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I’ve found myself watching a lot of movies lately. I think it’s some instinct that kicks in for me around this time every year: temperatures drop and I begin my month-long waiting game. November has always seemed like a time of waiting: waiting until I can breathe in cold air and then waiting to exhale and see my breath in front of me, waiting for the “socially acceptable” time to begin listening to a Christmas carol without shame and waiting to deck the halls with Christmas décor. And what better way to wait than with a warm cup of HoCho (hot chocolat) and a movie? I dare say, there is none. With way too much time on my hands, I’ve gone a bit overboard and packed this letter full of movie titles so you, the reader, can play the game and get into the spirit of November movie watching while reading along. (Hint: there have been 10 movie titles mentioned so far.) Good luck on the hunt. (Now there have been 12.) The ugly truth is, I’ve never really been good at waiting. I tend to live in “instant gratification” mode. Up until now, my life has been a never ending story of “want it; buy it.” It’s a wonderful life, really. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again; I am a product of my culture. I have the social network of friends always available online where I can feel almost famous, I have movies on-demand and .com stores so I can be an online mallrat, I have thrift stores surrounding me that let me go Goodwill hunting without digging through garage sales, I can dye my hair whatever color I want (I’m legally blonde) and, although I’ve moved away, I can still meet the parents on Skype for a family date night. Yup, I’ve grown up in a world where it’s always cool runnings as long as I feel I’m in control. But that’s just it; that’s as good as it gets. It’s just a feeling of control; a feeling that I run my empire. The tricky part comes when I realize trying to control things is a mission impossible and in reality I’m just still waiting on the Lord. That’s when the empire strikes back. It’s for exactly that reason why this November proves to be a titanic of a month to wait through. After more than se7en years of waiting for the right time for my husband, Mark, and I to pursue our field of dreams and move north, we finally made it. We’re in year one of living in Portland, Ore., the city of roses, and we’re enjoying the precious time we’ve had here. Even though we’re far from home, we’ve made friends, joined a great little pub church and still attend IBC long distance. Life is beautiful here. It’s been exactly the amazing process we hoped it would be and it was definitely worth the wait. But the blind side we’ve discovered after moving away has been that Mark decided to pursue his passionate desire to be in the United States Air Force, one: as an officer, and two: hopefully as a fighter pilot. As of the beginning of this sweet November, he has turned in everything required (before the due date, might I add) to be considered for a spot as an Air Force officer. So now we wait. We are keeping the faith by waiting for the Lord’s timing in our lives, waiting to hear if our lives are going to change drastically once again and waiting for the hopefully positive decision in January that a few good men and women make that will determine our future’s inception. As I’m sure many of you know firsthand, it’s hard to wait. Die hard. Especially if you just got through waiting for the deep impact of something equally as big. I think that’s part of being human though; realizing that on any given Sunday, or any day for that matter, God could make a decision and life as we know it could change and produce the best years of our lives or could lead us into the wild of the last crusade or into the twilight of a new moon. I think I’m learning to be a better waiter. I’m getting more and more okay with the idea of the unknown and that trusting in G.O.D. is way better than any instant gratification I could try to produce. Without a shadow of a doubt, I can look forward with a new hope that only Christ can offer. So for now, I will cast away my impatience and sit in my bed of roses and face off with a movie while Mark and I wait for the ring from the Air Force without fear, enjoying the dark knights of winter and all the chilly rain, man. Oh, and for those of you still counting, there were over 70 movie titles mentioned.
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October 9, 2010 — Basic 5K
The Fourth Annual Basic 5K (benefiting Water is Basic) had a great turnout with over 575 runners raising over $25,000 to help bring clean water to Sudan. This was also the first year for the Jerry Can Relay where 22 folks competed in teams of three or five with a solo runner carrying the 45+ pound Jerry Can full of water the entire distance. Great job runners!
“And There Came a Lion”
1 Samuel 17:34
When a lion, in the form of mental illness, came seeking to ravage and destroy one missionary family
August 2004, Paul and Sandra Pickering joined their daughter Jessica and her husband Joe Padilla’s church planting team on the mission field in the desert of Sudan.
stroyed,” says Joe. “But my pastor taught me years ago that when it’s hard, you have to go deeper with God, not stay in despair.” Joe and Jessica worked to “make the best of their situation” while continuing to seek help, but it wasn’t until Jessica’s parents, Paul and Sandra Pickering, came to visit in May of 2009 that the Pickerings realized the extent of Jessica’s unhealthy state. Her illness was having a very negative effect on her family, and her parents, along with Joe, felt completely devastated and helpless. In desperation, the Pickerings contacted Buzz Moody who was involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI). God began to use Buzz in a powerful way, working with Joe by telephone, helping him understand what was going on in Jessica’s mind. The Lord used Buzz to help Joe understand how to help Jessica learn to deal with her brain disorder and how they, as a family, could help not hinder her situation. “God used Dr. Matt Stanford, professor of Psychology at Baylor University, to help us navigate the best we could despite the system failing us. He prepared me to go where Buzz Moody finally took me. Buzz helped me get God’s perspective and learn how to rebuild a healthy family,” Joe says. “Buzz always said, ‘If you do not give up, you will see a side of God that you have never seen before.’ God began to show me a greater way of helping Jessica get better and see our family rise from the ashes. With the help of Jessica’s parents, we implemented a holistic approach to help Jessica regain her health and, literally, her life.” Through a combination of prayer, medication, psychotherapy and a husband seeking God’s help to restore his family, today Jessica is doing remarkably well. She has a renewed and solid love for Jesus, and is once again a loving wife and incredible mom. The entire family has learned to understand Jessica’s disease and live their lives in ways that help maintain a whole and successful life. It was by going through this process that they have a greater hope and a deeper life in God. But, the story doesn’t end there. God had a plan! NAMI states that one in four Americans meet criteria for having a diagnosable mental illness. Hundreds have been through absolute devastation and can’t find a church that will reach out to help them. Dr Stanford’s research shows that only five percent of churches are supportive of a family with a loved one who has a mental illness/brain disorder and that believers and non-believers alike,
Living in Sudan was difficult for the entire team, but times were especially tough for Jessica who was beginning to show signs of depression. When her depression would become too great to manage, the couple would travel to Germany to take some time to pray, rest and receive professional Christian counseling. After a few days, Jessica would rally, pull out of her depression and express her desire to return to the field to continue their work there, which they did. “Jessica’s medication and our prayers didn’t seem to help,” remembers Joe. “But she persevered with the desert, Islam and her own exhausting depression. Finally, pressure from the Sudanese government regarding our visas made it increasingly difficult for us to continue with our work.” With the encouragement from their leaders, the couple decided to return to the States in hopes of providing Jessica with a better and less stressful environment. While adjusting to her new ministry role and life in America, Jessica began to show some signs of unusual behavior; she was not sleeping well and she had racing thoughts and excessive energy. The pair quickly found a Christian psychiatrist who felt Jessica’s behavior was symptomatic of a brain condition called Bipolar Disorder, or Manic Depressive Disorder. The diagnosis was soon confirmed. Even though Joe and Jessica’s church did not have full understanding or tools about mental illness, the church leaders and community rallied around them, providing all kinds of practical support. “I watched my wife grow worse and worse … to the point where she lost the ability to cope well with life,” says Joe. “Jessica didn’t want to be that way, but she could not make herself well. Thus, in order to care for our children and find Jessica adequate care, we regrettably had to step aside from ministry.” At that point, Joe remembers trying to comfort his five children while feeling like he was losing everything; his wife, the family’s finances and most importantly the feeling of losing both his and Jessica’s dream and vision to serve Jesus and the lost. “My wife’s health was in a devastating place and I was de-
The median age of onset for bipolar disorder is 25 years.
