Called to Be a Blessing

 by Doug Rehberg

Ed. Note: As Doug looks toward leaving Hebron at the end of this year, he shares this eighth in a series of nine “lessons learned” from his ministry here.

I have a college friend who studied with Peter Berger at Rutgers. In fact, he did his PhD under the guidance of the eminent Austrian-born American sociologist and Protestant theologian. It was during the writing of his doctoral thesis that he traveled by train to Kolkata (Calcutta), India, to do a series of interviews with Mother Theresa.

While in route to Kolkata he almost died, contracting a nasal infection brought on by the ubiquity of dust and air pollutants on the 1,000 mile journey.

When he arrived he was a patient. But after he recovered he determined it was time to get busy doing what he intended to do when he conceived the trip. He says that he distinctly remembered scouring the infirmary looking for the diminutive nun until, at last, he found her by the bed of a leprosy patient.

He said to her, “Mother, I am here to spend time discovering how you are fulfilling God’s call on your life. I’d like to explore with you the nature of your work and ministry.” He says that she instantly handed him a bedpan and said, “Get busy.”

A number of years ago, a few of us were meeting with Dick Johnson, the Founder and Director of World Vision’s World Distribution Center in Sewickley, when he told us pointedly, “I want you to make The Blessing Board into a place where what's preached on Sunday is put into practice the other six days of the week.”

That was the origin of The Blessing Board Engagement Training (BBET) - a nine-hour discipleship training experience that establishes the connection between who each volunteer discovers they are and what God is calling them to do.

That’s always been God’s purpose in redeeming people. His principle purpose is not getting them to heaven, it’s getting them engaged in representing Him on earth. You can search the Scriptures, from Genesis 2 on and see that while our tendency is to hoard God’s blessings and make them all about us, He never, for a second, buys into that lie. God is not speaking in some oriental hyperbole when He says to Abraham, “I will bless you and make your name great, so that through you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. Who is the target? Not Abraham! The world!

It’s the same call He gave to Mother Theresa, Dick Johnson, and each of us. It’s a call the leadership of Hebron has known for a long time. That’s why we determined to direct a significant portion of our funding and efforts to maximizing personal engagement in local mission ministries like The Blessing Board, Lost and Found Pharmacy, Urban Impact, PitCare, and others.

Oh the joy of seeing the division between Sunday and every other day fade away. Oh the satisfaction that comes in heeding His call to be a blessing and relinquishing our grip on ourselves, our time, and our talent!

 


Thanks Lois!

 by Doug Rehberg

You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” - Buckminster Fuller

That’s what Lois Walz helped to do throughout her 31-year tenure as Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, and Executive Assistant at Hebron. A graduate of Grove City College, Lois worked as the Office Manager for a local physician before being hired in March of 1991. While Lois had grown up at the church, a descendent of charter members, she never knew much about the inner workings of the small church office until the secretary, Dorothy Busche, announced her decision to retire with the advent of a new Senior Pastor. It was Lois’ dad, Bert Mason, who first told her of the pending vacancy.

Don Rhule, the head of the trustees, called me to say that they had found a suitable candidate to fill Dorothy’s shoes. He asked if I would like to join him and several other trustees at brunch with Lois at the Harley Hotel in Penn Hills. He thought it was only fitting that I would have a say in the hiring decision. Of course, I jumped at the chance and within the first thirty minutes, I knew that they had found a first-rate secretary who could propel Hebron forward by recreating the position. It was only later that the trustees and the rest of the congregation would learn just how far the propulsion would take us.

In the first few days of Lois’ orientation, she asked what responsibilities the new pastor would be giving her. Dorothy’s response was immediate, “Oh, he won’t give you much of anything. The pastors do their own work and rarely ask for assistance.” That became a laugh line in the coming months and years; yet, that succinctly captures the old model that was extent at the time.

From the earliest months on the job, Lois found that her responsibilities far exceeded administrative and office duties. She became a full participant in the fall of 1991 with the development of a ministry vision at Hebron. From the early brainstorming weekend with Chuck Rosemeyer, to each of the five comprehensive five-year visions developed over the next 30 years, Lois played a pivotal role. Within a few years she became the Secretary of Session and served on several Session committees and teams. She was a member of the Building Committee for the construction of the Barclay Building. She helped spearhead the massive Sesquicentennial events and created all of the deliverables. She helped develop and operate fifteen years of the Leadership Development Projects for Hebron and several other churches. She typed, edited, and readied for printing three books: Developing Effective Christian Leaders at Hebron Church, Leadership Jesus Style, and God, Golf, and Grace. Every major vision development and implementation effort over the last three decades has Lois’ fingerprints on it. From the creation of two new worship services, to helping lead small groups, to the development of the Grove model, to conceiving the “Beyond” vision, to 3 capital campaigns, to stewardship dinners and campaigns, and the assimilation of over a thousand new members, Lois has served as a ministry partner of mine.

