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Do you appreciate the church? Are you glad MCC is there for you and your family? Does the church make you happy and bring a joy to your soul? Has God been faithful to you? Has your faith helped you survive the tough times of life? Is Jesus vital to your existence and your eternity? The church is able to be there for you and your family and is able to reach out to the community needs here and globally because you give of your financial ability. Without the financial gifts you provide on Sundays, the church would be seriously handicapped as well as losing a great deal of it’s effectiveness. I sought additional information from our financial staff as to a trend I reviewed about the giving capability of our congregation. The following reflects our actual receipts for the past three years, and does not include the new building gifts. 2011 $422,428.63 2012 $407,485.62 2013 $441,882.18 These numbers reflect how many giving units (households) we have in the church. 2011 346 2012 230 2013 210 New members joining the church are as follows: 2011 43 2012 38 2013 57 2014 12 additions to date Deaths are recorded as: 2011 10 2012 16 2013 21 2014 8 to date These numbers reflect that when a group left the church we lost a large number of giving units. Yet, we only saw a loss of $15,000 from the departure of this group. Our worship attendance continues to rise as well as significant numbers of people join- ing the church yearly. Our Financial Secretary reports that though the giving units are down there is a vast increase in pew envelopes with cash in them but no name on the envelopes week after week. May I suggest that if you have not received Boxed Offering Envelopes from the church office, that you request a set. This gives you an envelope to use weekly and will enable the church office to supply you with an annual donation report for your taxes as well as giving us the ability to track the giving units of the church. Looking over the above facts we see a very healthy trend in the church in every area. We are a church that is growing and on the move and being backed by the membership of the congregation. Thank you for being a faithful church. Rev. Chris Volume 2014 Issue 6 The Christian Messenger Monticello Christian Church June 18, 2014 The next newsletter, The Christian Messenger , will be mailed WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 Articles are due in the church office by SUNDAY, JULY 13 To activate the Prayer Chain, please call the church office at 583-7261 or Sylvia Ward at 583-8845. Email requests should be sent to Rev. Chris at [email protected] or Deb at [email protected]

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Do you appreciate the church? Are you glad MCC is there for you and your family? Does the church make you happy and bring a joy to your soul? Has God been faithful to you? Has your faith helped you survive the tough times of life? Is Jesus vital to your existence and your eternity? The church is able to be there for you and your family and is able to reach out to the community needs here and globally because you give of your financial ability. Without the financial gifts you provide on Sundays, the church would be seriously handicapped as well as losing a great deal of it’s effectiveness. I sought additional information from our financial staff as to a trend I reviewed about the giving capability of our congregation. The following reflects our actual receipts for the past three years, and does not include the new building gifts. 2011 $422,428.63 2012 $407,485.62 2013 $441,882.18 These numbers reflect how many giving units (households) we have in the church. 2011 346 2012 230 2013 210 New members joining the church are as follows: 2011 43 2012 38 2013 57 2014 12 additions to date Deaths are recorded as: 2011 10 2012 16 2013 21 2014 8 to date These numbers reflect that when a group left the church we lost a large number of giving units. Yet, we only saw a loss of $15,000 from the departure of this group. Our worship attendance continues to rise as well as significant numbers of people join- ing the church yearly. Our Financial Secretary reports that though the giving units are down there is a vast increase in pew envelopes with cash in them but no name on the envelopes week after week. May I suggest that if you have not received Boxed Offering Envelopes from the church office, that you request a set. This gives you an envelope to use weekly and will enable the church office to supply you with an annual donation report for your taxes as well as giving us the ability to track the giving units of the church. Looking over the above facts we see a very healthy trend in the church in every area. We are a church that is growing and on the move and being backed by the membership of the congregation. Thank you for being a faithful church.
Rev. Chris
be mailed WEDNESDAY, JULY 16
Articles are due in the church office by
SUNDAY, JULY 13
To activate the Prayer Chain, please call the church office at
583-7261 or Sylvia Ward at 583-8845. Email requests
should be sent to Rev. Chris at [email protected] or
Deb at [email protected]
Average worship attendance for May was 358.
