Used with permission from the USGS Photographic Library (libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov). ID. Alden, W.C. 640.Panorama with images 639, 641-644. View of Belly River Valley and Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada. October 2, 1912.
How will God use Shepherd of the Hills to transform lives for Christ as we move toward 2012?
How will God use Shepherd of the Hills to transform lives for Christ as we move toward 2012? Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish.
he proverbs are fairly blunt about the place of vision in the life of the church: without it, the people perish. If you have ever been in a church without vision you know that it is a painful state. Fortunately, Shepherd of the Hills has been continually blessed with leaders that are willing to seek out God's best for the future. They have been committed to prayerfully creating a vision for our church and then acting to make it happen.
ackground: In the fall of last year we began the process of creating a vision that would guide our work at the church for the next five years. We started with a series of meetings with people from the congregation, and those meetings began with a question—how will God use Shepherd of the Hills to transform lives for Christ as we move toward 2012? At these meetings, we asked everyone to reflect on the areas where the ministries of SHPC were having our most impact. We asked about the areas of ministry that needed to be improved or expanded. Finally, we asked what new ministry strengths would the congregation like to see added in the next five years. The input collected from the congregation provided the foundation for the creation of our new five-year vision entitled Vision 2012.
ne of the unique factors in creating this vision is our purchase of the new land on Highway 290. Over the next five years we hope to create a master plan, build a first phase of buildings and move to the new property. The exact timing for this project is being driven by our work with the county to build a turn lane at the property, which is currently scheduled for 2009. We hope to begin work with the architect designing the master plan, including project phasing, in the fall of 2008, with construction to begin in 2010. While this is incredibly exciting, our focus has always been that the future construction not distract us from our real mission of being a life-giving church. Vision 2012 is our guide to keeping that mission foremost in our minds.
ision 2012 contains five parts: 1. A revised mission statement 2. An expansion/explanation of our mission statement 3. A list of priorities for the next five years 4. A list of the goals and objectives designed to improve and deepen each ministry area 5. A timeline and the resulting metrics for each ministry objective. continued, next page
Great News on every page… Special Focus: Vision 2012 2-4 Serve 5-6 Connect 7, 15-16 Grow: Adult Ministry 7-12 Grow: Children’s Ministry 13 Ask the Budget Guy 14 I’m just trying to get ahead… SHPC Calendar 17
SHPC Staff Guide Larry Coulter Senior Pastor Mike Killeen Associate Pastor Sherry Smith Director, Adult Ministry Carol Cunningham Director, Senior Adult Ministry Britta Dukes Director, Children’s Ministry Kim Arthur Director, Nursery Ministry Cy Albertson Director of Music Pattie Lawrence Director of Preschool Belva Koerth Office Manager Kimbol Soques Communications
Sermons for July July 1 Playing in the Minor Leagues: Micah July 8 Playing in the Minor Leagues: Amos July 15 Playing in the Minor Leagues: Hosea July 22 Playing in the Minor Leagues: Malachi July 29 Heart and Soul
n the following pages you will find the completed mission statement, our explanation of what it means to be a life-giving church and the list of priorities for the next five years. Because of the length of material, the goals and objectives, timelines and metrics can be found on the website at www.shpc. org/vision2012. I hope you will take a moment, look them up and read about how God is leading us forward in the next few years.
am incredibly thankful to John Gillis and his team, who guided this process through many rewrites, and for the many prayers of the congregation as we took time to dream about the future. Thanks!
Mission Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church is a Biblically-based, Christcentered, mission-oriented congregation, who, through the work of the Holy Spirit, is committed to being a lifegiving church. We do this by living out Christâ€™s great commandment to love God and our neighbors and Christâ€™s great commission to make disciples.
At SHPC we are committed to being a LIFE-giving church—
Ourselves In Bible Study
Christ's Great Deep Commission & Christian Call To Serve Relationships
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds…Teach them to your children.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit —Matthew 28:19
Worship— We will provide an authentic, engaging and life-changing encounter with the living God through worship
Priorities As a result of the visioning process, we realized that SHPC has some solid ministry strengths. These strengths are found in the areas of mission, worship and educational ministries. We celebrate these strengths and we will work hard to make them even better. But we also outlined six areas that we would like to add as strengths in the next five years.