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Did you know these people had Bipolar Disorder? Albert Einstein, Patty Duke, Mel Gibson, Brittany Spears, Beethoven, Ernest Hemingway, Carrie Fisher, Margot Kidder and Buzz Aldrin.
who are experiencing psychological distress, are more likely to seek help from clergy before any other professional group. His research also shows that many pastors believe mental illness is a matter of weak faith or sin and are counseling people to stop taking medication, get “right with God” and pray more. One would not counsel a patient with diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease or a brain tumor in this manner, but due to lack of understanding, this is a very real scenario for the patient with a brain disorder. It’s with this in mind, and the leading of the Holy Spirit, that Joe and Dr. Matt Stanford, with the blessing of their church, are establishing a new ministry called Mental Health Grace Alliance, to bring change and hope for families and churches. They are trying to raise awareness and financial support, as well as producing literature for families and holding faith-based support groups. They plan to train pastors and church leaders to recognize potential brain disorders, and will establish a group of professionals to which the clergy can refer people. Their long-term goal is to eventually open a facility in Texas to care for individuals with acute care needs and their families. We need to change how the world views mental illness and we need to start with the church. For more information, contact the Mental Health Grace Alliance at (254) 498–5874 and firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www. mhgracealliance.org. Paul & Sandra Pickering have ridden elephants in Thailand, camels in Sudan and had an encounter with whale sharks in Djibouti.
Mental Illness Seminar An illness of the silent suffering
For years mental illness has been a taboo topic in the church. Oftentimes those who suffer with a mental illness do so privately to avoid seeming “different,” and those who don’t suffer from a mental illness struggle with the “right way” to talk to someone with one. On November 7, 2010, IBC is hosting a seminar that will help clear up many of the misconceptions out there about mental illness. Taught by Tony Campbell from the Depression Connection in Fort Worth (a ministry for people who struggle with mental illness), this seminar is for anyone with a mental illness, their family members, caretakers, friends or even just those curious about how to respond to someone with a mental illness. It is a three hour crash course in what mental illness is about and how to deal with it. Tony, who also suffers from bipolar disorder, gets to the heart of things and includes experiences from his own life to help increase understanding of these illnesses. Call the church or e-mail Buzz Moody at email@example.com to sign up. There will also be a kiosk set up the two Sundays before the seminar. What: Mental Illness Seminar led by Tony Campbell from the Depression Connection When: November 7, 2010 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. Where: West C & D at IBC For more information, contact Buzz Moody: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Bipolar disorder literally changes your brain; its shape, its chemistry and the way it handles the signals it is bombarded with on a second-by-second basis. In this sense, it is no different from any of the scores of neurological diseases: Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s chorea. Bipolar disorder is a disease of the brain that primarily affects emotion and thought rather than memory or movement.”
Taming Bipolar Disorder by Lori Oliwenstein (Psychology Today, 2004)
Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas, and is the official soft drink of Baylor University.
Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
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In September Chatter, we pitted the oh-so-authentic goodness of gas station tacos (courtesy Taquerias Dulce inside the Speedy K Mart in Coppell) against contender Taqueria Guadalajara in Lewisville to see who might emerge the forerunner in our unending quest to find the best breakfast taco in the D/FW area. (And when we say “unending,” we really mean November.) This month we’re throwing the judges something new to munch on: breakfast BBQ tacos from Rudy’s in Denton. That’s right. Eggs, cheese, tortilla — but with a little taste of Texas. Will BBQ beat out the best? Time to saddle up.
The Contender: Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ 520 S Interstate 35 E Denton, TX 76205 (940) 484–7839 The cost (for a three-item taco): $1.85; $0.25 per additional ingredient In the northern reaches of the metroplex just off of I-35E in Denton is Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ. 100 percent of Chatter pressmen agree, you won’t need much lunch after you’ve filled your tank with breakfast tacos from Rudy’s. The Judges The Egg Apostate: Lauri “I do not like them Sam-I-Am” Lanier The Egg Apologist: Hunter “Egg-head” Roese
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What I Ate Barbeque beef (brisket) taco and chorizo taco The Atmosphere First off, it’s a looong way out there. You wouldn’t think you could get anything but BBQ and beer at this place, but there they were — breakfast tacos on the menu. It must be a popular place. I think this because the restaurant had a Six Flags-type line layout; you know, where the zigzag ropes lead you to where you’re going, past great big tubs filled with bottles of beer and soda and ice. I liked the oversized table on the patio where we sat. I felt a little like Alice in Wonderland because we didn’t “fit” the table. (And it was just a BBQ place!) The Food I was ruined with the last place, but the tacos were pretty good here, too. I liked the BBQ taco because it was different, but both tacos were flavorful and didn’t really need the salsa to be tasty. (I did like the hot salsa the best though.) The Aftermath (how you felt afterwards) No ill effects. Rating on a scale of 1 to 10: 6
What I Ate Bacon taco, sausage taco and ham taco The Atmosphere Probably the coolest atmosphere of all the places. The inside layout is much like any other BBQ place. You pick up your food in a crate and then can sit inside or out. The inside seating is pretty standard, but outside there is a giant table with giant chairs and benches. (Emphasis on GIANT). The big furniture added a lot of points for me because it was something out of the ordinary. The Food When most people think of breakfast tacos in Texas, this is probably what they have in mind (soft flour tortilla, egg, cheese and choice of meat). I chose a bacon taco, a sausage taco and a ham taco — all very good. If you’re on the way to work searching for a classic breakfast, these would be the tacos of choice. Good quality and good taste, but nothing special. The Aftermath (how you felt afterwards) Of all the taco places, this one hit me the hardest. Nothing too crazy — just the after-greasy-food stomach cramps. Rating on a scale of 1 to 10: 7
Average Score: 6.5 out of 10 Grade AA Eggs
The Final Tally
Taqueria Guadalajara: 6 Grade AA Eggs Taquerias Dulce: 8.5 Grade AA Eggs Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ: 6.5 Grade AA Eggs
Parting Shots from the Scorer’s Table
Although we know it’s hard for any Texan to take second place, there was no denying that Taquerias Dulce (inside Speedy K in Coppell) ran away with the title of Best Breakfast Taco of the Three Chatter Has Tried So Far, followed by Rudy’s BBQ and then by Taqueria Guadalajara (in third place by only a paltry 0.5 Grade AA Eggs). But the best news of all was that Egg Apostate Lauri was able to expand her cosmology to include egg-based breakfasts, and Egg Apologist Hunter found his faith in poultry* confirmed beyond a reasonable doubt. Have ideas for future Smackdowns? E-mail us at email@example.com.
