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EASTER 2013

A LIFE-DEFINING ENCOUNTER A LEAP OF FAITH GRACE FILLED THE VOID A RUPTURED LIFE RENEWED FROM BURMA TO SCOTTSDALE

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Compass SCOTTSDALE BIBLE

EASTER 2013

Discover a place where you belong, a place where you can be part of something bigger, a place where you’ll be challenged to live the life you were meant to live.

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Welcome to Scottsdale Bible Church I’m so glad you are here to celebrate Easter with us! Whether this is your first visit or one of many, I hope today marks a fresh opportunity for you to grow closer to God and connect with new friends. In these pages, you’ll learn more about Scottsdale Bible and how to get connected here. You’ll also read stories about real people whose lives have been impacted through a relationship with Jesus. My hope is that you will discover new opportunities to grow and find purpose here. Whether you would like to make a difference in our community, travel across the globe to meet the needs of others, or connect with a few new friends and get to know God better—there is a place for you here. We believe in applying the Bible to every aspect of our lives and are committed to encouraging each other along the way. God designed us for relationship and life is better when it’s done in community. Next Sunday, I will begin a message series in the Bible’s book of Galatians. In it, we’ll discover why the Gospel matters and how it brings freedom and forgiveness to life and relationships. I hope you’ll join me for this series that will offer real hope and encouragement for life’s journey. If you’re new here, I’d like to personally invite you to our next Starting Point Guest Lunch on April 14. I look forward to meeting you there. Again, welcome to Scottsdale Bible! I rejoice with you today because Jesus is risen!

Your pastor and friend,

Jamie Rasmussen

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STRIVING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE As a church, we are passionate about reaching beyond ourselves to care about those around us. We strive to follow Jesus’ example by loving and serving the poor, hurting, broken and forgotten in our community. We are united in our goal to live for something larger than ourselves. At least 3000 of our people are involved in service opportunities within our church and with our 19 local ministry partners. We are committed to reaching out to people who struggle financially, relationally and spiritually. Through selfless service, sacrifice and love, people in our church are dispensing hope in our community and beyond.

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WE ARE MAKING AN IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITY BY:

IN OUR COMMUNITY

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Collecting food to feed thousands through St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Providing health and dental care to struggling families through Neighborhood Christian Clinic.

Helping more than 1000 Burmese refugees learn English and math, receive housing support, and hear about Jesus’ love for them through caring mentors.

Encouraging prisoners through AlongSide Ministries.

Volunteering thousands of hours and resources to help at-risk children through Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix.

 ollecting hundreds C of Thanksgiving turkeys for our Native American neighbors through CHIEF Ministries.

 erving the homeless S through our Matthew 25 Project and at Phoenix Rescue Mission.

 eaching out to R teens and young adults through Death2Life Revolution.

Helping single moms and their children with transitional housing and support through House of Hope/House of Refuge.

 iving hundreds of G new shoes to kids in need through Soles for Souls.

Partnering with MentorKids USA to provide role models and friends to walk alongside kids in need.

To learn more or be a part of these and other opportunities, visit scottsdalebible.com/localoutreach


AROUND THE WORLD The needs around our world are great. As followers of Christ, it is our joy to share the love God has for us with others—both in words and actions. Through partnerships with local organizations and ministries around the world, we are being used by God to impact our world and transform lives—both theirs and our own.

YOUTH AND ADULT TRIPS In 2012, 42 teams consisting of 610 people experienced the adventure of serving in 13 different countries.

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WESTERN EUROPE

MIDDLE EAST

More than 900 children receive a quality education, healthcare, clean water, and nutrition at our schools in two Tanzanian villages.

Through strategic church, education, and leadership partnerships, we are impacting this increasingly secular and atheistic culture.

We partner with Egypt’s largest evangelical church and Jordan Theological Seminary to help empower leaders and impact lives in this region.

MISSION PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD We support 53 missionaries who partner with local leaders and volunteers to impact communities—one life at a time.

