Jesus proclaimed, “If Swift Creek Presbyterian Church anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38 Living Waters Volume 16 Issue 6 June 2008 From the pastor Dear Swift Creek Family, Not too long ago I referenced something in a sermon that I wanted to elaborate on in this newsletter article. Our Session, Diaconate and Staff have been making good progress on some strategic planning issues for Swift Creek and I want you to be in the know about what is going on. In mid-April we had a two day retreat together and began the process. After considering the Great Commission, (Matthew 28:19,20) that we go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, and adding to that the nature of our particular situation, that God has seen fit to place us in the path of growth here in the Richmond area, I challenged them to make Outreach to New Neighbors our primary focus. To me, it seems that, in light of all this, we have both a great obligation and a great opportunity. I look forward to seeing what God might do in our midst. I want to reassure you that this focus in no way precludes working on building up our own church from within. If we are to be ready to assimilate new people, we must be well organized at home to do so. Therefore, we must strengthen existing ministries and take care of our own, so to speak, in order to be ready to absorb new friends into this fellowship of Jesus. At the Leadership Retreat we talked about two specific objectives: That we would grow in attendance at a rate of 10% per year over the next five years and that we would endeavor to see that one third of new members would join by profession of faith. That second goal would ensure that we were being successful in outreach and not simply drawing people from other churches. I have asked the various ministry teams to begin to set some specific goals for their particular area of ministry that would propel us down the road in relation to these goals. At a future date we will get together again and whittle down the list to a few specific goals that we believe God wants us to focus upon in the next year or two beginning in January 2009. You will be hearing more from me as the process unfolds. In the meantime we would welcome your ideas, your input, your energy and your enthusiasm. Please feel free to speak with Elders, Deacons or Staff that have responsibility for specific ministries that are important to you. Grace, Tuck With Great Appreciation On behalf of all of us at Swift Creek we say a huge “Thank You” to Chris Newcomb (and to Carrie) for four and a half years of excellent ministry in our midst. Thank you for caring for our kids, for teaching them to love and follow Jesus, for teaching them to build their lives upon God’s word, for encouraging them in the midst of their problems, for setting their sights beyond themselves to issues of service and justice for modeling Christian maturity but most of all, for giving us all the gift of yourselves. We are all much richer for having had you with us and we will miss you! Our prayers go with you as you make your way toward God’s next chapter for your lives together serving Him. Page 2 Living Waters June 2008 Session highlights In June, the Session met with the following business: Robert Cook shared highlights from the Trustee meeting and from the Diaconate, Bill Dennis shared highlights from their meeting We continued to move forward with the process of allowing our grounds to host practice fields in relationship with Crestwood’s Upward Football program in the fall. We are seeking leadership for this exciting development The nominating committee at-large members were elected in the congregational meeting on April 13. We want to thank these folks for agreeing to serve on this committee: Veronica Lawler, Rob White, Beverly Tuttle and Anne Zimmerman. Dennis Walker chairs this committee and will be joined by another elder, a deacon, Liza and Tuck. Anne Zimmerman has agreed to chair a new landscaping committee, currently including these volunteers: Alexis Kennett, Andi Ferrar and David Walker Tuck led the Session in a survey from the Presbytery regarding discernment. They were seeking specific ministries which came about as a direct result of discerning God’s will. The Session highlighted the youth and their work and leadership with IJM. Contributed by Leigh Anne Ring Remember our neighbors in need! School lunches will end soon, meaning another meal for needy families to prepare each day during the summer … please bring non-perishable donations to the collection bin at the top of the stairs and they will be delivered to the food pantry. Friends Feeding Friends will meet June 15 at 3 p.m. in the kitchen to make bag lunches for