YES & NO to Discipleship—Randy & Julie Gariss

February 4, 2018

 

THE SERMON

 

Starting off our new sermon series, Randy & Julie Gariss remind us of the total, 100% call of Jesus to faithful discipleship.


THE READING PLAN

 

Yes & No of Discipleship

February 4    Luke 8-9

 

Yes & No of Love

February 11    Luke 10-12

 

Yes & No of Humility

February 18    Luke 13-14.14

 

Yes & No of Priorities

February 25    Luke 14.15-35

 

Yes & No of Grace

March 4    Luke 15

 

Yes & No of Inclusion

March 11    Luke 16-17

 

Yes & No of Generosity

March 18    Luke 18-19


 
Posted on February 7, 2018 .

Upcoming Events

 
 

4 STATES MEN'S MEETING

7:00 PM, Monday, February 5 

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The 4-State Men’s Meeting will be held in the Chapel. Wives are invited and a pie fellowship will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Vicky Stuck.

 

PROMUSICA

7:00 PM, Friday, February 9, Chapel

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ProMusica’s mission is to foster appreciation for and enjoyment of world-class, live classical music in Joplin and the four-state area. This is a neat opportunity for us to host and enjoy a great cultural event in our city. This performance will feature the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio. Find out more about Promusica here.

 

 

GLOBAL OUTREACH SPECIAL EVENT

6:00 PM, Monday, February 12, Atrium

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After serving over 15 years as Global Outreach Minister, Wade Landers is transitioning to other areas of ministry. ALL are invited celebrate what God has done through the Landers family, share a meal, and show our love and appreciation for them.

 

 

PRIMETIMERS LUNCH

11:00 AM, Monday, February 12, Atrium

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Josh and Denise Beck will be our guest speakers. Bring your Valentine and enjoy the fellowship. Lunch will be served at $5.00 per person. Register at the Sign up Counter in the Atrium.

 

 

 

 

TUITION ASSISTANCE

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Apply for college tuition assistance at chjoplin.org/college-tuition. Go to the website for individual qualifications and FAQ’s. Applications are due Monday, February 26. Contact Madeline Bridgford.

 
Posted on January 31, 2018 .

Jesus Encounters the Hurting: Luke 7

January 21, 2018

 

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, reminds us that Jesus sees us in our circumstance, hurts with us in our pain, and restores us in our vulnerability from Luke 7.

 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Do you believe that God sees you in your circumstances? Cry out to God!  Commit faithfully speak to him about your hurts and your pains in your season of suffering, because he sees you in your pain.

Speak: Who do you see that needs a compassionate word in the midst of their pain? Who do you know that needs the presence of the Body of Christ in their suffering?

Grow: Life on mission with Jesus means that when we encounter the hurting, we show compassion. What does it look like for you to create margin in your life in order to be able to show compassion to those when you are interrupted?

Love: How can you be God’s hands and God’s feet and God’s presence for someone who is in pain? How can you hurt with those who hurt and restore the vulnerable to the family of God?

 
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  We are SUPER EXCITED to welcome Garrett Holle (pronounced "holly") as our new Elementary Associate Minister! Parents, be looking for a text this week with a link to a letter introducing Garrett. Be sure to introduce yourself and your kids to him soon. Mr. Garrett starts this Wednesday! Thank You, Lord, for your faithful provision of a wonderful new leader, teacher, and friend for our LP kids!

 

We are SUPER EXCITED to welcome Garrett Holle (pronounced "holly") as our new Elementary Associate Minister! Parents, be looking for a text this week with a link to a letter introducing Garrett. Be sure to introduce yourself and your kids to him soon. Mr. Garrett starts this Wednesday! Thank You, Lord, for your faithful provision of a wonderful new leader, teacher, and friend for our LP kids!

 
Posted on January 23, 2018 .

Jesus Encounters the Fans : Luke 5 & 6

January 14, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, reminds us that we don’t exist to gather crowds, but to make disciples. In this pursuit of discipleship, God is calling each one of us out of the fans and to become one of his followers.


THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Jesus came to bring a party, he came to rid the world of sin and evil and injustice in the world. When you pray, what about this world wrecks you? What do you want God eradicate from our reality? What breaks your heart?

Speak: Who do you know that is different than you and is living life without the hope of God’s heaven on earth, ? What about Jesus’ death and resurrection can you share with that person?

Grow: Growing in our faith means intentionally investing in mentoring and training others in following Jesus. What does it look like to love the foreigner, the stranger, the lost, and the person different than you? What does bringing a party to them look like AS you disciple others in their faith?

Love: When you love those different than you, you will create a mob and mess. Are you willing to be judged wrongly, to experience slander, gossip, maybe even hate speech in order to love those who are desperately in need of Jesus and his party?


 

READING PLAN

ENCOUNTERS:

January 7    Luke 4

January 14    Luke 5-6

January 21    Luke 7.1-17

January 28    Luke 7.18-50

 

YES & NO:

February 4    Luke 8-9

February 11   Luke 10-12

February 18   Luke 13-14.14

February 25   Luke 14.15-35

March 4   Luke 15

March 11   Luke 16-17

March 18   Luke 18-19

 
 
Posted on January 23, 2018 and filed under Sermons.

Thoughts on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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The time is always right to do what is right.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a courageous minister and civil rights leader who died 50 years ago and whose birthday we celebrate today. He raised the consciousness of our nation through his impassioned speaking and writing. He spoke with tremendous personal courageto a watching world about a Christian vision of equality, justice, and human dignity. His leadership and ministry changed the course of history and cost him his life.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
— MLK

On this special day commemorating his life and legacy, let us pause and consider how far we still have to go to see the dream of racial justice fulfilled and gospel unity in our own congregations realized. As Dr. King said, "One of the great agonies of life is that we are constantly trying to finish that which is unfinishable." But may our commitment be renewed this day to the truth that every human being—regardless of ethnicity, nationality, economic status, or intellect—has been created in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect. 

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
— MLK

Being committed to that truth requires action that is costly. It doesn't entail merely reposting great quotes by Dr. King (even though there are so many!) once a year. It requires daily intention and commitment and perhaps even courage. Each of us must take the initiative to get to know people who are different from us, appreciate their heritage, and value their contributions. We must take a stand when others face discrimination or injustice. We must repulse hate-filled speech, (even when it is not directed at us). We must acknowledge and fight systemic injustice that keeps our brothers and sisters around the world and across the street from enjoying freedom, safety, and growth.

As Dr. King said, "On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway."

Church, let us rise up, not just on this day, but every day to work toward racial reconciliation and love for one another. May we be a reflection of the heart of God for all His children.

 
Posted on January 15, 2018 .

Jesus Encounters a Mob: Luke 4

January 7, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Beginning a new series entitled "Jesus Encounters," Sy Huffer, our Lead Minister, challenges us that when you choose to love the kind of people that Jesus loved, you will encounter mobs and messes.


THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Jesus came to bring a party, he came to rid the world of sin and evil and injustice in the world. When you pray, what about this world wrecks you? What do you want God eradicate from our reality? What breaks your heart?

Speak: Who do you know that is different than you and is living life without the hope of God’s heaven on earth, ? What about Jesus’ death and resurrection can you share with that person?

Grow: Growing in our faith means intentionally investing in mentoring and training others in following Jesus. What does it look like to love the foreigner, the stranger, the lost, and the person different than you? What does bringing a party to them look like AS you disciple others in their faith?

Love: When you love those different than you, you will create a mob and mess. Are you willing to be judged wrongly, to experience slander, gossip, maybe even hate speech in order to love those who are desperately in need of Jesus and his party?


 

READING PLAN

ENCOUNTERS:

January 7    Luke 4

January 14    Luke 5-6

January 21    Luke 7.1-17

January 28    Luke 7.18-50

 

YES & NO:

February 4    Luke 8-9

February 11    Luke 10-12

February 18    Luke 13-14.14

February 25    Luke 14.15-35

March 4    Luke 15

March 11    Luke 16-17

March 18    Luke 18-19

 
Posted on January 11, 2018 and filed under Sermons.

