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PARTNERSHIP Partnering with God and others in the redemption of the world

RECONNECT CHRISTMAS How will you celebrate Christmas this year?

WORLD HEALERS 18 exciting examples of impact

MINISTRY EVENTS & SERVING OPPORTUNITIES For Adults, Students and Children


Check out WSC’s new Sunday night youth church. Opportunities for both Middle School and High School Contact Colin Cranmer for more information


In this issue: Who We Are /About WL P4

Worship Info P5

general

the devoted life Cover Article: Partners P6-8

Serving With The Next Generation P12-13

the generous life

Going Deeper This Advent P10

Life Stories P14

Gift Mart 2010 P15

RECONNECT CHRISTMAS 2010 P17

life in community World Healers P18-22

Everyday Service Institute P24-25

Connection Points For Adults P26

Serving Opportunities P27

Ministries for Children & Families P28

serving & events Ministries for Youth P29

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Who We Are

Welcome to Wheatland Salem Church. We are a community of Christian believers captivated by a simple and profound mission: Love God. Love Others. Change the world. If you’ve been around churches, that seems pretty basic . It is. But we mean it.

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hatever we devote ourselves to – another person, a job, some sor t of lifestyle, some goal of personal achievement – changes us. Sometimes that is amazingly good and sometimes it is highly destructive. We become what we worship. Getting the center of things right is critically impor tant. The foundation of our mission is making and maintaining the connection with God through Jesus Christ. Those with whom we share life change us, too. Community is one of God’s amazing gifts. Wheatland Salem Church values not only authentic personal faith, but genuine relationships. This isn’t always easy, but we want to stay within arms’ length of others so we can love and be loved, forgive and

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be forgiven, encourage and be encouraged, pray for others and be prayed for ourselves. We aren’t interested in love as a theological concept or a theor y, but as a practical choice, a daily way of life. And then, because we are changed by God and changed by the people with whom we share life, we influence change in the par t of the world where we live: our families, neighborhood, school, spor ts teams, work, friendships – you name it. When we are centered on Christ and connected with others of a similar hear t and mind, a lot of world-changing takes place. We seek to be the good we want the world to become. Our congregation lives out this mission through our values of authentic

faith, genuine relationships, vibrant worship, local and global missions, and an unwavering focus on the next generations. Our logo seeks to communicate visually that, among other things, ever yone is welcome to enter this community of believers just where they are, to explore the variety of ways in which they can become par t of this mission, imagine where the path of faith might lead them, and find their center in Jesus Christ. If you are just beginning to explore your spiritual journey, are reconnecting with your faith, or are entering a new season of your life, welcome to wheatland life.

About Wheatland Life

Help Out

Wheatland Life is a bi-monthly publication which is written, designed, edited, and printed by members of the Wheatland Salem Church Staff and congregation.

If you would like to volunteer your time or resources to assist with the creation of Wheatland Life (believe me, we could use it!) contact the Communications Team: Ben Thomas - ben_thomas@wheatalndsalem.org Shawn Hubbard - shawn_hubbard@wheatlandsalem.org Grace Toledo - grace_toledo@wheatlandsalem.org


Worship Info

Worship Information

Find Us Online For information about our locations or driving directions, visit wheatlandsalem.org/our-location

Naperville Campus 1852 W. 95th St, Naper ville IL.

Use Your Phone

Sunday Morning 8:30 a.m. Traditional ser vice in the Sanctuar y 9:45 and 11 a.m. Contemporar y ser vices in the Contemporar y Worship Center

Scan these QR codes with your

Sunday Evening

Naperville

smar tphone for a map of each of our locations.

Oswego

6 p.m. “The Well” Youth ser vice in the Contemporar y Worship Center

Healing Service Four th Saturday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Sanctuar y

Prayer Gatherings - Naperville First and Third Tuesday of each month, 7-8 p.m.

Oswego Campus

1217 Wolf Road, Oswego, IL.

Prayer Gatherings - Oswego Second and Four th Tuesday of each month, 7-8 p.m.

Holiday Celebrations Oswego Campus

Naperville Campus

Thanksgiving Eve - Wednesday, November 24th

Christmas Eve - Friday, December 24th

7 p.m. - Blended Ser vice - Oswego Sanctuar y

4 p.m. Chidren’s Musical - CWC 6 p.m. Contemporar y Ser vice - CWC 7:30 p.m. Blended Ser vice- CWC 11:30 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Ser vice - Sanctuar y

Christmas Eve - Friday, December 24th 4 p.m. - Blended Ser vice - Oswego Sanctuar y 7 p.m. - Blended Ser vice - Oswego Sanctuar y

Current Sermon Series What’s the big deal about Jesus? With this message series we’re focusing on how God’s Big News intersects the daily news in each of our lives. What’s your stor y? Share it and read others at yourredemptionstory.com Miss a Sunday? Visit wheatlandsalem.org/sermons to listen to past sermons.

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Par tnership

Partnership Sent together under the influence of the Holy Spirit to heal the world in Jesus’ name.

By: Scott Field Senior Pastor

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am considering getting a new phone. I have a cell phone. It has cool ring tones. It flips open and closed. It receives texts, voicemails, and regular phone calls. But it is called a “dumb phone” or, more accurately, “not-a-smart-phone.” Adam, one of the nextgeneration people in our family, has coached me in “thumbology” when it comes to rapid texting techniques using both a keyboard and a touch screen. In truth, my thumbs seem too big and too slow. Do I have to learn this stuff? Can’t I get along with the technology I know already? (Roll your eyes if you have concluded that I am hopelessly retrograde. Google “retrograde” if you aren’t sure what it means).

So I’ve shopped around to find some “exper t” to suppor t my technological grumpiness. I haven’t found any help when it comes to my “thumbology” troubles,

to know the flesh-and-bone folks standing right in front of them? I have no argument with advances in commu-

but I did find some insights on Christmas theology.

nication technology. But when it comes to building

Just in time for this issue of Wheatland Life!

relationships, it simply isn’t enough. And when it

So here you go:

comes to God, well, there is nothing vir tual, digital, or

Did you know consumer psychologists at Golden

technological about the essence of God’s love: it is

Gate University in San Francisco have warned that

intensely, searchingly, joyfully personal.

people are spending enormous amounts of time cul-

This makes me deeply appreciate the fact that

tivating vir tual relationships at the expense of getting

God so loves the world that God did not send a text

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Par tnership message to inform us. God came in person for the

God’s coming judgment on all that is unrighteous,

More than “Silly Love Songs”? redemption of the world and all of its people.

unjust, arrogant, idolatrous, and oppressive gets our

The Scary Part of Christmas

attention as we prepare for Christmas. The Bible

This is the myster y of the Incarnation we celebrate at Christmas. It is why the first and most appropriate activity on our par t is worship, adoration, praise, and awe. Within the hear t of ever y human being there is and always has been an abiding sense that something is wrong – that children should not star ve, that the powerful should not oppress, that life cannot be measured in terms of dollars and cents, that relationships should not be marked by jealousy, deception, and anger. Something is deeply broken and fundamentally unfair. In the Bible we find this cr y for justice expressed as a piercing lament addressed to God.