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FINDING PURPOSE At the end of the day, we all want to know our lives mattered and made a difference. At Scottsdale Bible, we are on a journey to become all God intended us to be. This is a place to explore your faith and experience God in transforming ways. Through the Bible and being a part of community, you can discover God’s plan and purpose for you. No matter who you are or what season of life you’re in, Scottsdale Bible has opportunities for you to find out more about Jesus, grow, build relationships, and know God better. Our church is a place to connect families and friends to each other and God. We want to reach people in our community who need to encounter God’s love and grace and affect lives for eternity. We would love for you to connect and grow in your relationship with God by engaging in the next steps we offer here at Scottsdale Bible.

BIBLE TEACHING – Discover how

the Bible relates to our 21st century lives through relevant teaching on specific books of the Bible and timely topics.

MEN – On Tuesday nights, hundreds of

men gather in the Venue to be encouraged, strengthened, and challenged to grow in faith. Hear great teaching, meet new friends, and discuss topics relevant to your work, home and community life.

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WORSHIP – An expression of our

appreciation to God for what He has done for us, worship includes music, reflection and celebration as we gather in community.

FAMILIES & MARRIAGE – Whether

you’re preparing for a wedding, needing revitalization in your marriage, or looking for tips to parent your child or teen, you’ll find classes available throughout the week to meet your needs. Learn from experts and be encouraged by others who share your life experiences and challenges.


”He saved us and called us...not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. ” -1 Timothy 1:9a

STUDIES – Adult enrichment groups

are offered on Sundays and throughout the week on a variety of topics including finances, careers, foundations of faith, marriage, parenting, men’s and women’s studies, and more. Gain tools for real life application as you gather with others to learn and grow.

SENIOR ADULTS – Those 60 and over have

a wealth of opportunities to enjoy time together including our Encore Choir, Fitness and Balance classes, and Hearty Souls weekly fellowship and teaching. Our veterans and patriots meet regularly for special events.

SMALL GROUPS – Join with people in

WOMEN – Hundreds of women meet

COUNSELING – Licensed professionals

SUPPORT – Whether you’re facing a

similar life stages to connect and share life together. Thousands of people are already committed to small life groups that meet at various times and locations. Find one that’s right for you—one where you can explore your faith in a conversational setting and develop new friendships.

throughout the week for Bible studies, classes, gatherings for moms, retreats, social events, and much more. Join us on Tuesday mornings or evenings, April 9-30, for our four-week spring classes or on Sundays for our Single Moms class. Enjoy great teaching and connect with new friends.

and trained lay counselors are available to provide wisdom and support in your time of need at our caring, no-fee Counseling Center.

career change, a recent move or a difficult life issue such as divorce, grief, or addiction, we have support groups and courses to strengthen you through the process.

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SHEA CAMPUS

Timeless, inspirational worship often featuring our choir, orchestra, and majestic organ

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9:30am A diverse blend of dynamic contemporary and traditional music, often accompanied by our choir and orchestra

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We are one church in multiple locations. We hope you will consider Scottsdale Bible your “third place,” in addition to work and home, where you can meet with others in community and feel welcome to spend time. During our Sunday services, you’ll encounter dynamic Bible teaching with real-life application, engaging media, and a music experience that fits your style—from Bach to rock!

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At our Venue and Cactus multisite locations, you’ll experience the same service format and content, with teaching via live HD video. Each location has a campus pastor, leadership team, and unique music style. By offering multiple sites and worship service options, we are able to reach more people in more neighborhoods with the good news of God’s love.

THE VENUE: 9:30 & 11:15am Dynamic, contemporary worship in a smaller, on-campus community group and environment with simulcast teaching via HD video

Attending one of our six worship services at the Shea campus or one of the two at our Cactus Campus on Sundays is the first step in getting involved here. Beyond that, our hope is that you will get connected into a smaller community so that our large church will start to seem smaller. We desire to help you connect with others, build relationships in authentic community, and have fun participating in the life of our church.

CACTUS CAMPUS: 9:30 & 11:15am 2501 East Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Our multisite campus in North Phoenix, with simulcast teaching from our Shea campus in a smaller community church with passionate, contemporary worship

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INVESTING IN GENERATIONS

We place a high value on our children and youth, knowing they are the next generation of leaders. Our incredible programs are packed full of excitement, music, drama, relevant teaching, and fun. There is a place for everyone in the family to get connected, grow in faith, and experience God’s love.

