Wednesday at The Venues

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Poor Charlie Brown. “How can she see someone who’s nothing?”

What do we see when we see someone?
 
Matthew 25:31-46 is all about seeing.  Seeing “the least of these.”  When Jesus commended the “sheep” for “visiting” him (Matthew 25:36), the word he uses is episkeptomai.  Yeah, it’s a big word.  Break it down.  We get our word scope from its root word.  It means “to look into the condition of someone.”
 
It’s all about seeing.
 
Do we even see the “least of these?”  Or do we “look the other way?”  When we do see, what do we see?
 
Jesus says that when His “sheep” see the “least of these,” they see someone valuable.  They see Him.
 
The kids at Rare Breed know how Charlie Brown feels.  Rare Breed is a ministry for homeless teens in Springfield. The Venues is committing 20% of May’s offerings to this needed ministry.  People of The Venues are building relationships with the staff and kids of Rare Breed.  Loni Brewer, Rare Breed Director, told us Sunday that the number one need of the kids is for someone to tell them that they are valuable.  Wow. 
 
The kids, in Charlie Brown’s words, feel like “nothing!”  That’s how they were seen.  And that’s how they see themselves.  We have an opportunity to cooperate with God in changing the way people see themselves.  From “nothing” to “really something.”
 

At The Venues we are a network of relationships rallied around Jesus and
the restoration He brings. We believe that the love of Jesus compels us to
intentionally enter the lives of our neighbors so that they
can experience Him, His grace and His love.
 

Here's some info you might want to know:
 

  • Our Building Team is working diligently to find and create the best possible space for The Venues. Keep praying.  
  • Way to go The Venues--You're all over the call to build a garden at The Kitchen.
  • We still need your help with tech and Children's Ministry on Sunday mornings.  Please let us know if you can help.


And for more information, here are some cool links that will help you stay connected at The Venues:

  • We have weekly announcements on our website.  To see this week's announcements, click here.
  • Deeper Journey studies are available for personal and small group study on our website.  Just click here.
  • Sunday's message audio is available on our website or on iTunes.  Click here.
  • For parents interested in helping their children learn this month's Bible verse, take a look at the Family Focus section of the Deeper Journey studies (click here) or watch the video with hand motions to help you remember (click here).  
  • And don't forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Monday Evening at The Venues

“I like my clothes to be tight enough to show I’m a woman, but loose enough to show I’m a lady.”  Mae West
 
Who knew that Mae West and the Apostle Paul could be thinking along the same lines?
 
“I like clothes,” Paul says, “that show we’re new people in Christ.”  “Wear clothes,” Paul tells us in Colossians 3-4, “that show people that we are Christ-followers - that Jesus is in us, that we are new creations, that we are seated with Christ.”
 
We saw yesterday three ways to “wear it well.”
 

1.  Wear it in our words.  “Let our words be full of grace, seasoned with salt...”  We committed to speak words that were as irresistible as a “Lays” potato chip.  “Betcha can’t eat just one!” 


2.  “Live Like You Were Dying.” By the way, great job on this song, Brandon Monsanto.  Paul put it like this: ‘Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders.  Make the most of every opportunity.' 


Shawn Askinosie presented to us an opportunity to help feed hungry kids, empower people to help themselves, and to get a great chocolate treat!  You responded to that particular opportunity, and as a result, 42,075 kids will be fed for a year.  Yes, you read that right!  Way to go!! 


3.  The must-have fashion trend?  LOVE.  “And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  It’s your basic, all purpose garment.  Never be without it.” (Colossians 3:14 The Message). 

 
It is love that distinguishes a person as a Christ-follower (John 13:35).  The purpose of the church is not to build impressive buildings or write well-reasoned doctrinal statements.  The purpose is to produce people who love God and love others.  If The Venues is that kind of church, the angels will rejoice.  If not, then nothing else matters.
 
Thank you for helping to make The Venues “that kind of church.”
 
See you Sunday at 10:00!  If not before...

Children’s Ministry 1st through 6th Grade Information

Have you noticed all the super kids we have hanging around at the Gillioz on Sunday mornings?  I might be a little bit biased, but we have an exceptional group of kids and families.  We are working diligently to provide our kids with an outstanding children’s ministry.   

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Although our children have done an awesome job sitting in the service, some of you may not have gotten to listen quite as closely as you would have liked.  It is now time to provide our kids with a safe and FUN atmosphere where old and new friends can gather to explore the person of Christ.  

Jesus was about relationships and so are we! Our primary focus for the children’s ministry while we are at our temporary location is to build relationships with and among the children.  (Because of our limited space and storage, full implementation of the children’s program will happen once we are in our permanent location.)

As the 1st through 6th grade coordinator, I would like to share our direction for the children’s ministry.  Are you ready? Fasten your seatbelts!  We would like to provide activities for the 1st through 6th grade on March 24th after worship upstairs in the Wellington.