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! (Isaiah 64:1-2, TNIV)

carries numerous warnings about how God views things, how we need to get ourselves ready for the coming of the Lord, and how abrupt, decisive, and final this judgment will be (or example see Matthew 24-25, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-12 ). The scar y par t is that the warnings are addressed to us! Yes, others are included, too, but we are not in a position to condemn them. They might not be able to endure the day of God’s arrival to set ever ything right, but then, again, neither can we. Don’t be confused, distracted, or discouraged by the holiday hype at Christmas. We may have shrunken it all down to a series of traditions, par ties, and shopping excursions, but God is up to the ver y serious work of redemption. Something as trivial as a holiday simply will not do.

Christmas surprise! You’d expect, of course, with those warnings about how we mistreat one another, how we oppress the powerless, how we live as if God’s Word and God’s way is entirely irrelevant, as if we know better than God and ever ybody else, well, you might expect

Many of us, of course, think God’s judgment

God to simply wipe us all out. Cut his losses. Star t

should be directed at all of those who are creating

over fresh. The language of the Bible refers to us

the injustice, greed, hatred, and deceit in the world.

as “rebellious and stiff-necked people”. It’s a quaint

But, apparently, the situation is even more desperate

phrase but a damningly clear picture: we demand

than we imagine for the Bible also includes a deeply

our own way and will not bow down to anyone or

troubling question for those of us who want God to

anything that crimps our style. This has us on a total

“come down here and set things right.”

collision course with God’s justice. But here’s the surprise of baby Jesus born in

“See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears?” (Malachi 3:1-2 TNIV)

Bethlehem. God heard our cr y. God answered our prayer. Indeed, he would “come down from heaven” to set things right. But before the judgment of the world comes an unheard of offer : forgiveness, reconciliation,

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Par tnership and peace. God offers forgiveness and friendship

of the world in Jesus’ name. What God has done

through faith in Jesus Christ. God sneaked up on us

and is doing is awesome and amazing. We are com-

with the truth wrapped in the amazing promise of

pletely humbled by what has happened as we have

God’s grace and all snuggled into Mar y’s tender arms.

made ourselves available to welcome Jesus Christ

He came into the ver y world he created, but

into our lives personally, to live in connection with

the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own

other believers, and to offer our ever yday lives as an

people, and even they rejected him. But to all who

oppor tunity for Jesus to reach out with the awesome

believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to

oppor tunity of redemption.

become children of God. They are reborn—not with

Don’t just go through the routines of a holiday

a physical bir th resulting from human passion or plan,

season. Too much is at stake – for you, for your family

but a bir th that comes from God.

and friends, and for our world. Connect or re-connect with Jesus Christ. Take the intentional step to be

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glor y, the glor y of the Father’s one and only Son. (John 1:10-14 NLT)

There is a lot more to this, of course, but here’s the awful and awesome truth: we’re not much good unless and until we ourselves have welcomed this wonderful redemption offered in Jesus, have renounced the spiritual forces of wickedness, have rejected the evil powers of this world, and have repented of our own sin. But once we, by God’s mercy, star t down the path of faith in Jesus Christ, we become par t of the solution to the world’s brokenness rather than being another example of the problem.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving? After the hustle and hassle of the holidays we sometimes wonder in drear y retrospect what it is all about. Here’s the God-sized purpose for your life and mine: this time between the first coming and the second coming of Christ, we are invited to be par tners with God and with one another. This issue of Wheatland Life highlights some of the practical ways our community of faith is directly and personally involved as par tners sent together under the influence of the Holy Spirit for the healing

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a par tner with God and a par tner with others in the redemption of the world.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)


shed i n i f n u s i k r o w t s your greate

Global Outreach Seminar learn how to be on misSion with God Your Greatest Work is Unfi nished Church Salem

Wheatland - Naperville Saturday, November 13, 2010 • 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. open to all • free Discover • • • •

God’s Love for the World Your Purpose in God’s Great Commission Plan Mobilizing the for effective A New Perspective onlocal thechurch People of themissions World Balanced and Practical Strategies for Reaching seminar cover the the following People at The Home and will Around World three components: Biblical foundations: the seminar teaches the global missions basis of the Bible and God’s passionate desire that all nations would come to know, Presenter, Roger Wright of the MisSion Society love, and worship Him. Roger is a missions mobilizer, serving the local church through the gifts of encouragement and teaching with a special emphasizes on identify mentoring. Roger’s passown ion is training pasWorldview: The seminar helps the church not only with their tors and church leaders to more eff ectively fulfill their role slice of the world’s culture, but with the larger world God loves. in the Great Commission. He challenges and encourages local churches to discover their God-given, unique call and destiny.

Essential strategies: Practical implementation tools are provided to help mobilize the congregation for local and global outreach seminar presented by

to register visit wheatlandsalem.org/register or calL AnN at 630.904.1035 x228


Going Deeper

Going Deeper This Advent

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We are entering the season of Advent, one of anticipation and longing, of celebration and expectation as we await the coming of the King…not just the Baby Jesus in swaddling clothing that came 2 thousand years ago, but the victorious return of the King of Kings! Even as Christians we tend to allow our preparation to be focused on Christmas. Perhaps you are looking for ways to experience that anticipation and longing this year—here are some suggestions:

Purchase or create your own Advent wreath. Light a new candle each Sunday and read scripture prior to the lighting of the candle. And then for the remainder of the week light those same candles, reading scripture before mealtime. Resources are available at WSC and wheatlandsalem.org to guide you through this process with prayers, scriptures and exploration of the symbolism used in the Advent wreath.

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Par ticipate in ReConnect Christmas. Set aside 2550% of what you would normally spend on Christmas (presents, decorations, etc.) and give it as gift to suppor t those in our community that are in need. See more about this on page 17.

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Come to the Christmas Advent-ure on December 4th. Invite a friend or neighbor to come with you for a fun, community activity that helps prepare ourselves, the Naper ville campus, and our community for the Advent season.

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Attend a class from the Ever yday Ser vice Institute that provides some direction in your spiritual journey. Here are some recommendations. Check out pages 24-25 for dates and times for these classes.

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Me and My House: an exploration of spiritual disciplines, such as celebration, for you and how to teach it to your children (of all ages.)

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How to Study the Bible—a low-threshold discussion about where to star t, what to read for, how to be open to hearing God’s word.

Access different sources of media (songs, books, etc.) to read, listen and sing, and fill your hear t with gladness! Here are some suggestions.

