A U G U S T 2 0 12

a letter from


The other day I noticed Madeline in the back seat of the car. I was looking at her in the rear view, and I couldn’t help myself. She was beautiful, smiling, alert, taking in the fly-by world from the comfort of her Graco. I was driving down I-30 toward one of my usual destinations — the store, the mall, home, KenTacoHut (I wish. Don’t you miss those?) — and a moment of offspring beauty caught me off guard. It’s nice to be caught off guard. In a good way. By one’s offspring. It happens so rarely. But as I kept stealing glances back at her, a little voice started nagging to pay attention to the road, for goodness’ sake. This thing you adore is the thing you must protect. The more you watch her eyelashes, the twitches of her fingers, the pursing of her lips, the more you endanger them. To preserve her beauty, you must stop looking at it so much. Watch the road.

things because it feels up to me to maintain them, to keep them from spinning off their axels and rolling over a chasm. I fear losing sight of them more than I fear losing sight of Jesus. I have failed to see his supremacy and have lost all sense of proportion, mostly because it takes the discipline of a true knocker/ seeker’s heart to encounter him, and I can be a lazy and rebellious consumer of beauty. I am not willing to climb the mountain for a glance at a rare flower, or hike hours on end for the perfect sunset. I am tired, and I have misspent my energy. And the nagging sensation that builds over time is that all the things I love are growing more perilous and unstable, more teetering and tottering, more fragile and unbalanced, more dependent upon me even as I grow more dependent upon them. I suck the beauty out of beauty and have nothing to replenish it. Then I remember Jesus. The old friend of my heart. Somehow, mysteriously, I am given just enough energy to “turn my eyes upon him” as the 70s worship song suggests. And that little teaspoon of Jesus is enough to begin reversing the effects of my idolatry. With that little taste of water, I am able to drink a little more water and then maybe even a cupful. I remember what the word “ultimate” means. Then I look out the window and notice things around me start to revive with a kind of water given just to them, for them. We are nourished from the same source, my surroundings and me, and we are finally independent from one another, and independently beautiful. So as you head back into the classroom, or home from vacation, or into a new set of fall responsibilities — whatever beautiful new things surround you — just remember, if you can, to watch the road.

For the Christian, things of beauty stay beautiful only if enjoyed after the richest Beauty. Things in our life are not their most beautiful, not seen in their intended, purest form, until they are the things we are not obsessing over, the things Jesus carries for us in his pocket while we walk along the road with him. When our little moons eclipse the sun, we cannot see them as they are with all their variations and luminosity. All we see is the hard black outline, the suggestion of what might be there in front of us — lost against the brightness that should take up the whole of our sky. I throw so many things up into orbit along with Jesus. So few things take their rightful place on the ground. I think about the beautiful things I want to protect. My marriage. My home and its traditions and sacred spaces. My daughter. Sometimes I fear for these

Editor Julie Rhodes Art Direction, Design & Goodness Josh Wiese, Dennis Cheatham, Lindsey Sobolik The Final Say Julie Pierce Admin Extraordinaire Victoria Andrews Editorial Assistance/Proofing Summer Alexander* Annie Stone*

Photography David Farris (Baptism at IBC, The Man on the Bike)* Evan Chavez (You’ll Never Walk Alone)* Victoria Andrews (Photo Update)* Writers Jason Fox (Idle Chatter)* Jenny Simmons (The Man on the Bike)* Peggy Norton (You’ll Never Walk Alone)*

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Irving Bible Church: a community on a journey.
Thanks for picking up Chatter. Chatter is a publication of Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas.
Why are we here?
IBC is on a journey committed to growing in Christ, connecting in community and joining the mission. This commitment comes from Jesus’ words in the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-39) and Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

How do we do this?
Growing in Christ At the heart of the journey is the gospel of Jesus Christ, the story of the Son of God coming into our dark world to bring light, life, hope and transformation. The journey begins when we trust Christ, but it doesn’t end there. God’s desire for each of us is for our hearts and lives to become more like the one who has saved us (Ephesians 4:11-13). Connecting in Community The gospel story draws us into a community of people whose lives have been transformed by Jesus. This journey is not one that we undertake alone. We are designed to do life together as a community of Christ-followers. It is essential that we walk with one another on the journey (John 13:34-35). Joining the Mission The gospel tells us that one day God will take all that is broken in this world and make it whole. Those of us who are on the journey together are called to be people who do what we can to make glimpses of that day show up in our day. We do this by telling the gospel story and demonstrating gospel-shaped love to a needy world (Matthew 28:18-20).

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Photo Update: Next Gen Joins the Mission
Navajo reservation: IBC high school students spent a week refurbishing a building on the Navajo reservation that will be used for a youth boxing program (A). New Orleans: IBC middle school students traveled to Louisiana to restore homes in Katrina-affected areas (B). Tanzania: IBC children visited the five kids sponsored by Children at IBC through Compassion International, and also served at a nursery school outside of Moshi (C).




The year 2012 marks IBC’s 50th year as a congregation. In October, we will be celebrating this special time with stories gathered from the IBC body. Share yours with us today at irvingbible.org/ibc50.

The Man on The Bike
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Joe’s wife, Nancy, works in the Children’s resource room, stocking supplies for our little ones.

You may not know the name Joe Young, but I promise you’ve seen him. Riding his red bike, decked out with two oversized baskets full of tools, keys and a yellow sticky note pad, Joe Young roams the halls of Irving Bible Church attending to the campus facility with the passion and dedication of a true, unsung hero.

The heaviest panel of Tilt-Up concrete used in the construction of the Worship Center weighs in at 180,000 lbs.

First up each day? The doors.

Joe unlocks, by hand, upwards of 60 of the church’s 84 exterior doors each and every morning. And no, he doesn’t have to check his notes to tell you how many exterior doors Irving Bible Church has. He also doesn’t bat an eye when calculating the toilets. “Let’s see. There are 28 commodes for the men. Thirty for the women. And that is a whole lot of plunging!” Joe says with a mild-mannered laugh. And as it turns out, Joe Young is an unsung hero for everything he’s not. Twenty-four years ago, Joe and his wife Nancy began attending Irving Bible Church because their daughter needed a thriving youth group. The church was young and Joe recalls the excitement he felt watching pastor Andy McQuitty, youth pastor Scott Werntz and children’s pastor Jan Fanning, as they reached out and impacted so many people. Though Joe was in the family business with his dad, running their own used car lot and car wash, Joe began to volunteer at the church “fixing things” so he could be a part of helping Andy and the staff reach out to as many people as they could. “I’m not the ministry type. I’m the behind the scenes type,” Joe says of himself. “But when the man who had this job before me retired, Andy looked around the room at the retirement party and asked who was gonna fill his spot. A little light just came on, and I thought, ‘That’s a job I can do.’” Not formally trained in mechanics, engineering, facilities maintenance (or plumbing, for that matter), Joe’s love for Irving Bible Church and his desire to serve the IBC body became the gateway for his service to the church. Sixteen years later, he’s still going strong. Well, minus the week of Thanksgiving, which Joe’s team knows he refuses to work. (“Putting up Christmas decorations is a nightmare. I take the week off and leave it to them!”) Staying as close by as possible to fix any number of problems that can arise in this 182,000 square foot campus is just part of Joe’s job, and he admits he’s on a pretty short leash. In a facility that houses conferences, corporate meetings, weddings, funerals, dance recitals, high school graduations, support groups, fitness gurus working out in the parking lot, stay-at-home moms and their brood of kids who visit The Tubes on a daily basis, and, oh yeah — the some 4,000 plus members who attend IBC for worship, Bible Study and community groups on a weekly basis — Joe is the go-to man for, well, problems. “I’m called and I have to go. Whenever I’m called. That’s just part of the job. I have my phone on around the clock,” Joe says. With his faithful, hard-working sidekicks, Paul Butcher and Ken Pasley (who do most of the hands-on fixing), Joe and crew spend more time changing light bulbs in a week than most human beings will ever do in a lifetime. They have been called to bathrooms where every single toilet has become stopped up, parts of the building where the air-conditioning unit has died and something awful has started growing. They have even been called in to investigate wouldbe “IBC-dwellers.” IBC-dwellers, n. A handful of people over the years who may or may-not be, ummmm, spending the night in the building. (e.g.: Hello, my church home is IBC. And I live in The Tubes.)
365 Days a Year

