There were five in attendance, though the group was small, the conversation is great. We discussed the "Who, What When, Where, Why and How in regards to sharing the Gospel". We then compared those thoughts with Romans 10 and 2 Corinthians 4 in two translations as we separated parts in sharing the Gospel. We also added personal experiences lining up with Scripture. We concluded, before sharing the Gospel i'ts important to have our purpose in mind answering "why we share it". We will continue to discuss at our Jan. 22 meeting where Kelly wants to share Three Circles.
We might change the day and time for future meetings as many are not able to attend the discussions.
- Kathy B.
Pat Gary and I have a passion to help 40 children receive a gift from their mom or dad who is presently incarcerated. Please spread the word to your neighbors, family or friends who have the same passion. The cost is $25, some time to meet on Dec. 1 for instructions, and a love for redeeming hearts.
As of today we have 13 kids sponsored out of 40. BUT the state of Washington has almost 200 children with incarcerated parents and no churches to support those needs. Let the voice of the redeemed speak out in love.
Prison Fellowship's desire is to bring the church and families together in support, prayer and grace.
Contact Kathy or Pat for information
Thank you Steve, Teri, Marin, Ethan, Sierrah for joining Kelly and I in the beginning discussion about sharing the Gospel.
All shared challenges we face when sharing inside our families, work, and church anywhere from fear of rejection, forbidden to share, not knowing how to open a conversation, and not accepted for being yourself.
All discussed the first time we came to faith and what turned our eyes towards the Lord. How He took our sins, how He reached us in love, how He was explained by a caring father when we were ready to hear, how He blessed us with protection and yet and shows us a changing heart that not all people in the church know Him. A suggestion was made by K to keep moments where God reached us as a "plumb line" as we share with others when we feel discouraged. Never forget He uses anything including tracks, special books and more to reach others.
K shared an evangelizing tool called The Three Circles. A video is posted here showing a brief sample. He is thinking about sharing it in the church.
All of us talked about the fears that stop us from sharing faith which include our insecurities; lack of knowledge, being rejected, getting in trouble and more. S and T shared stories of the Lord working in their life reaching others. All agreed relationship building is key in sharing His Word.
K brought the following passage to read. Romans 10:9 is her go to passage. We read all of Romans 10 in the message version and agreed the red highlighted section below was a part that stood out us. This version wasn't easy to read.
Romans 10 The Message (MSG)
11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.”
14-17 But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? ...
M was looking for discussion how to reach into someones life. A variety of experiences were shared with a key point to slow life down and care for the other person asking inquiring questions to know them.
E shared about a book he is reading. The content is how to be creative in ways to share the Gospel using media and science. K would like to expand that discussion next meeting.
K n K would like the next meeting to continue discussing how to open discussions to share the Gospel.
E Closed in prayer.
Next meeting ....continue discussion on sharing the Gospel.
Dec. 4 at 6:30
Creatively Share the Good News
Teri went on a prayer walk with a small group of people in an event she found. Please talk to her if you are interested in joining her. She found this online. If you would like to start something in our area, please share with us
Prayer walk in Everett every first Saturday of the month
Everett Monthly Prayer Walk | 9 till 10 am
Contact Teri McShane
Casino Road Kids Ministries:
I’ve been blessed by my interactions with the elementary age children and the volunteers at the Casino Road Ministry (a homework time and Bible club located at Horizon Elementary School). Kathy and I along with Tasha, Ava and Adam have intentionally spent quality time each week with the 20-35 wonderful kids that live in the Casino Road area of Everett and attend the ongoing homework and bible clubs. We help the kids with homework, and bring in some fruit for the kid’s dinner time. Between homework and Bible club there’s a free time as kids move from one club to another. This is where relationships form. I bring my ukulele, harmonica and other instruments and “jam” with various kids during their free time. I’ve also been asked to teach and Bible lesson to the kids in November.
Most of the kids are low income and/or part of the foster system. They are wonderful children who really appreciate the interactions they have with the volunteers. The other day, a couple of the kids ran up to Kathy before she left and pleaded for her to stay, “Please don’t leave!” the young girl asked.
