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He had three years. He was going to make them count. Some of this productivity addiction for me stems from a question that we are asked as children: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I want to be a mom. I want to be a doctor. I want to be a philanthropist with an unquestionably valid mustache. If we started asking instead, “What do you want to DO when you grow up?” we might help a tiny little bit more to establish the difference between being and doing that so many of us lack. We do to be, instead of being to do. Jesus was, and then he did. It’s all backwards. So, who am I today? What’s swirling inside and spilling up over the top? Am I identifying myself with Jesus, who lived at the crest of a God-blown tidal wave, or am I living the heck out of my own life, trying to derive meaning from my iCal and Facebook notifications? What will it take to pull me into real life? Not another sweep of the broom, that’s for sure. It might just be something ordinary yet transcendent, like a nap or a walk or a deep breath — something that hints at the constancy of heaven and the faithfulness of a Savior who doesn’t make us do anything to earn legitimacy — even if it means being one of the faceless, helpless, hungry, 5,000 followers on a remote hillside. After all, it’s better to be fed by Jesus than to be nothing more than a busybody, running around seeing and being seen, distributing chunks of bread, collecting leftovers and planning for contingencies — how Judas must have spent that day. I guess what it boils down to is that it’s better to be full than fussy. Which reminds me why Italy is such a wonderful idea.

I have a hard time relaxing. Maybe it’s all that pent-up angst about the season finale of “Smash,” or my steady Diet Coke drip. It could be that I have not taken a weeklong vacation in eight years (does your honeymoon really count?), or that the grime on my home’s surfaces is more vocal than Fran Drescher. And if you remember who Fran Drescher is, then you probably can’t relax either.

This year, we are finally taking a weeklong vacation sans kiddos. You will hate me when I tell you we are going to Italy. I plan on eating just as many carbohydrates as I can cram down what with all the Diet Coke, and intend to walk off 48,000 calories a day in a stunning pair of Pumas. I don’t think we’ll be doing much relaxing because when you travel to Italy, you have a humanitarian duty to take in all the sights, smells, and I would add “leather,” as you possibly can. It’s really the perfect vacation for an American who regards busy-ness as next to holiness — a non-vacation vacation, which we all know is a little less depraved, a little more like the vacation Christ would have taken. When I picture Jesus, I think of a man with dirt under his toenails and calluses on his heels. A man whose head hit the pillow every night like an anvil, who went from place to place , healing people and forgiving sins. Which is, of course, what he did. If you’ve been following along with our Sunday series “Come Follow Me,” then you can certainly concur that Jesus’ life was a connect-the-dots marathon. Even when he tries to get some R and R with his disciples in Mark chapter 6, the relentless crowds follow him, and he compassionately capitulates, feeding 5,000 of them like the owner of a spiritual — and physical — food truck.

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

Photography Charles Stafford (VBS)* David Farris (Schoolworks)* Victoria Andrews (Splash Night)* Writers Jason Fox (Idle Chatter)* Kelly Jarrell (Founding Father)* Peggy Norton (Let the Joneses Win)* Shawn Small (Ru)*

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

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

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Photo Update: VBS and Schoolworks

Over 380 kids from IBC and the community learned that God is totally trustworthy at this year’s VBS (“SKY”). IBC partner Schoolworks held teacher appreciation luncheons in May to honor Irving teachers at Townsell Elementary and Sam Houston Middle School. The Reading Buddy and Lunch Buddy Celebrations honored volunteers who meet with students once a week to help with reading skills or visit with them over lunch.

F o u n d i ng Fat h e r

In a monTh seT asIde For celebraTIng Independence, a Woman Formerly prosTITuTed In eThIopIa shares hoW she Found Freedom In The FaTher she never kneW. WITh The help oF her neW FrIends neW lIFe advocaTe, IrIe, “naomI” Talks WITh WrITer kelly Jarrell.

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roubled, lonely, and scarred by years of parental neglect, Naomi* set out on her quest for freedom. She was determined to escape the life she hated and chart her own course, but eventually the liberation she sought contorted into chains of bondage. This is the story of how a woman, neglected by family and exploited by prostitution, found her way to America — land of the free — but most importantly, to Jesus, the ultimate founding Father of liberty.

At boarding school, Naomi was placed in a 1st grade class that exceeded her learning abilities. She felt utterly abandoned, frequently cried, and got into trouble. Adding to her distress was her longing to be loved by her earthly father, a man whose identification was kept secret by her mother. Naomi’s school eventually closed due to the war between Ethiopia and Somalia. When tribal problems incited further hatred, she, her brother, and her mother escaped to Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Naomi bounced between other relatives before landing back in a series of boarding schools. At a Christian boarding school, Naomi, lonelier than ever, would ask, “Where is my father?” The personnel at the school replied, “Your Father is in heaven.” Naomi desperately pleaded with God to remove her from a living situation that she deemed unbearable; hatred began growing in her heart because she believed God had cruelly abandoned her. Naomi’s mother and teachers told her that because of her lackluster school performance, she would either end up a street girl or a servant. Naomi decided that she would never be a servant.

Naomi, a native of Ethiopia, was sent to boarding school with her brother when she was only four years old. Her mother believed she was protecting her children from the unseemly side of her business as a bar owner. Naomi could not understand how her mother, an Orthodox Christian, could callously send her away at such a tender age; this left Naomi with negative impressions of God.

Boarding School dropout

Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked nation in the world.

