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“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Eph. 5:14). Paul knew, as we do, that darkness distracts. (Or maybe we’re too distracted to notice.) Darkness lulls us to sleep. Darkness sucks us in before we know it, and it wants 100% of our attention. Self-interest and ambition define the darkness, and they elongate the image we think we are casting on the world, distorting our true proportions and our actual capabilities. We start operating from a flawed schematic, from an overblown sense of self and power, a habit of foolish independence that comes all too naturally and all too often. Pretty soon we start veering too far — into treacherous territory. But hey! The light source is available and brilliant if we will only wake to see it. The alarm clock screams for us to leave behind the dark dream. The rooster crows to startle us out of self-involvement. If a five-year-old needs to be reminded to WAKE UP and avoid the SHADOW, then so do we. Living in the light of Christ means turning away from our self-fascination and daily obsessions towards Jesus himself. Only in this position can we understand the extremes of our existence: both our finite measurements and our infinite value, both our shocking weakness and our atomic worth. Living in the light means living in reality, in all its terrible beauty. But reality is better. It’s a much more scenic, interesting way to live, full of valleys, hills, grass, gravel. Reality is contour, color. It’s other people and the road we share. Reality is dangerous too, but at least it’s in correct proportion. So don’t get sucked in by your own shadow. It’s fruitless. It’s not the thing itself, just the inverse of light, and light is what we are really after. But someday (hopefully someday soon!) the noonday sun will stay at its zenith and obliterate our shadows forever. Someday. But the road, the trees, the people — these things will persist. And I want to live in the habit of enjoying them now.
The other day our preschool son Drew was riding his bike with us on a walk. He teetered back and forth as the training wheels traded off bearing the load. Faster and stronger with every pedal, Drew’s whole body seemed to straighten and propel itself forward with growing intensity and purpose. He suddenly looked more like a grown boy, less like a baby, yet still so fragile and fledgling as his neck strained against the weight of the bike helmet. Then he caught sight of his shadow.
Shadows are funny. They make small things seem big, including very small (sometimes difficult) people. The late afternoon sun was casting its warm brilliance against Drew’s spindly body, producing an ever-lengthening shadow that might as well have belonged to a teenager or even a grown man. At some point in the walk, Drew caught sight of it and was empowered. With every pump of his legs, his shadow seemed stronger, more powerful and more impressive; it was as if he was creating this image of strength and power by sheer force of will — a projection of the invincible superhero Drew imagines himself to be in his most elaborate fantasies. “This is me! This is what I am like! Look at me go!” After a while, he couldn’t stop staring. He started veering. A little too far to the right (too close to the gutter!), a little too far to the left (watch out for the car!), a little more wobbly and uncertain despite his wellworn training wheels. Now our walk was becoming stressful, focused more on shadowmanagement than family togetherness or bicycling skills. “Look straight ahead!” we called. We finally told him to stop and wait for us to catch up because things were getting out of control… and dangerous. In Ephesians 5, Paul is challenging his readers to live a life worthy of Christ, to live “as children of the light” and to have nothing to do with “the fruitless deeds of darkness.” He quotes a mysterious hymn that his readers probably knew and sung, which went:
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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 life transformation through Jesus Christ. We engage this journey by 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: Women’s Retreat
Women at IBC hosted a weekend of relaxation, laughter, and time with friends and special guest Nicole Unice at Camp Copass in Denton.
Photo Update: Townsell Assembly
Over 900 kids at Townsell Elementary School attended a special assembly hosted by Children at IBC where they learned about the school’s character trait for the year, Honesty. Each class received a box of books provided by the IBC book drive this past February.
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Stephen Minister Sara Taylor interviews Micki and Nancy, a care-receiver/caregiver team that has fostered friendship, encouragement and hope.
Sara (left) inverviews Micki (center) and Nancy (right) about their experience with Stephen Ministry.
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“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish…compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” – Henry Nouwen
Micki began attending Irving Bible Church 12 years ago. On the surface, her life seemed completely normal and even enviable: married with kids, involved in church. However, under the surface, trouble was brewing. As Micki and her husband sought the Lord’s help in their marriage, she couldn’t help but think that something just wasn’t right. “One of us or both of us was still not doing what God wanted us to do,” remembers Micki.
