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Introducing the Missio Family of Churches…

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In today’s world, nothing is official until its internet official! We have talked about this in our respective communities, held info meetings and Q&A, but now Facebook knows that Missio Dei and One Community Church are joining together to form a family of Missio Churches. This coming Sunday Missio Dei – Salt Lake City and Missio Dei – South Jordan will become a reality. If this is news to you, please watch the video for more details or email info@missiodeislc.com.

Volunteer for Easter!

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Easter is coming! For Missio Dei every Easter is a special day. Since our beginning (on Easter Sunday) we have celebrated this as the High Holiday of our Faith.  This year is no different.

If you would like to help at all we need your help! Like the previous years we have it broken down into different areas of service.  If you would like to serve in one or multiple areas please email volunteer@missiodeislc.com and tell us what areas you are interested in.

The areas of service are as follows:

Set up

Tear Down

Food

Decorations

Games and events

If you are open to volunteering wherever just let us know and we will get you plugged in where needed or if you have questions about any areas, please say the word and we will get you information. Once again – email volunteer@missiodeislc.com.

Weekly Update 3/10/2017

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March 10th, 2017

Culture Forum – Faithful Presence: Saturday, March 11th, 5:30pm
The Bible repeatedly calls us to care for and welcome refugees, but what does that actually look like for a local church living in Salt lake City, Utah? On March 11th at 5:30pm, we will be gathering together to answer that very question. What does it mean for the church to show up in this need? How can we as individuals show up? The night will include various talks, a panel discussion, art from refugee camps in Jordan, and most importantly an opportunity to live out your passion for refugees in a way that matters. If you are in need of childcare during this event please register your child(ren) HERE! We will only be able to accommodate children who have been registered prior to the event, so thanks in advance for getting them signed up!

Child Dedications – Sunday, May 14th (Mother’s Day) 9am & 11amServices 
If you would like to take part in child dedications, please register in advance in order to let us know which service time you would prefer. We look forward to partnering with you as you make a public declaration of commitment to your child’s spiritual growth. Register HERE

Save the Date! – Next Sunday Serve will be May 7th
Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss it! More information and registration links to follow.

Red Light Ministry Donations
We’re collecting donations for our Red Light Ministry Outreach. We need hygiene kit items: gallon size ziplock bags, travel size deodorant, travel size body wash, razors, feminine hygiene products, individually packaged wet wipes, granola bars, bottled water, etc. Thank you for all the warm clothing donations, we are stocked up on that and have more of a need for hygiene items at this time. We will have a bin to collect donations in the lobby at Missio this Sunday. To learn more about Red Light Ministry, please click HERE or email redlightoutreach.slc@gmail.com

Lost and Found
Our lost and found is full of items left at the building. For the next two weeks we will put the lost and found bins at the “Welcome Cafe” so anyone can go look to see if they left something at Missio. After two weeks we will be donating the women’s clothing to Red Light Ministry and everything else will be donated to a local thrift store. There are some really nice water bottles, coffee mugs, books and clothes in the lost and found so make sure to look through it this Sunday if you’re missing something.

The Peoples Theology Episode 5 – Get the Hell Out
In our second episode on hell, we continue our conversation with Josh Butler, author of Skeletons in God’s Closet. Josh walks us through 4 major paradigm shifts that we need to have, in order to see and understand hell as the Biblical narrative actually presents it. Which, as we will see, is radically different than our caricatures often make it out to be. These paradigm shifts help us understand hell and most importantly they help us understand what it is God is doing throughout His story. Listen and subscribe HERE

Weekly Update 3/2/2017

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March 2nd, 2017

Easter Interest Meeting – Sunday, March 5th
Easter is coming and we’re looking to put together a team of people who are interested in providing some vision for what the celebration for that day will look like. If you’re interested in speaking into that or are just want in helping out in some capacity, we invite you to join us in the Volunteer Lounge after either service on Sunday, March 5th. There will be meetings following both the 9 and 11 am service.