Naomi was eventually kicked out of boarding school and quit the government school she attended for a short time. She felt unloved yet oppressed at home —her mother did not allow her to go outside or have toys, and she was often locked inside her own home. At the tender age of only 11 or 12 years old, Naomi and her mother took a trip where she met a man at a hotel pool. He took her to his room and paid her for sex. Tragically, Naomi relates that it didn’t seem like a big deal because she believed degradation was what she deserved. Having grown accustomed to a society that devalued women and tolerated the sexual exploitation of very young girls, Naomi was desensitized to the idea of being humiliated, used, and discarded by strange men. She took her earnings and bought hair extensions and perfume, but did not tell her mother about the encounter, believing her initiation into prostitution would purchase what she wanted most — freedom to control her own life. Naomi’s captivating beauty allowed her to meet men everywhere. They came from all walks of life and were primarily older men who were Ethiopian or Middle Eastern. She felt OK about being prostituted because she had what she craved — the ability to come and go as she pleased with money to support herself. Eventually, Naomi traveled to live in Greece at the recommendation of her friends, where she spent her time drinking with men in bars — men who also purchased her for sex. Her frequent victimization paid well — often earning her the equivalent of a doctor’s salary — but she drank so heavily that she soon became an alcoholic, sleeping only whenever she blacked out. Her situation would not improve for many years. After eight long years on the streets of Greece, Naomi returned to Ethiopia. She made contact with a male Ethiopian friend who had immigrated to the United States. Seizing on the chance to live in America, the “land of freedom,” she married a man she didn’t love and moved to Chicago. Her husband eventually left her, and she resumed working as a prostitute. Her dignity and respect were at an all-time low, and her descent into despair and loneliness accelerated. After an arrest in Chicago, Naomi’s friends persuaded her to move to Dallas to be a waitress where she eventually became a stripper and resumed involvement in prostitution. Drugs, including cocaine and crystal meth, seemed the only way to dull the unrelenting pain she felt each day. “I was so sick of this empty life,” Naomi remembers. “This existing, not living, life. I still dreamed of meeting a family who would love me and make me OK.” Little did she know, a new family was waiting in the wings. Naomi knew she was enslaved by prostitution and substance abuse but had no idea where to get help. After having a mental breakdown and contemplating suicide, she heard about New Friends New Life (NFNL) from a TV show. New Friends New Life is a partner of Irving Bible Church committed to helping women leave the sex industry by providing counseling, housing, job training, and a strong support system. Eventually, Naomi attended a NFNL meeting, where she met a number of caring women, including Irie, the woman who would become her advocate and friend. Tears spill from Naomi’s eyes as she explains the first meeting with Irie — how
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Irie comforted her and prayed with her. Naomi still hated God, but Irie and others promised to introduce her to the true God of the Bible. NFNL has offered a lifeline of support for Naomi — finding her a job outside the sex industry, helping her enroll in cosmetology school, assisting her in paying bills, and providing counseling. A key aspect of NFNL has been acceptance by people who love Naomi right where she is in her journey. She has a shared understanding and a sense of community with others from similar backgrounds, and feels genuinely loved as a precious child of God created in his image. Most importantly, Naomi has acquired a priceless treasure — freedom in Christ. Naomi says she has ceased her lifelong search for her earthly father in favor of receiving unconditional love from her heavenly Father. God is no longer the unconcerned, callous, distant God she had imagined, but the giver of comfort, peace, and redemption. With great emphasis and a hint of a smile, Naomi says, “I didn’t know that God was this kind of Father.”

...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 corInThIans 3:17

land of the free?

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
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The reasons for Naomi’s victimization are multifaceted: an unstable family life, child prostitution, a culture that often does not value or protect vulnerable women and children, men who selfishly seek pleasure at the expense of degrading others, substance abuse, and brushes with the law. Although many Ethiopians are poor and eat just once a day —living amidst economic distress and civil unrest — Naomi says if their children are loved, cherished, and guided by their parents, they usually do not fall victim to prostitution and other self-destructive behaviors. Naomi’s most important message to others in her situation, however, is that there is hope and restoration in Christ. She encourages other women to visit NFNL to begin the healing process and discover the God who loves them, who can rescue them from the darkest pit and bring them into the glorious freedom that only he can provide. *The name has been changed to protect privacy. As a child, Kelly Jarrell believed firecrackers were dropped from the sky by astronauts on their way to visit the moon.
Kelly works as a stay-at-home wife and mom, and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care. Check out her blog at suburbanvolunteermom.blogspot.com.

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90% of exploited women were abused as children.

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This is what happens when IBCers get their hands on a little time in the spotlight. And when it comes to Young Adults at IBC, the stakes are clearly raised since nobody rocks giant Westway Ford sunglasses quite like a 20-something. This edition of “Who’s Chatter?” is brought to us by The Gathering, a weekly event designed to connect young adults in community while providing a discussion of Scripture or key topic or idea — all in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. On June 7, The Gathering even featured homemade breakfast for dinner. Which explains the distinct bacon aroma wafting off this page.

The Gathering resumes in August. Watch Chatter for details. For a list of summer events with Young Adults at IBC, see page 15.

TempeRaTuRe appRopRiaTe acTiviTieS foR TexaS: A Nifty Guide
Real Stuff To Do
It’s July in DFW, and that means a smoldering smorgasbord of family fun. Check out these (somewhat free) events:
DeaD Sea ScRollS & The BiBle: ancienT aRTifacTS, TimeleSS TReaSuReS: openS July 2

Palpably yearn for death

Search Revelation for signs of the End Lucky you. It’s July.

Doggedly press on Dramatically threaten to melt like the Wicked Witch of the West Join the air-conditioning-bill-hater chorus Come to terms with the relative humidity index Learn what the relative humidity index actually means Look with new pragmatism on otherwise scandalous outfits

They’re the greatest manuscript discovery of the 20th century — and they’re kickin’ it Fort Worth style for just six months. This is your chance to view 16 actual fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including eight exhibited publicly for the first time in history. View other rare artifacts, including a portion of a Gutenberg Bible and a 1511 King James Bible. Visit SeeTheScrolls.com for details.
fouRTh of July in coppell: July 3-4

The Angelina Jolie of suburbs brings you can’t-miss Fourth of July festivities at Andrew Brown Park East, 260 Parkway Blvd. July 3 activities include (from 7-10 p.m.): The Project (featured band), food and vendor booths, bounce houses and games, free goodies, and fireworks at (9:40 p.m.). July 4 activities include (starting at 10 a.m.): patriotic parade and concert (The Joshua Experience), free hot dogs and shaved ice while supplies last. Visit ci.coppell.tx.us for details.
30Th annual lake GRapevine fiRewoRkS exTRavaGanza: July 4

Sweat like a habañero-eating hog on death row

Wear wide-brimmed hats with panache no one knew you had

Make out-of-context comments about croquet Sit in open windows Make socially appropriate comments about your lack of tan

Shy away from tank tops, mostly

You had us at “extravaganza” — a free family fireworks show, 9:30 p.m. at Lake Grapevine. Grapevine also offers Friday fireworks throught the summer. Visit grapevinetexasusa.com for details.
DollaR Day aT The DallaS zoo: July 19

Shiver, and remember this means you are chilly

Insist on earmuffs despite the undeniable advancements in fleece-wear Join the Texans-can’t-drive-in-this-weatherexcept-me chorus

Presented by MetroPCS and three attentionstarved lemurs: The Dallas Zoo offers $1 admission all day and dollar deals throughout the park. Cost: $1 per person for ages 3 and older; free for ages 2 and younger and DZS members; $7 parking. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit dallaszoo.com for details.
Six flaGS’ one voice conceRT SeRieS: July 20- July 21

Search Revelation for signs of the End Pretend to star in ChapStick® commercials

Build trashcan fires

There’s something for everyone during this popular Christian concert series at Six Flags Over Texas. Even your labradoodle. Visit sixflags.com for details.