Not only did Micki see and experience the love of Christ through Nancy, but Nancy came face-to-face with the love of Christ through Micki. “He just flattened me out. He just connected me with her, and it was both of us at his feet. As she got blessed, I got blessed. As he washed over me, he would wash over her, and when her heart would ache, my heart would ache. I got to be in on all the blessings that he was giving her.” Nothing about Micki’s journey has been easy, and her journey is not over yet. The days are still hard, but the presence of God sustains her. She knows that she is not alone and that there are many others who walk the IBC halls each week experiencing pain. Her advice to those people is clear: “Never give up. It doesn’t matter where you are.” What is Micki’s perspective of Stephen Ministers in general? “They are not going to judge you. They are going to love you. It is the sense of knowing that someone has got your back. They are going to literally be Jesus’ hands and feet to love you and hold you.” She is quick to add that the “fixing” comes only from God and from a willingness to see change and healing come. “You have to want to be fixed by his voice through them. When you no longer have the strength, Stephen Ministers are there to hold you up and cheer you on.” Micki adds that Nancy is “the greatest blessing that IBC has given me. She has seen me through probably the darkest time in my life.” And Nancy’s perspective of Stephen Ministry? “Don’t consider being a Stephen Minister unless you really want to be blessed.” Simple enough. Compassion calls us to “full immersion,” as Henri Nouwen wrote. When the waves crashed down on Micki, Nancy jumped in the water to make sure she never lost sight of the God who loves her. This is what Stephen Ministry is all about — providing a context for compassion that blesses both caregiver and care-receiver. Sara Taylor loves listening to Feist on roller coasters.
Sara serves as a Stephen Minister and also leads Square One, an IBC ministry for first-time moms.
Fast-forward to today where everything is painfully clear. After losing his job, Micki’s husband began walking a very obvious path of destruction in his life. Little did she know that he had been covering up years of infidelity. She stuck by his side and tried again to make things work, but ultimately he found himself headed to prison. Micki was now abandoned with four children and lots of bills. With no other means of support, she started a business and began taking control of her family. Predictably, she hit rock-bottom. “I just got into this really bad place,” Micki says, and then admits she had become so desperate that her children were the only ones keeping her alive. Irving Bible Church cared for Micki in many ways as she began providing for her family. This included introducing her to Nancy. Nancy was a Stephen Minister. In his book “Simply Christian,” N.T. Wright says that when “God is going to work within his world, he wants to work through his image-bearing human creatures.” In theory this idea is beautiful. In real life, it is messy, requiring risk and commitment. That’s where Stephen Ministry at IBC comes in. According to the national Stephen Ministry web site, “Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties.” Such a simple definition for such a weighty job. When Nancy first met Micki, she could feel that weight. “I was thankful that it had been pounded into me: ‘You don’t fix it!’” says Nancy. “You keep reminding her of who the healer is, who the provider is, who the fixer is, and that is your job. You just keep taking her to the throne.” So Nancy listened to Micki. She listened each and every week as Micki came in with tales of financial distress and family trouble. “We would pray,” says Nancy. “And my spirit was striving with her spirit. It was a spiritual battle. There was so much spiritually at stake here: her four kids, her precious life. It was, and still is, a spiritual battle.” Micki had exhausted almost every resource that Irving Bible Church had to offer her at the time that she met Nancy. While Micki received financial help and food, Nancy was there to care for her emotionally and spiritually. Says Micki, “We talked about work. We talked about kids. It was just living life together. I was allowed to be real.” That authenticity helped Micki along the path of healing as Nancy became a safe place to unload all that had been going on in her heart and mind. The relationship became a welcome refuge that even Micki’s children could see. “My kids would ask, ‘When do you meet with Nancy again?’” says Micki. But how was this relationship actually changing Micki’s life? Her circumstances were not any different, after all. According to Micki, “Nancy was a voice of reason for me. When that wave would crash down on me, I would lose focus on God’s intentions. Nancy helped me keep that vision.” Simply put, Nancy helped Micki remember that God was still with her; something Micki needed more than anything.
Special thanks to Micki Raper for sharing her story with Chatter. Stephen Ministry relationships are usually confidential. For more information about Stephen Ministry, see This Month, pg. 14.
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.” – Colossians 3:12
“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.” – Psalm 34:18
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Propel Opens Doors
Lynda Reynolds is a door opener. Of course, there is usually a key required for most doors, so Lynda is also a keeper of the keys. In fact, her key chain holds so many keys she sometimes can’t find the right key for the right door.
