DESERT CROSS Weekly Newsletter

DESERT CROSS
Weekly Newsletter
Sharing | Loving | Serving
Mission Statement: As a missional congregation, we celebrate
Christ’s presence, invite people into a growing relationship with Jesus
and equip them to serve in a broken world.
Welcome to worship! All are invited to participate in Communion.
During communion you are invited to kneel as you are able. Grape
juice or gluten-free wafers are available. We love children worshiping
with us. If you prefer, there is supervised nursery for ages four and
younger. Friendship pads are used to stay connected. Please fill out
the pad to let us know you were here and how we can keep in touch.
Fellowship opportunities on Sunday: 9:00-10:45am in Tempe and in
Gilbert following worship.
Prayer of the Day: Gracious God, we want to put our lives in your
hands, but too many times we hold back because of all the bad things
that go on in this world. Help us to remember that you are in charge
and that with you all things are possible. Thank you for that hope.
Through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Today’s Hunger Jar Offering will go to the ELCA Malaria Campaign.
ATTENDANCE
April 20 - 1,080
HUNGER JAR
$906.27
NEXT GOSPEL
Luke 24:13-35
April 26-27, 2014
Second Sunday of Easter
WEEKLY CALENDAR
TEMPE
SUN (4/27)
8:00amWorship
8:30amFellowship
9:30amWorship
9:30am
Sunday School
10:45amWorship
7:00pm
H.S. Night
MON (4/28)
7:00pm
Ringing Praise
TUE (4/29)
9:30am
Joyful Noises
5:45pmSongleaders
7:00pm
Band Rehearsal
7:00pmBasketball
WED (4/30)
4:45pmIgnite
7:30pm
Sanctuary Choir
GILBERT
SUN (4/27)
9:00am
Sunday School
10:15amWorship
11:15amFellowship
WED (4/30)
9:30am
Joyful Noises
THUR (5/1)
9:00am
Coffee Fellowship
2:00pm
Book Group
7:00pm
Book Group
SAT (5/3)
5:00pmWorship
SUN (5/4)
8:00amWorship
8:30amFellowship
9:30amWorship
9:30am
Sunday School
10:45amWorship
12:00pmCongregational
Meeting
7:00pm
H.S. Night
THUR (5/1)
10:00am
C3 Group
SUN (5/4)
9:00am
Sunday School
10:15amWorship
11:15amFellowship
CHRISTCARE GROUPS
Contact Denise McClellan at [email protected] or
(480) 730-8600 for specific group locations.
Sun 7:00pm
Mon 9:30am
Tue 9:00am, 10:00am, 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm
Wed 7:00am, 8:15am, 9:00am, 7:00pm
Thu 7:00am, 6:15pm
Flowers:
Flowers on the altar are given by John Redmond in memory of Betty.
The white carnations on the altar are in memory of Lois Meiche,
of Ione Aldrich’s brother and of Sandra Fischer’s sister, Karen.
STAFF CORNER
Pastor Matt Dobyns
He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
We as people of faith gather during Easter (and all throughout the
year) to mark the newness that comes because of what God is up to in
our world; sometimes it even sneaks up on us. As I look out upon the
next few months, I see lots of exciting and amazing newness that God
has in store for us.
WE90 begins in the fall, which will be an amazing time for our
community to support young and old in the promises of our baptisms.
We are taking a look at our facilities and dreaming together about how
they can best be used for everything God has in store for us. We also
look with anticipation at the possibility of a third pastor joining our
community and the wonderful newness that will provide.
Each of these possibilities, while they are independent of each other,
when combined together provide some amazing possibilities for the
community of Desert Cross. I truly see God alive and at work in this
community of faith, and I see God calling us to be a voice and presence
of Jesus for our world, culture shift and all.
It is an absolute joy for me to journey with all of you into all of this
newness God has prepared for us! Alleluia!
SUMMER WORSHIP TIMES
Beginning May 18, Sunday worship
in Tempe will adjust to a summer
schedule. The new times for worship
services will be 8:30 and 10am.
Saturday evening and Gilbert
worship times will remain the same.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 12:00pm • Tempe Sanctuary
The purpose of the meeting is to address the agenda items listed
below. We hope all will attend the meeting to address these
important matters in the life of Desert Cross.
AGENDA
I. Land sale update and plans for sale proceeds
II. Election of one Church Council member (Laura Krizan) and
two Endowment Committee members (Bob Rose & Sharynn
Jennings) *3 year terms for these positions.*
Please note that there is still time prior to the meeting to
submit additional nominees to the nominating committee.
Please submit these names by April 24, 2014.
III. Discussion and consideration of calling a third ordained pastor
(follow-up to previous Congregational votes on June 24, 2012
and August 5, 2012.
IV. IF a decision is made to move forward with the calling of a third
ordained pastor, then election of a Call Committee
V. Architect Will Bruder’s preliminary facility update. This is a
follow-up to Will’s presentation/ information gathering session
on March 2, 2014.
