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A Time to Tailgate

From Karen Sheats



Greetings everyone - I hope that you're all enjoying this wonderful Fall weather and having a good week.

It's not too late - Our Tailgate Luncheon with the Intersect Class is THIS SUNDAY. Just $5 per adult and bring your children. I will be picking up the meat (hamburgers and hot dogs) this Sat. and must have a pretty good idea of a head count.

We will have tents provided by the church that will cover the food and prep area - bring your lawn chairs, tents if you have them and yard games. Mark Karow from Intersect will be our grill master for the afternoon. Intersect is providing desserts and drinks and our class is bringing the side dishes.

I still need a couple of volunteers to help set up. This shouldn't take too long - meet in the ball field by the "A" parking lot. Also, you may want to park in the A parking lot by the ball field that morning so that unloading is easier. If food needs to be stored you can use the refrigerator in the kitchen by the Carmel Room - or store it in a cooler. Don't' forget to bring a change of clothes!! No fun playing games in heels or wearing a coat and tie!!!

E-mail me if you haven't already signed up and let me know how many adults and children you will be bringing and what side dish.

What a way to bring in the Autumn Season!!!

2x4 Ministry gets into the "swing" of things



Kay Jones and Patti Duckworth are leading the 2x4 ministry in our community. Here is a short description from Kay of what was scheduled for today.

As you guys know, the Intersect and Brimberry/Jones ladies are building a Habitat home together- Saturday, September 11th in Matthews. Habitat asks that we provide lunch for our group and for the Habitat volunteers that day. The maximum number will be 35 . I have contacted Outlaw BBQ in Matthews and they are giving us a great sack lunch price of $5.00 pp. This will include a BBQ sandwich, chips, slaw, beverage, cups and napkins. We will just need to provide ice and dessert.

Here is an interview with Kay Jones regarding the activities for today and the 2x4 ministry. Click on this LINK. For a view of the doorknob that Kay refers to in this interview click on this LINK. No one brings you 2x4 ministry updates like we do!

Flash news bulletin this just in from Habitat in Matthews. Nancy Brimberry has installed the doorstop! Don’t try this at home kids.

Connect Groups

Here is a preview of a connect group that met the other night at Dan and Julie’s home. If you are not presently in a connect group we highly encourage you to talk with Christa Moose and get signed up.



What are Connect Groups?
Learning and Living connect group ministry identifies itself with our purpose statement of "equipping God's people to delight in His glory and declare that glory to the nations." These care groups meet together regularly in a non-church setting to help us pursue this goal of delighting in and declaring God's glory in a very personal and practical level.

This is accomplished through…

1. Encouraging one another (i.e., fellowship and biblical application) day after day in our battle against attitudes of unbelief that arise in our hearts to steal our joy in God (cf., Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:23-25);

2. Building up one another (i.e., ministry and discipleship) in faith through the use of spiritual gifts that God freely distributes to His body as He wills for the purpose of edification, so that we might become mature in Christ (cf., Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 14: 12, 26; Hebrews 2:4); and

3. Pursuing our joy in God (i.e., worship and evangelism) through the multiplication of worshipers for the glory of God in our community and beyond.

Groups may vary according to age, special needs/interests, geographical location, family orientation, etc., but they seek to make the above three areas the goal of their existence.

A Caring Community

When our class started in August of 2008 one of the slogans we used for a while was “A caring community unto the glory of God.” As I look back on the beginning days and now today these statements about our ‘learning and living” community still ring true.

So what do we care about?
- We care about getting people back to the basics of God's word
- We care about prayer individually and corporately
- We care about touching, calling and knowing the people in this class
- We care about gathering in order to build relationships at a deeper level
- We care about being there with meals or whatever may be necessary as those in the class are in crisis
- We care about the gospel not only in Charlotte but in the outermost parts of the earth
- We care about being intentional with the time we have to make a difference for the kingdom
- We care about getting involved with others even when it means inconveniencing ourselves
- We care about living truth and not just learning truth
- We care about using our God given gifts and encouraging others to use theirs
- We care about God because He first cared about us!

Connect Group

Our Connect Group gathered on Saturday night for a time of fun, food and fellowship. If you are in our community but not yet connected in a group then may I encourage you to do so. I took some pictures from our time together.



Here is a brief description regarding about connect groups.

Christa Moose in our class is responsible for the Connect Group ministry. She does such a great job with the organization and ongoing vision for this within our community.

What are Connect Groups?
Learning and Living care group ministry identifies itself with our purpose statement of "equipping God's people to delight in His glory and declare that glory to the nations." These care groups meet together regularly in a non-church setting to help us pursue this goal of delighting in and declaring God's glory in a very personal and practical level.

This is accomplished through…

1. Encouraging one another (i.e., fellowship and biblical application) day after day in our battle against attitudes of unbelief that arise in our hearts to steal our joy in God (cf., Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:23-25);

2. Building up one another (i.e., ministry and discipleship) in faith through the use of spiritual gifts that God freely distributes to His body as He wills for the purpose of edification, so that we might become mature in Christ (cf., Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 14: 12, 26; Hebrews 2:4); and
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Intersect lunch

This past Sunday our class had lunch with the Intersect community. The turnout was great and we had plenty of food and wonderful fellowship. Here are a few pictures from the lunch.


Coming January 17


This is a note from Karen Sheats
Happy New Year! Wow has it been cold. What better way to warm up than with comfort food!

January 17th 12:15 - Uptown Auditorium - Chili Cook off.

A sign up sheet will be in this Sunday's books - if you're not going to be there and want to sign up - e-mail me. What to bring: Sign up to bring Chili or a side to compliment Chili, like corn bread, warm fresh bread, salad or perhaps you'd like to bring a dessert. I would also like to know if you can help set up and/or break down. I will need a head count so that I know how many tables, chairs, drinks etc. to set up for. Hope to see you soon.