Christian Education reported that grade school Sunday School is averaging 15-20. VBS will be the end of July with the pro- gram at 9 and 10:30 services on August 3. The committee will assist Membership Cmt. with the Ice Cream Social .
Exterior Property reported the water drain in the parking lot has been fixed. Southside flower beds have been cleaned out. Van repairs are completed. The committee thanks the High School Youth for painting and raking at Centarbor. New bath- room doors are being installed at Centarbor.
Joy Ministry reported they will cater the Reading Club Luncheon in June.
Membership Cmt. reported a reception request from a member was tabled. Soldiers Again will perform for the Ice Cream Social on June 29. 8 college students and 2 military members were sent care packages.
Worship Cmt. reported Father’s Day gifts have been purchased. The altar railing was declared to be fine as is. The choir seat- ing was discussed.
Youth Cmt. reported the 30 Hour Famine was attended by 19 youth. The Flamingo Mission Project has begun. 6 students will be attending the Student Leadership Conference in July. Mission Trip to Utah was discussed. T-shirts for the youth groups have arrived. The 2015 Budget was agreed on. High School will lead worship on July 20. Revelation Bible Study will begin June 10. Jr. High Youth are working at Wheeler Rescue Mission and taking a trip to Kings Island in June.
Elders received the policy for the usage of the new building. The Elders received a concern about charging outside groups for building usage and referred it to the Interior Property Cmt.
Stewardship Cmt. presented a timeline for the 2015 Budget.
Interior Property Cmt. reported that they voted and decided not to charge outside groups for the use of the building.
The New Building Task Force requested the church take out a loan of up to $200,000 to pay off the completion of the New Youth Building. After some discussion it was noted that $700,000 was given for the building but a minimum of $150,000 is still needed to complete it. The Board unanimously agreed to take out a loan and prayerfully the congregation’s members will step forward with gifts to pay off the debt.
SPLINTERS FROM THE BOARD
June 9, 2014
SPECIAL OFFERINGS If you would like to give over and above your regular
church tithe, may we suggest:
New Building Fund
Flagpoles and flags for outside
Do you receive our church prayer emails? If not, email us at [email protected] and we will add you.
BRIGHT BEGINNINGS DAYCARE
fant, older infant, and toddler rooms. Please contact
Shenna @ 583-2301 or 870-6977 for more informa-
tion
NEW BUILDING APPLIANCES For the new building, we would appreciate donations of exist-
ing appliances or purchase of the same.
36 inch. Refrigerator, 5 cubic foot freezer, electric range, dish-
washer, countertop microwave, clothes washer and dryer.
BUILDING USAGE
Due to the church building being used many times a day
by many groups, it is essential that you reserve the rooms
you need so room usage doesn’t overlap.
VITAL STATISTICS May 2014
General Fund Income $ 32,854.00
General Fund Expenses $ (35,646,97)
Year To Date
Volume 2014 Issue 6
How to Talk to Teenagers (Part 3)
Over the last two months we have discussed the wide misconception that you need to be cool and hip in order to have a conversa- tion with teens and how you can identify and approach a teenager. This month we will look at having a conversation with a teen- ager. Again, please understand these are not universal rules and truths, you can always find exceptions.
Last month we ended with these 3 steps: Find one, walk up to them, say, “Hi, my name is…”. This is a very good starting point. From there you will probably need to facilitate the conversation. Ask them about school or what they are doing over the summer, talk to them about what type of music they listen to and why, what sports are they are involved in, what musical instrument do they play. Really you can ask them anything that you would like to know. The important thing to remember in this step is to ask open ended questions, NOT yes or no questions. Nothing kills a conversation quicker like one word answers, and if you give a teenager the opportunity to answer in one word, they normally will take it.
During this conversation you may notice a few things: They may not look you in the eye. Most teenagers won’t look people in the eye. The reason is not that they are not inter-
ested or not listening. The reason is most teenagers take somebody looking directly at them as authoritative, which causes them to shut down. This is why conversations in vehicles, for example, happen a whole lot more easily.
