E D I T I O N N O. 20.02 |
FEBRUA RY 2020
Register TODAY! SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
CHURCH-WIDE MISSION PROJECT
MO NTHLY NEWSLE T TE R
A NOTE FROM PASTOR MATTHEW
Dr. Matthew Mitchell Senior Minister
I hope you are settling into 2020, and your year is off to a great start. Our life together at Church of the Servant is moving at a swift pace, and I feel each week the excitement building and building! Here are a few highlights I want to share with you. You may not know this, but for the first four weeks of 2020, worship attendance has increased in each service compared to the first month of 2019. The “Vision 2020: Focusing on Our Future” Campaign is almost complete; we are less than $140,000 away from our goal of $4.5 million. The Fierce Women’s Seminar was a great success for the women of our church! And many of us are excited to host the Parenting Seminar with Kara Powell on February 19 – a wonderful night of learning how to narrow the gap between you and your teenager and seek out not only the best for your child, but also become the best version of yourself. Before you know it, Ash Wednesday will be here! On Ash Wednesday, Church of the Servant will celebrate the beginning of Lent with four special services. Two services will be held in Chapel of the Cross – one at 7:00 a.m. and one at Noon. Two evening services will be held at 7:00 p.m. – one service will be a Traditional Service in the Celebration Center, and the other will be a Modern Service held in the Centrum.
During Lent, I am excited to lead a class for the working fathers of our church beginning on Thursday, February 27, at 8:30 p.m. Look for more information about this class in the coming weeks. Finally, I want to invite you to a special Sunday afternoon at Church of the Servant, where Rev. Dr. Joe Harris will lead our congregation through a presentation about General Conference 2020. With so much speculation on social media and major news networks regarding the future of the United Methodist Church, we are blessed to have Rev. Harris in our congregation. Rev. Harris led major legislative sessions at the General Conference in 2019 and is highly respected by people on all sides of the issue. Currently, Rev. Harris is the lead clergy delegate of the Oklahoma Annual Conference and the Clergy Assistant to our Bishop. No one better in all of United Methodism could lead a presentation to educate us on the possibilities of General Conference 2020. Plan to attend this special presentation on Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. in the Celebration Center. Serving Christ Together,
PARENTING SEMINAR WITH KARA POWELL
Wednesday, February 19 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. PARENTING THAT CHANGES YOUR KIDS AND CHANGES YOU. Many parents of teenagers or young adults feel like they are guessing about what to do next with mixed results. We want to stay connected with our maturing child, but we’re not sure how. And deep down, we fear our child doesn’t want or need us. But growing up doesn’t have to mean growing apart. On Wednesday, February 19, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., we are excited to invite you to a Parenting Seminar with guest speaker Dr. Kara Powell! Deep down, most parents and grandparents fear that as their kids grow up, their family will grow apart. The good news is that your relationship with your teenager or young adult can get better! By implementing six new research-based and proven strategies, you can actually grow with your young person as you together navigate the roller coaster of adolescence and young adulthood. In
our time together, you’ll learn how to narrow the gap between you and your kid, and seek out not only the best for your child but also become the best version of yourself. You’ll leave with a handful of proven and practical ideas to take home and try with your teenager or young adult! The Growing With Parenting Seminar is for anyone raising or helping raise kids (Parents, Grandparents, etc.). For parents with teenagers and young adults, it will be an excellent resource for this challenging season of life. For parents with younger kids, it will be a great opportunity to position yourself for later years. Simply put, it is for anyone wanting to learn more about how to successfully raise young people! Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,”
Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or co-author of several books, including the award-winning book Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and The Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. She and her husband, Dave, are regularly inspired by all the learning and laughter that comes from growing with their three teenage children. For more information, visit KaraPowell.com. This is going to be an incredible resource for all who are raising young people. Pass this information on to other parents and grandparents. To register and sign up for childcare, go to ServantOKC.org/Parenting. ServantOKC.org
Men’s Morning Bible Study
BUCK and a BIBLE Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 a.m. | Community Hall Led by Dr. Matthew Mitchell, Senior Minister Grab your Bible and $1.00 to cover the cost of a donut or muffin, and join a group of early-rising, God-filled, fun-loving men in a study led by our Senior Minister, Dr. Matthew Mitchell.