Special Announcement About Bryce Hansen

January 7, 2018

 

The ministers and elders of College Heights would like to share some important information concerning our brother Bryce Hansen, High School Minister.

Letter from Bryce

Bryce Hansen, High School Minister

Bryce Hansen, High School Minister

To my College Heights Christian Church family,
I am writing to announce my resignation as the High School Minister of College Heights.

Seven years ago my family and I felt God’s call to move away from Kentucky to be a part of what He was doing through this church in our hometown area. We felt some very big and special changes were about to take place at College Heights and we wanted to be a part of that journey. As with all change, there have been many ups and downs but we have been truly blessed to see how God has been faithful through all of it. We have been blessed as a family by the relationships we have formed over the years, the fruit we have seen through the High School Ministry, and the opportunity that we have had to serve His Kingdom at College Heights.

I have had the honor and privilege to humbly serve as a minister to high school students for nearly 20 years now. During that time I have consistently tried to teach that no matter who you are or what you do for a living, you are to be a Kingdom worker for Jesus and seek to bring His light to this dark world. Over the last couple of years I have felt that God has been preparing me for a very new season of Kingdom responsibility although I had no idea what that meant. Over the past couple of months, this new season has become clear to me.

I have accepted a new job offer and will be working for Schuber-Mitchell Homes, based right here in southwest Missouri. I have found that Schuber-Mitchell is a Kingdom-minded business that seeks to minister to people who are buying homes and be a light for Jesus to them and in their community. They have learned that most home buyers are going through a major life transition and this is a great opportunity to make this stressful transition as positive as possible for them. My role will be to come alongside the buyers during the home-building process, build up a relationship with them, and make sure they are loved and well taken care of in the name of Jesus. While this is a very different adventure for me, I truly am excited to practice what I’ve always preached: to be a Kingdom Worker for Jesus no matter what you do.

While I am sad to leave the High School Ministry, my team, the staff, and the amazing leaders and students I’ve grown to love and care deeply about, I am confident that God is (and always has been) in control. I will continue to see myself as a minister to others as all followers of Christ should. I will always hold youth ministry near and dear to my heart, believing that the best way to change a culture, a church, a community, and ultimately the world, is to introduce young people to Jesus and watch what the power of His Spirit does in and through their lives!

While we grieve the ending of our journey with College Heights, my family and I are also very excited for the new journey God has us on. We are thankful that this change doesn’t mean a move away from the area as we will be able to maintain current relationships while building even more in a community we love and care about.

I love you all and will continue to pray for you on a regular basis! If you have any questions or just want to talk, don’t hesitate to contact me.

I will leave you with one of my favorite verses in Scripture:

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
– Acts 20:24

With all my love and prayers, 
Bryce


Letter from Sy

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister

Bryce has been a faithful High School Minister, providing stability and experience for our high school students these last seven years. He has also been a team player, leading out on initiatives like the eight-week challenge, our involvement pathway, and one of our key worship hosts these last several years. We are going to miss Bryce's heart for young people, the hurting, and the lost as he transitions out of ministry and models what he has been preaching to our students as to what life looks like as a Kingdom worker in the world. 

Transitions like these are normal in ministry. We see this kind of movement throughout the New Testament church, as God calls people to and from ministries and churches, using individual's different gifts and passions to build up His church. This transition season has been long for College Heights, and not without frustrations and challenges. We love and appreciate Bryce's willingness to serve and lead well during this season and we want to bless him and his family as he moves in this new direction. We believe this is simply God moving his servant to another season and place of ministry. And if God has a good plan for Bryce, he has a good plan for us.

We will be having a special Quake event for all of Bryce's high school students, their parents, and volunteers on Bryce’s last day, Wednesday, January 17. Please come by and thank Bryce and Julie and their kids for all their years of faithful service at College Heights. During the interim, we will be increasing some of the support staff's hours within our high school ministry, specifically Tanner Grove, our High School Ministry Coordinator. Logan Greer, our Youth and Children’s Ministries Team Lead, will be overseeing all of the high school programs as we look to hire Bryce's replacement. 