“There have been a couple of questionable times,” Joe says of dwellers. “But we keep going on to real problems. A Sunday morning when toilets are overflowing or the air-conditioning or electricity goes out in the Worship Center, or a fire alarm accidentally goes off and you’ve got to evacuate the 500 children in the building — well, you’re never ready for those kinds of things,” Joe says matter-of-factly. “You just get in there and do the best you can do, when you can do it.” In addition to maintaining the buildings and grounds, Joe and his team are responsible for receiving shipments for staff members and finding storage space for hundreds of Bible study books for Women’s Bible study, seasonal decorations and anything else that any ministry needs to tuck away inside the sprawling building. With a never-ending laundry list of to-do items, is it any wonder the man rides a bike? Joe started cruising around the halls of Irving Bible Church on his shiny red bike, with double baskets, in 1998. During a visit to his son’s office at the 3M manufacturing plant, Joe saw the entire maintenance crew riding bikes through the corridors, and that was all the motivation he needed. The bike has been a staple ever since. And while Joe will be the first to tell you that the primary reason for the bike is to save his legs, knees and back some pretty major wear and tear, he will also tell you, in a very humble Joe-esque way, that it epitomizes the Irving Bible Church culture of love and community. “You know, it puts a smile on people’s faces. And I like that. It’s kind of an icebreaker, gives people a way to feel like they can ask me a question if they need something, if they need some help. They can come to me. It makes ‘em smile.” The definition of an unsung hero is a “person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution.” And Joe has been doing that for over 16 years at Irving Bible Church. So give him a hug if you see him August 15, which is the anniversary of his start date. You may not know his name, but you know him and the children love him – the man on the bike. And yes, Joe. You’re absolutely right. You do make us smile. Jenny Simmons hasn’t ridden a bike in years. She will only do so if she has kneepads, elbow pads, a rear-end protector and a helmet.
Jenny Simmons is a songwriter and storyteller. She lives in Nashville with her hubby Ryan and daughter Anniston. Connect with Jenny at jennysimmons.com (“Cupcakes, Sprinkles, and Other Happy Things”).

An Ice-Breaker

Fall Launch September 12

Joe’s building is your building. On September 12, 2435 Kinwest at IBC will kick off its fall schedule. A weekly Wednesday night event designed for IBCers or anyone in or around our neighborhood, 2435 Kinwest is a community center of sorts offering classes, support groups and fun activities for every age and stage — all after a great family meal. See This Month for a complete list of activities and times.

There are 2,120 seats in the Worship Center.

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Reveal SuRvey:

Results measuring IBC’s spiritual growth
I’ll admit that Penny, our American Bulldog, faced an uphill climb when she joined the family a year or so ago. It’s actually unfair to her because we had Buster for 13 years, and anyone who ever met him will agree he was surely the “best dog ever.” There is no way Penny could ever fill those four paws, and it didn’t help matters when she decided to chew the laundry room door. This wasn’t just any random piece of lumber in or around our house, but the very board we used to track our three sons’ growth in height over the years. You know the drill — they stand tall, my wife puts a book on their heads, draws a line and dates their growth record. This board is priceless, and it’s the board Penny chose to chew. Bad move, Penny.

Drawing on the experience of other churches who have taken Reveal, we understand that not only reading, but reading and reflecting on Scripture, is far and away the most effective catalyst for a person to move closer to Christ. It was because of this that on June 23 this summer, we offered the Bible Reading and Reflection workshop, a practical class that teaches proven ways to read and reflect on Scripture. Men at IBC offered a similar workshop at their annual retreat, and men left saying they will never read the Bible the same way again. During the Mark sermon series, small groups met in homes to discuss how the words of the gospel are relevant in our culture, and we will continue with the Mark study and sermon-based small groups in 2013. In addition to the existing Men’s, Women’s, Children’s (Zone 6:30), and Students’ (10:24 groups) Bible studies, Women at IBC offered their first-ever summer Bible study series. Entitled “Lord, Teach Me to Pray,” the curriculum was designed to help women engage with Scripture and apply it to their prayer life. And having a prayer life is important to all IBCers. Since the best way to learn to pray is to, well, pray, IBCers will be challenged to participate in a season of prayer this fall, where every ministry and small group will be encouraged to take to heart the discipline of prayer. Anyone will be able to “opt in” to receive daily texts that provide brief but powerful prayers. The web site will also offer a weekly prayer emphasis to reference. Women at IBC will be offering silent retreats each semester for women seeking extended time with God. Finally, certain spaces around the IBC campus will be repurposed and dedicated to the discipline of prayer for visitors or IBCers who wish to take advantage of them. IBC is on a journey committed to growing in Christ, connecting in community, and joining the mission of God. This movement towards Christ can’t be measured on a doorframe, but is experienced every day as we grasp and apply Scripture, enhance our prayer life, and share God’s love with others. Good thing too, because Penny is always looking for something precious to chew. Nat Pugh believes mixing peanut butter and jelly together prior to applying it to the bread is the preferred way to eat a PBJ.
Nat is responsible for leading the adult ministry efforts of Irving Bible Church as a Lead Team member and as Men’s Pastor.

Marking the physical growth of children is a tradition many parents keep. But how do you track spiritual growth? More than that, how do you track the spiritual growth of an entire church body? Pastors and elders at IBC have been asking this question for some time but with little understanding of how exactly to draw a benchmark from which to compare. We then came across a survey called Reveal that does just that. For two weeks in February this year, we asked the people of IBC to log in and complete the Reveal survey, a lengthy questionnaire that hundreds of churches and over a hundred thousand people have answered. The purpose was to help us, as a church, understand where we are and how we are doing in helping people move closer to Christ. Over 500 IBCers took the survey. When the results came back, a team of pastors, elders and laymen spent several long evenings dissecting the information and prayerfully asking, “What does this say about IBC?” and “What do we do now?” The team developed a list of recommendations that have been communicated to the leadership and ministries of IBC to help shape planning for the future. And over the next three years, we’ll be retaking the survey twice more to compare our movement to our current benchmark. IBCers identified the following top-four opportunities through the Reveal survey. These are the most important things IBCers want from their church: • Help me develop a personal relationship with Christ. • Help me develop a prayer life. • Help me understand the Bible in-depth. • Challenge me to grow.

Reveal SpRitiual GRowth Continuum
Movement Three* Movement One* Movement Two*









Percentage is indicative of the number of IBCers in each category.

*Bible reading and reflection is the most significant catalyst for a person
to move closer to Christ, according to a study by Willow Creek. The Reveal Study shows where IBCers rate themselves on this continuum.

