Hold On Tight!

HOLD ON TIGHT!

It’s an exciting time to be a part of SCC Kids! Whether you are the youngest of our crew or are beginning the “tween” phase, we have new things in store for you this spring!

 

At SCC Kids we want to partner with parents at whatever phase your child or children are in. There are several ways in which we try to accomplish this. First, the PARENT CUE. At the beginning of each month, when you pick up your kids, you should receive a Parent Cue that has all the details of what we will be learning each week. It also has our monthly memory verse as well as ways that you can connect with your child throughout the week.

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New Year, Same Mission

New Year, Same Mission

We are over a month into 2017 and that means Ignition Student Ministry is in full swing. The band is back together, the Waterwheel Café is pumping out smoothies, and the JCMC is overrun by 80+ students each Wednesday night.  Small groups have been reunited, friends are bringing friends, and the Gospel is being preached. Yes, my friends, Ignition is back… Continue reading

Sing to the Lord!

SING to the LORD …

Lots of wonderful things are happening at Switzerland Community Church this year.  As we look forward to 2017 I wanted to take a moment to give an idea of where we are going.  Last year we had great success in restructuring our Family Ministry department.  Rather than letting children, youth and preschool to continue on as individual, isolated islands, we consolidated vision and support by creating the families ministry umbrella under which all those elements come together and begin to work under a unified vision.   In 2017 we are taking that same philosophy and taking a look at our worship ministry to do the same thing.  We are pulling together music, tech production, front of house (ushers, greeters, connect desk, etc) and liturgy (preaching, communion, scripture reading) and consolidating the vision for those under the banner of worship ministries.  There will be a refreshing of vision and a new excitement of unified co-laboring.  Continue reading

God’s Love

God’s Love

Do you ever find it difficult to communicate love?  Actually, it is difficult to communicate any real emotion.  We have assigned words like love, anger, jealous, etc…  that communicate the presence of that emotion, but they do not do justice to the levels or degrees of the emotion we are feeling.  It takes effort and sometimes struggle to communicate these emotions well.  Those of you reading this who are married, you know that not only is it a struggle, but you must continually communicate them.  The old adage “I told you I loved you when we got married, and I will let you know when that changes”, has never made anyone’s spouse feel all cozy inside.  The truth is, communication (in general) takes work.  It is not something that just happens naturally.  A large portion of the struggles I see in couples as we counsel together can be firmly situated in the realm of communication.  Everyone needs to take the challenge to hone their skills of communication for those they care about the most.  Remember (as we move into Valentine’s season) that the greatest love you can give someone is to allow them to see you and know you for who you are.  This is truly the most challenging task of communication. Continue reading

Epiphany 2017

The Epiphany of 2017

“ ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father

and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ ”

(Matthew 28:19–20 ESV)

 The end of 2016 has arrived and we can now look, through a lens of hope, at 2017.  This is the time when we always set new goals for ourselves and for our families.  Advertisements on television will turn to the latest and greatest weight loss system.  Gyms will start offering special deals to “get in, and get slim!”.  In my house we work on a much more elementary level.  My wife and I would love for 2017 to be the year of children “picking up after themselves!”  Now I know that several of you reading this article just shouted “amen!” from your chair.  For parents, this is the ever impossible, mind blowing, inconceivable hope for the coming year.  Continue reading

Advent of a King

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

(Isaiah 9:6)

