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Ron Pracht Pastor Brian Mayfield Associate Pastor / Youth Pastor Tim Dodge Discipleship & Outreach Pastor Kenny Underkofler Music & Arts Pastor Angie Hettenbach Preschool Director Sheila Warner Children’s Director Kathy Dakin Financial Secretary Nathan Jones Communications Director Gordon Dorian Pastor Emeritus


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“OLIVETTER” (USPS 738-150) is published monthly by Olivet Baptist Church, 3440 W. 13th St., Wichita, Kansas 67203. Periodicals postage paid at Wichita, KS. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to OLIVETTER, 3440 W. 13th., Wichita, KS 67203.

may 2008

volume 29

issue 4

Do you have what it takes? to Survive


By Brian Mayfield

he most physically demanding, spiritually challenging week of the year is rapidly approaching…Survive. For 9 years now we’ve been going to Shepherd of the Ozarks, hidden deep in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, for a week of tribal competition and spiritual renewal. This year looks to be the best yet! It’s no secret that there are many obstacles, roadblocks, and even excuses standing in the way for many students to go and be part of this amazing week. I want to address a few of the most common ones and talk about how we can overcome them.

The first (and loudest) excuse we ever hear from anyone is MONEY! Our little green friend causes many a headache. It has always been said and will continue to be the case that NO student should ever miss any event we do here at Olivet due to financial reasons. For one, we have many people that step up and donate scholarships and financial aid. Moreover, we have several opportunities for students to fundraise (bake sale, student auction, etc…). Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

the decision and to take every opportunity for fundraising. And if you’re neither a student nor a parent, you can give & you can pray, and you can expect to see the fruit of your labor! I can say without reservation or hesitation that the week our students spend together at Survive is one of the most potentially life-changing, friendship-building, and spiritually transforming weeks of their lives. NO student should miss out on what God is going to do May 26-30. We look forward to returning from Survive and sharing with you on Sunday morning, June 1st, about what God faithfully did in and through our lives. Do you have what it takes…to Survive?

We know some students have conflicts with cheerleading, baseball, drivers ed, and other activities. All I can say in regards to any of these other opportunities is that I would challenge & encourage any student to pray about what God would have them to do. Some might say, “That’s unfair”. I don’t think so. Maybe if more of us made this decision as teens we wouldn’t struggle with our priorities now the way we do at times. Of course, this is just a small portion of the potential barriers, but you get the idea of what our students are up against. So, what can you do? I’m glad you asked! If you’re a student, you can make the decision that whatever it takes, I’m going to Survive. There is no greater place or chance for you to bond with other students and become part of the family. If you’re a parent, you can encourage your student to pray about

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Habakkuk 2:14

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”

olivetter Who is a disciple? by Pastor Ron Pracht


here are many potential answers to this question but all revolve around the idea of being a committed follower. For those of us who claim the Name of Jesus, this means that we are committed to following the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and taking on His character. This is not an easy task. It is more than simply attending meetings in a building with other “believers.” It is more than an intellectual agreement with a set of religious/philosophical ideas. It is literally a lifestyle decision that shapes and colors every action, thought and word. It is a radical decision to follow Jesus wherever He might lead us.

not forced upon us. We take it up willingly and with knowledge of its consequences. (Read Luke 9.23; John 16.33; 2 Timothy 3.12)

In the Discipleship 101 study I have been teaching on Sunday mornings I listed several biblical “marks” or identifying characteristics (desires) that a follower of Jesus should evidence in his/her life. There are many such characteristics that could make this list, but I want to suggest seven in this article. (I came across these seven marks of a disciple several years ago in a conference I attended.)

6. The desire to see others advance at his/her expense. We like to see others succeed, but not at our expense. The person who identifies with Jesus will willingly set aside their preferences in order to help others see their needs met first. This is a difficult commitment for us to make.

