MERRY CHRISTMAS! CELEBRATE THE JOY OF THE SEASON WITH US!
74% FULL! Greetings my friends, I hope you are well today. As many of you know, I get excited. I love life and every day is a gift from God. I get excited about little things and big things and even some things that people just laugh at. One of the areas of our life together that I am most excited about is worship. Every week Church of the Servant offers five different worship experiences. I can hear most of you now, “I know about four services but what, and where, is the fifth?” Our fifth service is the online, live 9:30 service. Not a week goes by without someone contacting me via email or social media to let me know how thankful they are for this option on Sunday mornings. No matter whether you are traveling or under the weather, the live option is something that is growing, too! The average worship attendance continues to grow! For 2018, Church of the Servant (COS) has averaged 1,710 people in worship each week (at church and online), compared to January 2017’s average of 1,204 people worshipping each Dr. Matthew Mitchell week. The online service is also growing! Last year, January’s average online worSenior Minister ship attendance was 55.25 people. This year, the average is 112.75 households each week, and there are often times when more than one individual is participating. These households that tune in are from all over the world! Don’t forget, a few weeks ago eighteen adults joined COS and one professed his faith and was baptized! This gets me so excited! Thankfully, every service is experiencing growth. In fact, on the second Sunday of January, lack of room for everyone at the 11:00 service caused a family of seven to walk out before we could catch them and make room for them. With so much growth in the services, I want you to know how much planning is taking place to make all five worship experiences the best they can be, and that there is room for everyone. Recently, I mentioned how much I had hoped the 9:30 Celebration Service would be live-streamed into the 9:30 Modern Service within the next few weeks. I have to admit my excitement got the best of me and accomplishing this with excellence will take more time. So many staff and great volunteers are working hard to make this a reality, and we have decided to launch this reality on the Sunday after Easter – the 8th of April. Until then, I will be splitting time between the two services at 9:30. While this is not the most perfect option, I am excited about the challenge! I hope you are excited about the growth and reengagement of so many at COS. As we move into a time of visioning and hearing God’s call for our great church, I want to share an important statistic with you. Each week our current seating capacity is close to 2,168 people in the four services offered each Sunday. With an average actual attendance of 1,587 people each week at the church, COS is 74% full. To God be the Glory! Great and exciting things are happening in this great place and throughout our church family! So many great staff and volunteers make this a reality each week. So what should we do? Pray, plan, and of course, invite friends. Get here early, have breakfast in the Courtyard, and grab a seat... and remember to scoot in to make room to welcome new friends! See you Sunday! Very excited, Matthew
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Oklahoma Blood Institute and Church of the Servant First Blood Drive of the Year! Sunday, February 11 8:00 a.m.-Noon
BE STRONG.. BOLD... FEARLESS.. DONATE BLOOD IN COMMUNITY HALL. COME BY, SPEND HALF AN HOUR AND SAVE A LIFE. Please make donating at this blood drive a priority. Patients in Oklahoma hospitals are counting on your donation to survive. Register on Sundays by Community Hall or online at https://www.yourbloodinstitute.org/donor/schedules/ drive_schedule/22954.
Missions Attention Current 5th ,6th, 7th Graders and Parents/Grandparents!
Join Us This Summer on a Middle School Mission Adventure to Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas!
Information Meeting: Sunday, March 11 at Noon in South Adult room 1 (behind the Centrum) Cost of Trip: $425 per person (fundraising and financial aid will be discussed). Dates for Trip: Sunday, July 8 to Friday, July 13. We will attend church together, then leave at noon and drive to Arkansas. We will return by 5pm on Friday. This opportunity will provide a beginning short term mission trip experience for a young person and his or her parent or grandparent. Below is a link to a video about Heifer, if you would like to learn more. The program that we will be attending is called ‘Alternative Break’. Alternative Break combines the emotion of experiential education with the empowerment of service learning. Immersions into farming and poverty allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of our world and to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as a global citizen. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVhila3cJyc For more information, contact Robyn Goggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Knutson at email@example.com or Ann’s cell, 405-323-4292.