Culture Forum – Faithful Presence: Saturday, March 11th, 5:30pm
The Bible repeatedly calls us to care for and welcome refugees, but what does that actually look like for a local church living in Salt lake City, Utah? On March 11th at 5:30pm, we will be gathering together to answer that very question. What does it mean for the church to show up in this need? How can we as individuals show up? The night will include various talks, a panel discussion, art from refugee camps in Jordan, and most importantly an opportunity to live out your passion for refugees in a way that matters. If you are in need of childcare during this event please register your child(ren) HERE! We will only be able to accommodate children who have been registered prior to the event, so thanks in advance for getting them signed up!

Child Dedications – Sunday, May 14th (Mother’s Day) 9am & 11amServices 
If you would like to take part in child dedications, please register in advance in order to let us know which service time you would prefer. We look forward to partnering with you as you make a public declaration of commitment to your child’s spiritual growth. Register HERE

Red Light Ministry Donations
We’re collecting donations for our Red Light Ministry Outreach. We need hygiene kit items: gallon size ziplock bags, travel size deodorant, travel size body wash, razors, feminine hygiene products, individually packaged wet wipes, granola bars, ect. Thank you for all of the warm clothing donations! We are still collecting those as well. We will have a bin to collect donations in the lobby at Missio this Sunday. To learn more about Red Light Ministry, please click HERE or email redlightoutreach.slc@gmail.com

The Peoples Theology Episode 4 – Hell Bound
One of the questions so many of us struggle with is the question of hell and God’s goodness. In episode 4 of The Peoples Theology we interviewed Joshua Ryan Butler, author Skeletons in God’s closet, to begin a multi part conversation about hell and the goodness of God. Listen and subscribe HERE

Weekly Update 2/23/2017

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February 23rd, 2017

The Bible Class – Starting Sunday, February 26th, 9:30am
If we’re honest, we can admit that the Bible is a weird book. Maybe it’s the talking snake on page 3, the strange Laws of Leviticus, or the horrors of the histories––whatever it is, a lot of us have a lot of questions about the Bible.
On February 26th at 9:30am, Missio is hosting The Bible class where we will spend three weeks answering three of the biggest questions we have about the Bible: What is it? Where did it come from? What are we supposed to do with it?This class is for everybody. Maybe you’ve been reading the Bible for 20 years, maybe you just started, or maybe you’ve totally rejected it––either way, this class is for you. Register here

Ash WednesdayWednesday, March 1st, 7:00pm
Ash Wednesday is the start of a new season in the Church, a season that leads through Lent, Holy Week, and up to the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter. It’s a chance to orient our minds and prepare our hearts so that we can experience all that God has done and is doing.
This year for Ash Wednesday, we will gather as a community on March 1st at 7 PM to worship with art, song, and Scripture. Everyone is invited. Children are welcome to join but there will be childcare for children 5 and under.

Easter Interest Meeting – Sunday, March 5th
Easter is coming and we’re looking to put together a team of people who are interested in providing some vision for what the celebration for that day will look like. If you’re interested in speaking into that or are just want in helping out in some capacity, we invite you to join us in the Volunteer Lounge after either service on Sunday, March 5th. There will be meetings following both the 9 and 11 am service.

Culture Forum – Faithful Presence: Saturday, March 11th, 5:30pm
The Bible repeatedly calls us to care for and welcome refugees, but what does that actually look like for a local church living in Salt lake City, Utah? On March 11th at 5:30pm, we will be gathering together to answer that very question. What does it mean for the church to show up in this need? How can we as individuals show up? The night will include various talks, a panel discussion, art from refugee camps in Jordan, and most importantly an opportunity to live out your passion for refugees in a way that matters. Childcare will be available, please register your child(ren) HERE

Child Dedications – Sunday, May 14th (Mother’s Day) 9am & 11amServices 
If you would like to take part in child dedications, please register in advance in order to let us know which service time you would prefer. We look forward to partnering with you as you make a public declaration of commitment to your child’s spiritual growth. Register HERE