Grow— We will provide practical opportunities for all ages to grow in relationship with Christ through scriptural study and experiential learning.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve —Mark 10:45
These will be the focus of our new work in the future.
Priority 2: Connecting people as they grow in discipleship by adding an intentional small group ministry.
Encourage Therefore encourage one another and build each other up —1 Thessalonians 5:11
Connect— We will connect people to people in deep Christian relationships
Serve— We will equip and send people to share God's great love and to serve in God's greater world.
Priority 1: Involving every member in the life of SHPC through “Worship plus 2.” “Worship plus 2” encourages every member to live out their discipleship through regular worship attendance plus investing in someplace to grow and someplace to serve.
practice through the creation of a comprehensive prayer ministry Priority 6: Creating effective plans for a move to the new land
Priority 3: Deepening our experience of worship This is merely an by expanding our overview of Vision music program. 2012. Dig deeper into Priority 4: our goals & objectives Reaching out in and check out how we evangelism to growing plan to make this areas of our happen at www.shpc. community. org/vision2012! Priority 5: Promoting spiritual 4
riving in to Mexico was an adventure in itself. I had never crossed the border before, and all I knew to expect was what I had seen in movies. I noticed the differences right away; once we crossed the border the houses changed into shacks, and the stores changed into run-down shops. I had no idea that this part of town was wonderful compared to what we were going to be building in.
t was so nice to get to know the Mexican family and workers at our site. They are some of the kindest people I have met. Even though they had nothing, they still managed to cook breakfast for us some mornings and bring us lunch every day. They were hard workers and always had smiles on their faces. It was also fun to get to know the other members of our church at our site. I met so many new people and itâ€™s been nice to have new faces to look for and greet in church.
ltogether, my first trip to Mexico was an experience I will never forget, and I look forward to o get to our site every day, the way to the site. She was always within a block of the going back next summer. I we had to take unpaved same spot; she walked around, wonâ€™t forget our night roads with horrible puddles, she sat on some tires, and excursions to the grocery store ruts, and potholes, unlike anything I had seen in America. sometimes she just stood there, across the street, or our water looking lost. She wore the same fights at lunch, or the fantastic I enjoyed the drive every day, clothes all week; it was easy to feeling of accomplishment as because each time I noticed a we signed our names in the side little more, each time I felt like tell she was homeless. We all felt a pull to her as we passed of our completed house. I had seen just a bit more of her each day. It felt great to Everyone should go on the what I needed to see. Every day help one family, but if only we Mexico trip at least once in we passed the same woman on could have helped more. their life.
Our guests are coming! IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) guests are families with children who, because of a crisis situation in their lives, have lost their homes. The program provides for them to live at Austin area churches while they find housing and get back on their feet.
During the week of July 29st — August 5th, four IHN families will live at our church and will be fed and sheltered by volunteers at our Church. This is your opportunity to help these families through this time of crisis. Tasks performed by hosts (church members and members of Faith Presbyterian Church and Abiding Love Lutheran Church) include: Move-in: Sunday 12:30 – move guest’s belongings and bedding into rooms and set-up Breakfast Servers: 5:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Dinner Preparers: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Overnight Host: 8:00 p.m. to 7:15 a.m. Evening Host: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday Hosts and lunch: several shifts Supply Donors: all week Transportation Volunteers and Linen Washers. Move-out: Sunday 6:30 am – load guest’s belongings on trailer, cleanup and straighten up church, transport guests to Day Center, and take trailer to next church
Young children make excellent hosts, because the guests are mostly young children. Sign up in the narthex for this volunteer opportunity or contact Kim Grubb 288-0924 or email@example.com.