Group Mission Opportunity: Whiz Kids and The Red Bud Classic
We are very excited that Whiz Kids Oklahoma is the beneficiary of the 2018 Redbud Classic scheduled for April 7 and 8. This fun and philanthropic event has hosted thousands of participants for walking, running and cycling races in the Nichols Hills/OKC area for 36 years. As beneficiary, Whiz Kids must provide more than 100 volunteers during the event to help ensure its success. In exchange for coordinating volunteers, our program will receive a large portion of the proceeds for our tutoring and mentoring program – a BIG win for our students! What an amazing opportunity to be ambassadors for Whiz Kids and share our impactful story. Could you please help us? Maybe your Sunday School class or small group could serve together. Then encourage everyone to invite friends and family to participate as well. It will be a great event for an even greater cause! All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. Volunteers can register and find more info at: https://whizkidsok.org/redbud/ When you register, make sure you acknowledge that you are connected to Whiz Kids.
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Rise Against Hunger Changes Lives – Overcoming Hunger and Medical Challenges, Woodley Focuses On His Dreams At Haiti School.
For second grader Woodley, who suffers from a condition called dwarfism, consistent access to nutritious meals is crucial for his well-being. To support Woodley and his six siblings, his father works as a mason and his mother operates a small business from their home in Boukan Kare, Haiti. Boukan Kare is remote and mountainous, and food security is a major crisis, as it has been increasingly difficult to plant and harvest food. The area also has very limited educational opportunities and a severe lack of jobs. Woodley’s parents are fortunate to have income. Many of Woodley’s classmates walk more than two hours to attend school each day at Divine Shelter School (DSS) Boukan Kare, and without regular meals, would have little energy to focus in class and excel in their studies. At school, along with his classmates and siblings, Woodley is guaranteed Rise Against Hunger meals each day distributed by partner Cross International. Staff at the school have noticed that the meals have made a difference in the lives of children like Woodley, providing them the needed energy to perform well academically. Orvil, the Primary School Director of DSS Boukan Kare, shares, “We sincerely thank the donors who are making the daily sacrifice to allow these children to get an important meal and an education.” Zach Oles, the International Projects Manager, also explains the impact of Rise Against Hunger meals on the community, “The vitamin-enriched rice is used every school day within the DSS network. Without the food there would be no other option to feed over 4,700 primary school children.” As he continues to grow stronger and pursue his education, Woodley hopes to explore his love of writing and aspires to become a doctor. By: Jessica Hubacher
What is Rise Against Hunger?
Rise Against Hunger (RAH) is an organization which gets food and lifesaving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, RAH has provided over 374 million meals in 74 countries. RAH is based in Raleigh, N.C., and operates throughout the U.S. and through affiliates in developing countries. Visit www.riseagainsthunger.org for more information. Every day 30,000 people die of starvation. That is 1,250 people per hour, one person every 3 seconds. In 2010 Church Of The Servant partnered with Rise Against Hunger in the mission of ending global hunger! Members and friends of Servant have packaged over 1,162,792 meals since then. On Sunday, February 25, 2018, the entire church will work together over a 5-hour span of time to package 151,000 meals, which will be shipped all over the world to help feed hungry children. It truly is an exciting and lifesaving event! Whether you are 5 years old or 95, you can make a difference by packaging meals. Will this be your first time to experience a Rise Against Hunger MealPackaging-event? Please tell your family and friends and join us on February 25. You can register for one of three shifts, 7:30am, 9:15am, or 10:45am, until they fill up. Registration is open through Sunday, February 18. Page 4 I ChurchotheServant.com
DISCIPLESHIP OPPORTUNITIES COMING THIS MONTH
CHRISTIAN MINDFULNESS with Dr. Amy Oden
February 11, 11:00 a.m. // Chapel of the Cross
Talk and techniques related to ‘Mindfulness’ are the newest “in thing” for business leaders and productivity coaches in the business world. This can be a good thing, but in her recent book, Right Here, Right Now (2017), St. Paul School of Theology Theologian, Dr. Amy Oden, reveals that “The Practice of Christian Mindfulness” is on a different level than productivity technique. Oden underscores that Christian mindfulness is not an end in itself, but rather an awareness that turns us toward God. Amy encourages us to see that God is moving powerfully in the world through spiritual practice and that we as Christians should not shrink from this mindfulness movement. Rather, we should embrace it in our lineage of co-transforming the world with God. Dr. Stephen Gunter will have a conversation with Dr. Oden about her new book. Time will be given for participants to ask questions, and copies of Dr. Oden’s book will be available for purchase.
