Archive for October 2010
by Scott Hiller
When God brings together a human need and our desire to serve, amazing things grow.
That’s what’s happening at Brookside.
Urban Pastor Aaron Shelby had noticed first hand the tangible medical needs of those in the Brookside community.
Colleen Adcock, a Registered Nurse with 32 years experience, had just completed a Health Ministry Workshop at Community East Hospital.
The Brookside Health Ministry began as God put the pieces together. When asked about the idea for this ministry, she says that it started at the workshop she attended at Community East Hospital.
“Needless to say, it was incredible. God spoke to me about starting a Health Ministry at Brookside,” Adcock said.
This fell right in line with Shelby’s view of having a church that, in his words, “is relevant to the needs of the community.”
A match made in heaven, truly!
The Health Ministry is just starting out.
Adcock said, “Much of the focus of faith community nursing is educating, referring and advocacy for people in the congregation. We will be providing monthly blood pressure checks, but the majority will not be hands-on nursing/healthcare.”
The ministry has its own office that is located on what is known as “the path.” This is the hallway leading from the sanctuary that everyone passes on their way out. Besides a private office, there will also be bulletin boards located nearby with information about services and upcoming events so that people can quickly become aware of health-related services in the community.
A Health Ministry Committee has been set up to help direct the activities, and Shelby is working hard to identify existing medical resources in their Brookside neighborhood, or what he refers to as “the impact zone.” The idea is to try to fill in the gaps that are missing, instead of duplicating efforts with other sources of aid already in the neighborhood.
“We need persons with healthcare training and other caring persons willing to visit shut-ins or offer a ride to a clinic if needed. We could definitely use a person to make calls to organizations and request their free resources,” Adcock said. “Most of all, we need persons to show the love of Jesus to our congregation in a real way—to be the hands and feet of our Lord.”
Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities may e-mail email@example.com.
Adcock meets with each volunteer after they go through the Urban Ministry orientation to explore their passions.
That’s how it could start for you!
by Brooke Reynolds
As simple as it seems, sometimes it’s tough for women to ask for help. Now there’s a women’s mentoring program at Northview Church’s West Lafayette campus that makes the asking a bit easier.
“As women, we sometimes feel we have to be perfect but feel so flawed,” said Betty Charlesworth, founder and director of the women’s mentoring program called Women Connecting One On One. “We are stronger than we think. With God’s help, we can overcome and learn and grow both emotionally and spiritually.”
That kind of growth sounds great, but it can also seem like a tall order to fill – especially when you feel like you’re going at it blindly and alone. It’s easier to address the challenges associated with betterment when you’re partnered with a reliable friend who will be a good listener and help you achieve your goals.
Women Connecting One On One is a seven-week program that encourages women who were paired by Charlesworth to meet once a week and work through a thought-provoking booklet. The booklet addresses a new topic each week, and it encourages conversations focused around the participants’ relationships with God and people who are important to them.
Anyone can sign up to be a mentee. It doesn’t matter what you may be going through – whether you’re dealing with personal struggles or just wanting to have a friend in the church. Charlesworth said she tries to match up women who have similar personalities and circumstances. She wants women to feel comfortable, talk freely and know they won’t be judged.
Charlesworth is also hunting for mentors.
“I am looking for women that have a right relationship with God and are confident in sharing their faith,” Charlesworth said. “I hunt for different life situations, such as a widow, or someone that has been divorced at a young age and has grown through trials and become stronger for it.”
“I want ages from just-out-of-college on up,” she said. “We have lots of college students attending church and some need a friend to connect with. Some of the most important qualities of the mentors are that they must be non-judgmental and won’t repeat what is talked about.”
Bev Carnes, 61, is a mentor for Women Connecting One On One. She’s able to offer a unique perspective and important life lessons to her mentees. Here, she gives her testimony about what it’s like to be a mentor and talks about what she’s learned from it, too:
“I have been married for 37 years, and we have two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandsons. With all of the relationship webs I have been part of over the years, I have learned to trust God even when I do not understand a circumstance, and I have learned to count on the Word for strength and guidance. Everyone’s life experiences are so different, but there is always a need to have someone who will listen without judging and care about their struggles and joys.
“I have been involved in two mentoring relationships so far. I have been so touched by the pain and loneliness that these young women have shared with me. The thing that has really struck me is that they felt like their situations and struggles were going to be part of their life forever. Seeing them come to the realization that this is a lie of the enemy and that God would indeed change their hearts over time and fill their needs was amazing.
