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Many Thanks, Nathan Koebcke!

Our College/Young Adult Sunday school class has really been growing lately. I would like to take a minute to appreciate a young man named Nathan Koebcke. He is involved in Kim Beckwith’s Wednesday morning Bible Study, he’s been singing in the choir lately, and he’s involved with lots of other things here at church.
Nathan took over as the main teacher for what we call the “YAC” (haha) the “Young Adult Class”. This class currently meets in room 106 at 9:30 am every Sunday morning. Nathan does such a great job teaching the class. He is an instructor at UK, so he definitely is a teacher at heart. Along with that, he has a deep knowledge of the scriptures and that really shows through in his teaching. His discussion-based style of teaching really keeps everyone engaged and involved. I really enjoy being able to participate in the class each and every week!
Our young adult ministry has lots of volunteers like Nathan that are not only involved in our ministry, but other ministries throughout the church as well. I love to see young people like Nathan that have taken leadership roles in the church and are setting an example for all of the believers here at Tates Creek Christian Church. Thank you Nathan!

Mike Allen

Plug In to the Worship Ministry

Here we are in mid-August and school has started. Soon, we will be involved in a full schedule of church ministry, too. So, please grant me a few lines to request that you consider becoming involved in the worship ministry at Tates Creek Christian Church. I know that many of you really appreciate the efforts of those already involved, but I guarantee that you will enjoy our ministry more if you are an active partner in it.
Worship Choir begins Wednesday, September 14, at 6:30 PM
The Worship Choir is our most prominent group as they sing most Sundays in our 9:30 AM service. In addition, they also provide music for concerts during the Christmas and Easter season as well as other special concerts. All singers are welcome, but we would especially welcome younger singers who attend our first service. If you can’t join us weekly, perhaps you would consider being a seasonal member for our special concerts. Reading music helps, but not necessary. Just being able to sing a part and having a great personality are the main requirements.
T3CPO (Orchestra) begins Monday, September 19 at 6:00 PM
We have enjoyed having an orchestra that plays monthly in our first service since 2004. In addition to providing special music in our services, T3CPO also accompanies our congregational singing and plays in our Christmas and Easter concerts. This multi-generational group welcomes all players who can play at least moderate level music and we especially need more brass players. Dust off that trumpet, trombone, French horn, or tuba (we actually have a tuba!) and join us!
Rejoicing Ringers (Hand Bells) begins Sunday, Sept.18 at 4:30 PM
I am so glad that we can involve several more people, who don’t consider themselves singers, in our hand bell choir. Rejoicing Ringers ring on a monthly basis in our first service and occasionally in a special concert. We would love to have a couple more folks with a strong arm join this instrumental ensemble.
Worship Ensemble meets as needed Wednesdays at 5:45 PM
This recently formed vocal ensemble assists in leading worship and occasionally provides special music on Sundays when our Worship Choir is on break. While including members of our Choir, this group is also open to other singers. Contact me if interested in joining this ensemble.

Don Seevers

One Nation, United

“For we are God’s creation, founded in Christ upon good works which God preordained, so that we might walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:10

The biggest question that middle and high school students face is finding out where they fit in. The pull to find one’s identity drives students to seek out community in a number of communities before they can finally settle and be comfortable in their own skin. The amazing part of it all is that students, in finding their identity, typically aren’t comfortable with themselves until their peer group can define it for them.
So each group vies for popularity and relevance within the school. Cliques justify why they are the real “good” people over and above other cliques. Peer pressure, that is the pressure to find one’s identity in a clique, is what drives students to bad decisions, gossip, dissension, and even violence. We accept this as “the way things are” because this isn’t an isolated force. This is a force that dominates our society as a whole.
But Paul’s voice breaks in to our broken family and tells us that it is not to be so with us. God declared before creation that Christ would suffer, die, and be resurrected so that “the two would be formed into one humanity, making peace” (Ephesians 2:15b). Peace is attained in Christ through his work. None of us can claim moral superiority because none of us completed the works that Christ did on our behalf.
So when our students are walking through the halls of their schools, their call is to walk in peace! Christ showed us the way of peace and unity by suffering, dying, and being resurrected by God’s hand. Christ’s work is bigger than the insecurities we harbor. Christ’s work is bigger than the divisions we create. Christ’s work is bigger than racism, prejudice, stereotypes, dissension, and violence.
As our students return to school, please pray for God to strengthen them through his Spirit. Specifically, pray for them to have wisdom as they live out the peace and unity God offers us in Christ. If we harbor any division or prejudice in ourselves, let us ask God for mercy and lay those prejudices at the foot of the Cross!

