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Jan 2014 current e newsletter

  1. 1. Tates Creek Current Fi n d in g Yo ur S to ry I n Go d’s S to ry JOIN US FOR A JOURNEY through The Story! Beginning January 5, 2014
  2. 2. Contact Tates Creek Christian 3150 Tates Creek Road Lexington, KY 40502 (859) 266-1621 office@tatescreek.org Visit Online www.tatescreek.org facebook.com/tatescreekcc Worship Sunday Traditional - 8:40 am Blended - 11:10 am The Vine - 11:10 am Sunday School - 10 am Evening - 6:30 pm Wednesday Oasis Meal - 5:45 pm Oasis Classes - 6:45 pm Staff Tommy Simpson Nic Skinner Kim Beckwith Don Seevers Mike Allen Brad Haggard Matt Lee Lesley Tipton David Eversole Billy Bishop Contents Feature Article 10-11 Winter Oasis 12 Goal Setting In Every Issue 3-7 Minister Articles 8 “The Story” Reading Schedule 9 Elder/Deacon Serving Schedule 1 4-17 Minister Articles 18 November Statistics 19 New Members 20 Calendar Ministry News 13 Greg & Vicki Syverson (Missionaries in Mexico) Events 8-9 Office Staff Kim Jones Jenni Gregg Rhoda Rolfes Vicki Wesley 2 Mission Tates Creek Christian Church exists to win people to Christ (evangelism), build up believers in faith, knowledge, and service (encouragement), to help those in need (benevolence), and to stand up for Christian values in the community (witness). Tates Creek Christian Church 3150 Tates Creek Road
  3. 3. Tidbits from Tommy Happy New Year! Christmas is over and the New Year, 2014, is right around the corner. We like something new, whether it is a new thing or a new friend. We like a new vehicle, even if it is a used vehicle, it is new to us. We like a new cell phone, clothes, house, computer, or a new friendship. When we know we are going to experience something new, we greatly enjoy the anticipation of the experience. Zella and I learned earlier this year that we were going to greet our first grandchild. So, for nine months, we were eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Lincoln Troy Adams. Experiencing a grandchild is great! Now, I am looking forward to when he will talk, walk , and play!!! John writes in Revelation 21:1, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” We are not exactly sure what all that means. We certainly know that we are looking forward to the new experience of a place where there is no more suffering, sickness, sorrow, trials, troubles, heartaches, or hardships. We are really looking forward to the newness that God has for us. We also have confidence that with God, His newness will be more wonderful that we could possibly imagine. However, we certainly do not have to wait until heaven to experience God’s newness. When we became Christians, we experienced God’s newness of life. Every day is a gift of God’s newness. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease. For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness” (NASB). Since every day is an experience of God’s newness, let’s take advantage of the New Year to start some new habits. For example, since we will be experiencing a sermon series through the story of the Bible, let’s reach for the goal of reading through the entire Bible for 2014. That goal will help us to establish Bible reading as a daily habit. One of the best things about habits is that it is in the habit and routine where much is accomplished. The daily habit of reading the Bible puts us in the place where God develops us into a new person. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Speaking of renewal, I always look forward to Spring because it is in the season of Spring, where God renews the earth. The First Day of Spring for 2014 is March 20! Three Months till Spring ~Tommy tommy@tatescreek.org Lexington, KY 40502 www.tatescreek.org 3
  4. 4. Discipleship Ministry News Nic Skinner “How to Lead a Great Bible Study” This month begins a series of articles from Discipleship Journal focused on helping you lead an effective Bible study. This information is useful for beginners as well as seasoned teachers and group leaders. Enjoy! “Before You Lead” by Becky Brodin Preparing for the Study When we consider Jesus’ example, His lifelong reverence for God’s Word is evident. Matthew 5:19 demonstrates this and suggests the attitude I need to have toward the Word of God: “Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.” Respect for God’s Word governs a careful preparation for the groups I lead. I do a thorough study of each lesson or topic. Then I pray through the Scriptures covered in that particular study. Finally, I pray through the Scriptures for the members of the group. This preparation gives me confidence to communicate the content. I find that the more prepared I am, the less I talk. Ideally, I am there to guide the discussion, not to dominate it. In preparing each lesson, I develop a simple objective that states what truth(s) I’d like the group to discover. I write the discussion questions with the answers in different colors, and I record any illustrations that help teach or communicate the idea. These are my permanent study guides. I keep them together in a notebook. When I want to lead a study I’ve led before, I pull out the study guide, revise it where necessary, pray through it, and it’s ready to be used as effectively as the first time. 4 Copied from DISCIPLESHIP JOURNALS BEST SMALL GROUP IDEAS – VOLUME ONE.  Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com.  All rights reserved. ~In Christ, Nic nic@tatescreek.org Tates Creek Christian Church 3150 Tates Creek Road
  5. 5. Senior Adults Kim Beckwith Debbie and I would like to express our deep appreciation for all the kindness and hospitality that has been extended to us during this Christmas season. All of your gifts and thoughtful expressions have helped make this season bright for both of us. Additionally, with this issue of the newsletter, we find ourselves completing our first year here at Tates Creek and all we can say is "Thank You." Thank you for embracing us so warmly and allowing us to minister here among you. We look forward to the coming year and all God has in store for us as we serve Him together. January's Better With Age Club meets on Thursday the 16th and the Syversons will be our program. Greg and Vicki Syverson, along with their children, are missionaries our church supports in Pachuca, Mexico. They are going to be living in the mission house for several weeks as they are on furlough here in the states. This promises to be a great program as we get to meet or get reacquainted with this family, and hear first hand about the work there in Mexico. Plan on being in attendance for this first BWAC meeting of the new year. January also sees the beginning of the winter session of OASIS. This session promises several good class options one of which is the "Truth Project." I have personally gone thru this program and it has been one of the most profitable studies I have undertaken. We all know there is a lot of "unsound" spiritual thought out there because the basis of truth has been moved. The Old Testament scripture taught that no one should move a boundary stone. The reason the law of God taught that is obvious. It brought true ownership into confusion and dispute for everyone. So too, when truth became "relative" in our culture confusion and dispute resulted. No longer can we say this is right and this is wrong without being referred to as being narrow minded and judgmental. The Truth Project examines how we got to where we are today and the way back to where we need to be. Join us for this or one of the other fine classes as Oasis brings this new year. ~Bro. Kim kimbeckwith@tatescreek.org Lexington, KY 40502 www.tatescreek.org 5
  6. 6. Don’s Dynamics Recently, I decided to have ALL new flooring installed in my house. When I purchased my home over 9 years ago, the sellers had installed “cheap” carpeting to get it sold and it was getting very worn. The kitchen tile looked good, but was getting several hairline cracks and pits in it and since it was over 21 years old, could not be matched. So, I “bit the bullet” and decided to lay good quality carpet & padding, put new vinyl in 2 of the 3 bathrooms, and had wood laminate installed over the kitchen tile, entryways and downstairs hallway. Now, why am I telling you all about this? Little did I realize when I committed to this project that it would be like MOVING and yet staying in the same house! If you have been through this major nightmare, you know that it means taking everything off closet floors, removing all lamps, table-top items, etc. and finding a place to store them during the project. AND...I have a grand piano and church organ in my living room that I had to have professionally moved. I just completed getting the house together in time to tear it up again to decorate for Christmas. SO...since I had to remove all the JUNK in my closets, I decided it was time to go through all of that stuff and decide what to keep and what to throw out after not using it for over 9 years (and probably several more years before that in Florida). I started thinking about cleaning out closets and how good it makes me feel to see how nice and open they look now. Yes, there is a spiritual application here. Many times, we allow our lives to get “cluttered up” with so many things...needless things...time consuming... harmful things...insignificant and unimportant things, and they get in the way of what we really need to be storing inside. As we begin 2014, let’s take a look at what we are holding on to and make some decisions to get rid of the “things” that keep us from living productive lives for Christ. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21 ~ Don don@tatescreek.org 6 Tates Creek Christian Church 3150 Tates Creek Road