A LENTEN DUET: SOUL MENDING IN A TORN WORLD Sundays, February 18 & March 4, 11:00 a.m. Chapel of the Cross Dr. Stephen Gunter, Servant Theologian in Residence
We live in a fractured society in which a sense of well-being is difficult to come by. Our spirits are worn and our souls are torn. Pious platitudes do not get it any more – if they ever did!, and there are reasons why. We have been conditioned to speak about “having a soul,” but our Jewish and Christian traditions are built on the premise that we ARE A SOUL. It is a fallacy to assume that body, soul, mind, and spirit are separate entities essentially unrelated to one another. Medical practitioners and counselors are catching up to the foundational biblical premise: “God breathed into us the breath of life, and we became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). The Apostle Paul admonishes us to not let the world squeeze us into its mold, but to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Rom. 12:12). How are mind and soul connected? Is it a selfish escapism to desire a deep sense of peace when our society is in such turmoil? How can we mend our souls? Can our own soul mending help heal our fracturing society? Would you be interested in exploring some answers to these and similar questions?
This Lenten Duet will address these concerns:
February 18, 11:00 a.m. – “My World Seems to be Coming Apart” March 4, 11:00 a.m. – “A Faith that Can Heal and Mend”
WOMEN’S POTLUCK AND BINGO NIGHT
Join the women of Church of the Servant for an evening of fun and fellowship on March 2 when we will gather for a potluck dinner and Bingo. Bring one of your favorite dishes to share and enjoy the great food that a covered dish dinner always provides. The mission outreach for the evening will be the Anna’s House Foundation, a faith-based organization whose mission is to provide immediate, stable and loving homes for Oklahoma County’s children in state custody. We will be taking an offering for Anna’s House and suggest a $10 donation. Childcare will be available for children 10 and younger registered by February 23. SERVANT February 7, 2018 I Page 5
A Student’s Point of View:
My name is Taylor Gleichman and I am a Junior at Edmond Memorial. I’m an active member in Servant High School. My Wednesday evening small group leaders are amazing! Andi Neaves, Leslie Flurry, and Karla O’Hara are the best mentors we could ever ask for. They are always there to listen when you need to talk. Andi loves to spend time with us and keep us involved. Leslie can always make you smile and her laughter is contagious. Karla likes to plan things for us and loves to give hugs. It’s nice to know our leaders will always be by our side, especially when life is hard. All of the girls in our small group have different experiences and stories, but when we come together with our leaders, in a way, we are all the same. Wednesday nights are a great way to escape our busy lives and be with adults that care and love us. They have made small group a fun and safe place to share what we are going through. Andi, Leslie and Karla always find a way to make the lessons Christ centered, but also relatable. They are a shoulder to cry on when life gets hard, and our number one cheerleaders in any adventures we may have. They aim for us to be like a small family that we can trust and rely on. It’s strange to think at one point they were strangers to all of us, but now they have become our second moms. Andi, Leslie, and Karla have changed the youth group for the better. – Taylor Gleichman, Junior
A Leader’s Point of View:
For the last 20 years, my husband Todd and I have been involved in Children’s and Youth ministries in some capacity. We have always believed that it is important to be active members of Church of the Servant, to be involved and to give. Investing our time and efforts in the youth of our church is an easy decision for us. Children are the future of our Church and the future of our Faith. It’s a joy to help them discover Christ in their everyday lives. I am currently a high school small group leader for the Junior girls with Karla O’Hara and Leslie Flurry. Karla and I have been with these amazing girls since they were in 7th grade and we plan stay with them through high school graduation. It has been so much fun watching them grow in their faith. It’s a privilege to be in their lives, to have their trust and love. We meet on Wednesday nights and I can honestly say, I learn something from the girls each and every week. An added joy in volunteering in youth ministries is getting to serve alongside the most amazing adults. Todd and I love being in ministry with our friends, and we are so thankful that they “lean in” each and every week and show up for the kids, and for our three daughters. As a parent, it is a blessing beyond words to have loving and supportive adult leaders invest in our girls’ lives. Knowing that they have discerning, caring and dedicated leaders encouraging them in their faith journey is such a gift – one that Todd and I hope we are fulfilling in the lives of the kids we serve. – Andi Neaves, Servant High School Leader Page 6 I ChurchoftheServant.com
Servant High School is heading to Memphis, Tennessee for our Spring Break Mission Trip March 18-23. We are partnering with Praying Pelican, a nationwide organization which partners with local organizations to provide experiences that will impact the community and those who choose to serve. We are excited for our trip! This is a fantastic opportunity to serve, to grow in faith, and have fun with fellow high school students. We still have space available for 9th - 12th grade students! Registrations are due February 18. You can get more information or sign up at www. churchoftheservant.com/events.