Her tireless commitment to Jesus Christ has revealed itself over the years, not only in deep and abiding personal discipleship, but in her passion for giving the Gospel away to others. Several years ago Lois joined me in presenting Hebron’s Grove model to churches throughout Pittsburgh Presbytery. At the same time, she helped facilitate and lead several weekend retreats for churches around the country who were interested in implementing the LDP.

But perhaps the greatest evidence of her commitment to doing ministry and giving the Gospel away has been her faithful service on two separate boards with ties to Hebron that were both formed 10 years ago:  The Blessing Board, a 501(c)3 ministry that gives furniture and household goods to those in need and the Holly Alm Camp Scholarship Fund that has raised over $250,000 to send kids to Christian camps. At the center of both has been Lois Walz and her exceptional gifts of administration, communication, and devotion to the mission of Christ.

The list of her accomplishments and significant contributions  to the Kingdom of God far exceeds the brief description offered here. Suffice to say that by God’s grace He brought Lois to work and serve at Hebron 31 years ago. What the trustees first saw in her was only a hint of what we have all witnessed over three decades. We could never be who we are, and do what we’ve done, without Christ working through her.

 


Getting Underway...with Worship +2

 by Henry Knapp

Early in my ministry, I spent time with a young follower of Jesus who had a lot of questions. He was both annoying and enjoyable to work with since he always pushed the boundaries, questioning and even arguing against whatever I was trying to share. At various times I thought I was spinning my wheels, since he seemed to push back against everything I said. It was very discouraging… until… until I overheard him teaching another using the exact same language and arguments I used with him! It seems that, contrary to all appearances, he was actually listening and learning.

In the months since we have begun talking about “Worship + 2,” I have heard an increasing number of people speaking about the glory of God. In meetings, in one-on-ones, via emails and texts, folks have used the catch phrase, “to the praise of His glory,” to describe our goal and purpose as believers. A major emphasis around Hebron has been to make explicit that desire, that we would be “to the praise of His glory,” and it seems to be sinking in! Sin so easily shifts our focus from being God-centered, to me-centered, that the constant reminder is important—we are to exist and focus on God’s greatness.

Of course, it’s not enough for us simply to parrot the words—we need to be about praising Jesus and lifting high His majesty in the world. How do we do that? Is glorifying God something ingrained, and we just know how to do it? I don’t think so. Or, I guess if we should know how to glorify God, our sin so frequently blinds us to that truth. So how do we get better at it, better at praising His glory? One answer: Worship + 2! First, we worship, and worship well. An important part of every Christian’s week is the time we spend together in corporate worship, singing God’s praises, hearing His Word, dedicating ourselves to Him. We are committed to offering solid, biblical worship services here at Hebron, and we need you to keep joining us if we are to grow together in Christ. There's not a week that goes by that God does not desire you to be in worship with His people, and I feel the same way!

+ 1: Another aspect of our ministry model is a stress on growing in our understanding and appreciation for the things of God. The Lord uses many things in our lives to draw us closer to Him—relationships, creation, meditation—but one proven way (endorsed by God Himself!) is through exposure to the Scriptures. The Spirit of God uses the Word, often through the voices of friends, to shape our lives. This is why we have stressed Sunday morning classes for youth and adults as a time of growing in the Word and interacting with others.  And, this is why it is so important for you to engage in a home Bible study group, or Grove, or other teaching venue. Not every person will grow the same way, or will learn the same way, or be changed in the same way—but there are some constants: God’s Word and Spirit! Be sure you and your family are taking advantage of these opportunities.

+2: Finally, as we move forward, we will continue to stress the importance of ministering in God’s name both to share our faith with others, and to deepen our own devotion to the Lord. We are built to respond, not just to how we think, but also to how we act. And, so, acting in compassion toward others in the name of the Lord shapes our hearts in His image. Earlier this fall, we invited 17 of our mission partners to the Barclay and had a wonderful time exposing the congregation to their work, and opportunities to get engaged. As we develop this arm of our ministry in the months and years ahead, be on the lookout for ways you can get involved inside and outside Hebron.

