Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
He has also recently released a book "The Purpose of Christmas." Thought you might be interested in these.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Take the survey and post a comment about what you do as parents.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
So here's the thing - I ASSUME YOU DO TOO! I assume you are involved in children's ministry because YOU too want to make a difference in the lives of kids. I assume you are involved in children's ministry because God has laid a burden on your heart for kids and their families. I assume you are involved in children's ministry because you find it valuable to bring about changed lives in kids.
So, here is what I would like to propose: That sometime in the next two months, you pray about and seek out one of your friends to get involved in Children's Ministry with you, and then tap their shoulder simply saying "Hey, you should come and observe our children's ministry! The kids are so much fun and we could use you to make a difference in the lives of kids."
Why am I asking you do to this? Many reasons:
- The Bible encourages EVERYONE to get involved in service somewhere.
- The more volunteers we have, the smaller and more succinct we can make the tasks which means less stress for everyone.
- This is the most effective means of increasing the number of volunteers, far more than bulletin annoucncments or pulpit announcments from the pastoral staff.
- If you volunteer with a bunch of your friends, imagine how close you can become with them to help in times of crisis and change.
- I am only one person and can therefore only know and invite so many people, combined we know and have influence over a WHOLE LOT MORE!
So, what do you say? Willing to give it a shot? If you DO invite someone, let them simply observe your classroom, and see if they enjoy it. If not, perhaps there is a differnet ministry setting or age group they would prefer. Let's try it and see what happens.
Come on you know you want to sing with me! I love this time of year: Giving-Thanks, food, Christmas, food, snow, christmas light, food....foood... :)
Every year around CW we do a special program designed for all of the busy families that have children or grandchildren. Camp Christmas, held on the first 2 Tuesdays in December, is a time for parents to bring their kids to a safe and fun place while they go out and have a date night, do Christmas shopping, just relax...whatever they want. One of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is a healthy, vibrant relationship with your spouse.
The kids meanwhile will have a blast playing games, jumping inflatables, doing crafts, eating, and attending an amazing worship program. This year we are privledged to have Paul & Jessica Dietzel with us from Servant Hands World Outreach. They are AMAZING!
The cost is minimal - $7 per child with a max of $20 per family. You can register your kids on Sunday mornings in the lobby or call the church office: 810-984-5571.
We of course have lots of volunteers to have the privledge of being part of this unique opportunity, and I would like to invite you to be a part of it. Grandparents, youth, DINKS, this is your chance to start making an intentional difference in the life of kids. Consider it!
See you there,
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Also today, I had the privledge of blessing someone with a simple and very small gift of someone who needed it far more than me. Honestly, it was VERY small, especially in relationship to how much money I spent today (most of which were things for the church). It put a few things in perpsective for me.
Just some food for thought.
Friday, October 31, 2008
I bring this up for two main reasons:
1) How might this affect your voting next Tuesday? What would McCain think about this verses Obama?
2) How long is it before we have teachers inside the so-called "Bible Belt" doing this same thing? As a Christian, how might this affect your view of Public vs. Christian vs. Homeschool?
Food for thought!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
If so, what did you think? Are you or your kids actively using the resource provided to you?
We will be actively promoting this over the next four weeks with a table in the lobby and brochures in the bulletin. The drop off dates are November 16th and 23rd.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Stop up and I'll give you the run down.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here are some of my general thoughts:
- The holiday does indeed have pagan roots in which an attempt to transform the time into at least a semi-Christian base was made by the RCC.
- It is, in recent tradition, come to be known as a "dark holiday" and is highly celebrated by Wiccan and other pagan religions.
- The Bible tells us there are ALWAYS demons and angels around us, regardless if it is October 31st or Februay 14 (a Day of Love).
- While I firmly believe in protecting our children from negative and sinful influences, as a family we are still called to be light in this dark world. I think there is an opportunity to be just that on Halloween.
What are your thoughts?
So come and check it out October 31st @ CWMC in Port Huron, MI.
