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    MonMondayJulJuly20th2015 Cross and Crescent
    byDavid W Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Islam increasingly surrounds us. “The world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030.” ISIS and other terrorist groups are regularly in the news. But Islam is not just “over there.” The population of Muslims in the US is expected to increase by 40%, from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030. More and more our neighbors, colleagues, and classmates will be adherents of the Koran and proclaimers of the shahada, “There is no god but God and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.”

    As Christians, should we view this as an opportunity or a threat? How can we engage with Muslims? What does Islam teach? How can we present the gospel in a way that is clear to Muslims?

    The Cross & Crescent Conference (Louisville, KY Aug 4-6) is happening to help Christians like us think through these issues. In their own words: “We want to educate, equip, and encourage Christians to reach out to their Muslim friends; it’s our hope to reduce fear and increase bold gospel witness to Muslim people in neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools.”

    Consider this an opportunity to get excited about and equipped to engage in what God is doing among Muslims. While there are opportunities “over there,” we can’t remind ourselves often enough of the incredible opportunity we have with a world-class university across the river, drawing people “from every tribe and language and people and nation.” We want to learn and grow together in this. If you are interested in going, contact the church office ( so we can coordinate our group.

    ThuThursdayJulJuly16th2015 IFP: 3 Reasons to Participate
    bySarah Menefee Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The International Friendship Program is a program through Purdue that matches new international students with families in the community. Participants agree to meet with their student(s) once a month for the coming semester. Here are thee reasons why I think you should consider participating:

    1. It’s an incredible ministry opportunity that can fit into your everyday life! You know one of the favorite activities of most international students I’ve known? Getting to participate in the everyday life of American friends. If you’re hesitant to sign up for IFP because you think it will involve hours of careful planning to create an extravagant trip or event, let me put your mind at ease! Your international friend would love to attend your child’s soccer game or choir concert. They’d appreciate you taking them along when you go grocery shopping. A trip to a local park or a cookout at your house would be a blast! Basically, the things you are already doing with your family and friends are opportunities to include your new international friend.

    2. It’s fun, and you can make great new friends! Check out what Cally Burnside had to share about her experience:

    “The International Friendship Program has been such an exciting experience! I volunteered to invest in three students last year. We went to the zoo, Feast of the Hunter's Moon, movie nights, coffee dates, and on long walks and talks. All the girls have really enriched my life and knowledge by getting to know them. When going into this I did not know what to expect, but I have since discovered I was not only able to help them, they have brought so much to me as well and I now have three very good friends that I would not have met were it not for this program!”

    3. God has given us the incredible opportunity to declare His glory to the Nations from our own backyards. Most of us will probably not spend extended portions of our lives in China or Afghanistan or Brazil, but God has brought people from all those nations and many more to Purdue! What an amazing opportunity we have to build cross-cultural relationships from our own neighborhoods! Hospitality and global disciple-making are our privilege and our responsibility as followers of Jesus and IFP is an easy way to pursue those callings!

    Would you consider the International Friendship Program today? This Sunday, after the Connection hour, a representative from Purdue will be at Kossuth to host an orientation for families or individuals interested in participating. Lunch is provided! Please email April Lee if you would like to attend. It’s not too late!

    ThuThursdayJulJuly9th2015 New Member Spotlight (07/09/2015)
    byMark Ridge Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The Membership Ministry Team would like to welcome Thomas & Kelly Welborn as our newest Kossuth members. They were voted in as full members at the June 28 worship service.  

    Tom & Kelly have been attending Kossuth since September 2014 after moving to Lafayette from Virginia upon Tom’s retirement from the United States Marine Corp. Tom retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of service. Kelly is a stay at home mother to their 4 children, Kristen (11), Danielle (8), Emily (5), and Jonathan (3). Tom & Kelly are regular attenders and involved in the E3 Connection Group and the Wilson/Armstrong Care Group.

    Please introduce yourself as you see Tom and Kelly and welcome them and their family to the KSBC family. 

    ThuThursdayJulJuly2nd2015 New Member Spotlight (07/02/2015)
    byMark Ridge Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The Membership Ministry Team would like to welcome Trenton & Cammie Kilgus and Peter & Brittany Ristau as our newest Kossuth members. They were voted in as full members at the June 14 worship service.  

    Trent & Cammie are originally from Remington, Indiana, but were living in Columbus, Ohio the past few years before moving back to Indiana. They have been attending Kossuth since December 2014. Trent is a Project Manager for D & K Electric, a family owned and run business. Cammie is a stay-at-home mother to their two children, son Andrew (4) and daughter Alexa (2). Trent & Cammie are regular attenders and involved with the E3 Connection Group.

    Peter & Brittany are from Lafayette and have been attending Kossuth since August 2013. Peter is a Software Developer for a Purdue Research Park technology company (IN3). Brittany is a third grade school teacher at Vinton Elementary School and they are the proud new parents to daughter, Autumn (3 months). Peter & Brittany are regular attenders and involved with the Rummel Care Group.

    Please introduce yourself as you see these folks and welcome them to the church family.

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