  7. 7. Missions Moment Weeks Family We’ve been in Ethiopia for just over 6 weeks and Travis and I can’t get over how much we feel like babies in our new culture. We left our home where we knew exactly how to get around town, pay our bills, buy groceries, cook dinner…you know, the simple, everyday tasks that we all do. On October 29th, we entered our new home but we entered it as infants. We were completely dependent on the generosity of our Ethiopian hosts and teammates to get to the grocery store, speak to the veggie man, connect to the internet and use phones, get our Ethiopian driver’s licenses, etc. Even now after 6 weeks, Travis and I still feel like babies who are constantly taking in new information and communicating via hand gestures and short, simple phrases. It is simultaneously frustrating and hilarious. After 3 weeks of language school, I’m sure you all expect that we are practically fluent in Amharic, but I have a confession to make, we are still in the “baby-talk” phase. Some of our favorite things to say right now are: “The pig is standing on the cow” and “The chicken is inside Language teacher, Jalale the book.” Like I said, you have to crawl before you can walk. Everyday at school we learn more vocabulary and review what we have already learned. Then, we practice our Amharic by playing with toys and dolls and describing what they are doing. (See, I told you we were like babies.) The beautiful thing is, it is actually working! Very, very slowly we absorb Amharic into our minds and then some of it even comes out of our mouths! On the other hand, there are still days in which we feel discouraged by our inability to speak and our unavoidable “foreignness”. On those days we pray for God’s grace to be patient with ourselves. We try to remember and Clare accept the fact that we are still babies here…and learning how to walk and talk takes time. ~ Travis, Emily, & Clare Weeks Lexington, KY 40502 www.tatescreek.org 7
  8. 8. “The Story” Reading Schedule Instead of our normal Bible reading schedule, we will be following “The Story” reading schedule. We hope that you will join us in this study and find your story in God’s story. Week 1 - Creation The Beginning of Life as we Know It January 6: pages 1-3 January 7: pages 3-4 January 8: pages 5-6 January 9: pages 6-8 January 10: pages 8-10 January 11: pages 10-12 Week 2 - Abraham God Builds a Nation January 13: pages 13-15 January 14: pages 15-17 January 15: pages 17-20 January 16: pages 21-22 January 17: pages 22-24 January 18: pages 24-27 Week 3 - Joseph From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh January 20: pages 29-31 January 21: pages 31-33 January 22: pages 33-34 January 23: pages 34-36 January 24: pages 36-40 January 25: pages 40-42 Week 4 - Deliverance January 27: pages 43-45 January 28: pages 45-47 January 29: pages 47-50 January 30: pages 50-52 January 31: pages 52-55 February 1: pages 55-57 8 The Story Sermon Series Act 1 ~ I Am Creator January 5 ~ February 2 Act 2 ~ I Am King February 9 ~ March 30 Act 3 ~ I Am Judge April 6 ~ June 1 Act 4 ~ I Am the Way June 8 ~ July 13 Act 5 ~ I Am Forever July 20 ~ August 10 As we enter 2014, please consider turning over a new leaf and help us save a tree. Let us know if you wish to stop receiving the newsletters in the mail and receive them via email. Send a message to jenni@tatescreek.org. We also have an online giving option. Go to our website at www.tatescreek.org and follow the online giving link. Senior Adult Events Adult Bible Study Wednesdays ~ 10:30 AM Room 200A Better With Age Club Thursday, January 16 10:30 AM ~ Fellowship Hall Tates Creek Christian Church 3150 Tates Creek Road
  9. 9. Communion Serving Schedule January Oasis Meals: Jan 8: Chili, 1/2 Turkey Sandwich, Cheese, Crackers, Dinner Rolls, Desserts Jan 15: Baked Ham, AuGratin Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Desserts Jan 22: Oven Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Cooked Carrots, Dinner Rolls, Desserts Jan 29: Sloppy Joes, Potato Wedges, Cole Slaw, Desserts Salad is available as an alternate meal when it is not a part of the meal being served. Bluegrass Christian Men’s Fellowship Monday ~ January 20 at Tates Creek Christian ~ MMC Meal 5:45 pm ~ Program 6:45 pm Speaker ~ Dave Hamlin from Shelby Christian Church Please pick-up any remaining Christmas Cards. They are located in the foyer directly