Water is Life

of website design firm Flying Donut Media, came along to shoot stills and assist in any way possible. I (Shawn Small) wrote and directed the film. But all of our planning would have been in vain if not for the efforts of one special man. Months before we left for Sudan, Steve contacted Bishop Elias Taban, the pastor who helped establish Water is Basic in Sudan. Bishop Taban was excited about the film project, and was willing to assist. We gave him the following criteria for how he could help bring the vision to life: We wanted to show a day in the life of a local child (10–13 years old) who was profoundly affected by the lack of easy access to a clean water source. He or she would have to embody the strength and resilience of the Sudanese people. We also needed to work in a village where Water is Basic was digging a new well. We wanted to film the process of putting in a well from beginning to end, and see how that particular well affected the life of our child. We knew this was a tall order to fill, and we were nervous when Bishop took us to meet the child. But the instant we met her, we were awestruck.

The Water is Basic Documentary
“Ru (Water is Life)” started like many independently produced documentaries: with the impossible goal of telling a story that pulses with the heartbeat of humanity — with no budget. We were sitting in our

local pub on a blazing hot Texas summer day, when my friend, Mike Gwartney, brought up the idea of shooting a documentary in Sudan. Irving Bible Church, under the direction of Steve Roese, created Water is Basic in 2009 as a response to Christian leadership in South Sudan who told Steve that fresh water was the country’s greatest need. Sudan’s 50 years of civil war left crippling poverty, water-borne diseases, and a lack of basic daily resources in its bloody trail. Ninety percent of the population does not have access to clean water. The task of collecting water is relegated to women and children, and the average distance they walk for water is two and a half miles, three times a day. Without this water, their families would not survive. In Sudan, water is life. When they heard the need, IBCers raised enough money within weeks to buy a rig and start a local company to digs wells. For the past few years, Water is Basic has been traveling to the wartorn regions of South Sudan.

Jina Teji is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl with a clear sense of strength in her eyes. As the primary caretaker of five younger siblings and a sickly grandmother, Jina made a two-mile circuit to the local water source three times a day — a tepid hole filled with gray ground water run-off. The groundwater hollow was the primary source of water for the 3,000 inhabitants of Hai village. The daily treks dominated Jina’s life. Even without formal schooling, Jina spoke Arabic, English, and her local language. As we interviewed her, we were impressed with her sharp, intelligent answers. But it was her smile that convinced us that she should be the focus of the documentary. Jina’s smile was the perfect gift to represent the Sudanese. Our week in Hai was dusty, dirty, and delightful. Somehow, Jina forgot about the camera in the midst of her daily activities. She was a natural. The more we filmed, the more our heart broke for her plight, and soared with her determination. We had to remain neutral observers of her life, even though everything in us wanted to help her and the people of Hai.
Joel Smith takes a break from shooting.


Unlike most other NGOs digging wells in Sudan, Water is Basic is run by Sudanese. Water is Basic can put in a well for $5,000, and all of that money goes into the local economy. (Most NGOs in Sudan charge $25 - $40K to dig a well, and the money for the well goes into the NGO — not the local economy). In just a few years, Water is Basic has dug over 300 wells for a fraction of the cost of other NGOs. As we sat in the pub, we began to talk about a trip Steve was leading to Sudan in October of 2010. We thought, “What if we took advantage of the fall trip and shot a documentary to educate others about the colossal need for water in South Sudan?” Within weeks, the idea solidified as we secured our finances and made arrangements. Joel Smith, a cinematographer friend, agreed to volunteer his talents. Although he did not join us in Africa, Mike Gwartney secured our cameras, equipment, and funds for our on-site needs. Jason Wendel, the owner
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Our greatest surprise during the shoot was watching Water is Basic install the well just a quarter of a mile from Jina’s house. For the first time, the 3,000 people of Hai would have easy access to clean water. We were there the day the well burst in fresh water, and saw the party that quickly followed. Jina’s life would be forever altered. South Sudan voted for independence from Sudan only two months after we filmed “Ru,” which made it the newest country on the planet. The doors are still wide open for providing fresh water. “Ru (Water is Life)” has profoundly affected all of us who’ve worked on the project. Our hope is that our short documentary will help raise enough awareness and funds to dig another 100 wells in South Sudan. In April of 2012, our little twenty-minute documentary, “Ru (Water is Life),” was finished. Starting this month, “Ru” will enter the U.S. film festival circuit until April of 2013. Our hope is that “Ru” will generate a buzz for Water is Basic and create a greater awareness of the need for fresh water worldwide. We will also present small private screenings for those interested in supporting the mission of Water is Basic. “Ru” would not have come to pass without the financial and spiritual support of Irving Bible Church, so it is only appropriate that our premiere take place at IBC on July 15 at 6:45 p.m. in The Commons. A limited number of tickets (300) will be available a few weeks in advance in the Town Square for those who would like to come. Tickets are free, and will ensure the event is kept to an optimum size. Steve Roese (Founder and President, WIB United States) and Gregg Murry (Board Chairman, WIB United States) will be there to speak about the film, and answer questions from the audience. This will be followed by a time for coffee, desserts, and fellowship. For every human, water is life. For some, it’s an arduous daily journey. For others it’s only a tap away. Shouldn’t clean water be accessible to every human on the planet? “Ru (Water is Life)” is our meager attempt to bring that hope to pass. Thank you, IBC, for all that you have done to make it possible. Shawn Small has randomly bumped into Jeff Goldblum, Renée Zellweger, Dylan McDermott, Frances McDormand and Pee-wee Herman in NYC.
Shawn Small is an avid adventurer, author, pilgrim, husband, and father of three. He is the founder of Wonder Voyage Missions and Boundless Expeditions. You can catch more of Shawn’s mental gymnastics at ShawnSmallStories.com.


Shawn Small enjoys time with Hai villagers.

July 15, 6:45 p.m. in The Commons As an IBCer, you have a unique privilege of experiencing “Ru” before it hits the film circuit. Hear from the filmmakers, ask questions, and celebrate God’s provision of clean water through Water is Basic.
A limited number of tickets are now available in Town Square.

Roo, one of A.A. Milne’s “Winniethe-Pooh” characters, enjoys the occasional watercress sandwich.