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Christmas from the Backside , a book by J. Ellswor th Kalas

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God is in the Manger , a book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus , a traditional hymn by Charles Wesley

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Snow Angels , an album by Over the Rhine

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Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? , a book by Rick McKinley and others

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Songs for Christmas , a 5-CD box set by Sufjan Stevens

Looking for more ways to get involved or take your faith to the next level this season? Call Amy at 630.904.1035 x136 or email her at amy_altenbern@wheatlandsalem.org

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Saturday, December 4th WSC Naperville Campus 4 to 8 p.m. • free

Come join us for a Christmas Adventure held on Saturday, December 4th from 4-8 pm. This is an intergenerational event providing time for friends, families, neighbors, the community, and anyone else you would like to invite to enjoy the Advent season.

4 to 5 decorate the building 5 to 5:30 potluck dinner of soups, salads, and bread 5:30 to 6 cookie decorating 6to 7

Christmas caroling to a variety of different places indoors and outdoors

7 to 8 eat cookies, drink hot chocolate, learn about Advent Questions? call Kim Neace at 630.904.1035 x223 or email her at kim_neace@wheatlandsalem.org

learn more and register at bit.ly/xmasadventure


Ser ving With The Next Generation

Serving With The Next Generaton

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By: Shay Cranmer Student Ministries Volunteer

here’s a cross that hangs on the wall of

laundr y or on and on and on…” She just thinks,

my two-year-old daughter’s room. Several

“Hey, it’s Jesus snuggle time, lady, walk me over there!’

months back, she really noticed it for the

first time; wanting to see it and hold it. We talked a little bit about Jesus and how much he loves her— and that when she grows up, I want her to love him too. This tiny lightbulb went on. You could see her little baby brain thinking, “I love my stuffed animals.... When I love something, I love to squeeze it!” This has turned into quite the bedtime affair, if

I see a similar phenomenon when you talk to kids that are ser ving in the church. I’ll say something to the middle schoolers or high schoolers ser ving in the “twos” room where I drop Ena for both Sunday ser vices, “Thanks for ser ving us today!” They nod because they’re supposed to, but if you talk to them; they’re just excited to be there. The word “ser ving” doesn’t fit for them because that’s –hard stuff-,

I forget –I do, sometimes-- to let her take the cross

right? For a middle schooler to ser ve with the two

off the wall, so she can yell “Snuggles!” as she clutch-

year olds, or run tech for the fifth grade worship—

es it to her chubby toddler cheek. “Ni-ni, Jesus,” she

it’s like a blaze in their chest that they carr y with

says—and THEN she’ll go to bed. She never forgets.

them. You can see it in the way they glow when one

Sometimes kids grasp things differently or bet-

of their kids says hi in the church hall afterwards, or

ter than adults, I think. My daughter’s got a sense of loving God that I find fascinating; there’s no sense of time there, no sense of responsibility, nothing in her brain saying, “I’m tired, it’s late, I still need to write this post, or edit this ar ticle, or switch the

in the protectiveness of their equipment. They have purpose. They are needed, good at something, a vital organ in the body of God’s church. It is a responsibility carefully guarded. Sometimes, ser vice is difficult. It’s not comfor table to scrape paint off the sides of house (Alabama

Sometimes kids grasp things differently or better than adults, I think.

mission trip), it’s not easy to see intense pover ty (Haiti), or make phone calls asking for donations to a shelter (One of our ser vice nights for Wayside Cross). Sometimes you just do things that need to get done, you clean house because it’s necessar y— ever yone adds their elbow grease and makes it light

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Ser ving With The Next Generation work. Then, if you’re lucky, you get to see the fruit. But sometimes…ser vice is easy. You bless and

up more than it’s draining. Watching this has been making me double check

are blessed. This is where students excel. They use

my own attitude about ser ving. Am I doing it be-

their passions and work inside the design of who

cause I love what I’m doing, or am I growing self-

they are, blessing people one hundred fold.

impor tant? Is there someone I’m leading that needs

There are students that would have never walked into this building if it wasn’t for Christian’s love of music and desire to create a venue where student bands can be listened to and valued. Kelly put together an entire basketball tournament, and spent her own money on prizes and food for her schoolmates that showed up to play on a rainy cold day.

to grow through my letting go of control and handing appropriate reigns over to someone else? Have I said yes to too much in a different par t of my life that’s making my ser vice to God feel like a strain? Do I like what I’m doing? Am I in the right place? Christ called us to be ser vants, but it’s up to us to find and maintain the joy. A few pointers from students that I’ve seen in action:

I’ve seen Kristy bounce around with excitement because she’s scouted out all the new people at The Well and made sure to talk to them and help them

Smash through the learning cur ve with no fear. Adults approach things more fearfully than kids-- “I’m not sure, I could give it a tr y, I guess.” Kids say “Show me how” and expect you to be able to impar t the knowledge to them.

Teach others. I’ve watched kids walk other kids through a complicated set up or have to hand off the baton as they go away to college. There’s something about training others that helps someone to recognize that what they do is impor tant. It also reduces stress on the first volunteer!

Strive for improvement. Our worship kids will sit with a guitar for hours— they’ll do worship practice, play worship, and then when The Well is done, get back up onstage to jam with each other. They’re constantly seeking out ways to get better. Sometimes tr ying a new approach, or reading a book about your ser vice area can stoke new fires and refresh old excitement.

feel welcome. Amy and Olivia have gotten there early to set up our crazy tables at The Well, full of crayons, coloring books, legos, pipe cleaner and tape; and if you think that high schoolers have grown out of that, you are ver y much mistaken! Tony has given up entire Sunday afternoons to help Colin set up the lights and stage for The Well, and his sister Andrea, plays with Ena for me while I run around like mad on a Sunday, and his brother, Alex does tech for Kid’s Church. Our worship team shows up faithfully to practice on Wednesdays. There is a whole population of students that fill out children’s ministr y as volunteers. This is just at the first sift through my mind. There are hundreds of other examples. The one thing in common is that these kids love what they do. They are loving God, loving people, and changing their world. They’ll get up early, stay late and work hard because they’ve hit the diamond in the rough—a combination of God’s design at work in them mixed with a need in God’s church for them. Ser vice doesn’t seem like ser vice when it’s filling you

All in all, the kids that are ser ving around us are great examples of doing what you love but doing it for others. Thanks for all that you do!