Laura and Kurt Krizan and their 3 children have been members of DCLC
for about 2 years. Laura is a Sunday School teacher, serves in worship
and is a member of the Gilbert Hospitality team. Sharynn Jennings
and Bob Rose have each been members of DCLC for 16 years.
Are you willing to serve on the Call Committee?
We are asking that those with an interest in serving on a Call
Committee submit their names in advance. If the decision is made to
call a third pastor, we will then be able to quickly move forward. As
always, the goal is to have an inclusive, representative body.
We are looking for three adults and one youth representative, to go
along with one church staff member and one Church Council member.
When submitting names for consideration, please include a brief
statement as to the gift(s) you would bring to a Call Committee.
These submissions can be sealed and put in the Sanders’ mailbox,
dropped off in the office attention to Mark Sanders, or e-mailed to the
Church Council at: [email protected]
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SPECIAL HUNGER JAR OFFERINGS
May 3 & 4
To support our Desert Cross Lutheran Church
Feed My Starving Children packing event
May 10-25
Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Phoenix distributes tens
of thousands of water bottles to the homeless throughout the
hot months. All hunger jar donations the weekends of May 10/11,
May 17/18 and May 24/25 will be donated to Grace Lutheran
for this special ministry.
COMPASSION SUNDAY
Desert Cross is participating in Compassion Sunday on May 3 & 4
at all Tempe worship services. This is a national event that helps us
grow in our understanding of God’s very
special love for the poor. It’s also an
opportunity for each of us to intervene
in the life of at least one child in poverty.
For more information, contact Joy Petroff
at [email protected] or visit
compassionsunday.com
HIDDEN TREASURES THRIFT STORE
610 N. Alma School Suite 30 • Chandler, AZ 85224
Hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Sat • 9am-6pm Thu
(480) 857-8310 • www.treasuresthrift.com
Thank you. Your donations help make the store successful. Your
shopping and volunteer hours keep us going. You are essential.
Mother’s Day is May 11th. Hidden Treasures has jewelry, books,
clothing and décor items for Mom. There may be a specialty item in
Silent Auction – check these out now. The store also has a large variety
of basket to help you create a unique gift basket for Mom.
Summer is approaching and many volunteers will be gone. Please
consider helping out a few hours a week. YOU ARE NEEDED.
Donations Needed: Jewelry (including broken pieces), greeting cards,
kitchen items, craft items. Clothes: Maternity and scrubs.
NEW GROUP IN GILBERT
C3: Coffee, Conversation and Christ
Thursdays at 10am • Gilbert Campus • Starting on April 24
You’ve been asking; so let’s do it. Coffee, treats, and you. The Group
will determine the specific agenda: fellow, study, support, ministry
activity? Ages 18 to 98 are welcome.
ADULT FELLOWSHIP
Shepherd of the Valley and Lunch at Mandarin Buffet
Wednesday, May 7
The Adult Fellowship Group is going to visit Pastor Harold Stromer at
Shepherd of the Valley. Shepherd of the Valley has a display of crèches
from around the world for us to tour. We’ll also visit their Mission of
Mercy outreach program. Mission of Mercy is a mobile medical van
providing free health services to the uninsured.
We’ll meet at Desert Cross Tempe for carpooling at 9:15 am.
Please RSVP by Monday, May 5. Contact Ormal and Margie Saathoff
at 480-883-7736
BOOK GROUP
April 24-May 15
Tempe Community Center Adult Classroom
2:00pm or 7:00 pm
We’ll be reading and discussing The Burgess Boys
by Elizabeth Strout. Afternoon group, contact
Becky Endres at [email protected] or
(480) 862-3137. Evening group, contact Denise
McClellan at [email protected] or
(480) 730-8600
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Join us for Family Night
April 30 • Gilbert • 5:30-7:00pm
There will be family dinner from 5:30-6:00pm.
Then parents will enjoy a guest speaker from
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality,
talking about children’s environmental health.
The kids will be doing a service project and some fun games. Nursery
is available for ages 2 and under, and youth are invited to help with the
project/games. Families with kids of all ages bring your flock, friends,
and neighbors…and join the fun!
Field Trip of Faith:
DCLC Packing Event at
Feed My Starving Children
Thursday, May 8 • 4:00-5:30pm
Kids ages 5 years old and up can attend with an adult! This is a fun
way to serve as a family! We have 45 spots available so please RSVP to
Shannon Fossett ([email protected]) as soon as possible. The
Feed My Starving Children Packing Site is located at 7965 S. Priest Dr.,
Suite 106 Tempe, AZ 85284.
Mark Your Calendars for
2 Weeks of Fun at DCLC This Summer
Registration forms are available on the website. We need lots of
volunteers for these programs. Thank you for considering!
Vacation Bible School
Weird Animals
Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind
June 9-13
Music Camp
Joseph:
From the Pit to the Palace
June 16-20
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Desert Cross Students – Scholarships Available
If you are a high school graduating senior or continuing college
student and are a member of Desert Cross, the Desert Cross
Endowment Committee will be considering scholarship requests at
the May meeting. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship
please submit an application form to the committee by May 7th. Forms
are available in the church office.