submitted by Allen Gunter, Endowment Committee
That comes from two awards, two awards, two instead of one! This year, the Session chose to increase the Caring Forever Endowment Fund Award to $1,500 and split the money between two recipients. An award of $1,000 was made to the Livingstonia University Dedicated Fund to be used in support of Tom O'Meara's mission trip to Malawi. The remaining $500 was awarded to the Travis Community Education Foundation which works to improve Austin schools academically and in terms of facilities. How cool is that?! Your gifts to the Endowment Fund are helping people both far away and here at home! During Caring Forever 2007, more than $5,300 was contributed bringing the Fund up to well over $90,000. The investment return on this money will be used for years to come to support significant mission and education projects to further God's work through SHPC. We thank each and every one of you for your contributions - may God's blessings be upon you! Don & Jody Barrett Cathy & Steve Beard Bob & Carolyn Beardslee David & Laurie Bender Dan & Marguerite Bjeletich Jim Black Ben & Tammy Boehman Howard & Marian Bonebrake Ulrich Bortfeld & Florence Hua Mike & Abby Brady Debbie & Rollin Breed Bob & Vicki Brown Gaston Broyles & Junie Ledbetter Thure & Shannon Cannon Harriet Cavness Melvin & Carolyn Deutsch Britta & Glenn Dukes
Hal & Sally Jo Elliott Jean & Jack Floyd Deb Fowler
Robin & Stephen Lenertz Allen Lepley David Palmer & Linda Hargrove Colin & Alice Lineberry Gary & Sandra Mann
Jim & Michele Franklin Pat Franzolino Ken & Sue Frye Don & Karen Greathouse Allen & Pam Gunter Porky & Pat Haberman Bill & Jane Hall Sandy Hill Gordon & Marsha Holt Carol & Dwane Ideker Glenna Jaeger Herk & Judy Johnson Richard & Susan Klusmann Sue Lagerquist Sam & Pattie Lawrence
Gene & Sue Shamburger Dave & Sherry Smith Tary & Nita Snyder Kimbol & Marty Soques
Ruben & Suzanne Martinez Karen McCoy Virginia McNutt Fran & Ted Miller Ron & Trinka Miller
Marvin & Susan Sprouse Bill & Dorothy Stokes William & Pauline Taylor Jane & Steve Thompson Frances Tomlinson Helen Turrentine
John & Sandi Moehlman Richard & Margaret Nakamura Don & Rita Nowakowski Mike & Marg Sue Owen Kathy Proctor
Roger & Marilyn Wade Tommy & Stella Warner Bruce & Evelina Warren Tim & Azam Waugh Ruth Weese
Rebecca Robertson Fred & Sharon Rothert
Mike & Erica Young
Dinners For Eight, Back for the Fall!
EAT DESSERT FIRST!
Junie Ledbetter and Gaston Broyles
HERE'S THE SCOOP: July 22, Dick Nichols Park from 5 to 7 p.m.
Want to make new friends or renew old acquaintances? Come participate in SHPC Dinners for Eight! Our purpose is simply to meet other people in the church and enjoy fellowship with them in a relaxed, informal setting.
Come join the ice cream competition or just come and enjoy the ice cream. There will be games and contests for all ages, for everyone in the family — and lots of ice cream to eat! For those creative types, there will be home-made ice cream contests for MOST COLORFUL, MOST UNUSUAL INGREDIENTS, NUTTIEST FLAVOR, JUST PLAIN VANILLA, and REALLY SLOW CHURNED, all evaluated by blind, bolder, lactoseintolerant judges. There will be a contest for Tallest and Best Movie Theme sundae so bring your props and build a crowd pleaser!
In September, October and November 2007, four couples get together for dinner. One couple is designated as the Host Couple, and the dinner is held at their home. The Host Couple is responsible for contacting the other three couples, in advance, to set up a date and time for the gathering. The Host Couple will choose the main entrée. To
Details and sign up will be made available through the Fellowship committee members between services for the first three Sundays in July, or call Ken Lauber at 512-3010760, but make sure you are part of the biggest SOCIAL (ICE CREAM) event of the year!
Women! You’re invited to join Beth Moore’s latest-released 11-session study starting at SHPC on Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 6:30 p.m., in the Library. A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place is an in-depth study of the Old Testament tabernacle. It is based on two vital themes: A holy God’s persistent desire to dwell among His people
God’s invitation for us to pass through the distant courts of our relationships with Him and to enter the intimacy of the holy of holies The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give.” Exodus 25:1 - 2 Roz Seiler will facilitate the study; if you have any questions, please do not 7
complete the meal each of the other couples will bring either the vegetable, or salad and bread, or dessert. Dinners for Eight (sometimes six, or sometimes nine or ten) is a fun and easy way to meet, make or renew friendships. Make a decision to join, and find Junie and Gaston in the narthex of the church Sundays in August. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and reserve your place on the Dinners for Eight roster. You are also welcome to e-mail Junie at ledbetter@ dwlaw.com or leave a message for her at 632-7535.