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Life Stories

Life Stories

An Interview with Marissa Schneider, Gift Mart Participant

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any students rush to school at the last moment, but not all. I had the joy of speaking with Marissa Schneider, a senior at the Frontier Campus, early this morning before she headed off to school. I was reminded of how extraordinar y this young woman is as I watched her face light up as she recounted her experience of working at Gift Mar t last Christmas. I have witnessed first hand the effect that missions has on people. Marissa takes me back to the goal of this mission of Gift Mar t 2010 which is to facilitate the building of relationships with the people of Aurora and Wheatland Salem Church. Marissa worked Gift Mar t at Brady last year. While she was working in the childcare area of Gift Mar t, she soon realized she didn’t want this to be a one time event. When she completed the sur vey at the end of the day, she filled in the ‘tell me how I can get involved here’ section with her name and email. Since then Marissa has been helping with a Saturday morning program called, STARS which is a Saturday morning tutoring program for students in the school where Giftmar t was held. The following are a few questions I asked Marissa: Can you give me a brief description of the day? The time was from 9am -3pm, but she said it felt like we were there only one hour. Upon arrival Marissa said there was a person to greet you and show you where to go. The morning began with worship and a prayer for the day and then people broke into the various teams. Marissa‘s choice was to help in the child care program, playing with the children of the parents who were shopping at Gift Mar t. She emphasized the entire program was ver y organized and no training was necessar y. The kids arrived

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By: Becky Keller, Next Generation Care Coordinator

and there were activities and crafts for all age levels. Upon completion of the day’s activities, there was a sur vey regarding suggestions for next year’s Giftmar t. Additionally, there was an oppor tunity for people to receive more information on ministries in the Aurora area. This is how Marissa became involved in Saturday morning tutoring. Where did you experience the presence of Christ during Gift Mart? Seeing the love of the parents, the excited attitude of the children and the outpouring of gifts from the community as people purchased gifts for their children. The tangible hugs and smiles from the children were a constant reminder of why she wanted to help out. Marissa said it was so wonderful to see that ever yone had plenty of gifts. Why would you recommend people to get involved at this busy time of year? Marissa said this ser ving oppor tunity made her Christmas. She said it colored her entire family’s attitude, as her mother ser ved with her as well. It put ever ything into perspective and made her more excited about the real reason we celebrate Christmas. She said the entire mission was so rewarding and recommends Giftmar t to ever yone. What was the ‘long-term’ result of your serving at the Gift Mart? Developing lasting relationships and caring about the people of the Aurora area. Marissa has now built relationships with the children and teachers at the school through the STARS Saturday morning program. She said she is ver y glad she has continued her friendships with these children. It has been gratifying and helped her keep her own life issues in perspective. She also indicated this ministr y has helped her to realize the financial disparity of her school district and that of District 131. Marissa highly recommends this local mission oppor tunity to ever yone at WSC .


Gift Mar t 2010

Gift Mart 2010

GIFT MART

In the early evening hours on a Friday in December, the quiet, empty hallways of Brady and

Bardwell Elementar y schools, in East Aurora, come to life as volunteers begin the exciting task of transforming these schools into what will become the 8th Annual Christmas Gift Mar t. Tractor trailer

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trucks full of toys are emptied into the schools using an old fashioned fire line, classrooms become ar ts and craft areas for children, hallways become store shelves filled to the ceiling with future Christmas presents, special areas are set-up to provide free gift wrapping and the gym becomes a child’s dream play land.

How does this all happen? Since 2003, Community 4:12, a ministr y of Community Christian Church (CCC) has sponsored the Gift Mar t event. By gaining suppor t of businesses, churches, schools, clubs

In the early evening hours on a Friday in December, the quiet, empty hallways of Brady and Bardwell Elementar y schools in East Aurora and individuals the GiftMar t has continued to grow. Last year, more than 120 schools, businesses, restau-

come to life as volunteers begin the exciting task of transforming these schools into what will become the 8th Annual Christmas Gift Mar t. rants, clubs and churches came on board. We at Wheatland Salem joined Naper ville Presbyterian Church,

Tractor trailer trucks full of toys are emptied into the schools using an old-fashioned fire line, classrooms become ar ts and craft areas for Good Shepherd Orchard Church and to Hope Community in this effor t children, hallwaysChurch, become storeValley shelves filled theTabernacle ceiling with futureChurch Christmas presents, special areas are set-up to provide free gift wrap-

pinginand 2009.the gym becomes a child’s dream play land. On Saturday, December 18, 2010, Wheatland Salem in joint ministr y with Community 4:12 will

How does this all happen? Since 2003 Community 4:12, a ministr y of Community Christian Church (CCC), has sponsored the Gift Mar t event. once again open the doors Brady and Elementar y Schools (District 131) in clubs East Aurora, to By gaining the suppor t ofatmore thanBardwell 120 businesses, churches, schools, and individuals, GiftMar t has continued to grow. Wheatland

Salem joined Naper ville Presbyterian Good Shepherd To Church, Orchard Valley Church and Hope Tabernacle Community offerChurch neighborhood parents a hand-up, while preser vingChurch, their dignity and self-esteem. achieve that, Church in this effor t in 2009.

we will be providing them with the oppor tunity to purchase new toys for $2 each. By selling items at such a reduced rate, parents that would normally not be able to purchase gifts for their children will be

On Saturday, December 18, 2010, Wheatland Salem in joint ministr y with Community 4:12, will once again open the doors at Brady and able to Elementar do so without simply receiving a “hand-out.” the proceeds fromneighborhood the sale of the toys will Bardwell y Schools (District 131) in 100% East ofAurora to offer parents a hand-up, while preser ving their dignity and self-

esteem. Totoachieve that, wewewill be tproviding them with the initiatives. oppor tunity to purchase new toys for $2 each. By selling items at such a reduced go back the communities suppor to fund school improvement rate, parents that would normally not be able to purchase gifts for their children will be able to do so without simply receiving a “hand-out.” Last year over 2,750 students and their families were ser ved. Over 10,400 new toys were col-

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the toys will go back to the communities we suppor t to fund school improvement initiatives. lected, over 1,200 volunteers worked the event and more than $20,000 was given back to the schools.

LastThese year activities over 2,750 students andthrough their families Over 10,400 new toys were collected, over 1,200 volunteers worked the event and the funds raised them are were vital toser theved. tremendously under resourced school and more than $20,000 was given back to the schools. These activities and the funds raised through them are vital to the tremendously under districts where more than 70% of the students receive free/reduced lunch, like East Aurora.

resourced school districts like East Aurora, where more than 70% of the students receive free/reduced lunch.

How Can You Get Involved?

1. Purchase and donate a new toy.

Price range is $6-$20.

Appropriate for boys and girls grades K-5

2. Drop off Nov. 28-Dec 12.

Bring gifts to the tree outside of room 114

3. Help deliver the toys

Meet in the Sanctuar y at 12:15pm on Sunday, Dec.12

We will load up cars and vans and deliver the toys to CCC.

4. Ser ve the day of the event

Register to ser ve at www.communitychristian.org/giftmar t

There are various shifts and jobs, all require

adult super vision.

Questions? Call Becky 630.904.1035 x114

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Reconnect Christmas

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Reconnect Christmas 2010

RECONNECT CHRISTMAS 2010 What are you doing for Christmas this year? Worship The angels singing over Bethlehem gave us the first clue on appropriate ways to welcome the arrival of Jesus: joyful worship! Plan to be with your faith family each week in worship for this special season. O come, let us adore Him!

Serve At Wheatland we are relentless about putting feet on our faith. This year, for the second time, we are grateful to par tner with our friends at Community Christian Church to ser ve the families of the near east side in Aurora through Gift Mar t. This is a perfect oppor tunity for children and parents to ser ve together through buying a gift to give and by ser ving on Saturday, December 18th. See details on p.15 of this issue.