CHILDREN

At Scottsdale Bible, kids are given incredible opportunities to know God, grow in their faith, and feel loved by Him and others. From our amazing Sunday programming, to our mid-week Bible club (AWANA), our summer Vacation Bible eXperience (VBX), camps and more, we are committed to making sure your kids have fun connecting with God, His Word, and their friends in a safe, quality environment.

NOAH’S ADVENTURE

AGES BIRTH TO 2

TREEHOUSE

AGES 3 TO KINDERGARTEN

BROADCAST GRADES 1-4

Children from birth to 4th grade connect with God and the Bible through energetic music, creative storytelling and engaging age-appropriate lessons—all in a fun-filled environment.

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STUDENTS

Our students are learning to prioritize their relationship with God, develop strong friendships and experience personal ministry. They gather to hang out with friends, make new ones, get to know God through practical Bible teaching, and relax together as they share life. As their lives are impacted by God’s grace and truth, they are making a positive impact on their schools, church and community.

IMPACT

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HIGH SCHOOL

GRADES 5-6 This electrifying group meets on Sundays at 9:30, 11:15 and 5pm for vibrant teaching, games and fun activities.

Jr. High students gather on Sundays at 9:30, 11:15 and 5pm for relevant teaching and time with friends.

COLLEGE

Students meet on Sunday and Wednesday evenings to enjoy great music, learn, and share life together.

YOUNG ADULTS

Students from all over the Valley meet for worship, teaching and fun activities at Cactus Campus on Tuesday nights. Young adults from 18 to 30 meet at our Venue on Sunday nights and experience authentic modern music, relevant discussion topics, service projects, and retreats.

YOUTH AND ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS We offer an amazing Special Ministries program where kids and adults with physical, mental and developmental challenges can learn about Jesus and experience His love for them. Classes, events, and opportunities are offered throughout the week. Trained teachers and volunteers will support you and your family in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

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GOD’S GRACE COMPELS SCOTTSDALE BIBLE It has been an exciting season in the life of Scottsdale Bible Church! After celebrating 50 years of ministry in 2012, Pastor Jamie began the new year by unveiling a bold new plan for our next 50 years of ministry. A four-fold vision, “Compelled by Grace” includes a campus remodel, additional multisite campuses, new church planting partnerships, and expanded outreach in Western Europe and the Middle East. Compelled by Grace was born out of concentrated prayer by our elder board. “Pastor Jamie showed us a documentary tracing the beginning of all revivals to concentrated, extraordinary prayer,” said Jeff Goble, chairman of the board of elders. “We realized we needed to ask God to help us have the same compassion for lost people that He does. We took a month to pray daily for revival—in our hearts first, and then for those who do not know Jesus Christ.”

At the same time, we began facing space issues on the Shea campus. Children’s Ministry, Club 56, and Special Ministries all started to run out of room. Children were turned away from classes due to lack of space. Solutions had to be found. A design was developed to make optimal use of our 18-acre Shea campus. “We prayed diligently for God’s leading, and He gave us the direction we had been seeking,” said then chairman Kory Schuknecht. After seeking counsel and praying fervently, the elders agreed this was God’s plan for our future. “We wanted our church family to understand the need to go forward with this plan,” said Pastor Jamie. “Christ’s love compels us… (2 Corinthian 5:14) to make room for more people to meet Jesus and grow in their faith. When we learned 87% of people in Scottsdale do not attend church, we knew we had to make space for more of them to come.”

THE CAMPUS REMODEL WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE AND INCLUDES:

An intimate 300-seat chapel

A two-story Children’s building

A two-story Student building

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IT IS A GOD-SIZED PLAN, WHICH CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH HIS LEADING AND RESOURCING.

ALSO INCLUDES:

Remodeling our current worship center to add 400 seats

3-4 multisite campuses over the next five years

As a church, we embarked on a spiritual journey in February and March. We read devotionals, met in small groups, and prayed together. Our purpose was to ask God what He would have each of us do in response to His vision. On March 10, the congregation responded heartily, bringing their three-year giving pledges during a time of worship and communion. It was an inspiring time as together we offered back to God what He has so graciously given to us. To learn more about this major goal and how you can be a part of it, visit scottsdalebible.com/compelled.