If you want to get involved with this ministry talk to Kathy or myself. We’ll point you in the right direction. You can always pray for Tyrone (the ministry founder and leader), the present kids, future kids, and volunteers.
Here are areas I could use help, if you have the available time, please contact me.
Contact Kathy B.
Our meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7pm to discuss how to tangibly support local ministries was productive and yet low attended for various reasons. Kathy, Kelly and Pat were in attendance.
Here are the notes.
Pat Gary will help lead Angel Tree for the church. We will be setting up promotion in the foyer the beginning of November 1 til mid December. Through this program the church will sponsor 30 inmates children who live in our area. A gift of $20 per child keeping an equality among gifts. These gifts are to be delivered to the children a week before Christmas. A goal with Angel Tree is to build relationships with the children and their families connecting them with the church, if so desired. A free bible is offered to the children in English or Spanish as requested.
We read an article and discussed how to help the homeless in Snohomish County in Monroe and Everett. These are short videos we watched discussing challenges in helping. A conclusion was to start a place in the church for people to donate socks, hats, and gloves. It was agreed this can be done anytime. There are more homeless arriving at the church during the week. Kathy has wondered if a emergency backpack for those who are in need including a brochure with local resources.
Video "5 Ways To Help The Homeless"
Video "$20 Homeless Backpack Care Kit"
What is unlawful camping?
Everett Municipal Code 8.56.010 states it is unlawful for any person to camp in a park, on a street or in any publicly owned area or parking lot. “Camp” means to pitch, use, or occupy camp facilities for the purposes of habitation, as supported by camp paraphernalia which includes, but is not limited to, tarpaulins, cots, beds, sleeping bags, blankets, mattresses, hammocks or cooking facilities and equipment
Kelly spoke of the environment around the mission near the train station.
Delta Rehab has is opening a traditional Christmas Party for the community families on Sunday, Dec. 8 at noon. All people who are interested please contact Kelly.
Casino Kids Ministry run by Tyrone is a strong ministry where he offers homework help followed by a bible club. Kelly, Kathy have decided to support this ministry. Tasha and Ava came to visit last week.
Hand in Hand ministry Kathy would like to discuss connecting Busy Bees to make hats for kids going into the foster system with someone to be a connection between the church and Hand in Hand.
We discussed the importance to include our children in the church to serve in the community. We agreed to wait til other mothers are in the meeting to further this discussion.
Next Meeting: November 6 at 7 pm
"Sharing the Gospel"
I'd like to discuss at this meeting a possible change of meeting dates to Sundays, monthly, during first service during the school year. This works better for Kelly and Kathy too.
Psalm 119 The Message
1-8 You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set.
You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set;
Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel.
I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.
I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me.
This meeting was designed to share the findings of Casino Road Kids, Hand in Hand, Esther's Place, Prisoner's for Christ and Prison Fellowship and brainstorm ways we can serve the community.
Sierrah M. shared about Hand in Hand... in a nutshell volunteers are needed for this ministry located in central Everett serving the needs of children who have been removed from their homes yet not in a foster home. They are with the ministry the first 72 hours. Check the "kids" page and follow the link for Hand in Hand. Volunteers are needed for their safe house, homework club, snack meals and more. Right now we don't have a small group going here but Kathy is investigating the overlapping of their homework club with Casino Road Kids at Horizon Elementary as a possible opportunity. Stopping by their office to become familiar with ministry is welcomed. Sierrah and Kathy went to the volunteer meeting, well worth it and highly recommended to you who are interested. check the calendar on the kids page.
Teri shared about Esther's Place women's day shelter and the meeting we had with the leaders. There is a small group from MVCC that purchases plates from the Watering Team and delivers them, Janice and Dawn. The need to mentor the women in a relationship building way is needed. Teri and I are going Sunday night, Sept. 15 at 6 pm to visit their church service, lead by Pastor Judy Hoff, to see how to build relationships with the ladies. Others are welcome to come.