Share Give a gift that makes Jesus smile! We call it Reconnect Christmas. It’s pretty simple. Calculate home much you would normally spend on yourself and those close to you for Christmas gifts. Then redirect 25% - 50% of that amount to a special offering at Wheatland Salem on December 19th. The Community Center in Kigoma, Tanzania is just about done. And our project in Mahbubnagar, India exploded in scope so that we are in a par tnership leasing space and already involved with nearly 600 children who would normally face a life of bonded labor. This year Reconnect Christmas is much closer to home. Throughout our nation’s economic recession we, as a congregation, have stretched, scrimped, gotten by, and, often, barely made it – but we have been constant in pouring ourselves and our resources out for others. Well, the recession grinds along. And the impact on individuals and families of our congregation grinds along, too. The Bible reminds us that one of the cardinal indicators of our faith is to “love one another.” We’re also warned not to let our care for each other come in the currency of best wishes and good intentions, but in real, practical help. There are

jobs lost, mor tgages in arrears, skyrocketing COBRA payments, out-of-pocket medical expenses, proper ty taxes, utilities, groceries and gasoline. These all belong to our congregation, too. The Missions Leadership Team, after much discussion, consideration and prayerful decision-making, has designated our Reconnect Christmas project to benefit the Wheatland Salem Care Fund. This fund is used completely and directly for the practical needs of our congregation’s members and friends. This is not par t of the regular church “budget” and has been funded in the past by special gifts from individuals and families. The Reconnect Christmas gift will be placed in the Care Fund and administered through the next year under the leadership of Pastor Carol Griffith along with Pastor Scott and Pastor Bob. Funds will be disbursed according to Care Fund guidelines and with accountability to the Church Board. The names of specific recipients and situations will, as always, remain anonymous in their par ticulars, but we anticipate that as we share these resources together we will also share in general the positive impact in the lives of our sisters and brothers right here. This is a practical exercise in Christian community that allows for children, youth, and adults to redirect a sacrificial por tion of their allowances, earnings, and “Christmas budget” for the care of sisters and brothers with whom we worship, pray, and ser ve week by week.

Plan to bring your Reconnect Christmas offering on Sunday, December 19th. Our goal is $50,000.

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World Healers

World Healers Partners of Wheatland Salem Taking Part in the Redemption of the World As Christ followers, each of us are called to a God-glorifying lifestyle that has an impact on the world around us. This is true if we are teachers, lawyers, custodians or students. Par t of our mission at Wheatland Salem to love God, love others and change the world, calls us to link arms with those around us who have a voice in places and with people beyond our own reach.

The following pages attempt to give a brief over view of the ministries of a handful of those par tners. We hope you’ll dig deeper into each ministr y through the web links so that you can be inspired by their stories and learn how to best pray for our brothers and sisters healing the world where they have been called.

Zbigniew Chojnacki Ambassadors for Christ International Location: Ostroda, Poland Ministry focus: Sharing the Gospel and building relationships in the following ways: • Local church meetings (about 28 per year) • Children’s puppet shows • Ministr y to alcoholics, called “The Ostroda Sobriety Days” • Spiritual revival meeting for men called “Encounter Jesus” • Summer camps for children and youth Learn more at afciworld.org

Hesed House Location: Aurora, IL Ministry focus: Transitioning men, women and children out of homlessness as quickly as possible. • In its 28th year of ser ving the greater Fox Valley area • Approximately 400 individuals receive shelter, food, showers, laundr y ser vices, counseling and other assistance at Hesed House ever y day. • Assisted by 80 faith-based organizations, over 6,000 volunteers, generous donors and collaborations with other social ser vice agencies. To learn more visit hesedhouse.org To volunteer through Wheatland Salem visit bit.ly/hesedhouse

Charlie and Chris Hanak Ambassadors for Christ International Location: Global Charlie’s ministry focus: Organizing and leading teams for medical evangelism, construction of church facilities and ministr y teams for children’s work, youth evangelism and discipleship. Chris’ ministry focus: Coordinating women’s ministries, focusing on equipping women leaders in more than 30 countries on six continents. Already this year she has taught courses in India, Ethiopia, Ghana, Domincan Republic and Peru. Learn more at afciworld.org or search for “Charlie and Chris Hanak” on Facebook.

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World Healers

Feed My Star ving Children Location: Aurora, IL packing facility (based in Minnesota) Ministry focus: committed to feeding God’s star ving children hungr y in body and spirit. • Adult and children volunteers pack and ship meals especially designed for star ving children to nearly 70 countries around the world. • Each meal costs only 19 cents to produce To learn more visit fmsc.org To volunteer through Wheatland Salem visit bit.ly/wscfmsc

Lifespring Ministr y A Division of Wayside Cross Ministries Location: Aurora, IL Ministry focus: Lifespring is a long-term transitional facility for homeless women and children. A 12 month program offers hope through Jesus and prepares women and children to live independently in the community. • Provides Bible studies and classes on parenting, finance, nutrition, cooking, computer skills, and GED tutoring • Two licensed counselors meet with women to work through emotional and spiritual struggles. Learn more at waysidecross.org

Lowell and Claudia Wer tz Joy in the Har vest Location: Kigoma, Tanzania Ministry focus: Ser ving in Africa “so they may know Jesus” • Evanglism and church planting (including construction) • Compassion ministries (feeding station for street people, destitute camp, people in crisis program, refugee work) • Vocational training (a free computer school, apprenticeship training programs) • Technical ser vices to help the church • Medical assistance for the poor Learn more at joyinthehar vest.com

Sam Stevens Alpha Chicago Location: Chicago and surrounding area Ministry focus: Encouraging the development of effective Alpha Courses across the Chicago region as a tool for making disciples of Jesus Christ and strengthening local churches. • The Alpha course is open to ever yone interested in discovering what Christianity is all about and provides a safe place for people to explore the meaning of life. • 15 million people have now taken the Alpha course. • Thousands of churches in 169 countries around the world have run Alpha. • More than 200 churches in the Chicago region are being equipped to run Alpha. Learn more at alphausa.org/chicago

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World Healers

D&K (Names, specific ministr y, and location not disclosed for security purposes) Location: Middle East Ministry focus: Through personal relationships and small discussion groups, D&K share the good news of Jesus Christ. • Their countr y of ser vice is conser vatively Islamic; women wear the burqa, and the call to prayer resonates through the land five times a day. • There are a few scattered, secret believers, but there is no indigenous church • D&K are currently star ting a small business in order to ser ve long-term in the Middle East.

