Tuesday, October 6, 2015


The Crestwood homecoming parade, getting set up in our parking lot.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Box of Bones

 ‘ For know the plans I have for you’ says the Lord. ‘ They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ‘ “
(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
A hospital representative called to say that they were cleaning a closet in a closed orthopedic office and wondered if Mission Central could use a box of human bones.
My first thought was, what will Mission Central do with a skeleton?  But, during the conversation, I came to understand that these were bone fragments used for bone grafts and implants.  While medically valuable – if we didn’t take them – they were going in the dumpster!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

ActionChurch: Blood Drive

Thanks to the many folks from Christ Church and our community that gave blood, and to George and his team for their hospitality on the day.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Church picnic (1 of 2)

Food, soccer, and more! Great fellowship on our church-wide picnic. Thanks to the guys for grilling all the burgers and dogs.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Warming up our voices for praise!

Jack warms up the choir prior to worship. Join in with our music ministry!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mission Impossible #3: Risks

Mission Impossible (3): Risks                                            \Mk 06 07-13
2015/09/27 Christ Church, Mountain Top
Call to Worship, Psalm 40.1-11
Children, Isaiah 52.7
Message, Mark 6.7-13, 30-32

Binding two related themes
      Impossible things that we must face in family life, professional life
      Impossible call of Jesus to follow & serve
Week 1: Departures
      Fish for people
Week 2: Confrontations
      Living the values of the kingdom when the world is in conflict with them
      Allowing Jesus to confront our sin with grace to overcome
Week 3: Risks
      Stepping out in mission with creativity and spontaneity

“If” by Rudyad Kipling
      If you can make one heap of all your winnings
      And risk it on one turn of pitch and toss
      And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
      And never breathe a word about your loss

Risk, ever present in life
      High school, asking a girl out
      Job interviews
      Making a cold call, sales pitch
      Merging two churches (our November “birthday”)
      Going for a 2-point conversion
Essentially risk-averse – need a good reason to step out of safety zone
      “Worth the risk?”

Monday, September 28, 2015

Young Methodists, Environmentalism, and New Churches

Mark Oppenheimer
New York Times

MINNEAPOLIS — Growing up in nearby Eden Prairie, Minn., Tyler Sit felt called to be a minister. But he was not sure what kind.

“I was a cradle Methodist,” said Mr. Sit, 26, who is half-Chinese, half-European and all-Minnesotan: sweet, smiley and Protestant. “I went to church camp, did Sunday school, was youth-group leader, was in the choir, sat on worship committees.”

So Mr. Sit went searching. “I spent a lot of time with Buddhists in Zen circles, studied in India, did a mindfulness retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh,” Mr. Sit said, in a conversation that began in the May Day CafĂ© and wandered several blocks to his apartment. Then, in May 2014, visiting the TaizĂ© Christian spiritual community in France, he decided to return to his roots.

“I realized that Christianity has within itself a deep internal religion, and also a deep ethic of social justice,” Mr. Sit said. “I don’t need to outsource to Buddhism.”

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mission Impossible #2: Confrontations (2015-0920)

Call to Worship, Psalm 2
Children, Joshua 5.13-15
Message, Mark 5.1-20

Binding two related themes
      Impossible things that we must face in family life, professional life
      Impossible call of Jesus to follow & serve
Last week: Departures

Confrontation in Mark’s gospel
      With religious authorities
      With political power (Rome)
Jesus’ message: The time … the kingdom … the good news
      Ancient kingdoms don’t coexist with one another
      Like immortals in the Highlander series or presidential candidates:
            “There can be only one”
Psalm 2:2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed

Mark 3:26-27  And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

      Joshua and the commander of the Lord’s army, Joshua 5.13-15

The man possessed … Symbolic interpretation
      Symbols of uncleanness – tombs, pigs, unclean spirit
      Symbols of chaos – sea, stampede
      Symbols of Roman power – “Legion”, boar’s head
Sociological interpretation of possession
      Absorbing the conflict, confrontation, stress of larger community
      Oppressed societies, abusive families
      Not looking for trouble
      Confronting the trouble that finds him

Your mission … should you choose to accept it