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Posts from December 2017

Posts from December 2017

Celebrating God’s Generosity

Dear friends, How does your house look? Wrapping paper anywhere? Cookie crumbs decorating your counter-top or even your couch? Pine needles, real or fake, sticking up out of the carpet or like sprinkles on your floor? New toys and new gadgets, here, there, and everywhere? Garbage overflowing? Sink and dishwasher full of dishes? Maybe that is the way your house looks or maybe it’s sparkling clean! Jesus has come into our messy, dirty world and more specifically into our messy,…

More Than Bricks – Year End Update

More than Bricks Capital Campaign                 Our Second capital campaign, More Than Bricks, is coming to a close on December 31, 2017. This campaign started in December of 2014 as we had a goal to buy land, build a church and a place of ministry to be able to share the great news of Jesus Christ with our community. The campaign has been very successful and we will exceed our pledged donations by more than 10%. The generosity displayed during this…

Intangible Christmas Gifts #BecauseofJesus

Dear Friends, What’s on your Christmas wish list? If I were asking the kids I got to hang out with Tuesday as part of Operation Jesus Cares, I would hear answers like legos, a particular video game, or a basketball signed by Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. If I were asking their parents I would hear things like having a permanent place to live, having enough money to fix the car, or wishing to be able to take a…

Victory News – Christmas Joy

Dear Friends, The Grinch is a bitter, grouchy, cave-dwelling creature with a heart “two sizes too small” that tries to steal the Christmas joy from Whoville—home of the merry and warm-hearted Whos. What’s trying to steal your Christmas joy… Stress? Worry? Fear? Bitterness? Anger? Grief? For the people that the prophet Isaiah was writing to long ago, all these things were threatening to rob them of “Christmas” joy too. Would they ever find deliverance from being exiled in Babylon? Would…

What the World Needs Now

Dear friends, Just over three weeks to Christmas! Yay God! What is your favorite Christmas carol or song? My favorite Christmas song changes all the time. I like “Noel,” by Lauren Daigle. But today, and it might change by tomorrow, my favorite is: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sings,” by Carrie Underwood. I will share a not so well kept secret about myself. I love Christmas music. I’m not to worried about whether it is Thanksgiving or even November yet, any…

More Than Bricks – Final Month

More Than Bricks Update FINAL MONTH!! More Than Bricks (MTB) kicked off in December 2014 as a major funding campaign for our new Ministry Center, with a goal of $500,000.  80% of the money received ($400,000) is being used to reduce our mortgage debt and related expenses, and 20% ($100,000) is being used to support mission work in North Dakota, St. Lucia and Nepal. Here is where we stand in the final month of the  3 year campaign: Donations Received…

Hiring Two Positions: Office Manager and Communications Coordinator

Hiring: Office Manager and Communications Coordinator In order to better support our pastors and ministry leaders in our core mission of reaching unchurched people, the Leadership Team has approved two part-time positions — Office Manager and Communications Coordinator. The Office Manager will provide administrative support. The Communications Coordinator will develop and implement effective marketing/communications strategies for both our church and community audiences. Additional Information The funding for these positions will come from a combination of grants, a member donation, and from the operating…

Office Manager Job Description

Office Manager CLASSIFICATION: Hired or Volunteer – approximately 10 Hours/Week SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIPS Accountable to: Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor Directly Supervises:  Office volunteers and helpers as needed ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Serve pastors and other staff by helping with a variety of administrative tasks as needed such as scheduling appointments with people, setting up groups meetings, making copies and collating them, and updating church calendars. Keep up to date info on small groups currently meeting and serve as contact hub…

Communications Coordinator Job Description

Communications Coordinator CLASSIFICATION: Hired – beginning at 10 hours/week SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIPS Accountable to: Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor Directly Supervises:  communications volunteer team (photography, videography, graphics, social media, website)  ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Cultivate, lead, and manage a team of communications ministry volunteers (social media posters, writers, photographers, graphic designers, videographers, website updaters etc.). Work with staff to develop communications processes and define priorities to create an environment in which messages can be communicated clearly, creatively and effectively. Work with…

Leadership Team Meeting – November 2017

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 LEADERSHIP TEAM UPDATE November 13, 2017 6:30-9:00 pm at the Ministry Center Present:  Jim Vogel, Jay Justmann, Ron Takacs, Jason Seiberlich, Jim Kehoe, Jeff Guenther, Steve Abramowski, Pastor Ben, Pastor Bill Our meeting began with a devotion based on Psalm 125.  Here, we see another reminder of God’s Love.  If we as believers follow the Lord’s teachings, Jesus brings us peace. Next, Jeff led a discussion of Chapter 3 of the book that we are reading, titled…