Day 3 in the Dominican Republic was humbling!
Our guide, Tim, introduced us to the founder of Go Ministries, Brook Brotzman. We toured the present clinic, a small house structure. And then walked to the site of the future four-story med clinic, currently under construction.
It was exciting to see 100s of children playing and learning at the school!
Breakfast was with the Lincoln Christian University baseball team, who are in the DR helping with baseball clinics for children, helping stabilize a church building and playing a few teams along the way. GO LIONS!
At the end of our day, the only thing we could talk about was The Hole — a place where the people live beside a river. There are only two words we can use to describe our experience: humbling and convicting.
Only hours from now we’ll climb on the plane and say goodbye to the physical DR. For myself, a piece of it will always be with me.
We are in day 3 in the Dominican Republic, and the weather has been amazing. But what is more amazing is what we have seen and experienced! GO Ministries is a multifaceted endeavor to share the love of Jesus with the people of the DR.
We have stepped into a clinic, churches, nutrition program, seminary and a huge sports program that’s meant to focus on developing character first. Unfortunately, though, there is no hockey!
We hugged a lot of people! And we’ve seen some life changing places. I wish you could be walking beside us! Kathy, Mike and I wish you all well! Thanks for your prayers! And we can’t wait to have a chance to sit with you to tell our story!
RCC is pleased to offer another nine week “Financial Peace University,” course designed to help you pay off debt and make confident plans for your future. This fun video-based course has helped about four million households gain much better control over their finances.
The initial, no-obligation session will be on Sunday, January 22, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Come check it out! You can register in advance online or in the RCC Foyer. It will run until March 19.
SST 2016 is October 29, where we are taking a different approach to serving our neighbors. Our goal is to connect with them, so we want to create opportunities to Love the Lonely, Empower the Poor, Embrace the Orphans, and Love those who are different than ourselves (see our “How to Neighbor” worship series for more info on these topics).
How is this going to happen? This year, instead of organizing everything from the staff level, we are encouraging our adult Grow Groups to ask neighbors if they could can serve them and then do just that on October 29. The number of projects will depend on the needs you find. We are also praying that these families are or will become the One you are praying for on a regular basis. Once your group decides on a project, please let me know. And if you need help, just ask!
A couple weeks ago, our Grow Groups discussed Loving the Lonely, and a question was asked, “Can you think of someone who’s lonely? What are some practical ways we can act like Jesus and love them?” Our goal is to help provide some practical ways to serve and connect with neighbors.
We are not asking you to do major projects. We want opportunities to clean yards and some small chores. Also, please remember to pick projects that all ages can do together. When your Grow Group goes out to serve on October 29, bring your kids along. There is nothing like serving God side-by-side! Believe me!
Here is the plan for that Saturday: Start your projects by 9:00 AM, and finish them up by 3:30 PM or so. Then, return to the building by 4:30 for a time of worship and a meal. Make sure to invite those you serve to also join you for the evening celebration!
Please sign up in the foyer or use the application below, fill out the volunteer sheet, and return it to me. If you have a neighbor you want to help or want another group to help, please let me know!
(Online applications coming soon…)
When the new year rolls around, many people will be looking for a way to beat the winter blues and start the year off right. Our first set of Grow Electives are just the ticket! On Friday nights from January 8-29, you will have the opportunity to grow in your faith, gain inspiration as a Christ-follower, and be encouraged in your next steps.
All adults and high school students are invited to join us from 6:30-8:30 PM. The cost is only $25 per person (or $50 per family), which is payable at the door the first night. For those with young kids, childcare will be provided as a fundraiser for high school students’ workcampNE summer mission trip. You may register online or at the Information Center in the foyer.
During these electives, we are asking all Grow Groups to take a break, in order to allow for time to attend the Grow Electives.
Below are the three electives we are offering this time.
[Please Note: For those adults who have never been through Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, even if you do not have kids in your home, we highly recommend going through that elective. It will help you understand much of RCC’s stance on family ministry and what it means to partner the church and the home.]
Parenting Beyond Your Capacity
How CAN you possibly “parent beyond your capacity?” You are, after all, just one person. How can we, as a church family, come together to help one another parent/grandparent beyond what a single parent or couple can do on their own? We believe we have tapped into FIVE great values that will help us all do this better and we invite you to join us learning more. In the end, you’ll be able to create an engaging story for your family by involving other influences who are on a journey to discover why a relationship with God really matters; inviting others to invest in your children so your sons and daughters have other voices that will help shape and determine the direction of their lives; creating a culture of unconditional love to fuel the emotional and moral health of your children; and tapping into the power of quality moments together, building a sense of purpose through everyday experiences.
A Newcomer’s Guide to the Bible
Are you looking for a resource for the average person that explains where the Bible comes from, how it’s organized, and exactly what it contains? A guide to the Bible that doesn’t assume the reader already knows Biblical terms and events? A Newcomer’s Guide to the Bible is the resource you’ve been searching for. It is vital that every follower of Christ not only read the Bible but study it in order to understand it and live it. As popular author Max Lucado has written, “The Bible is not a newspaper to be skimmed but rather a mine to be quarried.” This helpful overview of the Bible will lay a foundation for a lifetime of personal Bible study and application.
Language of Blessing
Do you find yourself looking at others and wishing you could be more like them? Or, do you look at others and think, “They’re weird?” Do you spend more time trying to make your spouse or kids like you or who you would like them to be rather than trying to figure out who it is God has made them to be and setting them free to pursue just that? All 3 of these scenarios have the same problem; you do not recognize the unique person God has made you to be. Therefore, making it difficult to recognize that God has made every person you encounter equally unique and special. In the Language of Blessing elective, we are going to explore deeper our own personality, gifts and talents. Which in turn will begin to help us recognize these things in other people. Then, we are going to look at ways we can speak blessing into our spouse, other family members, church family, co-workers and others we encounter daily.