Monday, October 13, 2008
In case you were not aware, the church is having a special event on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:45 PM with author of "90 Minutes in Heaven," Don Piper. It promises to be an amazing evening.
The reason I am blogging about it is to let you know that we will be running our normal Wednesday night programming that evening. I am excited about some of the things happening on Wednesdays, especially in our elementary program, 2:52 Basics. If you are coming to hear Don speak, be sure to drop you kids off in room 205 for a night of music, drama and relationship building.
As always, I will provide some food and your kiddos are welcome to attend the Pioneer Club Olympic Night. See you at 6:00 PM in the Fireside rooms.
You will also get to take an active part in doing a service project together and take home a resource to encourage family interaction around this topic of serving together.
If you can join us, you are welcome to at 10:45 in the gym of Colonial Woods Missionary Church.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Hi to All,
I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a "We Deserve It Dividend".
To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..
So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00. My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a "We Deserve It Dividend". Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.
But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000.00. What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
- Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.
- Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads.
- Put away money for college - it'll be there.
- Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
- Buy a new car - create jobsInvest in the market - capital drives growth.
- Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves.
- Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else
Remember this is for every adult US Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces. If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( 'vote buy' ) economic incentive that is being proposedby one of our candidates for President. If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!
As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.
Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea that can 'never work.' But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom?
I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 BillionWe deserve it more than the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC do.
And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.
Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.
Kindest personal regards,
T. J . Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic
PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Ran across this video on our church's network today and thought I would share it.
Jesus should be our everything. Not our kids, not our spouse, not money, cars, boats, a nice house, not a good church, not health - JESUS ONLY! Praise God that we can trust Him no matter what!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Spirit of the Living God, who raised Jesus from the dead (not to mention Lazaurs, Jarius' daughter and others), is living inside of us. We have access to the power of the living God as the life of Christ, if we have accepted Him into our lives, has been exchanged for our own. While we may never be able to literally fly or hear the secret thoughts of others, I wonder just what could be accomplished if we were to fully abide in Him.
What area of life do you struggle with? Are you happy in your relationship with your spouse and kids? Do you think that Christ has the power to change that within you? The Bible tells us he is ready and willing, we just have to accept it and make the choice.
Monday, September 22, 2008
We live in a world of constant connectivity - we are always wired, or wirelessly wired, to someone or something outside of ourselves. The Internet, the fable world of television, cell phone with text messaging, etc. I have often thought if that is how our life in Christ should be like? God wants us to be in constant contact with him (i.e., pray without ceasing) and to always be looking for Him in the world around us.
As a parent of young children, I have begun to see my own children being drawn into the world of technology via computers, the ability to record live television to play back later, cell phones (mine that is)... What I must watch out for is that my kids don't REPLACE the relationship to technology with genuine ones with friends and adults. We are created to be social beings - somethting that must never be replaced with technology.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
With those new programs, come some much larger needs for Children’s Ministry volunteers. Here is a run down of what is needed for these new programs as well as the returning ministries
- Lead Teacher – Teaching a set curriculum to a specific age group.
- Teaching Assistant – Helping the Lead Teacher in a specific classroom.
- Small Group Shepherd – Leading a group of 6-8 kids in a relational connecting time.
- Actor/Actress – Memorizing and performing a script for elementary kids.
- Tech/Computer Asst – Running a computer and soundboard for worship and bible lesson.
- Pianist – Someone with experience to play the piano (preferably by chords) during kid’s worship.
- Guitarist – Someone with experience to play the guitar during the Worship time.
- Percussionist – Someone with good sense of rhythm to play a set of bongos during kid’s worship.
Most of these positions are available on both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. While it is preferred that the volunteers are there each week, especially for the Elementary groups, some of the positions can be less (1 or 2 times per month).
A more detailed job description will be provided if you are interested. As always, you must be attending CWMC for a minimum of 6 months and be willing to submit to a background check. Call the church office for questions or to sign up.