Check-In Process

On your way into the theater the morning of the 24th, grab as many name tags as you have children in this age group.  Each name tag has a number on the front and on the backing.  Please place your child’s name on the front, and have them wear it.  Hang on to the backing as your claim ticket for your child after service.  

We want you to feel comfortable sending your children upstairs after worship.  If you want to personally take them up there that is fine.  If your 5th grader can escort your 1st grader upstairs, that works too.  Volunteers will be available to help safely escort the children upstairs. 

Future Plans for the 1st through 6th Grade

Let’s recall the way Phillip described the meaning for the name of our church:

We are the church wherever we are – large group on Sunday, small groups during the week, hanging out at a coffee shop or bar- we are experiencing and expressing the life of Christ.

At our permanent location we will create a neighborhood or town for our children to experience and express the life of Christ.   We hope this experience will transfer into the activities of their daily lives.  

We plan to mimic a town with different locations and businesses.  Each of these locations will be used to teach a concept.  Each Sunday, our children will follow a route through this town visiting different businesses for a certain amount of time.  Imagine the children’s area having several different areas set up to look and feel like businesses they encounter each day.  

For example, there will be a diner/café staged where the kids will get a snack and also be fed spiritually by hearing Bible stories.  At the Service Station the kids will learn what it means to serve others, why we serve others and will be given opportunities to serve here.  The librarian will work with them on Scripture memorization and Bible trivia at the library.  The family room will represent the home where the kids will be able to explore thought-provoking questions with each other, learn new songs or watch a video clip reinforcing something they learned earlier.  

Our children will remain engaged as they navigate through each station.  We can add or eliminate different businesses as our needs change.  Imagine a post office where the kids can think about gratitude and being thankful.  We can provide a spot for them to send a thank you note or give words of encouragement to a friend.  Maybe we open a bank to discuss being good stewards of our money, helping others in need, and tithing. 

So, in the words of the Black Eyed Peas: Let’s Get It Started!

WE CAN NOT IMPLEMENT THIS MINISTRY WITHOUT YOU! 

We need 45 people to volunteer once a month or 22 to volunteer twice a month.   Right now we have less than half of these numbers.  Here are the areas you can serve.  I promise it to be fun and easy if we all chip in to help!  Remember, we will all be in this neighborhood together- smiling, serving, high fiving, and loving on these kids.  

Since this will be a dynamic environment where groups are rotating around we need the following roles filled:

Bus Driver: On Sundays, Bus Drivers will “transport” their team to each station and help the station’s teacher as needed.  The primary responsibility of a bus driver is to foster relationships with and among their group of kids.  Bus Drivers are needed for the following ages: 1st & 2nd girls, 1st & 2nd boys, 3rd & 4th girls, 3rd & 4th boys, 5th & 6th girls, 5th & 6th boys. 

Server, Mechanic, Librarian:  Our three stations that require an attendant are the Service Station (teaching children about serving others), Café (Bible story time), and Library (Scripture memorization and Bible Facts).  Lessons will be provided and the person in this role should be comfortable facilitating, discussing, and teaching from the lesson with each group as they rotate through the station.  

Miscellaneous: If you are a retired teacher or someone comfortable telling a short Bible story or life experience related to serving others, please contact me. The children at the Venues would be blessed to spend just ten minutes with you on a Sunday morning! You would make a great special guest in the Service Station or diner once a year!  

Call or email me to volunteer.  Your time and gifts can be used as much or as little as you wish.   Holly Hime: 417-496-1744 or hollyhime@hotmail.com


The Venues- First Sunday

Greetings Fellow Seekers,


*If you're "seeking" a parking place for our first Sunday gathering on February 10, we have good news for you!  Here's a map highlighting all the places we can park.  There are plenty.  Remember: Feel free to drop off your passengers at the front door of The Gillioz where we'll have greeters and children's ministry workers anxiously awaiting.

*We need Parking Lot Greeters for this and other Sundays!  Wouldn't you like to get out of your car and see a friendly face and hear a cheerful voice greeting you?  Of course you would.  So, if you have a friendly face and cheerful voice, meet at 9:00 in the lobby of the Gillioz and you can be a gigantic help to your church.  We'll have a cool vest for you as well :)

*There will be a sign up table for small groups, core groups, life groups, TAG groups, whatever you want to call them groups, at The Gillioz on Sunday.  Let's get plugged in with each other.

*"Everybody should believe in something.  I believe I'll have another cup of coffee."  
We've grown accustomed to coffee and church.  Like peanut butter and jelly.  Will you help out with the coffee this Sunday?  Come to the Gillioz at 9:00am. 

Let Marcy Mayes know if you can step up and do this: marcymayes@hotmail.com

Thanks!!!

Phillip