“Undefeated” won the 2011 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

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Sunday WorShip at iBC

Times and Places from the Gospel of Mark
Becoming a Christian means embracing a Savior who loves us and calls us to follow him. Will call this “discipleship,” and at its core is learning how to live like Jesus lived, love like Jesus loved, and serve like Jesus served. Discipleship is what the gospel of Mark is all about. Just as we do today, the first followers of Jesus experienced discipleship in a very hands-on way — in real places with real people at real times. Much of their history is still visible in present-day Israel and beyond.
JUly 1 – a CoSTly MISSIoN

In Mark 6:1-29, we learn Jesus’ mission comes with a high cost. King Herod unjustly puts John the Baptist to death — a man who spent his life proclaiming the coming of Messiah. The traditional site of his tomb is in present-day Turkey.

JUly 8 – FISh aNd loaVeS

In Mark 6:30-44, we see Jesus as the ultimate provider, feeding the crowd of 5,000 not only physically, but also spiritually as the Bread of Life (John 6:35). His miracle takes place in a remote area near Bethsaida, in the northern Galilee region, which looks much the same today as it did then.



JUly 15 – Power oVer ChaoS

Mark 6:45-56 depicts a frightening storm on the Sea of Galilee that reveals the disciples’ lack of understanding about Jesus’ true authority. He walks to their boat across the waves and calms the wind. Today, fishing boats still dock along the banks of Galilee.


JUly 22 – INSIde oUT

In Mark 7:1-23, Jesus confronts the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, teaching that a person’s heart matters just as much as their actions. Ruins from the beautiful synagogue in Capernaum (the disciple Peter’s hometown) show the importance of religious life in first-century Israel.



JUly 29 – CroSSINg BoUNdarIeS

In Mark 7:24-37, we see that Jesus is not bound by Jewish rules, but chooses to heal Gentiles as well. This takes place in the regions of Tyre and Sidon — originally Canaanite port cities on the Mediterranean Sea — as well as in the Decapolis (“Ten Cities”). Beit She’an, one of the “ten cities,” is home to the most well-preserved Roman theater in ancient Samaria.


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



Let the Joneses Win.
Generous Living at IBC directors Kelsi and Dan Borman faced a job loss in the midst of significant financial obligations. Their 5-year journey brought their family freedom from debt and inspired a ministry that has helped over 1,000 IBCers discover principles for financial independence and generosity. The statistics are grim: • 43% of all American families spend more than they earn each year • Overall consumer debt in America has increased by a whopping 1700% since 1971 • For households that have credit card debt, the average amount of debt is $15,799 The world in which we live accepts debt. It’s just a part of life. We buy stuff and then we rent storage spaces to keep our stuff in! It’s an endless cycle that sometimes lasts our whole life, but if we’re lucky, we get a wake-up call. That’s what happened to Dan and Kelsi Borman. Dan and Kelsi were your typical young couple just starting their family. They had one son and one on the way. Dan had a good job, and Kelsi was a stay-at-home mom. But in 2002, something happened that would make them rethink the way they were living their lives. It was Christmastime, and Dan got the news we all dread hearing but which many of us have heard — he was losing his job. Dan quickly realized that there was trouble ahead. While he and Kelsi did not have huge credit card debt, they did have a hefty mortgage, car payments and a substantial 401k loan that would be due in full very soon. And with little money in savings and no contingency plan, Dan started to worry. Dan explains, “The thought that kept going through my mind was ‘how could I let this happen to my family?’” Fortunately, Dan was able to land a new job in three months, but with a 40 percent pay cut things were going to have to change. “My background is in finance and accounting. I couldn’t believe I had let us get into this position financially.” Kelsi explains further, “It’s not like we were living an extravagant lifestyle; we just weren’t watching or paying attention. We had no idea how much we were spending or where our money was going.“ It was Kelsi’s prompting that led the couple to eventually attend Crown Ministries. Before Dan lost his job, he thought you only went to Crown if you were in trouble or couldn’t manage your own finances. “It was very humbling,” Dan admits. “But I realized I was wrong about Crown. Attending the Crown Ministries classes taught us why God wants us to be good stewards of his resources. The reality is that we are spending God’s money; we don’t own anything — it is all his.” Typically, finances and money are topics people don’t want to discuss, but God had a lot to say about it. The Bible has 2,300 verses concerning finances and money, and 16 of the 38 parables deal with money. Crown Ministries taught Dan and Kelsi the “why” of God’s approach to finances, but they were still looking for a little more help on the “how.” That’s where Financial Peace came in. “After learning God’s truth about money, Kelsi and I were more convicted than ever to not only get out of debt but to get to the point of serving God the way we were intended. It’s not just about money; it’s about using your time, talent and resources to further the kingdom of God,” Dan explains. As Dan & Kelsi worked hard at cutting back expenses and sticking to a budget (which is just a matter of what you say “yes” to first), they set the lofty goal of being completely debt free within six years — or by Kelsi’s fortieth birthday. “The first few months were a train wreck,” the couple admits. “We would run out of money before the end of the month. Unexpected expenses would creep up, but we were committed to sticking with it.” Kelsi adds, “Whether consciously or not, we had been trying to keep up with the Joneses. We finally decided to declare the Joneses ‘the winner’ and not play that game anymore and become content wherever we were.” After being pursued by Joe Womack (founder of Generous Living at IBC), Dan agreed to lead the first Financial Peace University (FPU) class in 2006. Dan and Kelsi were on board from the beginning with vision and leadership, and Dan is still teaching classes today. “Debt is a curse,” Dan says. “Once you realize that and you start to work to become debt-free, it’s a liberating experience. God saved us from ourselves.” Dan is passionate about Financial Peace and has seen over 1,000 people attend. “I encourage everyone, especially young people and newly married couples, to take the FPU classes. These are not just for when you are in a crisis; they will help you set a good foundation for your life.” As for Dan and Kelsi’s finances, in just five years — on Kelsi’s 39th birthday — they were able to meet their goal. To celebrate, they called Dave Ramsey’s radio show (Ramsey is the founder of FPU) and happily declared they were truly debt-free. “I love seeing changed lives through Financial Peace,” Dan says. “God has blessed all of us in different ways. But not having the obligation — the curse — of debt can free you up to live a fuller life and serve God in a greater way.” Financial Peace University at IBC begins September 23 with all-new, completely updated materials and a shorter, 9-week commitment timeframe. Registration begins August 23. Watch Chatter for details.
Photo by Ruth Williams.

Peggy Norton’s favorite non-fiction book is “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
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.

The size of most credit cards is 85.60 × 53.98 mm.

“In God We Trust” first appeared on paper money in 1957.