“I would shop for all the food, set up the room, and make sure all the materials were passed out for the class,” Lynda says. “I especially enjoyed the welcoming!” Soon after, another opportunity came up for Lynda. The Greenstreet Ministry (visitor follow-up team at IBC) needed help processing the welcome cards. Lynda was responsible for taking all the cards from each Sunday and then deciding which ministry group needed to follow up with the visitor. She also contacted many of the visitors herself to welcome them and see what questions they might have. “That’s when I really started opening doors,” Lynda recalls. “It was a great opportunity for me to interact with visitors as well as the church staff.” After several months of helping with Propel and working with Greenstreet, Lynda found herself in a situation she had not been in for some time: she needed a job. Lynda had been a stay-at-home mom when her children were young and hadn’t been in the workforce for years. Thinking she might not be able to continue her volunteer efforts with Greenstreet, she approached Sherri and told her the situation. It was time for another door to be opened. Sherri knew that IBC hosts many events, and told Lynda about the possibility of a position as an event coordinator. Lynda admits she was elated but could feel the doubt creeping in as well. “I really didn’t have that type of experience, but then I remembered what I had learned about myself during Propel,” explains Lynda. “It was true I didn’t have paid experience as an event planner, but I had planned many events when my children were in school: tennis banquets, Project Graduation events and many others. So I felt confident I could handle this.” Lynda went through a series of interviews with several IBC staffers and was offered the job. “I always knew God would provide, I just wasn’t sure how,” said Lynda. “I couldn’t believe how fast everything fell into place and how God was going to use me.” Now, Lynda really does open the doors at IBC as the part-time Outside Events Coordinator. Her first big event was Planet Wisdom. “It was so amazing to see students from so many places, and make them feel welcome the minute they walk into our doors.” And while Lynda may still be figuring out where all those keys fit, you can be sure that whoever walks into IBC’s doors will be warmly welcomed by a gracious servant with a warm heart. Peggy Norton’s favorite word is “perspective.” (Chatter’s is “Agamemnon.” Or maybe “effluvia.” Or possibly “tapioca.”)
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.
How did Lynda become a keeper of the keys and an opener of doors? For her, it all started when she opened the door to Propel. Lynda started coming to IBC a few years ago, and as many of us do, she felt small in such a big church. She was looking for a way to get involved. It was while attending the Newcomer Gathering that Lynda first heard about Propel. “I was looking for community and a way to serve, and Propel helped me find that and more,” explains Lynda. “Not only did I learn about all the different ministries IBC has to offer, but I learned a lot about myself.” One of the things people do as part of Propel is come up with their own personal mission statement. “Doing that really helped me think about my priorities and where my heart was,” says Lynda. “It helps you think about what’s holding you back, what’s preventing you from joining the mission.” Lynda remembers when IBC teaching pastor Barry Jones talked to the group about one of the weeks’ topics, Joining the Mission. Barry said the Holy Spirit makes us more like Jesus; that in community, we learn to live the way Jesus lived, love the way Jesus loved, and serve the way Jesus served. We are to give ourselves away for the glory of God and the good of others. It’s the goal and the means; we are formed to serve and formed by serving. “I love that!” Lynda exclaims. At the end of the four-week class, Lynda knew the Holy Spirit was prompting her to serve, and she was ready. Lynda has the gift of hospitality and enjoys planning events, so it wasn’t long before Sherri Sharp, Director of Community Life, recognized Lynda’s strengths and put her to work — first helping with the Newcomer Gathering and then with the Propel classes themselves.
Want to find your place at IBC?
Propel is an experience designed to help you figure out how you can best plug into IBC’s culture and calling, whether you’ve been at IBC for 20 minutes or 20 years. 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. When: April 14 – May 5 (each Sunday for four weeks), 10:45 a.m. Where: West A Register: irvingbible.org/connect Information: Sherri at firstname.lastname@example.org
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In this edition of Who’s Chatter, we’re going old school — or, young school, like middle school and high school — to showcase our younger readers. And nothing says “Chatter fan” more than paper mustache props and cutouts of your youth pastors’ faces. #Creeptastic!
Are you a high school or middle school student? Check out page 16 for info about the upcoming beach camps and SWAG’s new series for high schoolers on Sex, Love, and God.
