November's Leadership Newsletter

Welcome to November's Leadership Newsletter -
a place to hear the heart and thoughts of leaders in our church.
Leaders Who:

A leader who prays.

A leader who listens.

A leader who serves.

A leader who sacrifices.

A leader who leads.

A leader who connects.

A leader who encourages.

A leader who teaches.

A leader who corrects.

A leader who laughs.

A leader who loves.

A leader who prays understands the importance of seeking guidance and wisdom in their decision-making. They recognize that prayer is the primary work of God’s people. Their commitment to seeking the Lord in prayer will foster a sense of purpose and direction.

A leader who listens recognizes the value of hearing different perspectives and ideas. They create an environment where individuals feel heard, respected, and valued. By actively listening, they gain insights and build strong relationships with their team members.

A leader who serves leads by example and puts the needs of others before their own. They are willing to roll up their sleeves and work alongside their team, demonstrating humility and a commitment to the greater good. Through their acts of service, they inspire others to do the same.

A leader who teaches is committed to the growth and development of their team. They share their knowledge and expertise, providing mentorship and guidance. Through continuous learning and skill-building, they empower their team members to become leaders themselves.

A leader who corrects understands the importance of accountability and growth. They provide constructive feedback and address issues promptly and fairly. Their commitment to continuous improvement cultivates a culture of learning and excellence. Their desire to pursue excellence is infectious.

A leader who laughs brings joy and positivity to their surroundings. They create a lighthearted and enjoyable atmosphere, fostering camaraderie and reducing stress. Their sense of humor helps build strong relationships and naturally encourages. .

A leader who loves genuinely cares for their team members and demonstrates empathy and compassion. They create a supportive and nurturing environment where individuals feel valued and appreciated. Through their love and care, they inspire loyalty, dedication, and a sense of belonging. Their love creates trust.


That’s a leader who people will follow.


What’s been happening?

We finished a 6 week study of Philippians using Rooted Reservoir Curriculum

What’s coming up?

On Wednesday November 1st, we will kick off a new study of the 3 Johns.

Prayer requests: for growth and safety for all of the students

What are we excited about? Teaching the kids about Jesus and making real connections with them. Also…..Doing another Youth-led Sunday!

What is difficult?

Students being told in public school that they can’t wear clothing with scripture on it and can’t read their Bible during lunch.

What do we want the church to know?

For safety/security, on Wednesday nights, we are asking students to tell a youth leader when they are leaving the youth room for the evening.


Missions & Outreach:
What a blast we had during Missions Week hosting Laura & Peter Marshall! Thanks to everyone who contributed time and resources to help make those events happen, and all who provided a meal for them! They expressed multiple times how nice it was to be with us in fellowship, share together, be refreshed, and talk missions in Uruguay. It was a blessing to have them here and glean from their wisdom and experience. Their humble hearts and real stories encouraged and challenged me. Game Night was a ton of fun. We all learned a bit about Uruguay playing trivia too! Nice job to both teams. Next time maybe there will be Uruguayan treats for a prize;) With prayer time, Sunday school, potluck, and men's/women's events the week was full of goodness. As a church we have given them some financial support as a blessing. Since their full-time missions careers are coming to a close, though, their financial needs are minimal. If you were moved by their testimonies and stirred to pray for and support the ongoing work in Uruguay then your gift to La Rambla project or the Griffins, and/or donation to the church Missions fund, will make a difference! You are always welcome to give in those ways - through the app, on the Alliance website (, or with a check in the church offering box. God is at work, in Casper and throughout the world! What an honor that He invites us to participate.

Upcoming - keep an eye out for prayer and informational meetings about our Missions partnership, and for Outreach opportunities such as:

-December Christmastime Community Care (we are discussing options to potentially include Coffee for Cops, Gifts/Cookies for Unaccompanied Minors, Caroling for the Elderly)

-Christmas Cards for Prisoners

-January Coffeehouse Open Mic Event (in the planning stages)

If you're interested in participating in these events talk to me or another member of the M&O Team - Kim Kunckel, Albert Hall, Aaron & Veronica Kudlak. And as always for more info about what it looks like to be involved in Missions & Outreach initiatives through this church, we invite you to connect with us via this handy-dandy form:

"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God." ~William Carey

"If God calls you to be a missionary, don't stoop to be a king." ~Jordan Grooms

Jesus is our Solution,
Marie Scott

The coaching Ministry at Casper Alliance is here to serve your development needs. What do you want to develop? Personal goals, spiritual life, ministry, career? Schedule an hour with us to see how coaching can help.

Development Questions:

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

What do you need strength for this week?

What kind of strength does God promise us?

How can you look for God’s strength for your life?