With the exception of Chicken Little, whom we all know is a paranoid rabble-rouser.
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A Hospitable Approach
Every Sunday at IBC, there is an army of men and women who wake up early, put on their nametags and proudly serve our community. You may not know their names, but you certainly know their faces. They direct you to your parking spot, open the door for you as you come in and make sure you have a place to sit. Oh, and if you spill your coffee, need help with your baby or need directions to one of IBC’s many oddly named rooms, they can do that, too. They are the Hospitality Team of Irving Bible Church. They are doctors, teachers, housewives, pilots and electricians during the week but on Sundays, they become the welcoming face of IBC. If you are looking for a place to connect with an amazing group of folks whose mission is to create a safe and friendly environment for people to see Jesus, then Hospitality Ministry may be for you. For more information or to sign up, contact Kelly Haney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The queen of southern hospitality, Paula Deen, started cooking to help cope with her fear of leaving the house (agoraphobia).
More Than a Handshake
I can be having just an awful week: problems at work, sick parents, I’ve got a million things to do and no time to do it, etc. Then it’s Sunday, and as tired as I am and as many problems as I may have, I climb out of bed, get dressed and go to church to do the thing I most love to do. I’ve been ushering for the 10:45 service for about four years now. Every week I smile when I see the same people sit in the same seats (or as close as possible). But I see nothing wrong with the pattern; it helps me find them. They’re my friends. Not acquaintances, mind you; but people I consider to be true friends. I’m genuinely happy to see them and they smile when they see me. It’s a blessed man who can say he has so many friends. To be an usher, that’s one of the needed skills: you really need to enjoy meeting your friends every week. Rough job, huh? Over the years, I’ve learned that my ministry is, to the best of my ability, to represent my Lord to anyone who walks into my church and comes into that Worship Center. Whether it’s to give advice, to point them in a direction, to pray with them or to just stand there and listen. In short, when they see me, they need to be able to see Jesus. And I assure you, the love I have for them is real. It’s an honor to get a chance to represent my Lord that way every Sunday alongside so many other members of the hospitality team that are doing the same. Then, after the last person has left at the end of the service, after I’ve shaken my last hand and given my last hug, I head back out to my car. A smile on my face. A skip in my step. Ready to take on the rest of my life. Knowing it’s only one more week until I get to do this again. What a blessing; what a beautiful, beautiful ministry. Bob Gooding
Having joined IBC from a much smaller church, it was initially an adjustment to be a part of something so big. IBC is a very large church, where a visitor could really feel unnoticed (unintentional, of course). If the visitor is a quiet, introverted person by nature, this could be an even more difficult adjustment. Since I happen to be an extrovert, I decided to channel my personality and spiritual gifts into making people feel welcomed and noticed. I have ushered for a few years now. I like to give everyone in my section a greeting and a smile to let them know they are noticed and we are glad they are there. The smiles and greetings in return make my morning. When I first got involved, I began ushering the same section for several weeks in a row. I noticed many of the same people sit in my section each week. I began to add, “See you next week,” to let them know I will be looking for them, and I have since learned a few of their names and hope to learn many more. This past summer, I was out for a long time due to surgery. I didn’t give much thought as to whether my absence would be noticed; after all, “Ushers come and go.” One precious family came in to sit in my section, as they had regularly done before my surgery. Telling them I was glad to see them and had been out due to surgery, the wife, Patricia, responded, “Yes, I know. I’ve been praying for you.” That really surprised me and made me feel wonderful! I came away realizing I am getting so much more from ushering than I am giving. In giving of our time and talents, we are so richly blessed. We are all part of God’s family, and I was blessed that day by a sister in Christ. It also reinforced to me how important it is for us to take the time to share a smile and words of love and encouragement wherever we go. Debra Putman
Four great ways to serve at IBC – join the Hospitality Team!
Parking Be the first to greet people as they arrive on the IBC campus and assist people in quickly finding a parking place. Morning service only (10:15–11a.m.). Perks include using a walkie-talkie! Greeter Make people feel welcome as they walk into the building on Sunday. Cheerfully answer any questions and direct or escort folks to the Worship Center, Town Square and Bible communities. Serve 15 minutes before and 10 minutes after the start of any service you choose. Hosts Located in the hub of the Town Square to provide information regarding ministries, Bible communities, etc. Arrive 15 minutes before service begins and then hang around for a few minutes after it starts to help those that arrive late. Ushers Greet people as they enter the Worship Center, assist them to a seat, receive the offering and assist with communion. Arrive 15 minutes before service begins. For more information e-mail Kelly Haney at email@example.com.
Legend has it that the practice of shaking hands was developed to ensure that neither man could wield a weapon at close range, thus introducing an instant common bond.
“The power of a smile, especially yours, can heal a frozen heart … And I’ma say this to every man, woman and child. Don’t you ever be afraid to smile; the power of a smile.” Power of a Smile, 2Pac
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Irving Bible Church has many connections in Sudan through our partnerships with African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.) and Water Is Basic (WIB). Therefore, it’s imperative that we stay informed and pray informed about the upcoming referendum in January 2011 that could split Africa’s largest country in two, creating the world’s newest and least developed country. Behind the facts discussed below are thousands of stories of “lost boys and girls,” families split apart, death, destruction, refugees fleeing then returning and more. Yet, in the midst of all this pain are also beautiful stories of redemption; stories of God bringing beauty from ashes as only he can do. It will take the hosts of heaven to bring about true and lasting peace in Sudan. Read the facts and ask God to intervene. Ask for his perfect justice to prevail. Then, contact our partners and find out how you can make a difference with your own resources, skill sets, gifts and passions.
North or the South. A top official in Abyei recently accused the Khartoum government of resettling tens of thousands of Arab nomads to alter the population and tip the vote in the North’s favor. There are also border issues in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions (both are in North Sudan) where divisions risk leading to unrest. During the civil war, many people fought alongside or supported the SPLM while other groups identified with the NCP and as a result communities are divided. Many now fear being left on the wrong side of the border should the South decide to secede. One of the ways ALARM is helping in many of the above mentioned areas of Sudan is in the development of leaders. ALARM trains civilian and religious leaders in character building, theology, conflict resolution, community development and forgiveness. They are training leaders to care more about the people they lead than they do about themselves and their tribal loyalties. Compounding these political realities are the tremendous humanitarian needs of the people in Sudan: one in every six pregnant women will die in childbirth, only five out of six newborns will make it to their first birthday, less than two percent of those who start primary school finish, more than 90 percent live on less than a dollar a day and millions will need food handouts this year and 85 percent of people can neither read nor write. Both ALARM and WIB are addressing these needs on a daily basis through their work. Your prayers and resources are keeping this work moving forward … and are needed now more than ever.