Lead Team, Communications and Small Groups I am often struck by the absurdity of the Christian message. I think those of us who have been around church since childhood are especially prone to lose sight of how outlandish the Bible is. I mean, really — an invisible, all-powerful being? A boat that held every species on the planet? A virgin birth? Resurrection from the dead? Creation ex nihilo? These things are impossible. They don’t happen. They break every law of physics and common sense. Anyone who has lived on planet Earth very long knows that virgins don’t have babies and dead people stay dead. But there’s a reason reasonable people believe the unreasonable. It’s because the unreasonable has happened before. Doctor Luke knew that dead people stay dead, and yet he reported that there was One who didn’t. So did a tax collector, a couple of fishermen, and a whole bunch of other people who had nothing to gain and everything to lose by testifying to the truth of the resurrection. For me, the resurrection is the lynchpin that holds all our crazy beliefs together. And because the resurrection is true — because He is alive — it’s suddenly reasonable for us to throw our lives away on a crazy idea like the church, to spend ourselves on behalf of the gospel and the shalom of God, to “whisper into the tsunami” as Michael Frost says. The resurrection is what brings meaning from suffering, beauty from pain, and joy from grief. It’s the one event in human history that has the power to turn the world upside down…to change everything. Lead Team, Worship Experience Pastor When I was three years old, I went missing. My mother called the neighbors frantically asking each of them if they had seen me. To her relief, they all had. I had put on my nightgown (presumably because I thought it made me look more godly), grabbed my small white Bible, and was going door to door telling people that Jesus had risen from the grave. I feel exactly the same way typing this now as I did then. Jesus’ death was how he paid the price, but his rising from the grave was the victory dance! The moment when once and for all, and forever, death was defeated. It’s why I can be with my father in heaven eternally and why I can call him my Father, and why he can call me his child. It’s not theologically deep, maybe, or filled with big words or philosophical sentiment. But it is what started my faith story and it is the victory I continue to proclaim, maybe not door-to-door anymore (and certainly not in my nightgown!) but with love and boldness and joy. Join us Sundays through May as we explore how the resurrection of Jesus really does change everything for our lives and for the world. Sunday service times: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 5 p.m. For Sunday video and audio, visit irvingbible.org/media.
It’s Easter Season, and that means the contemplation of Lent is behind us and the reality of Christ’s Resurrection is before us. But what does the resurrection of Jesus really imply? We asked some IBC pastors how the resurrection changes everything for them personally and for their ministry.
Lead Team, Men’s Pastor A common saying states that only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. But through his resurrection from the dead, Jesus makes the “certainty” of death forever uncertain. This means that because Jesus defeated death, I can face normally hopeless circumstances with the knowledge that what seems inevitable may not necessarily be so. His resurrection gives me hope in the face of discouragement, bad reports, impossible odds, and unmanageable situations. Because Jesus is alive, I can rejoice in the uncertainty of what had always been so sadly certain. (However, I’m pretty certain I still have to pay taxes!)
Lead Team Pastor Jesus’ resurrection changes everything for me. Everything. It changes how I handle those tearfilled conversations with friends and families that are going through terrible times of loss, conflict, sickness, and pain. It changes how I talk with that friend that cannot understand how God allowed evil into this world. It changes how we lead this Church, and it fuels our desire to share Jesus and his resurrection with all of our community. It changes our desire from wanting this church to be just a hang-out spot to wanting it to be an open door where anyone and everyone can hear about Jesus’ great love for us. But mostly, Jesus’ resurrection has forever changed me. When I am at my worst — struggling with fear, sadness, hurt, or loneliness — knowing that Jesus really died for me and was resurrected on the third day gives me a hope that transcends these moments.
Baby Dedication Quiz
See if you can guess who wasn’t dedicated as a baby
Actually, it’s more about you. And us. Dedicating your children at IBC is more about committing yourself as a parent to raising your child in a home that honors God and seeks to grow closer to Christ. Baby Dedication is also about the body of IBC pledging to be a source of support and encouragement for your family as you embark on this brave new endeavor. If you would like to dedicate your children and yourselves to the Lord in an upcoming Sunday service, mark your calendars for Mother's Day, May 12. Please consider attending a non-mandatory class on May 5 where we will discuss the role of Children at IBC in your family’s journey. Registration runs April 19–May 3. See This Month, pg. 14 for details. Contact Donna to register at email@example.com.
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Featuring a panel of middle and high school students.
April 28, 6:45–8 p.m. in The Alcove
a) dedicated b) dedicated c) undedicated d) unable to determine e) undedicated f) undedicated
“You never listen to me.” “I wish you were more attentive to what’s going on in my life.” “I wish you knew that I’m hurting.” “I need you to be more present.” Shop Talk invites you to a special panel discussion with middle and high school students on the things they wish their parents understood about their lives. A student moderator will lead the discussion between two middle schoolers and three high schoolers in what is sure to be an honest, open, eyeopening glimpse into the hearts of our older kids.
