Worship-Grow-Serve is not just for the grown-ups! ACC offers many great opportunities to get children and youth involved in growing in their faith as well. If you’ve got a child, check out some of these awesome ministries:
- Worship with your peers! After taking a summer break, our middle and high school Sunday morning programs start up on September 9th. High schoolers meet at 9:00 and middle schoolers meet at 10:30
- For our younger members, be sure to take advantage of our Sunday school programs at both the 9:00 and 10:30 services. All age levels will be using exciting new curriculum this Fall and our teachers are excited for the new season!
- The Awana season kicks off on Wednesday, September 12th, with a fun family event. Come make an ice cream sundae, race a car on our new pinewood derby track, connect with other children and parents, and register your child for Awana! Awana is open to children age 3 years – 6th grade.
- Pit Stop (middle school) and Oasis (high school) programs will be starting up in the next few weeks. Pit Stop meets on Thursday and Oasis on Tuesday. Come relax, de-stress, worship, hang with your friends and meet new ones! Check out the online student calendar for more information.
- Learn basketball and cheerleading skills while meeting new friends and learning about Jesus’ work in your life – join Upward! Registration for our 2012-2013 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading season is approaching quickly! Registration opens in October; the season runs Jan-March. Upward is open to boys and girls 1st-6th grade.
- For our service minded youth, Sunday morning Sunday School is always looking for dedicated teens to help out in our Sunday morning classrooms. If you enjoy kids, think about helping out!
Get plugged in – you won’t regret it.
Last night, our Men’s Ministry (Fuel), put on a Steak N Taters event. It was awesome! We had an excellent turn out, had perfect weather, ate some great food, and got to hang out with some quality guys. After dinner, we heard briefly about the small group ministry of Fuel – Band of Brothers. I’ve been a part of our men’s small group ministry for a few years now and I love it. Here are a few things that I love about BOB.
- It’s a great way to develop some new friendships
- It helps keep me on track spiritually
- It’s fun! We always have a lot laughs
- I learn a lot from other guys
- They let me make the coffee (I like it strong!)
A new round of BOB groups are starting up the week of September 9th. Groups meet on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings (before work). If you’re an adult male, I’d strongly encourage you to check it out! Details will be available in the next couple weeks.
Top 10 Reasons You Should Volunteer in the Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry at ACC:
10. Kris Milashus will be happy.
9. Kids are fun! They’ll have a rejuvenating effect on your spirit!
8. No adult stands taller than when they stoop to help a child. (I stole that from somewhere…)
7. You volunteer one hour – attend our worship service the other hour – a perfect use of your Sunday morning!!
6. Kids need a hero – you could be it!
5. It’s a joy to share God’s love with little ankle-biters!
4. All volunteers get three free counseling sessions with Chris Modrzejewski.
3. You will be fulfilling a strategic role in the mission / vision of ACC – to reach young families for Christ.
2. When you walk by people in the church lobby, they will think: “There goes that super groovy children’s ministry volunteer!”
…and the #1 reason you should volunteer in the Sunday morning children’s ministry at ACC…
1. You’ll receive an awesome ACC lanyard with a laminated name tag on it!
If you already volunteer – thanks a million! You rock!
If you don’t yet volunteer – please prayerfully consider it!
To volunteer or ask any questions email our Children’s Ministry director Kris Milashus: firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently read the book Erasing Hell by Francis Chan & Preston Sprinkle. I highly recommend it! Chan and Sprinkle do an excellent job addressing a very difficult topic. It’s an easy read…a testament to the teaching ability of Chan who is able to communicate complex ideas in very understandable terms. The book is well-informed/researched and each chapter has end notes which you’ll find helpful in continued personal study of the topic. Here’s a quote that I felt really summed up the heart of the book:
The fact is, Scripture is filled with divine actions that don’t fit our human standards of logic or morality. But they don’t need to, because we are the clay and He is the Potter. We need to stop trying to domesticate God or confine Him to tidy categories and compartments that reflect our human sentiments rather than His inexplicable ways.
We serve a God whose ways are incomprehensible, whose thoughts are not like our thoughts. Ultimately, thoughts of God should lead to joy, because those same thoughts designed the cross-the place where righteousness and wrath kiss. – p. 135-136
In other words, God is bigger than our understanding. That’s a good thing! We embrace that with some of His more “palatable” attributes (mercy, forgiveness), but when it comes to the more difficult ones (i.e. wrath, judgement) we have a tendency to get uncomfortable. We need to be mindful of the fact that He is the creator and we are the created. When we don’t understand Him, it’s not Him who is wrong. Our circumstances and our understanding of God don’t define Him. He is beyond all of that. He is who He says He is, whether or not we understand. I’m MUCH more comfortable having things I don’t understand about God than I am with God fitting into my limited view of reality. As the authors state: those same thoughts of God lead to the cross…something I NEVER would have considered if I was God.