“This is a richly rewarding ministry for good listeners. It is not so much about giving advice, but about walking beside them and sharing my struggles, too. I find myself reading scripture I have not read in a long time because the mentees’ challenges are so different. This ministry has breathed new life into my spiritual growth, too.
“I am hopeful that God will use my life for His glory. Mentoring is a great way to reach out to other women and extend His love.”
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee through Women Connecting One On One, please contact Betty Charlesworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Kim Morrison
What does God long for us to do? Be with Him…talk to Him…trust Him.
A unique opportunity to spend one-on-one time with God starts today and runs October 15–24 at the Carmel campus. The Prayer Experience in West Lafayette starts October 18 and ends on October 23.
The Prayer Experience has been designed to encourage us toward better communion with God through prayer. Many people feel uncomfortable when praying, due, in part, because there are a lot of preconceived notions associated with prayer.
How should I pray?
When should I pray?
Am I saying the right words?
This Experience is designed to allow you to let go of those notions and just simply be with your Father. It is an open opportunity to walk and talk with God.
Administrative Pastor and Director of Prayer Ministry Rick Thompson describes the Free* Prayer Experience as “a series of encounters with God that allows you to open your heart towards Him and His heart towards yours. The Experience takes about one hour as you journey through different environments of sights and sounds and opportunities to be completely silent.”
On this guided journey you will travel through several environments where you can visualize particular events or topics in the Bible that relate to the Free* spiritual growth campaign.
Each person will be given an MP3 player to use for the Experience, or the files can be pre-loaded on personal MP3 players by going to www.northviewchurch.us/free. These tracks provide music and sounds to enhance your individual experience in each environment.
Last year’s spiritual growth campaign marked the first Prayer Experience at Northview. Approximately 1,000 people of all ages completed the journey. At the end, many of them paused to write a message to God on the prayer wall before leaving.
I spent time reading hundreds of those messages. Over and over, I read how God revealed himself to each person. The writers of those messages were humbled, thankful and healed. One individual wrote, “Thank you for seeking me when I did not know you – for pursuing me when I ignored you – for loving me when I sinned against you.”
Many messages revealed how the writers felt loved, safe and affirmed in their faith.
“I am your bride. You love me just as I am.”
“You are so much bigger than any battle.”
“I am your son and now I understand what you are asking of me. I understand what you mean when you say to LOVE!”
Betty Hamer, a volunteer for last year’s experience, commented, “I could definitely see that God was behind the Experience. To see and hear people’s reactions, their brokenness, was very emotional.”
The Free* Prayer Experience will reaffirm that God wants you to open your heart and be free to share your inner most thoughts with Him.
God uniquely created you. He knows how you think, and why you feel the way you do. He knows your heart. Most importantly, He wants you to know He is right here with you.
Take this opportunity to let God minister to your heart.
Free* Prayer Experience at Carmel Campus
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 16: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 17: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 23: Closed
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Other questions? Visit www.northviewchurch.us/free!
The Prayer Experience at the West Lafayette Campus
Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22: 7 a.m.-9 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, October 23: 8 a.m.-noon
by Stan Priebe
We’re at the midpoint in our Free* study, and I’ve become aware of some things that have been barriers to me being all God wants me to be.
Did you find those first two sections of our workbook uncomfortably intense? Me, too.
Feeling a little restless? Wonder how this is all going to turn out? Asking yourself why you feel the way you do?
Wondering what really is God’s plan for your life? Good. Keep asking. Keep searching. We’re all on a journey to live boldly above our circumstances. We can’t stop now. The answers are coming!
God is waiting to write the rest of my story. It will be better than anything I could have come up with. But first I have to stop letting the things of yesterday cloud His version of my tomorrow.
I struggle with a lack of self confidence that has caused me to “settled” in many situations, reluctant to try something new. Maybe, for you, bitterness is standing in the way of the life He has planned for you.
Insecurity? Do you try to control things beyond your control? How much time have we wasted worrying or regretting or replaying the past?
Lead Pastor Steve Poe’s message about the Enemy was an eye-opener for me. I know Satan exists, and I know he delights in tempting me. But I had never considered that he also specializes in dragging me down to a level of ineffectiveness. He doesn’t want me to be who God created me to be.
Remember the time you saw that paragraph in the Sunday bulletin asking for volunteers? For a moment you were interested.