hesitate to get in touch with her. Early registration is strongly encouraged so there will be ample time to obtain the member books. Roz can be reached at the following: (h) 301-1197 (c) 965-8294 (email) firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Wednesday Night Bible Study
“And now this word to all of you: You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.” —1 Peter 3:8 from The Living Bible Paraphrased
Fall Back into Fall Small Groups Connecting and Growing through Small Group Studies met—but your spiritual health and growth is important too. Perhaps, if you don't see something offered that fits your schedule, you could consider leading a small group at a time that IS convenient for you. There are small group studies available that only require a leader, not a teacher.
ost of us are still traveling, visiting relatives, playing with grandchildren, lying by the pool, reading light summer books, catching up on yard work, or just trying to stay cool. However, fall will be here before we know it. Anytime is a good time to join a small group at “I’d love to SHPC but fall seems the very best take that time of all. Eventually, the days Bible study, will get cooler, we will but that's experience a renewed sense of the night I energy, and we will realize we've wash my begun to miss our SHPC friends dog.” that we haven't seen as much this summer.
s fall approaches, many plans have been set and many others are “in the works.” Various articles and ads in this newsletter will fill you in on what we know at this point. Also remember to pay attention to upcoming information in the Sunday bulletins and on the SHPC web site under Adult Ministries. I hope you’re having a great summer and I look forward to seeing you in the fall!
ow is the time to decide which small group activities to put on your schedule for fall. Why not put your church activities on the calendar first this year? Then in the fall you won't have to say, “I’d love to take that Bible Blessings, study, but that's the night I wash my dog.” Yes, I know I'm being a little facetious. I know we all have family and work commitments that must be
Men's Life: Winning at Work & Home Men, join us this fall for the second year of a three year study series for men, “Winning at Work and Home. “ This journey builds the walls of manhood by dealing with such topics as understanding women, marriage, sex, dating, conflict, money, parenting, and the world of work.
Led by Larry Coulter, we will begin our journey on Tuesday, August 28th at 6:15 a.m. and meet weekly. The last week of the study will be in early December. Cost: $15.00 per person. Make check payable to "SHPC" and mail to Clift Bowman, 8602 Ganttcrest Drive, Austin TX 78749. Please include preferred email and telephone number. For more information, call Clift Bowman (c) 799-3460 (h) 288-5839 or email to cbowman@ austinsilentmarket.com. 8
Do you LOVE to read? Join the SHPC Book Club this fall! We meet the second Thursday of each month throughout the year in Room 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Each month a host or hostess reads a national review of the book and something about the author, gives their own review, and then leads the group through a discussion of selected questions both from national book club web sites and from those turned in by the members.
‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears’… there will be a New Fall Class on Romans!
aul’s letter to the Romans is the most commanding exposition of the gospel of salvation by grace through faith ever written. It stands first among the New Testament epistles (letters which are arranged in order of decreasing length) because it is the longest of Paul's letters and also because it is the most complete development of his gospel (his expression of the good news about Jesus Christ).
plication of scripture to our own lives of discipleship.
n orientation class will be held on August 29th, to meet each other and distribute study materials, and the last class will be held on October 31st. October 10th is designated as a special question and answer session with our pastor, Reverend Larry Coulter. The class leaders will be Stella Warner and Ron Miller with backup by Sherry Smith and Bob Beardslee.
omans has been extremely he participant's book costs important in the history of $9.00 at SHPC's Bookshelf the Chrisor Cokestian What: Invitation to Romans bury church. It When: Wednesday mornings, 9:30 (Invitation has reto 11:30 to Romans peatedly by Pamela How long: 10 week study starting proved to M. EisenAugust 29th be a catabaum, Where: Portable B lyst for ISBN 978reform and Needed: Study Book & Study Bible 0-687renewal of How: Enroll by August 14th 49649-5) Christian or you may faith and life. People sprinorder it when you enroll in the kled throughout history, from class. The materials require Augustine to Luther to Bonho- about 30 minutes of scripture effer, have been profoundly reading and study each day. If influenced by the meaning you do not already have a they have found in Romans. good study Bible in which to his fall we will offer a ten underline and make marginal week study of the New notes, you may also want to Testament book of Romans. purchase one of those. In The two hour class will con- class, the materials will usualvene each Wednesday morn- ly be based on the NRSV transing from 9:30 to 11:30 in lation. Some good NRSV Study portable B. A short video will Bibles to choose from include: provide the insight of biblical The New Interpreter's, The scholars to set each week's New Oxford Annotated, and scripture readings into conthe Harper-Collins. text. We will then explore the You may enroll via email to material through small group email@example.com discussion leading to the apor via telephone to 892-1862.
