3 Things To Know… Video Update 9.24.20

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1. missio: Kids!
FAQ Sheet.

2. Serve.
missiodeifalcon.org/serve/

3. This Sunday, 9/27, Indoor Service RSVP
missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/46/responses/new

3 Things To Know… Video Update 8.27.20

  1. Loving young families
    RSVP for September 6th- https://missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/40/responses/new
  2. Loving each other
    Join a DC- https://www.missiodeifalcon.org/community/
  3. Loving new members
    Join us for a newcomers lunch on September 20th- https://missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/event_detail.php?event_id=461&occur=20200920

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3 Things To Know… Video Update 8.6.20

3 Things To Know… Video Update 8.6.20 from missio Dei: Falcon on Vimeo.

1. August 9th (Indoor Service), August 16th (Outdoor Service).
-RSVP for August 9th: missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/38/responses/new.
-Two Services Survey: form.jotform.com/202106290764046

2. missio: Kids Graduation: Sunday August 16th.

3. Discipleship Collectives: Signups begin August 16th!

3 Things To Know… Video Update 7.30.20

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1. Outdoor Service, this Sunday, 10:00.
-Bring a lawn chair.
-Map for parking and seating: missiodeifalcon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Aug2OutdoorDiagram.pdf
-PDF of order of service: missiodeifalcon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Outdoor-Service-August-2nd-2020.pdf

2. RSVP for August 9th: missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/38/responses/new.

3. Two Services Survey: form.jotform.com/202106290764046

3 Things To Know… Video Update 7.23.20

3 Things To Know… Video Update 7.23.20 from missio Dei: Falcon on Vimeo.

1. Be present.
There are four options for you to be present at church this Sunday:
A. RSVP to have us save you seats in the gym (missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/37/responses/new)
B. Watch the livestream with a member of your DC: youtube.com/missiodeifalcon.
C. Join a Zoom discussion table following the sermon: Link will be posted below the livestream Sunday morning.
D. Bring your kids to the missio: Kids lesson at 9:40 (or watch the recording later in the week).

2. Prayer over moving families.
If you are moving this summer or fall we would love to pray over you this Sunday (even if you won’t be able to attend in person!). Please email Kolburt to let him know, kolburt@missiodeifalcon.org

3. Outdoor Service, Sunday August 2nd, 10:00.
We hope you can join us on August 2nd for an outdoor service (weather permitting)!

3 Things To Know… Video Update 7.16.20

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1. Worship
This coming Sunday we will be introducing and praying over Rachel Clark as our Deacon of Worship. We are excited for her to be able to use her gifts and step into this role!

2. Service
If you would like to join our video, audio, worship, setup, teardown, or greeting teams please follow this link: missioDeiFalcon.org/serve

3. Presence
Encouragement from fellow Christ-followers is essential for us all! Please be present for the worship gathering through one of the following mediums:

-RSVP for a seat this Sunday at WHES: missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/34/responses/new
-Watch the livestream with a member of your DC: youtube.com/missiodeifalcon.
-Join a Zoom discussion table following the sermon: Link will be posted below the livestream Sunday morning.

3 Things To Know… Video Update 6.16.20

1. This Sunday: Another in-person worship gathering! Please take a moment to respond to the following link to let us know if you are able to attend and how many seats we should reserve for you, or if you will be live-streaming the service. Reminder: missio: Kids begins at 9:40!

missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/31/responses/new

2. June 28th: Weather permitting, we will have an outdoor worship gathering where we can sing and pray together (socially distanced), while not having to wear a mask or have our temperature taken. In order to have the potential for better weather we will meet at 9:00 instead of 10:00 on the 28th only.

3. Father’s Day: We will have a Dad’s Root Beer for everyone this coming Sunday to celebrate all the fathers in our midst (spiritual and physical fathers!). 

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3 Things To Know… Video Update 6.9.20

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1. Back @ It: Woodmen Hills Elementary School (8308 Del Rio Rd.) will be available to us on June 14th for our Sunday morning worship gathering! Please take a moment to review the requirements from the school in order to use their building, and then prayerfully respond regarding if you are led to come on the 14th, and if so, how many seats you will need reserved. Respond here:

missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/30/responses/new

2. Livestream: Sunday morning we will also have a livestream of the service on our YouTube channel for all those who are not able to attend the gathering, YouTube.com/missioDeiFalcon

3. Week 2 Week: We are still in prayer and discussion regarding the 21st and subsequent weeks. Please pray for wisdom and opportunity with this next season of church gatherings!

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Calling For Justice, Lamenting Sin, Listening To The Hurting. -A Statement on the Cross and Race

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? —Psalm 13:1-2

It moments of cultural upheaval and crisis we desire answers and search for the right words to say.  As the events of the past week have shown us, however, it is precisely moments of crisis and upheaval where answers seem elusive and words feel inadequate.  Yet, as our church has been reminded through our study of 1 Corinthians, the power of the Gospel is seen in the vulnerability and atrocity of the cross.  The cross is where the power structures of the world collided with the creator of the world and the innocent victim became the triumphant victor.  So, in the midst of searching for how to respond and what to say we want to say, with the Apostle Paul,

“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Cor. 2:2-5)

As we rest in the power of God seen in the triumph of the cross, we want to do three things as a church: 1. Call for justice, 2. Lament the effects of sin, 3. Listen to those who are hurting.