We are asking of our congregation the following: 

  1. Please pray for Bryce, Julie, and the Hansen family during this transition. 
  2. Show your appreciation to Bryce, Julie, and the Hansen family for their faithful service over these last several years. 
  3. Pray for Logan Greer and our Youth Team as they cover the hole left by Bryce during this spring semester. 
  4. Pray for God to raise up the right person to replace Bryce for our High School Ministry. 
  5. Squash any gossip or slander that you hear surrounding this transition, and if you have any questions or concerns please contact someone in leadership directly.

We love you all and want to thank you in advance for your cooperation during this transitional season for our high school students. 


Sy

 
Posted on January 7, 2018 .

When God Makes An Entrance

December 31, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Guest Preacher, Aaron Brockett, answers the question, "Why did God enter the world this way?"


THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Aaron encouraged us to “keep praying and to keep planting” when we get discouraged with our sowing and reaping. How can you make prayer a bedrock discipline and a keystone habit this next year to sustain to your sowing and reaping? 

Speak: What part of your character, your life, and your relationships do you need to sow towards this next year? Talk to your spouse, your small group, close friends and ask them to give you insight into areas that you need to sow in. 

Grow: Aaron said, “small seeds make big trees, but not overnight.” What areas of your life is this true? How can you intentionally grow and disciple others with the law of sowing and reaping?

Love: Aaron said to: 

    Start Small,  

    Start Somewhere, 

    Start Now. 

What is your “sow goal” this year? How does your sowing help you love God or those around you better?


 
 
Posted on January 1, 2018 and filed under Sermons.

God's Gift to You: Joy

December 17, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Dr. Mark Scott, one of our Teaching Ministers, demonstrates that when certain visitors arrive, they leave us never the same.


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THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: When John the Baptist was born, his father Zechariah “blessed” God (Luke 1:64). Part of that would be praise. But perhaps part of that was prayer. How many of your prayers concentrate on just blessing God? We tend to bring our shopping lists to God in prayer. Those lists seem to push out blessing. Strive to offer a prayer composed uniquely of blessing.

Speak: John the Baptist was quite a speaker. His dad said that he would give knowledge of salvation (Luke 1:77). Do you give knowledge of salvation to people? John the Baptist did so to people who followed him. Who is close to you that needs the knowledge of salvation? 

Grow: How is your obedience meter? Zechariah had a nine-month case of laryngitis because he was hesitant to embrace what angel Gabriel told him (Luke 1:20). Think back to a time when life was hard. Consider if life was difficult because of disobedience. Ask, “What if I had obeyed? What might have happened?”

Love: Would one of your characteristics be tender mercy? God had buckets of it (Luke 1:78). Some are spiritually gifted in mercy ministries (Romans 12: 8). But all of us can show more mercy by loving others better. We grow in our love by loving.


THE PLAYLIST

  • “Angels From The Realms of Glory”
  • “Angels We Have Heard On High”
  • “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”
  • “Arrival”–Hillsong
  • “Hallelujah, What a Savior”

 
 
Posted on December 19, 2017 .

God's Gift to You: Hope

December 3, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, and Dr. Shane Wood, one of our Teaching Ministers, team up to remind us that even in the wandering and waiting of life, hope is found in the most unlikely places.


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THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Does it feel like you are in a season of waiting and wondering? Are you taking your worries and anxieties to the Lord in prayer? How can you pause and remember God’s faithfulness this week?

Speak: One of the challenges Shane and Sy made was to talk to someone who is further along in their faith compared to where you are and ask them for their stories of God’s faithfulness. Who are you going to talk to?

Grow: What did you learn about how to study the Bible today? How can you ask questions and make observations when reading God’s word?

Love: Sy and Shane said that “Hope is found in the most unlikely places.” Do you believe this? How does God’s love and care for you become real and trustworthy for you in your current season of life?


THE PLAYLIST

  • “Angels from the Realms of Glory”
  • “O Come, O Come, Emamanuel”
  • “Arrival”—Hillsong
  • “Hope for Soon”—Lance Schaubert
  • “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

One of the feature songs sung by Alec Ward on Sunday was "Hope for Soon" written by one of our former members, Lancelot Schaubert.