Women’s Morning Bible Study
Women in the Word Servant Women in the Word
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Community Hall Led by Dr. Matthew Mitchell, Senior Minister
This large-group Bible Study, led by Dr. Matthew Mitchell, is a favorite among many women as it appeals to the beginning follower as well as the seasoned believer. Each session will essentially be an independent study, so even if your schedule will prevent weekly attendance, feel free to attend as often as possible. Join us on Tuesdays at 9:15 for coffee and donuts, and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. in Community Hall. No registration required. Other Women’s Studies resume this week. Information can be found on the church website.
EARTHGLOW GIFT SHOP BE A SWEETHEART! SHOP AT EARTHGLOW! With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, “What to give my Sweetheart” must be on your mind. Earthglow has answers for every person you love. Come in and explore – real treasures you’ll find! Plush toys for the children; Valentine cards; luscious candy; Romantic scents for your sweetheart; Household items that are dandy. There are lovely new items, Unique items just for spring. So come and enjoy the browsing And find that “just perfect” thing. Share your heart this Valentines With your special loves, kids, and mothers. Every dollar you spend Brings a blessing to others.
Support our Kenya Mission Team Join us on Sunday, February 16! The Interurban on Memorial will contribute 15% of the proceeds from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, to the Kenya Mission Team. Please mention Kenya to the server! This is a win for everyone – you and your family or Sunday School class can enjoy a tasty lunch while supporting a great cause! ServantOKC.org
RISE AGAINST HUNGER CHURCH-WIDE MISSION REGISTRATION BEGINS SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
WE HAVE REACHED THE HALFWAY POINT! We have received over $24,600 for Rise Against Hunger through our Special Fish Appeal collected a few weeks ago in all of our worship services. Thank you very much for helping us reach the halfway point to our goal! The meal goal to be packaged this year is 151,000 meals. We hope to raise $49,000. We will continue to raise funds each week through February 23. Consider this:
We all love M&M’s! Let your love for M&M’s help raise money for Rise Against Hunger. Here’s how: As you leave worship this Sunday, a high school student will offer you a container of M&M’s to take home. If you take a container, we ask you to do three things:
For $75 -
1.) Enjoy the M&M’s;
It will feed 10 children 26 meals.
For $150 - It will feed 20 children 26 meals. For $225 - It will feed 30 children 26 meals. You, your family, or your group can now sign up for Rise Against Hunger. To register, go to ServantOKC.org/RAH or register on Sunday. There are 3 work shifts from which to choose: Shift 1 (7:30 – 9:15 a.m.), Shift 2 (9:15 – 10:45 a.m.), Shift 3 (10:45 – 12:30 p.m.). Be sure to invite your family, friends, and co-workers to participate in Rise Against Hunger on Sunday, February 23. Thank you for your continued commitment to our mission of saving lives and ending global hunger!
M&M’s RAISES MONEY FOR RISE AGAINST HUNGER!
Register for Rise Against Hunger at ServantOKC.org/RAH or in the Concourse on Sunday.
2.) Fill the container up with quarters, dollar bills or a check; 3.) Bring the container filled with money back to church next Sunday. A full container of quarters is $14. Our goal is to raise $7,000 through this M&M fundraiser. Enjoy the M&M’s!
BEGINNING YOGA CLASS Be good to yourself; awaken your mind, body and spirit with your Yoga practice. This class will focus on basic Yoga poses including proper body alignment, stretching, breathing, and relaxation. When Yoga becomes a routine in your life it can help with blood pressure, mental clarity, flexibility, and reduce stress. These are only a few of the benefits you may experience. This class is for all ages and abilities. 8 week class - $60 or single classes $10 DAY/TIME: Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. LOCATION: The Point Student Center Contact Jo Fendrych 405-808-3082 to enroll or if you need more information. Proceeds donated to Church of The Servant and A Place to Grow, Inc. Scholarships available.
