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    ThuThursdayAugAugust29th2013 Book Recommendation: A Neglected Grace
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    For most Christians, the mere mention of “family worship” is enough to trigger an onslaught of uncertainty, fear, and guilt. For some, it calls to mind a picture of perfectly well-behaved, docile children sitting around a formal living room, attentively following along in their oversized Bibles while their father reads through the book of Leviticus. For others, it produces the impression of a blissfully harmonious family engaging in hymn- singing of such a jubilant nature as to be fitting for the finale of It’s a Wonderful Life. Far too many of us have convinced ourselves that family worship is an unattainable ideal to be realized only by those rare, immaculately well-ordered families who appear to have stepped straight out of the 1800s. And since we don’t belong to one of those families, we reluctantly settle into a life of low-grade guilt that comes from knowing we should be practicing family worship, but aren’t.

    That’s why Jason Helopoulos’ book, A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, is such a helpful resource. It doesn’t put family worship on the top shelf where only the perfectly pious can reach it. Rather, it presents family worship as a means of grace—an avenue through which chaotic, flawed, sin-prone families can grow together to know and love God more fully. Helopoulos writes, “Family worship, like all kinds of worship, is a means of grace and is not to be viewed as a burden or a task to be accomplished. It is something we do in response to God’s grace, not to earn it… Worship is not to be a weight around our necks, but a means of lifting our heads up.”

    As the leader of a young, imperfect family, I resonate deeply with this. We’re busy. We’re tired. We feel perpetually two steps behind. But far from being reasons to neglect family worship, these are the very reasons why we need family worship. Our heads need to be lifted. Our gaze needs to be turned from its frantic, inward focus to the serene glory of our sovereign Lord.

    But Helopoulos doesn’t just tell us why we need to do family worship. He tells us how. From the simple explanation of the basic components of this discipline to the insightful overview of some helpful hints for its effective practice, this book leaves us well-equipped to dive into the joyful responsibility of family worship—even if it’s for the first time ever.

    With the beginning of a new school year, new schedules, and new routines, I can hardly think of a better time to bring family worship into your home, if it isn’t already. No need to be scared. No need for guilt. Simply grab this book, give it a quick read, then start worshiping. Are you willing to take the plunge?

    TueTuesdayAugAugust27th2013 4G Kicks Off
    byChad Cecil Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    On Friday, August 23, it was the first 4G of the semester. For those who are unfamiliar with Salt & Light, 4G is our weekly large group meeting for teaching, worship, and fellowship.

    This past Friday was an exciting time because it involved not only gathering all the old members but also inviting new ones. It was one of the most diverse groups I have seen in 4 years. We saw international students, new believers, old believers, and quite possibly people still searching for Christ, so it was uplifting.

    During this short period of time we were able to pray, praise, and learn together as Abraham took us through the beginning of Genesis. It allowed me to experience the Spirit pulling a diverse group together to be open with each other, to all worship the same amazing God, and to build deeper relationships through strong biblical fellowship.

    I am so excited to see the new growth in Salt and Light, the zeal for the word that the students exude, and the work of Christ to give us softened hearts and ears to hear. Continue to pray for us, that we will stay focused evangelistically and that our priorities will always stay rooted in Christ as we become disciples making disciples!

    ThuThursdayAugAugust22nd2013 Picnic Recap & Pictures
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment


    The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, and the company was great. This year's church picnic brought out some 350 people to enjoy a Sunday afternoon at Columbian Park. It was a remarkable gathering of long-time Kossuth members, brand new visitors, senior saints, children, international students, neighbors, new friends, old friends, and everyone in between. The park was abuzz with the sounds of the Kossuth family enjoying the community that God is building among us.

    Going into the picnic, it was our prayer that this event would create opportunities for relationships to be formed and the gospel to spread. And by the grace of God, numerous people have attested to the fact that our prayers were answered. One such testimony comes from Geneva Baker, who said, "The ice breaker questions were a great way to meet new people and find out more about people that I thought I knew! I even took the opportunity, while I had a 'captive audience' to explain Ephesians 2:8-9 to four young men from China, as it was one of the answers to the 'five verses that I know' question." And this is just one story among many that could be told!

    We're incredibly grateful for the team of volunteers that pulled together to organize this year's picnic. Their efforts helped to make this event a joy-filled way to wrap up the summer and launch into the fall ministries ahead.