Red Light Ministry Donations
We’re collecting donations for our Red Light Ministry Outreach. We need hygiene kit items: gallon size ziplock bags, travel size deodorant, travel size body wash, razors, feminine hygiene products, individually packaged wet wipes, granola bars, ect. Thank you for all of the warm clothing donations! We are still collecting those as well. We will have a bin to collect donations in the lobby at Missio this Sunday. To learn more about Red Light Ministry, please click HERE or email redlightoutreach.slc@gmail.com

The Peoples Theology Episode 4 – Hell Bound
One of the questions so many of us struggle with is the question of hell and God’s goodness. In episode 4 of The Peoples Theology we interviewed Joshua Ryan Butler, author Skeletons in God’s closet, to begin a multi part conversation about hell and the goodness of God. Listen and subscribe HERE

Weeky Update 2/19/2017

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February 16th, 2017

The Bible Class – Starting February 26th, 9:30am
If we’re honest, we can admit that the Bible is a weird book. Maybe it’s the talking snake on page 3, the strange Laws of Leviticus, or the horrors of the histories––whatever it is, a lot of us have a lot of questions about the Bible.
On February 26th at 9:30am, Missio is hosting The Bible class where we will spend three weeks answering three of the biggest questions we have about the Bible: What is it? Where did it come from? What are we supposed to do with it?This class is for everybody. Maybe you’ve been reading the Bible for 20 years, maybe you just started, or maybe you’ve totally rejected it––either way, this class is for you. Register here

Ash Wednesday – March 1st, 7:00pm
Ash Wednesday is the start of a new season in the Church, a season that leads through Lent, Holy Week, and up to the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter. It’s a chance to orient our minds and prepare our hearts so that we can experience all that God has done and is doing.
This year for Ash Wednesday, we will gather as a community on March 1st at 7 PM to worship with art, song, and Scripture. Everyone is invited. Children are welcome to join but there will be childcare for children 5 and under.
Childcare Volunteers Needed
We’re looking for a few volunteers to do childcare during out Ash WednesdayService on March 1st. If you would be interested in serving in this way please email Annie Johnson at annie@missiodeislc.com

Culture Forum – Faithful Presence: March 11th, 5:30pm
The Bible repeatedly calls us to care for and welcome refugees, but what does that actually look like for a local church living in Salt lake City, Utah? On March 11th at 5:30pm, we will be gathering together to answer that very question. What does it mean for the church to show up in this need? How can we as individuals show up? The night will include various talks, a panel discussion, art from refugee camps in Jordan, and most importantly an opportunity to live out your passion for refugees in a way that matters.

The Peoples Theology: Episode 3 – All Hail the Guiding Star
What does North Korean Cinema and Jackson Pollock have to do the choices we make every single day? A lot, actually. Check out our newest episode of The Peoples Theology as we explore what it means to be human, what it means to Image God, and what it means to balance power and responsibility. Listen and subscribe here. 

Red Light Ministry Donations
We’re collecting donations for our Red Light Ministry Outreach. We need hygiene kit items: gallon size ziplock bags, travel size deodorant, travel size body wash, razors, feminine hygiene products, individually packaged wet wipes, granola bars, ect. Thank you for all of the warm clothing donations! We are still collecting those as well. We will have a bin to collect donations in the lobby at Missio this Sunday. To learn more about Red Light Ministry, please click HERE or email redlightoutreach.slc@gmail.com

Weekly Update 2/9/17

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February 9th, 2017

 MissioKids Prep Rally – February 11th – 1pm-3:30pm
MissioKids is hosting a “Prep Rally” to help prepare curriculum and classrooms for the coming months. Please join us February 11th from 1:00-3:30pm. We will be organizing classrooms, printing curriculum, purchasing and prepping materials, making sample crafts, and enjoying some treats together! This is a casual setting and while no childcare is provided, kids are welcome to join. Click HERE to let us know you can make it!