Christina Maddalone World Gospel Mission Location: Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Burundi Ministry focus: Developing and implementing sponsorship programs at various ministr y locations. • Sponsorship programs provide children with education and two meals per day. • Christina also leads discipleship groups, mentors young women and helps organize discipleship programs. • In the states now but traveling back to Uganda for one year in Januar y, 2011 Learn more at christinainuganda.blogspot.com

Sam Tsu Inter varsity Location: Chicago, IL - University of Illinois-Chicago Ministry focus: Developing and empowering students to create communities which engage the university and its students with the Gospel. Inter varsity aims to provide oppor tunities for students to grow as followers of Jesus through • discipleships • leadership conferences • small group Bible studies • outreach gatherings and mission oppor tunities

Peter and Esther Pereira Hope for Today Location:Hyderabad, India Ministry focus: Working with under-privileged children, families and communities, aiming to help them reach their full potential through • education • vocational training • micro loans • health care • nutrition Learn more at hftteam.org

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World Healers

T&J (Names and specific location not disclosed for security purposes) Location: China Ministry focus: Working with orphaned and handicapped children • Helping children improve their fine motor skills • Helping children to become more self sufficient in feeding and dressing themselves, getting into a standing position so they can walk and use the bathroom by themselves • T&J’s goal is “to point beyond ourselves to the one who loves us and them, but we star t with their immediate physical and emotional needs.”

Pablo and Claudete Mora Methodist Church of Paraguay Location: Paraguay Ministry focus: Pablo ser ves as Bishop of the Methodist Church in Paraguay, where Pablo and Claudete have been in ministr y doing church planting and discipleship for 23 years. Their current focus is on: • setting goals for the Church • preparing future leaders Their biggest needs at this time are maintaining health and suppor t. Learn about our recent medical mission to Paraguay at wscmissionparaguay.tumblr.com

Wes and Joy Griffin International Leadership Institute Location: Global Ministry focus: Accelerating the spread of the Gospel by training leaders and changing lives around the world • International Leadership Institute (ILI) was co-founded by Wes and Joy • ILI launched with 3 leadership conferences in 2000. Today over 300 conferences annually equip more than 10,000 leaders with advanced training in leadership, evangelism, and multiplication. • Over 50,000 ILI alumni ser ve in more than sixty nations Learn more at ILITeam.org

Piotr Gasiorowski Methodist Church of Paraguay Location: Poland Ministry focus: Equipping people of any generation to get to their God given potential by • holding Christian English camps for children as an outreach tool • encouraging Christians in Poland to live a life in which God is worshipped daily • running the Leadership Institute in cooperation with John Maxwell, Bill Hybels and Carson Pue, to deliver programs and training for leaders in Poland. The last Global Leadership Conference gathered 350 leaders. This year they expect 500! Learn more at instytutprzywodztwa.eu

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World Healers

Camille and Joel Brantley Young LIfe Location: Collier ville, TN Ministry focus: Outreach ministr y to middle school and high school students • Young Life is a non-denominational ministr y committed to building relationships with the “unchurched” and “uninterested” to share the Gospel. • Camille and Joel, along with their team of young adult leaders, invest in the lives of over 350 kids on a regular basis through outreach clubs, camps, Bible studies and relationships outside of programs. • They are currently reaching kids in 2 high schools and 3 middle schools. Learn more at collier ville.younglife.org

Donna and Dave Bruns Centenar y Camp Location: Gadsden County, Florida Ministry focus: Centenar y Camp is a year round camp offering oppor tunities for the gospel to be shared. • This year, through donations of $150 per child, they began offering day camps to impoverished children at no charge, also supplying them with swimsuits and flip flops. • Their hope is to have four day camps next summer reaching over 200 children. Learn more at centenar y-camp.org

R&S (Names, specific ministr y, and location not disclosed for security purposes) Location: Middle East Ministry focus: R & S and their children live in the Middle East as par t of an urban community in which R holds a position that allows him to be in contact with the people of their neighborhood. God is on the move in the Middle East. R & S and their children are one of the families the Lord is using to reach across cultural boundaries with the redeeming message of the gospel.

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You Location: Right where you are Ministry focus: Exactly what God gifted you for • Learn more about oppor tunities to ser ve locally and in other par ts of the countr y and the world by visiting our “Ser ve Database” at wheatlandsalem.org/ser ve. • Need some more personal direction? Call Tari at 630.904.1035 x217 or email her at tari_crema@wheatlandsalem.org


Recover

Everyone needs a new start. Hope is on the way. 12 Steps of Life Recovery Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous Overeaters Anonymous Al-anon Group Boundaries Group “Where Is God When It Hurts” Study

Thursday Nights All groups at Oswego Campus @ 7 p.m. AA only at Naperville Campus @ 7:30 pm. Childcare available upon request For more info: Visit bit.ly/wscrecovery Contact Pastor Bob Butler at 630.904.1035 x134 or bob_butler@wheatlandsalem.org


Everday Ser vice Institute

Everyday Service Institute preparing Christ followers for everyday service that makes a long term impact

Register and get more info at wheatlandsalem.org/register

Get Childcare if needed by contacting Vicki at vicki_saunders@wheatlandsalem.org or call 630.904.1035 x407

Intro Classes

Intro classes are intended to help jump-star t your spiritual journey from your star ting point. Baptism Orientation Learn about baptism, get equipped to be faith building parents. Saturdays at 8:30 - 10 a.m. | Dates: 11/20, 1/15

Semester Classes

Core 101, 201 & 301 At WSC when we think of membership, we don’t think so much of joining a religious institution as of becoming part of a life-changing spiritual journey. Those who are ready to engage that journey are expected to complete three (3) Core classes. The classes are held in sequence on Saturdays four or five times each year. Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Dates: 11/20, 1/15

Semester classes are those which take extra time or greater depth of exploration to cover a par ticular topic. They address a variety of topical areas such as: understanding God’s word, caring for one another, Christian worldview, building a relationship with Christ, perspectives of our fore-fathers/mothers, introduction to Christian beliefs, and right living. Ephesians using material by N.T. Wright Sundays | 9:45 a.m. | Peggy McGahan 11 a.m. | Jim Beebe | Dates: 9/12 to 11/21 “Return of the Prodigal” by Henri Nouwen Wednesdays | 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. | Donna Micklich Dates: 11/3 to 12/8 “Christmas from the Backside” by J. Ellsworth Kalas Sundays | 11 a.m. | Dates: 11/7 to 12/19

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Ever yday Ser vice Institute

Sprint Classes

Sprint classes are intended for our busy adults who want to par ticipate in a biblical learning environment, without the long-term commitment of a semester class. Our Sunday morning sprint classes also give Sunday School teachers, guides and other Sunday morning ministr y teams the oppor tunity to ser ve and learn on a schedule that works for them. Sprint classes address topical areas such as: building a relationship with Christ, introduction to Christian beliefs, right living, being a light to the world, and Christian worldviews. Faith and the Marketplace Sunday at 9:45 a.m. | 10/17, 12/12 (11 a.m.) | Tom Ambler Me and My House - Sundays | 9:45 a.m. | Kim Neace & Marc Liskey Learn about a particular spiritual discipline and how to teach and practice that discipline with children. Session 2 - 10/31 Letting Go and Drawing Near Session 3 - 11/21 Joy! Joy! Joy! Session 4 - 12/19 Whisper Getting a Grip... - Sundays | 9:45 and Tuesdays | 7 - 8:30 p.m | Based on a resource by Bill Hybels that addresses the challenges of dealing with a life that feels out of control. Session 2 - “...On Your Schedule” 11/7 or 11/9 Session 3 - “...On Your Body” 12/5 or 12/7 Why Do We Do Missions? - Sunday at 9:45 & 11 a.m. Date: 11/7 | Jim Meyer Pastor’s Perspective Second Wednesdays | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Dates: 11/10, 12/8 Pastor Scott Field 11/10: What about divorce for Christians? 12/8: Is Jesus the only way to salvation?