Our Savior has done great things—redeemed us from the guilt of our sin. That is well worth praising Him. And, our Savior is shaping and molding us to further adore and serve Him—all to the praise of His glory!

 


Children's Ministry

 by Ellen Dillard




For Preschool in November…

We are going to use a community garden to teach our preschoolers that “I can thank God for everything.”

First, I can thank. Choosing to be thankful is the road to contentment, joy, and peace.

Second, I can thank God. Thanking God is how we acknowledge the One giving us all the good in our lives.

Third, I can thank God for everything. Yes, even when it is hard. When we thank God for everything, we are showing God that we believe He can use ALL things for His purpose and His good and nothing is too big for Him.

We want our preschoolers to know they can thank God for everything. We want them to experience the contentment, joy, and peace that comes from a thankful heart.

 Week 1 – Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, Ruth 1 & 2 

Week 2 – David and Jonathan, 1 Samuel 18:1-4 

Week 3 – Manna, Exodus 16

Week 4 – Elisha’s Room, 2 Kings 4:8-17

Memory Verse: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1

 


For Elementary in November…

Everything we have comes from God. He is faithful to provide what we need. God can also provide what we need to face whatever happens in our life. God has proven time and again that we can trust Him no matter what. We can complain or become jealous of what others have . . . or we can choose to respond with contentment, knowing that God has a plan for our lives.

 Week 1 – Paul in Prison (Be Content), Philippians 4:11b-13 

Week 2 – King Ahab and Naboth’s Vineyard, 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27 

Week 3 – Israelites Long for Egypt, Ex. 16:2-21, 17:1-7

Week 4 – Giving Freely to the Lord’s People, 2 Cor. 8:1-5

Memory Verse: “Then He said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in abundance of possessions.’” Luke 12:15

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Last month, Hebron members were invited to join us as we learned our memory verse (Deuteronomy 31:6 - preschool and Psalm 139:14 - elementary.) How did it go? Send a video of you saying the memory verses and we’ll make sure to share it with the kidz! Email Hebronkidz15235@gmail.com or call Ellen at 724-875-2243.

 


Office Staff Changes

Hebron's Office Staff
Dianne Jozwick, Jodie Skanderson, Ethel Keim, and Gus Anderson

With the retirement of Lois Walz at the end of the year, the position of “Executive Assistant” will also be retired. Henry and the Personnel Team have worked with Lois to identify the role her replacement will play in the future. Several facts became clear. Many of the jobs that Lois is responsible for today are the result of her tenure and familiarity with the congregation, the denomination, and the many Session teams on which she served. In addition, as Executive Assistant, she assisted Doug with vision and program development. All believed it would be impossible to expect someone to fill the same role.

Therefore, a “new” position of Office Manager has been created. This person will be responsible for assisting the Senior Pastor and staff with administrative duties, facilitating efficient operation of the church office and programs, and acting as liaison between the staff and church members, providing a welcoming and positive environment for all.

In August, Personnel listed the Office Manager position on Indeed.com. After reviewing a number of applications, we are delighted to report that the position was offered to someone most of you already know - Jodie Skanderson. Jodie is currently serving as one of Hebron’s Administrative Assistants.

In July 2018, when Jodie was hired, we believed that her previous office experience in numerous medical settings prepared her well for the various tasks associated with the front office. Her friendliness, competence, hard work, and willingness to learn has endeared her to the staff and congregation alike.

Over the past three years Jodie has expanded her knowledge of the church and office duties, serving as Lois’ backup when she was on vacation. She has even taken over the website and sign design and oversight in the wake of Barrett Hendrickson’s departure. Her aptitude, creativity, and ability to learn new technology will come in very handy as we move forward.

Over the remainder of the year Jodie will be working alongside Lois to ensure a smooth transition.

The position Jodie previously held, Administrative Assistant, has recently been posted on Indeed.com and we hope to fill it soon. If you or someone you know is interested in this part-time position, please direct them to apply on Indeed.com.