            One of the greatest paradoxes in all of Scripture is the prophecy and fulfillment of the incarnation.  How does the all-powerful, creator God choose to arrive within His creation as a helpless babe?  Our God does not seem to suffer from the same insecurities that you and I do.  The pinnacle of His plan to deliver the entire world from sin and death began as a helpless little bundle of flesh, and culminated in ultimate humility upon a cross.  The pride within myself would not allow me to view this as a good plan, especially if I were an all-powerful God who could move the mountains just by speaking.  I would need to be standing victorious on the top of some mountain with complete domination having been my vehicle.  However, this paradox of the incarnation tells us that we do not have a God who is afraid of the same earthly threats that we are.  We have a God who does not need to dominate with supreme violence to obtain ultimate victory.  Rather, our God can enter his creation vulnerable (Matt. 2 displays this).  He can set love, rather than violence, as the new paradigm for his followers (John 13:34-35).  While we were wallowing in our sin, He died, humiliated on a cross at our violent hands (Rom. 5:6), and through this act, He annihilated the rule of sin and death.   You see, this king Jesus is not threatened by our depravity, He is not worried about losing.  He already holds victory firm in His grasp.  He has even promised to return and ultimately remove sin and the enemy from creation.  He rules as our king and longs for us to find our refuge within His arms.  We all need this kind of king.  We need a king who does not simply wrestle with flesh and blood, but conquers, through love, all the evil of this world (Rom. 5:12-21).  We celebrate the advent of our king, both in remembrance of his birth as a baby, and his promised coming again.  This is a season of hope in the fulfilled and still promised deliverance of the believers from the dominion of evil in this world. Continue reading

Go Church!

Go Church !

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20 ESV)

Disciple making is the heart of the church.  Every gift of the Spirit given unto us is entrusted by God for the purpose of actively making disciples of Jesus Christ.  No matter who you are or how you got here, God has called you to be a disciple maker.  Maybe right now for you that means taking a next-step in the faith: Baptism, joining a small group, serving.  Maybe for you that means spending some time in training under a mentor or accountability partner to edify your life in the faith.  Maybe it’s just finding the right place to utilize your gift!  I promise you at Switzerland Community Church we are all about helping discern how God has gifted you and how He intends to use that gift for His glory.  There are no spectators in God’s kingdom. Continue reading

Thankful Past Thanksgiving

Thankful Past Thanksgiving

As we say goodbye to another Thanksgiving season and enter Advent, there’s plenty to be thankful for at Ignition Student Ministry.

I’m thankful for the 25+ adults who volunteer their time to invest in the lives of teenagers on a regular basis. Sometimes it hits me that I get paid to do this, but they volunteer hours of their limited free time, expecting absolutely nothing in return other than for God to be glorified.

I’m thankful for the six students who have accepted Christ for the first time or recommitted their lives to Him over the past four months, and the countless conversations that continue to inch students closer to salvation. Continue reading

SCC K!DS -Christmas Joy!

SCC K!DS – December 2016

When God created the world, He made it perfect. It was a place of peace and contentment. Adam and Eve had no idea what brokenness and sorrow looked like or felt like. God provided fruit trees that were pleasing to the eye and good to eat in His Magnificent Paradise. It was so perfect He could personally walk through his creation! But inevitably, sin entered the world. With sin came jealousy, greed, selfishness and many other consequences that surround us today. As we read through the Old Testament we see the effects of sin on the story of man. People found it more and more difficult to be happy. There is hope! The hope that we have lies in the manger. A baby sent to be our King.

God wants us to have JOY. We try to find joy through our stuff, or in our vacations, or in relationships. The exciting news for us is that JOY is not dependent upon any of those things. JOY is being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Joy is a response to our trust in God. Continue reading

Family Redeeming

Family Redeeming

“Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food.”  (Ruth 1:6)

“So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.”  (Ruth 4:13)

The book of Ruth was supposed to be an easy win for the Fall.  Well…  It was a very big win, but far from easy.  If I am honest, I wanted to pick an Old Testament book that would be simple to preach for my first fall series here at SCC.  The Lord taught me an amazing lesson in the midst of this series.  When preaching His Word, it is never easy, but always a win!  This book has impacted my life significantly over the past several months.  What I thought I knew about the text of Ruth has been overwhelmed by the beauty of the narrative.  We were able to follow the story of Naomi as she experienced the unbearable pain of losing her entire family, to the redemption and restoration of her house.  I hope that you were as blessed by the study as I was.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working through this text and watching our church grow over the fall.  Continue reading