(Book Club, continued) Near the beginning we also go around the group and each give a “thumbs up” or down and brief explanation of why. We read a wide variety of books. The stipulation is that they somehow show people trying to discern and live out their faith in the real world. We have lively discussions, we often strongly disagree with each other’s conclusions, we eat cookies, and we love every minute of it. If you'd like to join us, please contact Margaret Nakamura or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. These are our fall reading selections: September:Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir October: Regeneration by Pat Barker November: Girl Meets GOD by Lauren Winner December: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson Please enroll no later than August 14, 2007. While this will be an in-depth study, no prior Bible study experience is needed to enroll in the class.
Plans for 2007-08 Disciple classes are well under way but there is still time to register. You may contact Sherry Smith at email@example.com or call the church office for more information. Also, refer to the May 2007 issue of the SHPC newsletter which focused on Disciple.
Disciple 1: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study (Bible overview) Monday evenings, 7 to 9 Leader: Bob Beardslee
Disciple 2: Into the Word, Into the World (Genesis, Exodus, Luke, Acts) Monday evenings, 7 to 9 If you've already taken Disciple 1 in the past, Leaders: Ken Seiler and Deb Fowler this would be a great time to return to take Disciple 3: Remember Who You Are Disciple 2 or 3! (The Prophets, Paul’s Letters)
This year's schedule will include:
Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 Leaders: Christie Clouse and Laura Gore
DISCIPLE Schedule for Fall ’07
Yes, we all avoid talking about it. It is members of the group. Here are some a personal matter, and most of us feel as though comments from participants: we do a good job of handling it. However, did “CFM exceeded my wildest expectations. The you know that money is one of the most relationships that were created within this frequent topics that our church leaders counsel class will last a lifetime and I know that I will married couples about? It causes friction in always have support from every member of almost every marriage and personal relationship. the group. In addition, this was an AWESOME How should we spend it? How should we save it? experience to share with my 18-year-old When should we give it? Should we want or daughter. I highly recommend this class for expect more of it? These are all very common anyone who wants to get a better and valid questions, and the Bible answers every understanding of themselves and what God’s one of them…and more. intentions are for us regarding money, debt, saving and spending.” rown Financial Ministries has been a very
important part of the Adult Ministry program at Shepherd of the Hills for several years now. Many people have taken the opportunity to learn what the Bible tells us about money through this wonderful class. But, Crown offers more than that. It is a fantastic place to meet and really get to know a group of people. Members of the group are able to share life experiences, lessons learned, and help others through their own path in life, all centered on a Biblical lesson.
"In this land of plenty, it easy to forget to thank God for everything. For me, the Crown class brought back into focus, “In everything give thanks...” (1 Thess 5:18). The Holy Spirit moved me to take the class and I am thankful that I actually to listened Him. Though necessary and appropriate for any (adult) age, I think Crown can be especially beneficial to older teens and young adults.”
s these statements suggest, the participants he Crown Financial class from last spring was last spring were very thankful for what a wonderful example of the lessons learned Crown was able to do for them and their (continued on page 12) and shared, as well as the close bonding of the
The Golden Years Lunch Bunch will meet on Saturday July 14th at 11:30 a.m. at the Red Lobster Restaurant, 3815 S. Lamar Please call Stefan and Pat Haag (288-3479) by July 9th, but it is OK to just show up. Hope to see you there!
Retirement Planning submitted by Carol Cunningham
astor Charles Swindoll has said, “There are only two kinds of people…. those who are 55 and older and those who are going to be.” Now stop and think about that for a minute. Does that say anything about how old you feel? It doesn’t matter whether we are 55 and older or not, when we take into consideration our spirit or physical condition.