Doubling our space for Special Ministries

Enlarging our kitchen and adding a new cafĂŠ

10 church plants over the next 10 years, in partnership with Phoenix Seminary

Expanding our impact into Western Europe and the Middle East

View plans, stay up-to-date on progress, watch videos, make an online pledge to support this vision, and read what others are saying about why they are excited about Compelled by Grace.

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Join us this June! Scottsdale Bible’s Vacation Bible eXperience is coming this June. We offer two weeks of dynamic teaching combined with lots of fun for kids. We hope you and your family will join us to encounter Jesus and the love He has for each of us—children and adults alike! Our theme this year is Colossal Coaster World! Our campus will be transformed into an exciting adventureland where children will experience thrilling music and teaching, super-charged games, and fun crafts—all designed to communicate lifeapplication lessons that showcase the Apostle Paul’s courageous walk with God. Registration for children and volunteers is now open. We offer two programs: VBX Junior: June 3-7 (9-11:30am) age 3 to entering kindergarten in the fall VBX: June 10-14 (9am-noon) students entering 1st to 6th grade in the fall

Visit scottsdalebible.com/children to register your children and/or to sign up as a volunteer.

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As a family, we plan our vacations around VBX and would not miss this important opportunity to love children and demonstrate the love of Christ. I wish I could shout to the world the significance of VBX!

Robin’s VBS teachers showed her a love she had never known. They openly expressed their care for her and shared God’s loving promises—something she had never heard before. On the second day of VBS, Robin received a postcard from the teachers inviting her to return and letting her know she was important to them and to God. She also received a special “Jesus Loves You” pencil. To this day, Robin keeps these precious mementos in a treasure box and considers them some of her most prized possessions.

-Robin Mason

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s a young child, Robin Mason often experienced difficulty and sadness. Her father died when she was very young and she didn’t know about God or faith. Growing up, she longed for a love she couldn’t define—one she hoped would fill her emptiness. When she was ten, a Christian neighbor invited her to attend Vacation Bible School (VBS). From that moment on, Robin’s life was significantly and forever changed.

Her experiences at VBS planted a hunger in her that would grow and deepen, even during turbulent teenage years when she became involved with a partying crowd. She continued to long for the love she felt as a child during VBS. Upon receiving her driver’s license, Robin drove to a church and asked what she could do to get closer to God. Though she didn’t find answers in the class they suggested, she never let go of her desire to form an intimate relationship with Jesus—she simply didn’t know how.

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At age 20, Robin sought out a Bible study at a local church and for the first time, asked Jesus to enter her life and began a relationship with Him. Shortly after, she watched her brother’s marriage end and saw the impact it had on her threeyear-old niece, Ashley. This was a loud awakening for Robin. She didn’t want the same uncertain childhood for Ashley as she had experienced. She wanted to give her an unshakable hope that would sustain her through life, and she knew the solution was to introduce Ashley to Christ through Vacation Bible School. Robin brought Ashley to Scottsdale Bible’s Vacation Bible eXperience (VBX), but discovered high enrollment meant a new class leader was needed so more kids could attend. Without hesitation, Robin answered the call and has been teaching VBX at Scottsdale Bible ever since—for more than 20 years now! Ashley encountered God’s love at VBX too, and now, at age 23, joins Robin, her husband, Wes, and their children to teach each year. “My passion for VBX comes from the love I received as a child during those weeks,” Robin proudly states. “As a family, we plan our vacations around VBX and would not miss this important opportunity to love children and demonstrate the love of Christ. I wish I could shout to the world the significance of VBX!” Robin will forever remember the impact this program has had on her life and the lives of her family members. She has made it her life’s mission to share the love and joy of Christ with children who are in desperate need of receiving it.


(Front R ow) Grayson Hare lson, Wesley Mason, son, Ally Mason, daughter, Hale y Hare lson, Nicole Cost ello, Natalie Cost ello. (Back R ow) Wes Mas on, husband, R obin Mason, Ashley Jaso n, niece.