 


Ripe for the Harvest

 by Jen Balkey


In planning and preparing the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team for a year of ministry I purchased a book that looked beautiful aesthetically and seemed like it would be biblically sound. However, it can really be hard to tell what you are going to get from it until you actually read it. Ladies, this book has been a great blessing to me as well as to my team as we have spent time discussing it together. This summer at Summer Sensation - Peaches in the Park when I spoke about
Persevering Through the Heat, I used material from this book. I also have given our upcoming speaker, Nicole Carlin, who is a gardener herself as well as a pastor’s wife, a flavor of what I am hoping for us to focus on during our time together by passing along a good part of a chapter of this book. I’d love to share an excerpt from it with you now.

The book is, The Well- Watered Woman: Rooted in Truth, Growing in Grace, Flourishing in Faith by Gretchen Saffles:

Life ebbs and flows in the rhythm of seasons. God, the Gardener of our souls, faithfully prunes, tends, weeds, and waters us to produce a harvest for His glory. There’s meaning in the in-between moments, and there’s a mission in the ever-changing growth of our souls. Not a moment goes by that doesn’t have eternal worth.

Today’s decisions affect tomorrow’s destination.
Today’s faithfulness affects tomorrow’s fruitfulness.
Today’s investment affects tomorrow’s blooms.

You have everything you need to live a flourishing life in Christ (see Ephesians 1:3). This doesn’t mean you’ll always see or even feel the flourishing, but when your roots run deep and your foundation is built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, the only possible result is a Spirit-led flourishing. This is something the world doesn’t understand, but it’s something it wants nonetheless.

In our quest for a fruitful life, it’s important to remember that blooms aren’t continuous. They come and go, but that doesn’t mean the moments in between are unnecessary or less important. Blooms result from the faithful labor done in the planting, the rooting, the growing, and the watering. You can’t enjoy a flower without the long process that brought it to that point. (p.258-259)

 

Hebron Community Center Is Here!

 by Jen Balkey

The Hebron Community Center is a newly formed 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry that has been started specifically to reach out beyond Hebron to serve the needs of our community. Hebron Church has been blessed with the beautiful Barclay Building as well as faithful givers who helped build a “Ministry Initiative Fund” that has generously provided funding necessary to get HCC established and off the ground.

The HCC seeks to share the love of Jesus in the community by utilizing the Barclay Building so that our community can benefit from this great blessing. We seek to share the Gospel with them and serve their unique needs.

Throughout the summer and fall, the HCC Board of Directors and a group of dedicated volunteers have been busy storyboarding, brainstorming, and praying, as we sought God’s direction and guidance. The Board is currently comprised of Craig Ball (President), Jennifer Balkey (Acting Director), Jill Scott, and Chuck Trenz. Henry Knapp, Doug Rehberg, and a group of faithful prayer warriors, led by Bruce Krogh, have also significantly contributed to our development. 

We are excited to share with you our kick-off event to be held at the end of this month. On October 30th, HCC is sponsoring a Trunk or Treat in Hebron’s parking lot. This event will provide an opportunity for the community to gather and participate in a wide range of activities, enjoy good food, and win prizes.

We would love to partner with you during our kick-off event. A few ways you can help to be a blessing include collecting and distributing candy, facilitating activities, serving food, assisting with parking, and so much more. Please get in touch with me at JLBalkey@gmail.com or 412-551-4688.  I would love your participation!

I am excited to see how God uses me as acting director of the HCC and how the HCC takes shape within the community. The opportunities we hope to seize in meeting and engaging our neighbors with the Gospel are both daunting and an honor. The HCC Board is confident that any success in reaching the unreached and caring for those outside the church will be the result of the Holy Spirit working through us. Please pray for the HCC and for me as we launch a new  ministry of Caring for the Community like Christ. To God be the Glory.

 


Hebron Church Missions Fair

 by Bruce Krogh

It was a wonderful evening!


Rev. John Patterson - St. James Fellowship


Mama Arlene - Hope Made Real - Rwanda


A time of great food and fellowship



Bahamas Youth Network - Dan & Kelly Weightman


Skylar and Cindy - YoungLives



On the Coming of Grace

by Henry Knapp

This fall around Hebron, I’m hoping you will feel the encouragement to engage deeply in your faith—in God-centered worship, in in-depth biblical study, and in passionate service to our King. I am convinced that our devotion to Jesus, our love for the Father, and our experience of the Spirit will be richer as we pursue these goals. However, as always, sin seeks to distort that vision, and we risk losing sight of that great blessing in our lives, the grace of God given to us in Christ. To misunderstand grace is to misunderstand the whole nature of the gospel. To comprehend all of God’s law, or His purposes in creation, or even His sovereign character and power, and yet to fail to grasp grace is to miss the heart of Christianity.

