Posts from February 2015

When God Left the Building

[youtube]http://youtu.be/PiwhjsguUC8[/youtube] A pervasive part of the American fabric is fraying and decaying before our eyes. The church is withering. Though the vast majority (77%) of Americans identify themselves as Christians, they have largely stopped attending church. Less than 20% of the population now makes it to church in a typical week. Some 4000 churches are closing every year. It’s a major and unprecedented social upheaval. The film follows a church that has seen its attendance plunge from 900 to 40.…

What Matters Most?

There was a retired pastor at the church I served at in Texas who continued to be active in ministry until nearly 90 years of age. He would make calls on people who were sick or hadn’t been to church in a while. A team of people would drive him around because he couldn’t drive himself, but he just wouldn’t give up doing it. Pastor Horn loved Jesus—it was the most important thing in life to him. He desperately wanted…

February 2015 Executive Ministry Team Meetings Highlights

Who is the Executive Ministry Team? First Trinity’s Executive Ministry Team (EMT) is made up of: Pastor Chuck Whited Jason Christ (Director of Attract and Middle School Ministries) Marsha Peth (Director of Care Ministries) Sue Steege (Director of Transformation Ministries) Director of Serve Ministries (Vacant) Tim Hartnett (Ministry Operations Manager) The EMT meets twice, monthly. This update gives highlights from both meetings in February 2015. Any questions? Feel free to contact Sue Steege (ssteege@firsttrinity.com or 716-440-5025). Highlights Discussed chapters 7-10…

“Who do you say that I am?”

“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’” Matthew 16:13-15 ESV What do you think you would say to that? We get a lot of chances to sit down and talk with other Christians and…

Six Essential Questions Preview

I posted the basics of the series earlier this week. Here’s a little bit more about the nature of these questions as found in the Announcements devotion this week… In college, I used to enjoy staying up late and talking about deep, complicated questions. Many times, we’d be having a silly conversation about something meaningless, but it would turn to a more serious topic. It was interesting to see how other people wrestled with the same questions I did. Maybe…

Lenten Series: Six Essential Questions

We start a new series this weekend as we explore “Six Essential Questions.” Here are the questions and the readings we’ll be using if you want to get a head start on the sermons: Week One: Who is Jesus? Isaiah 53:1-6, Hebrews 1:1-5, Matthew 16:13-16 Week Two: What Matters Most? Isaiah 58:6-11, Matthew 13:44-52 Week Three: Am I Accepted? Isaiah 53:7-11, Romans 3:21-26, John 8:1-11 Week Four: Where Is God? Ephesians 1:15-23, John 1:1-5, 14 Week Five: What Brings Fulfillment?…

Persistent Pleas

Have you ever been in the middle of doing your “thing” when someone comes along looking for your assistance with their “thing”? Not only asking for assistance, but asking for assistance right now and not letting it go? Perhaps it has occurred with a neighbor or co-worker? If you’re a parent, you have no doubt lived this experience repeatedly, as though stuck in the movie Groundhog Day. The story is usually the same and their persistent pleading eventually moves you…

God Sightings! – FL Mission Trip Recap (Part 3)

To wrap up some of our stories about the Young Adult Mission Trip to Florida January 1-7, here are just a few snapshots of things God did in, through, and around our group! #1 – Becky, Josh, and Sarah gave up seats together on the plane and sat scattered around in order to let a family sit all together.  This ended up also giving them a chance to interact with others on the plane. #2 – The first part of…

Life Interrupted

Growing up, two of my best friends were also named Jason. As you can imagine, it was sometimes confusing when talking about the three of us, so we all started using our initials as a sort of nickname. At first, JC was just my initials, but then when I went to school it also stood in place as my location—Jason in Chicago. The church has received a number of nicknames over the years, especially the Lutheran variety. I’ve heard names…

A Delightful Trip! – FL Mission Recap (part 2)

VBS was a day of joy and delight! As mentioned last week, the theme for the Florida Mission Trip in January was “Delighted to Share” based on a passage in 1 Thessalonians.  Throughout the week, in addition to our work, we explored various passages that used the word “delight”.   This happened in morning devotions, lead each day by a different team member, TAWG time (Time Alone With God) to dig into God’s Word personally, and then a team debrief each…
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