VBX Registration for children and volunteers is now open. We offer two programs:

VBX Junior: June 3-7 (9-11:30am) age 3 to entering kindergarten in the fall

VBX: June 10-14 (9am-noon) students entering 1st to 6th grade in the fall

Visit scottsdalebible.com/children to register your children and/or to volunteer. Your love might just lead to a life-defining moment for a child who longs to receive it!

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SUMMERARTSCAMP Where is the best place for students to develop their creativity and worship God at the same time?

AT THE 5TH ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE BIBLE SUMMER ARTS CAMP, JUNE 3-7!

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This camp offers an exciting opportunity for 4th–12th grade students to gain training in music, theater, dance and visual arts from talented Scottsdale Bible staff and volunteers. The lasting relationships formed at Summer Arts Camp have become foundational in the lives of many students at our church. Students gain valuable training, but more importantly, are inspired to worship God with their gifts and talents. A dual program will be offered again this year, with morning and afternoon classes for multiple age groups. Creative Kidz is for students entering 4th through 6th grades. They will meet each morning, 9–11:30am, with track offerings in singing, art, dance, drama and stomp band. Their camp week will culminate with a showcase for parents on Friday at noon. Student Arts Leadership Training (SALT) is for students entering 7th through 12th grades and meets in the afternoons, 1–3:30pm. SALT students choose from track options in vocals, band, art, dance, drama, technical arts, and photography. This year, we are also adding tracks in graphic design, costumes/sewing, and Garage Band. Camp week for SALT culminates with our Night of Worship on Friday, June 7, at 7pm. At this event, families will enjoy student-led worship and a display of all of the students’ talents and creations crafted and honed throughout the week.

We believe the next generation of worship leaders and creative artists will be born out of these experiences our students enjoy in their younger years. Don’t miss

SUMMER ARTS CAMP this summer! Camp fees are $35 with scholarships available upon request.

Registration is open now at scottsdalebible.com/worship.

When I attended SALT Summer Arts Camp, I had only been playing guitar for about five months and had never served at Scottsdale Bible. The band directors were really helpful and taught us the worship songs and how to play with other band instruments. By the end of the week, I was able to play my guitar in the Friday night worship service and then the next week for VBX. Now I play regularly in the Children’s Ministry Worship Band. This has helped me get closer to God by getting involved in ministry at Scottsdale Bible.

- Nathan Eubank (6th grade)

Last year at SALT Camp, I joined the technical arts track where we learned how to create and edit videos. We were able to run the video in the worship center for the service at the end of the camp. I made some great new friends and used my interest in computers to get involved at Scottsdale Bible through the Summer Arts Camp.

- Joshua Marriott (8th grade)

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CAMP

2013

JULY 12-14 — FOR KIDS ENTERING 3RD AND 4TH GRADES

Prescott Pines Campground, Prescott, AZ Get ready for an action-packed weekend, 3rd and 4th graders, as we head to Prescott for CAMP 34!

Register for CAMP 34 today!

Campers who register before June 16 will enjoy an early-bird discount. There are a limited number of camper spots, so be sure to sign up early!

We’ll travel up to camp and back in comfortable chartered buses, enjoy a two-night stay in the cool forest pines, feast on delicious meals, and experience crazy adventure and fun including swimming, a speedy zip line, archery and exciting nighttime games! Campers will also participate in awesome music, leader challenges, large group teaching, and insightful small group time with their cabin leaders and mates.

Early-bird Camp Fee (before June 16) $175 per camper

Regular Camp Fee (after June 16) $185 per camper

Experience an unforgettable week of summer camp for kids (ages 7 to 11) who live the rest of the year in group homes or foster homes. At ROYAL FAMILY KIDS’ CAMP (RFKC ), these

JUNE 17-21, 2013

Give a child the memory of a lifetime!

To volunteer at Royal Family Kids Camp, or to recommend or sponsor a camper, visit scottsdalebible.com/special and click on camps or call 480.824.7200.

kids find the warmth and love of family and create powerful, positive memories. Each child is supported by mentors and support staff, many of whom are from Scottsdale Bible. Our ratio of staff to campers is high to ensure success and safety, meaning we need many volunteers who love Jesus and kids! Training is provided and there is no cost to attend. Consider making a mark in the life of a child who has been through so much already in his or her young life—abused, abandoned, neglected.