Sunday WorShip at iBC

Times and Places from the Gospel of Mark
Becoming a Christian means embracing a Savior who loves us and calls us to follow him. We call this “discipleship,” and at its core is learning how to live like Jesus lived, love like Jesus loved, and serve like Jesus served. Discipleship is what the gospel of Mark is all about. Just as we do today, the first followers of Jesus experienced discipleship in a very hands-on way — in real places with real people at real times. Much of their history is still visible in present-day Israel and beyond.
AUGUsT 5 – Who Do YoU sAY ThAT I AM?

In Mark 8:1-9:1, while on the road near Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks his disciples a question that becomes the linchpin for the rest of Mark’s gospel. An ancient Roman city, Caesarea Philippi is no longer inhabited in present-day Israel. Its ruins are located within the Golan Heights.

AUGUsT 12 – UNveIleD GloRY

In Mark 9:2-13, Jesus reveals his true nature to Peter, James and John, becoming transfigured in pure white garments. The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Elias (built in 1911) rises above olive trees along the northeast slope of Mount Tabor. Christians have identified Mount Tabor as the site of Christ’s Transfiguration since the 4th century.


AUGUsT 19 – helP MY UNBelIef

In Mark 9:14-29, the father of the boy with an unclean spirit tells Jesus he believes, but also asks Jesus to help his unbelief. This incident takes place near Paneas (or Banias), a town located at the foot of Mount Hermon. Named for Pan, the Greek god of rustic nature, the Paneas cave was a site for pagan rituals, and was known in Jesus’ day as “The Gates of Hell.”





In Mark 9:30-50, Jesus delivers escalating warnings to his disciples on topics ranging from decisionmaking to sin. Jesus issues his warnings near the town of Capernaum, the disciple Peter’s hometown. Today, a modern church building overshadows the ruins of Peter’s house.


Join us on Sundays as we explore the book of Mark together at 9 and 10:45 a.m., or 5 p.m. To listen to recent Sunday sermons visit irvingbible.org/media.

Photo credit: Caesarea Philippi by Steven Conger, Paneas Cave by Father Maurer, Capernaum by Jamie Lynn Ross


Small Groups at IBC: That is the Question.
As a Chatter reader, you value making informed decisions — like whether to show up for this week’s Wednesday night meal or if you should get involved in one of this month’s do-gooding opportunities. Since Small Groups at IBC are kicking back off in September, we thought we’d do a little more to help you navigate the all-important question, “to small group?” or “not to small group?” What follows is a handy compendium of information that will aid your decision-making process in order to facilitate interpersonal connections at IBC, and…never mind. Just sign up already.



Good reason: share life with someone. Bad reason: share (mooch) free babysitting. Good reason: be vulnerable about your struggles. Bad reason: be vulnerable about the struggles of your spouse,




your parents, and your boss.
Good reason: learn from the wisdom of others. Bad reason: be the wise cracker. Good reason: have friends you can count on. Bad reason: sell Cutco. Good reason: grow in your walk with Jesus. Bad reason: grow your country-club status. Good reason: feel like you belong at IBC. Bad reason: spy for another church. Good reason: serve God with your friends. Bad reason: serve your friends dessert while smugly abstaining.
not awesome at math (or pie charts) unbelievably awesome
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team Katie

The Dessert Wizard

The Pop Culture Referencer

The New Haircut Noticer

The Baby Whisperer

The Rabbit Trail Rescuer

IBC small groups are a place to grow deep relationships that advance the kingdom of God in dark places — dark places in our world, in our relationships and in our hearts. The goal is true, authentic, lifelong relationships that God uses for his glory. What Groups Do: Groups meet weekly in homes to eat, pray and learn. The Interdependence: Not codependence, but a healthy dose of relying on one another and being reliable. Mission: It wouldn’t be IBC if it wasn’t about getting outside the walls.

curriculum, based on each Sunday’s sermon, invites members to dig deeper into the scripture passage and also share their viewpoints and life experiences. over quantity. More than growing numbers, our vision is to grow deep community. So IBC small groups strive to develop three characteristics:

What Makes A Successful Group: Small Groups at IBC are about quality

An IBC small group comprises 12 people or fewer, invited to the group by its leader. Applicants do not choose or “shop for” groups. Group members are placed by IBC staff and small group leaders based on their relationships with them and/or demographic information that the member provides on the small group application. Groups meet in 10-week sessions. For more info, contact Ryan at rsanders@irvingbible.org. Please register by August 19 at irvingbible.org/smallgroups.

How Groups Are Formed

Authenticity: No masks. Group members share their fears and failures and

love one another through them.

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Cold Things
a word game
These are pictures of cold things. You remember cold, right? Name each cold thing in the blanks provided and match the numbered slots below to spell out the Cold Things Code. Send the code to chatter@irvingbible.org and you’ll win something cool. Or at least something cold.*

Word 1


Word 2
10 5

Word 3
9 4 1


Word 4
7 6

Word 5
3 8

















*Cold Stone Creamery, that is.

Fall Women’s BiBle study at iBC

Restoration Heartware The Book of Nehemiah
Nehe…who? Not one of those weird Old Testament


books! How can it be relevant to you today? Why study something so obscure? Well, because Nehemiah tackles an intricate restoration project — standing on the rock-solid foundation of an intimate relationship with God. Nehemiah isn’t a priest and he isn’t a prophet, but he is not afraid to attempt great things for the Mighty One. He joins God in his work of restoring walls and hearts that have been in ruins for many years. The book of Nehemiah is about restoration of the heart. Yes, this action-packed docudrama watches Nehemiah direct his construction crew in a monumental restoration project, but he does it with wisdom, integrity, focus and faithful devotion to his God. Why does he do it? To promote God’s glory — in every heart and corner of Jerusalem! The man Nehemiah? He is a picture of the Restorer, Jesus himself. Jesus restores hearts — from the inside. His interior decoration begins at the deepest level of the soul. He wants to change attitudes, feelings, opinions, behaviors, habits — anything that holds you back in your walk of faith.

You know what it is like to live in a world that is broken. Even if things are going well for you now, you remember a time when your world was broken into pieces. You’ve either been caught in circumstances that left you dry and hopeless, or you’ve felt trapped by your own “stuff.” And because this world is marred, you will experience messiness and upheaval again — without a doubt. Are you willing to be an apprentice in this intricate restoration project within your own heart? Even though your personal world may be full of rubble, are you ready to trust the Master Builder to do the impossible? Are you prepared to move forward with him, even when you face opposition? Do you, more than anything, crave to replace old doorknobs and shutters — and become the person he meant for you to be? Pick up a few bricks and follow. Step into Nehemiah’s world, Restoration Heartware. But transformation can’t happen on your own. You’ll need to team up with others who will work with you. Find a few friends, roll up your shirtsleeves, grab some putty knives and watch the Restorer work in you. Through his mighty Word, expect him to help you love him more dearly, help you see things more clearly and to discern truth more consistently. Welcome to the crew!
Restoration Heartware-Copyright (c) 2007 Elmbrook Church, Brookfield, WI 53045. Used by permission.

The leadership of Women at IBC spends months developing or discovering great new study material for Women’s Bible Study each semester. Chatter was curious to learn more about what that process looks like. And when Chatter wants to know something, well…we just plain ask. Meet Jodie Niznik, IBC’s own Pastor to Women.
Chatter: So, what are your goals when deciding on what direction to take a study? Jodie: Great question. Our primary

goal is that the study comes directly from God’s Word. After this, we make sure the study will help women grow in their relationship with God and with one another. And finally, we make sure that it is applicable to women’s lives today.