Parent’s Night Out – Valentine’s Day Weekend – Saturday, February 11th -5pm-7:30pm
Need a break? Want a date night? Want some alone time? Leave your kids with us! We’re going to be eating pizza, playing games, and hanging out. Register children HERE

The Bible Class – Starting February 26th, 9:30am
If we’re honest, we can admit that the Bible is a weird book. Maybe it’s the talking snake on page 3, the strange Laws of Leviticus, or the horrors of the histories––whatever it is, a lot of us have a lot of questions about the Bible.
On February 26th at 9:30am, Missio is hosting The Bible class where we will spend three weeks answering three of the biggest questions we have about the Bible: What is it? Where did it come from? What are we supposed to do with it?This class is for everybody. Maybe you’ve been reading the Bible for 20 years, maybe you just started, or maybe you’ve totally rejected it––either way, this class is for you. Register here

Ash Wednesday – March 1st, 7:00pm
Ash Wednesday is the start of a new season in the Church, a season that leads through Lent, Holy Week, and up to the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter. It’s a chance to orient our minds and prepare our hearts so that we can experience all that God has done and is doing.
This year for Ash Wednesday, we will gather as a community on March 1st at 7 PM to worship with art, song, and Scripture. Everyone is invited. Children are welcome to join but there will be childcare for children 5 and under. 

Culture Forum – Faithful Presence: March 11th, 5:30pm
The Bible repeatedly calls us to care for and welcome refugees, but what does that actually look like for a local church living in Salt lake City, Utah? On March 11th at 5:30pm, we will be gathering together to answer that very question. What does it mean for the church to show up in this need? How can we as individuals show up? The night will include various talks, a panel discussion, art from refugee camps in Jordan, and most importantly an opportunity to live out your passion for refugees in a way that matters. 

The Peoples Theology: Episode 3 – All Hail the Guiding Star
What does North Korean Cinema and Jackson Pollock have to do the choices we make every single day? A lot, actually. Check out our newest episode of The Peoples Theology as we explore what it means to be human, what it means to Image God, and what it means to balance power and responsibility. Listen and subscribe here. 

Red Light Ministry Donations
We’re collecting donations for our Red Light Ministry Outreach. We need warm clothing: coats, scarves, beanies, gloves and socks. Also, blankets and sleeping bags are a huge help to the ladies we come across who are sleeping outside. We will have bins to collect donations in the lobby at Missio this Sunday. To learn more about the Red LIght Ministry, please click HERE or email redlightoutreach.slc@gmail.com

Understand Lent

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This post was taken from a Series Kit. The kit walks readers through the season of Lent with meditations, prayers, art, and ideas for application. The Kit is free to download.


Every year, churches all over the world participate in specific rhythms of worship that are designed to orient our hearts towards Jesus and His work in the world. Christmas and Easter are by far the best known but between these two comes another. One designed to show us our need for Jesus and invite us to follow Him. This rhythm is Lent.

Historically, Lent was marked as an intentional time of discipline where followers of Christ would engage in habits that directed their attention towards Him. Today, Lent has been hijacked and transformed into a tool for self improvement. What was once about Jesus now tends to be about calorie intake.

There is nothing wrong with self improvement but Lent, as a season, is meant to do more than reignite new years resolutions. It intended to inspire affections by joining us to a retelling of Jesus’ story. Lent can do this because it is participatory, we engage it with our presence, our practices, and our prayers. Through it we experience, not just hear, the story of Jesus.

How do we participate and engage with Jesus story during Lent?

Lent is a 40 day period of time that begins on Ash Wednesday, includes Holy Week, and ends on Easter. Each of these moments communicate the story of Jesus and give us a chances to participate in it’s telling.

Ash Wednesday is a time to remember that without Jesus we are slaves to sin and death, in deep need of life and grace. In the Bible, people would often mourn their sin by wearing sackcloth covering themselves in ash. Ash Wednesday invokes those images, not to shame, but to cultivate humility. Ash Wednesday reminds us that Jesus entered the mess of our sin and ash to extend love and grace.

The 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter point us towards the Temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. In those 40 days we see Jesus entering a desolate space and overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil. The wilderness way is it at its core the of the way of the cross. Each temptation offers Jesus a shortcut, a way to avoid the pain by avoiding the cross. But Jesus rejects shortcuts and chooses faithfulness. And in doing so, He chooses us, because the way of the cross is the way of rescue and redemption.