Unfortunately, it is precisely here that we see a common problem within the church—many people speak of God, His love, ways, and authority. Yet without grace, all this talk is merely the clanging of symbols; it lacks the central core of the Christian worship of the Lord. God’s love, laws, morality, character and nature are all vitally important to the Christian. But standing alone, they lack the tie that binds them to our hearts and experiences—the overwhelming gift of God’s pleasure given to us freely through Christ.

However, this free grace which God offers us should not be thought of simply as sweet, pure, and peaceful. Yes, the influence of grace upon us is often sweet. It often brings about purity in our hearts, and peace to our souls. But Scripture portrays that grace, not as coming to us gently and in a sweet manner, but coming by means of great violence. Much that God does to show us His gracious love involves a vicious conflict between our own sinful desires, and God’s path of mercy. Consequently, grace’s operation in our lives is forceful and challenging, often very painful. That which is good, that which is gracious, comes to us by means of God violently imposing His love upon our un-loveliness.

But it is not simply the work of grace in our own hearts that is violent. The very purchase of grace on our behalf, the very outworking of God’s redemptive plan, was accomplished in a brutal manner – a manner which paralleled our own betrayal of God. Grace is so beneficial and wonderful to us that we can easily forget the violent act whereby it was purchased for us. Again, the experience of our communion with God through the gift of grace is so lovely and comforting that we run the risk of missing the fact that the purchase of that grace centered around the broken, bleeding, shattered body of the God-man, Jesus Christ.

I fear we do not sufficiently dwell upon the nature of the sacrifice of Christ—the violent substitution in death of one person for another. To fully appreciate what God has done for us in Christ, I believe it is necessary to highlight both the gracious benefits of the Cross, and the violent means whereby those blessings are made ours. Christ turned aside God’s wrath and hatred; the benefits are evident—God no longer rejects us for our sin! Yet, the cost to Christ was staggering: the eternal Son, who was forever loved by the Father, had to bear the vicious hatred of His Father.

May God grant us to know and experience the depth of His love and grace—all to the praise of His glory! Henry

Money Follows Vision


by Doug Rehberg


Ed. Note: As Doug looks toward leaving Hebron at the end of this year, he shares this seventh in a series of nine “lessons learned” from his ministry here.


He’s the President and CEO of one of Forbes Magazine’s “Best Banks in America”; one of the top 25 performing publicly traded, small-cap banks in the country. Over the last 15 years he and his team have grown it from a 3 billion to a 30 billion dollar enterprise.

A few days ago we were riding in a golf cart together when I told him how special I thought his daughter was. His response was memorable. He nodded and said, “There are two kinds of people in the world, takers and givers, and Mary is a giver.” I couldn’t think of a greater compliment.

Zacchaeus (Luke 19) was a taker. In fact, he’s perhaps the most prolific taker we find in the New Testament, for he wasn't simply a tax collector. He was the chief tax collector. He plied his trade in the richest region in the whole of the Roman Empire. And yet, on His way to the Cross, Jesus stops in Jericho for him. In fact, Luke underscores this point in two ways. First, he tells us that Jesus’ intention was to pass through the town without stopping. Second, when Jesus sees Zaccheus, He knows him and calls him by name. That’s a rarity. He says something to him that He never says elsewhere in the Scripture. “I must stay in your house today.” In other words, “I am going to delay my trip by coming into your house and sharing a meal with you.” Think of the scandal of that. Jesus, a prominent Jewish rabbi, is going to enter and stay in the home of a filthy rich, notorious scammer like Zacchaeus and eat with him. It just wasn't done, but Jesus did it.

And it’s at that meal that Dr. Luke tells us the unthinkable occurs. This wildly wealthy man, impoverishes himself! Look at it. He starts by saying, “Half of all I have I give to the poor.” And that was a bundle. Even the Law of Moses didn’t require that! Then he follows with a second declaration: “If I have defrauded anyone, I will restore him fourfold.” The first declaration rendered him poorer. The second rendered him broke!

Why would Zacchaeus do such a thing? My friend, the banker, answered that perfectly in a recent podcast when he described his leadership style this way: “Win the hearts of people first, before asking for their hand.” That’s what Jesus did. And that’s what He continues to do through those who love Him and are excited by Him.