Students, this is for you, too. In lieu of Life Groups at 6:45 p.m., we encourage What is your student trying to tell YOU?
you to invite your parents to attend the discussion with you. Don’t miss a chance to get real with your mom or dad about the things you sometimes feel but don’t know how to say. All other middle and high school students will meet together in the Commons instead of regular small groups. Please contact Mary Ann with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups on Sunday
There’s always something new going on in Bible Communities! Here’s a taste of what’s happening this month:
Synergy — 9 a.m. — Middle School Room Couples in their 40s & 50s If you desire to dive into Scripture and deepen your faith, this class is for you. Come join us. The Tree 9 a.m. — West D 20s & 30s, married and young families We are a community for young marrieds/young families who are looking to grow together in faith and marriage. Crossroads — 10:45 a.m. High School Room Married late 20s and 30s Join us as we use teaching topics to facilitate group discussion. The goal is deepening relationships with Christ and in community with one another. Journey 10:45 a.m. — Middle School Room All Welcome We have an informal and relaxed format centered on Bible-oriented lessons, followed by table discussions and prayer. On Track — 10:45 a.m. — West C Single Parents If you are a single parent or a blended family, we would love for you to join us for Bible study, prayer and fellowship. Thrive 10:45 a.m. — West D Singles in their 30s & 40s We are a group devoted to developing deep friendships and expressing the truth and love of Jesus. Renew 10:45 a.m. — Training Center Diverse, All Ages and Stages Join us as we begin a new series called “New Testament: Energizing Disciples in New Truth.” Legacy Builders 6:45 p.m. — West A All Welcome Join our community for fellowship, prayer, and in-depth Bible teaching as we search God’s Word.
Infants Through 5th Grade
Children’s Ministry Food Pantry Drive — April–May During April and May, the children’s ministry will be hosting a food drive for the IBC Food Pantry. Please pick up a list of needed food at any Children’s Ministry location or at the Food Pantry donation box near The Tubes. 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. Contact Gary at email@example.com. Zone 6:30 — Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. A weekly Bible study for kids K-5th grade. Contact Gary at glindsay@ irvingbible.org.
math of abortion. For information, contact Kym at (972) 560-4632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recovery at IBC — Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. — West Wing Youth Lounge Do you deal with perfectionism, pride, overeating, inappropriate anger or control? Recovery is confidential and all are welcome. Grace For the Wounded Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. A confidential small group ministry that explores the wounds we have received and the healing journey God’s prepared for us. Female group currently offered. Contact graceforthewounded@irvingbible. org to register. NAMI Family-to-Family Class Mondays, 6:30–9:30 p.m. West B A 12-week course designed for families and caregivers of those with serious mental illness. Contact Joey at email@example.com or Debra at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. We offer groups for both teens and adults. Contact Michelle at email@example.com or (214) 725-0898. Mental Health Grace Alliance Every other Monday, 6:30 p.m. West A and C Family Grace Group For family members, friends, and caregivers who support individuals with serious mental disorders. Contact Buzz Moody at myrabuzz@ gmail.com.
Community and Resources
First Watch Fridays, 6:22 a.m. — The Commons First Watch Xtra Meets Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Training Center. The 2013 Father-Son Canoe Trip April 26–28 — Broken Bow, OK See ad, pg. 17.
Visit irvingbible.org/men for more info.
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 llpirving.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and Resources for Newcomers
Sermon-Based Small Groups Groups are currently in session. Questions? Email Ryan Sanders at email@example.com. Propel — Sundays, 10:45 a.m. West A Propel will run April 14–May 5. See article, pg.10.
Events and Resources
Shop Talk April 28, 6:45 p.m. — The Alcove Parenting at IBC presents “Listen Up!” presented by a panel of middle and high school students. Students and their parents are invited to this Shop Talk. See ad, pg 13.
Faith and Belief
Events and Resources
Baby Dedications — May 12 Registration runs April 19-May 3 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 no later than May 3 to Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies are also acceptable.
The Living Grace Group For those who have mental illness. Contact Melissa Clark at email@example.com.
Stephen Ministry at IBC 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. See article on pg. 8 and 9.
Visit irvingbible.org/parenting for more info.
Please visit page 18 for more Sunday Bible Communities.
New Parent Orientation: May 5 at 9 a.m. in the Training Center (adjacent to the Tubes). 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.
For Folks Ages 55+
Dinner and a Show Tuesday, April 8 6 p.m.: Dinner at Boston Market on MacAurther and Walnut Hill.
Marriage at IBC Sundays at 6:45 p.m. — West D Kicks off April 7. A small groupbased marriage series designed to help couples reconnect in the context of community. Visit irvingbible. org/marriage to register. KidZone is available with prior registration.