Even before Sudan gained independence from Britain in 1956, civil war had erupted. British-ruled Sudan wasn’t one country; it was, and continues to be, two countries. The South is underdeveloped and populated by Dinkas, Nuers, Azandes and at least a hundred other ethnic groups of African descent. The North is wealthier and is a Saharan world with ties to the Muslim Middle East. A break in the civil war began in 1972 and lasted until 1983 when the war broke out again. Twenty-two years later, in 2005, a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the National Congress Party (NCP) in the North and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the South was signed. The CPA granted autonomy to South Sudan for an interim period of six years. At the end of this six-year period, a referendum is scheduled allowing those living in South Sudan to decide whether to remain part of the nation with religious and political autonomy or to break away and form their own nation. ALARM began working in Sudan long before the CPA was signed. Many ALARM staffers lost family members to war, disease and other causes directly related to these issues. Immediately following the signing of the CPA, ALARM began reconciliation efforts between northern and southern pastors. Out of those efforts, several initiatives were born, including WIB in 2006. Since WIB’s organization, the Sudanese drilling team has drilled over 200 wells bringing clean water to hundreds of thousands throughout Sudan.
If the referendum is held as scheduled and the South votes to secede, up to 2,000,000 southern Sudanese living in the North could be deported or stripped of their citizenship. Thousands of Sudanese living in neighboring countries could also return to South Sudan. Or the entire country could erupt in war. The bishops of Sudan are calling for a nation that respects life and human rights, regardless of the outcome of the January referendum that could lead to the secession of the southern portion of the country. The bishops issued this statement: “In the event that unity of Sudan is the legitimate outcome of the process, we call for a change of heart among those in power, to bring about a unity embracing all, in a just, free and open society, where the human dignity of every citizen is safeguarded and respected. In the event that the people of Southern Sudan choose secession, we call upon those in power to ensure good neighborly relations and a smooth and peaceful transition. In particular we encourage the parties to reach amicable solutions to practical questions such as oil, citizenship and border issues — solutions which benefit all.”
During this time between the signing of the CPA (2005) and the referendum (January 2011), the two sides are mandated to explore options for unity. The evidence is clear that the people of South Sudan will overwhelming choose secession if Sudan’s President and head of the NCP, Omar al-Bashir, goes through with the referendum as planned. South Sudan holds the bulk of the oil reserves that power the Sudanese economy. As agreed upon in the CPA, South Sudan currently gets 98 percent of their income from oil revenues remitted by the Khartoum government in the North. If the South votes to secede, it will be landlocked and dependent on the pipeline through the north to export its oil. There has been no agreement as to how this might work.
Other looming issues that threaten a peaceful referendum are demarcation of a 1,300 mile (2,100 kilometer) border between the two regions, division of the border region’s oil revenues, registration of the southern Sudanese who fled the area due to the fighting and correction of the procedural and logistical problems seen in last month’s national and local elections. As if Sudan didn’t have enough complications, a separate referendum will be held in the volatile, oil-rich Abyei region where residents will vote on whether to join the
The population of Sudan is estimated at 41,087,825 (July 2010) Of the 140 airports in Sudan, 19 have paved runways.
In the December issue of Chatter, look for our prayer guide to help you as you continue to pray for the people of Sudan and for shalom to spread across the entire country. Visit IBC partners: www.alarm-inc.org and www.waterisbasic.org for more information. You can read more about Sudan and issues regarding the upcoming referendum at the following links: petemullerphotography.com/ blog and www.30-days.net/muslims/sudan-war-links. Debbie Atteberry usually reads between 10 and 12 books at the same time. You should not ask her what she has been reading lately unless you are on your lunch hour!
Sudan has 597 tribes that speak over 400 different languages and dialects.
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Trafficking in the Philippines
The facts are staggering. But the reality is much worse. The reality is there are individuals in the Philippines — women, girls, even men and boys at times — whose lives have been given so little regard that they now consider themselves worth nothing more than for what they are bought or sold. Individuals with dreams like finishing school and being happily married now believe they never have the hope of attaining their dreams. So what about this conglomeration of more than 7,000 islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean makes it susceptible to human trafficking? Although some of the most beautiful island destinations in the world can be found here, so can extreme amounts of abject poverty. With 26 percent of families (many of which have more than five children) living on less than $300 a year, desperation is bound to exist. However, not all impoverished nations have such high numbers of trafficking victims. Trafficking exists where it is not prosecuted, and the Philippines have historically turned a blind eye to this atrocity. However, new efforts are arising, including a three year partnership signed on August 19, 2010, between the Philippine government and U.S. government for better investigation, prosecution and conviction of human traffickers. However, even with the renewed efforts of the government, there is a shortage of places victims, once rescued, can go to find protection or support to start a new life. According to the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2010, “The government’s capacity to provide shelter and protection is severely limited due to inadequate budgets, and there are regular instances where victims are unable to access government protection services.” My Refuge House (MRH) started in 2008 to help meet the need for victims to experience safety in the midst of turmoil. Since that time, more than 20 young women have found hope and healing through its short term rehabilitation program. Hope for achieving their dreams again. And healing to believe they are worth more than what some person decided they should be worth. One former victim said she liked MRH because the staff taught her how to read and she knew she would never go hungry while she was there. Another said she appreciated the staff for being so caring and understanding of her situation. Both girls have moved on, pursuing those dreams that seemed so far out of reach last year. My Refuge House has begun construction on a new facility but is still in the process of raising money for the completion of that facility. The rental facility previously used, can no longer meet the needs of the program. Please consider partnering with this ministry and helping others, like the girls mentioned in this story, find hope and healing in their lives. For more information, visit myrefugehouse.org.
BY THE NUMBERS
people are sold every year. Sold for sex. Sold for labor. Sold for profits.
300,000 – 400,000
In the Republic of the Philippines
people are sold every year.
Sold for sex. Sold for labor. Sold for profits.
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Movies filmed in the Philippines: Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Apocalypse Now (1979), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Brokedown Palace (1999).
Unlike many of their Asian counterparts, Filipinos do not eat with chopsticks; they use western cutlery.
Please fill your baskets with the following items: • Canned goods including: green beans, corn, peas, carrots, yams, baked beans, etc. • Bags of pinto beans, rice or potatoes • Cranberry sauce, applesauce or fruit
Thanksgiving Baskets are Here!
Over the years IBC’s congregation has generously provided for thousands of local families during the Thanksgiving season. Just imagine how many families, moms, dads, aunts, uncles and little ones this directly affects around the stressful and often difficult holiday season. Last year IBC gave over 1,500 Thanksgiving baskets overflowing with all the fixings for a great holiday meal. IBC is impacting the local community in incredible ways and showing the love of Jesus Christ through this project. This year we have a goal to exceed last year’s amount and collect 2,000 baskets to give even more to the surrounding community! Laundry baskets will be available for pick up on Sunday, October 31 in the Town Square. In these baskets there will be a list of food items. We are asking them to be returned with all the goodies no later than Sunday, November 21.