Then you decided maybe you shouldn’t. Too much time. Not qualified. Don’t really know anyone who is involved there.
Is it possible that God was calling your attention to that ministry opportunity? Maybe it needed someone exactly like you, someone with your spiritual gifts, your heart, your life experiences.
“Too much time…not qualified…don’t know anyone…” Whispers from the father of lies.
I’ve heard them, too. What joy have we missed because we believed the liar? It’s my choice who I listen to. If I want to hear God’s voice I must meditate on His word.
I’ve learned some things about myself. I know who came that I might “have life, and have it to the full.” I also know I have an enemy who wants to steal my joy. I want God to transform my life. It’s time to create a plan and begin following it.
We’re in this together. Let’s finish strong. How will it end?
Maybe with a new beginning.
by Patty Perkins
“Start spreading the news/I am leaving today. I want to be a part of it/New York, New York”*
Kayla Irvine, a 14 year old at Northview, has news to spread…or rather, text.
She didn’t realize that simply watching television one day in July would lead to an all-expense paid trip to New York, New York. A banner announcing a texting competition ran across the bottom of her television screen. MTV posted five words, symbols and a number to text them to. Kayla was one of 500,000 entries, and MTV was looking for the top 32.
Kayla said, “Some lady kept calling my cell phone to tell me I won, thinking it was a solicitor, I hung up on her twice. She called back and left a message. I gave the message to my parents, they called and confirmed everything, then I got excited.”
Excitement was understandable, because winning meant round trip airfare for two to New York, hotel accommodations, a new phone and spending money. The LG U.S. National Texting Championship would be held in New York on Sept. 21-22, in the Roseland Ballroom at Times Square, and Kayla was part of it.
“There was a first competition that took us from 32 to 16,” said Kayla regarding nationals. “There were only four people who got the statement completely accurate and advanced. They then had a text off for all the finalists and I came in seventeenth.”
Contestants had to text a full paragraph that included random symbols. They were judged on speed and accuracy. One typo meant you were disqualified.
“I want to wake up in that city/that doesn’t sleep/And find I’m king of the hill.”*
Kayla describes the number one top texter, 13 year old Brianna Henrickson, as an “awesome person” and “very fun to be with.” Brianna won $50,000 and advances to the World Cup where she will compete for another $50,000.
Kayla, whose game name was Kayla “Quick Digits” Irvine, has been texting since she was 12 years old. She did practice for the contest, but the majority of her practicing came from real life texting.
She had to type each individual character of complete words…no LOL, ROFL or BFF(s) allowed.
Kayla said she was a bit nervous before the competition, but it went away once she started texting. When asked about the atmosphere, Kayla replied, “It was exciting and suspenseful. Some of the contestants broke down due to the stress.”
Kayla did not break down, but she said her thumbs were sore after the competition.
During the trip, Kayla made new friends. Rachel, from Terre Haute, placed third in the contest. She and Kayla shared the same round trip flight. Other new friends are from California, Texas, Michigan and New York. How do they keep in touch? Texting, of course!
“These vagabond shoes/They are longing to stray/Right through the very heart of it/New York, New York”*
The teens got to visit the very heart of New York. They were able to spend half a day with a film crew in Toys-R-Us, plus ride the Ferris wheel. They walked most of Broadway and did some shopping. Kayla even learned how to negotiate prices with street vendors. They saw a lot of Times Square because that’s where most of the filming was done.
The national finals were streamed through LG, since they were the main sponsor. To see video coverage of the event, go to YouTube and search “LG U.S. National Texting Championship 2010.” There’s even a parent competition.
Kayla said, “There was also a film team making a documentary on communication and the millennium. That film will be called All Thumbs and is due to air in January, (channel and time TBA).”
When asked if she would enter again, Kayla responded, “YES, YES, YES!”
Keep us posted…er...texted…about next year!
*New York, New York” Frank Sinatra
Songwriters: Fred Ebb, John Kander
by Shaun Miller
Saturday at 3 seconds to 5 p.m., the Technical Arts volunteers hear “3…2…1… go” coming across their headset from the service producer.
This interaction officially starts the first of three weekend services and is the culmination of over six weeks worth of work for staff and volunteers at Northview. What begins as a sermon idea in the mind and through the prayers of Lead Pastor Steve Poe then filters through several teams before it becomes a finished service shared by the entire church.
