QUOTE FOR A NEW YEAR
“Darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines,
it will shine out the clearer." Lord of the Rings
YEAR-END GIVING INFORMATION
Thank you for your faithful giving and continued support of the ministries of John Knox Presbyterian Church. Your giving helps make ministry program and events successful. Contributions will be posted to the calendar year 2016 if they are delivered to the church office by 4 pm on Friday, December 30 or postmarked December 31 or made on-line by midnight PST December 31.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Hollie Robins-Jennings, Director of Church Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org or John Johnson, Finance Elder, email@example.com.
If you are considering selling stock to acquire funds for making a donation to John Knox Church, you may want to consider giving the stock directly to the church. In certain circumstances, donating stock that has appreciated in value allows you to claim the appreciated value of the stock
as an itemized deduction on your income tax return. Consult your tax advisor to see if this is an approach that you should consider using.
If you do want to donate stock to the church, please use the following information for the
TD Ameritrade (800-669-3900)
DTC # 0188
Further credit to FCC Account # 784310176 for John Knox Presbyterian Church
A template of a letter that can be used to notify your broker to transfer stock for donation is available by contacting Hollie at firstname.lastname@example.org in the church office.
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 AND JANUARY 7 FROM 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
Bring your Christmas tree to John Knox for recycling. Boy Scout Troop 392 will chip it and turn it into mulch that JKPC gets to keep for landscaping. The Boy Scout tree recycling is an excellent way to help the scouts, the environment, and John Knox. The event is a fundraiser. If you’d like to support the Scouts, checks can be made out to Troop 392. Please take all the decorations off your tree: no flocked trees, no tinsel, and no nails. Thanks so much for supporting the Boy Scouts.
ARE YOU NEW OR LOOKING FOR A WAY TO CONNECT?
On January 29, 2017, at 11:30 AM, we are having a brunch to welcome all those who are relatively new to JKPC, or those who want to deepen their connections at JKPC. The JK Connect team is hosting this event, and if you would like more information or would like to attend, please e-mail Pastor Jon at email@example.com.
THE NEXT BIG WEDNESDAY IS COMING
We are super excited for the next Big Wednesday on February 1st. This edition of Big Wednesday will fun for everyone! We will be hosting Taproot Theatre’s Improv Team who will lead us in interactive, hilarious improv comedy! It will be a fun-filled evening of eating, connecting, and laughing together. Look for more details and sign-ups
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS
GRACED BASED PARENTING: AIMING YOUR CHILD AT TRUE GREATNESS
How do you define success? How does that translate into raising children or grandchildren? Author Tim Kimmel describes this as a heart matter and shows us how we can help children develop a Humble, Grateful, Generous, Servant’s heart, ultimately leading to a life of true greatness. This class is part 3 of the Grace Based Parenting Series. However, you can enter the class without having the previous classes. Our class is open to people anywhere along the parenting journey. We will have a meet and greet session from 9:30-10:30 AM on Thursday, January 12th in the Worship Center Atrium. Workbooks cost $10 as does an optional book for this study. RSVP with Kristine Jung. Childcare provided for children from infants through age 6.
EVEN WHEN I AM OLD AND GRAY
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18
Christianity is on the verge of extinction.
Let that sink in. I don’t say that to be an alarmist, but if we do not pass on the Christian faith to the next generation, then Christianity will become extinct. You take this into account and couple it with the last words of Jesus to make disciples of all the nations (Mt. 28:19-20), and you have the mandate that drives us in student ministries. The Great Commission has always been our mandate and has always driven me in ministry back when I started in youth ministry 25 years ago and here at Knox almost 15 years ago. The Great Commission is why we want to emphasize that our ministry is for everyone, not just those who attend John Knox. We want to reach all students with the Gospel, and we want everyone to grow into being lifelong disciples of Jesus. This can be messy. This generation has more pressure, more temptations, and more expectations than any generation before it. They are faced with this all the while not knowing what will be left for them.
You might have been a teenager once, but you were never them.
They are different.
So how do we try to go about reaching a generation for Christ who has increasingly turned its back on the church?
If you plan on reaching the next generation for Christ, don’t ask them to believe what you believe, instead invite them to do what you do.
Let that sink in. Beliefs are a dime a dozen. This generation has seen every variety of spiritual beliefs you could imagine (and many you couldn’t imagine). They’re incredibly turned off by people who don’t live what they claim to believe. This generation doesn’t want to hear about what you believe. They want to see your beliefs in actions. And if you’re daring enough to live like Jesus, you’ll have a shot at reaching the next generation. If your version of Christianity is limited to what you’re against, you’ll not likely reach many. If on the other hand, your faith is so alive that you must feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and love the outcasts—all in the name of Christ then you might attract interest, and have a chance to reach them. As strange as it might sound, if you truly live a missional and Spirit-filled life, the young generation might join you and do what you do, then one day believe what you believe.
We teach what we believe and invite students to believe it as well.
We don’t water down the truths of Jesus, the Bible and what it means to follow Jesus. Just ask any high school student who attends our ministry. In fact, worship, teaching, and small groups are at the core of what we do. We don’t focus on games; we focus on Jesus. We play a game here and there, but it is not why most students attend. I recently ran into a student who does not come from a churched background; she was with a friend, and we began to speak about our ministry. This girl invited her friend to come to our ministry because “Dave talks about real stuff.” To me, this spoke volumes. We simply don’t sugarcoat the truth. This generation needs to hear it.
I guess you would say that we take a two-pronged approach to passing on our faith to the next generation.
We invite them to do what we do as we seek to follow Jesus ourselves, and we teach what we believe so that by doing and hearing they might believe. It’s a messy journey at times, but it is also filled with great joy. Oh, and that student who was involved in out ministry, who invited her friend because we talk about real stuff, she is currently following Jesus and has spent a few summers as a missionary serving the poor in the name of Jesus.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY GROUPS NOW FORMING FOR WINTER/SPRING
WHAT: Small, intimate groups meeting to study God’s Word, pray and share
STUDY: Luke (N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides). A study exploring the story of Jesus – what he said, what he did and what happened to him as he changed the course of history during his earthly ministry. (Bonus: Pastor Chris will be preaching from the book of Luke during this winter study!)
WHEN: Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30 AM beginning January 5 with a brunch. Childcare is available at the church for brunch and each Thursday morning. For more information, contact Laura Floodeen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM beginning January 9 in homes and at the church. For more information contact Joanie Brown at email@example.com.
GOD WITH US
I love the video.