• Cookie mixes, or Jell-O • Macaroni or stuffing • Jars of gravy • Salad dressing, salt and pepper • And/or your favorite Thanksgiving food item • Please include a short note of encouragement with a $20 gift card to Albertson’s, Tom Thumb or Kroger for a turkey and fresh foods Please do not include any bread, rolls, chips or anything that could crush easily. Place your basket, note and gift card inside the bag provided and tie the top with the rubber band. Please return no later than Sunday, November 21. If you would like to volunteer for this project please contact Anna Martinez: firstname.lastname@example.org.
God is Moving through India, One Christian at a Time
Sukhwant and Vinita Bhatia are partners of IBC’s international missions ministering in North India, specifically as founders of North India Institute of Theological Studies (NIITS) providing theological education to the entire region of North India. Below is an update from Sukhwant of how God is reaching India through indigenous Christian workers. Vinita has quietly developed a significant ministry at Pathways World School that our two daughters attend. She initiated a fun reading program for primary children and Parent-Teacher-Partnership for Better Learning, and has created a support group for mothers for encouragement and counseling. She is the only Christian mother carrying this monumental task. Vinita was asked to represent the senior school parents to meet with the Indian Government officials from the Department of Education. Since the enactment of Right to Education Act of 2009, the government has been taking its task very seriously not only to revamp the present system but to pioneer new ways of education from preprimary to PhD. India is setting up 150 new universities to meet the rising demand for higher education.
The panel lamented the fact that Indian education institutions still follow the old British model of three “R’s” of reading, writing and arithmetic. The new education models instead need to focus on three “H’s” of head, heart and hand, where the children would get head knowledge but will also learn morality, ethics, social and community life, while learning about sanctity of all kinds of work. The need was felt to unlock the creative potential of children and to evaluate their learning not only by grades but also on various other parameters. In contrast to this, it seems that the proponents of large-scale theological education in India want to focus on basic education to train only the grass-root workers. It is time that we raised the bar on quality of Christian workers and our expectations of their service to the church at large. India now has world-class institutions to provide education in business, medicine, IT and other fields, but not in the queen of sciences: theology. Please pray alongside us as we strive to make this dream a reality. For more information on Sukhwant and Vinita Bhatia please visit them online at www.niits.net
Among others, November is also National Adoption month, Peanut Butter Lover’s month, Aviation month, International Drum month and National Model Railroad month.
The game of Chess originated in India in the 6th century.
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Communities on Sunday
with special needs a few hours to themselves. Support Group for Families of Special Needs Children First Wednesdays of the month 6:30–8:30 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month a support group for families meets after the weekly meal. For more information contact Diana at email@example.com. The Special Needs Ministry is Growing! Space to expand the ministry has been a huge prayer for the ministry. Many of our children have grown beyond the age limit that Children’s Ministry serves. IBC is blessed and strives to serve those who come to learn more about God’s love for them and build a lasting relationship with others who love him. Volunteers make this happen. Find out more by e-mailing Diana at dblessing@ irvingbible.org or sign up to serve at servekids.irvingbible.org. MyZone* MyZone is a safe environment for kids with team building activities, life-application conversations, and high impact fun! Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Zone, Grades K–5th Zone 6:30* Zone 6:30 is a great way for your elementary age child to grow deeper in their spiritual walk. Now is the time to take that next step for your child and sign them up for this dynamic small group Bible Study that has a lifelong impact. Who: K–5th grade When: 6:15–8:30 p.m. every Tuesday Where: The Zone Fee: $25 per child to cover the cost of the study book and activities through the year. Register online at zone630.irvingbible.org *For more info contact Melissa Franke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Grace for the Wounded Grace for the Wounded is a confidential weekly small group program for survivors of abuse in all forms. We cover issues like what the Bible says about abuse and how surviving abuse has impacted us. The dynamics and impacts of abuse are universal and all are welcome. Women’s group starts at 6:30 p.m. Contact Bernadette (Bernie): (678) 860–4575 Men’s group starts at 6:30 p.m. Contact Paul: (214) 226-8234
Ministry to Men
First Watch on Fridays Meets through November 12, 6:22 a.m. in The Commons First Watch on Tuesdays Meets through November 16, 6:30 p.m. in West C/D First Watch Xtra Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m.in the Training Center Visit men.irvingbible.org for info.
There’s always something new going on in Bible communities! Here’s a taste of what’s going on this month: Synergy — 9 a.m. High School Room Come join us as we delve into a parenting series entitled “Sacred Parenting.” Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Gary Thomas turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us. Girlfriends — 10:45 a.m. Commons Annex A Bible study for women of any age or station in life who attend church alone. Join us as we study God’s word together and pray for each other. We will be sharing ways God can help us to de-stress our busy lives. Join us the first Sunday of each month for “Pancakes & Prayer.” Central Park — 6:45 p.m. Conference Room Central Park is a group of young adults focused on studying God’s word and living in community with one another. In November we will be exploring the idea of Christian community more closely as we take a look at I Corinthians. The Point — 6:45 p.m. The Alcove Come join one of our table discussions: Tilt-a-Whirl by N.D Wilson, Sermon Series or A Walk through the Parables. For more information or to find out more about all our Bible communities, go to biblecommunities. irvingbible.org or call Jen at (972) 560–4655.
Traducción del Servicio los Domingos Traducción simultánea en el Servicio de las 5 p.m. Escuchénlo en la red: irvingbible.org. Se necesitan traductores. Sunday Service Translation Simultaneous translation available during the 5 p.m. service. Spanish Translations online at irvingbible. org. Translators needed. ESL: (Ingles Como Segundo Idioma) — AZ14 & 15 ¿Quiere aprender inglés? ¿Quiere mejorar su inglés? ¡Ven a las clases de inglés (ESL)! Practica en las cuatro destrezas: lectura, escritura, oral y auditiva. Cada miércoles desde 6:30–8:30 p.m. Para más información, contacte a Lauren Menge: email@example.com Estudio Biblico de Mujeres Martes 9:30 a 11:30 a.m. o 6:30 a 8:30 p.m. Acompañanos a estudiar y meditar en la palabra de Dios junto a otras mujeres. Women’s Bible Study Tuesday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join us as we study and meditate on God’s word with other women.
