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INTRODUCING a Future Full of HOPE Vision 2020: Focusing On Our Future is a capital expansion and refurbishment program designed to address key areas of current need and future growth at Church of the Servant.
Scope of Projects – Addressing our Strategic Needs in PHASE ONE •
New Modern Worship & Multi-Use Ministry Space – The construction of a multi-use facility to be located on the south end of campus for modern worship, Servant Student activities, special events, and so much more throughout the week!
Servant Students – A complete remodel of the youth area providing a cohesive flow integrating the new multi-use facility.
Outdoor Sports Court – So much more than a gym! A full-size outdoor basketball/sports court located adjacent to the new worship/multi-use facility that will enable larger church and community gatherings throughout the year!
Celebration Center – A complete overhaul of the Celebration Center sound system including a “Hearing Loop” for individuals with hearing loss.
Main Concourse and Hospitality Areas – Updating of the Main Concourse including wayfair signage, guest services meet-and-greet space, and a new, more functional coffee shop.
Servant Kids – Continued renovations of the lower level Servant Kids area including Warm World, Starbright (Mother’s Day Out), and the Nursery.
VISION 2020 Campaign has begun! If you turned in your pledge card, thank you for your support! If you do not have a pledge card, stop by the church office to pick up a pledge card or download a card at ServantOKC.org/Give. Questions about the VISION 2020 campaign? Contact Randy Shrauner, Executive Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINDING OUR FOCUS Pastoral Letter from Matthew
Dr. Matthew Mitchell Dear Friends,
I write to you today with much excitement and hope! On November 17, Church of the Servant began a two-fold financial campaign titled: Vision 2020, Focusing on Our Future. The two-fold ask covers two strategic areas of importance at Church of the Servant. First, the strategic renovations and expansion of our facilities and second, the budget necessary to support our 2020 ministry. I want to share my excitement regarding the four-year pledge campaign for the building renovations and growth. Our goal—and the commitment of Church of the Servant’s leadership—is that we gather $4.5 million in commitments so that these strategic projects will be fully pledged before any work begins. As of December 1, Church of the Servant has pledged $3.919 million toward this end! Friends, I was blown away to learn this! In just three Sundays, Church of the Servant has pledged 87% of the goal. I truly believe we can and will reach the $4.5 million target! On the stewardship campaign, we have raised 70% of the pledges necessary for a fully funded 2020 Operating Budget. While we have further to go on this portion of the campaign, my hope is that we end the year on a very strong note. Often, the day-to-day operations of a congregation are overlooked when the excitement of a building campaign stands before us. My encouragement to us all is to lean into the short-term needs of Church of the Servant as well as the Capital Campaign. Together we can meet these needs and ensure the quality of our ministry offerings remain high for the sake of the God we serve. Late November and early December is a hard time to hold a stewardship campaign, and I know we are all very busy. To all of you who have already made your commitments, I cannot thank you enough. And to everyone who has not yet turned in a pledge card for the Operating and Capital Campaigns, I want you to know we are counting on you. As you prepare, I want to share something I read recently. “A three-year-old little girl said to her father on his way to the grocery store, ‘Daddy, bring me something that will last forever.’ The girl’s request is a perfect definition of stewardship. The giving of our money, time, and talents brings a sense of meaning, purpose, and spiritual relatedness to God that lasts forever.” – Herb Miller I want you to know and understand this: when you give, when you serve, when you worship, and when you pray, you are making an eternal difference. What we do week-in and week-out might not be physically seen, but I promise you that what we do can and does last forever. I know we can reach our shared goals, and I want to encourage you to help Church of the Servant finish 2019 well so that we can truly focus on our future in 2020! Counting on you, Dr. Matthew Mitchell Senior Minister
Lunar New Year Party (February 2, 2-4 pm)
Immerse yourself in the festive of the Lunar New Year celebration and discover the significance of the Asianâ€™s 4500 year-old tradition. Learn the greeting of blessings in Mandarin and taste authentic delicacies. This community celebration is open to the public.
Charis Academy (February 9 - April 12, 2-4 pm)
Theme: Joyful Heart! Charis Academy provides Asian immersion, character development, and talent enrichment for Asian and non-Asian students. Students will discover Mandarin characters in connection to biblical stories, learn to converse and write in Mandarin, and choose fun, creativity classes in music, motion dance, arts, and crafts. Register online at CharisAlive.org/charis-academy or call (405)7FunFun.