Watching our ten-year-old foster child and other troubled kids blossom in an atmosphere of encouragement was a once-in-alifetime experience.

– Evelyn Thorne

We watch them get off the bus on Monday morning—quiet, shy and scared. But as the hours and days go by, we see them blossom like flowers, until by mid-week, they are just like your kids and mine—just kids, wanting to be loved, to have fun and feel safe and be accepted for who they are.

– Diann Mullen (15+ years serving)

Sunshine, laughter, great food, horseback rides, singing, playing games, animals, puppet shows with a message, campfires, butterflies and crawdads—what’s not to love?

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bride and groom stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon, with the sun slowly setting and long shadows cast over the guests in the white folding chairs. As the minister pronounced them husband and wife, the couple noticed an aisle runner leading to the edge of the cliff. The pastor pointed toward the crowd saying, “That direction is your past.” Then handing the couple two blindfolds, he pointed to the far side of the canyon. “That direction is your future—the other side awaits.” Marriage is a blind leap. We say “I do” and then hold tight to the other person’s hand as we step into the unknown. Derek and Kelli Wert took that leap in their marriage and continue to do so in their faith. They’ve

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made a habit of seeking God’s plan and purpose for their life, even when they weren’t sure where the next step would lead. One of their first leaps involved leaving their Arizona home for Portland, Oregon to help start a new church with less then 20 people. They jumped in, assuming multiple volunteer roles, while Kelli worked a full-time job and Derek cared for their three children. With no extended family support, they recall it as a lonely time, but a time that helped them come together as a family. Money was tight, but they embraced a simpler way of life and learned contentment. With their busy schedules, however, they found themselves communicating

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strictly on an informational level. “How are the kids?” “What does the schedule look like this week?” They focused on the pressing needs of the moment, while the “uncomfortable stuff” that causes underlying tension and conflict was easier to bury. They didn’t have the energy to discuss troubled feelings about their family responsibilities or finances. “We went to church—we loved church, we loved serving—but we weren’t living with God as the center of our marriage or family,” said Kelli. “We were going through the motions.” Gradually, they recognized what was missing. They realized they were pouring themselves out, but no one was pouring into them or they into each other. Derek sought out a group


The Werts continue their faith journey and now serve with the Cactus Campus Marriage Ministry. of guys who modeled family leadership and gave him tools to help his marriage and relationship with Jesus. Then God led them to take another leap, back to Arizona, where Derek accepted a new job. They visited a few churches, including Scottsdale Bible. “It was so very big!” they remembered thinking. “But each time we visited, we were drawn to the children’s program, the wealth of resources, and specifically, the marriage ministry.” They were encouraged to take a “Marriage Proactive” relationship assessment. From it, they learned how much they avoided communication. “Surprisingly, we scored low on communication, but high on conflict resolution,” said Kelli. “We discovered if we could talk about conflict, we were willing to do the work to resolve it.”

“I think things have gotten a lot better in our marriage” said Derek. “When we first got married, there was little to no communication and it was hard to discuss money and issues like that. It was very uncomfortable.” “We just ignored issues and didn’t bring them up,” added Kelli, “because we didn’t know how to talk about them and didn’t want to stress each other out. If we did bring up an issue, one of us would get defensive about how the other person was feeling. It was all about blame and pointing fingers. We could never get past that point to actually hear what the other person was saying.” Now Derek and Kelli are working on changing those patterns. When the couple first came to Scottsdale Bible, Derek was reluctant

to get involved in the marriage ministry. He wasn’t sure why they needed to fix something that “wasn’t broken.” But after diving in, discovering the areas they needed to address, and joining a small group of couples, they were amazed at the growth in their marriage. The deep canyons seemed smaller because Christ was changing their perspective. The Werts continue their faith journey and now serve with the Cactus Campus Marriage Ministry. As they make progress in reconnecting with each other, they continue to step out in faith, knowing God is faithful to carry them to the other side. Find out more about Marriage Ministry studies, resources and events, at scottsdalebible.com/marriage