They may not seem interested. Whether or not the teenage was actually interested isn’t the issue. The important thing is that you reached out to them and showed that you cared enough to talk to them. Many teens crave face to face interaction. They tend to get less and less of this because older generations automatically assume that they are too busy texting, therefore they do not want a face to face conversation. Almost 50% of teens would rather speak face to face as opposed to 33% to texting (Common Sense Media). So the odds are in your favor.
The last, and probably most important, thing to remember is Do not get DISCOURAGED! You may not think the conversation went well, and maybe it didn’t. But don’t stop!!!! Keep reaching out and showing teenagers that you care. It will have a lasting im- pact on their lives.
Zach
Word of Caution: Many times when people ask me to talk to teens on their behalf, it is usually for some sort of service (i.e. yard/ housework, helping at church, etc.). Most of the time I tell the individual to talk to the teens themselves and let the teenager decide whether they can or cannot do the task. If every conversation a teenager has with an older generation is about doing work, then they will begin to view themselves as “free labor” and not as somebody who people care about. It is fine to ask them, but also ask them about their lives. Show them you care about them and their life.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL July 27-31
6-8 PM Ages 3 through Grade 5
Congratulations to Leah Crabb for
being recognized as salutatorian of
the class of 2014 for Twin Lakes
High School. She is the daughter of
Mike & Darla Crabb and the grand-
daughter of Larry and Nancy
Crabb. She will be attending Taylor
University this Fall.
Dorothy Fisher, Bldg 2 #13
Miller’s Merry Manor 200 26th St., Logansport, 46947
Colleen Vigus
Monticello Health Care 1120 N. Main St., Monticello
Larry Bittner, Room 171 Lynn Conley, Room 131 Duane Long, Rehab Unit Lilly Longere, Room 156A
White Oak Health Campus 814 S. 6th St, Monticello
Geraldine Brewer, Legacy Unit Don Farnsworth, Room 117 Doris Fee, Room 210 Viola Rush, Room 215 Laddie Shuman, Room 514
At Home Or In Other Facilities Anita Carmichael, 6600 Constitution Blvd.#208, Portage MI 49024, 269-365-3554 Juanita Fishel, 110 N 2nd St, Apt 5, PO Box 151, Chalmers, 47929 Lynn Fraser, 803 Oakview Dr., Monticello, IN 808-8779 Roger Hintz, 201 S Beach Dr, Monticello 583-9660 Ralph Joslyn, 12249W 625N, Monticello, 965, 2974 Jack Mull, 306 Oakview Dr, Monticello, 583-3067 Marcia Read, 3001 N. West Shafer Dr, Monticello, 870-0165 Audrey Smith, 1117 Bluewater Dr., Monticello, 583-4657 Betty Smith, 11520W 1200N, Monticello, IN
Hospitalized/Illness/ Other Prayer Needs
Jaime Arnett, lymphoma (Joy Meyer’s son-in-law) Sandi Bergstrom, cancer Bill Brandt, cancer Mark Brown, colon cancer David Bushouse, chemo Sue Drake Edna Capper, foot therapy Hildegard Haines, recovery from shoulder surgery Joan Hanawalt, brain tumor Larry, White County Jail Larry Hundley, weakness Sandy Johns Longbons, Diana McClellan, Bert & Mary Matt Marvin, recovery from wave runner accident Edna Ray, rehab and recovery from recent health problems Jan Ray, cardiac rehab and continued healing Linda Snyder Rethel Stevens, recovery from valve replacement surgery Shelby Topping, tests (Nancy Ritz’ daughter) Ruby White, fall and broken hand For all to seek a better relationship with our God. Youth mission trip For all graduates and young people struggling with find-
ing their places where they belong in this world Youth, marriages, addictions, grieving, sick For myself to learn to control my temper when situa-
tions change in life My brother to come to God. Nephew to find direction
for his life Camp Tecumseh summer camp. Lord, please keep Sa-
tan away from camp. For our church and our new building to be a service to
God in many ways. Salvation for a family member Spiritual healing for me and family For friends, foes, forgiveness and thankfulness Courage and strength, warm heart, cool head and strong
hand Freedom from anxiety and worry Those who are lost Spiritual healing for family Christians in Iraq
PRAISE
Thank God for watching over Genesis! Thanks be to God for a blessing I didn’t know I
needed; but He did in his infinite wisdom Thank you Jesus for answered prayer concerning my
job. Praise God for all He does! Joy and praise to the Lord. Drew Hampton has a clean
bill of health.