’ve often wondered if other people feel the same way I feel when I think of myself as that little girl who used to ride bikes or be nervous about getting the math answer correct. I said to a friend, “Sometimes I wish I could run home to Mommy for comfort and advice.” She replied that she also had felt that way.
think Billy Graham’s answer implies that we have important work to do every day of our life. But what if that something important isn’t what we’ve always done? Someone once said that when your job on earth is done, God calls you home. There have been people who finished a fulfilling career at age 55 and then lived to be 100. Well, what do you do for another 45 years?
re your kids all leaving the nest and causing you to feel unneeded? Perhaps God is calling you to make a connection with someone beyond your immediate family. Have you noticed someone that could use a helping hand? Perhaps God is calling you to a new purpose beyond the corporate world. Whether
nother question arises, “What am I going to Fellowship Bridge Group will play the second be when I grow up?” Well, I'm grown up, Friday in July—the 13th—at 7 p.m. in Room 7. now what? You were probably asked that Our hostess will be Virginia McNutt. Call her at 288question when you were very young, and some 7187 or Martha Meador at 288-3341 by Tuesday, people are asked that question even after they July 10th if you would like to play. reach adulthood. But there is something very The winner in June was Bob Barry.. poignant about that question. Maybe the question should be, “When are we ‘grown you are 55 and older or just going to be, there up’?” is a world of opportunity that calls you. There are fields “white with harvest” that God has nother similar question is, “When are you been cultivating and nurturing during your “ongoing to retire?” Billy Graham once answered that question by saying, “When Jesus the-job training.” God needs you somewhere. comes.” ave you planned for retirement? Does the door close on your life’s significance when hat is retirement, anyway? Is it the you celebrate an end to your productive career chance to play golf everyday for the rest and leave it? Realize that your wisdom gained of your life? Could it mean that the doors of from experience and maturity can greatly opportunity to do the work you have always benefit someone who needs it, no matter what done have closed? Is it a life of nothing but Bingo when you aren’t up to playing that daily age he or she may be. If you are planning for retirement, and wondering what God’s purpose golf game anymore? for your life is after leaving your job, keep in The ‘GROAN’-UPS GAMES DAY is coming again on mind the Ministry Opportunity Booklet that our Tuesday, July 10th. As before, we will meet in church has made available to members. Room 7 from 10 a.m. till noon. 12 people came to the June 13th gathering,and had lots of fun playing Perhaps something listed will awaken in you the passion that you have been seeking for chicken-foot dominoes, as well as a four-person table of rummikub. What’s that last one? Come and your life and will give rise to your answering, “I’ll work ‘til Jesus comes.” Look around you. see for yourself! Refreshments are provided. Connect. RSVP Jim Black at 892-2982.
In August, the next Soup to Nuts Luncheon is "Groan"-Ups Game Day 10 a.m. rd st planned for the 3 Tuesday, August 21 . We (Second Tuesdays in July and August) are looking at new seminars in the fall that will Fellowship Bridge Group 7 p.m. address health issues such as Alzheimer’s (Second Fridays in July and August) disease resources. Some financial and legal Golden Years Lunch Bunch presentations are being developed for future (Second Saturdays in July and August) resources. Watch for more information on these activities in Sunday bulletins, upcoming newsletters and on our website all under… SAM (Senior Adult Ministries). We hope to have more opportunities for many generations to connect Mary-Martha Circle will resume in September. Please join us then! this coming season. through their acts of selfless compassion… Suitable for individual reflection or group study, each reflection is composed of a brief introduction to the figure, key biblical references, and reflection questions.
POWERFUL AND READABLE
248.8 MCG The church library has added new The Search for Significance The description on the cover says it all: “We can books for worthwhile reading: The Purpose-Driven Life
build our self-worth on our ability to please others, or on the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.” The book/workbook design encourages personal growth.
This very popular book, written by Rick Warren, has been used in the past in an adult Sunday school class. Some rehabilitation programs recommend it as a sound way to rebuild a life.
The Man in the Mirror
The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience 277.3 SID "Evangelical Christians say they believe in biblical moral standards and the power of God to transform lives-yet recent surveys show that most are not living any differently than the rest of the world…Ron Sider takes a painfully honest look at this disconnect to reveal the depth of the problem and contrast it with biblical teaching on the transforming power of genuine faith.”