Chatter: How did you decide on Nehemiah specifically? Jodie: We started with prayer — and then started hunting for study guides that would fit our needs. Surprisingly, there were few to choose from. Also, I’m partial to Nehemiah. I love his story and the lessons in the book: obedience to God’s call, trust and sacrifice, prayer, how to deal with conflict, and how to lead well. Those are just a few. Chatter: Who will be teaching the study this fall? Jodie: Five of us: Sue Edwards, Alice McQuitty, Barb Haesecke, Kim Jones and myself. Chatter: Do you have a specific kind of woman in mind that would benefit from this study?

Restoration Heartware A Study of the Book of Nehemiah

A 10-week Bible study for women.
God is able to restore hearts that have been in ruins for many years, including yours. Join Women at IBC as we learn to stand on the rock-solid foundation of an intimate relationship with God. Begins: Tuesday, September 11 AM Sessions — 9:30–11:30 a.m. PM Sessions — 6:30–8:30 p.m. Location: The Commons Cost: $15, includes study guide Registration: irvingbible.org/women KidZone available by registration at kidzone@irvingbible.org.

such a great book. There really is something for everyone. I think it will be especially powerful for women that are looking to go deeper in their relationship with God. These women will be encouraged and challenged through Nehemiah’s very practical story of faith, dependence and obedience.
Nehemiah was not the bullfrog. That was Jeremiah.

Jodie: Honestly, all women. It’s

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Restoration Hardware catalogues account for 74% of all North American coveting (Source: The Holy Spirit).


“I felt so alone and didn’t think anyone understood what I was going through,” ex-

plains Celeste Galvan. “I don’t think anyone sits around dreaming of the day when they grow up, have children, and then become a single mom. That’s not the way it’s supposed to happen.”

Celeste’s oldest son, David, was baptized in January and is very active in the church. “David has a hunger for God that has impacted my other children,” Celeste says. “My daughter Antonia now wants to be baptized and my other son Napoleon is looking forward to the day he can go on a mission trip. And my youngest, Elijah, is happy to just go to church and participate in all of the activities.” Since going through the One Parent + Kids class, Celeste thinks her family has finally settled down. She explains, “To know us and our story is to know that He is alive. Our lives could have turned out so differently, but I see my children already growing up better than I did, and I know it’s all God.” The one piece of advice Celeste would give to other single parents is this: find community. “It’s so hard to do it alone, but you don’t have to. There are other people who know what you are going through and who can give you the support you need.” Peggy Norton longs to spend time with her friends in downtown Grapevine. (Or without her friends.)
Peggy Norton is a communications professional with over 20 years of writing experience, primarily in corporate communications. She has been married for 27 years and has one son Brandon who is attending UNT. In addition to writing for Chatter, Peggy is an IBC small group leader.

But it happened to Celeste. “When I tell people I have four children, they automatically make assumptions,” says Celeste. “It was hard for me to deal with all of that, and it just made my feeling of loneliness even greater.” Celeste felt like no one knew what she was going through — until she came to IBC and found One Parent + Kids. “After I was divorced, my life was far from stable,” Celeste explains. “For a few years, I kept moving around and trying to find my way again.” But while Celeste was working for Chase bank about four years ago, a few of her customers recommended that she check out Irving Bible Church. Celeste had a good feeling when she visited IBC and immediately got connected with the On Track class for single parents. Celeste says it was there that she first felt acceptance. Some of her friends at On Track told her about the One Parent + Kids class, and Celeste decided to give it a try. Celeste admits she didn’t have the money for the class, but learned that a scholarship was available. Although she had to swallow her pride, Celeste accepted the help and started attending the class. That decision set Celeste and her children on a journey of healing and self-awareness. Celeste said she was surprised to see how many other single parents were there who had experienced the same feelings she had. She had finally found not only acceptance, but also a home. One of the most surprising realizations Celeste discovered was how her kids had been handling the divorce. “It had been a few years, and I was definitely over it,” Celeste says, “but my kids weren’t. They were still having issues, especially my oldest son who really missed his dad.” “Although I thought I was doing my best,” adds Celeste, “I really wasn’t in touch with how my kids were feeling.” Celeste says she is now trying to be more sensitive and realize that each of her children is different, with unique needs. She also realizes she isn’t supermom and it’s OK to let her kids see her struggle. The best part about One Parent + Kids is that it’s a family affair, explains Celeste. “The whole family is involved. We have dinner together, and then we each go to our separate classes. I learn how to manage life as a single parent and to focus on the blessings in my life.” Celeste’s children are also learning and growing. “I was able to learn so much about my children and what they were going through and where they were at in our situation. We learned to communicate better with each other. That had an amazing impact on our family.”
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a show tune from the 1945 musical “Carousel” by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Wednesday, August 29
Whether your family is healing from the pain of divorce or just looking for new ways to build healthy communication, we invite you and your children to experience One Parent+Kids, a 12-week program designed to enrich the lives of single-parent families. Dinner in the Commons: 5:00-6:15 p.m. Class for kids and parents: 6:30-8:15 p.m. Cost $40 per family for the semester (includes dinner each week, all supplies, curriculum materials) Register online at irvingbible.org/singleparents Contact Jennifer for more information at jerlenbusch@irvingbible.org.

Celeste, Texas, is a small town in Hunt County. Population: 817, according to the 2000 census.

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Supplies for Success
The IBC Back to Scthool Event Evolves.

For over 10 years, IBC has hosted a large Back to School event on campus to provide backpacks and school supplies for families in need around our community and within the church body. This year, the IBC Back to School event has evolved into a partnership with the Irving Mayor, Fire Department, City officials, and local businesses, in an effort to put on the first annual Supplies for Success backpack drive and event — an initiative designed for needy families within the Irving Independent School District.

help distribute backpacks, and finally, by praying for the families, volunteers and school district employees involved. Contact missions@irvingbible.org with questions or to volunteer.
Dalit anD Haiti SponSorSHipS

Counselors in Irving schools have identified and pre-screened 8,600 children who are considered the highest need from kindergarten-12th grade. On Saturday, August 18, these families have been invited to attend an all-day event on the Irving High School campus where they will receive a meal, a backpack, school supplies, immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, and a chance to visit various social services booths. IBC has committed to supply 800-1,000 backpacks and will help put on the event itself. “I am excited about the shift to Irving High School because it allows us to get outside of our walls and truly serve those in the community where they live, work, and do life,” says Anna Heil, IBC’s Global Partnerships Director. “With just this one event, we will be able to provide for 8,600 of the neediest children in our community. Irving Bible Church couldn’t do that alone, and there is no better testament to what the church is all about than when we work with others to show Christ’s love.” IBCers can get involved in several ways: donate filled backpacks (see details below), help with the event itself by offering to be a greeter, work the IBC booth or

The Back to School initiatives at IBC go beyond Supplies for Success. During the month of August, IBCers are invited to participate in a school sponsorship drive for both the Kutchi children in the Dalit caste of India, and impoverished children in Haiti. Once called “the untouchables,” the Dalits are the poorest, most marginalized people group of India, and for many Dalits, education is the only way out of poverty. The struggle for education and survival is ongoing for Haiti’s most vulnerable citizens: its children. For $30 a month, you can sponsor a child at one of the Dalit Education Centers in Kutch through the Dalit Freedom Network. Visit: http://tinyurl.com/86pt7g3  and choose Gujarat. Then choose Adhoi or Anterjal. Then choose boy or girl, then age range.  Haiti sponsorships are available through HIM (Hosean International Ministries). For $35 per month, you can provide a child’s food, uniform, tuition / teacher’s salaries, and some school supplies. Visit the Haiti/Dalit booth in Town Square July 29 or August 5 to get involved.

backpack with the following supplies and drop it off to the fountain in Town Square by August 12.