If you have any questions please contact one of the committee
members. Bob Rose, Jim Mathews, Sharynn Jennings,
Sue Eberle, or Mari Johnson.
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
Missionary Tree
Look for the “Missionary Trees” in Tempe and Gilbert. These trees
carry pictures of our Desert Cross Summer Mission Trip Missionaries.
We will be traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to build homes for families
in need. Also with these pictures you will see a small bio on the
missionaries as well as a small red envelope. Our hope is that you take
one of these ornaments off of our tree, pray for the chosen missionary
and if possible, return the little red envelope with a donation in that
persons honor. Any donation you make will go to help the entire team
of approximately 40 people.
9th Annual Desert Cross Lutheran Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 24 • 7:30am Shotgun Start
Foothills Golf Club
2201 E. Clubhouse Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85048
Join us for a day of fun and golf. Tournament
proceeds will benefit the Youth Mexico Mission
Team. Registration available online,
or register in person beginning Sunday,
May 4 in Tempe or Gilbert.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Habitat for Humanity Golf Scramble
Saturday, April 26 • 7:30am Shotgun • Club West Golf Club
16400 South 14th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85045
Cost is $95 per player (includes, golf, lunch, range balls, etc.).
A flyer is available in the Tempe Narthex with additional information.
So we can let the golf course know how many are planning on
attending, please contact Mike Murray if you’d like to sign up.
Mike Murray can be contacted at [email protected],
(480) 345-7634 or (480) 600-4291.
MS Bike Ride
As many of you know, many of our own Desert Cross members are
affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Help fight MS and join the movement by
supporting Art Krzyzewski as he rides up to 150 miles on May 17 and
May 18, 2014 along with the team he is on, “The Main Street Mashers.”
You can go to bikemsarizona.org to donate directly or see Art at the
Tempe site. If you have any questions, you can call him at
(602) 292-0663 or e-mail Art at [email protected]
Five B Barbecue
Sunday June 1 • 4-6pm
Come for an evening of fun and friends to benefit
a great cause! Burgers, Brats, Beans and Bars the
fifth B is bring a friend. The Five B Barbecue will
benefit the Mexico Mission Trip .
Craft Night
Friday, May 17 • 6pm • Tempe Fellowship Hall
Bring a craft, bring a friend, get your projects done! If you have
questions or need directions, contact Shelley at [email protected]
THE DANIEL PLAN
Celebration this Sunday!
We have completed the first 6 weeks on The
Daniel Plan and will be celebrating on Sunday
April 27, at 11:00 am in the Community Center.
We will be setting up at about 10:30 if you
are available to help. Individuals will have a chance to share their
experiences and we will enjoy snacks, finger food and dessert! Last
names starting with A-L bring a Daniel Plan snack food or finger food
and last names starting with M-Z bring a Daniel Plan dessert.
We want to tally up our weight loss so if you have not given your total
to your group leader you can send it to Kelly Murray, [email protected]
Please contact your group leader to see if your group will be meeting
during the summer. Or you can always contact Kelly at (480) 345-7634
or [email protected] with any questions.
STEPHEN MINISTRY
Stressed? Feeling Down? Need Encouragement?
Stephen Ministers don’t just provide care for
people experiencing a major crisis. They also
provide care and support for people weighed
down by the little things in life. If you’re feeling
down, lonely, stressed, or discouraged, you
could benefit from the care, support, and
MINISTRY
encouragement of a Stephen Minister. It’s
free. It’s confidential. And it will really make a
difference in your life! To find out more, talk with one of our Pastors
or Stephen Leaders: Denise Viker or Deb Christiansen. Our Stephen
Ministers are there to care!
STEPHEN
LOCATIONS
TEMPE
8600 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85284
(NW Corner of McClintock/Warner)
GILBERT
3225 S. Lindsay Rd. #101
Gilbert, AZ 85297
(SE Corner of Lindsay/Pecos)
CONTACT US
8600 S. McClintock Dr. Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 730-8600 • www.desertcross.org
MINISTRY STAFF
Senior Pastor
Dan Megorden
[email protected]
Office Manager
Dawn Collins
[email protected]
Associate Pastor
Matt Dobyns
[email protected]
Parish Nurse
Denise Viker, RN
[email protected]
Operations & Property
Doug Bjotvedt
[email protected]
Worship Coordinator
Jacque Jecker
[email protected]
Adult Ministries
Denise McClellan
[email protected]
Youth Ministries
Chad Diegle
[email protected]
Children’s Ministries
Shannon Fossett
[email protected]
Children’s Music
Janet Katel-Johnston
[email protected]
Tempe Worship & Music
Jane Yost
[email protected]
Gilbert Worship & Music
Michael Lottes
[email protected]
Communications Coordinator
Christy VandenBerg
[email protected]
Pianist
Aimee Fincher & Janet Norman
Church Council
[email protected]
PRAYER CHAIN
Please send requests to
[email protected]
or fill out a prayer request form.
NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS
Please send submissions to
[email protected]
by the Tuesday prior.