Servant High School Programs:
Just a reminder that we meet on Sunday mornings 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the Point Student Center! This is a great way to meet others students, grow in your faith, and eat a delicious breakfast! We meet in mixed-gender groups with caring adults to study scripture and relevant topics! Our Wednesday night small group meets from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This is a great group with same grade and gender students and two caring adults! If you aren’t part of a group, you can register by emailing me at snguyen@ churchoftheservant.com.
NextGen Children’s Easter Musical Rehearsals starting soon!
Servant Kids – Kindergarten through 5th grade – are invited to participate in the Easter musical, BECAUSE HE LIVES. The narration will teach kids of God’s grace and the life-changing story of Christ’s death and resurrection. The musical is under the direction of Dr. Paul Gebb. Paul has led many children’s musical experiences both at Church of the Servant and in the community. The musical will be performed on *Palm Sunday, March 25. Here are some details: Registration: Register online at www.churchoftheservant.com/events. Registration deadline is February 18. *Performances: Palm Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. The kids will also be singing selected songs in worship services at 9:30 and 11:00 that morning. Cost: FREE Rehearsals: Sundays, February 18 and 25; March 4 and 11, Noon – 1:30 p.m. The kids will be served pizza lunch. DRESS REHEARSAL – Saturday, March 24. Questions: Contact Paul Gebb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents are needed to help serve lunch. Email Cathy Hersom at email@example.com if you can help.
4th and 5th Grade The 4th and 5th graders have the wonderful opportunity to participate in RISE AGAINST HUNGER, serving others with their friends and leaders on Sunday, February 25. RISE AGAINST HUNGER will be in lieu of Sunday Morning Total Group and/or Sunday school on February 25 for all 4th and 5th graders. Prior to February 25, on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, we will talk with your children about the project and the impact these meals have on people’s lives. We ask that parents register these 4th and 5th graders to take part that morning. You can find the registration forms in Suite 45 on Sundays and Wednesdays, or online at www.churchoftheservant. com/events, then Rise Against Hunger. Be certain to see the registration form for more information.
8th-Grade Confirmation Has Begun!