in front of the Prayer Room. January 5 Elders: Ken Sharp, Danny Branham Deacons: Brian Hogston, Chris Lee Ashland Terrace: Steven Clem Home Comm: Craig Martin, Lucas Moore, Steve Mullins Comm. Prep: (Sat.) Wilma Coomer/Carol Rae Redding (Sun.) Chris Dennison (Sun. after srvs) Chris Dennison January 12 Elders: George Heaton, Ken Sharp Deacons: Bill Johnson, Greg Wheeler Ashland Terrace: Jonathan Clifton Home Comm: Tony Spencer, Cory Wilson, Charlie Byers Comm. Prep: (Sat.) David & Paula Rankin (Sun.) David & Shelia Waits (Sun. after srvs) David & Shelia Waits January 19 Elders: Larry Hitchner, George Heaton Deacons: David Straub, Bill Burke Ashland Terrace: Craig Martin Home Comm: Steven Clem, Jonathan Clifton, Bill Burke Comm. Prep: (Sat.) Boyd & Wanda Johnson (Sun.) Michael & Dana McReynolds (Sun. after srvs) Beth Byers January 26 Elders: Mike Mirre, Larry Hitchner Deacons: Russell Brown, Henry Evans Ashland Terrace: Lucas Moore Home Comm: Henry Evans, Greg Kasten, Stuart Kearns Comm. Prep: (Sat.) Jack & Linda White (Sun.) Rick & LeeAnn Layne (Sun. after srvs) Rick & LeeAnn Layne Lexington, KY 40502 www.tatescreek.org 9
  10. 10. Winter Oasis Classes ~ Wednesday Nights ~ Meal - The Truth Project Led by Kim Beckwith You and I are engaged in a cosmic battle—a battle that is raging for the hearts and minds of people the world over, pitting the truth claims of God against the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is a battle over what you truly believe. The Truth Project is designed to build a systematic and comprehensive biblical framework for our faith and assist us in renewing our mind and heart to better resist conforming to this world. An optional book will be available. “The Story” for Small Group Leaders Led by Nic Skinner This class is for all of our adult Small Group Leaders. It is intended to help group leaders prepare their lessons for each week of “The Story.” This class will begin meeting one week earlier than the other Oasis electives on Thursday, January 2, at 6:00 PM. The remaining classes will meet on Wednesday nights as part of Winter Oasis. Love & Respect Led by Tommy Simpson & Mike Allen A wife has one driving need—to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need—to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. Love & Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily, and biblically. This class will use both DVD teaching and discussion for the learning experience. Choose ONE of these ways to register 1. Scan the QR code with your smart phone. 2. Register online with the following link: https://tatescreek.logosconnect.com/church/reg 3. Sign-up on the Communication Card. 10 Tates Creek Christian Church 3150 Tates Creek Road
  11. 11. ~ January 8 - March 26 5:45 PM ~ Classes - 6:45 PM Raising a Godly Son / Daughter Led by David & Joanne Shuman During the Winter Oasis, the Middle School Ministry is offering parents a chance to learn with their middle school children! This is an age where many life-changing decisions are made by students, especially relating to their identity in Christ. This class is a chance for parents to explore questions with their son or daughter. The classes will be separated by gender in order to focus on specific issues. Each class will have a specific book, so please sign up by emailing Brad Haggard at brad@tatescreek.org. Women’s Bible Studies: The Amazing Collection: The Bible, Book by Book Led by Phyllis Eversole Consider joining us during the Winter Oasis session as we study “The Kingdom Books” of the Bible. The DVD teachings, workbook lessons, and discussions will give you a bigger picture of God and His word and more specifically a great overview of the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings. Workbooks will be available for $10. The Book of Matthew Led by Judy Clark During Winter Oasis, we continue getting to know the Master, chapter by chapter, through the eyes of Matthew. Some of the topics covered in this session will be: the parables, instructions concerning faith, humility, forgiveness, and Christ’s death and resurrection. All you need is your Bible, a notebook, and commitment to the study. Oasis Meals Oasis meal donations are $5 per person or $10 per family. Please register for meals each week via the Communication Card located in the Bulletin. Lexington, KY 40502 www.tatescreek.org 11