Fill a Backpack Please fill a new
Supply list

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1 backpack (no wheels) 3 folders with brads & pockets 1 one-subject spiral notebook 1 binder (1-2 inch) 1 pencil pouch or supply box 1 box 12-ct. colored pencils

… 1 pkg. of 12 #2 pencils or “husky” pencils … 1 pair of scissors … 2 glue sticks … 2 large erasers … 1 highlighter

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1 ruler 1 box 8-count washable markers 1 pkg. index cards 1 pkg. of wide-ruled paper

Jesse Brian grew up in a Christian family in Hyderabad, India. Although

through the various ministries (and the men’s meetings) has been tremendous,” says Jesse. “It wasn’t long before I understood the true nature of being a part of God’s kingdom.” On April 8, 2012, Jesse was baptized. His mother, who had been praying for her son for years, flew all the way from India to attend. “She just broke into tears when I told her I wanted to get baptized,” says Jesse. “She was ecstatic.” Jesse’s friends from Canada also came to witness his significant step of faith. “For me, baptism signified repentance of my sins and a commitment to live my life grateful to the sovereign grace of God. From now on, I am called to live a Christ- exemplary life — to strive towards that in every task in my daily endeavors.” If you are interested in being baptized at IBC, please contact Donna at doreilly@irvingbible.org. The next baptisms will be held Sunday, September 16. See “This Month” for details. Baptism service, septemBer 16 On September 16, IBC will conduct baptisms for those who have committed their lives to Christ. We will have two baptism celebrations immediately following the 10:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. services respectively. There is a mandatory class for those who wish to be baptized. See This Month for details, page 14.

raised by Christian parents (his father is a Pastor and evangelist), Jesse spent his childhood and young adulthood attending church strictly out of habit. His life’s goal was to make money and provide the kind of lifestyle for himself that he never had growing up. At the age of 20, a job opportunity took Jesse to different cities and countries where he often visited church. “I’d make it a point go to church every Sunday in whichever city or country I was in,” says Jesse, “But I didn’t understand its true meaning — I went purely for attendance.” In 2008, Jesse came to the U.S. and has been involved at IBC since 2009, where he began discovering his own authentic faith for the first time. “The growth I received in the Word

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High School

Our high school ministry is a place for students from all schools and all backgrounds to embark on a journey of discovering life the way Jesus described it. This simple goal drives everything we do. Here are some things planned for high school students each week this fall:

Students at IBC:

Dates for the Fridge Door

Student ministry at IBC is not just about the “things” we do, but about building relationships, growing deeper in our faith, and being the hands and feet of Jesus to our community. The IBC student ministry provides many activities and events for students in Middle School and High School — all kicking off in August and September. Mark your calendar for these exciting new ministry kickoff events for all our Sunday and midweek ministry offerings. Or, just tear out this page and post it on your refrigerator next to the pizza coupons.

Students have the opportunity to take part in grade-specific discussion groups every Sunday night directly following IBC’s 5 p.m. service. This is a time for students to come together with friends and adult leaders for worship and small group discussion. Students break into smaller gender-specific groups for more intimate discussion and prayer. Register at irvingbible.org/students. High School Life Groups meet in the Student Ministry area.

10:24 Groups are relationally driven small groups that help students grow in their love for Jesus. These groups were created for students who have a desire to go deeper in their faith. An adult leader who is encouraged and trained by the student ministry staff team leads each group. After students have registered for 10:24 groups, their leader will contact them to discuss dates, times and locations for their group. Sign-ups begin August 19 at irvingbible.org/students, and groups will begin meeting September 16. Cost: $20 (covers curriculum for 2012-2013).

SWAG (Student Worship and Gathering) is a mid-week worship opportunity for high school students. An engaging event complete with music led by a full band, large group teaching, and time for students to hang out with their friends, SWAG is a can’t-miss Wednesday night gathering. 6:45-8 p.m. in the Alcove.

Middle School

Middle School is a time of transition, a time to move from being a little kid to being a young adult. We want to come alongside students and parents during this transition and provide a place for students to feel safe and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Because our students have such a great time in Sunday evening small groups, IBC provides an additional time of worship for our middle school students who attend Sunday morning services. MERGE AM meets in the Alcove every Sunday from 10:45 a.m. to noon for praise and worship, teaching and discussion groups.

Students have the opportunity to take part in grade-specific discussion groups every Sunday night directly following IBC’s 5 p.m. service. This is a time for students to come together with friends and adult leaders for worship and small group discussion. Students break into smaller gender-specific groups for more intimate discussion and prayer. Please register online at irvingbible.org/students. Middle School Life Groups meet in the Commons.

10:24 Groups are relationally driven small groups that help students grow in their love for Jesus. These groups were created for students who have a desire to go deeper in their faith. An adult leader who is encouraged and trained by the student ministry staff team leads each group. After students have registered for 10:24 groups, their leader will contact them to discuss dates, times and locations for their group. Sign-ups begin August 19 at irvingbible.org/students. Cost: $20 (covers curriculum for 2012-2013).

Back to school lock In at Group Dynamix, September 28-29, cost is $20.00 fall Retreat, October 12-14 at Sky Ranch

For more info on these and other events for Students at IBC, visit irvingbible.org/students.

The “W” is an opportunity to connect with other middle school students and leaders in a safe, fun environment. Each week, we set aside time for games — ping pong, 4 square, basketball — and then gather for a discussion-based Bible study. We also examine different forms of media — radio, YouTube videos, movie and TV clips, and current news topics — and discuss them from a biblical perspective. Join us each week from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Student Ministry area.

Groups on Sunday
The Tree — 9 a.m. — West D 20s & 30s, Married and Young Families Join us as we grow together in faith and in our marriages. Crossroads 10:45 a.m. — High School Room 20s & 30s, Married Join us for group discussion and community. Journey 10:45 a.m. — Middle School Room All Welcome Join us as we study the book “Close Encounters of a Divine Kind.” on Track — 10:45 a.m. — West C Single Parents Join us as we discuss challenges in dealing with depression and mental illness. Renew 10:45 a.m. — Training Center Diverse, All Ages & Stages Join us for the study, “A Life Well Lived: A Study of Ecclesiastes.” Thrive — 10:45 a.m. — West D Singles in their 30s & 40s Join us as we start a new study, “Find Strength for Life’s Challenges.” Legacy Builders — 6:45 p.m. West A — All Welcome Join as we enjoy fellowship, prayer, and in-depth Bible teaching.

be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12. Middle School/High School class: Please contact Mary Ann Connor at (972) 560-4617 by September 9 to schedule a meeting with the Middle School and/or High School Pastor. Adults’ class: Sunday, September 9 at 9 a.m. in West C. A make-up class for adults is available on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in AZ16. Contact Donna O’Reilly at (972) 560-4600.
Baby Dedications — September 23 Registration runs Sept. 1–14 at irvingbible.org/babydedication. Space is limited, so if you have a preference of service times, please register early. Photos of children being dedicated should be sent to Donna at doreilly@irvingbible.org and received by Sept. 14. Hard copies are also acceptable.

understand and support individuals with serious mental disorders. Contact Buzz Moody at myrabuzz@ gmail.com. The Living Grace Group: For those who have mental illness. Contact Melissa Clark at melisser34@yahoo.com.
Griefshare Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. West C A caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Begins August 16. Kidzone is available with prior registration. To register contact Sharon at shararrington@ verizon.net. Shelter from the Storm A confidential small group that meets weekly for 16 weeks focused on seeing God in the middle of recovery and finding hope and healing from sexual abuse. New classes are forming now and space is limited. We offer groups for both teens and adults. Contact Michelle at shelterfromthestormibc@gmail. com or (214) 725-0898. Stephen Ministry at IBC A one-to-one caregiving ministry for people going through hard times on life’s journey. Stephen Ministers provide a listening ear and a caring presence for IBCers going through emotionally difficult times such as the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, illness, injury, divorce or other life events. If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, contact stephenministry@irvingbible.org.