Lancelot Schaubert & Jeremiah Creiglow.

From the album "Advent." Download it at http://www.noisetrade.com/thecalendaryears/advent

 
 
Posted on December 6, 2017 .

One Hit Wonders: 3 John

November 26, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, Lead Pastor, reminds us that just two minutes can change someone's world when we use our time to encourage others.


THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Ask the Lord to show you who needs a word of encouragement. Ask him to help you see people in need of support. 

Speak: Sy’s Granddad said, “Plan your day as if it will be full of interruptions.” Do you plan your day this way? How can planning your day this way help you speak the good news of Jesus to others? What does this look like for you? 

Grow: Who can you share the heart of this message with? To whom can you intentionally model  the discipline and habit of using “cracks of time” to encourage and support hurting people?

Love: Who do you know that needs to be encouraged, loved, and cared for this week? Commit to writing one card a day this week to someone who needs encouraged.


THE PLAYLIST

  • “All My Fountains”—Passion
  • “What A Beautiful Name”—Hillsong
  • “The Greatness of Our God”—Hillsong
  • “How Great Thou Art”—Hymn
  • “Build My Life”—Housefires III

 
 
Posted on December 2, 2017 .

One Hit Wonders: 2 John

November 5, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, reminds us to pay attention to the signs of life on our journey of learning to love God.


THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: 2 John is focused on the concept of walking in truth. Yet how do you know when you are being tempted towards a “Dead End,” towards false teaching? Ask God to reveal to you areas of your life that are drifting out of the path of truth. 

Speak: John, the Elder, thought the issue of false teaching pertinent enough to write a letter to this congregation, to speak to them about a difficult concept. Who do you know that may need you to speak to them about a difficult topic? How can you do it in love? 

Grow: I love how 2 John models what intentional discipleship, what mentoring looks like. How does 2 John impact the way you disciple your small group, your kids, your friends at work?

Love: John connects love to obedience and obedience to love, because when you love someone you trust that they have your best interest at heart. What area of your life needs to be brought under the Lordship of Jesus?


THE PLAYLIST

  • “Because He Lives (Amen)”–Chris Tomlin
  • “10,000 Reasons”–Matt Redman
  • “To Be Like You”–Hillsong Worship
  • “Step By Step”–Dave Strasser
  • “Hallelujah What A Savior”–Ascend the Hill

 
 
Posted on November 20, 2017 .

One Hit Wonders: Jude

November 5, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Lead Minister, Sy Huffer, encourages us to show people the light in the midst of darkness (and he teaches us how to waltz).


THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: How have you been deceived by the darkness? Ask the Lord to reveal to you ways you have fallen prey to the deceptive voice of the enemy.

Speak: Who do you know that needs to be snatched from the fire? What does it look like to show them grace yet also speak truth to them?

Grow: How are you investing in someone else as they pursue maturity in Christ? Who do you know that needs protecting from false teaching?

Love: Tough love is sometimes the hardest love to show. It is uncomfortable and risky. What does tough love look like for you after today?


THE PLAYLIST

  • “All Creation”—Covenant
  • “The Gospel”—Elijah Dally
  • “This I Believe”—Hillsong
  • “The Lord Our God”—Kristian Stanfill
  • “Christ Is Risen”—Matt Maher

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Posted on November 9, 2017 .

Financial Freedom: Encouragement

October 29, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Guest Speaker, Barry Cameron, Senior Minister at Crossroads Christian Church, shares his seven principles of financial freedom.


THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

PRAY: What is one way you can make prayer a part of your financial stewardship?

SPEAK: Is there a story of God’s provision from your life? Share it with someone.

GROW: What is one regular snack that you could eliminate from your diet and budget for one month? Give the money to someone in need.

LOVE: How could you encourage someone this week who is feeling discouraged in their financial journey?


THE PLAYLIST

  • “The Gospel”—Elijah Dally
  • “I Will Follow”—John Guerra
  • “Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus”—Hymn
  • “It Is Well With My Soul”—Hymn

 
 
Posted on October 31, 2017 .