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Special Needs at IBC: offerings
IBC strives to give families and individuals with specials needs a warm, welcoming church home that makes it easier to get involved and join the IBC journey. Here are some ways we are doing that now:
Respite Care

Every fourth Sunday of the month, IBC offers a night out for parents of kids with special needs.
SonShine Pals

A SonShine Pal helps a child with special needs participate in ministry activities with their peers. Pals are available Sundays during all services, and for select special events.
SonShine Rooms

SonShine rooms are for kids who need a little extra individual care on Sundays. Available during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service.

Shannon Miller

There’s a new sheriff in town. And by “sheriff ” we don’t mean Kurt Russell ala “Tombstone,” but his just-as-awesome-if-lesser-known equivalent in the Special Needs ministry at IBC, Shannon Miller. She’s an elementary teacher by day, and a dreamer, volunteer wrangler and detail organizer by night — and also by day, by afternoon, and by most weekends, too. We thank’ee kindly, Shannon, for bringing law and order to these parts. If you have questions about Special Needs at IBC or are interested in getting involved, shoot Shannon an email at specialneeds@ irvingbible.org.

In His Image Bible Study

For adults (18 years +) with specials needs. In His Image is a group designed to help adults with special needs connect in community, grow in Christ, and join the mission of God. If you would like more information on any of these offerings, or are interested in getting involved, please contact specialneeds@irvingbible.org.

Saturday, July 28, 6–9 p.m. Location: Ridgepoint Drive side of IBC, on the grassy hill near the covered patio Activities: Water slides, pools for smaller kids, water games, sidewalk art, hula hoops, bubbles It’s that time of year again, and by “time of year” we don’t mean Christmas, but its redheaded-second-cousin-twice-removed, July. Tis the season to break out the water hoses, kiddie pools, and slip ‘n slides for IBC’s annual Splash Night. The combined effort of the Respite Care and Kids’ Night Out ministries, Splash Night is designed to give single-parent families and families with special needs a wet ‘n wild evening of fun and fellowship. Merry Splashmas! To Eat: Hot dogs, drinks, and popsicles! To Register: Visit irvingbible.org/singleparents (single parents), or contact specialneeds@ irvingbible.org (respite care). To Bring: A marked towel and water shoes. This event is for children age 5 years and older.

respite care & kids’ night out

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Kurt Russell’s middle name is Vogel.

Popsicles were accidentally invented in 1905 by an 11-year-old named Frank Epperson.

who’s who: Stories from Kutch

In 1999, the leadership of Irving Bible Church decided to focus on the Kutchi people of India and East Africa for providing strategic resources and evangelism. The Kutchi are considered part of the infamous “10-40 window” — those regions of the eastern hemisphere located between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator — an area purported to have the highest level of socioeconomic challenges and least access to the Christian message on the planet. Many of the Hindu Kutchi belong to the lowest caste in India, the Dalits, and are considered “untouchable” by society. IBC supports a variety of individuals and groups working among the Kutchi, many of whom are indigenous to India — missionaries, lay pastors, and businessmen — all committed to reaching their neighbors with the good news of the gospel.
(Right: Trade routes between West India and East Africa account for the location of today’s Kutchi populations.)












My name is Kalidas. I am working in a port city in Kutch. Because IBC is partnering with the work among the Kutchi, we are able to press on. I have some families with whom I am involved. Though I still don’t have any regular worship service, I am visiting families in their homes, sharing the gospel with them, and praying with them. There are four HIV positive people, but through prayers, God is bringing some changes in their lives. Several sick people have been healed and have experienced peace in their lives.
HasMuKH: Missionary, CHildren’s Minister

Kalidas: Missionary

gideon: Missionary, leader of tHe KutCHi develoPMent PrograM (KdP)

My first exposure to the beauty of Kutch and its people was with an Operation Mobilization (OM) team in 1976. We spent three months visiting villages, sometimes being beaten up and thrown out. In addition to leading the KDP team, my responsibilities include education centers and economic development programs for the under privileged people across North India. We have two such schools in Kutch (see box below), and IBCers sponsor students at both schools. My dream for Kutch is to see the presence of Christ in each village.

My name is Hasmukh, and I have been working in a rural village in Kutch for about 10 years. Because IBC is partnering with us, we are able to see results in our ministry. Mukesh, who is a carpenter, has believed in Christ. We also visit Shamji. God has healed him, and he too believes in Jesus. Whenever there is any sickness, they will call us to pray. Our main ministry is among children, and we are seeing a good response from them. We have regular worship services, and some who have been healed come for fellowship.
Paul: BroadCaster, evangelist

My name is Paul, and I have worked with Trans World Radio for 18 years. Through our Kutchi Radio program we have seen several responses. Since our partnership with KDP (Kutchi Development Program*) and IBC, I am now regularly visiting people who are seeking truth. After listening to the radio program, Mr. “Smith” committed his life to Christ and is ready for baptism. Another man, who is known as a Hindu saint, is also listening to the radio program on a regular basis and is experiencing change in his life.

The first time I came to Kutch was in 1999 with an Operation Mobilization (OM) team to preach the good news in villages around the capital city. The second time was in 2002 after the earthquake for relief and rehabilitation work. I returned to Kutch in 2005 to teach at an OM Good Shepherd English Medium School (Dalit Education Center), and now I manage the school. I believe that God has kept me in Kutch for his plans and purposes. My dream is that many Kutchi children will get a quality education and become doctors, engineers, teachers and many other professions. Some names have been changed for securit reasons. Special thanks to Debbie Atteberry for her help with this article.
* Individuals and organizations working among the Kutchi in partnership with IBC.

naresH: Missionary, sCHool Manager

School Ties As your own family prepares to head back into the
VISIT dalitchild.com/php/index.php?page=search_students Choose “Gujarat” as the state and “Anterjal” or “Adhoi” for the school. PRAY Commit to praying for the following needs:

MaHendra: eduCator

My name is Mahendra. I am with Jeevan Frontiers in Kutch, India. My work is among snake charmer people. They believe that they should beg to earn their living. I am working among them through a literacy program. By giving them tuition and education, we want to bring transformation in their community. I am also sharing the gospel with them.

classroom, consider sponsoring Kutchi students in one of two IBC-supported schools in the Kutch region of India.

yogesH: Missionary

My name is Yogesh, and I have worked in Kutch, India since 2000. Because of the IBC partnership, we have traveled around the capital city sharing the gospel in surrounding villages. We are also providing tuition for children. During Christmas 2011, we shared with a lady who had cancer. She heard the gospel. Her life was almost lost, and she had lost all hope of living. We anointed her with oil and prayed earnestly for healing. Now she is better, and she is also free from fear.