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ate Accola’s story is a lot like many of ours. She grew up in a religious home, lived a moral life, and was taught to believe in God—but she had never met Jesus in a personal way. When life got overwhelming, her faith suffered and she began to obsess over selfimage, success in athletics, and popularity. Words of affirmation from others no longer filled her spiritual void, and Kate was left wanting more. “Little did I know I had made the most dangerous mistake of all—I had separated myself from God,” recalls Kate. Tragedy struck when her father was diagnosed with brain cancer and the friends she once counted on abandoned her. She felt completely hopeless and alone. A friend invited Kate to attend the Venue at Scottsdale Bible in summer 2012. Right away, she could tell something was refreshingly different about the church. She experienced a sense of community, unconditional acceptance, and God’s grace in a way she never had. Though she enjoyed attending worship services, Kate still had a difficult time forgiving herself of her past and she struggled with guilt and shame. Finally, God’s grace invaded Kate’s heart and she realized He extended forgiveness even when she couldn’t forgive herself. “I will forever remember my early Sunday morning jog this past July. It had rained the night before and all was still. The cool breeze was against my face and the sun glistened behind Pinnacle Peak. Listening to my favorite melody “Hosanna,” I gazed in awe at the soft pink and purple colors of the sky. It was then that I knelt to the moist desert floor and began to weep with tears of joy. I accepted Christ into my life and immediately felt a spiritual renewal in my heart.” Since giving her life to God that day, Kate has been actively involved at Scottsdale Bible. She found a mentor, a close-knit community of friends, and is growing in her walk with Christ. She even publicly declared her faith and was baptized last October.

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“I accepted Christ into my life and immediately felt a spiritual renewal in my heart.” Is your story a little like Kate’s? Maybe you know about Jesus, but have never met Him personally. Maybe you’re going through a difficult time and feel hopeless. Consider doing just what she did—submit your heart and life to Jesus, experience His grace and comfort, and find the renewal that is only available in Him.

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arry Walmsley is an avid balloon twister. He can take a balloon, fill it with air, and with a few strategic twists, hand you a work of art. Give him two balloons and he can quickly twist them into a sculpture of a bear holding a heart. In balloon twisting, sometimes balloons pop. The twister has little choice but to discard the burst balloon and start over with a new one. Three years ago, Harry’s life looked deflated, much like a hopelessly ruptured balloon.

“I made a series of choices that put my marriage and relationships with my children in crisis,” Harry said. “I wasn’t handling my life well. I was putting my job at risk as I became overwhelmed by the consequences of my choices.”

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Harry never intended to be at this point after 25 years of marriage to Joan. “As a child, I was taught it was important to go to church every Sunday,” he said. “I was taught the formality and obligation of it, and I continued attending into adulthood.” When he met Joan, they continued these same religious observances. “I converted and was baptized,” Joan said, “and we brought our kids to church every week.” Harry and Joan are parents to Kim, 26, and twin sons, Jim and Wil, 23. After the twins entered college, Harry and Joan’s marriage nearly collapsed. “When Joan learned of what I had done, she sought legal separation,” Harry said. “I didn’t want that, so I knew I needed a change.” His sister, Jannette McDonald, invited Harry to Scottsdale Bible to hear his brother-inlaw Jim sing in the choir.“When I heard Pastor Jamie preach, it was like nothing I had ever heard in church,” Harry said. “He explained the Bible. He gave opposing views. He offered biblical answers. I had never heard that in all my years of going to church, week in and week out.” Motivated by this new experience, Harry wanted more. “I went to Scottsdale Bible’s website and saw the men’s ministry. I attended the Tuesday night class and found