Stuff People Need
Volunteer at the Citizen Class Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m.– 8 p.m. Interested in leading others to obtain the necessary knowledge in their preparation in becoming a U.S. citizen? Join our team on Wednesday nights now through December 17. No experience necessary! Contact Michael Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Young at Heart (ages 55+)
Celtic Blaze — November 14, 2:30 p.m. — Entertainment Center at Carpenter Hall Join us for a fun night out as we see Celtic Blaze, a fast-paced blend of singing, Celtic step dancing and Irish fiddling. For more information, visit entertainmentseriesofirving.com or call the Box Office at (972) 253–1383. Dinner at El Fenix Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. at El Fenix on Airport Freeway (Hwy 183) west of Beltline. Lend Me a Tenor — Thursday, November 18, 8 p.m. Join us for a night at the theatre as the ICT Mainstage (Dupree Theatre) presents Lend Me a Tenor, a comedy of mishaps! Rated PG13. For more info, visit irvingtheatre.org or call the Box Office at (972) 252–2787 Potluck Lunch and Fellowship Nov. 21 — The Commons Annex Meet us in the Commons Annex adjoining the Haven immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service for lunch and fellowship. Bring a dish to share. To add or remove names from the Seasoned Saints mailing list, e-mail email@example.com.
Infants Through 5th Grade
Looking for an Opportunity to Serve? We have a place for you! Men, women, teens, girls and boys! We love them all! Contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Respite Care for Special Needs Caregivers One Saturday evening a month respite is provided by volunteers to give caregivers of children
Learning Experiences for the Journey
Hope for the Hurting
Recovery at IBC — Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. — The Commons Perfectionism, pride, overeating, shopping, anger, control ... and you thought Recovery at IBC was just about drug, alcohol or sexual addictions!
Alpha Wednesdays from 6:30–8 p.m. in Training Center
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Community and Resources
Mentors and Mentees Meet & Eat — Wednesday, November 3, 5:45 p.m. — Haven Sports and games afterwards! Car Care Event Saturday, November 6 Mentors and Kids “Mystery Outing” — Saturday, November 6, 10 a.m. Meet at IBC at 10 a.m. by the silver sculpture. Includes lunch and a major surprise! Nov. 13–14 Pilot Knoll Park on Lake Lewisville Join us for tent camping, fishing, boating, hiking and loads of fun! On Track Pot Luck Sunday, November 14 Movie Night at Trinity Broadcasting Network facility Saturday, November 20 Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner November 27 Children’s Christmas Parade Saturday morning, December 4, Dallas Women’s Christmas Dinner for Single Moms — Tuesday, December 7, 6:30–9 p.m. Contact Jennifer, director of the Single Parent Ministry, at email@example.com for more information. Questions about a single-parent event? Contact Marsha at (972) 560–4633 x586 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Camping Trip
College Ministry — Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. — The Alcove Join the IBC College Ministry Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Alcove (below the Mosaic Cafe at IBC). For more information, contact email@example.com.
Wednesday Nights at IBC
A Little Bit of Everything
Stitches of Faith Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Mosaic Café We are meeting at the Mosaic Café on Tuesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Come join us as we continue to craft afghans for our military and learn a new skill or technique. Questions? Contact Wendy Vera at (214) 533–2781 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. IBC Crop Night December 3, 5–10 p.m. The Commons Annex Join us for scrapbooking fun Friday December 3. Just bring your pictures, albums and tools and let’s crop. If you are new to scrapbooking let us know and we will be happy to help get you started. Don’t hesitate to join us if you are a card maker, paper crafter or digital scrapper. For more information please contact Nikki Heinemann at nikkiscraps@ verizon.net. Budget Coaching Are you ready to get financially fit? Want someone to help coach you so you can take control of your finances God’s way? For more info about getting a personal budget coach, contact budgetcoaching@ irvingbible.org. Hearing Assistance Hearing Assistance is available during all three worship services. You can stop by the Journey Lounge for instructions. NICHE (North Irving Christian Home Educators) No meeting is scheduled for November. We pray each of you have a blessing-filled Thanksgiving holiday, surrounded by those you love! -Your NICHE Board of Directors; contact NICHE at: texasniche06@ gmail.com. New Arrivals Congratulations to the following families on the births of their children: Steven and Joanie Smith and their son Henry (Hank) Robert Smith, born August 12, weighing 8 lbs and 15 oz, 19 ¾ inches. Fred and Joanne Cunha and their son Mattias Linden, born September 7, weighing 7 lbs and 11 oz, 19 inches.
Ministry To Women
Women’s Fall Bible Study “Sisterhood: From Alone to Known” Tuesdays 9:30–11:30 a.m. -or6:30–8:30 p.m. For more information or to register, go to irvingbible.org and click on the women’s ministry tab. MOPS — Thursday, November 18, 7–8:30 p.m. — The Commons For registration or more information contact Sara Taylor at email@example.com.
Job Transition Workshop Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. IBC Career Transition Ministry welcomes you to join us on Wednesday nights for training and information on your job search needs. During our eight-week program we will cover job search, resume, interview, networking, issues and general questions or concerns. You are welcome to join at any time. What sets us apart from other group meetings is that we offer one-on-one attention to address your specific needs. For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE Citizenship Class Wednesdays from 6:30–8 p.m. It’s not too late; you can still become a U.S. Citizen! If you are at least 18 years old and have been issued a Permanent Resident Card and have a desire to become a Naturalized U.S. citizen, please join us each Wednesday night. The class will run approximately twelve weeks. We’ll guide you through the N-400 paper work and prepare you for the main components of the new citizenship test. Class is free and study materials are provided, but students are responsible for the fees associated for N-400 application process, payable to the U.S. Naturalization Services. Students may attend the class without having to submit for the N-400. E-mail email@example.com to register. ESL: English as a Second Language — Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. — AZ14 & 15 Do you want to learn English? Do you want to improve your English? Come to ESL classes! Practice all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. For more info, contact Lauren Menge at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit 2435kinwest.org for a list of other activities and ways to get involved.
20s and Early 30s
The Gathering for Young Adults This a chance for young adults to relax, enjoy great music, food, conversation and life specific encouragement. Join us the first three Thursdays in November and December, 7 p.m. at the Mo. Chat with Shauna Niequist November 5, at 7 p.m. The Alcove A free gathering with the author of Bittersweet, a book about thoughts on change, grace and learning the hard way. See ad on pg. 17 for more information. Showing of the Movie: “The Playground” — November 16, at 7 p.m. — The Kessler Theatre Join us for a showing of the film “The Playground.” This is a film to raise awareness about human trafficking and sexual exploitation in America. Directed by Libby Spears, Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Steven Soderbergh. Tickets are $7 and are available at www.thekessler.org. For more info, contact email@example.com.
Middle/High School and College
Sundays — 6:45–8 p.m. 6–8th grade meets in The Commons 9–12th grade meets in the High School Room Wednesdays Join us each Wednesday to experience The “W.” Bring $3 for a delicious meal and stay for fun, games & relationships. High School Retreat Who: All 9–12th graders When: November 12–14 Where: Sky Ranch; Van, Texas Cost: $160 Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Are You New to IBC?
You're probably wanting to learn more about who we are, what we believe and how to get plugged in.
November 26 in The Commons
Newcomer Gathering is for you.
Wednesday, November 3, 6:30 p.m., The Alcove If you are new to IBC, we invite you to attend a Newcomer Gathering. This informal get-together is for anyone wanting to learn more about who we are, what we believe and how to get plugged in — regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey. Meet elders and church leadership, ask questions and get to know other IBCers. Register online at newcomergathering.irvingbible.org. KidZone is available for children birth-preschool. Register 48 hours in advance at kidzone.irvingbible.org. For children kindergarten-5th grade, MyZone is availible, no registration necessary.