  12. 12. Goal Setting January is a time of reflection and opportunity. We can often be amazed at how fast the previous year flew by. Many times this brings questions regarding how we used our time and what we accomplished with each of those 365 days. Do we have anything to show for all the time God allowed us to have with Him, our family, our friends, and our church body? This time of year should also bring dreams about what we can do with the year ahead, 8,760 hours that can be intentionally designed and lived to accomplish or experience the things that are important to us. We are charged with the responsibility of deciding what is important, for God has entrusted us with the stewardship of our lives. How do we best live ‘on purpose’ or intentionally? I believe in the power of goals, specifically written goals. A study was conducted by Gail Matthews of Dominican University which showed a significant improvement in the accomplishment of goals by those who wrote their goals over those that did not. The same study also showed that those who took two additional steps accomplished even more. These additional steps are, sharing the goals with a friend and then being accountable by giving someone a weekly report on the progress toward the goals. So what do you dream? To be a well-rounded person, I believe our goals need to fall into seven areas: Career, Family, Financial, Intellectual, Physical, Social, and Spiritual. These areas are listed alphabetically, because we, as individuals, need to prayerfully decide which areas are most important to us. I encourage you to think about at least one goal in each of these areas of your life. Then, take the time to write down these goals! If you really want to show your commitment, share your goals with a close friend or family member and then consider finding someone to whom you can be accountable on a regular basis. Jesus loves us and accepts us as we are when we come to Him, but He doesn’t want us to stay that way. We are supposed to grow in grace and in our likeness to Him. We don’t usually grow in leaps and bounds, but little by little. It will take effort and determination on our part. Like the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” When we continue growing, we can, and will, be used of God for His purposes. 12 David Eversole Tates Creek Christian Church 3150 Tates Creek Road
  13. 13. Greg and Vicki Syverson Greg and Vicki Syverson, our missionaries in Pachuca, Mexico, and their two sons, Benjamin (9) and Matthew (7), are in the states on furlough. They will be sharing about their ministry in Pachuca with the TCCC family during January and February while living in the TCCC mission house. Greg and Vicki have lived and ministered in Pachuca, a city of 1.5 million, since 2002. They began by working alongside a local church to reach out into an impoverished community. In 2009 they planted Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida (New Life Christian Church) in that community, working together with a team of national leaders. They started with 14 people on their first Sunday and have grown to 130 regularly attending on Sundays, with more attending in their weekly cell groups that meet in homes. Greg and Vicki felt God leading them toward a strong emphasis on prayer, and through the power of prayer they have seen God do amazing things in the church and community. The members are active in outreach and serving. Young people are being trained and sent out to other countries as missionaries. Several new leaders are being trained to lead cell groups and other outreach ministries. The church is continuing to grow and has expanded the current meeting space. In August 2013, New Life Christian Church was turned over completely to national leadership. Now, Greg and Vicki are preparing to return to Pachuca in mid-2014 to train more leaders to plant additional churches in and around Pachuca, as well as other parts of Mexico. While the Syversons are with us be sure to get to know them and learn about the work they are doing in God’s Kingdom. Lexington, KY 40502 www.tatescreek.org 13
  14. 14. Reflections Mike Allen As we sit and reflect on another year gone by, many memories, joys, heartbreaks, trials, and blessings may come to mind. It is always nice to be able to look back and see where the Lord was leading us and what he was teaching us. Many times it is much easier to see things from God’s perspective when we can look back on things. He gives us new perspective with each passing day. He is constantly making us new. College Ministry “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” -2 Corinthians 5:17 I think one of the greatest things about God is that He has grace for each and every day. Not just the day when we came to know Him personally. Not just the day that was really terrible and we felt far away from Him. Not just that day when we flew off the handle and said things we didn’t mean to someone we love. He has grace for each and every day of our lives. His mercy is new every morning. “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” ~Lamentations 3:22-23 In this new year, may we remember how faithful the God of the universe has been to us. His mercies are new each and every day. May we commit to being faithful to Him, as He has been so faithful to us, each and every day! In His Service, ~Mike mike@tatescreek.org 14 Tates Creek Christian Church 3150 Tates Creek Road