One reviewer said, “I thoroughly enjoyed Pat Morley’s practical, business-like explanation of his walk with Jesus Christ. Those who want to move from the frustration of superficial faith to the satisfaction of real faith should read this book.”
Strong in Heart: Biblical Men of Compassion 220.9 KIM Marjorie Kimbrough examines men in the Bible who, in her view, demonstrate true strength of character (Crown Ministry, continued)
families. The class had a wide age range (including two high school seniors and their parents), and a mix of married couples and single adults. Everyone was able to relate the material to their own life situations and learned a lot about how God intends for us to conduct our lives with respect to money.
here will be another Crown Financial class this fall. Don’t miss this opportunity. I have talked to many people about this program and they say things like, “that sounds like such an
Find these books on display in the library, ready for you to borrow.
interesting class,” or, “we need to take that some time.” Well, to those folks I would like to say, “Just do it!” You will not regret it. Please keep an eye and an ear out for sign-up information. I and the other Crown leaders would love to have you as a part of our next group to learn about the path to financial freedom! If you would like more information regarding Crown Financial Ministries, please contact Chris & Chris Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-1905.
UpStreet, the Ark and Summertime As we plan and prepare for an exciting fall Sunday School program (kickoff is September 9th !), we will switch gears in August and give our many wonderful volunteers and Sunday School team members some time off. Because of this, the August 9:30 services will once again include a children’s sermon and be more family friendly. Childcare will still be offered for infants, toddlers and preschoolers at both the 9:30 and 11:00 services. We invite your elementary children to get a worship binder (located at the Narthex coffee bar) and come enjoy the opportunity to worship together as a family. After all our fun in June & July we look forward to seeing you back in the Ark and on UpStreet September 9th !
True, signups were a while back, but Club H2O is nearly here! For those already registered: remember July 23rd - 27th, 9 a.m—1 p.m., dropoff & pickup at Portable C. If you signed up online, be sure to get those medical forms handed in to the Children’s Ministry mailbox in the church office. We wouldn’t want you to have missed out on the most recent “kid stuff” production at SHPC — Britta, Glenn & Caleb Dukes welcomed Atalie Grace on June 1st!
Sincerely, Kim Arthur and Cody Sandahl, SHPC Children’s Ministry email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTENTMENT Deciding to be happy with what you’ve got
SHPC Preschool is currently looking for gentle and caring folk to work as: teachers (1 infant/toddler teacher, 1 3-year old teacher) and aides (1 infant/toddler aide and 1 floating aide an aide in the nursery), caring for our youngest children. Applicants must be dependable, trustworthy, patient, and love the challenges and rewards of working with children. CPR/First Aid training and pre-service training is available. Half-priced tuition is offered to parents of children enrolled in our program in addition to a regular hourly wage. If you or someone you know is interested, please let me know as soon as possible! Pattie Lawrence, Preschool Director 892-7528 / email@example.com
submitted by Allen Gunter
I’m just trying to get ahead…
sn’t that what we're all trying to do? Just get ahead? It’s such a big part of the American dream, part of the American psyche like motherhood, apple pie, hotdogs and baseball. You work hard and you get ahead.
hope heaven exists and that I will get there one day. But if I really and truly, without a doubt, believed in heaven, believed that there’s an after-life, a chance to be with God and Jesus forever, I wouldn’t give the slightest thought to nly tell me, please, ahead of what? Ahead of getting ahead. I’d be trying to get behind. the person in the next cubicle? Ahead of nstead of going to the golden arches for lunch that neighbor down the street? Ahead of where I because I deserve a break today, I’d be taking am now? Ahead of…what? you someplace because you deserve a break today. Instead of using that more expensive brand nd how will I know when I’ve arrived, when I’m finally ahead? There will always be some- of hair color because I’m worth it, I’d offer it to one in the next cubicle, some neighbor down the you, because you’re worth it. (Well, okay, so I don’t really have enough hair to worry about street, to get ahead of. I can always get ahead coloring it and you have beautiful hair that of where I am now. doesn’t need coloring, but you know what I aybe I’m supposed to be trying to get ahead mean.) to something. Ahead to a higher paying job? nd maybe instead of sleeping in on Sunday A bigger house? A fancier car? But no matter how morning because I had a great but late time far I go, won’t there always be higher paying the night before, I’d get up early, thank God for jobs to get? Bigger houses and fancier cars to the wonderful time I had, and pick someone up buy? for church who might not otherwise have gone. here was a time when I thought getting Then during the following week I’d look up all ahead meant getting ahead of my parents. the people in the bulletin and let them know I’m That seemed to be their dream for me, anyway, thinking of them and their particular joys, sorthat I have opportunities that they didn’t have, rows and prayers. that I have a “better” life than they. But that hen you want to get better at something, can’t be it. you practice it. So maybe that’s what I hey had one car and did just fine. I’ve got need to do—practice getting behind. Not in paythree. (Well, I am trying to sell one of them.) ing my bills, of course (after all, I am the Budget I grew up in a house with one bathroom. My kids, Guy), but isn’t putting others first a big part of on the other hand, each have their own bathwhat Jesus meant when he commanded us to room. My parents didn't have a microwave, cell love our neighbors? And that would really be phones, cable TV, Internet, and a host of other getting ahead! things I have that seem so basic to my life.
