they were “dumbed down” by the authors to speak to the diversity of membership in their church? Simultaneously, however, they were paired with melodies that were associated with the monied class. Now I don’t know why it worked that way but I can’t help but wonder if it wasn’t an effort to meet the diversity within the church. I want our musical worship experience to work in the same way here at OBJ. We are a diverse body and I want us to sing of the great depths of the richness and majesty of Christ in a way that is culturally appropriate and intellectually consistent with the scriptures. I would encourage you to join us with a spirit of celebration on Sunday mornings!

newsletter and bulletin deadline If you have something you would like included in the newsletter, bulletin, website, or church facebook page, please email it to The deadline for the newsletter is the 10th of the month and bulletin is Wednesday morning each week.

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Celebrate recovery - VICTORY!


Notice that Principle Five doesn’t read, “Voluntarily submit to every change I want to make in my life.” No, it says, “Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life.” You’re asking God to make every change in you that he wants to make. God doesn’t just want you to admit your wrongs; He wants to make you right. He wants to give you a hope and a future. God doesn’t just want to forgive you; he wants to change you. He wants to give you VICTORY over your defects of character.

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rinciple Five calls upon each of us to “voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask him to remove my character defects.” It’s not a quick fix. It takes time, humility, prayer and a whole lot of effort. You’re at the place in your recovery where you say, “ I don’t want to live this way anymore. I want to get rid of my hurts, hang-ups and habits. But how do I do it?” The good news is that you don’t have to do it.

Come find out what’s going on at

CB Community Youth

Contact Courtney Kirby, CB Community Youth Minister (865)406-6876 • •

When you live in the present, one day at a time, life is becomes easier. Jesus promised us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, ans you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 The New Adam’s House is a transitional living center for men recovering from addictions and is located in Crested Butte, Colorado. It is dedicated to education and support of Christ Centered recovery for the entire Gunnison Valley and beyond. This facility is supported by participants fees and through generous donations. The fee structure of NAH has been developed based on what the men in need can afford, and what the local employment environment will provide. Because of this our program has needs to continue to operate. Various programs are available for your support. Funding is needed for: General Operating Expenses, Salaries, Utilities, Intake Scholarships, Capital Improvements, as well as Individual Sponsorship for men from challenging background. As of publication NAH is at full capacity with men who are working hard to help themselves.

careandshare food bank ministry

Drop by for emergency and supplemental food for yourself or someone else in need on the first Thursday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m. in the OBJ basement. Any support is always welcome. Contact Heidi Duryea at 349-7465 or OBJ at 349-6237.

sign up for fellowship hosting Please consider serving the OBJ body by hosting a Sunday morning fellowship. To sign up for Sunday fellowship hosting, please visit and enter “” in the “find a sign up” tab.

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n the Ladies Bible Study we have been finding out the not-so-well-known fact that all of the Feasts of Israel lead to Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah. These are not just Jewish occasions. “The feasts of Israel are actually the ‘Feasts of the Lord,’ “ according to Scripture and our study text. “He is the focus - meeting with Him is the point. ...Jesus [Yeshua] is the Feast! Knowing, loving, obeying, and worshiping Him is the goal of every Feast.” This study is abundantly overflowing with our immensely creative Lord’s symbolism in Scripture of the various aspects of each Feast and Christians are welcome, invited and even commanded by Him to celebrate them. We now understand more about the significance of Yeshua as our Passover Lamb and that without Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), there would be no other Feasts. We have found out the significantly deeper meaning of The Lord’s

Supper (Communion) that we celebrate in our Christian churches because of the Passover that Yeshua celebrated with His disciples the night he instituted this remembrance of Him - the night before He died for our sins. In January and February we have studied the meaning of Shabbat (the Sabbath - a weekly Feast) and the Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. In March we’ll continue with different Feasts each week including the Feasts of Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles (including Simchat Torah), Purim and Chanukah.

We are viewing DVD explanations of each Feast as well as delving into a Scripture-filled, life application study guide that is loaded with information that leads us straight to Yeshua throughout. Our notebooks of additional information are filling up and one could easily be waiting for you if you haven’t joined us already.

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The Feasts of the

We’ve shared the Shabbat Challah bread and candle ceremony, Messianic Jewish music, discussions of half shekels, mezuzahs, and yeast, maps showing what is where in Israel and more plus stories of resting in the Lord and also religious legalism which has interfered with our understanding of the true meaning of the Feasts for Christians.

Anyone can begin this study at any time. We can bring you up to date with the materials and the study guide is just waiting for your adventure into this fascinating and aweinspiring information. Your walk with the Lord will never be the same once you find out the meaning of what many Christians have thought didn’t matter to us in such a significant way.

As a finale, we’ll be sharing the Seder (Passover Meal) together on April 5 - the last Thursday of the study. Come join us and...”Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8) - and we women are being especially blessed too!

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Oh Be Joyful Church • in christ PO Box 175 (Mailing)/625 Maroon Avenue (Physical & Shipping) Crested Butte, CO 81224 • (970)349-6237 • (Jim Kunes) • (Bulletin/Newsletter)

additional ministries

church staff

Crested Butte Community Youth Ministry - Courtney Kirby, Director • (865)406-6876

Jim Kunes - Elder/Pastor Al Van Dyke - Elder/Trustee/Treasurer Mark Ewing - Elder/Trustee Chris Gibson - Elder Tyler Hansen - Elder/Worship Pastor Susie Stelkic - Minister of Sunday School Doug Duryea - Youth Minister

New Adam’s House - Chris Gibson, Director • (970)596-6633

Oh Be Joyful Church was established in 1982 and is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention


PO Box 175 Crested Butte, CO 81224



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March prayer needs OBJ Youth Ministry CB Community Youth Ministry New Adam’s House Ministry Care & Share Foodbank Ministry Reconciliation Resource Ministry The Kunes Family - as they nuture our OBJ Family Our Marriages and Families OBJ Sunday School Team OBJ Worship Team Our Nation and its leaders Our Members and Associate Members Our Visitors who vacation here Out members & friends in missions throughout the world: David and Linsey Gardeen - Ecuador Todd Kunes - South America Harol and Coni Knepper - Tanzania Scott and Natalie Hargrove - Bolivia Bill and Patty Bokelman - Israel Shaw Family - Peru Iserman Family - France Ives Family - Argentina Isaac Kamwana - Malawi

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