» Ask God to encourage and protect the school staff members who have left their homes, families, and familiar surroundings to live among the Kutchi and teach their children. » Ask God to reveal himself to the seekers who are attending the Alpha-India Course being held at the school in Anterjal — that they will learn more about who God is and why he is superior to the 330+ million Hindu gods. » Pray that God will prompt families in the communities of Anterjal and Adhoi to allow their daughters to attend school.

Groups on Sunday
There’s always something new going on in Bible Communities! Here’s a taste of what’s happening this month:
The Tree 9 a.m. — West D 20s & 30s, married and Young Families Please join us as we grow together in faith and in our marriages. Crossroads 10:45 a.m. — High School Room 20s & 30s, Married Join us for group discussion and community. Journey 10:45 a.m. — Middle School Room All Welcome Join us as we study the book “Close Encounters of a Divine Kind.” On Track — 10:45 — West C Single Parents Join us as we discuss challenges in dealing with depression and mental illness. Renew 10:45 a.m. — Training Center Diverse, All Ages & Stages We will be doing a study entitled “A Life Well Lived: A Study of Ecclesiastes” in July. Thrive — 10:45 a.m. — West D Singles in their 30s & 40s Join us as we study “The Journey of Desire” by John Eldridge. Legacy Builders 6:45 p.m. — West A All Welcome Join as we enjoy fellowship, prayer, and in-depth Bible teaching.

Community Care
Recovery at IBC Thursdays, 6–8:30 p.m. West Wing Youth Lounge Do you deal with perfectionism, pride, overeating, inappropriate anger or control? Recovery is confidential and all are welcome. Join us for a light meal at 6 p.m. for just $4. Grace For the Wounded A confidential small group ministry that explores the wounds we have received and the healing journey God’s prepared for us. Female group currently offered. Classes start in September. Contact Bernadette at (678) 860-4575 or txsojourner@att.net. NAMI Family-to-Family Class Mondays, 6:30–9:30 p.m. West B Contact Joey at (972) 672-5896 or joey@netbreezeinc.com. Mental Health Support Every other Monday, 6:30 p.m. West A and C Family Grace Group is for family members, friends and caregivers who support individuals with serious mental disorders. Contact Buzz Moody at myrabuzz@gmail.com. Griefshare — Thursdays, 6:30-8:15 p.m. — West C A caring group of people who will walk along side you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Begins August 16. Kidzone is available with prior registration. To register or for more info, contact Sharon at shararrington@verizon.net. The Living Grace Group Is for those who have a mental illness. Contact Melissa Clark at melisser34@yahoo.com. Shelter From the Storm A confidential group for women that meets weekly for 16 weeks focused on seeing God in the middle of recovery and finding hope and healing from sexual abuse. New classes are forming now and space is limited. We offer groups for both teens and adults. Contact Michelle Robinson at shelterfromthestormibc@gmail.com or (214) 725-0898. Stephen Ministry at IBC is a one-to-one caregiving ministry for people going through hard times on life’s journey. Stephen Ministers provide a listening ear and a caring presence for IBCers going through emotionally difficult times such as the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, illness, injury, divorce or other life events. If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, contact stephenministry@irvingbible.org.


Growing Together
Marriage at IBC Sunday nights, 6:45 p.m. West C/D Will resume September 9.


Community and Resources
Splash Night July 28, 6-9 p.m. — IBC Join Single Parents at IBC and Respite Care for Splash Night. See ad pg. 12. One Parent + Kids August 29, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Save the date for the fall kick-off of One Parent + Kids, a 12-week course for single parents and their kids. See ad pg. 15. Sit with us on Sunday! The On Track class enjoys worshiping together in the 9 a.m. service. Come and join us in the lowest right-hand section, Rows 5 & 6, facing the stage.


Ministry to Men
First Watch Summer Series July 27, 6:30 a.m. —The Commons See ad pg. 17. First Watch Xtra Meets Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Training Center. Save the Date: First Watch Resumes September 7.

Visit irvingbible.org/men for more info.

Community at IBC
Groups are on break until August. Contact Ryan Sanders with questions at rsanders@irvingbible.org.


Local and Global
Laundry Love — First Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Located at Amigo Laundromat, 3349 Country Club Dr. in Irving (just down from Sam Houston Middle School). Please join us as we provide free laundry cycles and detergent, strike up conversations and build relationships. For more info visit http://llpirving.org or contact info@llpirving.org. The Ru Premier Sunday, July 15, 6:45p.m. The Commons Experience “Ru,” the Water is Basic documentary, before it hits the film circuit. Hear from the filmmakers, ask questions, and celebrate God’s provision of clean water through Water is Basic. See ad pg. 9.


Community and Resources
Splash Night July 28, 6-9 p.m. — IBC Join Respite Care and Single Parents at IBC for Splash Night. See ad pg. 12. Respite Care Every fourth Saturday For families that have children with special needs. For info on how to register or to volunteer with this ministry, contact Shannon at specialneeds@irvingbible.org. 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 with special needs to be matched with a SonShine Pal. Please contact Shannon at specialneeds@irvingbible.org for more information. In His Image Bible Study Wednesdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m. AZ15 A small group for adults (18+) with special needs. Currently on break until August. Please contact Shannon Miller at specialneeds@ irvingbible.org.

Please visit page 20 for more Sunday Bible Communities.


Infants Through 5th Grade
MyZone Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Zone/Zone Jr. Will be taking a break for the summer until September 5. Contact Beth at bhorn@irvingbible.org. Zone 6:30 Will be talking a break for the summer. Will resume September 11. Contact Beth at bhorn@irvingbible.org.


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


For Folks Ages 55+
Potluck Lunch — July 15 Instead of our normal potluck, we will be going out to lunch. Please meet in the Haven, next to the Commons Annex after the 10:45 a.m. service.

Events and Resources
Alpha — Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Alpha is currently on a break, please contact Kym at kyeichner@irvingbible.org for more information.


Middle/High School and College
Register now for Beach Camp July 13–17 (High School), July 17–20 (Middle School). Register online or

Contact bgroezinger@verizon.net.

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contact Mary Ann. at mconnor@ irvingbible.org.
Middle School Sundays MERGE AM — Meets in the Alcove, 10:45 a.m.–12:05 p.m. Middle School Wednesdays The “W” — Meets in the Student Ministry area, 6:30–8 p.m. High School Sundays Table Discussion — Meets in the Student Ministry area, 6:45–8 p.m. Topic: What I wish I would’ve known in high school. High School Wednesdays SWAG (Students Worship and Gathering) Meets in the Alcove, 6:45–8 p.m. IBC College Ministry Meets Sundays at 6:45–8 p.m. Meets in the MO.


