New! Stephen Ministry

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN

 

 

Our new Stephen Ministry Team is looking for a few good men and women to serve as Stephen Ministers. Who is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is a Christian trained by their congregation to provide one-to-one care to hurting people, men with men and women with women. Those hurting people may have experienced loss from the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, illness, or a host of other painful experiences life brings to us all on occasion. The role of a Stephen Minister is to ensure that one of these people is not left all alone in their pain. Stephen Ministers are trained to show-up weekly, to ask questions that help someone share what they are feeling and experiencing and then to listen with the love of Jesus to those hurts that are shared. 

Could God be calling you to be a Stephen Minister? On Sunday July 2 our congregation will commission Jenny Anderson, Janet Folkerts, and me to lead our new Stephen Ministry.  While Stephen Ministry is new to Steamboat Rock Baptist Church, it has a long track record elsewhere. Since 1975 more than 650,000 people from more than 12,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.  Our church would like to make that 12,001 congregations and 650,010 people trained. Our congregation endorsed a goal to train 10 people to be Stephen Ministers starting this year. 

Jenny, Janet, and I attended Stephen Leader training in April and are looking and praying for men and women who are able and willing to be trained as Stephen Ministers. We will be leading the training which is planned to start the second week of September. The training will be 2 and ½ hours per week for 20 weeks. We will take time off for the holidays and should finish up in early February. This training will equip people who care with the knowledge and skills they need to come alongside someone who is hurting. Are you interested? 

Jenny and Janet will be available at the welcome center in Main Street after both services on July 2 to answer questions. We will also have an opportunity for you to indicate your interest on the connection card in the bulletin for the Sundays in July. We will have an informational meeting on Sunday, August 6th during the Sunday School hour where you can receive more detailed information, have your questions answered, and pick up an application. The three of us are praying for God to move the right people into this training. This training isn’t for everyone, but we hope you will join us in seeking God’s leading on whether this training might be for you.

 

Blessings - Pastor Harrison


Paying Attention in Main Street

 

I had lunch this past week with one of the SG leaders, and he made the following comment to me:  “It is amazing what you see in Main Street, when you pay attention!” He made this statement because he only recently had really taken the time to observe visitors as they entered the church building. His statement really caused me to think about this. I was forced to ask myself this question:  “Am I paying attention?” I tend to be really focused on what I am doing at any particular time and this includes walking through Main Street on a Sunday morning. If I am teaching a Sunday School class, I am focused on getting to class on time. If I am giving the announcements, I am focused on what I will say.  While doing those “good things”, I walk right pass people and miss opportunities to show the love of Christ.

 

As you read through the Gospels, you will see that Jesus was always paying attention to those that he met as he was “on his way”.  As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, he paid attention to the blind man along the side of the road. I truly believe that if Jesus walked through our Main Street, he would not be concerned about getting to the sanctuary on time to find his place to sit. I think he would pay attention to those that he met “on the way” to the sanctuary, and here is what I think he might see:

 

  • A single mom with 3 children trying to keep them in line and getting them to where they need to be.
  • A visitor outside the church building not sure if they are ready to enter the door.
  • Someone standing alone with everyone else walking right pass them.
  • A “long time” believer who is facing issues and has lost hope.
  • An elderly person just looking for a place to rest.
  • A friend who says “I’m doing good!” but whose expression says otherwise.
  • Someone who just wants somebody else to know them by their name.

 

I will be the first to admit that I fail to really “pay attention” to others as I am “on the way”. This is something that I need to change in my life. I would ask each of you to take time this morning as you are on “on your way” in Main Street, to stop and take notice of those around you and then to respond as Jesus would respond. Show them that you care. Show them know that you love them. Let them see the love of Jesus through you by taking action. Help the single mom with her children. Welcome the visitor and walk with him to the sanctuary.  \Look for the person standing alone and visit with them. If someone else needs a place to sit in Main Street, offer them your spot. Use people’s names when you visit with them. Show compassion to those that are hurting.

This picture of Main Street is on a Monday morning and it is empty.  But on Sunday, it will be filled with people.  As you enter Main Street today, I would ask that you pay attention to others as you are “on your way”.

 

Jim Kramer—Pastor of Community Life


"To California or Bust!"