WELCOME
Our sympathy and prayers are with… Don & Mary Krulik and their family in the passing of
Don’s mother Agnes Bossung on Sunday, June 15.
Don & Norma Blount, Linda Lindsay and their families in
the passing of Norma & Linda’s mother Edith Flynn on
Monday, June 16.
Samantha Harrison joined
Volume 2014 Issue 6
If you want your name/names added, or if there is a correction please call the church office, 583-7261.
july BIRTHDAYS &
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MONTICELLO, IN 47960
VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Crew Leaders—All 6th through 12th grade students who are interested in being a crew leader, please
sign up on the Youth bulletin board. Training will be held on Tuesday, July 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Adults—Adults are needed to help with Vacation Bible School. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulle-
tin board.
THANK YOU NOTES
Hi! It's Meagan McCarver and this summer has been crazy. I'm living in Martinsville, Indiana and working at Camp Riley which is awesome but very time consuming. I wanted to make sure to let you and everyone at Monticello Christian Church know how appreciative I am for the care package you sent during my finals. I shared with my sorority sisters too and we all thank you very much. I miss everyone at the church and hope things are going great! Meagan McCarver Dear MCC, I want to thank everyone who was involved in sending me a care package full of great snacks and goodies. I appreciate the time and effort that everyone sacrificed to make my day that much better. I love surprises and that is exactly what I received when I found out you guys sent me a package. The relentless support of this church is truly a standout quality of MCC. Again, thank you for thinking of me. I’m working extremely hard this summer to turn in a head-turning vet school application this year and promise I’ll never forget everyone who has believed in me along the way. Thanks guys, Sam Smith Dear Christian Church Friends, Thank you for the12 boxes of food weighing about 600 lbs. Every donation is appreciated as we assist an average of 125 families a week. They cannot return for 4 weeks. Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for the $500 to the White County Food Pantry. This will buy much needed supplies. Sincerely, Marilyn Dention, Secretary (NOTE: THE BOXES OF FOOD WERE COLLECTED AND DO-
NATED BY THE YOUTH DURING THEIR 30 HOUR FAMINE IN MAY.)
ICE CREAM SOCIAL June 29 3-6 p.m.
Centarbor
made ice cream , drinks and table service will be
provided.
Bring your lawn chair and come out for an after-
noon of games, music, food, and fellowship.
Hosted by:
Volunteers needed for booth on Saturday. Please
sign up on bulletin board.
If you are interested in representing the church in
the 5k walk/run, please contact Jim Boyer, 870-
6172.
Cases of water are needed to distribute to the public.
Please drop off your donation in the coat closet.
The Monticello Area Lions Club would like to express
its gratitude to MCC for the use of the kitchen and fel-
lowship hall on May 17, 2014.
Thanks to everyone who helped serve and clean up at
our fundraising dinner.
A very special thank you to Pastor Zach & Naomi plus
the teens that helped.
the kitchen and, of course, the coleslaw made by Betty
Dawson and Joy Ministry was a huge hit.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL!
