November 22, 2013
Dear Pikes Peak Christians,
Winter has hit and we are chilled into our winter sweaters and parkas. There is something wonderful about snow covered lawns and mountains. It can’t help but remind me of how the Lord takes my sins and turns them white as snow.
Turkeys and Shoeboxes
Over the past few weeks, you have responded beautifully to the needs of people locally and around the world. More than 200 Thanksgiving meal baskets are being assembled for families in our church and community. In addition, we will be very close to 1000 shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child. The total value of these two projects is around $50,000! Only God could inspire such generosity! He is honored and pleased by the sacrifices you all have made and how you are demonstrating that God truly has given us more than enough. Remember: This weekend is the time to bring your shoeboxes and turkey dinners in.
Vision Weekend & Annual Congregational Vote, December 7th-8th
If you missed last weekend, you can still pick up information at the Welcome Center about the 2014 Budget and the officers who are nominated for the position of Elder and Trustee. Members ages 16 and older will have the opportunity to vote on those items at our Weekend Services December 7th & 8th. I will be sharing some of the significant wins to 2013 and a preview of what 2014 will bring. If you have questions about the vote, you may contact Chairman of the Elders, Tom Moore, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 964-4290. Absentee ballots will be available Nov. 30th at the Welcome Center.
NextGen Pastor Search
After many weeks in prayer we see God giving clarity in the direction we need to go in hiring for this critical position. The NextGen Pastor will work directly with our Children’s Ministry, serve as part of my Executive Team and provide oversight for the entire ministry for children Birth through High School. We want to build a more cohesive ministry with goals for each stage of a child’s growth. We believe God has so much in store in this coming year with our children and youth, and this leader will be a key part of driving it. Please keep this covered in prayer. Hopefully I can announce a decision at our Vision Weekend December 7th-8th.
I won’t see many of you until after Thanksgiving, so my prayer is that you have a sweet and blessed time with your loved one over this next week. Safety for those who travel, and comfort for those who are experiencing an empty seat at the table this year. May God fill your heart with grateful memories.
For the Sake of His Call,
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September 06, 2013
Dear Pikes Peak Christians,
It’s hard to believe that Summer is over but after the Bronco’s pummeling of the Ravens last night, I think most people are welcoming the Fall season! Even though I’m a fan of the Green and Gold, I am impressed with the Broncos and anticipate a lot of happy people in church in the coming months! : )
As most of you know, we moved forward with the refinancing of our church loan and finalized all the paper work a couple weeks ago. It’s a great comfort knowing that we locked in to the good rates for the long term (25 years). The best any bank could offer was a 5-year lock. We are receiving a small amount back from the refi that will enable us to finish the landscaping outside the Peak View Room where the large pine tree stands. That will be completed later this month. We also are turning attention back to continuing work on the Care Center, since we have funds that have been given specifically for that project. Later this Fall we will host some tours so you can see how that project is coming along! It’s possible we can open the doors to the Care Center by Easter with a few more donations to the project.
Family Ministry News
Our Student Ministry kicked off the Fall with a big event this past Wednesday night! I attended and got schooled in 9-square by some much younger kids. Dustin and his team are working hard to provide some great learning environments for our students. There is conversation going on right now with the high school students about how to meet their needs for community on Sunday mornings. You can expect to see them more frequently in our worship services. Please take the effort to welcome these students!
Pastor Rick Dettling and I are serving as interim leaders overseeing the Student and Children’s Ministries while we look for someone to fill our role as Children’s Ministry leader. Rick led successful Student Ministries in two prior churches and I was a Children’s Pastor for ten years. So combined, we bring a lot of experience to the table. We are impressed with the Children’s Coordinators (Angy, Angie, Stephanie and Leslie) who are working hard to staff our classrooms and ensure our kids have the best opportunity to learn. Thank you to the many who have offered to help in various ways with our children! This is such a critical time in their lives!
Worship and Prayer
Next Tuesday night at 7pm is our monthly evening devoted to worship and prayer. The church moves forward on our knees as we humbly seek God and His direction and blessing on our lives. I hope you can join this growing group!
This weekend I will be preaching on “Hearing God’s Voice.” The Holy Spirit is speaking constantly to us, but I’m not sure if we are always listening. I have to say there are many times when my mind is not tuned in. The fault lies with me, not with God! Like any great relationship, communication is at the center. I look forward to diving into God’s Word this weekend as we unpack what that looks like in our lives!
Be Blessed Today!
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Friday, August 16, 2013
Dear Pikes Peak Christians,
This weekend we will be ending each of our services just a few minutes early for a congregational meeting to vote on the resolution to refinance the church loan. Many of you have jumped on historically low interest rates, and we’re wanting to do the same before the market changes (and it’s already started to move up). This refi will save the church tens of thousands each year and over a million dollars for the course of the loan.
This weekend we will continue to look at the Holy Spirit and how He works in our lives. This has been a helpful series to so many and I’m looking forward to digging into the Word again with you this weekend.
In Christ’s Love,
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Friday, Aug. 2, 2013
This weekend we are continuing our series on the Holy Spirit! I hope you will be here for most of the weeks as this topic is so misunderstood and neglected.
VBS kicks off Monday night 6-8:30pm at the church! This is a great opportunity for your kids and their friends to come and have fun while learning about Jesus. If you have not yet registered, please do this weekend. There is no charge, but you must be registered!
CHURCH VOTE ON REFI
A SPECIAL MEETING for members of Pikes Peak Christian Church will be held in the sanctuary at the end of the 6:30pm worship service on Saturday, Aug. 17 th, and at the end of the 8:00am, 9:15am and 11:00am services on Sunday, Aug.18th , 2013 regarding the refinancing of the Church’s 2011 mortgage bonds.
AN INFORMATION SESSION will be held by B.C. Ziegler and Co. regarding the bond refinancing immediately following the 9:15 and 11:00 services on Sun., Aug. 18 in room 208.
Have a blessed day and I will see you in church!