 A Sweet Night!

Thanks to our generous church family, friends and relatives, we made our fundraising goal during our dessert auction, classic game show, and loaded baked potato bar supper held on June 4th. Our mission that night was to serve a great meal and give those in attendance a night of laughter and enjoyment while raising money for the Youth Gathering. From the feedback we received, all goals were met! Our team was blown away by your generosity and love for our youth and leaders. A huge thank you to all who attended and all who gave in one way or another.

Big Things Planned in Southern California!

In the famous words of Jani Lippert, “To California or Bust!” July is finally here and our Youth Gathering Team is excited for a week of service, biblical teaching and worship! Our team has officially signed up for the projects we will be working on while in Orange County. We will no doubt be using our team’s giftedness and passions to serve the people of Orange County. We are excited to work alongside two local NAB churches who have ministries there throughout the year. We can’t wait to share some of the projects we will be working on with you!

As you’ve been hearing for the past year or so, I have been on the team organizing the Youth Gathering for the NAB. Myself and 4 other youth pastors from the US & Canada will be working behind the scenes to pull off transportation, service projects, scheduling, night sessions and speakers for the 550 youth and leaders that will be attending! This has been a great experience and I’m excited to finally see the week-long gathering come to fruition.  I would appreciate prayer not only for our SRBC team, but for myself and the other members of the Youth Ministry Leadership Team as I fly out a couple days early to get the details of The Gathering organized. I will specifically be in charge of the night sessions, which includes the main speaker each night and the worship band. 

 

Getting Started Early… Project Sign Up

On Tuesday, July 11th and Thursday, July 13th, our Youth Gathering Team is going to be prepping for service projects by serving our local church and communities! If you or someone you know is in need of a project to be completed in the area, please notify Bryce by Sunday, July 9th. Each of our team members will be signing up for a shift. We will be working from 9-1 PM on Tuesday and 2 shifts from 9-1 and 1-5 on Thursday. Projects like this have been valuable in the past to focus our team on serving and to build unity. Disclaimer: this is not a fundraiser… just an opportunity to serve. Also, please understand that projects will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis as our time is somewhat limited the week before our departure.

 

Prayer Gathering & Prayer Partners

It has become a neat tradition to hold a prayer meeting in our backyard before each mission trip that we go on. We’re excited to do the same thing this year! On Wednesday night, July 12th at 7:30 PM, we’ll meet in the Rosken's backyard (1405 4th Street in Eldora) to pray over our Youth Gathering Team. Please note that the time is a little bit later this year to accommodate the Eldora parade earlier that evening. After we pray, we will enjoy some root beer floats together. We would love to have you join us for this meaningful time of prayer. We will also be recruiting Prayer Partners for each student and leader, available on a Prayer Board in July. While we have typically tied a financial sponsorship to these in the past, this will not be the case this time. We are strictly looking for prayer warriors for our team. Please be sure to grab a student or leader when they become available if God leads you in that direction!   

 

 

Blessings — Pastor Bryce

 


Children's Ministry

 

It has been a great time of fellowship, learning and fun in our Summer Inter-Generational Sunday School Class.

As we have been going through each Fruit of the Spirit from the book of Galatians, we have been reminded and challenged on how to apply the fruit in our daily lives. What a great opportunity for children, their parents and our church community to all pursue each fruit week after week in unison.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Here’s some at-home activities to seek the Sunday School’s application and to of course seek Jesus further:

 

As a couple, or family try different kinds of fruits the coming weeks and talk about a different fruit of the spirit for each one you try. Share with each other a fruit you may have a hard time with. Encourage each other with a fruit you see that they do well. Keep the conversation going throughout the weeks to see how they are making progress or experiencing challenges. With younger ones you could also act out scenarios and discuss how you would practice each fruit. Maybe show a wrong way and a right way to handle each situation.

Discussing and discovering together as a family how you can apply the lessons from Sunday school is a great way to let the lesson take root. These truths and principals will surely positively impact your weeks this summer through all the busy and fun events this season brings.

I pray this coming month you enjoy each other and your time together in this beautiful weather. I look forward to getting to know you more also, and appreciate your warm welcomes!

 

In Christ — Crystal Carroll

Children's Ministry Coordinator