1. Calling For Justice

The call for justice was beautifully and eloquently made by our church’s network, Acts 29, in the  document, A Call To Justice, Restoration, and RenewalAs our church stands in agreement with what it says, we encourage you to read and wrestle with the truths it communicates.

Wrestling with this document must involve more than a simple reading or a bland affirmation.  It means we must confront areas of our hearts that require repentance.  Repentance of judgmental attitudes, arrogant indifference, and in some cases, silent racism.  Calling for justice as a church means we need to be willing to stand with and for our brothers and sisters in Christ who have too often felt the evangelical church is a passive bystander in the work of seeing Christ’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. 

The triumph of the cross means that we call for justice in the shadow of the most unjust act in human history—the crucifixion, knowing that just as Jesus defeated sin and death He will one day defeat all sin, evil, and oppression. 

2. Lamenting The Effects of Sin

The practice of lament is one that, in God’s grace, we became more acquainted with this past year as we studied the book of Lamentations and several lament psalms.  We drew heavily on the work of Mark Vroegop and his analysis of the biblical act of lament in his helpful book, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy.  As our nation grieves the events of this past week and the all too present effects of the sin of racism we want to faithfully turn to God through the four steps of lament we studied:

  1. Turn to God in prayer: There is no where else our country can find the hope and restoration we so desperately desire.
  2. Complain about the effects of sin and brokenness: The murder of a handcuffed man is yet another example of the pervasiveness of sin, and we must be righteously angry about the death of a fellow image bearer.
  3. Ask that God would move in this situation: Riots and conflict (as opposed to peaceful and just protest) are but the surface sin of the deeper need for God to work, we must humbly pray that God would bring healing, restoration, and justice.
  4. Trust God to remain true to Himself: God is a God of justice whose compassion is bent toward the oppressed and broken, may all the hurting find comfort in Him.

The sign of a heart transformed by Jesus is caring about the things He cares about.  We have ample evidence from Scripture that God cares for the oppressed, broken, and marginalized.  Whether or not we have experienced the effects of racial injustice, we show our love for Jesus by standing in unity with those He loves.

Again, the triumph of the cross means that we can lament the effects of sin and brokenness knowing that ultimate triumph is a hope deferred.  Christ has demonstrated the power of the cross through the emptiness of the tomb, but while we await the consummation of His Kingdom we lament, grieve, and pray, as our persecuted brothers and sisters have throughout the ages, “Come Lord Jesus, come.”

3. Listening To Those Who Are Hurting

The truth for many in our church, myself included, is that we do not have the faintest idea of the hardship our African-American brothers and sisters have experienced.  In my pride I think that I understand the pain the black community has experienced, but the truth is apart from relationship and conversation I don’t have a clue.  Yet, in my pride I offer suggestions and solutions that are devoid of empathy and love.  We all must heed the words of James, 

Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. —James 1:19b-21

For me personally my perspective on this issue changed radically over several years as I came to know and love my friend Brandon Washington and his wife.  As I listened to his story, and heard with new ears the stories of other black men and women, I was broken over the pain that he has endured.  A pain that my privilege had blinded me to.

As we grapple with what we can do to help this situation I believe the act of listening to those who are hurting is perhaps the most important step for our church in particular to take.  The best place for conversations like this to begin is with those we know and love already.  But as our church seeks to grow in empathy one thing I would strongly encourage all of us to do is watch these two videos linked below.

The first is a panel discussion from some of the leadership of Acts 29 (Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full video).  It was recorded in 2016 after an event that stirred the same emotions that we are seeing now.  While the entire thing is worth watching for the way it will help white Americans better understand a topic we know far too little about, the most impactful segment begins at 29:40, where one after another these five pastors share the encounters they had that shaped their experience with race.  The truth is that these stories are foreign for most white Christians because we’ve never taken the time to listen, and in failing to listen we have failed to love.

The second is a sermon given at an Acts 29 conference that lays out not only the theology of reconciliation we see in the New Testament, but shows us how the Gospel must compel us to act for justice.  In the words of my friend Brandon, “It is the church’s job to be the frontrunner in opposing injustice. Everyone else is trying to do it, but they are putting band-aids on bullet wounds. We have the Gospel.”

Please take the time to watch both videos as a step towards our church growing in love and empathy.

  1. Understanding Race and Reconciliation in the USA, Acts 29.
  2. Engage Justice, Brandon Washington.

For us, the power of the cross means that we can listen without fear because when our guilt and indifference is confronted we know those sins, of what we have done and what we have left undone, have already been paid for by Jesus.  

As we call for justice, lament the effects of sin, and listen to those who are hurting, our prayer is that missio Dei: Falcon would increasingly be a place where all people can experience the love of Jesus through the love of His people.

3 Things To Know… Video Update 6.2.20

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1. June 14th: The school will be available to us on June 14th for our Sunday morning worship gathering. Please take a moment to review the requirements from the school in order to use their building, and then prayerfully respond regarding if you are led to come on the 14th, and if so, how many seats you will need reserved. Respond here: 

missiodeifalcon.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/30/responses/new

2. June 7th: Sunday morning we will gather for prayer via Zoom for our corporate worship gathering. Adults will pray at 10:00, missio: Kids at 9:30. Links will be emailed out later this week.

3. The Gospel And Race: Tomorrow we will email resources regarding the issue of race and how the Gospel leads us to respond to our current cultural moment. Please use these resources to prepare your heart for our time of prayer Sunday morning. 

