June 2012 Church News

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Where would we be?

We take Sunday morning for granted. We walk in and out and frequently do not even see all the great hands at work in our house. Where would we be without these people?

Where would we be without at nursery? Families with small children rely on this Grand Canyon of commitments during worship hours, and it will always remain a critical ministry point of service. To all our nursery servants, Thank You!

Where would we be without our greeters? This is a large rotation, but when greeters are absent we feel it. For the people who walk through our doors, our greeters are the first Hello of the morning. To all of our greeters, Thank You!

Where would we be without our musicians and vocalists? Obviously, churches have long worshiped without instruments, but we enjoy ours. The diversity in the house is very interesting, don't you think? And how can we thank our vocalists, both choir and soloists and backup singers? All of you add unforgettable moments to the gatherings. Thank You!

Where would be without our hospitality hands? There are people who arrive long before the crowds to set up Sunday coffee/breakfast and Wednesday meals. These fine friends allow all of us to enjoy a meal together. They quietly set up and clean up, and we would be far from our regular fellowship without them. To all of our hospitality people, Thank You!

Where would we be without our teachers and chaperones? our Sunday School and small group teachers are irreplaceable, of course, and they so often serve as the backbone of our congregation. Week in and out they prepare lessons and keep up with people. We also have the benefit of adults who serve in youth and children's ministry-a wide brand of servants who influence widely. To all of our teachers, Thank You!

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Great Opportunities in June

    • VBS Planning Meeting 6/11 @ 7 PM
      Please join us as we near completion of our readiness for the July 15-19 VBS. This event is one of the highlights of the year for children.

    • Youth Camp 6/18-22
      Our youth and chaperones again set out for five days of learning and service. Please contact Jay if you have interest.

    • Oneida Summer Mission Trip 6/24-29
      This annual event is one that will stretch your muscles as well as your mind. If you have the time and ability to lend help, you will greatly enjoy this week in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

    • NASCAR Weekend 6/28-30
      coming to Sparta for the multiple-day races. Whether handing out water bottles, cookies, or anything else you can consider, there is a place for you with this group of volunteers. See Bob Young for details.

“The Resolution” for Dads

In honor of Father’s Day, we will show the movie The Resolution on Friday, June 15 at 7 PM.

On Father’s Day, June 17, we will follow a scene from the movie and call on fathers to take up the resolution—basically a promise to raise and influence our children for Christ. It should be a memorable morning for all of us.

We are a church greatly blessed by conscientious parents, so this is not a new step for us. But there is a place for drawing a line in the sand and making our intentions of parenting known. We hope to see everyone on Father’s Day.

Sunday Worship: Sermon Series

Conflict. It is the word we least like and the word that best describes our attempts to live this faith in real time in a real world.

The sermons over the next few months will explore the obvious and not-so-obvious conflicts we face in our time as we seek to follow Christ wholly.

        June 3 - Humans in Hell?
        June 10- Who is God to judge me?
        June 17- The Resolution: Soldiers Come Home
        June 24- Happiness or Holiness?

Exploring the corners of God

On the first Sunday of August we embark on a year’s study of Scripture. We are encouraging everyone to take up the challenge to read through the Bible in a year. The newsletter and weekly bulletins will post the readings.

The sermon Scripture passages and Wednesday eve studies will also follow the order of our readings. We hope you’ll join us.

An October Reminder

Our Fall Revival is October 14-17 with Chris Platte (Crestwood Baptist Church). The week before the revival is fall break for the public school and a great time to do some service work in CHICAGO!

We’ll leave on Sunday the 7th and return Wednesday the 10th. Please consider this opportunity, especially if you’ve never been on a mission trip or to Chicago. We’ll work to make it very affordable. We’ll also make time for families to see the museum campus and Michigan Avenue and the like.

Servant Opportunities for June, 2012

    Deacon of the week
    June 3 Jim Stephenson
    June 10 David Wilhoite
    June 17 David Mefford
    June 24 David Allen

  • Greeters
    June 3 Charlie & Janice Spencer
    June 10 Earl & Dorothy Floyd
    June 17 Jim & Elaine Stephenson
    June 24 Tom & Staycee Castelein

  • Nursery
    June 3 Stacie Darnold & Jennifer Duncan
    June 10 Lora Pelston & Erin Mahoney
    June 17 Glenda Hopper & Deb Lewellyn
    June 24 Pat Welty & Susan Benecke

  • Children's Church
    June 3 Jason & Stacie Darnold
    June 10 Mike & Michelle Long
    June 17 Jay & Michelle Montgomery
    June 24 Ron & Kim Perkinson

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