October's Leadership Newsletter

Welcome to October's Leadership Newsletter -
a place to hear the heart and thoughts of leaders in our church.
One of our values: Do the work!
It is said that hard work is one of the most important keys to success. It can help individuals achieve their goals and overcome obstacles that may initially seem insurmountable. However, hard work is not just about putting in long hours or working tirelessly towards a goal. Hard work requires grit, discipline, desire to change, and a willingness to learn from failures.
This work ethic can help individuals in any aspect of their lives, from personal relationships to professional endeavors and, in our context of the church, spiritual growth! When individuals work hard, they are able to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in virtually every area of their lives. They are also able to develop a sense of self-discipline, which can help them stay focused and on track even when things get challenging. Do the work
Another key benefit of hard work is that it can help individuals increase their level of confidence. When individuals work hard and achieve success, they are able to boost their skill sets and feel more confident in their abilities. Practice makes perfect, is what they say. This increased confidence can help them take on new challenges and pursue their goals with greater determination. Do the work!
By developing a strong work ethic, increasing self-discipline, and boosting confidence, individuals can achieve their goals and overcome even the most difficult obstacles. Success rarely comes overnight, and individuals must be willing to put in the time and effort required to take steps forward. This may mean putting in extra hours at work, practicing a skill repeatedly, or seeking out feedback and mentorship. It also means not giving up when faced with setbacks or failures. Instead, individuals must be willing to learn from these experiences and use them as opportunities to grow and improve.

Do the work is a value by which we as a church understand that all growth, spiritual and otherwise, comes from a daily discipline to persist in our efforts. Do the work isn’t about salvation or the grace that comes from God. Doing the work is a recognition that we all want to grow, and that doesn’t just happen by thinking about it. It requires some activity on your part to take the steps forward to grow in the Lord. Do the work is about transformation.

Psalm 90:16–17
Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
Read the Commentary from the ESV Study Bible
“Let your work be shown”, i.e., display your love toward your people in great deeds of power that enable them to flourish. God made his covenant with Abraham and with his offspring (who must themselves embrace the covenant), and the Old Testament faithful seek the continuation of the people through their own pious children (cf. Ps. 78:3–8; Ps. 103:17; Ps. 145:4). Or “beauty” (Ps. 27:4). God’s own beauty is on display through his faithful servants. The work of our hands is the work that God’s people do in pursuit of their calling (Deut. 14:29; Deut. 16:15; Deut. 24:19).
Colossians 3:23–24
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.


Missions & Outreach:
As any team of capable individuals with a passion to see God's Kingdom come, we on the M&O Team find ourselves pulled in many directions often. But when we come together to prayerfully create a gameplan for each next step we are blessed to enjoy each other's company and to see the Lord bringing fruit from our imperfect faithfulness. We have been reaching out to many of you to collaborate on Missions Conference coming up and we're looking forward to that. We see great potential in the intersection of various gifts here in our congregation - of solid godly character - to connect with our community in impactful ways, as well as grow a fruitful partnership with our friends in Uruguay & beyond. Please continue to pray with us for the direction, provision, and effectiveness of our church's ventures in missions and outreach. Consider how you can participate. Because...

Jesus is our Solution. He has brought us to Himself and united us in One purpose. Just like He was moved by compassion we go to those surrounded by darkness, bringing His powerful light, and we look forward to the miraculous work He will do beyond our imagination.

We believe Jesus.
We go wherever He leads.
We invite others out of darkness into His marvelous light. We partner with fellow believers doing the same across the world.


Development Questions:

Abraham, Moses, David, Esther, Paul, Mary, Jesus. One thing these all had in common was a common goal, obedience to God. We live in an age that measures your value on scales of comparison; your wealth, your influence, your reputation.

God measures your life on a scale of obedience (see Romans 2:6-11, John 14:15, or just search the topic of obedience). Jesus’ obedience led to our freedom and redemption. What might God do with your obedience? How are you doing on the obedience scale?

Opportunities from the Coaching Ministry:
Discovery Course Small Group - We are wanting to take the discovery course methods and create further encouragement through a small group format. If you are interested into digging deeper with Strengths, Spiritual Disciplines, and Spiritual Gifts in a small group, let us know.
Ministry Team Coaching - Team coaching is happening! These meetings are tailored to help take your team to the next level. Whether it is clarity of vision, defining roles, planning for the future, or communication, we can help you in the process. Strengths Coaching - Have you taken the Clifton Strengths Assessment? Are you interesting in developing your strengths more? Schedule an hour with me and walk a way with more understanding about your particular strengths and questions to help further your strengths development journey.


Have you ever needed to run into the grocery store with only 10 minutes to be in and out? You secretly hope to not run into anyone you know so you can just get done and get out of there? Sometimes I think worship can feel like that. We’ve got the tempo of the morning at a clipping pace, and we’re just headed for the finish line as quickly as we can with as few interruptions as possible. Ok. Structure and a plan is not only good, but needed when we gather as a group. On the other hand, our relationship with God is supposed to be that: a relationship. How is a relationship deepened?  The precious (and limited) commodity of time is one of the greatest things we can give.  Sacrificed time and full attention give opportunity to worship God rightly.  It has been my prayer lately as I prepare to lead worship that God would choose the “tempo,” and we would be faithful to listen and follow. That there would be space and opportunity to respond to him, because we “expect more.” We expect and want him to show up in our worship.  We need his healing touch and the joy his presence brings.   What's the tempo, Lord?


 Kids Ministry:
“We will not hide the glorious deeds of the Lord from our children, but will tell the coming generation his might and the wonders he has done - that the next generation might know his testimonies, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children - SO THAT THEY SHOULD SET THEIR HOPE IN GOD."  Psalm 78

This is the heartbeat - that the kids of the next generation would grow up with their hope firmly set on Jesus. What a worthy task!  Pray for our kids that their hearts would be receptive to the Gospel and for our teachers that they would be equipped with joy to serve and teach.

Kids Ministry is available on Sunday mornings for Sunday School, on Sunday mornings during the sermon, and on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30.


 Care Ministry:
This season has highlighted the importance and blessing of our Church family. While it would seem that the highest joy of our Care Team ministry is supporting celebrations like weddings and new babies and Easter brunch, it is equally meaningful to serve in times of illness, and even loss and grief.

I am deeply grateful for the people who contributed in big and small ways to support the Bartosh and Bloom families and loved ones. The commitment of many to provide whatever was needed from flowers to food to helping hands fills my heart, and I know it meant so much to all who came to the memorial services for Roxanne and Jaci.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

It’s an honor to serve in times of need, and I am grateful for those who come alongside to care for others in our church, no matter the occasion.

Do you feel the call to serve others in our church in times of need or celebration? Please reach out to me.

Risa Petrie

Small Group:
Encouragement 101 continues to meet for a short Bible study, prayer, and encouragement. The Bible studies are eclectic, the prayers heartfelt, and the encouragement unfettered from the Wednesday night meeting.

Please join Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 in the Gathering Room down the southeast hall

Jason Fazel -

John Wiebe -
Mark Ayen -
Brad Johnson -
Aaron Kudlak -
Scott McLean -
Scott Thorne -

Joe Scott -
Larry Ash -

Mark Ayen -

Small groups
Encouragement 101 Andy and Pam -
Torah Club John & Dianne Wiebe -

Risa Petrie -

Brad Johnson -

Sunday School
Adults -
Mark Ayen -
Elementary -
Zak Wiebe -
Preschool -
Christine Thorne -

Kim Kunckel -

Hannah Burd -

Jason Fazel -

Marie Scott -

Marie Scott -

Hannah Burd -

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