White Awake 2020

[Begins Wednesday June 24th 2020]

 

Wednesday Nights 7pm beginning June 24th 2020

Hello Evergreen friends,

I pray this message finds you centered in Christ during these challenging times of the COVID19 pandemic and racial tensions we are facing. This is certainly a time for deep self-reflection, as we continue on some level of social distancing while confronting social tensions.

We’ve begun gathering again at the Ministry Center with outdoor or indoor options and the availability of watching online later in the evening. It is a step forward, but certainly not what we are accustomed to and all change, even good changes, bring some level of disturbance.

We are the Church and as a community we are being equipped to engage the real world in real time. As much as we would like church to be a heavenly oasis, isolated from the realities of the world, the truth is that we are called by Christ to enter the reality of the world with the power of the Gospel. Therefore, we must face and address what is going on in the larger society around us and how we play a part it. Our desire is to bring the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and the vision of God’s Kingdom into all situations and circumstances.

Therefore, we need to be wide awake to all the social and cultural forces that vie for our attention and allegiance. Our culture is as invisible to us as the air we breathe. Therefore, we need the illumination and challenge of the Holy Spirit and godly voices to drop the scales from our eyes so that we might see as Christ sees and his vision might become our own.

While we look forward to the fulfillment of the heavenly kingdom and reality, we continue to pilgrimage through the fallen world where we find ourselves. We are constantly confronted with two ideals and two storylines. We are ever discerning which of the two is more consistent with the life and teachings of Christ. This is no easy task.

Beginning Wednesday June 24th, we will begin our Wednesday night discussion group. Given the times nd reality we find ourselves, we will be doing a book discussion recommended by the Evangelical Covenant Church based on a title called “White Awake.” The book was written by a pastor in the Chicago area, nearby our denominational headquarters. The books forward was written by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, a Covenant leader and pastor whom I have sat under multiple times. I encourage you to purchase the book either in hard copy or digital (kindle version is on sale right now) and read the first three chapters in preparation for our discussion group. You can join us in person or via Zoom. A link will be sent out the week of the discussion. Below you will find a summary of the intent of the book and discussion:

Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words: “Daniel, you may be white, but don’t let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture.” Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. And in this compelling and timely book, he shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening. It’s crucial to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity. This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.

Amazon paper or kindle versions

I look forward to seeing on Wednesday June 24th at 7pm at the church of via Zoom. I m glad to be taking this journey with you and look forward to what we might discover and how we might grow together.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 853 4016 6128
Password: 422329

In Christ,

Keith


All Things New by John Eldredge

[Begins October 16th 2019]

 

Wednesday Nights 7pm: A 5 Session Study into God’s promise for a new heaven and a new earth.

In this five-session study, John Eldredge explores the revolutionary idea that according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home–the new Earth is. Jesus said the next chapter of our story begins with “the renewal of all things” (Matthew 19:28), by which he meant the earth we love, ourselves, and all the things that make for a rich life: music, art, food, and laughter. God’s promise is that everything shall be renewed “when the world is made new.”

  1. The Hope of Renewal
  2. Creation made New
  3. Your Story Told Rightly
  4. What we’ll do in the New Earth
  5. The Power of our Hope

Order Study Guide and/or Full Book

Videos for Sessions: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

 


Boundaries

by Cloud & Townsend

 

Wednesday Nights 7pm: A 9-Session Focus on Boundaries

When to say YES

How to say NO

to take Control of Your Life

Does your life feel like it’s out of control? Perhaps you feel like you have to say yes to everyone’s requests. Maybe you find yourself readily taking responsibility for others’ feelings and problems. Or perhaps you focus so much on being loving and unselfish that you’ve forgotten your own limits and limitations. Or maybe it’s all of the above.

In the New York Times bestseller, Boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of your life and set healthy, biblical boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, parents, co-workers, and even yourself.

Now updated and expanded for the digital age, this book continues to help millions of people around the world answer these tough questions:

  • Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
  • What are legitimate boundaries?
  • How do I effectively manage my digital life so that it doesn’t control me?
  • What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
  • How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
  • Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?
  • How do boundaries relate to mutual submission within marriage?
  • Aren’t boundaries selfish?

You don’t have to let your life spiral out of control. Discover how boundaries make life better today!

You can watch or review session videos here:

Session 01 “What is a Boundary?”

01 Segment Two

Session 02 “Understanding Boundaries”

Session 03 “The Laws of Boundaries, Part I

Session 04 “The Laws of Boundaries, Part II

04 Segment Two

Session 05 “Myths about Boundaries

Session 06 “Boundary Conflicts, Part I

Session 07  “Boundary Conflicts, Part II

Session 08 “Boundary Successes, Part I

Session 09 “Boundary Successes, Part II

You can listen to the book on MP3 Here: Download Mp3’s

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Having the Courage to Care

Wednesday Nights 7pm

“Having the Courage to Care” Seminars by Pastor Stan Hagemeyer

Join us as Pastor Stan gives us guidance in how to come alongside others in times of need. Perhaps you want to better know how to minister to family, friends, or neighbors in times of difficulty, but you’re not always sure where to start or what to say. Have you ever found yourself unsure of what would be helpful or afraid to say or do something that might hinder rather than help? Then these seminars are for you.

Learn how to listen well, how to support another without taking on their life or accidentally letting their life take over yours. Discover the true gifts of caring for others well and learn what God has to teach you in these moments.

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EHR

Emotionally Healthy Relationships

Learn the skills you need to navigate Emotionally Healthy Relationships


Lessons

Introduction: Watch Session 1: Watch Session 2: Watch
Session 3: Watch Session 4: Watch Session 5: Watch
Session 6: Watch Session 7: Watch Session 8: Watch
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Second Half-of-Life Spirituality (Aging with Grace)

The discussion will be based on a book by Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Nun, titled “The Gift of Years

Another great book that can serve as a foundation for deeper understanding on this topic is “Falling Upward” by Richard Rohr


You will not need the books to be part of the discussion. 

Lessons

Introduction - PPT 7. Transformation - PPT 14. Storytelling - PPT
1. Regret - PPT 8. Newness - PPT 15. Letting Go - PPT
2. Meaning - PPT 9. Possibility - PPT 16. Learning - PPT
3. Fear - PPT 10. Adjustment - PPT 17. Religion - PPT
4. Ageism - PPT 11. Fulfillment - PPT 18. Freedom - PPT
5. Joy - PPT 12. Mystery - PPT 19. Success- PPT
6. Authority - PPT 13. Relationships - PPT 20. Time- PPT
21. Wisdom PPT 22. Sadness PPT 23. Dreams PPT
24. Forgiveness PPT