On January 22, thirty-one students, along with their family members, gathered together to kick off Confirmation. Confirmation is for eighth grade students who have never been confirmed. This great experience takes place over the course of ten weeks. Confirmation is an opportunity for students to discover what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and to explore the uniqueness of the United Methodist Church. On Confirmation Sunday, April 22, these students will profess their faith in Christ and confirm the work God has been doing in their life. Families, friends, and Church of the Servant staff had a chance to pray over these students during Confirmation Kick-Off. We ask that each of you also pray over these students as they learn what it means to truly follow Christ. We believe that becoming a follower of Jesus requires being in a community of other believers that will guide them, support them, and set an example of God’s love for them. You are their community. We urge you to get to know these students and truly be their family in Christ. SERVANT February 7, 2018 I Page 7
NextGen Kanakuk Kampout, July 9 – 13 Kanakuk KampOut! is returning to Church of the Servant, July 9 – 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. KampOut! is described as a “1week high energy, non-stop excitement, traveling Christian day camp experience!” Camp fee is $250.00 Register at www. cometokamp.com Kampout is a ministry of Kanakuk, a non-denominational Christian summer camp ministry dedicated to developing dynamic Christian leaders through life-changing experiences, Godly relationships, and spiritual training. Kanakuk created KampOut! as a way to partner with the local church to impact the community by reaching families with the Kanakuk experience – all for the sake of the Gospel. Every KampOut! Kamper will see and hear that God is a loving Father and wonderful Creator who loves them and desires for us to love others. Kids will have a blast flying down our zipline, scaling the climbing wall, bouncing in the incredible inflatables, and laughing at the crazy skits! WANT TO HELP: KampOut! registration and activities are managed by Kanukuk personnel. However the Church of the Servant congregation has the following opportunities to help support the event: Host Families for 60 staff who will be coordinating the KAMP. The following are the requirements as outlined by Kanukuk: • • • • • •
Staff will need housing Saturday evening July 7 – July 13 a.m. A place to sleep for a minimum of 3 staff (same gender) – bed/mattress/couch. Simple breakfast. The staff will leave homes by 6:30 every morning. Dinner except Tuesday and Thursday evenings of Camp week. A washer/dryer so the staff can do laundry if needed. Host Families are not required to provide transportation for the staff.
Host Families are a huge part of the KampOut! ministry. The Host Families play an important role by supporting, encouraging and extending hospitality to the staff while they serve the kids in our community. Overnight Security is required, Sunday July 8 – Thursday July 12, for Kanakuk assets in the parking lot. Camp Scholarships are available for parents of children attending KampOut! who help provide security. These scholarships are provided by Kanakuk. Staff Lunch for 60 staff Monday-Friday – great service project for a Sunday school or Bible Study group. Camp Nurse/On-site Health Care professional is required Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information or to sign-up to be part of the KampOut! experience contact Cathy Hersom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 728-4715. More information about Kanakuk and KampOut! is available at www.churchoftheservant.com/events.
Children’s Mission... REMEMBER!
We are bringing money every Sunday and Wednesday to donate to OK KIDS KORRAL, a “home away from home” for Oklahoma children with cancer and their family if they have to travel to OKC for medical services. OK Kids Korral features areas targeting the specific needs of children with cancer. It also provides spaces where children can let loose and parents can simply relax. We are hoping to encourage our children to remember to bring money each week, building a habit of giving. Each time a child brings money, they are given a pipe cleaner to add a link to our chain. Our dream is that these chains will reach around our church building when we end this mission, but we need your help! Please help our children remember to bring their offering each time they come to church! Page 8 I ChurchoftheServant.com
FEBRUARY MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT Scout Sunday – February 11 in Worship
Church of the Servant is the chartering organization, sponsoring boy scouts, girl scouts and cub scouts. As a service to the community, the church provides physical assets and meeting facilities for the troops and pack. In return, the scouts support the church through service projects and other means. Scouting is nondenominational in the operation of its program. The only religious requirement is a reverence to God according to the teachings of each Scout’s family. Scouts are expected to respect the religious beliefs of others.
Boy Scouts BSA Troop 177 was chartered in 2010 with 4 boys and now has almost 50 boys. We are a community of boys and families who meet and participate in activities of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Our goals in Scouting include fostering citizenship, developing fitness and building character in the young men who are members of the troop. These goals are accomplished through a fun and exciting outdoor program, and through programs and activities presented in our weekly Troop Meetings on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. To join BSA Troop 177, contact Bryon Brandon, email@example.com. There is NO requirement that a boy MUST be Cub Scout in order to join Boy Scouts. However, he must be at least eleven, but not yet eighteen years of age.