First Watch Xtra Meets Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Training Center.

Visit irvingbible.org/men.


Local and Global
Laundry Love First Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Located at Amigo Laundromat, 3349 Country Club Dr. in Irving (just down from Sam Houston Middle School). Please join us as we provide free laundry cycles and detergent, strike up conversations and build relationships. For more info visit http://llpirving.org or contact info@llpirving.org.

New Parent Orientation: Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. in the Sr. High room. Orientation is not mandatory but strongly encouraged. We will explore what it means to dedicate your child and answer questions about parenting issues and our children’s ministry at IBC.
Alpha — Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Alpha will resume in September. Watch Chatter for more details. Contact Kym at kyeichner@irvingbible.org.


Events and Resources
Save The Date: Shop Talk, September 9 Creating and Maintaining Wise Boundaries.

Community Care Infants Through 5th Grade
MyZone Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Zone/Zone Jr. A mid-week event for kids that’s great for bringing friends. K-5 grade. Will resume September 12 Contact Beth at bhorn@irvingbible.org. Zone 6:30 Will resume September 11. Contact Beth at bhorn@irvingbible.org. See ad pg. 16. DivorceCare Registration begins August 13. Contact divorcecare@irvingbible.org. Recovery at IBC Thursdays, 6–8:30 p.m. West Wing Youth Lounge Do you deal with perfectionism, pride, overeating, inappropriate anger or control? Recovery is confidential and all are welcome. Join us for a light meal at 6 p.m. for just $4. Grace for the Wounded A confidential small group ministry that explores the wounds we have received and the healing journey God has prepared for us. Female group currently offered. Classes start in September. Contact Bernadette at (678) 860-4575 or txsojourner@att.net. NAMI Class Mondays, 6:30–9:30 p.m. West B Join us starting September 10 for our Family-to-Family class. Contact Joey at (972) 672-5896 or joey@netbreezeinc.com. Mental Health Support Every other Monday, 6:30 p.m. West A and C Family Grace Group: For family members, friends, and caregivers to


For Folks Ages 55+
Potluck Lunch and Fellowship August 19 Instead of our normal potluck, we will be going out to lunch. Please meet in the Haven, next to the Commons Annex after the 10:45 a.m. service.


Growing Together
Marriage at IBC kicks off September 9, 6:45 p.m. A small groupbased marriage series designed to help couples reconnect in the context of community. Visit marriage.irvingbible.org to register. KidZone is available by registration.

Contact bgroezinger@verizon.net.


Community and Resources
one Parent + Kids August 29, 6:30–8:15 p.m. Sign up today for One Parent + Kids, a 12-week course for single parents and their kids. See article pg. 11. Girl Stuff — Saturday, August 4 Join us from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Contact Marsha at mtribbett@irvingbible. org for more info. Guy Stuff Saturday, August 11 — The Alcove Join us from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Contact Marsha at mtribbett@ irvingbible.org for more info.

Events and Resources
Baptism Service Sunday, September 16 Registration runs Aug. 25 – Sept. 8 at irvingbible.org/baptism. See article, pg. 12.


Community and Resources
First Watch Kick-off BBQ August 28, 6:30 p.m. The Commons Join us for our 6th annual First Watch BBQ dinner and hear Sujo John speak on “Buried, but not lost at Ground Zero,” his account of 9/11. See ad pg. 16. Save the Date: First Watch will resume Sept. 7.

Mandatory Classes: Children’s class: Sunday, September 9 at 5 p.m. in the Training Center (located adjacent to The Tubes in the Town Square). A parent is required to attend with his or her child. A children’s make-up class will

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Sit with us on Sunday! Several single-parent families enjoy worshiping together in the 9 a.m. service. Join us in the lowest righthand section, Rows 5 & 6, facing the stage.


Community and Resources
#LoL@IBC — Thursday, August 30 6:30–8:30 p.m. Lots of chocolate. Outrageous comedy. Ladies connecting. See ad pg. 16. Register Now: Women’s Bible Study — September 11 Join us for “Restoration Heartware”, a 10-week study on the book of Nehemiah. Sign up today at women. irvingbible.org. See article pg. 10. Square one August 2 – September 6 — CZ 4 Square One is a place for first-time moms to connect with one another for support and encouragement. Babies may attend with their moms (up to 6 months).


FREE Citizenship Class Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. — IBC For those at least 18 years old who have been issued a Permanent Resident Card. We’ll guide you through the N-400 paperwork and prepare you for the main components of the new citizenship test. Contact Michael at 2435citizenship@irvingbible.org. IBC Career Transition Ministry Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Want to find a job? Come learn how to craft a rock-solid resume, use the Internet and LinkedIn to network, and ace the interview. For more info, contact Anna Heil at aheil@ irvingbible.org.

Stitches of Faith Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. The Mo area Join as we crochet and knit. Contact Myrna Vick at myrnavick@verizon.net. IBC Crop Night Friday, August 3, 5–10 p.m. Commons Annex Bring your pictures, albums, tools, and let’s crop. Paper crafters and digital scrappers also welcome. Contact Nikki at nikkiscraps@ verizon.net. IBC Saturday Crop August 4, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. The Commons Annex Join us for this free, all-day cropping event. There will be plenty of room to scrap, crop, trim, stamp, organize, etc. Everyone welcome. Contact Nikki at nikkiscraps@verizon.net. IBC Fall Softball, Men’s and Co-ed. Now forming teams. Contact Kurt Heinemann at kurtheine76@yahoo. com or (972) 765-9912. Lost and Found Have you lost something at IBC? Contact Samara at samara.russ@ gmail.com during the week or ask at the Information Desk on Sunday.

Community and Resources
Register for Small Groups! Register before August 19 at irvingbible.org/smallgroups. Groups will begin meeting September 9. Contact Ryan Sanders at rsanders@ irvingbible.org. See article pg. 8.

Visit 2435kinwest.org.


Community and Resources
Special Needs Support Group for Parents Coming this fall. Watch Chatter for details. In His Image Bible Study Wednesdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m. — AZ15 A small group for adults (18+) with special needs. Respite Care Every Fourth Saturday For families that have children with special needs. SonShine Pals and Room Our SonShine Rooms are available during the 10:45 a.m. service for children with special needs. SonShine Pals may also be available.

Visit irvingbible.org/women.

A Little Bit of Everything
Financial Peace University Sundays, 9 p.m. Registration begins August 23, class begins September 23. See ad pg. 17. Contact fpu@irvingbible.org. NICHE (North Irving Christian Home Educators) — Monday, August 27, 7–9 p.m. — The Alcove 2012–2013 kick-off meeting and field trip sign-ups. Please bring checks for sign-ups and prepaid events. Contact texasniche06@gmail. com or visit www.texasniche.com.

