Ministry Update

Hear from our team members each week about what the Lord is doing in churches that we minister in. Look for an updated article each week!

Noblesville, Indiana

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Noblesville Baptist Church

November 4-9, 2018

Sickness is still lingering, but it did not deter us from our week with Noblesville Baptist Church! Some people ask us what we do all day before the services each night, so I’d like to share with you a little of what our day looks like as a team!

During the mornings, we all come into work and set up an office as “home base”. For the majority of the time, we have several online projects to work on resulting in a lot of computer work and communication. Some team members are heavily involved in the communication between our team and future churches that we will be ministering to in order to get all of the details worked out and organized. Other team members work more on secretary roles to help Will with certain tasks. Others are involved in the upkeep of our websites and online resource store. And then OTHERS take care of the precious little baby and kiddos on team and do an AWESOME job at being moms and wives. Seriously…Christy and Shannon are superwomen! Christy homeschools the 5 kiddos, participates in daily music practices, attends the evening services, and just loves on every she comes into contact with. I am personally (hi, it’s Bethany here again!:) super thankful for her investment in me and her example of how she just pours her life into people. Shannon has gone through a transition this year with having a newborn baby on the road and adjusting back into trailer and road life…and she’s done it with such grace and joy! Shannon is our music administrator and coordinator and organizer and creator! God has truly gifted her in special ways. One of my favorite things to watch is her host the team (whether in part or in whole!) in their trailer home. She and Jordan are wonderful hosts and are just kind to all they come into contact with!

So that’s a little bit of our jobs and roles on team. So during the week we are working on those personal team projects that are in our line of respective work. After a group lunch with any pastoral staff that’s available, we have our afternoon practice for the evening service, and if there’s no canvassing for a teen event scheduled, we try to finish as much of our jobs and projects as we can before the evening hits!

With Noblesville Baptist, we had evening services and a great children’s program every night. Over the weekend, we participated in a Parenting Conference. While Will preached and shared with the adults, the team split between the teen group and kids group and led a program for each. It was great! With some pretty frigid temperatures during the week, soups were the highlight of lunches and leftover dinners! Great for sickness and cold days!

Thankful for a week of ministry in Noblesville!

 

Ellettsville, Indiana

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Lifeway Baptist Church

Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2018

A week of unexpected happenings! First of all, some of us should have brought a canoe with all of the rain that we got—let along some good ‘ol rain boots and a poncho! Yay for cooler temperatures bringing in the fall and the extra necessity for coffee, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider! So much yum.

Some shared sickness was also continuing to go around this week…some BAD shared sickness. Did you know that the Indiana Crud is a legit illness? And it hit us badly. During one portion of the week, we did not even SEE Christy for over 2 days straight! She was totally taken down and could not remember ever being this sick before. It made its rounds around the team minus just a couple of team members. It had flu-like symptoms, bad head cold that then dropped to the chest with congestion, and then some completely lost their voice. Yet through days and weeks like this, when we feel “off” on our work flow, when we have to readjust our schedules, when we have to be extra flexible and show more grace towards the sickies…we’re reminded that it is GOD who does the work AND cultivates the results. We can work and do our best, but it’s not us in and of ourselves. Even with it being a very different week than what we normally anticipate as a team, the Lord was faithful and kind to not only work in hearts but to allow us to be a part of that and see some visible signs of His working.

We were able to hold pre-services for the adults, teens, and children each evening and loved that extra teaching and interaction time with them (especially the kids and teens!). With several nights of equipping the church, we also had a teen Ultimate Dodgeball night and an Irish Concert Service.

Pastor Steve, Pastor Doug, and Pastor Thomas make a great pastoral staff team, and we all enjoyed getting to know them better. Afternoon meals are oftentimes our favorite times of a week because of getting to know the pastors, their families, and the heartbeat of the church. It is visible that these pastors and their families absolutely love their church family. They invest in their personal relationships with Christ, their marriages, their families, and their church family in deep ways. Thankful to see men truly seeking after wisdom and discernment with the responsibility that the Lord has placed before them as shepherds, teachers, and leaders.

Thankful for Lifeway Baptist and the ministry that they faithfully continue to walk step by step. They have a huge impact on their community of Ellettsville, and we look forward to hearing/seeing how the Lord continues to use you all in being a light to those in darkness and drawing the lost to the Savior.

   

Alto, Michigan

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Whitneyville Bible Church

October 20-24, 2018

Did you know there is an Alto in Michigan! Some of us didn’t either! Pastor Dave Deets and his wife have been serving at Whitneyville Bible Church for the past several years. Pastor Dave’s wife and Christy Galkin both grew up together in Morrison, Colorado (just a few years back;) so it was special to reconnect again and reminisce quite a bit as well!

Part of the week was centered around “equipping” the church members with how to have a healthy walk with the Lord, how to share Christ with others, and then giving them an opportunity later in the week to invite friends, coworkers, and acquaintances to an Irish Concert service where Will shared the gospel. Sunday evening, the team and Galkin kids hung out with the church teens to play a game called “Two Rooms and a Boom” (super fun group game!), had some yummy local pizza, and heard a message from Jordan taken from Titus 2 . He walked through how “the grace that saves us, is the same grace that helps us grow [in Christ].”

On Monday, we participated in a cookout night for the men of the church. We had some amazing burgers, brats, coleslaw, chips, and a whole array of cookies and brownies! After the men ate, they played an interactive “Survival” game and competed against the other tables to see who would survive if a plane crashed in the winter with very limited items that they had to put in order of importance. It’s always interesting to watch and see how each team does. Sometimes personalities come out in competitions, too! (: Will then shared a message with the men.

