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    TueTuesdayFebFebruary21st2012 New member spotlight (2/21/12)
    byMark Ridge Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The Membership Ministry Team would like to welcome the following new members: Brianna Dillon, and Grant & Cara Gudeman.

    Brianna is from Lafayette and she is the daughter of KSBC Members Dan and Peggy Dillon. Brianna began attending KSBC in the summer of 2010 after graduating from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a degree in Physics. Brianna is currently attending Purdue University and is working toward her PhD in Physics. Brianna is a regular attendee and involved with the Builders ABF.

    Grant and Cara are from Lafayette and have been attending KSBC since October 2011. Grant is a District Sales Manager for Specialty Hybrids Company and Cara is a stay at home mother to their 3 children, Braylyn (5), Morgan (3), and Lincoln (21 months). Grant & Cara are also regular attendees and involved with the Builders ABF.

    Please introduce yourself as you see these new members and welcome them to our family. And if you’re interested in becoming a member, don’t forget about the upcoming Membership Matters class on Saturday, March 3, from 9:00am to 11:30am.

    TueTuesdayFebFebruary14th2012 Scenes from the Kossuth Café
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Did you make it to the Kossuth Café last week? Were you encouraged by the conversations you had and the relationships you developed? Did you meet someone new? Did you connect with someone you haven't talked to in a while? Did you learn something from a wise mentor? Did you share something with a younger disciple? Did you reach out to a friend or neighbor? Did you grow in your love for God and his people?

    If you experienced any of these things, then the Kossuth Café was a success! So take a moment to give thanks to God. Then find one of the volunteers who helped plan, organize, set up, or serve, and thank them for their ministry to the church.

    And while you're in a reflective and grateful mood, take two minutes to relive a great evening of music and fellowship with this short video of scenes from the event:

    TueTuesdayFebFebruary7th2012 Interview with Daryl Starr
    byConnections Staff Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    The Connections staff recently had the opportunity to ask Daryl Starr some questions pertaining to the small group ministry at KSBC. Here's what Daryl had to say:

    Connections: What is your role in relationship to the small group ministry at KSBC?

    Daryl: I volunteered to serve as a coordinator of sorts of the small group ministry. It’s an administrative assistant type of role where I help people find homes in small groups at our church, as well as help groups grow and mature.

    Connections: How do you think small group ministry contributes to the building up of the body of Christ?

    Daryl: Life on life experience is critical to spiritual growth. Most teaching environments are mostly one way and not at a greatly intimate level. They are certainly necessary, but small groups enable individuals to connect with each other to ask questions, discuss and hold each other accountable in ways that a classroom style setting cannot realistically accomplish. Ultimately, these relationships grow and exemplify Christ's love for us as we love one another within his church.

    Connections: What are some of the most encouraging things you're hearing or seeing from the various groups?

    Daryl: I hear awesome stories about groups and individuals stepping up and taking action after conversations at their small groups… me taking on this role was one of those examples! I know of groups sending care packages to missionaries, donating funds as a group, or serving the elderly on a regular basis. Other individuals have praised their group to me, but in a confidential way, saying they have been encouraged through these friendships to persist through challenging situations. God is alive and well in our small groups and that is super encouraging for my own walk.

    Connections: If you could exhort every small group member with one piece of advice, what would you tell them?

    Daryl: I would have to encourage people to be more honest. Get in a group, make sure you have confidentiality and get committed. If you do that, this should be a safe environment to ask tough questions and share what is really on your heart. If you do that, God will move in the lives of the people He has surrounded you with. Your life will change and He will be glorified. Of course, I’m still learning this myself, but it’s what I tell myself! Thanks to our Small Group Leaders for years of love! Oh, and one more thing…ask me about becoming a co-leader! 
    FriFridayFebFebruary3rd2012 Fiddler at the Café
    byJessica Berger Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    On Friday, February 10, the Kossuth Café will kick off its sixth event with the music stylings of Kossuth’s very own Nathan Davis. Nathan is a fiddler, composes some of his own music, and has performed recently not only as a participant in our worship band on Sunday mornings but also at Nine Irish Brothers and this summer at Hoosier Boys State in the talent competition. We are very excited to hear his wide range of talents and if you want to check out some of his music, you can visit his website.

    Now aside from the wonderful music, delicious snack and beverage choices, and relaxing coffee house atmosphere all offered for free, something even more valuable exists at these events. I am reminded of the last couple events where we have seen cross-generational and cross-cultural fellowship between members of our church and visitors to the café. Due to feedback from our attendees, the Kossuth Café team has implemented intermissions throughout the evening where the musician can take frequent breaks but this also allows for this type of fellowship to take place. How fun it is to see the “Red Hat Ladies” sharing with a group of International girls that told me later that the Café night had been the most fun they have had since being in the US. They wanted to know more about church! This is one of the points of the entire Café experience – to allow members of Kossuth of use the Café as a tool to reach out to friends, family, and other visitors that may need to hear about the love of Christ. Please consider taking part in this event, and use this tool by either inviting your own guests or showing up and being willing to step out and meet someone new.

    WedWednesdayFebFebruary1st2012 An evening of music and hymns
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Coming up in a few weeks is a unique and exciting opportunity for our church family and our community. On Thursday, March 22, we will be hosting Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace for a concert that will be sure to encourage you in the gospel.

    If you've been around KSBC for any length of time, you're probably familiar with Indelible Grace whether you realize it or not. For a number of years now, the folks of Indelible Grace have been taking old (and often forgotten) hymns from our past and setting them to new music. We have enjoyed singing some of these arrangements in corporate worship from time to time, perhaps our favorite being "Arise, My Soul, Arise."

    So we're excited to be able to host a concert right here at KSBC that will spotlight some of their music. The concert will be at 7:30pm on March 22, and admission will be free (although an offering will be taken to help offset the cost). Anyone is welcome to attend, so use this as an opportunity to bring friends, family members, coworkers, or anyone else who might be encouraged by an evening of music and hymns.

    If you would like to learn more, you can check out the Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace websites. Also, below you'll find a video to help acquaint you with the philosophy of Indelible Grace.

    Stay posted for more information in the coming weeks, and make plans to join us!
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