Holy Week is the final week of Lent, where what is symbolized in the 40 days becomes a reality. Holy Week focuses on Jesus journey to the cross culminating with Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus’ death. It is our sin that put Christ on the cross, and good Friday is meant to be the dark silence before the celebration of Resurrection Easter morn. Good Friday helps us celebrate Resurrection, it helps us experience the goodness of Jesus’ story.

These different pieces act as an invitation; an invitation to experience the story of Jesus, to engage Him in the fullness of His work, and to know — deep down — the love of Jesus.

And, at the same time it is an invitation to follow. Ash Wednesday invites you to experience the gospel and repent of sin and experience grace, made possible by the work accomplished in Holy Week. The 40 days call us to be like Jesus, to pick up our cross and walk where He leads, even when it takes us through the wilderness.

Jesus story engages and call us. It show us that we are more desperate than we ever believed yet more loved than we ever imagined. It speaks truth and value, and it beckons us to follow.

Weekly Update 1/19/2017

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January 19th, 2017

MissioKids Volunteers
We’re looking for volunteers to join our MissioKids team! If you’d like to sub over the next 10 weeks to support volunteers who have signed up for a Change Group, we’d love to have you! Or if you’ve been considering stepping in, now is a great time since we’re taking advantage of the new year to fill up the rotation. Email MissioKids Coordinator, Anna Nelson at anna@missiodeislc.com if you’re interested! Help make Missio a place kids love to be!

Red Light Ministry Donations
We’re collecting donations for our Red Light Ministry Outreach. We need warm clothing: coats, scarves, beanies, gloves and socks. Also, blankets and sleeping bags are a huge help to the ladies we come across who are sleeping outside. We will have bins to collect donations in the lobby at Missio this Sunday. To learn more about the Red LIght Ministry, please click HERE

Open Mic Worship Night – Friday, February 3rd – 7pm-10pm
On Friday, February 3rd, Missio Dei will be hosting an Open Mic Worship Night in the café area. This night will be an opportunity for anyone to take the stage to share music, poetry, or other talents to the glory of God. Even if you don’t want to stand in front of a microphone, come for coffee, donuts, and community.

MissioKids Prep Rally – February 11th1pm-3:30pm
MissioKids is hosting a “Prep Rally” to help prepare curriculum and classrooms for the coming months. Please join us February 11th from 1:00-3:30pm. We will be organizing classrooms, printing curriculum, purchasing and prepping materials, making sample crafts, and enjoying some treats together! This is a casual setting and while no childcare is provided, kids are welcome to join. Click HERE to let us know you can make it!

Weekly Update 1/5/2017

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January 5th, 2017

Bible in the New Year
With the New Year here are you thinking about reading the whole Bible this year or recommitting yourself to routine study of the Bible? We want to help you with that.  Folks at The Bible Project and You Version offer incredible plans and ways to study the Bible.  The Bible Project has an outlined plan and instructive videos to give you insight and background as you read.  It can be found at https://thebibleproject.com. You Version has a variety of plans that will take you through the whole bible and the app can be downloaded for your phone or tablet at either the app store or google play store.  If you want any insight or help in planning this please email info@missiodeislc.com. We are happy to help!

Change Groups – Starting January 22nd – Registration Open Now
This fall at Missio we walked through a series called beautiful redemption and talked a lot about what it means to move towards wholeness.  More often than not we haven’t given ourselves the space, time or community to understand what might be hindering our ability to experience wholeness. We may also have never been given the tools we need to take practical and helpful steps forward.

On January 22nd we will be starting groups that will focus on identifying ways we intentionally or unintentionally hinder our own growth.  The purpose of these groups is to provide a place at Missio where we are intentional about personal growth. We’ll join each other in a transformative process of self-examination, honesty, and support.  These groups are intended to be a place where our pain and struggle toward wholeness are met by Christ’s love and grace. The groups are open for registration and will begin the week of January 22nd.  There will be both men’s and women’s groups on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and also potentially a mid-week evening group for womenGroup members make a commitment to meet for 12 weeks, maintain confidentiality, and complete exercises from a workbook. The structure is such that you’ll cultivate trust, support, and accountability as you walk with others who are pursuing similar wholeness.