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3 Things To Know… Video Update 5.28.20

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1. Gathering: The state is beginning the process of re-opening! Be in prayer as we await news from the school regarding when we can resume in-person worship gatherings.

2. Survey: If you haven’t yet done so, please share your perspective with us regarding in-person worship, forms.gle/MSs4sUygFKjmQmcK9

3. 1 John: Beginning June 1st, we would like to read a chapter a day (5 per week) of this short but powerful letter. Please join us in being shaped by the Spirit’s message it contains!

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3 Things To Know… Video Update 5.21.20

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1. Invite Your Friends: youtube.com/watch?v=AFqEkHd3J2Y.

2. Love Your Neighbors: thegospelcoalition.org/article/church-dont-let-coronavirus-divide/

3. Take Our Survey: forms.gle/9RvuD5rJp1btFtV88

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3 Things To Know… Video Update 5.14.20

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1. Church-wide Prayer Night, May 20th, 7:00. (Zoom link emailed Tuesday).

2. Video On Prayer: vimeo.com/378942615

3. Goodbye Kylie! (To get her phone number for an encouraging text email info@missiodeifalcon.org)

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3 Things To Know… Video Update 4.16.20

Once again, we are sharing this week’s announcements through this short video update.

3 Things To Know… Video Update 4.8.20

Once again, we are sharing this week’s announcements through this short video update.

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3 Things To Know… Video Update 4.2.20

This week we are sharing our announcements through a short video.

3 Things To Know…Video Update 4.2.20 from missio Dei: Falcon on Vimeo.

Important Announcement For Sunday’s Gathering (3-15-20)

This has been a crazy week with the COVID-19 virus impacting so many different aspects of our society.  All this week we have been prayerfully asking God for wisdom regarding the best way for our church to continue to love God, each other, and our neighbors. With many policies being implemented by the school district and the state, some decisions are now out of our hands. We trust God’s sovereignty in this, however, in that it is His universe that He rules with wisdom and care, and the governmental authorities we submit to have also been instituted by God. 

Here is my best attempt at a clear picture of where we are as a church, and what the next few weeks will look like for us:

1. We will have an abbreviated worship gathering this Sunday (3-15-20).We will still meet at Woodmen Hills Elementary School but for a simplified worship service. There will be no missio: Kids and no table group discussions. Instead we will meet for an hour to worship Jesus as our King, to partake of communion (from prepackaged, individually wrapped cups and wafers), to pray for our community and world, and to have a brief devotional from God’s Word.

2. It is important for the most vulnerable among us to remain safe. If you or a member of your family is in a high risk category (over 60, dealing with respiratory problems, or have been exposed to someone infected by COVID-19) please don’t put yourself in a potentially compromising situation. In situations like this we encourage you to follow the recommendations of qualified medical professionals.

3. We will have a livestream option for those unable to attend Sunday. If you choose not to attend this Sunday you can still gather with your church family thanks to the many modern blessings of technology. Here is the link to livestream Sundays gathering if you are unable to attend.

missiodeifalcon.online.church

4. We will not meet at the school on March 22nd or 29th. The school district has decided to not allow access to any of their facilities between March 16th and March 30th. So, for at least those two Sundays we will develop a plan to move our entire worship gathering online. More info coming next week.

5. We are still in process of determining how to best care for our DCs amidst this situation. In the days ahead we will be in touch regarding our recommendations for our Discipleship Collectives. Your leader will be in touch with you soon.

6. This is not an obstacle, it’s an opportunity. We will talk more about this Sunday, but for now join us in praying that the Holy Spirit would give us insight into how we can best be a Gospel-witness to those in our community (neighbors, family, retail workers, etc.). Jesus’ church has endured many challenging circumstances and we can rest assured that the gates of hell will not overcome the Kingdom of Heaven. This may be uncharted territory for us as a society, but Jesus is King and we can rest in His care. 

I hope to connect with you all soon (either in person or via technology!), in the meantime let’s keep praying, loving, and serving.

Love you guys,
Kolburt

Partnership

Partnership is a way for people who consider missio Dei to be their home church to assume greater ownership of the vision and mission. Our next partnership classes will be September 16th and 23rd from 1-3p.

If you have questions about what partnership is please feel free to email us at info@www.missiodeifalcon.org, or if you would like to sign up for the class, please RSVP here.

Elder Leadership Team

One of our theological distinctives as a church is that we are elder-led. This means that our understanding of Scripture is that the church is to be led by a group of men who are called to serve the church by modeling servant leadership after the example of Jesus.

In May we introduced three new elder candidates to the church, and we are now excited to say that each of these men is now fully functioning as an elder in our church. Please continue to pray for our elders and their wives as they shepherd and lead us in faithfulness to the Gospel-call Jesus has placed on our church. The elders (and their wives) are:

  • Chad Mondragon (Melody)
  • Jeff Otero (Jill)
  • Mark Schultz (Desiree)
  • Kolburt Schultz (Kellie)
  • Don Ziel (Cathy)

 

You can find the recording of the announcement of their candidacy period below.

Volunteering at missio Dei: Falcon

In order to have our weekly gatherings in an elementary school we need of volunteers for coffee, worship, missio: Kids, tech, set up, and tear down.  If you aren’t currently serving it’s a great way to use your gifts and get connected to other volunteers!  You can sign up by clicking here.