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 of all levels — beginner or pro. Everyone is welcome. You can join any time! No auditions necessary. Contact Crystal at celwell@irvingbible.org. ESL: English as a Second Language — Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. — AZ14 & 15 Do you want to learn English? Improve your English? Come practice all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Starting Fall 2012. Contact Corey at 2435esl@ irvingbible.org. 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. Starting Fall 2012. Contact Michael at 2435citizenship@irvingbible.org. IBC Career Transition Ministry Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Want to find a job? Come learn how to craft a rock-solid resume, use the Internet and LinkedIn to network, and ace the interview. For more info, contact 2435jobtransition@ irvingbible.org.

Paid positions are available in KidZone. Do you love helping kids grow in Christ? For more information please contact Michelle Tibbatts at (972) 560–4633 ext. 591 or kidzone@irvingbible.org. KidZone is a ministry to children whose parents attend the various adult ministries during the week at IBC. New Arrivals Congratulations to the following families on the births of their children:

Kelly and Jessica Haney and their daughter Abigail Grace, born May 9, at 6 lbs, 13 oz, and 19.3 inches. Chris and Melissa Eckert and their son Matthew Elijah, born June 6, at 7 lbs, 2 oz, and 19.75 inches.

Kristen and Mike Seamans and their son Connor James, born March 10, at 9 lbs, 4 oz, and 20 inches. John and Patty Lee and their son Ayden Jeffery, born April 6, at 8 lbs, 2 oz, and 19.75 inches. Melissa and Jeff Browning and their son Hayes, born May 24, at 6 lbs, 6 oz. Stan and Amber Ingram and their son Jack Robert, born April 22, at 7 lbs, 7 oz, and 19.5 inches. Charlie and Beth Fox and their son Dylan Patrick, born May 20, at 6 lbs 13 oz, and 21 inches. Mike and Corinne Shipman and their son Samuel Henry, born May 27, at 7 lbs 9 oz, and 21.5 inches. Jason and Crystal Elwell and their song Ian Palmer, born May 23, at 8 lbs, and 20 inches.

IBC serves a delicious meal each Wednesday and Sunday night for $3. Contact mconnor@irvingbible.org.


Ministry to Women
Register Now — Summer Women’s Bible Study — July 10 This 5-week study will be looking at how to pray God’s way, according to his word.

Sign up at irvingbible.org/women.
Square One August 2–September 6 — CZ 4 Square One is a place for first-time moms to connect with one another for support and encouragement. Babies may attend with their moms (up to 6 months). See ad pg. 16.

Visit 2435kinwest.org

A Little Bit of Everything
NICHE (North Irving Christian Home Educators) The Board of Directors is busily preparing for the 2012-2013 school year. Mark your calendar for the Kick-Off Meeting on Monday, Aug. 27. For more info, contact texasniche06@ gmail.com or check texasniche.com. Stitches of Faith — Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. — The MO area Join as we crochet and knit. Please contact Myrna Vick at myrnavick@ verizon.net. IBC Crop Night — Friday, July 6, 5–10 p.m. Commons Annex Bring your pictures, albums, and tools and let’s crop. Paper crafters and digital scrappers also welcome. For more information please contact Nikki at nikkiscraps@verizon.net. IBC Fall Softball, Men’s and Coed. Now forming teams. Contact Kurt Heinemann at kurtheine76@yahoo. com or (972) 765-9912.

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

Visit irvingbible.org/women.

20s and Early 30s
Fun July Events For all the details, see ad on pg. 16. Weekly Groups Many young adults (marrieds, singles and mixed) meet in smaller groups during the week. The Breakfast Club Sundays, 10 a.m. — The Mosiac Café Join us for conversation and light breakfast before the 10:45 a.m. service.

Contact youngadults@irvingbible. org for more info.

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Need a few activities to take your mind off the temperature this summer? Join the Young Adults at IBC for some weather-defying fun.
7/1 7/7 7/13 7/27 8/16 Yucatan volleyball night Concert at Lone Star Park (Billy Currington) Game Night at Jenn/Victoria’s Apartment Rangers vs. the White Sox game The Gathering Kick-off!

A Summer Women’s Bible Study

do you sometimes struggle with prayer? how to pray? what to pray?
Being a Christian is more than merely believing promises and obeying commands. at its very essence, Christianity isn’t a religion; it’s a relationship. and as we all know, a relationship requires a high commitment to communication. that’s where prayer comes in. Join us this summer as we learn to pray God’s way, according to his Word.

a 5-week Bible Study for women

Lord, Teach Me to Pray by Kay Arthur
July 10 – august 7, 2012 tuesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. registration is $15 (includes workbook). KidZone is available by advance registration, and costs $10/child. For more info or to register, visit irvingbible.org/women.

For more info or to RSVP for any of these events, contact youngadults@irvingbible.org.

First-time mom? Don’t do mothering alone!
August 2-September 6 10 a.m.-12 p.m. free Comfort Zone 4 square One is a place for first-time moms to connect with one another for support and encouragement. Babies may attend with their moms (up to 6 months). Contact sara taylor at sarabeth2@me.com to register.

Do Your Normal Grocery Shopping and Help IBC at the Same Time.
through the tom thumb Good Neighbor and Kroger Neighborto-Neighbor Programs, supporting the ministries of iBC is easy. every time you make a purchase, a portion of your total will be donated to irving Bible Church.

It’s Simple:

Download and print forms at irvingbible.org/donate and follow the instructions to link your reward card to iBC. even if you have linked your Kroger reward card to iBC before, you must re-link your card for the new collection period. the tom thumb program is ongoing. (tom thumb iBC Charity #: 3317) For more information, contact Leigh at lwoo@irvingbible.org.

sHarE YoUr IBC sTorY
Small journeys are part of big journeys, just like small stories make up larger ones. But of course, no one’s story is ever really small. So, what’s yours? The year 2012 marks IBC’s 50-year anniversary. In October, we will be holding a church-wide birthday party of sorts, and we need your help to make the celebration complete. Whether you’ve been at IBC only five days or all 50 years, you have a compelling reason for being here. What is it? How has God led your personal journey to IBC? What’s been the biggest blessing to you? To your family? Maybe your IBC story is even funny, or just a little bit sad. Whatever the details, please share your IBC story with us in 150 words or less at irvingbible.org/ibc50. Oh, and don’t worry. We’ve provided a few examples to help get the words flowing.

First Watch


former Dallas Cowboy speaks on “serious Generosity”
Meets in the Commons. Breakfast is provided.

July 27, 6:30 A.m.

EvErson walls

for more info contact: Kym at kyeichner@irvingbible.org.


*there is no charge for breakfast, but all proceeds from donations benefit New friends New Life.