This Thanksgiving, join other IBCers for our annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast. Enjoy a great meal with friends, plus take a moment to reflect on God’s goodness to you. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Please register at Journey Lounge so we know how to prepare. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please call Rod or Karen at (214) 513-2589.
Sunday, November 28
This year, instead of Lighting the Flame being a stand-alone Saturday night event it has changed to Sunday November 28. Please join us as we celebrate the end of the church calendar year and kick off the Advent season during Sunday services.
Please Note: Children Kindergarten – 5th grade should participate in this worship event with their families. There will not be children’s services for them this Sunday.
Kids’ Night Out
Thankfulness Craft Night
Saturday, November 13, 6–9 p.m. in The Alcove
Kids’ Night Out is for single parent families. Parents get an evening off, while their kids are mentored by amazing volunteers. This month’s event is Thankfulness Craft Night. Here is a list of the festivities: • Eat great food • Count your blessings • Express your thankfulness • Make Thanksgiving crafts and cards • Learn the five ingredients of “The Lord’s Prayer” • Bag up your own trail mix • Watch “Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving”
Bittersweet Book Tour, with author, Shauna Niequist Friday, November 5, 7 p.m., in The Alcove
Join us for an intimate evening with the author of our October Chick Lit pick. We’ll enjoy coffee, chocolate and great conversation as we hear more of her story. Shauna Niequist will share her thoughts about friendship, loss and how we find God’s fingerprints in even the darkest seasons. Together we will hear stories about faith, family and the nourishment we receive when we gather around the table with people we love. We’ll talk about the moments of loss that shape us forever and the ways God redeems the broken places in our lives. We’ll be selling the book for $10 (cheaper than Amazon!). For more information, contact Aubrey Flores at email@example.com.
Annual Women’s Christmas Dinner
Tuesday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. at Irving Bible Church
hat better way to kick off the Christmas season than a night out with the girls? Join us for an evening of festive beauty, great conversation and lots of laughter. This year’s dinner will feature the improv comedy of troupe Pavlov’s Dogs.Tickets are $20 each or $160/table of eight. Table décor raffle proceeds to benefit ALARM African Women’s Initiatives. Tickets go on sale November 7–28 after women’s Bible study and Sunday worship services. For more info or to register for KidZone, our excellent program for children, go to www.amovementofwomen.org.
HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT NOVEMBER 12–14
SKY RANCH—VAN, TX 9–12TH GRADERS COST $160
In years past, grabbing an angel from our Community Tree in the Town Square has been a great way to worship and help someone in need! This year is no exception. The tree will go up the Sunday after Thanksgiving and will be filled with opportunities for you to help this Christmas. We will have angels for many different causes, including the Gifts for Children of Prisoners Angel Tree Project, IBC Family Needs, Community Partners and many others. Please consider taking a look and taking an angel (or two!).
WITH YOUR BIBLE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MARY ANN AT MCONNOR@IRVINGBIBLE.ORG.
First Worship Service: 9 a.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages) Nexus (40+ singles), The Alcove The Tree (newly and nearly weds), West D Synergy (30s and 40s couples), Middle School Room
HOW DO I GIVE
My Time, Talents & Skills
Single Parent Ministry — Ways to Give Sponsor a single mom or a table of single moms for the Women’s Christmas Dinner. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsor a family or make a donation for a single parent family to attend Horn Creek Camp in June 2011. Contact Jennifer at email@example.com. Needed: IBC Men and Women mentors. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hospitality Ministries Come join a team of men and women who serve by helping create a welcoming environment where newcomers and old timers alike sense they are truly cared for. From the parking lot to the sanctuary and everywhere in between, we help people experience Jesus by making sure they feel at home. See page 8 for more information. Children’s Ministry has a Spot for You! Looking for a great way to serve without being in a classroom? We need: Four spots to serve in the Welcome Center. What does it look like? This is a 45 minute commitment. You’ll greet families visiting IBC for the first time. We staff weekly, bi-weekly, or whatever works best for your schedule Four spots to serve at the check in kiosks in the brick hallway, you know the spot: the fun place where folks fellowship while in line every Sunday. You’ll serve for
15 minutes prior to service through 15 minutes after service. This is a weekly to bi- monthly commitment and spots are open for 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. service times. E-mail email@example.com for more details or to volunteer. Thanksgiving Baskets are Here! It’s that time of year again. We’re gearing up for the holiday season with our Thanksgiving baskets. Would you join us this year to help out our neighbors in need by providing a Thanksgiving meal? Our goal this year is 2,000 baskets! Simply pick up a basket in the Town Square, fill it with canned goods and other Thanksgiving-ish items and return them no later than November 21 around the baptismal. For more information and to find out about volunteer opportunities, contact Anna Martinez at amartinez@ irvingbible.org. Can You Run a Camera? We need more volunteers to run cameras during the Sunday services. Contact Jeff Taylor at jtaylor@ irvingbible.org.
Second Worship Service: 10:45 a.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages) Crossroads (mid 20s to mid 30s couples), The Alcove On Track (single parents), West C Journey (all welcome), Middle School Room Girlfriends (solo on Sundays), Commons Annex Renew (multi-generational), Training Center Thrive (30s and 40s singles), West D
Third Worship Service: 5 p.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages)
Community Dinner: 6 p.m. Community Events: 6:45 p.m.
The Point (20s singles), The Alcove Central Park (20s singles & couples), Conferance Room Legacy Builders (all welcome), Zone Jr. 7 Middle School, The Commons High School, Student Ministries Area
Cars for Missionary Families Do you have an extra car to loan a missionary family on furlough? Contact the International Initiatives department (firstname.lastname@example.org). Online Giving Option If you would find it more convenient to donate to the ministries of Irving Bible Church online, please visit give.irvingbible.org.
Sunday Community Meals
Join us in the Town Square for our community meal on Sundays at 6 p.m. Meals are $3 per person or $10 max./family.
Also, check out the Needs Board in the Town Square to find out how you can help meet the needs of others at IBC.
11/7 Pizza, breadsticks and salad bar 11/14 Chicken fajitas and salad bar 11/21 Grilled hamburgers or brats, chips and salad bar 11/28 Happy Thanksgiving … no meal!
If you’d like to serve on a Sunday night meal team, contact Pat O’Reilly at (214) 289-6176 or email@example.com.
God invites us to a journey. A journey that leads to him and connects us to others. Individually, our journeys are unique, but we share common needs. The need to deepen our souls. The need for relationship. The need for mission and purpose. At IBC, we are all about helping each other on our journeys. We invite you to explore irvingbible.org for all kinds of ways you can navigate your journey.