It's good to have a strong sisterhood here with Christ as our Bloodline. Our Monday night Bible study on Lectio Divina is providing opportunity for community with each other. We're learning new ways to connect with God. It turns out we had misconceptions about a few interesting concepts like meditation and prophecy. We plan to end the study with a soup night on November 6. At Sandcastles Lunch & Learns we have enjoyed lively and thoughtful discussion about the importance of turning toward Christ as a continual part of our walk with Him, working through the book Upward Spiral by Marie Scott. In November we will discuss the next section "Upward" together and continue to weave opportunities for sharing our God stories into this year of connection points. Due to Thanksgiving we will meet on the 3rd Friday next time (the 17th). Feel free to jump in even if you missed the first couple lunches!

In December we plan a fun get together for any/all ladies ~ a simple yet cozy & caring time of warm beverages and blessing our community. Plan to bring some new socks to give to a local nursing home. Tentatively planning Monday evening Dec 4th - stay tuned for more details!

~Jinx & Marie

Sometimes I have moments of startling honesty with God, and the thought is out before I can stuff it back in. I had one of those recently. Grief can sneak up on you, and in a moment of pain I said, “God, you see us, right? You’re still there, right?” The second I asked the question I knew the answer, but the question itself made me dig. Why am I asking God if He sees when I know He does? As I thought on it, I remembered playing peek-a-boo with my kids. Toddlers have this quirk that if they’re covering their eyes and can’t see you, they don’t think you can see them either. And it hit me: because I can’t see Him, I, like a little kid, have moments when I feel like He doesn’t see me either.

So I turn to my Father...I confess that I’m the toddler and, despite my weaknesses and limits, I know He’s there. I know He sees. The steadfast love of my God covers us all.

“I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul” Psalm 31:7

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are numbered. Fear not, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10: 29-31

El Roi - the God who sees me


As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this month of November there is much to be thankful for in the provisions provided to us by God; daily, monthly, yearly everything and always by Him. Thankful to God, that he is our Lord and Savior, thanks for family and friends, thankful for the Veterans that we recognize early in the month. Thankful for food and a home, for the beauty of His creation in each day, the sunrise and sunset, the mountains that rise into the ever-changing sky, the animals that also inhabit the land, it could go on and on…

Scott Thorne

The following is borrowed from November 24th, 2022, Thanksgiving Day, daily devotion from “Days of Praise” produced by Institute for Creation Research, written by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.

Giving Thanks for Christian Friends

“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.” (1 Thess 1:2)

We all have much to be thankful for. It is certainly appropriate to give audible thanks for our daily bread, whether in private, at a family meal, or in public at a fine restaurant. In fact, Jesus set the example. When He miraculously fed the multitude beside the Sea of Galilee, He began with a prayer of thanksgiving. “He took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them…. And they did all eat, and were filled” (Matthew 15:36-37).

It is good to give thanks for our food and shelter and clothing, but the blessing of having Christian friends is even more thankworthy. The first letter to the Thessalonians was possibly Paul’s first Spirit-inspired letter to Christian friends, and Paul began with a testimony of thankfulness to God for them (see the text above).

When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he began similarly. “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3), and to the Colossians he started the same way. “We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you” (Colossians 1:3). The same when he wrote his epistle to the church at Corinth. “I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:4).

Even when writing to the Christians at Rome, whom he had not yet met personally, he wrote: “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all” (Romans 1:8). He also thanked God for his personal friends Timothy (2 Timothy 1:3) and Philemon (v.4).

Throughout our Christian life journey, we develop lasting Christian friends and can thank God for all of them. What a blessing to have such friends, and how fitting it is to give God special thanks for them at this time.
Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.

“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 Team:
Perhaps you have noticed the little white bags with blue tissue under the welcome table where you get bulletins and other timely information about ministry activities, prayer cards, and so on. Do you know what is inside? These are welcome gifts for our visitors new to our church, and they contain information about Casper Alliance Church and the Missionary Alliance, a great cup and coffee shop gift card, a handwritten card, and a few other items.

What does this have to do with you? Two things. We count on the eyes and ears of our church people to be sure that newcomers feel warmly welcomed. On Sunday mornings, if you know someone is new, please ask them if they have received one of the gift bags, and if not, pass one along to them and encourage them to fill out the Connect Card inside and place it in the offering box. Then let me, Joy, Hannah or Jason know about them so we can be sure to follow up.

Next, wouldn’t it be INCREDIBLE if we could pass out dozens of these bags each quarter because of the unchurched people we invited who decided to check us out? In the next few months, we are going to make an intentional effort to be sure people know about CAC, know when services are, and that they are invited to join us on Wednesdays and Sundays. Stay tuned. We will soon be sharing ways you can be involved in this effort!

Feeling called to serve in caring for our church family, or to learn more about the ministry of the Care Team? Please reach out to me at

Risa Petrie

Care Team Coordinator

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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