  15. 15. How Do You See God? Some kids drew symbols, others drew pictures of a man with a beard, some drew abstract images, and one student even drew a big eye. The way they envisioned God was varied, but there was one constant throughout as they explained their drawings. Their visions of God were shaped by significant people in their lives. Parents, grandparents, extended family, and even lost loved ones all shaped how our students came to see God. So, if you wonder how your child sees God and how they feel about their faith, it is significantly shaped by how they interact with you! Our hope in the student ministries is to partner alongside parents and train up disciples together, because we can never care for them in quite the same way that you do. And that care is meant to be a reflection of the love which God has shown to all of us! Brad Haggard Paul reminds his protege, Timothy, to remember the faith that was handed down to him by his mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, in 2 Timothy 1:5. Paul even mentions in the previous verse, the faith Timothy received from his family was so sincere that it moved Paul to tears. Timothy’s faith, and the future of the churches to which Paul had assigned him, were both shaped by the faith that he saw in his own family. Student Ministry In the month leading up to Christmas we looked at what the Bible says about the Trinity. It’s a great way to understand the importance of what we celebrate on Christmas day. To introduce the subject to our students, we all drew how we envision God on a piece of paper, which we then shared with everyone else. The results were eye-opening! Let’s lift Him up together! ~ Brad brad@tatescreek.org Lexington, KY 40502 www.tatescreek.org 15
  16. 16. Children’s Ministry Matt Lee People Who Serve Children Make A Difference 16 “There is no better place to serve than the public school, and it seems to me that if a public school wants Christian people, then Christian people should go serve in the school.” Ron Collins Ron Collins has a passion to help people learn to read. Starting as a boy, he watched his parents struggle with the ability to read. During his career, he helped a young man receive the proper education in reading so he could read his Bible. After Ron retired, he met Fred Mitchell at the Bluegrass Christian Men’s Fellowship. It was at this meeting that Ron realized he could really make a difference during retirement. Mr. Mitchell was looking for someone to help the children at Russell Cave Elementary learn to read. Ron took a step of faith, volunteered his time and energy, and God made things happen. Soon, they had collected more than 2,000 books for a library, gathered volunteers, and created a program called, “Kids Reading Better.” The program is now titled, “Ron A. Collins Reading Program,” and serves 45 children. Two years later, Julius Marks Elementary opened the door for a partnership with TCCC, and Ron had two connections. He had a passion to help kids read and his daughter was a secretary at the school. At JME he is known as Mr. C. Every week he serves 3 hours on Tuesdays with a variety of children from all walks of life. He shares his other passions of poetry and painting with the children and staff. He has fun joking with the kids and loves listening to the children read. His greatest joy is when a child works hard and makes progress. At 79 years old, Mr. C. has some advice for others… “Kids are starved for love. They are starved for men in their lives. It is a great way for men to give back… As long as you are able to function you should at least try. You may not like it. You may want to change it. But you have to at least try.” It’s the same challenge he gives the kids he works with each week. You have to at least try. Ron Collins isn’t just trying, he is faithfully making a difference, because he knows that people who serve children make a difference. ~ Matt matt@tatescreek.org Tates Creek Christian Church 3150 Tates Creek Road