Youth 4 Asia Mission Tour to Singapore & Malaysia (May 25-June 12)
Charis mission trip is committed to lead youth in sharing Jesus Christ with the world through worship, seminar, and mission outreach. For more information, check out CharisAlive.org/youth-4-asia or contact Rev. Victoria Lee at CharisAlive5@gmail.com.
WHO IS CHARIS ALIVE?
Charis Alive is stationed at Church of the Servant to develop a growing multiethnic community that loves God and others in an authentic way through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What makes this ministry unique? Our emphasis is on impacting the community with programs such as bilingual worship, cultural celebrations, life seminar, Mandarin Academy and camp, music and arts, youth counseling, Asia mission trip, and international host-family program. How do I get connected? Check us out at CharisAlive.org or contact us at (405)7 FunFun or CharisAlive5@gmail.com.
Walk Through Bethlehem - December 13th - 15th BACK THIS YEAR! Walk Through Bethlehem will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, 6:009:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. On these three special nights, part of the campus will be transformed into a far-away land and an immersive experience for God’s children of all ages. Walk Through Bethlehem will serve as a unique and special way to share the great story of the birth of Jesus. During these three nights, you will have the opportunity to walk the streets of Bethlehem! The royal decree of Caesar Augustus will be fulfilled as all are counted in the census! You can attempt to check into King David’s Inn (is there a vacancy?). And as you stroll through the interactive, kid-friendly village bazaar, you will be transported back in time to the great story of the day of Christ’s birth. You can also experience a petting zoo at the Royal Stables, the Nativity, and so much more! Admission is FREE! No reservation needed.
Bible Studies & Small Groups 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. We meet December 17 and then break for Christmas. Our studies will resume on Tuesday, January 14. 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 will begin the week of January 13. Information can be found on the church website.
A Study of the New Testament Book, James! Thursdays, January 23 - March 19, 2020 “Every generation in the church worries, rightly, about people who just glide along, seeming to enjoy what they hear in church but without it making any real difference. James faced exactly the same problem in the very first generation. So, it’s not surprising that translating belief into action – making sure faith is the real thing – is near the heart of his message. That kind of faith, he explains, is the faith that matters, the faith that justifies, the faith that saves. We need that kind of faith today.” – N. T. Wright This women’s Bible study on the book of James will meet Thursdays, January 23 through March 19, at 1:30 p.m. in North Adult Center, room 1. The study will be led by Barbara Bonham. To register, go to ServantOKC.org/BibleStudies.
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. We meet December 17 and then break for Christmas. Our studies will resume on Tuesday, January 14.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Coming January 15, 2020!
Does the topic of finances ever come up in your home, or is it avoided at all costs? What does the financial future look like for you and your family? Discussing finances, developing budgets, and creating a financial plan for your life can be difficult if you don’t know the steps to take. Every year, Church of the Servant offers a 9-week course called Financial Peace University (FPU) that will teach you the financial steps to take! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. This is a class that millions of people have taken. They have pulled worries off their shoulders and put on confidence. They have rewritten their futures and secured their futures. On average, those families have paid off $5,300 in debt and saved $2,700 in the first 90 days. That is an $8,000 turnaround. Are you ready to carve out nine weeks in your schedule to learn the steps to get where you want to be? You can do it! You just need a plan. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! FPU will be held at Church of the Servant from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, January 15 through March 11, 2020. Tom McGee and Peter Weaver will be instructing the 9-week event. For more information and to register, go to ServantOKC.org/Events.
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP Grow deeper in your walk with Christ and consider joining a group study in the new year. Some of the classes being offered in January 2020 are listed below, and all classes can be found on the church website.