Discipleship Collectives April 2018

We are excited for the launch of our next quarter of Discipleship Collectives starting in April. Discipleship Collectives include the 3 main ministries offered this quarter; Missional Communities, Men of the Word, and Women of the Word. These DCs, as we are calling them, will start up the week of April 1st and we will be offering 6 Missional Communities, 5 Men’s groups, and 4 Women’s groups. Below you can find the information about these DCs. Please sign up for these DCs by clicking on the links provided.

Missional Communities Include:

  • Wiggers: Tuesday PM
  • M. Schultz: Wednesday PM
  • Davis/Goodman: Wednesday PM
  • Sandmore: Thursday PM
  • Turner/James: Thursday PM
  • Renaud/Klabon: Friday PM

To sign up for a Missional Community please click here.

All DC groups will now be studying the same thing. This quarter we will be studying Galatians. If you plan on committing to a DC you will need to order the study guide – Galatians: Gospel Matters. The link to buy it can be found here but can also be found on others sites for purchase.

If you have spoken to your DC leader(s) and have committed to your DC there is no need to sign up. Please sign up if you haven’t ever been a part of a DC before.

Men’s Groups Include:

  • Lyle: Monday PM
  • Matt W/Tim: Wednesday PM
  • Jeff: TBD AM
  • Jon: Saturday AM
  • Matt: Saturday AM

To sign up for a Men of the Word please click here.

Women’s Groups Include:

  • Kellie/Elyse: Wednesday 9a
  • Cathy/Debi: Thursday 9:30a
  • Kendra: Friday 9a
  • Karen/Jill: Saturday 9a

To sign up for a Women of the Word please click here.

We are pushing smaller groups so as to better be a vehicle for discipleship. The target goal for a disciple is to be mature in Christ (Col. 1:28), and equipped for ministry (Eph. 4:12).

Our discipleship collectives exist to create spaces where men and women can gather and ENCOUNTER Jesus through the transforming study of his Word, EXPERIENCE Jesus through the love of His people, and ENGAGE the work of Jesus through missional discipleship.

It is our deepest desire that one of these above ministries fits your schedule and will provide both opportunities of growth as well as missional training for discipleship.
Please email us if you have any questions.

Discipleship Pastor

On February 25th we were blessed to be able to introduce missio Dei: Falcon’s new pastor of Discipleship, Chad Mondragon. Chad is a Colorado native from Denver.  He has 12 years of ministry experience, having planted two churches in Lexington, KY and Centennial, CO.  Chad has been part of the Acts29 church planting network for the past 8 years and has helped coach and disciple church planters across multiple networks.  He is passionate to welcome not-yet-believers into community and desires to bring other believers into that mission.  Chad married his wife Melody in 2004, and together they parent Juliana (10), Adeline (9), Breckinridge (8), Knox (6), and Zion (5).  Listen to his introduction at church and get to know him a little better.  Over the next few months he will be getting to know as many people as possible, so make sure to introduce yourself and welcome he and Melody to the missio Dei Family.

Christmas Eve Service

Join us this Christmas Eve as we gather to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

There will be no 10:00am service on the 24th, instead we will meet at 5:00 for a candlelight service. We’ll read the Christmas story, sing traditional carols, and focus our attention and affection on Jesus, Immanuel (God With Us). Childcare will be provided for 0-2 year olds. Make sure to bring a friend!

Neighborhood Halloween Parties

As we approach the end of October we are gearing up for our annual Falcon neighborhoods Halloween parties.  This will be our 4th year doing this event as a church, and it is turning into one of the most defining ways we connect with the community of Falcon.  Every year we try to get Halloween parties into as many neighborhoods in Falcon as possible, this year we will have 3 Falcon locations and 1 eastern Colorado Springs location. All of the parties will have cotton candy, music, warm drinks, and lots of candy for trick-or-treaters!

Since this activity is a little different than what many Christians are used to doing on Halloween, we’ve included a blog post below from last year’s event. It explains the vision behind this event and we hope it will encourage you to join us in serving this year!

 


If you observe the habits of American churches you’ll notice a peculiar trend every October. While the rest of the nation is gearing up for Halloween, evangelicals are planning harvest festivals, Reformation Day parties, and trunk-or-treat events. While stores are overflowing with items to decorate homes and neighborhoods, and seasonal costumes and candy, Christians are preparing to create separatist gatherings away from the clamor of this cultural holiday.

In many ways this reaction to Halloween is understandable. Halloween is primarily directed at children and we have long been told—rightly or not—that the chief goal of raising children is to protect them from the evil that exists all around. Furthermore, the current cultural iteration of Halloween does in fact celebrate many sins that the Bible rightly condemns.

However, as followers of Christ we have never been given a pass from engaging any culture or system. Rather, we are told to go into all the world to make disciples of Jesus. There is no culture or people who we are exempt from loving in the name of Jesus. Furthermore, we are told to go into all the world to do this loving and disciple making. We don’t throw our message into the world from a separatist enclave, instead we live among the people we are told to love.

Obviously there is no better example of this principle of going into all the world than Jesus Himself. He came to us by taking on human flesh and entering into humanity’s existence. He also went to all types of people in His ministry. Tax collectors and prostitutes, Pharisees and religious hypocrites. There is no type of person for whom Jesus’ love is not good news.

And thus we return to the topic of Halloween for the Christian in general and our church in particular. Harvest festivals, Reformation Day parties, and trunk-or-treat events are not wrong in and of themselves, but they are less than helpful for our church community if we view October 31st as an opportunity to embody the loving ministry of Jesus. Church events are notorious for attracting church-people. And while it is important for us to be understand that we church-people need to be reminded of Jesus’ love as much as anyone, we cannot allow ourselves to be quarantined from the people who would not consider themselves to be the “church-going type.”