Community Partner News

October 31, 2017

 
Help us make Thanksgiving memorable! Volunteers are needed to make dishes for the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at God's Resort. The meal will be served Sunday, November 19 from 5-7 PM. Please contact Julie at 553-4080 if you'd like to bake a ham, fry a turkey, prepare green beans, mash potatoes, fill a pie, or buy butter! God is on the move at God's Resort, and we're trying to keep up! If you can move chairs, vacuum, and have a heart for people, this is a volunteer dream job come true. God's Resort needs volunteers who would come once a week or once a month for light cleaning and event set-up.  Call Julie at 553-4080 to say YES!

Help us make Thanksgiving memorable!

Volunteers are needed to make dishes for the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at God's Resort. The meal will be served Sunday, November 19 from 5-7 PM. Please contact Julie at 553-4080 if you'd like to bake a ham, fry a turkey, prepare green beans, mash potatoes, fill a pie, or buy butter!

God is on the move at God's Resort, and we're trying to keep up! If you can move chairs, vacuum, and have a heart for people, this is a volunteer dream job come true. God's Resort needs volunteers who would come once a week or once a month for light cleaning and event set-up. 

Call Julie at 553-4080 to say YES!

Help us fill our baby baskets! It's the time of year we collect items for our baby baskets and we need your help! These baskets are given to clients throughout the year to celebrate their decision to choose life.   Here's how you can participate: Pick up any of the items listed below and drop them off at our main location at 531 E 7th.   Diapers, Onesies Socks, Shoes, Sleepers,  Baby Bath, Baby Powder, Diaper Bags,  Individual Clothing Items, Baby Bottles, Toddler Bibles,  Infant Toys, Baby Towels/Washcloths, Pacifiers This is a fun easy way for the family to participate and celebrate the birth of Jesus by blessing a family and their new baby. If you are interested, please contact Denise Beck at 417-623-0131.

Help us fill our baby baskets!

It's the time of year we collect items for our baby baskets and we need your help! These baskets are given to clients throughout the year to celebrate their decision to choose life.  

Here's how you can participate: Pick up any of the items listed below and drop them off at our main location at 531 E 7th.  

Diapers, Onesies
Socks, Shoes, Sleepers, 
Baby Bath, Baby Powder, Diaper Bags, 
Individual Clothing Items, Baby Bottles, Toddler Bibles, 
Infant Toys, Baby Towels/Washcloths, Pacifiers

This is a fun easy way for the family to participate and celebrate the birth of Jesus by blessing a family and their new baby.

If you are interested, please contact Denise Beck at 417-623-0131.

Learn more first-hand! Our Forge Center for Virtue and Work is having an Open House on Wednesday, November 1, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Forge is located at 705 East 15th Street. Join us on Saturday, November 11 at 6 PM at The Butchers Block for the 4th Annual Evening of Hope to benefit Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission. Festivities include dinner and dessert bar, fellowship, a ministry presentation given by Executive Director, James Whitford, and a lively auction featuring a fabulous assortment of holiday items, items for everyday, stuff for the guys, and a chance to win a trip to Nashville or a Golf Experience at Monterey, CA. Reservations are limited so get yours today:  www.wateredgardens.org/eveningofhope or call Ruth at 417.825.0536. Reservations are $30 each or you can save $40 by reserving a table of eight  for just $200. We hope to see you there!

Learn more first-hand!

Our Forge Center for Virtue and Work is having an Open House on Wednesday, November 1, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Forge is located at 705 East 15th Street.

Join us on Saturday, November 11 at 6 PM at The Butchers Block for the 4th Annual Evening of Hope to benefit Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission. Festivities include dinner and dessert bar, fellowship, a ministry presentation given by Executive Director, James Whitford, and a lively auction featuring a fabulous assortment of holiday items, items for everyday, stuff for the guys, and a chance to win a trip to Nashville or a Golf Experience at Monterey, CA.

Reservations are limited so get yours today:  www.wateredgardens.org/eveningofhope
or call Ruth at 417.825.0536. Reservations are $30 each or you can save $40 by reserving a table of eight  for just $200.

We hope to see you there!