DEEpEN tHE SOUl
Wednesday Midweek Meals
Each Wednesday night from 5– 6:20 p.m., IBC prepares meals for anyone wanting a good, hot meal. PB&J sandwiches are also available. Cost is $3/meal or $10 max./family. Just come by The Commons, and grab a plate!
Faith isn’t just a one-time discovery but also a lifetime of moving toward God. Our souls are made to grow, not just in knowledge but in connection with God. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey you can go deeper.
Since creation, God has said it is not good for man to be alone. We are designed to work together, play together, live together. It is essential that we are in relationship with others on the journey.
JOIN tHE MISSION
11/3 Pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, cole slaw, tater tots and brownies (Hosted by Bob Downey’s team) 11/10 Pizza, salad and dessert (Hosted by Lavern Howell’s team) 11/17 Pasta with meat sauce, hot bread sticks, salad and dessert (Hosted by Pat O’Reiley’s team) 11/24 Happy Thanksgiving … no meal
If you’d like to serve on a Wednesday night meal team, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be full, a life must be engaged in the story of God restoring his creation and connecting people to himself. We have a responsibility to each other globally and locally in making a difference.
Whether you’re searching for answers, are a new believer, or have been a follower of Christ for many years, we’re all on this journey together…a journey to deepen our soul, to be in relationship and to serve with mission and purpose. Sometimes it’s hard to navigate that path because we share common needs, but each person’s journey is unique. So, we’ve created the Journey Lounge and staffed it with folks we call Journey Guides. They are there to help you with your unique journey. The Journey Lounge is open before, during and after all three worship services on Sunday. It’s located in the Town Square across from the fountain — just look for the cool sofas, comfy chairs and smiling faces.
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We’re all meant to grow, to be in relationship and to join the mission. The Journey Lounge is a place to start.
Age is relative. And not just in the Einsteinian astronaut-traveling-at-nearlight-speed-returns-home-to-find-histwin-brother-is-now-his-grandpa way. For example, given predicted advances in robotics and super glue, I’m probably only one-third of the way through a typical lifespan (and only one-fifth if you consider my cryogenically pampered head separately, which you should, as it will be separated from my torso). Yet, I’m feeling a tad old at the moment. And not just because the hooligans in the office spun some Run DMC on my Victrola.
Reuniting and I Feel So-So
vowel-free first name (see Haggai 2:12). We really are dust in the wind. Just a drop of water in an endless sea. You sing the rest. And that, I suppose, is why I’m feeling a pang of bummerness encroaching upon my otherwise two-ticks-north-of-melancholy disposition. Life is short. And my list of accomplishments — ones that actually matter — feels even shorter. Probably because they all stand under three-feet tall and soil themselves. In the olden days of the early 90s, none of this would have mattered with respect to a reunion. As long as you had moved away (as I did), you could return and pretty much spin any kind of tale you’d like about your life. Sure, telling folks you’re now a successful neuroveterinarian who even more successfully performed the first monkey-dolphin brain transplant would technically be a lie. Which would technically be a sin. Which would technically be frowned upon by the publishers of this column. Which is why I recommend telling that story via dolphin chirps. It adds authenticity. Of course, this is 2010. And approximately 45 percent of my graduating class of 700 is on Facebook. And 45 percent of that 45 percent are my friends. And seeing as how I didn’t have the foresight to construct the myth of Dr. Jason Fox, Neurovet from the get-go on Facebook, I’m pretty much stuck with the truth. Which includes my hairline. Not that I expect most of my classmates to have dramatically different histories than my own. But it would have been nice to have checked a few non-familyrelated items off my list in the last 20 years. Granted, I lost that list 17 years ago and can’t remember what was on it. Which is an important lesson for today’s youth: If you’re going to make a bucket list, don’t write it on an actual bucket. But if you do write it on an actual bucket, do not loan that bucket to your neighbor so he can wash his car. Because he’ll be the one who ends up on stage with Def Leppard instead of you. On the bright side, unlike some attendees who peaked in high school, I have not even come close to peaking. Or even Peking. And really, that’s okay. Because now my current list of accomplishments will be around to see the new stuff they’re (sadly literal) old man pulls off. I just need to find me some dolphins. Jason Fox is the original J-Fro. Accept no substitutes.
No, I’m feeling a skosh creaky because in just a few short days (because days seem shorter as you age) I’m heading back home for my 20-year high school reunion. Twenty years. Where did the time go? Well, there was college (four years), job hunt (six months), first job (two years), second job (eight years), marriage (seven years), third job (one year), self-employment (three years), kids (almost three years) and the fourth job (one year). As you can see, I’ve crammed almost thirty years of actual living into the past twenty years. Which would be impressive if some of those years had been spent overthrowing oppressive tyrants (Oprah), educating the unlearned (Bob Clarkson in the second pew) or scaling mountains to impress the ladies. As opposed to whiling away the time at jobs one, two, three and four. Sure, I’ve still got a couple of years before I hit 40, but I’m ready to start my midlife crisis now. Unfortunately, I cannot afford a sports car, glute implants or even a glute implant simulation app for my iPhone. And, of course, I know deep down that, while these things might make me feel more immature, none would actually make me feel younger. Although I’m willing to test that assumption from behind the wheel of a Cayman S (that’s a Porsche for you Prius drivers out there). In the scope of eternity, 38 years is a giant bucket of nothing. In fact, God makes a point of making a point about the brevity of human existence many times throughout the Old, New and New & Improved with Whitening DazzlePower Testaments. Our lives are but a breath. A vapor. Shorter than Jm J. Bullock’s
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Editor’s Letter Movie Key (movie titles in order of appearance):
Instinct, Waiting Game, Waiting, Waiting to Exhale, A Christmas Carol, Deck the Halls, Chocolat, Overboard, The Reader, The Game, Good Luck, The Hunt, Ugly Truth, My Life, NeverEnding Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Once, The Social Network, Almost Famous, Mallrat, Goodwill Hunting, Legally Blonde, Meet the Parents, Date Night, Up, Cool Runnings, As Good as it Gets, Mission Impossible, Still Waiting, The Empire Strikes Back, Titanic, Se7en, Field of Dreams, North, Year One, City of Roses, Precious, Far from Home, Life is Beautiful, Blind Side, Air Force One, Fighter Pilot, Sweet November, Due Date, Keeping the Faith, A Few Good Men, Inception, Die Hard, Deep Impact, Big, Being Human, Any Given Sunday, Life as We Know It, The Best Years of Our Lives, Into the Wild, The Last Crusade, Twilight, New Moon, Waiter, Unknown, G.O.D., Shadow of a Doubt, A New Hope, Cast Away, Bed of Roses, Face Off, The Ring, Fear, Dark Knight, Rain Man
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Chatter on a recent service trip to Pinyon,Haiti with fellow IBCers: (top L to R) Phil Thye, Thomas Schultz, Reid Lancaster, Steve Erickson, Wayne Lamb, Debbie Lucien (our host) and Joshua Reynolds (bottom L to R) Darren White, Tommy Tucker, Evan Chavez, Sarah Leonhardi, Warren Leonhardi.
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