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Volunteers

Ask Matt, Geoff, or me what the most praised part of our ministry is at any given time and we will almost always give you the same answer: our volunteers.  Finding those people who are willing to dedicate their time to those who are just starting to learn what it means to be a church member, a follower of Jesus, and have a firm belief in God.  It takes energy, it takes emotion, and some sacrifice.  But, my goodness, the rewards are tremendous.  To hear a preschooler recite exactly what happened in the Easter story, to see a 9 year old be baptized, or a high school senior make the decision to go into a ministry field, is completely worth it.

Our church has over 700 people currently identifying as members, and I have to say that I am in awe of how much most of those members help in various areas of the church.  Communion prep, prayer, welcome desk, teachers, We Care, worship, etc.  The people that help in the youth areas are usually involved in not just our area, but in 2 or 3 others as well.  That’s a great testament to the kids of the church that not only do these people care about them and will take time for them, but they model what a follower of Jesus should be doing.  I encourage you if you are not currently participating in any ministry in the church to look at all the opportunities out there and find one that gives you the chance to use your spiritual gifts.  I promise you it will be completely worth it.

Lesley Tipton

Family Legacy

I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have a very big family.  Here in Kentucky it’s just my mom and me.  Her family is all located up north, and my family is located down in the Texas/Oklahoma area.  Growing up I spent the majority of my time with my father’s side of the family, as they were the only living grandparents I had.   We were still somewhat separated, as my cousins lived in Finland with their parents who were missionaries there for 15 years, and I was here.  However, we always managed to end up at Grandma’s house fairly often.  My grandmother told us quite extensively about her past. (She was a model for Bob Hope!  We may be direct descendants of a signer of the Declaration of Independence!)

I never did hear much about my grandfather, except that he was a lifer in the Air Force.  Come to find out at his funeral, he had done quite a few things throughout his life that were noteworthy, and to this day I wish I had been more mature and thought to ask him about all of the things that he did.  With the onset of digital technology and record keeping, it becomes easier to document the things that happen in our lives and those memories that make a family.  I try very hard to make sure that my children know about the things that are in their family history.  I want them to know that our family is full of hard working and caring individuals, and that all of our family has always had a firm belief in Jesus Christ.  I also want them to know of the struggles that have come up along the way, but our family has persevered and we are all still standing strong no matter how small a group we may be.

Lesley Tipton

Spiritual Multiplication

When we think of spiritual multiplication, what would be the first thing that comes to your mind?  Multiplying the number of those that believe the Gospel, right?  Creating followers of Jesus.  Creating those followers who will in turn create more followers of Jesus, and so forth.  But how are we doing this?  When we read the Bible, attend church, worship the Lord, set aside our daily prayer time, etc. we are making sure that our faith is continually being refreshed, but are we helping ourselves to reach out to others?

   Ephesians 4:11-12 says that “Christ gave gifts to people, some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to have the work of caring for and teaching God’s people.  Christ gave those gifts to prepare God’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger”. 

We are each given spiritual gifts to help advance the work of the Lord.  My gifts are put to wonderful use in Critterland, as I have the inclination towards caring and nurturing.  When we really look at the gifts that we have been given, and if we utilize them in the correct way, what can stop us from multiplying those we speak with into their own discipleship?  I think if we all really assess what we have been given and use it to further  the whole church, we can become great not only in our numbers, but in our personal faith as well.

Lesley Tipton

The Definition of Grace

When you google the word ‘Grace’ you get quite a few definitions.  “Simple elegance”, “giving one honor by your presence”, and of course, the most relevant one, “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.”  Free and unmerited.  It’s so hard to believe these words sometimes, isn’t it?  Because of Jesus and what He did for us, we are able to come to God in His favor even as our human selves, so torn by sin.

Let’s think about it though, in terms of child/parent (it’s what I do best, right?)  As a parent, we continually see those little beings, that are half us, do things that are completely wrong.  They hit their brother/sister, they lie straight to your face, or as they get older, they make sinful decisions.  But what do we do, as parents?  We forgive them.  Completely.  My mother used to get angry at me but within an hour she wasn’t mad anymore.  It was like I had never done anything wrong.  Did she remember what I had done, sure, but she had such unconditional love for me that she never felt the need to stay upset.  I too, let go of my anger and judgement when my children misbehave, although I tend to fester a little longer than my mother.  I’m working on it.  But my point is that as the child/parent relationship relies on unconditional love, so too does our relationship with God our Holy Father.  He made us in his image, and we are each His loving child.  He sees our sin as painful, yes, but forgivable.  Because He sees each of us in this way, should we not extend our unconditional love to one another?  Should we not extend that grace to those we may not know, but who have sinned as we have sinned, and show them God’s love here on Earth?  Certainly this is no easy task, but I believe it’s something that we must strive for as Christians to honor the love that God gives each of us so freely.