 
Posted on October 31, 2017 .

Financial Freedom: Decision

October 22, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Sy Huffer, our Lead Minister, reminds us that in our journey towards freedom in financial stewardship, we have to decide to trust that God our Father knows what we need and has our best in mind.

 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Has money become master over some area of your heart? Pray and ask God to search your heart and reveal to you where you might be succumbing to the empty promises of money.

Speak: Words and deeds are important. How can generosity with your resources amplify your testimony and speaking about the good news of Jesus to others?

Grow: What does it look like for you to invest in your child’s heart in relation to money? How can you intentionally talk about money in accountability with your small group? With your spouse?

Love: Do you trust that our Heavenly Father knows what is best for you and loves you? Loving God is obeying his commands. How can you take a step of submission to God’s will when it comes to your finances?


THE PLAYLIST

  • “1000 Tongues”—Vertical Church
  • “This I Believe”—Hillsong
  • “Heart Abandoned”—Kristian Stanfill
  • “Christ Is Enough”—Hillsong
  • “Good Good Father”—Housefires III


 
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Trunk or Treat (plus Trucks & Trails)

Sunday, October 29 6-7:30PM

We want to do something FOR JOPLIN and provide a safe, fun place for families to bring their kids to trick or treat. So we are going to host a TRUNK OR TREAT.

People will turn their trunks into games with lots of candy and we will have music, a hayride, and food trucks!

Invite your friends, costumes are encouraged. 

You, your family, your group of friends can sign up to host a spot for a decorated trunk here.

 
Posted on October 23, 2017 .

Financial Freedom: Choice

October 15, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

In our continuing series on financial freedom, Sy Huffer, our Lead Minister, encourages us to drive the habit of the tithe, so that the habit of the tithe can drive you towards the goal of generosity.

 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Is God calling you to grow in your generosity? Have you driven the habit of tithing in your life? Pray and Ask God to reveal to you and your family what he is asking you to do.

Speak:  has money seduced you recently? Ask someone close to you to speak in to your life about the hold money/stuff might have on you.

Grow:  how can you grow in generosity? Where are you at currently and what does it look like to take a step of faith and trust God?

Love:  Why did God give us the discipline of tithing? How can your generosity be a conduit for God’s love?


THE PLAYLIST

  • The Gospel—Elijah Dally
  • A Mighty Fortress— Christy Nockels
  • What A Beautiful Name—Hillsong
  • In Christ Alone—Kristian Stanfill

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Trunk or Treat (plus Trucks & Trails)

Sunday, October 29 6-7:30PM

We want to do something FOR JOPLIN and provide a safe, fun place for families to bring their kids to trick or treat. So we are going to host a TRUNK OR TREAT.

People will turn their trunks into games with lots of candy and we will have music, a hayride, and food trucks!

Invite your friends, costumes are encouraged. 

You, your family, your group of friends can sign up to host a spot for a decorated trunk here.

 
Posted on October 18, 2017 .

Financial Freedom: Bondage

October 8, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Dr. Shane Wood, one of our Teaching Team, speaks about financial debt and how we should view it through the lens of Christianity.

 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray—Every time you come to a stop light this week, pray for God to reveal to you the needs of others around you. How could this awareness of the needs of others impact your understanding of your relationship with God?

Love—What relationships in your life do you engage in merely to “take” (i.e., to serve yourself)? What ways can you engage those same relationships from the standpoint of “giving” (i.e., to serve someone else)?

Grow—The first step is always the hardest toward eradicating debt or developing relationships based on self-giving. What are some practical steps you could take this week to disengage debt? What about a monthly goal? Or “debt-reduction” goal for the year?

Speak—Redeeming “self-serving” relationships takes difficult conversations fueled by piercing self-reflection. Ask the Lord to focus you in on one of these relationships, and this next week journal about ways you can engage the relationship “not to be served, but to serve.”