Richmond Friends of the Homeless. Please attend—there’s a job for you! “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth; whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40. June Birthdays 1 Tom Lewis 11 Karen D’Orazio 22 Emma Manis Andy Ferrar 12 Wylie Gardiner Olivia Bernsley 4 Vickie Scaggs 13 David Edwards 23 Dale Reese Vinny Siggia 14 June Jones 25 Jay Bernsley 5 Carol Lenti Rex Hedgepeth 26 Krista Gutzwiller 6 Kathy Acker Betty Crane 27 Lis Chamberlain Devon Doyle 16 Henning Hamann Shelly Smith Sean Doyle 18 Gayle Haglund 28 Miller Eason 7 Rob White Pam Conde Eric Horvath Madeline Benson Daniel Ritchie 29 Bruce Thompson 9 John Chamberlain 19 Tom Rath Sheri DeSimone Ed Snowa Janice Bell 30 Glenn Larson Charlotte Moyler 20 Rob Sydow Mike Turner Robin Leonard Chris Barrar 10 JoAnne Webb Riley Lescault June 2008 Living Waters Page 3 Ch-Ch-Changes Transition…(noun)…“Passage from one form, state, style, or place to another.” Dear Touchpoint Students and Greater Swift Creek Church, “The times they are a changin’”, as the old song goes. By the time you read this, Carrie and I will have left for other endeavors. Change is never easy, especially in the church. Often, when a staff person leaves, the fear is that things will fall apart. We’re confident this will not be the case regarding Touchpoint Student Ministries. Touchpoint has always been bigger than those who led it because it really belongs to Jesus. We believe that He will continue to lead it into the next phase that He has planned. We encourage you to follow along Youth Group 6/1, 6/8, 6/22, 6/29 for the ride as the Youth Advisory Committee discerns His leading and continues to help students meet Jesus and fall in (No Youth Group 6/15.due to Senior High love with Him. Impact VA! trip 6/15-21) As Tuck has mentioned, the leadership of the church, which includes the Session and the Youth Advisory Committee, 6/24 Terrific Tuesdays begin! is already moving ahead to put a plan in place to continue the next phase of this ministry. 6/28 Local mission project at Miss Moore’s It has been a joy and a privilege to serve Jesus by house. Meet at the church at 8 a.m. Bring $ serving you as Youth Director the past 4.5 years. Over the for lunch. We’ll return to church by 1 p.m. past year, I have felt a stirring within my spirit to move into a different form of ministry. Most likely, this will be as a Lead/Teaching/Senior pastor type of role. We have many fond memories of my time at Swift Creek. From Great Escape to Alpine Adventures to Impact VA!, summer trips always provided a great time of fellowship, spiritual growth, and service. Weekly youth group meetings were filled with laughter, probing questions, worship music, prayer, Scripture, conversations and great food. Small groups were a time for you to get to know one another a little better as you spent time together in a close knit group talking about real-life issues and learning to follow Jesus together. Lake Day always provided a great opportunity to thrash about in the water off the back of a jet ski, or fall face first when skiing behind a boat. RockF.I.S.H. was always a joy each year from hearing the preaching of Mike Stinson, the humor of Tim Toy, the passion of Jaime Saint talking about End of the Spear and the life-changing message of John Richmond regarding the IJM. Musically, we experienced the John Ivins band, Beth Champion Mason, and Todd Fields, all of whom provided authentic worship (and some fun too). Then there was I.C.O.N. We got to experience the Bryan Davis band who were also an incredible worship band. One of our favorite memories is how the youth caught the vision to help the IJM and led the church- wide campaign to raise over $15,000 to help free children forced into prostitution (thanks again church for your generosity). In closing, our hope for Touchpoint is that you will stay engaged with the ministry. There is a group of solid, committed adult volunteers who love each and every one of you. You are valued. You are loved. We also encourage you to accept whoever follows us with open arms. He or she will be different than us and that is ok because God makes each of us differently. We’re sure that person will have as much love for you as we have had and will want to help you grow in your walk with Jesus just as much as we have. So, embrace them, learn from them, lean on them, laugh with them, and love them…they will be here for you! Finally, we want to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Youth Advisory Committee for their dedication, sacrifice, and passion for students as well as all the parents who participated in this ministry in one fashion or another. Thanks for all the memories and may God bless and