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Girls Scouts Girls Scout Troop 177, chartered in 2012, welcomes all grade levels including kindergarten through 12th grade. In Girl Scouts, girls gain the confidence they need to succeed, make lifelong friendships, and have fun while they learn. Over 60 girls meet on Sunday afternoons at 3pm at the church as Daisys, Brownies, and Girl Scouts. For more information on Girl Scouts, contact Charisse Dye at cadye@sbcglobal. net or see www.GStroop177ok.org. Cub Scouts In Cub Scouting, children and their families have fun and adventure in a program that builds character and instills responsibilities to God, country and family. Cub Scouting embraces the values of the Scout Law, encouraging Scouts to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. These values come to children in all parts of the Cub Scout program – all while they’re having a great time with their friends and families. Cub Scout Pack 177, chartered in 2012, is open to all 1st through 4th grade boys regardless of the school they are attending. Boys may join at any grade, whether or not they have been in Scouts before. We meet at Church of the Servant most Sundays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the lower level in the Children’s Ministry area. For more information, contact Carl Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.pack177.us.
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Servant Academy of the Arts. Who are we?
academy of the arts
The Servant Academy of the Arts is a band of instructors coming together to provide music education for all, in a safe, encouraging, Christian environment. We believe that music lends itself to be a powerful ministry tool. We want this Academy to not only raise up talented, passionate musicians, but also to help raise up strong leaders in our community. Studying music not only makes one more proficient as a performer, but it also provides valuable life lessons and skills. It should also be noted that Servant Academy of the Arts caters not only catered to young individuals, but rather anyone of any age who is interested in learning to play an instrument or wanting to become more competent in their understanding of music. We offer lessons in a variety of instruments, such as: Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Guitar, Voice, Brass Instruments, and even Ballroom Dance. We are expanding as an Academy and will shortly be able to offer lessons for just about every instrument. If you are interested in getting connected with the Academy, please feel free to reach out. Our Coordinator, Jeremy Sheets, would love to hear from you any time. Contact Jeremy at email@example.com or 214-986-4879.
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Danielle Peterson - Violin/ Viola Instructor
Danielle is currently pursuing her Masters’s degree in Violin performance after graduating from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s in Music. At Oklahoma City University, she held the position of Concert Master and is currently a member of the graduate string quartet.
Austin Rice - Violin Instructor
Originally from Kansas City, Austin Rice began his studies on the violin at the age of 11. Austin is studying as a Master’s candidate at Oklahoma City University where he also completed his Bachelor’s degree in performance cum laude. Austin is also a member of the OCU Graduate String Quartet and is a member of Church of the Servant orchestra.
Danielle Kilhoffer - Piano Instructor
Ballroom Class for Beginners
As a graduate of Oklahoma City University, Danielle majored in music composition with piano as her main instrument, and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. Danielle has taught piano and composition since 2007.
February 6, 2018 - May 29, 2018 Time: 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Location: Youth area
Evelyn Talbot - Brass Instructor
$80 a month for couples ($20 per class)
Evelyn Talbot is local from Deer Creek, Edmond, Oklahoma. Evelyn obtained her Bachelor’s from University of Oklahoma under the teachings of Dr. Sievers. She also obtained her Master’s from Morehead State University where she studied with Greg Wing.
Jenni Rose - Voice Instructor
Jenni Rose has been singing since she was six years old and recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Oklahoma City University. Jenni is passionate about the education of singing. She has taught students in both the Oklahoma and Houston areas.
Don Cole - Beginning Guitar Class Instructor
Don started playing guitar at age 12 and developed his style from many years of being self-taught. Don is a well-seasoned performer with credits that include: Founding member of the “Gospel Guitar Guys” (G3) Band, the Wind River Trio folk group, and the Cotton Patch Bluegrass band which performed the Cotton Patch Gospel Musical.