TRUSTWORTHY: A STUDY OF 1 & 2 KINGS Wednesdays, January 8 – February 12, 2020
Are you exhausted trying to keep everything under control because you fear God won’t come through? When hard times come, and it seems God is deviating from the plan we assume our life should follow, we’re much more likely to want to tame God, not trust Him. It’s then that we begin to press into our own ways and our own timing. No human can carry the weight of being their own god, but so many of us try. Join this study by Lysa TerKeurst in Israel as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply personal and applicable scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God. Through this study of 1 and 2 Kings, you’ll learn to: • Loosen the grip of trying to control people and circumstances in your life by taking steps today to truly rely on God. • Identify your own trust issues with God and how to overcome them by unpacking pivotal, relevant life lessons from the kings of the Old Testament. This 6-session study facilitated by Miki Farris meets Wednesdays, January 8 – February 12 in North Adult Center, room 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m. To register, go to ServantOKC.org/BibleStudies.
GOD’S BLUEPRINT FOR BIBLE PROPHECY The New Inductive Study Series on the Book of Daniel Wednesdays, January 15 – April 15, 2020
Does the turmoil in our times, the uprisings and the spiritual decay of many have anything to do with the Book of Daniel? Daniel was a man who knew what God said about the end times. He focused on what God said, not the events of his own time. He had an impact on the people that God placed in his life. How do you live as a Daniel in the crucial days in which you find yourself? How can you dare to be different? How do you get to know God Most High? The Book of Daniel has the answers! Though you don’t know what tomorrow holds, you do know who holds tomorrow. The Book of Daniel will strengthen your faith in our steadfast God. This Inductive Study on the book of Daniel will be held in North Adult Center, room 12, on Wednesdays, January 15 - April 15, 2020, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Led by Nancy Harris. Register by Sunday, December 30, at ServantOKC.org/BibleStudies. Cost is $10.
JOSHUA: WINNING THE WORRY BATTLE Wednesdays, January 15 – February 19, 2020
Have you ever tried to fight worry with faith and felt you were losing the battle? Have comments like “God’s got this!” or “Just pray about it” only left you feeling more burdened? We know we shouldn’t worry, but the reality is that we all do at times. Whether it’s personal worries about loved ones and daily circumstances or broader concerns about what’s happening in the world, we long for something more than platitudes that will help us put real feet to our faith and win the worry battle. Many Christians do not have a full understanding of what it means to fight the good fight of faith. They try to live by faith, but in the face of everyday trials and failures, they find themselves disillusioned and discouraged, wondering if they have done something wrong or if living by faith only works for others. The problem for most is simply a lack of understanding regarding what faith is and how it works. This book, inspired by the Book of Joshua, reviews three tools a person can develop to Fight In Faith: 1) embracing God’s promises, 2) courage and commitment under pressure, and 3) practicing radical obedience while waiting for God to deliver your victory. This six-week study will be led by Debbi Marshall and Patricia Hocker on Wednesday mornings, January 15 – February 19, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., in South Adult Room 1. You can register by going to ServantOKC.org/BibleStudies. ServantOKC.org
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS PARTY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 DURING MORNING PROGRAMMING
Servant Kids are invited to the most important birthday party of the year on Sunday, December 22 – a birthday party celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This special party will take place downstairs in the kid’s area during morning programming. 9:30: Total Group Time 11:00: Small Groups (Sunday School) We will talk about the importance of Christmas and have special birthday treats to celebrate Jesus’ birthday! Make plans for your children to be with us on the morning of December 22!
DECEMBER HAPPENINGS... STARRY STARRY NIGHT
EVERY SUNDAY MORNING IN DECEMBER AGES 3 YEARS THROUGH KINDERGARTEN The very first Christmas looked a lot different than the one we will experience over the next few weeks. It was a string of God-planned events that would come together to create a wonder-filled story that would be told again and again and again. God sent His son to earth in the form of a human baby who grew to be a man like no other. Ultimately, He gave His life for us. This month, we celebrate the beautiful gift of Jesus. We want preschoolers to say again and again that, ‘God gave us Jesus.’ We want it to live deep within their hearts so they grow to trust that God loves them with a love so great that He gave them His one and only Son, Jesus, to be their friend forever. Our memory verse this month comes from Isaiah 9:6 and says, “GOD HAS GIVEN A SON TO US.” May we all pause under our own starry, starry night this year and remember the wonder of what we are celebrating. God gave us Jesus. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday mornings in December!