Hope & Healing
Abortion Recovery Counseling One-on-one, confidential counseling for those living with the after-
7:30 p.m. Entertainment Series of Irving at Carpenter Hall presents “Legacy of Floyd Cramer” featuring Jason Coleman. Call the box office for tickets at (972) 253-1383.
Potluck Lunch and Fellowship — April 21 Immediately following the second morning service in the Commons
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Annex adjoining the Haven. Bring a dish to share if you can. Please contact bgroezinger@ verizon.net.
High School Wednesdays SWAG (Students Worship and Gathering) — The Alcove, 7:15–8:30 p.m. See ad, pg. 16. IBC College Ministry Sundays at 6:45–8 p.m. The Alcove. Teen Recovery Monday nights, 6–7:30 p.m. Zone, Jr. Teen Recovery is a safe and confidential environment for middle and high school students to identify and share their pain and struggles. Contact Trey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community and Resources
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Community and Resources
In His Image Bible Study Wednesdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m. Training Room A small group for adults (18+) with special needs. Special Needs Support Group for Mothers Wednesday nights, 6:30–7:45 p.m. The Conference Room Contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. There are also opportunities for children to be matched with a SonShine Pal.
Community and Resources
Spring Women’s Bible Study — Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Join us as we study the book of Revelation and discover how to ready yourself for your heavenly home.
A Little Bit of Everything
Prayer Meeting 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:45–8 p.m. — The Chapel Join us as we pray for IBC and the needs of our people and the world. NICHE (North Irving Christian Home Educators) — Monday, April 8, 6:45–9 p.m. — The Alcove Join us for our Annual “How to Navigate the Book Fair and Curriculum Sale/Swap.” Bring your new or gently used curriculum for sale or trade. Contact email@example.com. IBC Spring Softball, Men’s teams only Now forming teams. Contact Kurt Heinemann at kurtheine76@yahoo. com or (972) 765-9912. New Arrivals Congratulations to the following family on the birth of their child:
20s and Early 30s
The Gathering Thursdays, 7 p.m. — The Alcove Small Groups Many young adults (marrieds, singles and mixed) meet in small groups during the week and on Sundays to connect in community and grow in Christ. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday Mornings at the Mo Sundays, 10 a.m. The Mosiac Café Join us for fellowship before the 10:45 a.m. service.
Ken and Tiffany Danes and their daughter Madelyn Elizabeth, born November 20 at 6 lbs, 15 oz, and 19 inches.
Middle/High School and College
Middle School Beach Camp —July 12–15 See ad, pg.16. Middle School Sundays MERGE AM — The Alcove, 10:45 a.m.–12:05 p.m.
Wednesday Nights at IBC
Vox Humana Choir Wednesdays, 6:30–8:10 p.m. IBC Worship Center The choral community of IBC is always looking for new singers, beginner or pro. Everyone is welcome and you can join at any time! No auditions necessary. Contact Crystal at email@example.com. ESL: English as a Second Language Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. AZ17, 18 and 19 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Groups — the Commons, 7–8 p.m.
Middle School Wednesdays The “W” — Student Ministry area, 6:30-8 p.m. High School Beach Camp — July 8–12 See ad, pg. 16. High School Sundays Life Groups — Student Ministry area, 7–8 p.m.
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It’s time again for surf, sun, and serious fun at the Gulf Shores Beach Retreat in Gulf Shores, Alabama! Join us for Lost and Found, a study from Isaiah 6 that explores how our holy God pursues and forgives us.
Register at irvingbible.org/highschool Cost: Early–$360, Late–$400
July 8–12 • Gulf Shores, AL
Register at irvingbible.org/middleschool Cost: Early–$330, Late–$380
July 12–15 • Gulf Shores, AL
New SWAG series
Love, Sex, and God
Wednesday Nights, 7:15–8:30 p .m. May 8, 15, and 22 in The Alcove
Marriage, sexuality, and romance were all God’s ideas, but what did he really intend when he created them? Join speakers Matthew and Sasha McKinney as they share what they’ve learned about male/ female relationships from their own lives, and discuss what’s gone wrong in our post-Genesis, east-of-Eden world.
SWAG (Student Worship and Gathering) is a mid-week worship opportunity for high school students.
Kids’ Night Out
Single Parents at IBC presents:
April 26-28 | Broken Bow, OKlahoma
Come float the Lower Mountain Fork River just below Beavers Bend Lake and enjoy an unforgettable weekend with your son or father. The trip is open to all dads, sons, single men, or young men — all men are welcome. Cost: $89 per dad (or single adult), $59 non-adult son. Contact Erik Monson at email@example.com.
