If ever the church is needed it is now!
Like me, you have probably been rocked by the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas. It absolutely re-affirmed to me the reality of evil, but also the need of Jesus and the church.
If there was ever a time for the church to be the church it is now! Our world is in free-fall, collapsing right before our eyes and we have the only truth that matters – Jesus. Our work in sharing the love of Christ with others is the most important thing happening on the planet today, because love is the only thing that will conquer hate. And compassion for the hurting is what the church excels in.
Here are several posts on the tragedy that are so helpful to get perspective (especially Carey’s):
- Carey Nieuwhof – Thoughts on How to be the Church in an Age of Terror and Tragedy
- Christianity Today – 3 Ways to Pray for Las Vegas
- Russell Moore – Where is God in a Mass Shooting
- Fox News / Max Lucado: Las Vegas Shooting – After this tragedy…
Times like these call for bold and courageous leaders, and we are blessed to have many at Whitewater. Elders fulfill a vital role in the church and we are pleased to announce that Jonathan Davis has been invited to enter the elder process. Jon has served faithfully at Whitewater in various serving positions.
Jonathan was born and raised in the Lawrenceburg area. He gave his life to Christ on October 21, 1983 and was baptized in a lake at a youth retreat at age 19. He has been married to Mandy for 11 years, and the couple has been blessed with three wonderful children: Evelyn & Orion, both age 6, and Kaivan age 17 months (that’s Kaivan in the photo). Jonathan and Mandy started attending WCCC in spring of 2010 and they love serving and being part of a healthy Church body that loves Jesus and loves people. He has worked at Perfect North Slopes for 23 years, and currently serves on the executive team, manages operations, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Ski Areas Association.
After an extensive interview process, the elders believe that Jon meets the scriptural qualifications for eldership. Per our Constitution/Bylaws members have 60 days to share any disqualifying concerns regarding Jon with a current Whitewater elder. Please pray for Jon and Mandy during this process.
Ted Mensing is also returning to our eldership team after having taken one year off (as required by our Bylaws). Bob Stoll and Stan Graff will be rotating off the elder board in 2018.
We are also thrilled to announce that both Rich Ellison and Conor Doyle have accepted our offer to transition from part-time to full-time church staff to strategically strengthen our exploding Student Union ministry and will start mid-October. Both Rich and Conor have played key roles during our transition to the Student Union and bring a wealth of energy and knowledge to their roles. Rich will be our Associate Director of Students and Operations working with our students as well as our Security / Operations areas. Conor will be our new Student Ministry and Teaching Minister working with our students as well as in a number of adult ministry areas. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Rich and Conor on their expanded roles.
In order for Whitewater to be our best and make the biggest spiritual wave in this darkening world, we are going to Ripple. Please attend an upcoming Ripple Town Hall info meeting. We can’t afford to just watch this country we love go down the tubes – let’s make some waves! (Please RSVP if you need childcare at the October 12 evening session).
Did you get your How to Be Rich book last Sunday? If not, you have one more week to snag one as you enter or exit the Worship Center this Sunday. We want everyone to read the Introduction and chapter 1 by October 14. So if you’ve got yours, go ahead and start! I think this book may change your life in a really good way.
Big Daddy Weave concert tickets have finally arrived! You can purchase tickets for the Thursday, November 9 concert now. We have been told that tickets will go fast, so get yours this Sunday in The Landing or online.
Friends reading this – This is the time to be the church. The world at its worst needs the church at her best. Let’s do all we can.