Once Pastor Steve has established a teaching direction he wants to go in, Creative Arts Pastor Greg Wallace and the Worship Planning Team take over. Greg chairs a group of nine staff members and a rotating group of volunteers that meet once a week to brainstorm the elements of the service and begin to bring the different aspects of worship together.
Each department then begins working on their own element. Worship Pastor Matt Bays comes up with ideas for the weekend’s songs and worship set.
The Technical Arts team begins creating the audio/visual content, and the Communications department works on graphics, supporting print material and the web site. Each team works hard to have their individual tasks finished and ready for review two weeks prior to the service.
The “week of” is when things really start happening. So what happens day-to-day to pull off services in two locations?
Tuesday: The Tech guys (Technical Arts Director Shaun Miller, Video Projects Coordinator Jason Chapman and Video and Production Associate Travis Carpenter) meet with Matt and Greg to run through the service order to make sure nothing is overlooked. All assignments for A/V equipment are noted and finalized.
Wednesday: The brainstorming team looks over the service order one final time, double-checking that the elements discussed are being presented in the best way possible.
Thursday: “Tech Night.” Tech volunteers who are serving that weekend come in for setup – the band is positioned, the lighting is programmed, the lyrics for worship are prepared and the videos for the back screen are loaded.
Friday: All the lighting and video items are previewed one last time.
Saturday begins at 11:30 a.m. for the Tech staff, prepping the “day of” items, like putting batteries in the microphones. The worship team instrumentalists arrive at 1 p.m. for a rehearsal with Matt. At 3 p.m., all of the tech and worship team volunteers are in place for two full run-throughs to make sure that everything is the best it can be for the attendees and guests that weekend.
The behind-the-scenes volunteers on the technical arts team are what makes this process happen each week. They give of their time for the rehearsals and all three services once per month (8-10 hours on the weekend they are serving, depending on the role).
It’s often a thankless job – by their very nature, the technical support for a service isn’t noticed unless something goes wrong. The volunteers seek to blend into the background, content to offer their time and talents to God in service of His people.
If you get a chance, look for the folks in the black shirts some weekend and say, “Thanks for all you do!”
by Sarah Hensley
A poster that I saw while visiting Taylor University says, “No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of thinking and reasoning as fear.”
Although I have only been through two weeks of *Free, God has already used it to reveal to me that my largest stronghold that holds me back from freedom with Him is fear. I live more out of fear than I ever thought I did.
He’s shown me that many of my actions are actually a result of living in fear of rejection or failure, and that, when fear affects my actions, it hinders me from living how He calls me to- in freedom. This reminds me of the verse that says, “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.” (Galatians 5:9)
Fear had cut in on me and kept me from obeying the truth passionately and fearlessly.
Through Free*, God has helped me recognize that I need to be liberated from unhealthy fear- mainly the fear of rejection. The beginning of the Free* guide says “Total freedom means living completely, FEARLESSLY, passionately and joyfully- regardless of your circumstances, not because of them.”
I had been living in fear, even though I knew (and now re-realize) that He loves me regardless of what other people may think, He created me how I am for a purpose and that I am meant to live out that purpose confidently, not in fear.
Having realized the unhealthy fear in my life, God has shown me a new kind of fear, a healthy kind- fear of Him. I am nowhere near arriving at His destination for me yet, but God is helping me replace my old habits of fear with new, healthy habits. He has shown me that fear itself isn’t my problem – what I fear is the problem.
He has showed me that, for some time, I have lived in fear of all the wrong things… fear of what people would think, fear of being rejected, fear of not making the right decisions or saying the right thing. I feared all of these less-than-worthy influences, even though I knew I was a free, loved child of God.
But now, I realize what I am supposed to fear: I am to fear God by loving Him, obeying out of the knowledge that he has good purposes for me and realizing that not following him results in, in effect, throwing myself back into my old slavery. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
Slavery is deceiving. One slave may feel like they have it better off than all the other slaves or like they are slightly more free than everyone else, yet that doesn’t diminish the fact that he still is a slave.
As followers of Christ living amongst slaves of the world, we are called to continually throw off our shackles, whatever ties us down to not hoping in what we can’t see, and to continually work toward the goal that Christ sets out for us. Not in fear of the world, but healthy, loving fear of our Creator and Dad. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Let’s stand firm.
Praise God continually for what He is revealing to us through Free* and through the hardships and struggles in our lives, and for the strength that He is giving us, that we may endure through them with Him at our side.
It is for freedom that we have been set free.