THE PLAYLIST

  • All My Fountains—Passion
  • One Thing Remains—Jesus Culture
  • Heart Abandoned—Kristian Stanfill
  • At The Cross (Love Ran Red)
  • How Deep The Father’s Love–Stuart Townsend

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Trunk or Treat (plus Trucks & Trails)

Sunday, October 29 6-7:30PM

We want to do something FOR JOPLIN and provide a safe, fun place for families to bring their kids to trick or treat. So we are going to host a TRUNK OR TREAT.

People will turn their trunks into games with lots of candy and we will have music, a hayride, and food trucks!

Invite your friends, costumes are encouraged. 

You, your family, your group of friends can sign up to host a spot for a decorated trunk here.

 
Posted on October 18, 2017 .

Financial Freedom: Attitude

October 1, 2017

 

THE SERMON

 

Dr. Mark Scott, Teaching Minister at College Heights, reminds us that God owns it all and gives us the capacity to give at all.

 
You may pick up a free copy of Barry Cameron's book in the Atrium on Sunday.

You may pick up a free copy of Barry Cameron's book in the Atrium on Sunday.

 

THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Our text is a prayer of King David blessing God for his provision for the building of the temple. Do you believe God can bless you with resources in order to get done what he wants done? David blessed God in prayer before the people of Israel. Why not read this prayer (1 Chronicles 29:10-19) in front of someone else today.

Speak: We typically don’t like to talk about money. But perhaps a mark of Christian maturity is learning how to comfortably speak about money. Jesus spoke about it a ton. Talk to someone about this topic. Maybe you could even discuss why it is a subject so difficult to talk about.

Grow: King David reminds the people of God that they are just strangers and temparary residents and that their days on earth were like a shadow. Or, as Rick Rusaw puts it, “Our lives are really on loan from God.” How would remembering that help our attitude toward money? 

Love: You may have heard it said, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” Love and giving are inextricably connected. Add to that the element of joy and you have a formula for changing destinies. What does love dictate for the recent disasters in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the surrounding areas?

 


THE PLAYLIST

  • The Gospel
  • 10,000 Reasons–Matt Redman
  • Heart Abandoned–Kristian Stanfill
  • I’d Rather Have Jesus–George Beverly Shea

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

GLOBAL OUTREACH MEETING

6:00 PM, Monday, October 9, Atrium

If you are passionate or even just curious about making Christ known around the globe, join us for dinner (only $1!) and hear from our Global Partners and plug into one of our dynamic Impact Teams. We also have groups for kids–ages 2 through 12.

 

CONFERENCE FOR WIDOWS

8:30 AM-4:00 PM, Saturday, October 14

The Women of Hope Conference will feature Kay Moll as guest speaker, workshops, a continental breakfast, and lunch. The cost of registration is $20. Register in the Atrium or online at chjoplin.org/register.

 

APPRECIATION PARTY FOR Brian Sitton

Sunday, October 15

We invite you to express your appreciation for Brian’s five years of serving as our Children’s Minister! Join us in the Gym for a come-and-go appreciation party after the 9:15 and 11 AM services. We will have cards available for you to write in.

 

HURRICANE RELIEF TRIP

November 5-10, Katy, TX

We are partnering with Current Church in Texas to send a team to help with hurricane and flood relief. We invite adults (18+) with desire to encourage our church partner through presence, project, and prayer. We have 16 spaces available. You can sign up atchjoplin.org/register (it will send you to Managed Missions, follow the prompts to set up an account). The cost is $100 plus meals. Contact Ben Hedger, bhedger@chjoplin.org.

 

RENEW MARRIAGE GETAWAY

October 20-22

reNEW is our Fall Marriage Getaway at the Bradford House Bed & Breakfast in Branson. This weekend is purposefully light on programming and intentional on rest. The cost is $269 per couple for meals, housing, and program. We only have a few spots left, so RSVP soon to Kaele Ward, Family Ministry Assistant, at kward@chjoplin.org.

 

Trunk or Treat (plus Trucks & Trails)

Sunday, October 29 6-7:30PM

Invite your neighbors, co-workers, and friends for our outdoor Trunk or Treat event, costumes are encouraged. Enjoy trunks turned into games with lots of candy treats. Plus, we will have music, a hayride, and food trucks available to purchase snacks.

 

 
Posted on October 3, 2017 .