Kelly shared about Casino Kids Road and the meeting with Tyrone, myself and Teri as we got to know this ministry. Kelly and I are going to start attending together. I'm helping with school work and Kelly in bible time singing at Horizon Elementary.
Pat and I shared about jail ministry. Pat has begun going with me do visit an inmate at King County Jail in Seattle. She explained how that works. Danny and Sharon also attend as the inmate they serve needs. I am starting a pen pal program at the church through Prisoner's for Christ. I also shared how Busy Bees have started to make blankets for the family of some of the inmates we are serving. Kelly shared how he has contacted Harmony and Joy to join him to sing at Monroe Prison soon. I told Steve there is a mentor request from an inmate in Monroe to help him build his faith with the Lord from Prisoner's for Christ.
Ken was sick and Lisa babysitting grandkids.
In brainstorming it was often mentioned the need to share the Love of Jesus not only to those in difficult situations but also to the middle class. Exhaustion, defeat, and loneliness in serving without a team person was also discussed. There are many areas to serve leaving a question where to start. Great, unique ideas were popping up. I asked if we can focus the next meeting on those ideas and how to implement them.
1. We, as a church body, will be running Angel Tree sponsoring 15 kids in the area. Keep eyes open for details, we will talk about it at the next meeting.
2. Pen Pal writing group will form on Sat. morning, once a month beginning Sept. 28.
3. Kelly and Kathy are going to Casino Kids Ministry on Monday, Oct. 7 at Horizon Elementary Horizon Homework Club 3:30-4:30 and Kids Bible Club 5:30 - 7:15 . If you wish to come along, contact us.
4. Teri and Kathy are attending Esther's Place worship service Sunday Night Sept. 15 at 6 pm. Men and Women invited.
5. Monthly meetings for the group as a whole will be planned from now on. These meetings will be time of updates from ministries, prayer time and time in the Word addressing many topics to strengthen our walk.
We discussed Wednesdays are good for us to meet until a final decision is made with AWANA. Kelly and I are very excited about this stage in our life and walking it with you.
Hope I represented the meeting notes ok. Blessings - Kathy B.
NEXT MEETING Wed. Oct. 2 at 7 pm
"TANGIBLE" How to give tangible help
This was the first meeting for this new group, Matthew's Directive. As we enter our later years in ministry Kelly and I would like to work together and so this group developed. We have formed a large group, Matthew's Directive, consisting of several small groups who are going out to serve in the community. Kelly and I have seen the dangers of serving alone from spiritual attach to exhaustion and discouragement. We have seen strength in going out to serve in the community as small groups; as a couple, family, friends or believers. The group as a whole is designed to strengthen and support each other.
Matthew 25:31-46 guided my heart and affirmed this new group. This verse challenged me to continue going out and to remember, our focus while serving is to reach "the goats" along with "the sheep".
The study "When Helping Hurts", found on Right Now Media, challenged our eyes and is at the root of this group while it develops. The book was introduced to us by my brother to prepare us as we went to Guatemala, into the villages that faced genocide known as the Ixil people. The teaching strongly focused on our American view of missions compared to a world view. We, as Americans, carry a thought that poverty is an item or food we do not have. To us, poverty means the person might be homeless, jobless or hungry. The world's view of poverty is different. Poverty means the person has a broken relationship with God, family or creation. Thus, this group will focused on what we can build in relationships over what we can give in items. This will be ongoing discussions as we walk this teaching.
This group is also designed to be ever changing in the places we go and yet ever stable in our growth in the Lord to serve Him and relationships with the community.
This meeting was designed to introduce the ministry. The next meeting was set for Sept. 11. In that time period a handful of us will work as small groups investigating ministries the Lord has placed on our hearts and report them at the next meeting. Casino Kids Ministry, Hand in Hand, Esther's Place, Prison Fellowship and Prisoner's For Christ are the ministries we will investigate.
I will be building a website to help with communication among us.
Blessings - Kathy B
Next meeting topic: "Brainstorm" Sept. 11