Registration is required, as the groups will be closed once the first gathering begins.  You can do that here
If you have questions e-mail Heather: heather@missiodeislc.com

Red Light Ministry Donations
We’re collecting donations for our Red Light Ministry Outreach. We need warm clothing: coats, scarves, beanies, gloves and socks. Also, blankets and sleeping bags are a huge help to the ladies we come across who are sleeping outside. We will have bins to collect donations in the lobby at Missio this Sunday. To learn more about the Red LIght Ministry, please click HERE

Open Mic Worship Night – Friday, February 3rd – 7pm-10pm
On Friday, February 3rd, Missio Dei will be hosting an Open Mic Worship Night in the café area. This night will be an opportunity for anyone to take the stage to share music, poetry, or other talents to the glory of God. Even if you don’t want to stand in front of a microphone, come for coffee, donuts, and community.

Change Groups

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This fall at Missio we walked through a series called beautiful redemption and talked a lot about what it means to move towards wholeness.  More often than not we haven’t given ourselves the space, time or community to understand what might be hindering our ability to experience wholeness. We may also have never been given the tools we need to take practical and helpful steps forward.

On January 22nd we will be starting groups that will focus on identifying ways we intentionally or unintentionally hinder our own growth. We have a propensity to use things like fear or procrastination, work or perfectionism, alcohol, anger, or food to keep ourselves from facing and dealing with our issues. These ways of coping are usually what keep us from freedom and living fully.

The purpose of these groups is to provide a place at Missio where we are intentional about personal growth. We’ll join each other in a transformative process of self-examination, honesty, and support.  These groups are intended to be a place where our pain and struggle toward wholeness are met by Christ’s love and grace.

The groups are open for registration and will begin the week of January 22nd.  There will be both men’s and women’s groups on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. in the Missio building. There will also be a mid-week evening group for women at a yet to be determined time. Group members make a commitment to meet for 12 weeks, maintain confidentiality, and complete exercises from a workbook. The structure is such that you’ll cultivate trust, support, and accountability as you walk with others who are pursuing similar wholeness.

Registration is required, as the groups will be closed once the first gathering begins. Click here to register. 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Update 12/30/2016

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December 30th, 2016

New Years Day
There will only be the 11am service on Sunday, January 1st.
Missio Kids will be taking the opportunity to celebrate Jesus’ birthday by having a pajama party! Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas to church and celebrate with us!

Advent Offering
It’s not too late to still give in the Advent Offering!
Advent is a time to retell the story of incarnation. We do this on Sundays with our message, our music, and our special services. But, one of the unique ways Missio tells the story is through our Advent Offering. This year all donations received are going to 3 areas.
Schools – North West Middle School and Spectrum Academy
Clean Water – Healing Waters
Church planting in Utah.
In the incarnation we see and experience the radical generosity of Jesus. Through our Advent Offering we participate in kind.
For more information, please click HERE

End of Year Giving
If you would like to make a year end contribution to Missio Dei, it’s not too late! You can give through our app (found on Google Play or the App store) or online by clicking HERE

Details for Christmas Eve with Missio

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As you prepare to worship and celebrate with us on Christmas Eve, here are a few details to note.

  1. The weather is calling for snow.  Please give yourself plenty of drive time.
  2. The open house starts at 4pm. We will have food, drinks, fun projects for the kids, and music.
  3. The service starts at 5. Every Christmas eve we gather for about an hour to worship and remember the birth of Jesus.
  4. There is no service on Christmas Day.

Can’t wait to see you all! To keep up to date visit our Facebook Page.

Financial Update

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Merry Christmas Missio Dei!

Monthly Financial Update

If you did not get a chance to see Pastor Jonny Morrison give a financial update on Sunday please check out this video.

In our last Family meeting you all requested monthly financial updates.  Our financial update in service in November, Jonny’s update last week, and this electronic update is our effort to make sure we are all in the know.  Each month expect and update in service and electronically to keep all of us on the same page.