Brad Haggard

Jesus in the Classroom

With the arrival of August, we begin to think about school starting. When I think of school, I think of a poem that my Aunt Loyal Epperson penned at the end of one of her tests. The poem went as follows:
“Can’t think too dumb; Inspiration won’t come.
Bad ink, bum pen; That’s all! Amen!”

I cannot imagine my Aunt Loyal struggling with any test because she skipped at least one grade in school.
The theme for the Current this month is “Jesus in the Classroom.” The question we need to challenge ourselves with is, “What are some ways that we may represent Jesus in school?”
One way to represent Jesus in the classroom is by treating every person with respect and kindness. I Peter 2:17 says, “Honor all men.” We demonstrate respect to every student by being courteous and friendly, speak to every person. Oftentimes, older students in school think it is cool to ignore or snub younger students. However, when older students speak to younger students and are courteous to them, these expressions of respect build value and esteem in younger students. And the younger students will always remember the older students for it; whether in school or with students at church. I remember when we first came to Tates Creek, our son, Joel, was a freshman in high school. I remember how kind, respectful, and friendly the juniors and seniors in the high school youth group were to Joel. They were very thoughtful to include Joel in outings and hanging out together. I also remember Elizabeth and Joel playing in the church orchestra and how the older members of the orchestra expressed interest in Elizabeth and Joel. Our children were very encouraged and blessed by the interest shown in their lives.
Another way to represent Jesus in the classroom is by demonstrating respect for the teachers. When we obey the teacher, or when we, as teachers, comply with the direction of the principal, we honor the authority that God has placed over us. Usually, students demonstrate respect for teachers by the way they have learned to demonstrate respect for their parents in the home. I read where one little girl did not like her first day at school. When her mother asked her why she did not like her first day of school, she said, “I don’t know how to read. I don’t know how to write. And they won’t let me talk.”
One of the best ways to model Jesus in the classroom is with our attitude. Having a positive attitude expresses a great heart. One way to have a positive attitude is to say, “Yes!” to those around us. Do we have a “Yes” face, or do we have a “No” face? A “No” face does not encourage people or build them up. But a “Yes” face really encourages people. Plus, a positive spirit is contagious; it is infectious; it rubs off on other people around us. Jesus was a very positive person. Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7, 8.
Another way to represent Jesus in the classroom is through service. A heart of service thinks of the needs of the people around us and meets those needs. Philippians 2:4 says, “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Be willing to help those who are around us, whether it is fellow classmates, younger classmates or teachers. Be ready to do whatever is necessary to help someone.
Finally, one more idea of how to represent Jesus in the classroom is by doing our best. Whether we are doing homework or studying for a test, or we are the teacher and we are preparing lessons or decorating our classroom. When we do our best or give our best effort, we demonstrate the heart of God when He gave us His best through His Son, Jesus Christ.
As a student, I really liked school. Knowing this, my Dad would tease me by saying that he needed me to stay home and help him on the farm for the day. Then, he would laugh. Or when we would bring our report cards home, Dad would read our report cards out loud and tease us about our grades. Dad would say, “A is for Awful; B is for Bad.” We asked him what kind of grades he received in school, and he said, “D is for Dandy; and F is for Fine.” Then, he would laugh again.
Another great memory that I have from school is that our lunches in Elementary School (Grades 1 thru 8) were home-cooked lunches. They were so delicious.
As my parents would remind me and my siblings often, “School days are some of the best days of your life!” I would add that school days are some of the best times to represent Jesus in the classroom!

