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Preparing for Worship – January 31, 2016

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

God Who Saves
Glorious and Mighty
Come, People of the Risen King
Have Mercy on Me
All I Have Is Christ

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “Discover, Delight In, Develop, and Deploy Your Spiritual Gifts” based on Ephesians 4:7-16. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis and Jared Snead
Leading in Praise: Jared Snead and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Chase Jenkins
Baptism of Karlie McLamb: Andy Winn

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MINISTRY TEAM NEEDS

 Children’s Ministry:         Various Needs

The Children’s Ministry has experienced some pretty exciting growth in numbers in recent years, as well as an uptick in visitors. We are thankful to the Lord for this growth! With a growing ministry comes the need for caring volunteers using their spiritual gifts. Current weekly needs for additional volunteers include childcare, Kids Bible for Life, Wednesday night activities, and special needs.

Encouragement Ministry:         Meals and Preparation

Bill Oakley has been heading up a team of volunteers to provide bereavement meals to the families of First Durham members. This team serves these families by providing food, setting up Morgan Hall for them to eat, and then cleaning up afterwards.  This team also supports other church functions throughout the year. Please consider joining his team.

Facility Ministry:          Documenting Repairs & Maintenance Issues

The Facility ministry needs help documenting short and long term maintenance needs for First Durham.  Some minor knowledge of maintenance or construction would be beneficial but is not required.

Host Ministry:         Sunday Morning Greeting/Welcome Center

The host ministry would like to add 5-7 people to the existing Sunday morning rotation, to serve once every month to 6 weeks engaging our guests and visitors, answering their questions, helping them find the right BFL and children’s classes, and connecting them with other members in the church.

Membership Assimilation:         Prospective New Member Weekends

Richard and Katie Mounce are looking for a few people to help assist on new member weekends with greeting, food preparation, childcare, and clean-up. This is a great opportunity to welcome new members and form relationships with fellow believers.

Men’s Ministry:         Growing Men in Christ-likeness

The Men’s Ministry would like to find men who are willing to lead initiatives that will develop men in the following 4 areas of focus: Personal Spiritual Health (quiet times, study), Families (marriage, parenting), Church (spiritual gifts, giving), Outreach (evangelism, missions). If you’re interested in leading or participating in a men’s discipleship group please let us know.

Security Ministry:         Security Rotations

The security ministry would like to find men to stand at the doors to provide security and considerate oversight during regularly-sanctioned First Durham events. There is a team in place so your participation would be no more than one event a month and would begin about 30 minutes before and end 15 minutes after the particular gathering.

Senior Adult Ministry:         Homebound

The senior adult ministry would like to have a couple of people participate in ministering to the homebound. This includes visiting, writing cards, or making calls. These types of interactions are such a blessing to those who are often not able to join us on our Sunday gatherings

Women’s Ministry:         Hospitality & Event Organization

The Women’s ministry is in need of a group of women to assist the team in hospitality and organization of events. We look forward to a great year of women’s ministry, and would be tremendously grateful for help in these areas.

Worship Ministry:         Lord’s Supper Preparation

The worship ministry would like to find a couple to assist the existing team with the preparation and clean-up of the Lords Supper. This effort would occur about every other month and takes about 1 hour of time.

International Ministry:         Various Needs

The international ministry has a variety of needs, all of which are critical to our outreach efforts and great ways to befriend internationals:

  • Childcare Workers – We need childcare workers (specifically females) during our Tuesday morning International Friends (9:30am to 11:30am) and during our Wednesday evening English Conversation classes (6:00pm to 7:30pm). Were it not for the childcare during these times, many of the internationals would not be able to come to these important outreach events.
  • One-on-One Bible Study Leaders – We need men and women who would be willing to meet with internationals who have expressed interest in reading and studying the Bible. Lesson plans and training can be provided. This is an ongoing need!
  • Van Drivers – We are in need of volunteers to drive the church van before BFL and after service on Sundays to provide internationals with transportation to and from First Durham.
  • Teacher(s) for English Conversation – We are in need of a teacher to facilitate our Advanced English Conversation class. Curriculum and training can be provided. Can be a shared responsibility.
  • Home Fellowship – We are in need of a couple to participate in our International home fellowship as conversationalists and to share the Gospel as the Lord leads.
  • Friends – We would love to see people simply come and form friendships with the internationals at our various events. Opportunities abound to host internationals in your home, invite them out to lunch, or meet needs for the sake of the Gospel.

Home Fellowships Needs

Host/Co-host

We could always use members with the gift of hospitality and the desire to open your home for ministry. Due to the growing need to increase the number of homes, we are in need of additional hosts for 2016-2017.

Teacher/Leader

We would love to multiply the number of leaders/teachers next year for Home Fellowships. If you are a man with the gift of teaching and willing to be considered to serve in this way, please let us know.