Therefore, for Halloween we have chosen to not host an event for our church but instead go into our community as a means of loving people who would never attend a church event. On Halloween night we will put ourselves where we have the greatest chance of interacting with people who do not go to church on a regular basis: the streets of our neighborhoods. We will have four different homes where we give out cotton candy, hot cider and candy as a way of engaging our neighbors. We will go into all of our community as people who love Jesus and are therefore called to love others. The best way to share the Gospel with our neighbors is by loving our neighbors and we can’t love our neighbors without first being among them.

So rather than viewing Halloween as an evil thing that Christians must avoid we are trying to encourage one another to view Halloween as an opportunity to interact with people who you wouldn’t normally meet on a Sunday morning. And by showing a little bit of love and grace on Halloween night we pray we will have the opportunity to show more love and more grace as we build relationships with our neighbors in the months and years ahead.

Discipleship Collectives

We are excited for the launch of our next quarter of Discipleship Collectives starting in April. Discipleship Collectives include the 3 main ministries offered this quarter; Missional Communities, Men of the Word, and Women of the Word. These DCs, as we are calling them, will start up the week of April 1st and we will be offering 6 Missional Communities, 6 Men’s groups, and 5 Women’s groups. Below you can find the information about these DCs. Please sign up for these DCs by clicking on the links provided.

Missional Communities Include:

  • Wiggers: Tuesday PM
  • M. Schultz: Wednesday PM
  • Davis/Goodman: Wednesday PM
  • Sandmore: Thursday PM
  • Turner/James: Thursday PM
  • Renaud/Klabon: Friday PM

To sign up for a Missional Community please click here.

All DC groups will now be studying the same thing. This quarter we will be studying Galatians. If you plan on committing to a DC you will need to order the study guide – Galatians: Gospel Matters. The link to buy it can be found here but can also be found on others sites for purchase.

If you have spoken to your DC leader(s) and have committed to your DC there is no need to sign up. Please sign up if you haven’t ever been a part of a DC before.

Men’s Groups Include:

  • Lyle: Monday PM
  • Chad: Tuesday AM
  • Matt W/Tim: Wednesday PM
  • Jeff: TBD AM
  • Jon: Saturday AM
  • Matt: Saturday AM

To sign up for a Men of the Word please click here.

Women’s Groups Include:

  • Kellie/Elyse: Wednesday 9a
  • Julie: Tuesday 7:30p
  • Cathy/Debi: Thursday 9:30a
  • Kendra: Friday 9a
  • Karen/Jill: Saturday 9a

To sign up for a Women of the Word please click here.

We are pushing smaller groups so as to better be a vehicle for discipleship. The target goal for a disciple is to be mature in Christ (Col. 1:28), and equipped for ministry (Eph. 4:12).

Our discipleship collectives exist to create spaces where men and women can gather and ENCOUNTER Jesus through the transforming study of his Word, EXPERIENCE Jesus through the love of His people, and ENGAGE the work of Jesus through missional discipleship.

It is our deepest desire that one of these above ministries fits your schedule and will provide both opportunities of growth as well as missional training for discipleship.
Please email us if you have any questions.

Women of the Word: Fall Bible Study

Ladies, please join us at one of our five Women of the Word home groups this fall as we dive into a study of Psalm 107 together. We will be using Lauren Chandler’s Steadfast Love curriculum to guide our 8 weeks. The studies will run from September 6th-October 28th. The semester cost is $25 and checks can be made out to missio Dei: Falcon, memo: Women of the Word.

To sign up for one of the groups click here.

Don’t forget to stop by our table on Sunday, August 27th, and September 3rd where you can pick up your book, register, pay, and just hang out with some amazing women! We look forward to a transforming journeying together!!!

 

Wednesday

Leader: Louise Bettelli

Co-Leader: Julie Cucco

Location: Falcon

Childcare Provided

 

Wednesday

Leader: Kellie Schultz

Co-Leader: Jessica Renaud

Location: Falcon

Childcare Provided

 

Thursday

Leader: Cathy Ziel

Co-Leaders: Jenessa Davis and Debi Newton

Location: Colorado Springs/Cottonwood Creek

Childcare Provided

 

Friday

Leader: Angie Swanson

Co-Leaders: Katy Marshall and Mekenzie Thompson

Location: Colorado Springs/Cordera

Childcare Provided

 

Saturday

Leader: Hannah Wiggers

Co-Leader: Karen Henderson

Location: Monument

No childcare

Resources on Finances

After yesterday’s sermon on giving it might be helpful to share a few additional resources on finances and generosity.

  • Joby Martin, Multiply Resources (video from an Acts 29 conference, his jokes are better than anything you’ll hear at mD:F…).
  • The Treasure Principle, by Randy Alcorn (A short, easy read with a good theology of generosity).
  • Crown Financial Ministries (A Christian ministry that helps with personal financial management, a registration fee is required for full-access, but they have a lot of helpful free resources as well).
  • Budget Worksheet (This is part of the pre-marital counseling curriculum we use, to complete spend a month tracking all of your expenses and fill in the appropriate columns, then set a budget moving forward in the column on the right. It’s best to pair something like this with an app on your phone to track expenses such as GoodBudget).