This was the extraordinary video that our missionaries Brion and Annette Kendzora played in church on Sunday morning.
I cannot watch it without being moved to tears.
I am reminded that the gospel IS good news.
I am reminded of Romans 10:14-15:
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15
Everyone in the world needs to be told about the love of God as expressed in the giving of His Son.
This includes our very own co-workers, classmates, neighbors, friends, and family.
Are you praying for the lost? Do you ever speak about Christ to others? Even just invite them to church?
May God give us the boldness we need to be effective witnesses for him – in both word and deed!
Praise God for an amazing trip! We arrived home late Wednesday night. Here are a few highlights from our trip.
- Our 3 medical professionals were able to give much needed medical care to a little over 500 Honduran patients.
- We shared the Gospel and washed the hair of hundreds of children. Treating for lice where necessary.
- In 2 days of evangelistic efforts, our team prayed with 60 people to cross the line of faith and begin a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- We installed 6 concrete floors, dramatically changing life for the recipients who had previously been living in homes with dirt floors.
- Despite our best efforts, we lost miserably in a soccer game against children and staff at the orphanage/ranch we visited.
Our trip involved so much more. We invite you to join us for church this Sunday, 8/12, to hear stories and see pictures from our trip.
S.O.S. When I was in high school, the student service organization was S.O.S. – Service Over Self. As students, we went out into the community as well as participated in in-school projects in order to help those around us who were in need. It was fun, and a great learning experience. As Children’s Ministry gears up for our new school season, our focus is naturally turning to staffing our classrooms with volunteers. I initially got involved years ago with children’s ministry because I had a teaching degree and no teaching job. I figured why not hone some skills on Sunday morning? Then, when I became a mom and was bringing my girls to church, I chose to get involved in their classrooms.
Although stepping into the classroom could be intimidating at first, I really loved it! It can be scary thinking… “Oh boy, I need to not only teach these kids about Christ, but I need to keep them interested and engaged! What have I gotten myself into?” But I quickly found that one of my greatest joys of being in the classroom is simply building relationships. I love hearing about the kids’ weeks, their interests, their challenges. The teaching comes naturally after that, and it is truly joyful to me knowing these children.
Part of ACC’s Vision is our strategy of “worship plus two.” What does this mean? This means that as an attendee of ACC, it is our goal to 1) Have you worship with us as a body of Christ. Come to services on Sunday mornings and rejoice and praise God with fellow believers and seekers; 2) Join a growth ministry. Worship is a wonderful way to express our thankfulness to our Lord and Savior, but we don’t want to become stagnant in our belief. Living a Christ-focused life is a process that lasts throughout our lifetimes. We all go through good times and bad and need our brothers and sisters in Christ to help us on our journey. Join a growth group, women’s Bible study (Coffee Hour), men’s study (FUEL); and 3) Find somewhere to serve. Pray about your strengths and use them to serve within ACC. Are you musical? Think about joining the worship team. Do you enjoy meeting new people? Join the welcome team on Sunday mornings. Are your strengths technical? Working sound on Sunday morning may be a perfect fit. Love children and seeing them grow and develop in their knowledge and belief of the Lord? Get involved in children’s ministry.
Of course, I am going to focus on this last point. We are in need of dedicated people to serve within our Sunday morning children’s programs. As I noted above, I absolutely love getting to know these wonderful kids. I love the quiet ones and the loud ones; the active and the calm. I love the smiles I see every Sunday. I love my current volunteers and their capacity to love and their passion to teach.
If you aren’t serving at ACC, prayerfully consider joining our children’s ministry team. If children’s ministry is not your “thing”, get involved somewhere. You won’t be sorry!
Blessings to you and your family,
This summer I have been part of a book study on Tuesday nights at the church. Together we have been reading and discussing the book Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung. Last week I read a sentence in chapter three that hit me square between the eyes:
“Our fascination with the will of God often betrays our trust in God’s promises and provision.”
How true is that? We often get so caught up in wanting to know the future, and wanting to know how things will turn out as a result of decisions we make. We think we’re doing a noble thing by wanting to know God’s will, when in reality, we don’t trust that God knows what He’s doing. Check out what the book of James has to say on this matter:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” –yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” –James 4:13-15
At first glance, these verses don’t seem like very good news, because as human beings we obsess over planning every minute of every day of our lives, and we want to know what will happen in the future. But when we realize that we don’t control the future but God does, we realize that this is GREAT NEWS. I don’t know about you, but I am very glad that God is God and I am not. (If I were God, we’d have some big problems!)
So let’s take comfort in the fact that God not only knows everything that is going to happen, He also controls it.