Tommy Simpson

Christian Educators

Debbie and I recently enjoyed our daughter and her family visiting with us for a week. My son-in-law recently took the position of principal of the middle school where they live, and my daughter is a secretary for the grade school. They spent much of their time preparing for the start of a new school year and it was a reminder to me of the tremendous challenge our public school educators and administrators face in this changing culture. Working with other people’s children has always been both challenging and rewarding, but today, I see it as an almost impossible task. Parents have differing levels of involvement and commitment to their children’s education as well as differing outcome desires. Some parents want the public school to be a stepping stone to a good job and a secure future while others want it to be a training ground for athletic excellence. Then, unfortunately, there are some parents who seemingly just want to enjoy themselves while the school does the hard work of raising their children for them. This is nothing new for sure, but these dynamics have certainly become greater challenges for our committed educators today. There is no place where the shifting sands of this culture are being felt to a greater degree than in our public schools. That’s why we should not only pray for our children as they return to school, but also for those who have committed themselves to the task of being educators. Those educators have to work with a far different public than public school teachers did in my day. They also have to contend with a far different cultural influence today, and for the Christian educator it is an increased challenge. I’m convinced that they deserve our encouragement and prayers as they embark upon this task. No time in the past have they needed it more, as no time in the past has the task been more demanding. So, as the children go off to school let’s remember those who will be going off to school with them.

Kim Beckwith

Critterland Gearing Up

School is on the horizon again. New backpacks, new supplies, new clothes, new schedules. Critterland will be undergoing some changes too, hopefully (stay tuned). In the meantime, we will continue to look toward teaching our kids the basic stories of the Bible, including old and new testament characters that we love to learn about. I could use your help! I have spots open in my 3-5 year old room for teachers and helpers. I also will have some extra openings helping Miss Joan and Miss Sara in our nursery, because we’re still getting all kinds of new babies, and they are adorable and so huggable. Please come join our team, I promise it will be some of the most fun you will have in the new year!

Lesley Tipton

Liberia Mission Trip

The most difficult question to respond to after a mission trip is, “How was your trip?” It’s easy to give one word answers like good, great, or heartbreaking. To be honest, in our fast paced world of coming and going it almost seems like those are the answers we have time to give. I know that feeling all too well. We want to stop and listen, and I really want to stop and share, but how can I? I have to jump right back in to being an American on a hamster wheel racing through life.
After returning, for the 5th time, from visiting our orphanage in Liberia, I can’t bring myself to give this answer anymore. Instead, I have to put you into the story and try to allow you to see it for yourself. Imagine that you played with a little boy, named Shadrick, who is blind and his favorite thing to do is get scared? When you scared him he would laugh so hard his entire body shook. Imagine telling the story of your little buddy, John. Last time he would barely look at you and the seizures he was having were uncontrollable. When you last held him in your arms, 2 years ago, you prayed that his little skin and bones body would just survive the ebola storm. Now he is sitting up in a wheelchair and when you tickled him he actually smiled so big that he began to laugh. Now imagine describing to others about one of your older girls leading worship with 400 children. When she sang, she didn’t stand up in front of the kids afraid and timid, but instead used every muscle in her body to proclaim that GOD IS GOOD! Describe to those listening about the emotions you felt as a parent when you watched your oldest child connect with kids as a celebrity. Then, finally it is time to leave and you are surrounded by 23 sobbing kids, 14 broken team members, and friends that don’t want to see you go. Imagine the pain being so bad and so difficult that you walk quickly to the car to leave just to keep yourself from falling apart as the team leader.
So here’s my answer to the most difficult question… “Imagine going to live with your nieces and nephews for 10 days in the most desperate situation. Yet, instead of complaining about where they live, your relatives are grateful for everything they get and more. In fact, throughout the day you are often reminded that GOD IS GOOD… ALL THE TIME! Then at the end of the week you have to come back home and do life in America and for the most part act like you haven’t been changed by what you experienced.”
These are real lives that we touched and the lives that touched our hearts. Please follow our team on Facebook or visit psalm823.org to find out how you can be involved. Let their lives cross with your lives and have your life changed for the better!

Matt Lee

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