20s and Early 30s
The Gathering Resumes August 16 at 7 p.m. Join us as we look at the life of Nehemiah and talk about how we can change the world. See ad pg. 17. Weekly Groups Many young adults (marrieds, singles and mixed) meet in smaller groups during the week and Sunday evenings to connect in community and grow in Christ. If you are interested in learning more, contact youngadults@irvingbible.org. Sundays at the Mo Sundays, 10 a.m. The Mosiac Café Join us for some conversation and light breakfast before the 10:45 a.m. service.

Contact specialneeds@irvingbible.org.


Middle/High School and College
Middle School Sundays MERGE AM — Meets in the Alcove, 10:45 a.m.–12:05 p.m. Kicks off August 19.

Newcomer Gathering
If you are new to IBC, we invite you to attend Newcomer Gathering, a quarterly meeting held Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Learn more about who we are, what we believe and how to get plugged in. Meet Pastor Andy and other church leadership, ask questions, and get to know other newcomers in a relaxed, informal environment.


Wednesday Nights at IBC
Vox Humana Choir Wednesdays, 6:30–8:10 p.m. IBC Worship Center Kicks off September 12. The choral community of IBC is always looking for new singers of all levels — beginner or pro. Everyone is welcome and you can join at any time! No auditions necessary. Contact Crystal at celwell@irvingbible.org. ESL: English as a Second Language Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. AZ14 & 15 Do you want to learn English? Improve your English? Come practice all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. For more info, contact Corey at 2435esl@irvingbible.org.

Life Groups meet in the Commons, 6:45–8 p.m. Kicks off August 19.
Middle School Wednesdays The “W” — Meets in the Student Ministry area, 6:30–8 p.m. Kicks off August 29. High School Sundays Life Groups kick off August 19. Meets in the Student Ministry area, 6:45–8 p.m. High School Wednesdays SWAG (Students Worship and Gathering) — Meets in the Alcove, 6:30–8 p.m. Kicks of August 29. IBC College Ministry Meets Sundays at 6:45–8 p.m. Meets in the MO.

Date: August 23 Time: 6:30–8 p.m. Location: The Zone A light dinner will be served. Register: Visit irvingbible.org/ newcomergathering. For more info, contact Sherri Sharp at ssharp@irvingbible.org or (972) 560-4614.

See article, pg. 13. Contact mconnor@irvingbible.org.

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Zone 6:30
Kicks off September 11
Zone 6:30 is a great way for your elementary-age child to grow deeper in their spiritual walk. We are now offering a new small group Bible study called “The Journey,” a dynamic curriculum designed to meet your child right where they are in their relationship with Christ. Sign up for Zone 6:30 and help your child take the next step in their faith journey this fall, and prepare them for a life-long love of Scripture. Who: Kindergarten–5th grade Where: the Zone Cost: $25 per child to cover the cost of the study guide, t-shirt, and various activities throughout the year. Contact Beth at bhorn@irvingbible.org for more info.

Lots of chocolate.Outrageous comedy. Ladies connecting.
A can’t-miss ministry kick-off event for Women at IBC!
When: Thursday, August 30, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Featuring: Guest Comedian Amy Barnes Where: The Commons Cost: Free No registration required, but children must be registered in advance by contacting Kidzone@irvingbible.org.


First Watch 2012 Kickoff BBQ
August 28, 6:30 p.m.
The Commons Free

Speaker: Sujo John on “Buried but not Lost at Ground Zero”
Six months before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade towers, Sujo had moved from India seeking adventure and prosperity in the United States. Sujo worked on the 81st floor of the North Tower, and his then-pregnant wife Mary worked on the 71st floor of the South Tower. By the grace of God, they both survived to give their accounts of the horrific events from that day. The author of ”Do You Know Where You Are Going?”, Sujo has been featured in “Christianity Today,” “The New York Times,” and other publications, as well as on the BBC, “The 700 Club,” I Am Second, a Billy Graham Special, and other media outlets.

Dinner is free, but all donation proceeds benefit New Friends New Life. No registration required. Contact Kym with questions at kyeichner@irvingbible.org.

Save the Date: Propel is coming!

Is it really possible for me to change the world?
Throughout history, people have been called “crazy” because of their dreams to change the world. Albert Einstein. The Wright Brothers. Martin Luther King. The list goes on and on. But over time, the world discovered that these people weren’t crazy at all, just courageous.
As we kick off a new year of The Gathering for Young Adults at IBC, we will be looking at the life of Nehemiah, a courageous man whose heart was crushed for the things that crush God’s heart. As a result, God used him to do something, well, crazy. And not only were broken walls rebuilt, but broken lives, too.

Discover where you fit at IBC. Mark your calendar for September 9–30. Registration is open at irvingbible.org. Contact Sherri at ssharp@irvingbible.org or (972) 560-4614 for more info.

What could the people of god do for the Kingdom if they were completely debt-free?
What could you do?

The Gathering
August 16, 7 p.m. in The Alcove Free dinner available New Series: Nehemiah (4 weeks) For more info, visit irvingbible.org/youngadults.

finanCial PeaCe UniveRsity (FPU) is a 9-week program that empowers you to make the right money decisions and experience a total money makeover. Led by Dave Ramsey, FPU takes the head knowledge from his books and radio show and turns it into real action. The course has been a life-changing experience for over 350,000 families already. FPU is for everyone — from the financially secure to the financially distressed.

RegistRation: Registration opens August 23 at irvingbible.org/fpu. Class begins September 23. Cost: The one-time, lifetime cost is $99 per FPU kit per family. Scholarships are not available at this time. infoRmation: Visit irvingbible.org/fpu or contact fpu@irvingbible.org. KidZone is available by registration at irvingbible.org/kidzone.

First Worship Service: 9 a.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages) The Tree (young marrieds and families), West D

my time, talents & Skills
Respite Care Volunteers By giving a few hours of your time to do crafts, play games, and spend time with special needs children, you give their parents a few hours for themselves. Every fourth Saturday evening. Contact Shannon at specialneeds@irvingbible.org. SonShine Volunteers A SonShine Pal helps a child with special needs participate in ministry with their peers. Commitment: weekly or bi-weekly, all services available. Our SonShine rooms are available during the 10:45 a.m. service for children who need more individual attention. Commitment: anywhere from once a month to weekly. Contact Shannon at specialneeds@irvingbible.org. Meals for New Friends, New Life IBC has the privilege of providing a meal once a month to the women and children of NFNL. Contact Christine at newfriendsnewlife@irvingbible.org. Laundry Love Volunteers Volunteers needed to provide free laundry cycles and detergent, strike up conversations and build relationships at Amigo Laundromat in Irving. For more info, contact info@llpirving.org. Mentor Kids in Single-Parent Families Men mentor a boy, and women mentor a girl from a single-parent family. All it takes is a little time and a big heart. Contact Marsha at mtribbett@irvingible.org. Kids’ Night Out Volunteer Kids’ Night Out, a ministry for single-parent families, is designed to give parents a much needed evening to themselves. Contact Jennifer at jerlenbusch@irvingbible.org.

Second Worship Service: 10:45 a.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages) Crossroads (mid 20s-30s couples), High School Room On Track (single parents), West C Journey (all welcome), Middle School Room Renew (multi-generational), Training Center Thrive (30s & 40s singles), West D

my Resources
Laundry Soap and Dryer Sheets Laundry Love is collecting laundry soap and dryer sheets for their monthly events in Irving. Please bring these to the Laundry Love box in the donation area by the Training Center. For more info visit http://llpirving.org or contact info@llpirving.org. Cars for Missionary Families Do you have an extra car to loan a missionary family on furlough? Contact Missions at aheil@irvingbible.org. Online Giving Option If you would find it more convenient to donate to Irving Bible Church online, visit irvingbible.org/give.