Parable Study - Sundays | 11 a.m. | Cindy Schneider Explore modern re-tellings of Jesus’ parables in different film genres Session 2 - The Sower 11/14 and 11/21

Surviving the Holidays Wednesday | 11/17 | 7-9 p.m. | Pastor Carol Griffith For many, the holidays are a busy, joy-filled time when people take a break from the routine of day-to-day life. Perhaps you would like to take a break from the feelings of loneliness, anxiety, anger and depression, but it’s not possible. Grief doesn’t take a holiday. Surviving the Holidays is a DVD and discussion group which offers the opportunity to find strength, healing, and tools to move forward in your daily walk through the deep pain of grief. Feeling the Call to Missions - Sunday at 9:45 | 11/21 | Bruce Orr & Arlene Johnson An exploration of and invitation to go on a mission trip

“How To...” - Sundays at 9:45 & 11 a.m. 11/14 -How to Choose a Bible 12/12 - How to Study the Bible

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Connection Points For Adults

Connection Points Groups designed to connect believers together for life’s journeys

Register and get more info at wheatlandsalem.org/register

Get Childcare if needed by contacting Vicki at vicki_saunders@wheatlandsalem.org or call 630.904.1035 x407

Mens’ Groups Men of various ages gathering for community, encouragement and growth. Group 1 - Saturdays, 6 - 8:30 a.m. Group 2 - Saturdays, 8:30 - 10 a.m. Moms By Faith (see ad on p. 31) Moms of all life and faith stages gathering through meet-ups, “Faith Enrichment Days” and a variety of events. Meet and Greets - First Tuesdays (11/2, 12/7) 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. Faith Enrichment Days - Every Thursday 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. Other events - visit meetup.com/moms-by-faith Partnering Parents - 2nd Sunday of the month 11 a.m. - noon Healing Service - Saturday, 11/27 | 5 p.m. | Sanctuary Music, Scripture and opportunity to pray and be prayed for.

The Gathering Place - Wednesdays | Noon - 3 p.m. Seniors’ Group that meets and plays games. Prayer Platoon - 2nd Thursday of the month | 7 - 8 p.m. A network of families with members in the military that offers prayer, support, resources, and encouragement. Prayer Gathering - Tuesdays | 7 - 8 p.m. A time of prayer and worship. Rotates between Naperville Campus (11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/21) and Oswego Campus (11/9, 11/23, 12/14, 12/28) Small Groups - Various meeting times at WSC and in homes. Being in a smaller community of people is one of the best ways to grow in faith. Small groups at WSC provide four basic opportunities for spiritual and relational growth: to connect with one another, to grow as Christ-followers, to pray and care for one another and to serve others outside the group.

AA and other Recovery Groups (see ad on p. 9) Naperville Campus - Thursdays | 7:30 - 9 p.m. Oswego Campus - Thursdays | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Give the gift of a youth retreat In the winter of 2011, Wheatland Salem Youth Ministries will be taking High School students on a retreat to Cedar Lake Camp in Indiana that will be a life changing event for many as the Gospel is shared through messages and conversations they can relate to. Some students, however, won’t be able to attend the retreat becuase money is tight at home. We’d like to offer you the opportunity to donate money toward a scholarship fund that will assist these students. Please contact Colin for more infomation about the retreat and the scholarship fund at 630.904.1035 x141 or colin_cranmer@wheatlandsalem.org

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Ser ving Oppor tunities

Serving Opportunities Opportunites to build the Kingdom with our gifts and resources Adults Administrative Support Family Ministry Planning Team Marriage Ministry Team Member Small Group Leader/Facilitator Subject Matter Experts/Presenters Teacher for Adult Classes Women’s Large Group Team Caring Ministry Handyman Ministry Health Ministries Team New Directions Facilitator (Divorce Support Group) Prayer Support Rainbows Small Group Facilitator Special Friends Special Needs Respite Night Team Member Stephen Minister Treasure Bears Team Member Children Administrative Support Baptism Orientation Team Member Cherub Choir for 3, 4 and 5 Year-Olds Children’s Hospitality/Coordinator Family Communion Retreat Team Member Home Court Advantage Team Member JAM Leader Kids’ Church Team Member Nursery and Child Care Sunday School Teacher YUC Team Member

Communications Graphic Design Team Web Development Assistant / Content Editor Community Outreach Alpha Team Member Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Health Ministries Team Helping Hands Hesed House Food Supplier Hesed House Volunteer Serve the Community Day Planning Team Serve the Community Day Work Team Leader Large Event Planning Team Large Event Volunteer Hospitality Weekend Greeter Weekday Hospitality Desk Weekend Hospitality Desk Weekend Usher Missions Short Term Missions Trips Gift Mart Workers Small Groups Small Group Leader/Facilitator Teacher for Adult Classes Technical Arts Technical Production Crew Worship Arts

visit wheatlandsalem.org/ser ve to learn more

Cherub Choir for 3, 4 and 5 Year-Olds Cornerstone Adult Vocal Choir Faithful Men Choir Adult Handbell Choir Children’s Chime Choir Director Children’s Musical Support Drama Team Lead Greeter Lead Usher Praise Choir Silent Choir Worship Musicians Worship Vocalist Youth Administrative Support Manfood cooks Confirmation Guides (Middle School) Creative Support Sunday School Teachers (6-12th Grade) “The Well” (Sunday Night) Youth Church Volunteers • House Group Hosts • Set-up Team • Tech Team • Cafe Team • Creative Programming Team • Worship Band • Small Group Leaders • Catalyst Team (welcome team) • Game Leaders • Guard Team • Tear-down Team

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Not sure where to serve? Contact Tari at 630.904.1035 x217 or tari_crema@wheatlandsalem.org

Ser ving in Oswego As we expand the reach of our ministry to two campuses, we are looking to deepen our exisitng leadership teams in all areas to include ministry to the Oswego community, especially in the areas of: - Children’s Ministry - Youth Ministry - Adult Discipleship - Outreach - Communictions - Worship Arts

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Ministries For Children & Families

Ministries for Children Register and get more info at wheatlandsalem.org/register

Get Childcare if needed by contacting Vicki at vicki_saunders@wheatlandsalem.org or call 630.904.1035 x407

Sundays

Nursery - 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. | Ages 6 weeks to 2 years old by 9/1/10 Infants and toddlers enjoy making friends, receiving love and attention while in a safe environment. Sunday School - 9:45 and 11 a.m. | 9:45: Age 3 to 5th grade 11:00: Age 3 to Kindergarten Learning the basics of the Christian faith with large and small group times. Different curriculums at each hour. Friends are welcome!