1. The desire to be holy rather than happy. The person who seeks this “mark” in their life is committed to eternal things rather than temporal. 2. The desire to see the honor of God advance through his/her life, even if it means he/she must suffer temporary dishonor or loss. (Read 1 Corinthians 10.31) This person cares more about God’s honor and renown than they do about their own. 3. The desire to carry his/her cross. The cross Jesus asked us to carry is the same one He carried. It is a cross of death – to our desires and wishes – so that we might live for His glory and honor. This cross is

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4. The desire to see everything from God’s viewpoint. Like you, I am often blinded by my perspective on an issue, instead of seeing it through God’s eyes – and trusting His timing.

God has called His church to make disciples. This is our defining characteristic. Are you the kind of disciple you would want to reproduce in our culture? Are the desires listed above becoming the desires of your heart more and more each day? If not, I challenge you to cry out to God and ask Him to give you a hunger to know Him better and to live in such a way that your life makes Him known.


tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 25:40

hen we minister to others, we are ministering to Christ. When you serve others with the intent of giving God the glory, you are ministering to the One who gave His life for you.

Wednesday – boxing food for clients, distributing bread/meat, counting items selected

How can you become involved in ministering to others?

Last Friday of each month – boxing

The Westside Good Neighbor Center is looking for volunteers. We need help with the following days and duties listed to the right.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - share hope in Christ with clients.

Pray about how you can serve and give us a call. Please call the center at 942-7349 or let the church office know and we’ll contact you.

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Thank you ,

Melonie Bogard, Mike Truly, Jim Hughes and Lynne Frazier

Grab life by the mane



e’re in the middle of the most insane event ever...RAVE! There’s still time to join in on the insanity. Don’t miss May 7th, Superheroes Night, when our teams will go head-to-head in the mud pit for Breakthrough & Conquer. And make sure your friends are there to hear our guest speaker, Roger Dakin. It will be an awesome night. And of course it all ends on May 14th with Muckfest, the nastiest outdoor food fight of all time.

5. The desire to die right, rather than live wrong. This person will not purchase a few extra days of life at the expense of compromise or moral failure. (Read Daniel 3.16-17)

7. The desire to make eternity judgments instead of time judgments. This person would rather be useable than famous. They would prefer to serve than be served. They take the “long” view of life rather than the immediate.

Chase the Lion



opefully you have been encouraged this last month to “Grab life by the mane!”. If you’ve been challenged or encouraged by our Chase the Lion series thus far, there is more to come. Join us for the 2nd half of this amazing series, running through May 18th. What if the life you really want, and the future God wants for you, is hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure...your greatest fear? Chase the Lion!




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eed something to keep your children busy this summer? Sign them up for Summer Reading Club! “Vote for Books” SRC will begin on June 22 and end on July 27th. Be watching for more details. If you haven’t been to the Media Center lately, what are you waiting for? We have something for everyone. See you there!

unday, May 18th, we will be recognizing all of our graduates. If you are graduating from high school or college, please turn in your photos to us no later than May 11th to have them included in the slideshow. Congratulations on this major accomplishment and milestone in your life. We look forward to celebrating it with you!

Golden Age

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e sure to mark your calendars and bring a friend.

Thursday, May 8 - Covered dish luncheon - Carol room - 12 noon Guests: Threadbare Theatre Thursday, May 8 - Game day - 10 a.m. Lunch will be on your own.

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oin us in welcoming our newest members to Olivet: Melonie Bogard Madeleine Farid Laura Ferguson Lenn, Andrea, Brenn and Andrew Shipman Aidan and Gillian Wilcox

Leader Retreat community group leaders and coaches

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t’s gonna be a boy, and we are throwing a baby shower for Stephanie Dodge on May 18th, from 2:30-4:30. We will meet in the Carol room. Stephanie is registered at Babies R Us and at Target.

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ast call is approaching to join this amazing opportunity to go to Juarez, Mexico to build houses through Casas por Cristo. Registrations need to be turned in by May 25th.


aturday, May 17th, there will be a community group leaders and coaches retreat to cap off a great year of small group ministry.

Concrete Dates and Vague details


amily Movie Night Friday, June 6th Here in the north parking lot. 100% free and includes snacks and refreshments. Begins at dark. ommunity Service Outreach Day is coming in late summer watch for details.

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