Third Worship Service: 5 p.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages)

Community Dinner: 6 p.m. Community Events: 6:45 p.m.
Legacy Builders (all welcome), West A Middle School, The Commons High School, Student Ministries Area

Each Sunday in the Town Square at 6 p.m. Cost is $3/meal or $10 max./family. 8/5 8/12 8/19 8/26 Pizza, salad bar. Fajita Madness, salad bar. All American Burgers and brats, salad bar. Giant baked potatoes with all the fixings, salad bar.

If you’d like to serve on a Sunday night meal team, contact Pat at sundaynightmeal@irvingbible.org.

interested in learning more about iBc’s budget for 2012 or other financial nuts and bolts? Visit irvingbible.org/budget.

Each Wednesday night from 5–6:20 p.m. in The Commons. Cost is $3/meal or $10 max./family. 8/1 8/8 8/15 8/22 8/29 Loaded baked potatoes, salad, dessert. Burgers, tater tots, baked beans, salad, dessert. Lasagna, salad, bread sticks, dessert. Sloppy Joes, cole slaw, pickles, dessert. Pizza, breadsticks, dessert.

new to iBC?
Information Center

We’re so glad you’re here. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin, but we want to make the process of connecting and feeling at home as easy as possible. Here are some ways to start. The Information Center is a great place to get your questions answered, find help and encouragement for your personal journey, or just have a cup of coffee and settle in. Our team of volunteers would be happy to help you, and our goal is to make you feel at home. The Information Center is open every Sunday after all three worship services. The Newcomer Gathering is an informal get-together for those new to IBC and/or those wanting to learn more about who we are, what we believe and how to get plugged in. Meet other newcomers, ministry leaders and elders. Can’t seem to figure out what IBC is all about or how you fit into the larger picture? Want free breakfast every Sunday for four weeks? Propel is designed to help you figure out how to best plug in to IBC’s culture and calling. We’ll talk about what it means to grow in Christ, connect in community and join the mission — and what that might look like for you. You’ll also learn more about membership at IBC. Small groups exist to cultivate deep relationships that advance the kingdom of God in dark places — dark places in our world, in our relationships and in our hearts. We do this in the context of sermon-based Bible studies that meet in homes. Groups comprise 12 people or fewer and are formed by leaders who have completed small group leader training. To sign up for a group or get more info, contact Ryan Sanders at rsanders@irvingbible.org.

Have questions? We’re here to help.

All August meals are hosted by Mike Gwartney’s Team.

Changes to the menu may be made depending on cost and availability and Bob Downey’s whim. If you’d like to serve on a Wednesday night meal team, please contact bdowney@irvingbible.org.

Newcomer Gathering
Learn more about IBC and meet others like you.

Summer Hours Monday & Tuesday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. & 3–7 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday & Saturday: Sunday: 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 4–7 p.m. Phone: (972) 443-3323 August drink special (available weekdays): Rootbeer Float

Ready to get plugged in?


Connect with others on the journey.

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hoo! That’s right, it’s time to head to the mall and literally gear up for another fun-filled year of reviewing what you learned last year along with a few new bits to help you pass whatever standardized tests The Man has come up with this go-round. And if you’re an upstanding young Christian guy or gal who attends public school, well, it’s also time to gear up for another nine months of guerrilla gospelizationizing. Because, if you hadn’t noticed, the song has changed to “school days, school days, don’t you dare talk about the Golden Rule, you zealot, days.” And if you don’t know what song I’m talking about, ask your Grammy. She has Jay-Z’s version in her iTunes. Because Grammy’s old school, yo. Back in the good old days of the 1980s, a kid could (according to a talking giraffe) be a kid. A kid could also be a child of God and not have to worry about landing in Principal Rooney’s office for being too much of a righteous dude. But I see I’m making pop culture references you don’t get. Let me rephrase. You used to be able to invite your friends to an all-night Bible study slash dodgeball tournament without fear of Wendy the Wiccan narcing on you to the school board for allegedly oppressing her rights to wear shawls while hanging out in trees. Yes, even deep in the left atrium of Texas it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be open about one’s faith without being labeled as anti-Glee. Fortunately, there are still many ways to spread the Word whilst skirting the wrath of your Captain Planet-loving social studies teacher. Some of which actually work. Change your name to Jehovah Yes, there are Christians and Christines dotting the Sunday school rolls from here to Guam (military brats). But, like Christmas, people often miss the Christ-ness in those names. Not so with Jehovah. But, please, as tempting as it may be, do not start a band called Jehovah and the Witnesses. Unless you totally rock. Hard. Get a heavenly haircut If YouTube is to be believed, and I see no reason why it shouldn’t be, you kids love carving things into your coifs. Sports team logos, jersey numbers, equations proving that the Higgs boson exists. The usual teenage stuff. So the next time you’re getting that bust of LeBron touched up along your temple, ask the barber to modify it just a bit. Because why show off King James when your shorn locks can offer up the visage of James the Apostle? Why, indeed. Drink holy water Do you take bottles of water or reusable beverage containers to school? Do you own a printer or Sharpie? Then you, too, can rechristen your agua as 100% Inorganic Immaculate Holy Water with a new label or delightful logo design. Because sometimes a little subtlety can go a long way. Unless you toss said holy water onto “Twilight” fans in the name of “Team Jesus.” But whatever works. how would Jesus Answer? When confronted with a query, respond in such a way as to incorporate Christ. For example, if someone asks how you are, reply, “It is well with my soul.” If the teacher calls upon you to describe Stonehenge for the class say, “Stonehenge was probably built by Druids who roamed the earth in spiritual darkness and didn’t know whom to curse when one of those

Public School Prosthelytizing

Hey, hey, kids! Do you know what time it is? Back-to-school time! Woo-

big rocks smashed their pinky toes.” No doubt your teacher will be impressed with your correct usage of “whom.” literally call upon the name of the lord Steve Jobs may have been a Buddhist, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your iPhone to serve the living God. Change your ringtones and alerts to declare spiritual truths every time one of your peeps punches your digits or shoots you a text. It could be as simple as a Billy Graham-intoned “amen,” or as raucous as whatever is passing for cutting edge these days in the world of Christian rock. I assume it’s not still Carman. Will doing any of the above turn you into a modern day John the Baptist? No. Because I don’t think you’re allowed to wear camel skins and bring locusts for lunch due to some PETA-related harassment. But it will make you a fool. A fool for Christ. Which is infinitely and eternally better than chilling in an oak tree trying to get Harry Potter spells to work. Again.

Jason Fox is addicted to GothsUpTrees.net.
Jason is a freelance creative director, copywriter and columnist who offends the prevailing culture at jasonfox.net. His first book, “leeclowsbeard” (based on his popular Twitter feed of the same name), is available now.

Steve Jobs’ was only paid $1 as the CEO of Apple, but his net worth was estimated at $8.3 billion.

Geoffrey the Giraffe of Toys “R” Us fame, was originally named “Dr. G. Raffe.” He was not, however, a rapper. And his net worth is highly disputed.

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Chatter loves Machu Picchu and was elated when Smitty and Bridget Smith took him along as they honeymooned hiking the Inca trail through the Peruvian Andes.

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