Jeremy Sheets - Academy Coordinator / Cello Instructor
Jeremy is an alum of Oklahoma City University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s in cello performance. Since graduation, Jeremy has established himself as a regular performer/ teacher throughout the Oklahoma City Area. Also, as of recently, Jeremy holds the position as cello instructor at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Page 10 I ChurchoftheServant.com
$40 a month for singles ($10 per class)
You will learn:
5 Basic Elements & 3 Dances: Rumba - East Coast Swing - Waltz If you have always wanted to learn to dance, now is your chance! We will start from the very beginning and answer your questions along the way. This group class is a slow-paced learning environment for any age. Did not attend first day of class? No worries. We will be happy to review the first week’s lesson with you. Ballroom classes are offered through Servant Academy of the Arts. Contact: Crystal Johnson, Instructor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call/Text: 917-828-6466
OUR LIFE TOGETHER
Our newsletter is now a monthly publication. Because of our ever-growing congregation, one page in the newsletter is no longer enough space to list all of the information from our congregation. For a complete list of Prayer Concerns, Sympathies, Memorials, and Celebrations, please go to our Church Life webpage at www.churchoftheservant.com/churchlife. This list is updated weekly. You can also pick up a printed, prayer concern list at the Welcome Center.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE! Earthglow Gift Shop is a remarkable, mission-oriented retail outlet located on the Main Concourse of Church of the Servant. Remarkable because it is totally operated by volunteers: •
A group of retail-minded ladies – Janice, Beth, Margy, Sharon and Amber – travel (at their own expense, by the way) to market in Dallas twice a year to select the beautiful boutique items that are on display in the shop. There are brand new treasures available for Valentine’s Day and spring as a result of one such recent trip. A Board of Directors – Lisa, Amber, Beth, Donna, Elaine, Jan, Janice, Jimi, Jo, Judy, Kipp, Margy, Sharon, and Vicki - meets monthly to oversee the operations of the shop and the distribution of profits, as well as to plan and administer the annual Earthglow Market, which brings in vendors from throughout the state.
Financial matters are efficiently overseen by Jo, Donna and Steve.
Coordination and weekly (sometimes daily) communications with our volunteers are capably handled by Jan.
And that list of talented faithful volunteer shopkeepers is simply amazing –
Donna, Sherry, Susan, Pat, Jane, Judy, Lillian, Sheryl, Sharon, Lisa, Janice, Elaine, Susan, Vicki, Jan, Jimi, Jo, Karen, Sharon, Jean, Ruth Ann, Georgia, Kelli, Sharon, Denise, Flora, Donnell, Margy, Sue, Susan, Marcia, Kipp, JoAnn, Mary Jo, Beth, Nancy, Rubena, Julie, Susan, Amber.
Mission-oriented because ALL profits are accumulated throughout the year and are then distributed to local missions such as Skyline Urban Ministries, Neighborhood Services Organization, Exodus House, Circle of Care, and Redemption Church.
Over Earthglow’s 41 years of existence, $779,224 have been distributed to these and other local programs that help those less fortunate.
The Board will be meeting later this month to allocate another $38,000 from 2017 profits. Tune in over the next few months to learn about how these organizations benefit from funds made possible by Earthglow.
When a family is faced with an illness or crisis, it is important to remember to inform Care Ministries of that special situation. As a church family, all of us can help. If you know of a member who would benefit from our specialized care or our prayers through Care Ministries, call Care Ministries at 728-4738 or 721-4141.
In the Kitchen
Feb 11 – Baked BBQ Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Baked Beans, Garlic Toast, Salad, and Dessert. Kids menu available. Feb 18 – Spaghetti Red (Chili with Pinto Beans) with Marinara Sauce, Garlic Toast, Caesar/Garden Salad, and Dessert. Kids menu available. Feb 25 – CLOSED–Rise Against Hunger The Kitchen is located just inside Community Hall. Join us on Sundays for hot breakfast or lunch!
Obviously, you can see from this huge list of people, it does take a village! But the very most important part of that village is YOU! Without our faithful shoppers, there would be no Earthglow. Come into the shop regularly and make it your place of choice for cards and gift items. Contact Lisa Fansher, LMTFANS@cox.net, or Jan Green, email@example.com, if you would like to begin serving as one of the above-mentioned volunteers. And shop, shop, shop! In other words, step out and become one of the Village People! SERVANT February 7, 2018 I Page 11
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Ash Wednesday Services February 14 // 7am • 12pm • 7pm
Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. Typically, the ashes used in our services are the ashes created from the palm branches waved by our children during services on Palm Sunday the previous year. As the minister applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).
Church of the Servant Newsletter - February 7, 2018