PRIME TIME LUNCHEON
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? If so, perhaps you would benefit from our Grief Support Group at Church of the Servant. Whether you have recently experienced the death of a loved one, or if you have been on a grief journey for a long time, we hope you’ll consider joining the group. We’ll meet on Thursday evenings (6:30-8:00 p.m.) beginning on February 6 and continuing through May 7. We’ll meet in the Library of our church, which is located in the office area directly behind the big waterfall. Each session includes a video and plenty of time for discussion and sharing. Each participant will receive a complimentary workbook. Registration never closes, so you can join us anytime during the course. To register for the course, please contact Vicki Roberds at vroberds@servantokc. org or 405-728-4738.
Prime Time celebrates its 32nd birthday and welcomes back our friend and master of the classical guitar – the incomparable Edgar Cruz! Edgar will entertain us with a fantastic array of musical styles - Latin favorites, Classical treasures, jazz, maybe even some big band! Edgar has been named Oklahoma’s Top Performing Artist or Acoustic Guitarist for more than ten years by the Oklahoma Gazette. He holds a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from Oklahoma City University, and in 2010 was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award. He has recorded 17 albums, and his YouTube video of Bohemian Rhapsody reached over 15,000,000 hits worldwide. As Oklahomans, we can also appreciate how generous Edgar is to share his unique talents on many public occasions, often performing concerts as fundraisers for charitable organizations. To hear Edgar soon, all you have to do is come to Prime Time on Thursday, February 13, at 10:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Following Edgar’s performance, we’ll enjoy tummy-warming Creamy Chicken Alfredo, Italian Veggies, Garlic Bread, Salad, and Birthday Cake and Ice Cream! The program alone is $2; with the meal, it’s $10, but Prime Time fellowship is free! Sign up at the Welcome Center, online at ServantOKC.org/Prime-Time, or call the church office, 405-721-4141. DON’T MISS THE PARTY! ServantOKC.org
LOOK WHAT WE DID! SERVANT 45 Servant 45 resumed session on January 8, and weâ€™ve had a great month! We are learning about Moses, the Exodus, the Ten Commandments, and the Promised Land. Fourth and fifth graders meet each Wednesday night for games, small groups, activities, and a fun time with friends. Bring a Bible and join us! Meeting dates for this semester: January 8, 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12 March 4, 11, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13
FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS... ALL ABOARD!
EVERY SUNDAY MORNING IN FEBRUARY AGES 3 YEARS THROUGH KINDERGARTEN All Aboard! Jesus loves everyone, and He wants everyone to come aboard and be His friend forever. When we look at the kind of friend Jesus was while He was on earth, we can see that Jesus truly does love everyone. Throughout the Bible, we find accounts of the times that Jesus loved those considered unworthy and wanted to be their friend—no matter what. At some point, even our precious preschoolers will all find themselves in the shoes of these “unworthy” people. Like Zacchaeus, they will have friends mad at them for wrong choices. Or, they may not feel like they fit in because of where they’re from, much like the woman at the well. But, Jesus loves them anyway—no matter what. That is what we want them to know. That will help them choose grace and to love everyone the way Jesus loves them. Our memory verse this month comes from John 15:12 and says, “Love each other as I have loved you.” Who does Jesus love? Jesus loves everyone. So let’s get ready for an amazing ride together. All Aboard! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday mornings in February!
PLAYLIST: PUT LOVE IN THE MIX
EVERY SUNDAY MORNING IN FEBRUARY GRADES 1-5 This month, we will be learning about the connection between love and God’s character, as shown through God’s big story. Love is choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.
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Throughout the Bible, the writers of Scripture remind us that God is love. From the creation of the world to God’s relentless pursuit of us, God has shown that love is most important. Even though we’ve all sinned, God loved us enough to make way for us to have a forever relationship with Him. The Gospels are full of moments where Jesus prioritized love above all else, especially when He summed up the greatest commandment with: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus made this real when He showed us how much God loves us by sacrificing His life for our sins. Our memory verse this month comes from 1 John 4:10 and says, “Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that He loved us and sent His son to give His life to pay for our sins.” We will discuss how we love others because Jesus first loved us. We love others with our time and because they matter to God. We love God with everything we’ve got! Join us for a new session each Sunday morning this month! ServantOKC.org
STILL TO COME... SAVE THE DATE FOR SOME
FUN EVENTS HAPPENING SOON! KANAKUK KAMPOUT Mark your calendars now for the return of Kanakuk Kampout â€“ August 3-7, 2020. Cost is $275 per kamper. Registration is now open at www.cometokamp.com
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Save the date for VBS, which is happening June 8-11, 2020!