This is such an important aspect of our discipleship, so if you have any other questions don’t hesitate to Kolburt. Also, if you have questions about how the church handles finances you can email our finance team lead, Jessica Renaud.

4th on the 1st!

Our annual 4th of July BBQ and softball game will be on July 1st this year at Homestead Park (the park has fishing, trails, playground, pavilions, and restrooms) fireworks in Falcon following! Make sure to bring a friend!

Resources on Prayer

For the second week of our summer teaching series, focusing on “why we do what we do” as Christians, we spent some time studying the importance of prayer.

Throughout this series we hope to engage the practice we talk about on Sunday morning throughout the week. So, this second week we are encouraging everyone to spend some time each morning and evening in private prayer following the A.C.T.S. method we discussed. To that end, here are some things to pray about this week:

Tuesday: Pray for the members of our church to grow in their understanding of the Gospel and their love for Jesus.
Wednesday: Pray for the marriages in our church to be strong and filled with grace. Pray for the singles in our church to experience Jesus’ love as they serve His Kingdom. Pray for the parents in our church to point their children to Jesus. Pray for the kids in our church to grow into mighty men and women of God.
Thursday: Pray for our tables to be a place of love and grace, our missional communities to be anchors of community and launchpads for mission, missio: Kids and our volunteers to be Gospel-centered in all they do.
Friday: Pray for the community of Falcon (and COS and Peyton) to have it’s identity shaped by the Gospel. Pray that missio Dei would be an instrument in God’s hand to reach our neighbors.
Saturday: Pray for the churches we support in Utah, Seattle, and Paris to be encouraged as they proclaim the Gospel. Pray for a fruitful harvest as they are faithful to God’s call.

If you missed the message Sunday you can listen to it here.
A copy of the Prayer resources handout can be dowloaded here.

Summer Park Playdates!

Park Playdates: Thursdays, 10:00-12:00.

All summer long moms and their children will gather at a local park for a few hours of fun and fellowship. You don’t have to have kids in order to come though! The location will change each month for variety.

If you have any questions please contact Mekenzie Thompson at 719-209-1086.

Bible Study Tools

This morning in church we kicked off our summer teaching series, focusing on “why we do what we do” as Christians. This first sermon was on the Bible and why it is important for us to affirm that Scripture “is God’s Word, it is true, and it is given out of His love.”

Throughout this series we hope to engage the practice we talk about on Sunday morning throughout the week. So, this first week we are encouraging everyone to spend some time each morning and evening studying a portion of Psalm 119. Here are some resources to that end:

  • If you missed the message this morning you can listen to it here.
  • A copy of the Bible study methods handout can be dowloaded here.
  • And a daily reading plan for Psalm 119 can be dowloaded here.

Please pray that this intentional focus on God’s Word would be a fruitful exercise for our church.

New Year’s Eve Service

Join us Saturday December 31st to worship at the end of the 2016 year!

Time:  5:00 pm

Location:  8308 Del Rio Rd. Falcon, CO 80831

 

Worship Schedule

 

Saturday December 31st:  5:00pm-6:00pm Year End Reflection Service

Sunday January 1st:  No Service

Sunday January 8th: Back to normal worship schedule.  10 am worship service.

A Missional Halloween

If you observe the habits of American churches you’ll notice a peculiar trend every October. While the rest of the nation is gearing up for Halloween, evangelicals are planning harvest festivals, Reformation Day parties, and trunk-or-treat events. While stores are overflowing with items to decorate homes and neighborhoods, and seasonal costumes and candy, Christians are preparing to create separatist gatherings away from the clamor of this cultural holiday.

In many ways this reaction to Halloween is understandable. Halloween is primarily directed at children and we have long been told—rightly or not—that the chief goal of raising children is to protect them from the evil that exists all around. Furthermore, the current cultural iteration of Halloween does in fact celebrate many sins that the Bible rightly condemns.

However, as followers of Christ we have never been given a pass from engaging any culture or system. Rather, we are told to go into all the world to make disciples of Jesus. There is no culture or people who we are exempt from loving in the name of Jesus. Furthermore, we are told to go into all the world to do this loving and disciple making. We don’t throw our message into the world from a separatist enclave, instead we live among the people we are told to love.

Obviously there is no better example of this principle of going into all the world than Jesus Himself. He came to us by taking on human flesh and entering into humanity’s existence. He also went to all types of people in His ministry. Tax collectors and prostitutes, Pharisees and religious hypocrites. There is no type of person for whom Jesus’ love is not good news.

And thus we return to the topic of Halloween for the Christian in general and our church in particular. Harvest festivals, Reformation Day parties, and trunk-or-treat events are not wrong in and of themselves, but they are less than helpful for our church community if we view October 31st as an opportunity to embody the loving ministry of Jesus. Church events are notorious for attracting church-people. And while it is important for us to be understand that we church-people need to be reminded of Jesus’ love as much as anyone, we cannot allow ourselves to be quarantined from the people who would not consider themselves to be the “church-going type.”

Therefore, for Halloween we have chosen to not host an event for our church but instead go into our community as a means of loving people who would never attend a church event. On Halloween night we will put ourselves where we have the greatest chance of interacting with people who do not go to church on a regular basis: the streets of our neighborhoods. We will have five different homes where we give out cotton candy, hot cider and candy as a way of engaging our neighbors. We will go into all of our community as people who love Jesus and are therefore called to love others. The best way to share the Gospel with our neighbors is by loving our neighbors and we can’t love our neighbors without first being among them.

