October 2006


On Sunday, November 5th hundreds of Foursquare churches from across the United States will gather on our knees to pray for our world. There will be live satellite feeds to those 300 churches so that we can be led into prayer together.

As we strive for unity, this will serve to bring us closer together as a family of churches. It is comforting to be a part of a denomination. We serve and submit under leadership and even if leadership is not perfect, we get to remain in a posture of humility. God blessed David because he submitted to the leadership of Saul, even though Saul tried to murder David. If David would have killed Saul we all would have thought he was justified. But, we see the greater spiritual principle of submission at work in David’s life.

On this coming Sunday we have an opportunity to submit ourselves to God. We are being called by our leaders to gather and pray, to contend for the people in this world. Jesus said that we “have not because we ask not.” I am not suggesting that we come to the prayer meeting with a list of self-absorbed requests, but I do suggest that if we will beg God to change our world, he will be faithful to his promises.

Be there.

We will.

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On Saturday night students who attended the regular Saturday night youth service (the Gate) got their feet washed. Their feet were washed, not because they stunk (although some did!), but because we followed the command of Jesus to his followers in John 13 –

You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

If we want to see unity happen we have to be willing to lead our young people towards humility. The Kingdom of God embraces different values than the kingdom of man. The kingdom of man decives us into believing that if we are “right enough” or “strong enough (in numbers, volume, cool factor, etc)” we will see the coming of peace and love. However, Jesus teaches us that it if we become servants, who intrinsically know how to lay our lives down in sacrifice, we will see the Kingdom of God.

Jasmine and Sharon (both Juniors) led the majority of the service. Both did a great job.

This emerging generation has so much potential…especially if we give them the opportunity to lay down their lives to serve one another.

Again many of you have posted great comments. Some are full of good ideas, such as Kevin’s thought to create long-term small groups by which our parents can grow through – he writes:

In my opinion long-term small groups is the way to go. 13-20 week course. Parents can discuss, fail, grow, learn, experience, teach, listen, cry, laugh with others that are going through such times. Parents helping parents.

Is this feasible? Do people have time to commit to small groups? Do parents feel the need to hone their parenting? Please let us know your thoughts so we can plan accordingly!

Also, Melody has some great thoughts about the structure of our services – she writes:

I’ve found that the churches i feel most comfortable visiting, and participating in, are the ones who are more fluid, and able to move with the spirit of what is happened that night.. and I think that attracts non-believers too, when they can see that this isn’t going to be a stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down, kneel and say your prayers kind of service.

This is an interesting comment. Are we too structured? Are we too predictable? Do people feel that we are going through the “religious motions” in our services? As a pastor on staff it is difficult to gauge what non-Christians or regular church attenders experience, so we need your help! Let us know!

And finally, Rick, has some interesting commentary on today’s Christians – he writes

We Christians are looked upon as being very “anal” by observers, and non-believers get turned off before we have any chance of making a lasting impact. If we are always “right” and they’re always “wrong”, what good is it? Jesus was known as a friend of sinners, have you befriended a non-believer lately. Or do we relegate non-believers as not important enough for us to care… we’re basically saying “they can go to hell.” Obviously, these are strong words, but I deeply feel the church has a huge opportunity and responsibility to grow up in our ways (conduct) and become a magnet for the lost, not resisters.

Those are strong words, but I think we all need to evaluate our attitude towards people who don’t see and experience life in the same way we do.  What do you all think?

Pastor Kevin is doing a great job of leading our children on Wednesday nights!

But, is he doing all the leading?

NO!

He has got a huge team of High Schoolers and Junior Highers leading right alongside him!  He has mentioned that the energy and enthusiasm is great.  We love the fact that students are leading younger students!  There is a built in dynamic that exists between age groups…the younger look up to the older!  So, who better to lead and teach than the students themselves!

One of our youth worship bands is leading worship for the evening.  They are investing bunches of time and effort into leading the younger students.  The atmosphere is welcoming and full of energy!

It is fun to see our vision in action.  Good job Kevin and Team!

As usual Evergreen Christian Center is hosting an alternative Halloween event. This year’s theme is “Heroes Unmasked“. Jeri Houle, one of the members of the Student Ministry Team, is heading up the event. Heroes

We still have need for volunteers! If you are interested, please email Jeri!

We are excited for the opportunity to get our families together for an evening of fun. Please mark it on your calendar!

What’s Next: Youth | Christianity Today

Please take a look at the article linked here. It seems that we are not the only ones rethinking youth ministry.

Some quotes:

Leaders in the field were already reevaluating current models of youth ministry. “We have treated kids as a separate species, which has had the effect of (more…)

I was asked to be the guest speaker at Glencoe High School’s Christian Club breakfast this last Wednesday. There were about 20 students in attendance for worship, teaching and prayer.

It is all student led.

I am very impressed with the student leadership. Nathan, Andrew and Abby all did a wonderful job!

These sorts of gatherings are so essential for today’s young Christian. More and more young people are wanting a variety of spiritual experiences. While they need to have a “home church” experience, they also need to sense the cross-denominational/church unity. A “breakfast club” is a perfect opportunity for that!

We will be encouraging our Glencoe Students to attend.  Wednesdays at 7:30 am
And I will be attending…

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