First Worship Service: 9 a.m.
Children’s Classes (all ages) The Tree (young marrieds and families), West D Synergy (40s and 50s couples), Middle School Room

My Time, Talents & Skills
respite care volunteers By giving a few hours of your time to do crafts, play games, and spend time with special needs children, you give their parents a few hours for themselves. Every fourth Saturday evening. sonshine volunteers A SonShine Pal helps a child with special needs participate in ministry with their peers. Commitment: weekly or bi-weekly, all services available. Our SonShine rooms are available during the 10:45 a.m. service for children who need more individual attention. Commitment: anywhere from once a month to weekly. For any of the above opportunities, contact Shannon at specialneeds@irvingbible.org. middle school/high school summer mission Trips Middle School students will be working on projects in New Orleans, LA and Dallas. The High School students will be going to Honduras and the Navajo Indian Reservation in Apache, Arizona. Contact Mary Ann at mconnor@irvingbible.org to find out how you can support them through prayer or financially. meals for new Friends, new life IBC has the privilege of providing a meal once a month to the women and children of NFNL. Contact Christine at newfriendsnewlife@irvingbible.org. laundry love volunteers Volunteers needed to provide free laundry cycles and detergent, strike up conversations and build relationships at Amigo Laundromat in Irving. For more info, contact info@llpirving.org. mentor kids in single-parent Families Men mentor a boy, and women mentor a girl from a single-parent family. All it takes is a little time and a big heart. Contact Marsha at mtribbett@irvingible.org. kids’ night out volunteer Kids’ Night Out, a ministry for single parent families, is designed to give parents a much needed evening to themselves. Contact Jennifer at jerlenbusch@irvingbible.org.

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

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

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

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

Each Sunday in the Town Square at 6 p.m. Cost is $3/meal or $10 max./family. 7/1 7/8 7/15 7/22 7/29 Pizza, salad bar. Fajita Madness, salad bar. Burgers and brats, salad bar. Baked potatoes with all the fixings, salad bar. Spaghetti and meatballs, salad bar.

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

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

Each Wednesday night from 5–6:20 p.m. in The Commons. Cost is $3/meal or $10 max./family. 7/4 7/11 7/18 7/25 No Meal! Happy 4th of July! Burgers, tater tots, baked beans, salad, dessert. Lasagna, salad, bread sticks, dessert. Sloppy Joes, cole slaw, pickles, dessert.

New to IBC?
Information Center

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

Have questions? We’re here to help.

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

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

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

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

Ready to get plugged in?


Connect with others on the journey.

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ing something from the Nicholas Sparks section of the syrup aisle, plopping one’s mankini’d bod in a lounge chair and shutting off the noggin for hours on end. Maybe it’s because I’m a pasty diabetic who gets pinkified by 40-watt light bulbs. Or that I grew up smack dab in the middle of America where the word “beaches” just evoked flashbacks to a bad Bette Midler movie. Maybe Jimmy Buffet frightens me despite his promise of cheeseburgers in paradise. Regardless of my personal proclivities with regards to beachfront literature, I am here to serve. It’s really a calling, to be sure. Not from God, of course, but from my editor. And so it is my deep, deep pleasure to bring you some more wholesome, holier suggestions for your sand-based Kindle fun. Or, as the kids say, less Fabio, more Samson. You know, with the hair and the pectorals and the…never mind. So, follow the following schedule and you’ll be guaranteed at least one full day of biblical beach-going blissfulness, assuming a lack of wedgies for which neither I nor the aforementioned editor shall be held responsible: Morning devotions If you really want to start a day on the beach right, position yourself for a good glimpse of the sunrise (use an iPad app if you’re on the west coast) and crack open your Ryrie to Job. Then set that pain nugget aside and fire up Genesis Chapter 1 from “The Message.” When read aloud, this more poetic take on creation is guaranteed to bring forth dolphins jumping over rainbows while hugging puppies. Also, it doesn’t once use the word “firmament,” which sounds like a rejected name for a Tic Tac competitor. Mid-Morning Snack Even a lazy day spent gathering carcinoma seeds can use a little action, a little adventure, a little more sizzle. So turn, if you would, to chapter three of my middle name. Here we find a tale of deception, loyalty, fidelity, retribution and barbecue ripe for the full Michael Bay treatment. Imagine a fiery furnace powered by nuclear lasers and capable of frying the world’s entire supply of bacon in one shot. With Donald Sutherland as Nebuchadnezzar and Bruce Willis as retired police detective Shadrach Makain. afternoon Tea Take a break and sing. Sing a psalm. Sing out loud. Sing out strong. But tuck away the KJV and sing U2’s version of Psalm 40. And if you select just the right conch shell, you can do a passable impression of The Edge’s guitar. Seriously. It’s what Coldplay does.

Beach Bible Bingo

I’ll admit up front that I’ve never been much for “the summer beach read” — a practice that involves select-

evening respite Let’s be honest, it’s hard to hang out at a beach – any beach – these days and not have your sunset serenity interrupted by Pamela Anderson getting married for the 473rd time. But instead of cursing the almost-darkness, let the doomed nuptials inspire you to read John 2:1-11, wherein Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding in Cana. It was the Lord’s first recorded miracle, and what he did saved the bride, groom and their families from unheard of embarrassment. Perhaps if you start praying now, he will do the same for Pam. Oh, too late. Moonlit Musing When the night has come and the sand is dark, your Kindle Fire may be the only light you’ll see. And that means it’s time to feel the groove and crank up a love song, as in the Song of Solomon. This short book is the closest thing to a Jackie Collins novel you’ll find in the sacred text, only it’s all kinds of okay and biblical because, well, it’s in the Bible. And if you want to picture Solomon as looking like the guy who played Thor in “The Avengers” (also, “Thor”), I cannot stop you. Although your husband might not appreciate it. Then, as the tide rolls in or possibly out, you can curl up on your blanket, warm yourself with the glowing embers of discarded “In Touch” magazines and gaze in wide wonder at God’s creation. You know, the firmament. Jason Fox has no idea what a bodice is.
Jason is a freelance creative director, copywriter and columnist who offends the prevailing culture at jasonfox.net. His first book, “leeclowsbeard,” (based on his popular Twitter feed of the same name), is available now.

Bette Midler’s informal stage name is “The Divine Miss M.”

Behold, the most horribly awesome discontinued Tic Tac flavor: aniseed.

Contrary to urban legend, cheeseburgers in paradise do not offer Evian spritzes.

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Leif the Lucky (discoverer of North America), Jonathan and Kirsten Browne, and Chatter in Reykjavik, Iceland in front of Hallgrímskirkja church.

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