Formation & Logistics of Next Year’s Ministry

The summer prior to our HF launch in September often brings a variety of tasks needing to be finalized for the coming HF year. We could use those skilled with administration, photography, writing, or just interested in this ministry to assist us during the summer.

Community Outreach Needs

 Vacation Bible School

The dates for Vacation Bible School have been set! It will be held Mon–Fri from 9:00am-12:00noon on June 27– July 1. Please begin praying about your involvement in this important and exciting ministry opportunity!

City Outreach Ministry:         Various

City Outreach includes several weekly outreaches as well as occasional opportunities to serve at events, and volunteers are welcome for each one. Ministry areas include Tuesday night Bible Club at Liberty Street Apartments, planning for future Health Fairs, neighborhood evangelism in the downtown area (also on Tuesday evenings), and youth outreach on Wednesday afternoons. If you have a heart for pro-life or refugee ministry, there are ways you can serve in these areas.

Caring Center

We could use volunteers willing to serve one weekend a month (Friday and Saturday from 10am-12noon) in order to talk to customers, work the register, open/close the store, share your faith, and more. There are also opportunities to serve throughout the week.

Neighborhood Outreach Initiatives

Interested in considering strategic ways to witness and get to know your neighbors? Have you ever considered hosting a neighborhood outreach Bible study or conducting a backyard Bible club for the children in your area? We are eager to encourage, resource, and assist you in faithfully reaching out to your community this coming year.

If you would like assist with any of these ministry needs or would like more information, please CLICK HERE to email Ashley in the church office.

 

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Women’s Ministry Conference Recap

Hey there This past fall over 80 women gathered at First Durham to hear gifted speaker and author Shawn Lantz speak on the topics of jealousy and forgiveness. Shawn delivered 3 powerful messages during the conference and in this post we have made the audio versions available to you for your own personal enrichment. Also, Shawn’s bible studies on jealousy and forgiveness as well as her book Congo Vignettes are available in the North Tower Resource center.

Audio Segment 1

Audio Segment 2

Audio Segment 3

 

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Preparing for Worship – January 24, 2016

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

God Who Saves
Glorious and Mighty
Come, People of the Risen King
Have Mercy on Me
My Heart Is Filled
All I Have Is Christ

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “Discover, Develop and Deploy Your Spiritual Gifts” based on Ephesians 4:7-16. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis and Jared Snead
Leading in Praise: Jared Snead and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Chase Jenkins

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Preparing for Worship – January 17, 2016

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

You Have Been Raised
In Christ Alone
Come, Ye Sinners
O Great God
Jesus Paid It All (O Praise the One)

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “Life in Christ” based on John 1:1-14. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis, Chris McKeel and Daniel Renstrom
Leading in Praise: Daniel Renstrom and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Andy Lynch
Testimony: Walter Lee

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Preparing for Worship – January 10, 2016

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

O, Praise the Name
Here Is Love
Jesus, Thank You
Sing to Jesus
He Will Hold Me Fast
By Faith

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “Spiritual Gifts Build the Body of Christ toward Perfection” based on Ephesians 4:7-16. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis, Andy Winn and Daniel Renstrom
Leading in Praise: Daniel Renstrom and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Ben Zweigle
Baptism: Abi Richardson

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Preparing for Worship – January 3, 2016

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

We Will Lift You Up
You Alone Can Rescue
All Creatures of Our God and King
There Is a Fountain
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “Spiritual Gifts for the Building of the Body” based on Ephesians 4:7-16. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis, Rick Lesh and Daniel Renstrom
Leading in Praise: Daniel Renstrom and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Daniel Renstrom

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Preparing for Worship – December 27, 2015

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

Come, Thou Fount
Across the Lands
Holy, Holy, Holy
All Glory Be to Christ
The Solid Rock

Sunday’s Sermon:

Ron Halbrooks’ message on Sunday is “The Heavenly War, the Church’s Earthly Mission” based on Ephesians 6:10-13. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Ron Halbrooks
Leading in Prayer: Ron Halbrooks and Ross Smith
Leading in Praise: Ross Smith and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Brad Estes

 

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Preparing for Worship – December 20, 2015

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Hymns and Songs We Will Be Singing on Sunday:

Angels We Have Heard on High
Joy to the World
Behold Our God
In Christ Alone

Sunday’s Sermon:

Andy Davis’ message on Sunday is “Christ Descended from Heaven to Raise Us Up to Heaven” based on John 6:35-51.. Read and meditate on this scripture passage for Sunday as you prepare for corporate worship.

Pray for Our Leaders:

Preaching: Andy Davis
Leading in Prayer: Andy Davis, Andy Winn, Kyle Mercer and Daniel Renstrom
Leading in Praise: Daniel Renstrom and the Worship Ministry Team
Reading Scripture: Charles Todd
Baptism: Andy Winn

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