UNBOXED: FIND THE JOY
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This month, we will be learning about the connection between joy and God’s character, as shown through God’s big story. Joy is finding a way to be happy, even when things don’t go your way. God is the source of our joy. Our circumstances might not always make us feel happy, but we can have joy knowing that God is in control. Through Jesus, God made a way for us to have a relationship with Him. Knowing Jesus can give us joy no matter what’s happening around us. Our memory verse this month comes from Philippians 4:4 and says, “Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful!” We will discuss how you can have joy because God keeps His promises and because anything is possible with God. You can have joy because God is with you and because God sent His son. You can find joy when you search for God. Join us for a new session each Sunday morning this month!
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STILL TO COME... SAVE THE DATE FOR SOME
FUN EVENTS HAPPENING SOON! “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!” PARTY December 22 during the 9:30 and 11:00 services
WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM – DEC 13-15 BACK THIS YEAR! Walk Through Bethlehem will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. During these three nights, you will have the opportunity to walk the streets of Bethlehem! The royal decree of Caesar Augustus will be fulfilled as all are counted in the census! You can attempt to check into King David’s Inn (is there a vacanCY?). And as you
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/or 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!
stroll through the interactive, kid-friendly village bazaar, you will be transported back in time to the great story of the day of Christ’s birth. You can also experience a petting zoo at the Royal Stables, the Nativity, and so much more! Admission is FREE! No reservation needed.
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KANAKUK KAMPOUT Mark your calendars now for the return of Kanakuk Kampout – August 3-7, 2020. Cost is $275 per kamper. More information to come!
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Confirmation 2020 Is Almost Here! 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 STUDENTS WEDNESDAY NIGHT PROGRAMMING WILL RESUME ON JANUARY 8.
On January 26, Confirmation 2020 will kick off! Confirmation is for all eighth-grade students who have never been confirmed. This great experience takes place over the course of ten weeks, and 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. And in the end, it is a chance for those students to profess their faith in Christ and confirm the work God has been doing in their life. Confirmation truly is an incredible opportunity that we hope every student will have the chance to experience. If you know an eighth-grade student who has never been confirmed, we hope you will invite them to take part in this amazing experience. Registrations are available at ServantOKC.org/Events. The registrations are due Sunday, January 5. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Smith, Director of Servant Middle School, at 728-4775 or email@example.com.
FALL RETREAT STORIES This was my first Fall Retreat experience and it was incredible! Between our high school staff, the students and the staff at Canyon Camp, you couldn’t have asked for anything more. I absolutely loved getting to know the students better and the added bonus, getting to watch their relationships grow with God and each other over the weekend was such a gift! I would have to say the best part of working with our high school kids is getting to watch them grow and become even more amazing people then they already are! It truly is a blessing. Parents, thank you for sharing your students with us. I am so thankful for them! They are all pretty awesome! – Leah Segress, Leader As a senior in the youth ministry, I’ve been on a lot of getaways, mission trips, and camps. The impact that they all leave on me is unforgettable, just like the retreat we just took called Disconnected. It seems like every time I feel down and need someone to tell me something, the message on the retreats and the environment just seems to be right. These always help me feel better and they are always a blast to go on. I don’t think I’ve ever missed any kind of getaway since my freshman year, and I’m really glad for that. This ministry is amazing, and I can’t thank Sang enough for putting in all the hard work he’s put in for us to be where we are.
Cooper and Grant Flurry
– Cooper Flurry, Senior ServantOKC.org
FALL RETREAT STORIES CONTINUED
The high school winter retreat was a great experience for both myself and my son Henry. The retreats are always one of the best high school events of the year. Sang did a great job planning the weekend, with just the right amount of small group and worship time mixed with free time and activities. I had a great small group and got to meet a lot of great kids and adults that I haven’t spent time with before. As with last year, the highlight for me was the Saturday night worship service, which was very powerful and moving for everyone there! – Chad Berry, Leader
This year, our fall retreat’s theme was to DISCONNECT. We learned to not let other people’s identity bring you down; it may not always be how it seems. Also, don’t let distractions get in the way; try to DISCONNECT from your phone for a bit. This made a big impact on me. It opened up my eyes and showed me that life isn’t around your phone; it’s around God. What people say/ show on social media are just cover-ups. Don’t let those people knock you down; you are perfectly made in God’s image. He will guide your path, not your device. He will build you up, not bring you down. He will be there for you when you need it most. – Avery Lay, Freshman
his year’s High School retreat was centered around the idea that we are more disconnected than we realize and the importance of being connected to a faith community and God. This experience would not have been possible without our faithful leaders. This ministry is absolutely blessed to have such an amazing team pouring into our students! Thank you: Beth Parker, Tonya Pogue, Emily Jordan, John Lingo, Taylor Downey, Tanner Schlinke, Abby Hammons, Leah Segress, Christy Strickland, Kendall Carpenter, Lynda Barnes, Scott Means, Allison Hudson, Grant Flurry, Stacey Brim, Carrie Wichert, Andi Neaves, Addie Duroy, Todd Neaves, Andi Butler, Chad Berry, and Juli Hudson!