So rather than viewing Halloween as an evil thing that Christians must avoid we are trying to encourage one another to view Halloween as an opportunity to interact with people who you wouldn’t normally meet on a Sunday morning. And by showing a little bit of love and grace on Halloween night we pray we will have the opportunity to show more love and more grace as we build relationships with our neighbors in the months and years ahead.

4th of July Festivities

Join us for three fun activities this holiday weekend!

Fireworks: July 3rd at Antler Creek Golf Course, for more info click here.

Softball: July 4th, 9:00-11:00, 4th annual missio Dei: Falcon Softball game! For directions click here.

Church-wide BBQ: July 4th, 11:00-2:00, after the softball game. The church will provide the hamburgers and hotdogs, but please bring a dish to share: a dessert (last name A-I), side (J-R), or drink (S-Z).  Also, for planning purposes please let Kolburt know if you can make it!

As with all missio Dei: Falcon events, bring a friend, neighbor, or family member along!

Connect and Play…because joy is contagious and church should be fun!

We are devoting this summer to creating a fun atmosphere that will cultivate deeper relationships and provide opportunities to invite new people into our midst.  The following is a list of opportunities to engage in this vision:

August

August 31st: Falcon Hills Park Playdate: Join us any time between 9:00 and 12:00. Playgrounds, large fields, and bathrooms for the kids! Invite a friend and bring a snack. Located off of Lichtfield Street.

 

Look for event updates in the coming weeks!

Mission Update: Adoption Fund

On Mother’s Day we were very excited to announce that we have created an adoption fund as part of our mission giving.  This fund is currently set at 5% of all our mission giving and will be used to help pay for adoption costs for any missio Dei: Falcon members who are feeling led to adopt.

Of all the biblical metaphors for our relationship with Christ, adoption is perhaps one of the most powerful.  Without Jesus we were all orphans, alone and without hope, but God’s gracious love towards us through the cross made us His children (Galatians 4:3-7).  When our church members extend this same love toward a child who is in need of adoption they are not only changing the life of a precious little one, they are proclaiming the Gospel to the world!

If you are feeling led to adopt please contact a pastor so we can begin this exciting journey!  If you do not currently believe that this is what God has for you please pray about the possibility of God calling you to this, and know that a portion of your tithe to the church will help fund this process for one of your fellow church members.

Easter Sunday Service

Join us Sunday, March 27th at 10:00am as we celebrate the good news of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead!  We will have missio: Kids for kids 0-5th grade and a photo booth to take a family photo prior to the service.  Bring a friend!

Good Friday Service

Join us Friday, March 25th at 6:00pm for a contemplative worship service.  We will spend an hour reflecting on the question, “Why did Jesus have to die?”  We will sing, study Scripture, and partake of communion together.  Childcare provided for kids 0-3yrs.

missio: Kids Toy Drive

Dear missio: Kids Families,

We are so excited to announce a really simple and practical way for our children and families to be on mission this month!! February is the month of “love.” Our culture tells us to look inward, that love is a feeling. Yet, as Christ followers, we know the greatest example of love was a gift; the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross for us! So, we want to partner with you as parents to disciple your children to push the LOVE of Jesus beyond ourselves!

We will be serving St. Francis hospital by providing toys, stuffed animals, and blankets for the pediatric department! The hospital would love for each kid that is admitted or has an extended stay to have a toy, stuffed animal, or blanket. To that end, we will be collecting NEW toys, stuffed animals, and blankets for all ages; infant on up. The hospital is not particularly picky, but nothing that makes a lot of noise. Examples include; teething toys, dolls, super heroes, small Lego sets; something that can be enjoyed in a hospital bed. Please keep all tags on.

Please prayerfully consider going on mission with us this and following Christ’s example as we give!!! Donations can be brought to church on Saturday nights from now until the end of the month!! Also, if you are interested in bring your children to the hospital when we drop the items off, please contact me!

 

Doing life on mission together!

Kellie Schultz
missio: Kids Director

Lent Devotional

Ash Wednesday, February 10th, marks the beginning of the season of Lent for the Church calendar. Lent is the 46 days leading up to Easter that the Church has historically set aside to intentionally prepare our hearts for celebrating the Resurrection. This year our church will be engaging a devotional entitled “Journey to the Cross.”

The intentionality required to complete the devotional is well worth it. Please consider joining us as we prepare our hearts for the most amazing time of year, Easter!

You can download a PDF of the devotional here.

Clark Family Baptisms

Christmas Eve Service

Come celebrate the birth of our Savior with a candlelight Christmas Eve service. We will gather at Woodmen Hills Elementary School from 5:00-6:00 to sing, read, and spend time in community.

We will have a hot cocoa bar and a special presentation from missio: Kids!

Visitors and family members are certainly welcome! Hope to see you there!

Weekly Update: 11-5-15

Here’s 3 Things You Should Know

Here’s your weekly newsletter from missio Dei: Falcon! This is our attempt to keep everyone updated on important happenings around our church.

1. Operation Christmas Child.
This year we are participating in the toy drive for Operation Christmas Child as a way to show Jesus’ love to children in need. This Saturday is the second to last week we will be collecting items for the shoebox drive, so make sure to bring your donations to church Saturday! For more info on what to bring click here.

2. 5:30 Prayer.
Every Saturday we gather at 5:30 to pray for the upcoming service. This time is open to anyone who wishes to come pray corporately for the church. We’d love to see you there!