Tomorrow night is the Family Night of Boat week put on by Operation Transformation. This is a time of fun, games, face-painting and music for the entire family. You can check out more information about it HERE.
This weekend is the Port Huron to Mackinaw Island boat race taking off Saturday morning.
Finally, next week is the annual Cruise Night in which the church will be hosting an outreach event on the front lawn followed by a drive-in movie in the parking lot. Pop, popcorn and other concessions will be available for purchase during the movie. The movie they are showing is "Over The Hedge."
Finally, don't forget SonWorld Vacation Bible School coming up July 20-24th from 6:30-8:30 PM. You will not want to miss it.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
So parents, have you had to make these kind of tough decisions recently? Living in this society is tough because of the amount of money it takes to keep afloat. Feel free to express yourself by leaving a comment or two.
Monday, June 30, 2008
2) July 20th-24th - "SonWorld" VBS - This will be the theme for VBS this year. You won't want to miss it this year. I even heard you may get a chance to have a Diet Coke explosion on someone???
3) July 18th - Cruise Night Drive-In - After the annual cruise night event, there will be a drive-in movie being shown in the parking lot complete with pop-corn, a snack shack, and sound through your FM Stereo.
4) August 27th - Back 2 School Bash - This annual event has become one of our most popular times for kids and families to enjoy food, fun and fellowship. Come enjoy some games, inflatables, music, and food on the front lawn of the church. Good times will be had by all.
Enjoy the summer time!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Then today at KFC, I noticed a young baby girl in a car seat. The girl's father said it was his first, but his girlfriend's second. That is not sooo extra-ordinary, but gets me thinking what is happening in the lives of people we run into.
Moreover, what would happen if we responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to speak into their lives by asking them about it? How about, at least, using it as an opportunity to ask them if we can pray for them? What about having our kids take time to pray? Jesus said the fields are ripe for the Harvest, but the workers are few - are we ready to help reap the Harvest for God's Kingdom?
The young man in the car pulled into one of the church's driveways, got out of the car and APOLOGIZED to the guy on the bike! What a mature and responsible person. It is not very often that you see someone go out of their way to own up to their mistakes. Though I do now know for sure, I wonder if that young man is a Christian?
I would like to think that Jesus followers would act like that when they nearly seriously hurt someone. But I know I have hurt people emotionally and never have asked thier forgiveness. Is there a difference? I don't mean to be hard on myself, but how hard is it for us own up to our mistakes
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I wonder how in the world Mr. Vander Ark found the time to write all this - the staff section states "He started the Lexicon back in 2000 as a tiny little website with a few lists on it. He's the one who created the graphics and most of the writing on the 700+ pages of the current Lexicon is his." Mr. Vander Ark used to be a Christian school librarian when he became enamored with the books. He claims, also, to have read each of the books 30-40 times! He certainly knows what he is talking about.
Now some of you may have a problem with the Harry Potter books all around, others do not - I am not here to debate that. But imagine if this man would have put the same amount of time into studying, researching, cross-referencing and creating a lexicon for the word of God (assuming he was a Christian while working at the christian school).
Moreover, where is OUR passion for the word of God? I know it is often times a straggle for me to find 10 minutes in the Word, let alone spend hours (like I do on the Internet each day) reading and researching God's Word. Do I have my priorities straight? What about the time I spend with my kids, 3rd on my list of importance in my life (behind God and my wife), as compared to how much I watch TV?
Thoughts to chew on...
Thursday, April 10, 2008
But immediatly following the performance, actor Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum, Meet the Parents) came out to an empty theatre pretending he was late to the show. During the final 30 seconds of the show, he uses the F-word FOUR times; albeit with the necessary but still getting the point "bleeping" at each one. You can watch the clip at YouTube HERE.