keep you! In Christ, Chris & Carrie Newcomb Page 4 Living Waters June 2008 Bike Day 2008 Our 7th annual Bike Day outreach to the community of Essex Village was a little cold and damp for the most part, but the children still came for the bikes, food, and fellowship extended by the volunteers from Swift Creek. Many thanks to all that donated bikes and sent cookies. There were approximately 50 bikes donated from our church, and a few more by Agee’s Bicycles. A special thanks to our volunteers! John & Linda Burns, Charles, Stacey, Maddie & Jack Davis Bill & Josie Dennis, Kenny & Shawn Debes Ingo Hamann, Mike Harding, Art Kernstine, Russ Lescault, Terry & Seth Manis Greg & Margo Rama and friends Dale & Matthew Reese, Paul Sabo Ed, Debbie, Blake & Joseph Rosenbaum Hugh, Debra, David Lauren & Timothy Strickland Warren, Traci, Melissa & Lindsey Wakefield Dennis & Anne Walker Rob, Wanda & Samantha White Mark & Alan Winheim Ed Yarbrough It’s not just about the bike! June 2008 Living Waters Page 5 “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and The Parent Page wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the Keep the End Goal in Mind road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” Deut. 11:18-19 Life with little ones can leave parents in NLT day-to-day survival mode. Calendars and to-do lists are essential for navigating countless appointments, school activities, chores, work obligations and more. Your immediate goals might range from potty-training a toddler to planning and organizing your summer schedules. But Ask God: what is your ultimate goal as parents? Are 1. To help you keep a proper perspective about you merely trying to prepare kids for earthly and heavenly things. adulthood? 2. To guide your efforts to raise children who While children’s earthly future is definitely love him. important, the main focus must be our children’s eternal future. It can be hard to 3. To grow and nurture your children’s faith keep that in mind with daily pressures and and lead them to salvation. obligations. But what really matters is making sure our children spend eternity with Jesus. To do that: Parenting Insights Develop a strategy. Partner with your church’s children’s ministry to ensure that In With All Their Heart, Christine Yount Jones your children are getting age-appropriate shares a few practical tips for communicating Christian education at every stage. You the Gospel message clearly to children: must reinforce that education at home by 1. Use concrete terms. Instead of talking using the take-home papers weekly. about “asking Jesus into your heart,” let kids know that God wants to “become your Make sure everyone’s on the same heavenly Father.” 2. Begin a dialogue. Talk about how you page. Talk to your spouse, other family members and your children’s caregivers became a Christian and what God has about what’s most important to you, even if you think they already know. done for you. As you explain Jesus’ death and resurrection, ask lots of clarifying, Choose activities intentionally. Arrange open-ended questions. 3. Celebrate expressions of faith. Share your calendar around your big-picture goal. If activities start to interfere with your special spiritual milestones, such as what’s really important, re-evaluate and baptism birthdays. Give your child an re-work your family’s schedule. When faith age appropriate Bible so that they can becomes the top priority for your family, it continue growing in their relationship also will become the top priority for your with Jesus. children. Wanda White Children’s Ministry Director firstname.lastname@example.org Group Publishing Parent Link Page 6 Living Waters June 2008 CONGRATULATIONS 2008 GRADUATES! You and your family are invited to the Graduates’ Breakfast on Sunday, June 8 at 9:00 a.m. in the Sunday School room behind the kitchen. We want to recognize and honor you for this most significant achievement. Please plan to attend and contact Beth Lewis by June 5 to let her know you’re coming Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; OUR 2008 GRADUATES in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. High school College and graduate school Tyler Amis Dear Lord, Matt Bayliss Chris Dunaway As I look toward the future Elise Bell Tony Ferrar Bright hope conducts this prayer, Patrick Carey Chris Halbleib For I know the plans You have for me Kelly Kennett – Were wrought with divine care. Abby Credicott Holy Spirit, lead me. Benji Cook (medical school) Let me run at your command, Shawn Debes David Oakley Yet be still and know that You are God Lars Dunaway Amanda Parrish When trouble's close at hand. Megan Steel Your Word will be a lamp for me, Jason Foster A guide to light my