Tuesday night was IRISH night! We had played three Irish concerts within 7 days of each other (: It was special to interact with the music and church folks. Some seemed pretty passionate about Irish music! So sweet to see some of the members get excited!

On Wednesday evening, Whitneyville Bible Church has a great AWANA program that several church members volunteer for, several families participate in, and many children from the community are a part of. For the evening, Andrew Smith was able to share lessons with two of the AWANA groups for their teaching time. The kids were great, and we loved getting to have a small part in their program!

We met up early on Thursday morning and got to the church around 7:15am to begin packing up for our trek to Indiana! The plan was to head to Zionsville at 7am Friday morning to have a day of recording at Aire Born Studios for a few songs that we’ve been working on to share with all of you! Praising the Lord for the week with Whitneyville, for safety in lots of travels over the weekend, and for the opportunity to record. Even with sickness really slamming our team this week, we’re praising the Lord for His faithfulness and goodness in how He works in people despite our own weaknesses, circumstances, or sicknesses. We serve a mighty God!

 

Pictures from the week HERE!

 

Ypsilanti, Michigan

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Calvary Baptist Church

October 18, 2018

A couple weekends ago, we had a “free” Friday evening with no scheduled meetings, so Pastor Jim Newcomer in Ypsilanti, Michigan invited us to their church to hold an Irish Concert for the evening! Alicia Newcomer (our resident pianist/accordionist) and her family moved from Virginia Beach, VA to Ypsilanti, MI two years ago to pastor at Calvary Baptist Church. It was such a treat to play at their church, and we are excited with them for the new renovations that have just taken place!

Our team ate a wonderful taco dinner with the Newcomers beforehand, and then following the concert, there were apple donuts and hot cider for all to enjoy while mixing with the team for a bit! It was a crisp night outside, so cider was the perfect addition to the evening.

In the days following our time in Ypsilanti, Alicia received texts from her dad and friends in the church sharing how the evening and the gospel message had impacted some individuals. Praise the Lord!

Though short, we were thankful for the special opportunity to spend an evening with friends. Will and Christy have known Pastor Jim and Lori Newcomer for many, manyyyy years, and it was sweet to watch and be a part of friends doing ministry alongside each other.

“Never underestimate the value of friendships forged by ministry.”

 

To see some pictures from our evening with Calvary, go HERE!

   

Davison, Michigan

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Faith Baptist Church

October 12-17, 2018

One of our team members, Alicia Newcomer, is home-based out of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her family recently moved from VA Beach to Michigan two years ago to be the pastor of a local church. In the area, she has a bit of extended family as well.

We were able to spend a week in Davison, MI where her uncle is on the pastoral staff with Faith Baptist Church and Christian School. We were able to have a week of meetings with their church.

For one of the evenings, Faith Baptist held a ladies’ night and did a fabulous job preparing, setting up, decorating, inviting friends, and participating in the event. Everything was autumn themed…loved it! Pumpkins, apple spice, nutmeg, orange, cookies, cupcakes, cider, tea, coffee, and all the yummy goodness that comes with the season. We all enjoyed spending time together enjoying the delicious food and talking together before beginning a group game for some gift card prizes. Christy then transitioned into sharing the gospel with the ladies and was able to have some other conversations about the gospel after the event as well. We loved having a specific time just for ladies to get together and have a fun evening together. Thankful for the opportunity to also be able to share the gospel.

Mid-week, our team was able to jump into a youth group game that the church organized called “Extreme ManHunt”. It was put together SO well and consisted of us splitting up into different teams, going to different places all over the church property, getting to the next place through figuring out riddles, and getting to the point of figuring out WHO the “master criminal” was! The game was so much fun and we had a blast participating on different teams. After the game was over, we all gathered together and heard a gospel message by Jordan.

Thanks, Faith Baptist Church, for the opportunity to partner with you for the week!

 

Troy, Michigan

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First Baptist Church of Troy

October 7-11, 2018

Thankful to have spent a week in Troy with First Baptist Church and Bethany Christian School. Over the evenings, Andrew led the children’s program and had about 60+ girls and boys each night. The Amazing Grace Race focuses on teaching the kids certain apologetic truths in regards to God being our Creator, the Bible being God’s Word, Jesus being God, and how we can trust in God’s goodness even in hard times. It is so great to spend time teaching kids, getting to know them, and hearing them share what they are learning in the program. At the end of the week, Andrew led a “Q and A Time” for the kids and was asked some thoughtful questions that allowed him to talk through Bible truths with the answers.

Will and Jordan were able to connect with the teens nearly every day through preaching in the chapels at their Christian school, and Andrew had the opportunity to preach chapels to two elementary aged groups.

Jordan and the team were also able to have a few more focused investment times with the teens through the pre-service sessions each evening. We all would meet to play a game or activity together (usually about 40+ teens all together) and then Jordan would share a challenge with them. Jordan’s love, leadership, and preaching to teens has grown over the years as he has really taken and run with his role as the teen leader. It is obvious to see his deep desire to share the Word with young adults and for it to grip hearts and change lives. That passion is communicated through his love for the teens and inspires the rest of us to follow likewise.

The team was able to enjoy some volleyball in the gym with the young adults after a few of the services. It was a great opportunity to build relationships and to witness a demographic—whom are not always active in the local church—striving to faithfully serve their local body.

God was at work in many ways throughout the week, and we are continually thankful to be able to witness that work! God provides in small things as well as in big things—individually and corporately. Praise Him!