10th Annual WINGS Luncheon
Friday, April 12, 2013 — 11:30 a.m. Hyatt Regency Dallas Benefiting IBC partner New Friends New Life. Guest Speaker: Barbara Pierce Bush, Humanitarian and Co-founder and President of Global Health Corps NFNL rescues and restores trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and their children. They assist women in overcoming backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty, and limited opportunities by providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, and spiritual support. Proceeds from the luncheon provide: - Financial assistance for shelter - Utilities and food - Transportation - Counseling and spiritual support - Job training and tutoring For information, contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit newfriendsnewlife.org.
First Worship Service: 9 a.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages) Synergy (40s & 50s), Middle School Room The Tree (young marrieds and families), West D
HOW DO I GIVE?
My Time, Talents & Skills
Mentor Kids in Single-Parent Families Men, be a “big brother” to a boy by spending one-on-one time encouraging him, teaching life skills, and modeling how a godly man lives. Women, have fun mentoring girls at our “Girl Stuff” events, helping teach girls their identity in Christ. Contact Marsha at email@example.com. Welcome Center Volunteer Children’s Ministry is in need of a few smiling faces to welcome and check in families at IBC events. There are many different times you can serve. Please complete the application at irvingbible.org/serving/volunteer-applications. Contact Kurtlyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitor Follow-Up Team (Rex Greenstreet Ministry) We are looking for a volunteer to make calls to visitors each week at IBC. Training and coaching will be provided. For more info, contact email@example.com. Meal Team Volunteers IBC makes meals available both Sunday and Wednesday nights. These fun teams could use some additional volunteers to serve together. For Sundays contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For Wednesdays, contact email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Nights Special Needs Volunteers Help care for special needs children while their parents attend a support group. Contact Shannon at email@example.com. Kids’ Night Out Volunteer Kids’ Night Out, a ministry for single parent families, meets the third Saturday of each month from 6-9 p.m., to give their parents a much needed evening to themselves. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.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 Merge A.M. (middle school), Alcove Renew (multi-generational), Training Center Thrive (30s & 40s singles), West D
Breakfast Cereal for Brighter Tommorrows The women’s shelter in Irving has an ongoing need for cereal to feed their women and children. Drop your boxes in the donation area at IBC. Contact Marjorie at email@example.com. Online Giving Option Visit irvingbible.org/give if you find it more convenient to donate to the ministries of Irving Bible Church online.
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
sunday Community Meals
Each Sunday in the Town Square at 6 p.m. Cost is $3/meal or $10 max./family. 4/7 Pizza, breadsticks, and salad bar. 4/14 Fajita Fiesta and salad bar. 4/21 Hamburgers, brats and salad bar. 4/28 Giant baked potatoes and all the fixings and salad bar. If you’d like to serve on a Sunday night meal team, contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in learning more about IBC’s budget for 2013 or other financial nuts and bolts? Visit irvingbible.org/budget.
Wednesday Midweek Meals
Each Wednesday night from 5–6:20 p.m. in The Commons. Cost is $3/meal or $10 max./family. 4/3 Chopped BBQ sandwiches, cole slaw, chips, pickle spears, dessert. Hosted by Marlene Britton’s team.
New to IBC?
Have questions? We’re here to help.
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 email@example.com.
4/10 Baked ham, scalloped potatoes, veggies, rolls, dessert. Hosted by Pat Downey’s Team. 4/17 Mexican meal: enchiladas, tacos, refried beans, chips and salsa, home baked cookies. Hosted by Barbara Witte’s team.
4/24 Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, veggies, rolls, dessert. Hosted by Bob Downey’s team. Changes to the menu may be made depending on cost, availability or Bob Downey’s whim. If you’d like to serve on a Wednesday night meal team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about IBC and meet others like you.
Ready to get plugged in?
The Mosaic café (the mo)
Café Hours Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Saturday: Closed Sunday: 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 4–7 p.m. Phone: (972) 443-3323 New signature drinks! Stop by The Mo and see what we’ve got brewing.
Connect with others on the journey.