3. Smile.Amazon.Com
When you shop on Amazon you can support missio Dei: Falcon! Simply shop through “smile.Amazon.com” and list missio Dei: Falcon as your charity. Amazon will then donate .5% of all your purchases to our church.

Weekly Update: 10-22-15

Here’s 3 Things You Should Know

Here’s your weekly newsletter from missio Dei: Falcon! This is our attempt to keep everyone updated on important happenings around our church.

1. Halloween/Reformation Day Parties.
We are using Halloween as a missional opportunity for our church to get into the neighborhoods of Falcon. Instead of our regular service we will host a party in each of the following neighborhoods: Meridian Ranch, Courtyards at Woodmen Hills, and The Gables at Falcon Highlands.  We would love to see everyone participating in this missional opportunity, so please talk to Kolburt if you are interested in serving.  Oh yeah, and costumes are not required but strongly encouraged!

2. Operation Christmas Child.
This year we are participating in the toy drive for Operation Christmas Child as a way to show Jesus’ love to children in need. Beginning this Saturday we are collecting items for the shoebox drive. For more info on what to bring click here.

3. 5:30 Prayer.
Every Saturday we gather at 5:30 to pray for the upcoming service. This time is open to anyone who wishes to come pray corporately for the church. We’d love to see you there!

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Halloween (Reformation Day) Costume Parties!

On the evening of October 31st we will not gather at Woodmen Hills Elementary for our regular service. Instead we will be hosting three neighborhood costume parties in Falcon!  The parties will be held at:

The festivities begin at 6:00, and there will be cotton candy, hot chocolate, apple cider, music, yard games, and a atmosphere of fun!  Bring a friend and come celebrate Reformation Day (Or Halloween) with us!

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Pre-Service Prayer

As a church we have always sought to be a place that is prayerfully dependent upon God.  To that end, we are opening up a pre-service time of prayer for anyone and everyone who is interested in seeking God and asking for His blessing upon the upcoming worship gathering.  So, every Saturday whoever is available will gather at 5:30 in the gym to pray over the church service.  We would love to see you there!

Boot Camp

The mission of every Christian is to be a disciple of Jesus who makes disciples of Jesus.  Unfortunately, the term “discipleship” has come to be associated, in many Christian’s minds, with an optional activity that only certain A-team Christians engage in.  The reality, however, is that if you are a follower of Jesus you are a disciple called to make more disciples.  The question, though, is how well are we doing at this task?

 

After a lot of prayer I feel that it is time for us as the men in our church to step up and become more intentional about how we engage in our own discipleship, as well as become more intentional about how we make new disciples of Jesus, how we go about mission in our spheres of influence.  So to that end, here’s the plan (because we are men and we like plans)…

 

Beginning Tuesday, September 15th at 6:00am the men of the church will be gathering every other week (on the weeks that community groups don’t meet) to focus on becoming stronger men of faith and becoming more confident in how we share our faith with others.  Notice that I said the “men of the church” will be gathering, because the boys will still be at home sleeping off their video game induced hangovers…

 

Wow, that sounds offensive! You bet, because we’re men and we like to be challenged, right?!  Men need a cause to fight for, and without a worthy cause we become passive, lazy, and lethargic.  Satan is pretty good at convincing us that pursuing pleasure is more important than pursuing holiness, that Bible studies are something our wives do, and that if we talk about our faith at work we’ll look like a gigantic weirdo.  Meanwhile, God is using, and has always used, men who are aware of their weakness before Him to make a difference in their families, communities, and workplaces.  This uncharacteristically abrasive email is hopefully a challenge for all of us to be those men, not the boys who leave the work of discipleship to their wives worried that Jesus might ask us to be less obsessed with football and more obsessed with Him.  The reason you are receiving this email is because I know that you are up for the challenge!

 

We’re calling this morning gathering Boot Camp, because we want to make sure we realize that this training is for the spiritual war we are in, and because those of us who haven’t gone through a real boot camp like to use the phrase to make us feel more masculine than we really are (to all our service men, I sincerely apologize).  By signing up for Boot Camp we are committing to a 15 week (8 morning meetings) process where we will read a chapter of the Bible everyday, study in depth the book of Titus to see how it challenges and equips us, commit to praying missionally every day, and look for opportunities to take what we are learning and disciple others.

 

So if this sounds like something you want to sign up for just let me know by responding to this email or calling me (719.216.2612).  I firmly believe that this could be a catalyzing time for us as men and as a church, and am excited to see what God does through those who are humble enough to seek Him and hard working enough to make it a priority.  Feel free to pass this on to anyone else outside of our church who may be interested.

 

 

Summer Play Dates

Summer is a great time to build relationships with other women in the church, as well as form new relationships with women who don’t attend missio Dei. Each Wednesday the moms and women of missio Dei will gather at various parks to enjoy each other’s company, encourage one another, and let their kids run off some energy!  Below is a list of the time and place for each gathering.

 

Wednesdays 9:30-11:30

June 3rd -Balcon Park

June 10th -The Greens at Meridian Ranch

June 17th -Fox Run Regional Park

June 24th -Homestead Ranch Park

July 1stAmerica the Beautiful Park

July 8th– Black Forest Regional Park

July 15th– Remington Park

July 22nd– Banning Lewis Ranch Playground

July 29th Balcon Park

August 5th– The Greens at Meridian Ranch

August 12th– Fox Run Regional Park

August 19thHomestead Ranch Park

August 26th Black Forest Regional Park