In absolute poor taste and judgement, the producers of American Idol simply don't get it - there is a disconnect. However, with that said, at least they allowed the opportunity for God to shine. If perhaps one person was watching that is riding the fence, maybe it will prompt them to come back to God. One can only hope and pray.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
If you would like to check out a video from last year's conference, you can do so by clicking HERE. I will also try and come home with some goodies to give away at our future Equip meetings.
So why do we? Let me put a couple of Bible verses in here:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Some of what he covers in this book includes:
- Amount of time families pour into sports vs. church and family life
- Biblical worldview and why it is important
- Multigenerational faith—passing down Christianity
- Priority of good marriages
- Parents being the main teachers of their children
- Biblical manhood and womanhood
- Stay-at-home moms—importance of motherhood
- Failure of modern day youth ministry
- Emerging Church
- Family Integrated Churches
- Qualifications of a man to be in ministry
I would encourage all of you to get your hands on a copy to read. Dads, I especially recommend this for you, and begin to implement some of his ideas.
Let me know if you decide to get it and read it, I would love to start a dialouge about it.
So what does that have to do with Children's Ministry. Well, you can come to our Equip meeting on March 30th and find out!
What kind of Children's Ministry volunteer will you be? Will you bow out because you don't have the energy? Have you been staying connected to the Vine (John 15)? Finishing Well is not about what is done at the end of your life, but is about what you are doing NOW! It is about living a Christ-centered life here and now.
So how do you accomplish that? Check out this article that I will use in my presentation. Of course, it is not that cut and dry, but these are some great insights in starting today to end up finishing well.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
One more thing...
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
What he is talking about in this video is his book Family Driven Faith that, from what I read, is supposed to be phenomenal. I have already purchased it and my wife is currently reading it (since she reads a lot faster than I do).
So why am I bothering to write about this? Check out this video:
I agree completely with Dr. Baucham - we have been wathcing the breakdown of the Family since the 50's - and yet we wonder why we have all of these social problems and issues within society. I don't blog about this claiming to have it all together, but to open the lines of communication within our churches at how to bring our families together and raise Godly, Discipled kids of the faith; because the way we have been doing it does not seem to be working.
It's time for a wake up call.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I'll bet it breaks the Heart of God to see His creation in such trouble and turmoil. This was not the way He intended for things to be. He created a world that was supposed to be perfect and without these issues...but humanity's flesh and Satan had different ideas.
But while some may seen pure devestation, Paul saw the opportunity for God to be glorified (Romans 4:20-21). I know that during some of my darkest moments, I came out of those KNOWING that I was closer to God than I had ever been. It certainly does not feel like it, but when the shadows are the darkest is when the 'Son' is shining the brightest! So if this is you or your family right now - trust that God is watching during this "valley of the shadow of death."
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Leading this group will be Lori Butterfield assisted by Ann Aschauer for the Spring Musical. If your child enjoys singing or performing drama, this is the group for them! Have them attend their class as usual, they will sing the worship songs with all the other 1st through 5th Graders, then break off for their practice. For now, the kids will be practicing in the 3rd Grade room upstairs, so be sure to tell them where to meet you after the service is completed.
Hopefully we will see them there.....
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Of course we know that he is a one of the false teachers talked about in Matthew 24, but is scary to know that these dangerous influences are always lurking around the corner. As children's workers we have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to be an influence in the lives of kids. You are part of the influences that kids will lean on when tests come into thier lives.
So what type of influence are you in the lives of kids, your own other someone else's? What will keep our kids on solid foundation when trials and negative influences come? Do you want to be a part of that? There is NO BETTER time to influence the lives of people (even into adulthood) than when they are children! We should be as blessed to be able to have this opportunity.
God Bless, Dean
I am also excited because of our next Family Journey in Faith Take-It Home Event. February 10th, during the 2nd Service in the Gym, we will be inviting 4th & 5th Graders AND their parents to join us for a family experience in prayer. These events are part of what the Family Journey ministry is all about - partnering with you to bring about the spiritual discipleship of our kids.
Be sure to put both of these events on your calender and hope to see you there.