  17. 17. Critterland News We are looking forward to a great 2014! Lesley Tipton We are so excited to be taking “The Story” journey with the rest of the church. The preschool age is when children first hear all of the wonderful words the Bible has for them, and they will continue to learn each week all the things that show God’s love for them. We will also continue with our memory verses, songs, games, and crafts to reinforce the stories they hear. Preschool Ministry Various parents have told me recently that their children love coming on Sunday mornings and specifically mention ’Jesus in the Park’. I see the excitement they have when we open their classroom door and they take off running down the hall! Some children love the songs, some have their memory verse memorized the moment they hear it, and some love to be involved in the stories! ~ Lesley lesley@tatescreek.org Lexington, KY 40502 www.tatescreek.org 17
  18. 18. Sunday School Average Attendance November 2013 Infants 8 Walkers 10 2 & 3 Year Old 6 4 & 5 Year Old 7 K - 1st grade 18 2nd - 3rd grade 33 Garage 45 20 Middle School 30 High School 21 Alpha/Omega 9 Ashland Terrace 10 Christians in Action 24 Crusaders 65 Faith 16 Fellowship of Believers 21 FOCUS 26 Good News 28 Grace & Truth 59 Grass Roots 17 Heaven Bound 14 In The Word 15 Motivators 5 Open Bible 68 Psalm 34:3 5 Seekers 8 Servants for Christ 35 Upper Room 11 Willing Workers 48 Young Families 11 Miscellaneous Officers Total 18 16 3 666 November Worship Attendance & Giving Total General Fund 3rd 872 $35,699. 10th 838 $26,349. 17th 714 $25,006. 24th 838 $21,317. Funds Totals for Nov. Deacons’ Fund Growing to Serve $ 1,840. $12,035. % of Dollars Given Online 12% General Fund Report 2013 Budgeted Need per week $28,487. 2013 Average per week $26,968. November Total Income November Total Expenses Net Shortfall $108,371. $128,850. ($20,479.) Indebtedness Mortgage Balance, Nov. 31 $1,657,915. Monthly Payment (Dec. 1) Principal Interest Add’l Principal $12,888. $8,397. $4,490. To give online anytime or setup a recurring online gift, visit our website at www. tatescreek.org and click on “Giving”. Tates Creek Christian Church 3150 Tates Creek Road
  19. 19. New Members Every time a child expresses an interest in being baptized it is like embarking on a new journey that has never been traveled. Each child is unique and their motives are pure. To some it’s a simple decision. For 9 year old Matthew Hines, it needed to happen. He wanted to be clean! Matthew and his brother, Nathan, are homeschooled by their mom, Sarah. One day Matthew Hines while Sarah was working with Nathan, Matthew Baptized, Nov. 24 made a fast appearance. He quickly interrupted with father, Chris his mom and explained to her that he wanted to start his relationship with Jesus right away. Together they talked. Then, Sarah sent a message to Matt Lee asking him what was next. Matthew was challenged to complete a Rescue Manual to encourage him in this decision to be a follower of Christ. Matthew finished his packet in record time and a meeting was set up. The entire family met with Matt, and Matthew listened intently. At the end of their talk Matthew knew he was ready to follow Jesus and be baptized, but there was one major problem. His grandparents wouldn’t be back from Hawaii in time so Matthew wanted to wait. For the next few days Matthew wrestled with his decision. Once Matthew’s grandparents gave him their blessing, Matthew was ready. The next Sunday, November 24th, Matthew Hines was baptized by his dad, Chris, and we can’t wait to see what God does through Matthew! Britney Jones By Transfer, December 8 Lexington, KY 40502 www.tatescreek.org 19
  20. 20. Volume 2 No. 1 Calendar ~ January 2014 1 New Year’s Day - Office Closed Monthly Ministry Teams, 5 pm 6 MMC - Multi Ministry Center / FH - Fellowship Hall / Fh - Friendship Hall / CR - Choir Room / WC - Worship Center Card Ministry, 8:30 am, 102 FOB Class, 10:00 am, Fh 5 Tates Creek Current Mary Circle, 10:30 am, Fh Small Grp leaders, 6 pm 4 4 Tates Creek Christian Church Office: (859) 266-1621 3150 Tates Creek Road Web: www.tatescreek.org Lexington, KY 40502 Email: office@tatescreek.org 2 2 Elders’ Meeting, 6 pm, FH 9 9 Room in the Inn, 5 pm, FH Deborah Circle, 7 pm 12 Missions Team, 4:30 pm, 102 13 Faith Circle, 6:30 am, 104 13 J.O.Y. Circle, 6:30 pm, Fh 14 MOPS, 9 am, FH 14 Tabitha Circle, 7 pm 16 BWAC, 10:30 am, FH 18 Paul’s Men, 8 am, Room 200E 18 Card Ministry, 8:30 am, 102 20 Bluegrass Christian Men’s Fellowship, 5:45 pm, MMC 23 Room In The Inn, 5 pm, FH 23 Sarah Circle, 7 pm 28 MOPS, 9 am Weekly Activities Sunday Evening: Rejoicing Ringers, 4:30 pm, CR Middle School Small Groups, 5:30 pm, 303 The Buzz-High School Worship, 5:30 pm, 303 Evening Worship, 6:30 pm, WC Adult Small Groups, various times and locations Monday Evening: Orchestra rehearsal, 6:15 pm, WC Tuesday Evening: Victory for Life, 6:00 pm, FH Wednesday: Adult Bible Study, 10:30 am, 200A Worship Team rehearsal, 5:30 pm HS Small Groups, 6:30 pm, 303 Oasis Meal, 5:45 pm, MMC Oasis Classes & Choirs, 6:45 pm