    If you would like to see some photos from the afternoon, click the image below to see the gallery:

    FriFridayAugAugust16th2013 6 Reasons to Serve in Children's Ministry
    byConnie Williams Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11:25)

    Sharing God’s love with children, whether it’s through teaching, helping, or simply playing with them, is one of the most enjoyable and enriching things you can do. When you step out and serve God's children, you will find you are being blessed more than you feel you are blessing them. So as you consider how you might be able to help out in one of our children's Sunday school classes in the coming months, review this list of six reasons to serve, compiled by Tony Kummer:

    1. Children are important to God. There is no question about God’s attitude toward children. The Bible tells us that kids are a blessing from God. While Jesus was on earth, he made a point to welcome children and to affirm their value. He even talked about punishment for anyone who would abuse a child. Make no mistake, kids matter to God. If God’s priorities matter to you, then you should serve in children’s ministry.

    2. Serving in Children’s Ministry multiplies your efforts long-term. There are few ministry opportunities that allow you to impact the future is such a direct way. When you love and teach kids this Sunday, you are also influencing generations to come. These children will one day become parents and church leaders themselves. If you want to change the world long-term, then you should serve in children’s ministry.
     
    3. Reaching children should be a top priority for the church. It’s been proven that most people who will come to Christ do so when they are young. The childhood years are the years of greatest opportunity for the Gospel. Unfortunately, many churches don’t make the most of what God has given them. If you want to see people come to Christ, then you should serve in children’s ministry.
     
    4. Serving children will build humility into your character. Too often, those who work hard in the church nursery or Sunday school are not given credit for their service. “Out of sight out of mind,” is the way most churches operate. While this can be discouraging, I think it’s a blessing in disguise. Like so many other acts of service done quietly, the rewards come in heaven. But in the here-and-now, I am glad for a humble place to serve.

    5. Serving kids will make you a more patient person. Children’s ministry is unpredictable and even the best plans can be torpedoed by a disruptive child. This is another blessing in disguise, working with kids will teach you patience. Where else can you gain this excellent fruit of the Spirit in as little as one hour each week?

    6. The #1 qualification is love. As a young Christian, I discovered that many avenues of church service were beyond my abilities. You may never sing a solo or preach a sermon in church, but God wants you to find a place of ministry. Serving in the children’s ministry is open to almost all Christians. If you love God and his children, then there are many different ways for you to help.

    If you would like to get involved on Sunday mornings, contact Connie Williams or Drew Humphrey.
    WedWednesdayAugAugust14th2013 Connect with Crosswalk
    byPaul Briggs Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    The question is an important one: How can/should KSBC be involved in Crosswalk? Related questions include what path would someone take to get involved at Crosswalk? What follows is a list of ways people can be involved through vital avenues of volunteer service.

    1. Pray. This may seem like the obvious being stated, but we do not take this lightly. Crosswalk is dependent on the prayers of God’s people at KSBC. We need a committed team of prayer partners!

    2. Give generously to KSBC with your regular tithes and offerings and to the 2013 year-end offering which will be dedicated to retiring debt that was taken on to get Crosswalk moving forward.

    3. Adopt...a suite, a room, or a resident!  Adopting a suite, room or resident would include:
    • Praying for the residents of that suite, room or individual (this would involve knowing them by name and a little bit about them: where they are from, what they study, some of their interests)
    • Creatively interacting with them periodically (having them over for a meal, game night, etc.)
    • Taking a personal interest in them, as they demonstrate desire to do so.
    4. Encourage/support with prayer and befriend Crosswalk’s Resident Life Manager (RLM), Cally Burnside.  

    5. Give rides to church each Sunday. Connecting with students relationally while going to and from church is an important avenue of service. There are international students/scholars who, even though they do not yet believe in Jesus, want to attend the International Connection Group and the morning worship at KSBC each Sunday. By giving an international student/scholar a ride to church, you could be the next link in the chain that furthers the student/scholar’s understanding of the Gospel. Would you consider being a part of God’s work in this way?

    6. Be on a “Practical Services” volunteer list. These “practical services” would include things like: taking a student to a doctor’s visit, teaching a student how to drive, helping a student through the driver’s license experience, etc.

    7. Be on an “Event Volunteer” list. This list would include: weekly shopping trips and other regularly scheduled events scheduled to promote community among the Crosswalk residents. Involvement in this area is according to the volunteer’s availability

    8. Be a “Welcome/Move-in Volunteer.” This would involve: helping the student register, get their room assignment, carrying luggage and/or the provision of and service of refreshments.

    9. Provide Crosswalk goodie bags (or box). Ideas of what to include: wrapped Rice Krispie treats, granola bars, Ramen noodles, Crosswalk pen, a laminated list of important phone numbers (bookmark or magnet...this could be prepared by/provided by KSBC), Lafayette/West Lafayette Visitor booklet, coupons to local businesses, restaurants, list of helpful websites, including TV18.

    MonMondayAugAugust5th2013 Love is Being Family
    byAngela Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    We have so many stories we could share about the love shown to us by our KSBC family during the last 4 years of our lives.