Weekdays

Kids’ Church - Sundays 11 a.m. | 1st to 5th grade by 9/1/10 Worship and Sunday School combined in a creative multimedia environment.. Friends are welcome!

JAM (Jesus And Me) - Wednesdays (9/22 - 3/23), 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Age 4 to 5th grade Children learn about the faith through drama, crafts, media, games and Bible lessons. Friendships are grown between kids, adult leaders and ultimately Jesus Christ. The Ten Commandments will be studied this year. Cost: $50/ child for the year

Special Events

YUC (Youth Under Construction) - First Fridays (11/5, 12/3) | 4th-5th grade | 7 - 9 p.m. Monthly events with hang out time, team building, devotions and more (on and off campus). Invite a friend! 11/5 - “Monster Mash” 12/3 - Christmas Party

Special Needs Respite Night - Friday, 12/3 | 6 - 9 p.m. An opportunity for parents of special needs children to have the night off as a trained staff cares for their children. Christmas Adventure - Saturday, 12/4 | 4 - 8 p.m. Decorating, potluck dinner, cookie baking and Christmas caroling for the entire family. Visit bit.ly/xmasadventure for more info

Change the World - One Life at a Time We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Join the mission. Invest in the next generation through relationships. Volunteer in Children or Youth Ministries. Call Linda (children) at 630.904.1035 x409 or Colin (youth) at x141 for more info

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Ministries For Youth

Ministries for Youth Middle School Sunday School - Sundays, 9:45 a.m. | Room 211 & 11 a.m. | Room 216 A discussion-group based ministry. Come hang out with friends and dive into God’s Word together. High School Sunday School - Sundays, 11 a.m. | Room 211 Grab some coffee and join us upstairs for conversation about the tough questions. A short lesson and lots of discussion. Confirmation - Sundays, 11 a.m. | Sanctuary Confirmation is a two-year process where middle school students learn the foundational beliefs of Christianity, the basics of the bible and what it means to live like a Christian. Students are matched up with small groups and adult Guides that move with them through the process. “The Well” - Youth Church (see ad on p.2) @wheatland - Student-led worship gathering in the CWC First and third Sundays of each month - High School | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Second and fourth Sundays of each month - Middle School | 6 - 8 p.m. @home - House groups that gather off site First and third Sundays of each month - Middle School | 6 - 8 p.m. Second and fourth Sundays of each month - High School | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Youth Serving Night - Second Wednesdays (11/10, 12/8 ) | 6:30 - 9 p.m. A monthly opportunity for students to give back to the community by serving at Wayside Cross and Life Spring Women’s Shelter.

Special Events

Manfood! - First Thursdays (11/4, 12/2) | 5 - 6:30 p.m. Come and eat as much meat and potatoes as you can fit in your stomach. Men and “pre-men” only! Bring $4 per person.

High School Winter Retreat - Friday to Sunday, January 14 - 16, 2011 - Cedar Lake, IN Register now! $160 until 12/12, $180 after Middle School Lock-In - Friday to Saturday, February 18 - 19, 2011 - 7:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m. Confirmation Retreat - Friday to Sunday, May 13 - 15, 2011

Youth Mission Trip We are going to New Orleans in July, 2011 Information Meeting on Thursday, November 4th at 7 p.m. in room 211 $150 deposit due by November 30th Incoming freshmen through college students (fall 2011) welcome! 29


In Celebration & Thanksgiving You are cordially invited to attend the WSC All-Blessings Dinner Saturday, November 20 6:00PM – 9:00PM • CWC

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works!

Psalm 105: 1–2 (RSV)

• Catered Dinner • Special guest speaker, Jeff Miller • Music by The Faithful Men • Comments from Pastor Scott Field RSVP by November 10 using registration form in brochure or WSC website.

Dinner sponsored by the WSC Men’s Ministry

Donation for All-Blessings Dinner Single – $5.00 • Family – $12.00 • Senior (65+) – Free

Wheatland Salem Church

All-Blessings Dinner November 20, 2010


WSC Staff Directory

All staff can be reached at 630.904.1035 and their extension or at firstname_lastname@wheatlandsalem.org

Lead Staff:

Student Ministries:

Scott Field, Senior Pastor, x227 Carol Griffith, Assistant Pastor, x226 Bob Butler, Assistant Pastor, x134 Amy Altenbern, Director of Ministr y, x136 Tari Crema, Church Administr ator, x217

Colin Cr anmer, Coordinator of Student Ministr ies, x141 Pam Fecht, Student Ministr y Progr am Suppor t, x140 Amy Altenber n, Director of Ministr y, x136

Pastors: Scott Field, Senior Pastor, x227 Carol Griffith, Assistant Pastor, x226 Bob Butler, Assistant Pastor, x134 Ann Berglind, Administrative Assistant to the Pastor s, x228

Caring Ministries: Becky Keller, Next Generation Care Coordinator, x114 Carol Griffith, Assistant Pastor, x226

Worship Arts:

Children’s Ministries: Linda Young, Coordinator of Children’s Ministr y, x409 Vicki Saunder s, Childcare Super visor, x407 Deb Lionber ger, Children’s Ministr y Progr am Suppor t, x410

Office Administration Team: Gr ace Toledo, Office Administr ator, x222 Kim Bailey, Administr ative Assistant, x225

Communications Team: Ben Thomas, Media Production Coordinator, x229 Shawn Hubbard, Coordinator of Web Ministr y, x230 Gr ace Toledo, Office Administr ator, x222

Jen Liskey, Coordinator of Wor ship Ar ts, x133 Ben Thomas, Wor ship Leader, x229 Teddy Bennett, Organist

Technology:

Outreach:

Business Office:

Kim Neace , Coordinator of Outreach, x223

Volunteering/Connecting at Wheatland Salem: Tari Crema, Church Administr ator, x217

Adult Ministries: Amy Altenbern, Director of Ministr y, x136

Jeff Mar tin, Systems Administr ator, x162 Laur a Har ter, Finance and Database Coordinator, x220 Ann Ber glind, A.P. and Payroll, x228

Wheatland Salem Christian Academy: Nancy Brossman, WSC A Pr incipal, x414 Val Billingsley, WSC A Assistant Director, x408 Nancy Eble , WSC A Assistant Director, x415 Janet Br atta, Administr ative Assistant, x413


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Join us for worship at our Oswego campus Wednesday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Eve Service - 7 p.m. Friday, December 24th - Christmas Eve Service - 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

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Wheatland Life November & December 2010