o I’m clearly ahead of my parents, at least materially. And that, I think, is where the problem is. When we talk about getting ahead in life, we’re talking about material gains. If we really believed in heaven, though, wouldn’t our emphasis be on spiritual gains?
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1 Sunday JULY
Dedication Sunday 25 Wednesday
9:30 a.m. UpStreet Sunday School, NO Faithwalk until September 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School, library 6:30 p.m. Everlast Evening Fellowship The office will be open half-days in the mornings for the week of July 2nd - 6th, except Wednesday July 4th, when it will be closed.
5 Thursday 9:30 a.m. Mothers of Young Children (MYC) Devotional, room 5
7 Saturday Guatemala trip departs 8 Sunday 9:30 a.m. UpStreet Sunday School 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School, library 6:30 p.m. NO Everlast Fellowship until Aug. 19th
9 Monday SAM Council meeting
10 Tuesday 10 a.m.
“Groan”-Ups Game Day, room 7
11 Wednesday 7 p.m.
Chancel Choir rehearsal
12 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MYC Devotional, room 5 7 p.m. Book Group
13 Friday 7 p.m.
Fellowship Bridge Group, room 7
14 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Golden Years Lunch Bunch Guatemala trip returns
15 Sunday 9:30 a.m. UpStreet Sunday School 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School, library The office will be open half-days in the mornings for the week of July 16th - 20th.
18 Wednesday 8 p.m.
Chancel Choir rehearsal
19 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MYC Devotional, room 5
22 Sunday 9:30 a.m. UpStreet Sunday School 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School, library 5 p.m. EAT DESSERT FIRST! Ice Cream Social, Dick Nichols Park
23 Monday 9 a.m.
Chancel Choir rehearsal
9:30 a.m. MYC Devotional, room 5
27 Friday Club H2O ends 29 Sunday
9:30 a.m. UpStreet Sunday School 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School, library
Independence Day 31 Wednesday
Church office closed NO Something Fishy, Evermore Evening Fellowship until August 22nd NO Chancel Choir rehearsal
Chancel Choir rehearsal
AUGUST NO MYC Devotional due to IHN
9:30 a.m. NO UpStreet Sunday School until Sept. 9th 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School, library 6:30 p.m. Everlast Evening Fellowship
8 Wednesday 7 p.m.
Chancel Choir rehearsal
9 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MYC Devotional, room 5 (end) 7 p.m. Book Group
10 Friday 7 p.m.
Fellowship Bridge Group, room 7
11 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Golden Years Lunch Bunch
12 Sunday 11 a.m.
Adult Sunday School, library
11:59 p.m. Newsletter Deadline 13 Monday 10 a.m.
SAM Council meeting
14 Tuesday 10 a.m.
“Groan”-Ups Game Day, room 7
15 Wednesday 7 p.m.
Chancel Choir rehearsal
19 Sunday 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School, library 6:30 p.m. Everlast Evening Fellowship resumes The office will be open half-days in the mornings for the week of August 20th - 24th.
20 Monday 7 p.m.
Italy: A Tale of Three Cities
21 Tuesday 11 a.m.
Soup to Nuts, narthex
26 Sunday 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School, library 6:30 p.m. Inquirer’s Class 6:30 p.m. Everlast Evening Fellowship
28 Tuesday 6:15 a.m. Men’s Life, library
Club H2O begins
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