way, Jens Hamann Ian Webb A solid place to set my feet, Gavin Harrell A compass when I stray. Jason Hernaez May I live my life to praise You, Not for fortune, nor for fame, Shawna Koller May everything I say and do Kelsey Leonard Bring glory to your name. Allen Luck May my eyes stay fixed upon You Liz Lueders As I seek the way that's pure, Tasting your love and goodness Paige Mashaw Sleeping and rising secure. Jared Matthews Planted by your living streams Josh McMahon I'll delight in all your ways, Hidden by your sheltering wings Rachel Miller With new mercies for each day. Kathleen Murphy Even in a dangerous land Roberta Pierce-Osborne When storms threaten to destroy, Danielle Reggie At the cross I'll stand upon the Rock My Strength, my Hope, my Joy. Jessica Rymer Dear Lord, show me your favor, Brittany Slade At all times keep me blessed, Spenser Slough May your face ever shine upon me, Maureen Wisniewski With peace and perfect rest. Amen. Steven Zepp --Mary Fairchild June 2008 Living Waters Page 7 Vacation Bible School July 7—11, 2008 9:00 am—Noon Ages K—5th Grade $20.00 per child POWER LAB IS FIZZLING WITH FUN Pre-register to reserve your spot! (registration on back) For more information contact: Wanda White, Director 739-1183 or email email@example.com SWIFT CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Pastor David “Tuck” Knupp Worship 10:00 am Worship for Children ages Preschool through Fourth Grade Nursery available for infants and toddlers Fellowship 11:00 am Your Neighborhood Church located on 5900 Woolridge Road, Next to Foxfire. www.swiftcreekpresbyterian.org 739-1183 Page 8 Living Waters June 2008 Registration Form Rising Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Top portion to be completed by church office. Crew No. _______ $20.00 per child Registration Fee Pd.$_______ Registration fee must accompany form to reserve your child’s spot. $7.00 - Music CD $ _____ _ Total Paid $_______ ————————————————————————————————————————————— Church Affiliation: ________________________ Friend your child would like to be grouped with (should be close to same age) Child’s Name___________________________________ _________________________________ Address____________________________________ City______________________ St.____ Zip__________ Home phone______________ Male ____Female____ Age______ Grade Completed__________ Mother’s name______________________ work, cell phone number____________________ Father’s name______________________ work, cell phone number____________________ Emergency contact: ______________________ phone number__________________ Relationship to child______________________ Allergies or other medical conditions we should be aware of ___________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ To whom it may concern: ________________________ has my permission to attend VBS at Swift Creek Presbyterian Church July 7 - 11, 2008 from 9:00 am until noon. Swift Creek Presbyterian Church has my authorization to seek emergency medical assistance for my child. _______Yes _______no ________________________ _______________________ ________________ Signature of Parent or Guardian Relationship to child Date Mail this form along with payment to: Swift Creek Presbyterian Church 5900 Woolridge Rd. Moseley, Va. 23120 For more information you may call: Wanda White, Director of Children’s Ministry at 739-1183 or email firstname.lastname@example.org June 2008 Living Waters Page 9 Women’s Thursday Morning (and Evening) Bible Study Next Newsletter Deadline Summer Session 2008 Thursday, June 19, 2008 Who: YOU Newsletter will be turned What: STEPPING UP, A Journey through the Psalms of Ascent, in for printing on by Beth Moore Sunday, June 23 When: June 19 – August 14 on Thursdays at 10am and at 7 pm Where: Swift Creek Presbyterian Church Please submit articles to How: Bring your Bible and TV-watching glasses. The study book Amy Perriello Articles for the newsletter will be at the first class. The cost of the study book is may be placed in the $13. Childcare will be available in the mornings. newsletter box located in Why: Why not? Seriously though, this Bible study group is a the church. great way to meet and fellowship with other women and at the same time a wonderful way to enrich your walk with the Lord. Please sign up in the commons or contact Charlene McCutcheon with questions. Please indicate if you will need childcare or if you prefer to attend an evening session. Swift Creek Presbyterian Church 5900 Woolridge Road Moseley, Virginia 23120 Swift Phone: 804-739-1183 Creek Fax: 804-739-9987 We’re on the Web! www.swiftcreekpresbyterian.org Worship – 10:00 a.m. Church School – 9:00 a.m.
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