WEEKLY DEVOTIONALS FOR FAMILIES AND KIDS On our website, we have a section on the KIDS page (ServantOKC.org/KIDS) with weekly devotionals. These devotionals include activities that go along with the lesson learned on the previous Sunday morning. We would like to encourage you to spend a few minutes each day with your child(ren) reinforcing what they have learned about that week during Total Group and small groups. We also post Bible readings, reflection questions, and more each day on Instagram and Facebook. When the church and family work together to reinforce the concepts and lessons, we will have the greatest impact on the lives of our kids!
t n a v Ser DENTS
SERVANT STUDENTS SUNDAY MORNING PROGRAMMING
is 9:30-10:50 a.m. at The Point Student Center. Middle School has donuts, games, and a relevant message! High School is filled with a light breakfast, games, teaching, and discussions led by caring adult leaders.
SERVANT HIGH SCHOOL SPRING BREAK MISSION: Servant High School is heading to Chicago for our Spring Break Mission Trip, March 15 â€“ 20. We are using Praying Pelican, a nationwide organization, to plan our trip. We are staying in Dolton, IL, a suburb of Chicago. We have limited spots available! Registrations are due February 12. You can get more information and sign up by visiting ServantOKC.org/Events. The total cost of the trip is $325.
SERVANT HIGH SCHOOL WEDNESDAY NIGHT PROGRAMMING
Wednesday Night meets from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and includes a time of worship, teaching, and small group. We start in Chapel of the Cross and will dismiss to small groups. Post Small groups begins at 7:30 and is located in The Point Student Center for games and fellowship.
HIGH SCHOOL O
n Sunday. March 1, Servant High School is once again hosting the All Church Pancake Breakfast, a fundraiser for high school missions, and we are asking for your support! Our pancake breakfast will include a silent basket auction. And in order to make the auction a huge success, we need your help. What we are asking you to do is to help us out by donating a themed basket for us to auction. We have provided some themes to give you a few ideas. All we need for you to do is contact Sang Nguyen or Andi Neaves at 728-4775 to let us know you are going to make a basket. And then bring your basket(s) to The Point Student Center on or before Wednesday, February 26. If you cannot do so, we will be setting up for the auction in Community Hall on Saturday, February 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and you are more than welcome to bring your basket then. Either way, please let us know if you are planning on donating a basket. This will ensure we have plenty of baskets for the auction. If you have a question or need assistance in transporting your items to the
church, feel free to call Sang or Andi at 728-4775. Also, if you are involved in groups or know of groups that meet on nights or mornings other than Sunday, feel free to pass this along to them as well…we need all the help we can get! If this is something that you don’t think your group would enjoy doing, but you still wish to donate money, then we would be more than happy to make a basket for your group! Give us a call if this is what you would like to do. All proceeds will benefit Servant Student Ministry and High School Spring Break Mission Trip!
THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!
Here are some theme ideas to get you started. Remember, feel free to get creative: Sports, Night on the Town, Auto, Fishing, Bible Study, Children’s Toy, Gardening, Bath and Body, Writing, Scrapbooking, College Teams, Gift Cards!
YOU ARE INVITED TO MY HEART’S APPEAL (MHA) 8TH ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER! Come and enjoy a heartwarming evening of food, friendship, and information, including a donation drawing and special entertainment. We gather annually to raise funds in support of giving individuals with Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities in Liberia, the opportunity to learn life skills and be productive. Thursday, February 27, 2020 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Community Hall Reservations: Tickets: $30 per person Table of Eight: $225 RSVP by Thursday, February 20, 2020 Sponsorships available. Purchase tickets online at www.myheartsappeal.org Email email@example.com to provide additional table guests’ names. For more information, please contact Lovetie Major at 443-474-8031. Cannot attend this year? Please consider contributing to our Sponsorship Levels. We look forward to seeing you at the event and hope you help spread the word by inviting friends and family to this special evening. Be a part of “Heart to Heart” to make a difference! My Heart’s Appeal, Inc. is an Advanced Special Mission Project of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries and supported by United Methodist Church of the Servant.
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Church of the Servant February 2020 Newsletter