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may instinctively spew forth lines from their favorite movies: “I’m not dead yet!” “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” “I speak jive.” And some, most likely your grandma, will dive into a colorful reenactment of Richard Pryor discussing his under-the-counter pharmacological hobbies. Because after all, grandma speaks jive, too. What you’re unlikely to hear mentioned as the headwaters of the Great Chuckles River is “a chronic endocrinological disease of the pancreatic nether regions.” Or, as the juveniles call it, diabetes. This month (April 19, to be exact) marks my 20-year anniversary as a Type 1 diabetic. As recently as the 1970s, this would be considered the Dialysis Anniversary, but advances in modern medicine have postponed receiving that lovely gift that keeps on sieving until, well, I guess when the bureuacratic overlords deem it so. Instead, I’ll be taking delivery of a bedazzled lancet device (a finger poker for the uninitiated) proffered by my favorite Walgreen’s pharmacist, Carl. Hitting the 20-year mark also means I’ve now enjoyed the glorious glories of organ malfunction for half of my life. I’m not really sure what that signifies, but I suppose if my existence gets called on account of rain, it will be, at the very least, official. As you may suspect, living with a chronic disease teaches one a lot about oneself. Unfortunately, unlike living with a spouse you actually love (as I do — hey, sweetie), the education does not exactly come interjected with periods of fun and frivolity. It’s more like taking care of your house — you spend a lot of time maintaining the status quo in hopes of avoiding premature breakdowns or serious issues down the road. Yet in the end the toilets all backup anyway. Sorry for the mental picture there. Nonetheless, diabetes has taught me many things. For example, even after 1 a.m. when nothing good happens, I will fear no roving gangs of vigilantes wielding 31-guage syringe needles. In fact, if they’re also wielding French silk pie, I will in fact embrace said needles. But not for subcutaneous pie injections. Although I honestly can’t say why not. I mean, it is delicious, delicious pie, after all. Maybe if I mixed it with the right amount of Novolog… Anyway. I’ve also learned that an insulin pump is not just a great way to get to enjoy things like the aforementioned pie a bit too much, but it is also a Delorean in my pocket — yep, a time machine. All I have to do is pull my insulin pump out of my pocket and some wisenheimer will ask if it’s a pager. In response, I affirm the question, inform my inquisitor that I’m a time-traveling coke dealer from 1998, pop my collar, lock it up tight and jiggy on out of there. Furthermore, I can attest my life is worth roughly 10 times what yours is, assuming you are not also an emergency contact card-carrying member of the Insulin Cult. At least, that’s what my life insurance premiums tell me. Just imagine if I smoked, had high blood pressure, larded-up cholesterol and a documented history of Thin Mint overconsumption? Why, I’d be worth 50 or 60 times the national average!
Twenty Years of Rollin’ with Wilford
Ask people what they consider to be great comedy, and many will reference classic television sitcoms like “Seinfeld,” “M*A*S*H” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Others
At this point you’re probably thinking I’ll hit you with a bit about how diabetes has helped deepen my faith and walk ever closer with the Lord. But of all the things in my life that have drawn me nearer to God, I’m not sure Diabeetus Brimleyitis cracks the top ten. At least it didn’t for the first 15 years I had it. Now that I have kids, though, not a day goes by that I don’t pray for diabetes to be something they only know as a condition their daddy has. Because no matter how manageable it is or how normal a life one can still live with a gimpy pancreas, it’s always there. Gnawing on my innards, needing to be attended to like a chain-smoking uncle who surprises you one day by moving in and then demanding a steady stream of Pall Malls lest he put you into a coma. The sheer oddness of that metaphor alone makes me wonder if my blood sugar is low. See what I mean? But until that cure I was promised was just “10 years away” 20 years ago materializes, all I can really do is poke some fingers, count some carbs, blast some boluses and keep on keepin’ on — trusting in God to protect both the size of my deductibles and my kids’ Islets of Langerhans. So, happy anniversary, diabetes, and enjoy your gluconic stranglehold on me while you can. For one day I shall arise, glorified in a resurrected body, crowned with Krispy Kremes and enrobed in hot fudge. No assistance from Carl needed. Thank God. Jason Fox is also a lactose bigot.
Jason is a writer who used to live in Dallas, but now resides in Omaha because he loves corn and a steady paycheck.
The human insulin protein is composed of 51 amino acids and 14 teensy sugar ninjas.
llustrations of pie were found on the tomb walls of Pharaoh Ramesses II of Egypt.
One raspberry-filled Krispy Kreme doughnut boasts 2 grams of Vitamin C, making it basically a carrot with personality.
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In time for second supper, Evan Strauss and Chatter visit Bag End, the Hobbiton home of Bilbo Baggins, Mata Mata, New Zealand.
Chatter…you CAN take it with you. Send us your Chatter photos on location, and you may see yourself in an upcoming issue. Email us at email@example.com.