Years ago I heard a prominent British American pastor say, “A fundraising campaign for ministry is a wonderful evangelism opportunity, because they want to know why you want the money and I tell them. To see the lost found, to bind up the broken-hearted. To see marriages brought back together. To see strangers become brothers and sisters in Christ.“

And he’s right. That’s why I’m often astounded by the preponderance of Christians who are hesitant about raising money for the work of Christ. Sometimes the hesitancy takes the form of running from the responsibility. Other times it’s expressed in the inability to succinctly articulate a request. It’s as if they are ashamed of asking. It’s as if they are begging for money for themselves. They aren’t. They are inviting others to change lives, including their own.

Unlike any other human expenditure, giving to the cause of Christ comes with supernatural and eternal reward. It’s not only a privilege to invite someone into the ministry of Christ, it’s a joy. Over the last 40 years I have watched many lives radically changed by the willingness to ask for money and give it. Some of the stingiest, most self-centered, this-world focused people have been transformed from takers to givers.

But there is a catch. The joy of giving only comes when the vision for what the money will do is clearly and succinctly articulated. Without it, it is only charity. With it, is an invitation to join Jesus doing for others what He did for Zacchaeus. It’s an invitation to get way below the surface and join forces as brothers and sisters, co-givers with Jesus.

The question is simple. Are you a taker or a giver? Are you sitting on the sidelines, or are you in the game? If the answer is anything less than a joyful, expectant giver, then go to Jesus, look at His Cross and resurrection and get in the game! When you get down to it, He’s the only One who is really worth it.






Women's Ministry

 by Jen Balkey




A Harvest Worth Gathering

Fall In-House Retreat - November 5th & 6th



Fall is upon us. Many of us are sad that the warm weather is fading away while others are welcoming the cooler months. There are so many things “fall” to enjoy regardless of your preferred temperature: fresh picked apples, pumpkins, yummy treats, and trees adorned in beautiful colors.

We are to enjoy the beauty and splendor of His creation in the ways it grows and changes. The fall season is a reminder of God’s provision for us after a period of planting, growing, and waiting. Cultivating. Obedience. Faithfulness in persevering through the task that He set before you. At the time of the harvest we get to acknowledge God and all that He has seen us through and given to us. It is not enough to see and acknowledge the crop that is mature and ready. There is a purpose and importance in gathering and bringing in the harvest at its time. If left out in the field the mature crop will begin to deteriorate and go to waste.

This fall the Women’s Ministry of Hebron wants to celebrate the harvest by gathering together God’s people. I pray we can embrace this change of season, remembering God’s faithfulness and give thanks for how He provides for us in all of our needs - seen and unseen. Gretchen Saffles in, The Well Watered Woman, says, “We strive to give glory to God at each stage, and we trust Him with the harvest. Blooming will certainly come, but don’t miss the joy and beauty of growing.” We cannot be distracted by the harvests here on the earth and forget about the harvest that is to come for God’s people when He returns. Our personal journey of faith has a much longer growing season than that of the typical flower or crop and the harvest of God’s people has eternal implications not just to temporarily fill our bellies or delight our eyes. Saffles continues, “While humanity’s story began in a garden, it will culminate in another Garden - a perfect, redeemed, everlasting, always-blooming Garden.”

This fall we will gather together to celebrate this very truth. I hope that all women 18 years and over will mark your calendars, and invite a friend, to join together in our Women’s Ministry In-House Fall Retreat. A Harvest Worth Gathering, Women’s Retreat, will be held in the Barclay Building Friday, November 5th and Saturday the 6th. Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming details.







Children's Ministry

 by Ellen Dillard


What we’re talking about in October…

 

Preschoolers love to show adults how BIG they are . . . “Look at my BIG muscles! Look how BIG I can jump! Look at this BIG bite!”

We don’t have to teach a preschooler to show everyone how big they are. And, if we’re all honest, there’s something deep inside us that wants to do something big, too. We want to show the world that we can do things that matter— things that really matter.

Could it be that we were all made to do big things? We think so. That is why during October, we’re discovering what being a Super Kid really looks like—doing the things God made us to do for Him. God made us to do BIG things!

David Chosen as King/1 Samuel 16:6-13

David Protects Sheep/1 Samuel 17:34-37

David and Goliath/1 Samuel 17:1-50

David Helps Mephibosheth/1 Samuel 20:14-17 and 2 Samuel 9:1-13

David Praises/2 Samuel 6:12-15