Chairpersons David Hood & Nancy Hood Ritz
Thank you for the wonderful finals care package!! It has definitely come in handy! Not only have I used it to help myself study, but is has also helped to keep my son busy so I could study. I am so blessed to have such an amazing church family! Thanks again, Ashlee Banes Dear Rev. Dodson, Thank you for allowing the Gideons to come and talk about our ministry. In recognition of your church offering 489 GIDEON-PLACED BIBLES are being provided by Monticello Christian Church. On behalf of the Gide- ons International, thank-you for the generous offering that will place Bibles around the world. Sincerely, Mike Lehe
Volume 2014 Issue 6
Helper—Aricka Batley
JULY
DEACONESSES
Leading people to their full potential
in serving Jesus
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
105 Gordon Rd, Monticello, IN 47960
Telephone (574) 583-7261; Fax (574) 583-3343
WEBSITE: mccwired.com
Mailing address:
Friday—9 a.m-12 p.m.
Pastor Zach Wolf, Youth Pastor, [email protected]
Deb McIlrath, Secretary, [email protected]
Toni Jordan, Treasurer, [email protected]
Linda Shivley, Financial Secretary
Chad Hostetler, Contemporary Worship Music Leader
Bright Beginnings Daycare, 574-583-2301,
Christian Action Chair: Natalie Hodgen
Christian Education Chair: Stephanie McCloskey
CWF: Linda Haworth
Deacons Chair: Buford Duffy
Deaconess Chair: Gail Armstrong
Elder Chair: Jim Milligan
Evangelism Chair: Jim Boyer
Interior Building Chair: Bill Vaughn
Joy Ministry: Sandy Johns
Personnel Chair: Jeff Stoner
Stewardship Chair: John Haworth
World Outreach: Paul VanMeter
Youth: Judy Neilan
Sunday Contemporary Worship 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Traditional Worship 10:30 a.m.
Volume 2014 Issue 6
JR HIGH YOUTH EVENTS FOR JUNE
1.) Sunday, June 1, 5-7 p.m. meeting at the church: topic-Frozen?
2.) Thursday, June 12 1eave church at 8 a.m. for Mission Project.
Breakfast on the way.
Work begins at 10:30 a.m. at Wheeler Mission Homeless Shelter for
Women and Children at 3208 E. Michigan St. lndpls. We will be preparing lunch for the homeless women & children. We will also be doing light housework for them. We conclude at 12:30 p.m.
Dress Code: casual clothes, modesty is the key word No dress clothes, no open toed shoes, no tank tops, no shorts, no leggings, no low-cut shirts, no short skirts (due to modesty and Indiana Health Code for food service personnel) No photos are to be taken of the homeless. It is permissible for the building and for our group. Wheeler Mission is a Christian organization and prayer and Bible readings are a part of the ministry there. They are in need of travel-sized hygiene items, milk, coffee, spices, and fresh fruits. If your family wants to donate such items, bring them with you. If adults would like to attend, that is great. We will go in a 15 passenger van. Cur- rently we have signed up to go 5 youth and myself. Let me know Sunday if you want to go.
We will stop at the Indiana Children's Museum after our mission is done and be home by 5 p.m. for parents to pick you up at church. There is no need to bring any money other than for pop or snacks. The church will pay for breakfast and other expenses.
3.) Sunday, June 8, 5-7 p.m. youth meeting at the church. Bring a sense of humor and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty in.
4.) No meeting on June 15 Father's Day
5.) Sunday, June 22, 5-7 p.m. meeting at the church 6.) Tuesday-Wednesday, June 24-25 trip to Kings Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We will leave at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and be going in a 15 passenger van. We will stop for breakfast on the way. Around noon we will drop our stuff off at a church where we will spend the night sleeping on the floor. No showers. Bring sleeping bags & pillows. We will eat lunch at fast-food and then head to the park for the rest of the day and evening. We will eat breakfast out and pack up our things at the church.
Wednesday we will head to the park when it opens and stay until 5 p.m.
We will eat supper after we leave and be home at 9 p.m. for parents to pick you up. Cost of the trip is $75 with the church paying the balance of the expenses.
If parents or adults want to chaperone, it would be appreciated.
I need a confirmed number of people attending by this coming Sunday, June 1so let me know by phone or text or in person.
7.) Sunday, June 29, 3-6 p.m. meeting at Centarbor (church campground) for afternoon of volleyball and ice cream social with whole church.
GOD IS NOT DEAD!!!