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a place where men were being transparent about their lives. They shared the Bible passages showing God would rather you work on your marriage than just divorce. I had never seen Scriptures that spoke to these matters,” he said. With a new perspective, Harry had fresh hope and a new resolve. “I had to find answers for myself,” he said. “My son Wil had been active in Young Life as a student. He told me to turn to the Lord and pointed me to the book of John because he said it wonderfully shows God’s love. God used this to open my eyes and show me how loving and almighty He is, and how He wants us to be.” God was also working in Joan. “I was crushed by what had happened,” she said. “I was considering a divorce, but I determined to start with a time of separation and I asked God to reveal Himself to Harry in a new way.” Joan left to take a job in Portland, but Harry called and texted daily. At one point, a Scottsdale Bible friend generously gave him an airline voucher to visit her. “While we were apart, God opened my eyes about becoming the spiritual leader of my family. I read everything I could get my hands on. I went to the men’s retreat, the Foundations classes, and then Men’s Fraternity. I joined an


accountability group and asked for and received a mentor who I’ve been meeting with once a week,” Harry said. When Joan returned to Phoenix, Harry’s mentor encouraged them to deal with their past as God healed their relationship. “Joan started attending women’s ministry and my mentor’s wife began investing in her and enlightening her about Jesus,” Harry said. “As she saw God working in me, Joan began asking me more about the Lord, and I shared what I was learning.

“I realize the choices I made in all areas of my life were an outgrowth of not having a relationship with God. I turned all of my messes over to Jesus and He is rebuilding everything,” Harry said. “God has brought me close to my kids, and now Joan and I are walking hand-in-hand like never before.” Baptized in 2012, Harry said, “I wanted to announce to the world that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and I’m giving my all for Him.”

Today, Joan is active in women’s ministry and serves on staff in Scottsdale Bible’s Special Ministries. Harry can be found in men’s ministry and other weekly growth opportunities. “Best of all,” Harry said, “we’re working on our marriage. We take part in a couples’ Bible study on Fridays, and every Saturday, I set aside time just for Joan.” Harry and Joan are humbled that God didn’t discard the deflated remnants of their past, and instead brought them new life together in Christ to build a beautiful sculpture of His love.

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T WO LIV ES IMPAC TED BY LOV E “Three years ago, I attended a class at Scottsdale Bible to help me discover my gifts and passions. The results led me to investigate the Burmese Refugee Ministry. A swift, friendly reply from Scottsdale Bible’s Local Outreach team encouraged me to continue on this unknown and slightly uncomfortable path. Since then, I’ve been introduced to a culturally different group of people whom I have learned to admire, love and respect. The Burmese Refugee Ministry strives to reflect Christ’s love and care to a group of people who have been pushed from their place of birth and deposited here in Phoenix, in need of our help. Each volunteer on this team shows extraordinary generosity and unwavering love as they care for these wonderful people. While volunteering, I’ve also learned about and become an admirer of MentorKids USA and their awe-inspiring efforts for Phoenix-area youth. They have established a Refugee Hope Promise Neighborhood that wraps its arms around kids by finding committed Christian mentors to walk alongside and encourage them. I was matched with ten-year-old Zar Ni Oo and it has proved to be a God-inspired choice. Our relationship has grown with each day we spend together. From helping with homework, to having the pleasure of watching Zar Ni climb onto a horse for the first time, and seeing her sit across from my children at our Thanksgiving table— mentoring continues to be a commitment well worth the time and effort. I’ve discovered that being a mentor is more than the things we do; it’s the time we spend together. Even enjoying quiet car rides gives us the occasion to speak from the heart and share our lives with one another. God put this mentoring relationship in my path, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.” –Martha Brown

To find out more about Scottsdale Bible’s Burmese Refugee Ministry or how you can impact a child’s life by being a mentor, contact localoutreach@scottsdalebible.com or call 480.824.7200.

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Starting Point Guest Lunch

Sunday, April 14 | 12:30pm in the Shea Campus Town Center

If you are new to our church, please attend our next Starting Point Guest Lunch so we can welcome you to our church family and help you feel at home here. You will have a chance to meet our pastors and leaders, as well as others who are new to our church. Come discover the opportunities and next steps to getting connected at Scottsdale Bible. Childcare and lunch will be provided. Sign up for our April 14th event at scottsdalebible.com/guest or call 480.824.7200.

Visit Your Bookstore This Spring! Located at the southeast corner of our Shea Campus Worship Center, Scottsdale Bible’s Walk Worthy Bookstore is your ideal source for Bibles, books, music, gifts, and more. Our Bibles are always discounted at 30% off the original price, and we have many resources to help you understand and apply what you’re reading. Come in and see what’s new!

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