SAVE THE DATE: Servant High School is heading to Chicago for our Spring Break Mission Trip, March 15 – 20. We are using Praying Pelican, a nationwide organization, to plan our trip. We are staying in Dolton, IL, a suburb in Chicago. Register at ServantOKC.org/Events.
DAYSPRING – Our big summer camp in 2020 will take place over July 20-24 at Sky Ranch! More information to come!
EARTHGLOW GIFT SHOP A GIFT BOUTIQUE THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
SHOP EARTHGLOW THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! In this season of giving, Earthglow has something special for everyone on your gift list and many items that will brighten your Christmas table. Youâ€™ll find an assortment of beautiful Christmas napkins, tea towels, ornaments, candies, jams, and jellies. The plush toys, Melissa and Doug games, bibs, and toys will delight your toddlers, and there is a great selection of items for dad and granddad. There are plenty of colorful decorator items and gifts that are perfect for saying thanks to that special hostess. Stop by today and complete your Christmas shopping with the knowledge that all profits from the shop will be given to local missions such as Skyline Urban Ministries, Neighborhood Services, Exodus House, Circle of Care, and Redemption Church. Thank you for helping to make these gifts a possibility!
CHRISTMAS GRACE SERVES OVER 300 PEOPLE! For over twenty years at Church of the Servant, Christmas Grace has been sharing the joy of Christmas by caring for others! Once again, Christmas presents filled the hallways purchased by friends and members of Servant this past Sunday. Sunday morning classes were busy wrapping the presents and tagging their bags, so the gifts are delivered to the right families! We want to thank all who participated this year in serving 314 total people whose names were given to us by the following eight agencies: Circle of Care Child Share, Exodus House, Infant Crisis Center, Juvenile Justice, Meals on Wheels, Neighborhood Service Organization, Putnam City Care Share, and Skyline Urban Ministries. We want to especially thank Susy Wilson and her team of volunteers who worked so hard organizing the entire event. Susy has been the coordinator of Christmas Grace for most of the years Church of the Servant has participated. Thank you, Susy, for providing an opportunity for so many families to give and receive the joy of Christmas as we all celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a tradition our church looks forward to each year. After 20 years, Susy has decided to hand over the leadership responsibilities for next yearâ€™s Christmas Grace to Holly Browning and Makayla Orlich. Both Holly and Makayla worked alongside Susy and all of the volunteers this year and are excited to help continue the Christmas Grace tradition for years to come!
TRemembrance REE THE REMEMBRANCE TREE: If you have recently lost a loved one, we know you are painfully aware that the holidays wonâ€™t be the same as years before. We all handle this kind of loss in different ways. Some old traditions may need to fall by the wayside, and new traditions emerge to provide healing for a joyful and meaningful holiday. You and your family can remember and honor your loved ones this Christmas by inscribing their name on a beautiful blue ornament and hanging it on the white Remembrance tree located at the window near Earthglow in the Main Concourse. Perhaps you might want to do that after a church service, or you and your family might decide to do that with a special visit to the church. What a meaningful way to honor your dear one this Christmas season.
WA R M T H E S O LE S OF OK LAHOMAN S! Let us provide the homeless with new socks this Christmas season. What better gift to give someone than the joy of warmth! Bring new pairs of socks and hang them on the Sock Christmas trees, located near the waterfall and across from Earthglow. Our goal is to collect 500 pairs of socks by Sunday, December 22, to take to the Salvation Army, which will be handed out to the homeless. Warm your heart this Christmas season by warming the soles of Oklahomans! ServantOKC.org
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Church of the Servant - December 2019 Newsletter