    Our son, Ian (who was born with Cerebral Palsy), had surgery on his legs last September. The surgery required his legs to be in full casts, followed by stretching and new casts each week for several weeks. During a conversation with Lynn Collicott, where she was asking what she could do to help, I mentioned the possibility of needing help to navigate these weekly appointments in Indy with Ian in full casts. She jumped on the idea and agreed to go with me. She gave up most of a day each week (we were usually at the surgeon’s office for 2-3 hours plus the 2 hours of driving time) to keep us company, to help hold Ian in the van when he was in so much pain, to assist in getting him in and out of the van and wheelchair, and to help entertain him while we waited. Not only did she joyfully serve in those ways, but she showed up on appointment days with dinner for us! I can’t even describe what a blessing it was to not have to think about a meal when I was so focused on Ian during those post-surgery days! God used the time to grow our friendship and love for each other, and Ian gained another friend. He adores Miss Lynn and would “ask” for her to sit next to him in the van for weeks after the casts were removed.

    Two years ago, Jeremy and Lucas became part of our family and moved to our home full-time. We had no idea what the journey would look like, but the weeks and months ahead proved to be pretty challenging, due to the trauma of their past. We found a Christian therapist that was able to give us practical tools to help navigate these unchartered waters we found ourselves in, and scheduled a 2-week, intensive therapy session with the 3 of us (Tom, Angela, and Lucas.) We asked our church family to intentionally pray for us during that time and beyond. Not only did you pray, but several families immediately offered to bring meals, watch the other boys, and do anything possible to help, which we took you up on! We received cards, e-mails, and texts offering encouragement and Scripture to keep us going. I’m sure I could name 25-30 folks who loved on us and blessed us in some way during those weeks and months, but fear I would leave someone out. God is teaching these self-sufficient parents to depend on Him as well as our KSBC family. We are eternally grateful!

    A few of weeks ago, Tom and I must have looked particularly haggard because in the course of one week, we had 3 couples offer to give us a break! In the past, we would have politely declined but we rarely turn that down now. We were blessed by the Vess family and Scott and Andrea Ridge, who came on separate occasions to entertain the boys so we could get some alone time and run errands. Then, the Van Der Aa family came over and brought Melisa’s delicious tostadas for dinner one evening and stayed to visit while the children played.

    We feel blessed beyond measure to be among a church body that loves on each other the way you do!

    Do you have a story of love being expressed within the Kossuth family? If so, feel free to share your experience and contribute to our ongoing "Love is ____" series for the encouragement of the church. Click here for more details.

    Do you have a story of love being expressed within the Kossuth family? If so, feel free to share your experience and contribute to our ongoing "Love is ____" series for the encouragement of the church. Click here for more details.
    Do you have a story of love being expressed within the Kossuth family? If so, feel free to share your experience and contribute to our ongoing "Love is ____" series for the encouragement of the church. Click here for more details.
    ThuThursdayAugAugust1st2013 Awana Q&A with Mitti Wilson
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    The Awana ministry is one which has been a key part of Kossuth's ministry to young people for a few years now. But not only does it provide a great opportunity for kids to grow in their knowledge of God and the Scriptures, it also provides a great chance for adults to get involved and serve. In anticipation for this year's Awana ministry, there is a need for additional servants who can step in as leaders and help the program run smoothly. To give you a better idea of the need and the opportunities, I asked a few questions of Mitti Wilson, the Commander of the Awana program here at Kossuth.

    Q: What opportunities are available for new leaders in Awana this year?

    A: In order to serve the number of children that we have had in the past, the Awana ministry needs 20 to 25 people. Ideally that is one leader for every 3-5 kids. There is also a need for secretaries and an assistant director.

    Q: What do a typical Awana leader's responsibilities look like?

    A: Leaders are a vital part of Awana and yet the responsibilities are minimal. They need to arrive about 10 minutes early. During Bible Time leaders stay with their kids to encourage them to listen to the speaker. For Handbook Time the leader listens to the kids say verses they've memorized that week. At games a leader cheers the kids on and encourages good sportsmanship.

    Q: What are some of the most rewarding or enjoyable reasons to help out?

    A: Here are a few that come to mind: (1) Interacting with the same kids each week gives you a chance to get to know them in many ways. They get excited when they see you at church or around town. (2) Watching the excitement on a child's face after they've finally been able to say the verse they've been working. (3) When a parent tells you that because of Awana a child has been able to use verses soundly, even to defend their faith. (4) Finding out that a child has put their trust in Christ because of hearing God's Word each week.

    Would you be interested in stepping in to help as a leader this year? If so, contact Mitti (awana@ksbc.net) and see how you can get involved!
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