Lesley Tipton

Critterland Update

Multiply certainly seems a fitting title for the Critterland hallway going into 2017.  Last year we saw the birth of more than 14 babies to members and regular attenders in our church (we usually average 4 a year).  Most were firstborn babies, some were second children, and there are still more expecting this year!  We’ve also seen quite a few additions to the older classrooms with membership transfers, and these children have jumped right into our program and taken off running!  God has blessed our congregation with these new little ones, and every time I meet one I just get more excited to see them grow here at Tates Creek.  Because we have had such a boom in our numbers, I would like to ask a favor.  I know you see ‘Volunteers needed’ all the time in articles and bulletins, but it is not just me asking for help babysitting.  I am asking for your help investing in the newest lives of our church.  I am asking that you come and help us teach these children that they are loved, they matter, and they are a part of something absolutely breathtaking.  Would you like to be a part of our team?

Lesley Tipton

Preschool Update

The Christmas season is one of those times during the year for which people all over the world are preparing at the same time. While not everyone celebrates in exactly the same way, we all have a main focal point-the birth of our Savior. This year the children of our church are
performing a musical ‘Chris-Myth Busters’ that is a bit different from those you might remember. We will be discussing things that *gasp* might not be true about the Christmas story! It’s definitely an eye opener for the children who are learning the play (my daughter included). I have a feeling there are some adults out there that may have to check their Bibles a time or two as well. I hope that you will come and join us on December 18, to see this really fun event with a great message.

Lesley Tipton

Preschool Ministry Update

November is all about giving thanks, and this month I wanted to highlight someone in particular for whom I am thankful. Each ministry here at Tates Creek has core members that help keep things running smoothly, and Critterland is no different. Maia, Joan, Sara, and all of my other volunteers are always there for their scheduled shift, and are willing to do extra when needed. I love them all dearly and couldn’t imagine my area without any of them. But I would be in much trouble if Tara Waters wasn’t as involved. For the four and a half years I have been the preschool director, Tara has come along beside me and done anything asked of her, without complaint. She helps make all of the children feel welcomed and loved. Tara will leave service when it’s not her scheduled month to walk a baby around because she is the only one that can calm him down. She, as well as her boys and husband, will come early and stay late for any event that is going on church wide to set up and tear down. She is truly one of the great ones. Thank you Tara, from myself and all our kids.

Lesley Tipton

A Home for Our Family

I remember going to a wedding back at the beginning of the 2000’s. It was at a large church on Tates Creek Road. I remember thinking it was a very pretty place, but never thought much more about it. I had a home church of sorts in Northern Kentucky where my mother and I lived, but it wasn’t really somewhere that we went on a consistent basis.
Fast forward through the decade, Lucas and I got married and had Caitlan, but we still were not going anywhere every Sunday. We decided that we really needed to find a home for ourselves so that our daughter would be able to grow up knowing Jesus and all that He is. We ran into a family member and they invited us to come to their church, which just happens to be that same place I visited so long ago for the wedding. After only three Sundays, Lucas and I transferred membership to TCCC and haven’t looked back since. I became more involved with the preschool department, helping Judy with the little ones, and began attending a small group. We finally found what we were looking for, a home for our family. Through the years we have made such amazing friendships with so many people, and could not imagine going through life with anyone else. You may be thinking this is just because I’m a staff member, but I know that many of my friends share this same sentiment. We are there through the blessings and happy times, and we are also there to pick each other up when things drop out of nowhere and land hard. When I think of being a church member, family is what comes to the front of my mind, and there is no better one than what we have here.

Lesley Tipton

Freedom in Christ

I am most definitely a creature of habit. I like routine, order, staying on schedule. I don’t like surprises (I’ve ruined many birthday and Christmas gifts) and I get very anxious when any sort of big event is thrown unexpectedly at my feet. Because of this, I tend to worry more than I should about the outcome of everything. I obsess with details, thinking all situations that could happen through to the end. My husband recently relocated back to Lexington for his job after driving to Florence for two years. You would think I’d be over the moon, and I was, but I also worried, will he like this location, the people that are there? Will we still be able to keep the family floating if there is a change in funds?

Over the years, I’ve learned that while thinking things through for a short time is an important part of being an adult, becoming sick with worry is pointless. Why? One, it doesn’t do anything to help the situation. Two, it is an insult to God and his plan. He’s put me on the path I was meant to be on, and if the situation in front of me is difficult, well, I better look through it, try to see the other side, and trudge on.

In Luke 5, can you imagine how those who met Jesus and were asked to follow him immediately felt? They dropped everything and left! The Bible doesn’t tell us their thoughts, but I’m sure witnessing this man fill their nets with fish, where previously there had been none, was reason enough to realize something great was going to happen if they went with him. As followers ourselves we need to remember this (myself included). Because we believe in Jesus, because we know the incredible things he’s done, we need to follow Him, and not question it. As we always sing in our Critterland songs, He’s Got It.

Lesley Tipton

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

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