For full details on this month please watch the video.

Giving Opportunities for December

This month is unique in the opportunities it provides to worship through giving.  Along with

*Regular Monthly Offering (This goes directly to the ministry and mission of Missio Dei.  It provides staff and facilities, but also provides benevolence, ministry to kids, house church mission funds, Sunday Serve, church planting, refugee support, and evangelism to name a few.

*Advent Offering (for full details click here http://missiodeislc.com/update-12082016/) 100% of our Advent offering Funds go to our specific endeavors.

*Year End Gift (Special offering outside of your regular monthly offering.) This gift goes directly to the ministry and mission of Missio Dei.

Building Update Post-Fire

Please continue to pray for the repairs and re-construction on our building.  Things should start moving quickly now.  Please pray that the building will be ready for tenant by the end of February. 

Request for Prayer

*Pray that in the midst of our shortfall in November (see the attached video) God would provide for our ministry needs.

*Pray for the projects and schools that we are supporting through Advent Conspiracy.  Pray that our gifts to them would bless them and speak the love of Christ to them.

*Pray that the way we use, spend, and give our money would tell the story of a generous and giving God. 

Have questions about our expense or giving?

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can email the elders at elders@Missiodeislc.com.  One of our Elders would be happy to meet with you and hear your questions. 

Advent Offering

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Advent is a time to rehear and retell the story of incarnation. We do this on Sundays with our messages, our music, and our special services. But, one of the unique ways Missio tells the story of Jesus’ incarnation is through our Advent Offering.

Missio Dei’s Advent Offering is a challenge to give differently. What if we spent less buying the newest and shiniest gadgets and instead gave our time, energy, talents, and presence to the people we love? And what if, with the money we saved we gave a bit of it to help the world around us experience a bit of Jesus? This is what Advent Offering is about and this year all donations received on the 18th and 24th of December are going to 3 areas.

  • Schools – North West Middle School and Spectrum Academy
  • Clean Water – Healing Waters
  • Church planting in Utah.

In the incarnation we see and experience the radical generosity of Jesus. Through our Advent Offering we participate in kind.

Update 12/08/2016

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December 8th, 2016

Advent Offering
Advent is a time to retell the story of incarnation. We do this on Sundays with our message, our music, and our special services. But, one of the unique ways Missio tells the story is through our Advent Offering. This year all donations received on the 18th and 24th of December are going to 3 areas.

Schools – North West Middle School and Spectrum Academy
Clean Water – Healing Waters
Church planting in Utah.
In the incarnation we see and experience the radical generosity of Jesus. Through our Advent Offering we participate in kind.

Missio Vision – New Global Outreach Club First Meeting
December 16, 8pm – at Missio
Have you ever been moved by issues affecting our global community?  Have you struggled to understand what it might mean to engage mission outside your daily routine?  The pillar of the Christian ethic is to love God and love our neighbor, but it can be a daunting and lucid task to learn how to love a neighbor who lives a thousand miles away.
What is your vision?  What moves you?  How can we help in ways that are effective?  How can I engage the world without being crushed by the weight of so many worthwhile endeavors? How do I do this with a good heart?  Most importantly, how can I know God more fully in this pursuit?
The goal of Missio Vision is to explore these questions and come to answers both as individuals and as a community.  Our aim is to seek God, see His vision, and take practical action in loving across borders.  Join us on December 16 at 8:00 pm at Missio to hear more about Vision, connect with like-minded friends, and enjoy some snacks. It is sure to be a compelling endeavor!
Contact Dave McNeil for more info (208-380-1461)

Christmas at Missio
Due to Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, there will be no services on December 25th. However, on Christmas Eve, December 24th, Missio Dei will be having a Christmas open house at 4pm with treats and community, followed by an approximately hour long service starting at 5pm. We hope you can join us in celebrating the Advent of Jesus!

Christmas Cookies
If you enjoy baking, or have a favorite store bought cookie, we would love for you to bring them to the Christmas Eve Service open house starting at 4pm on December 24th.

New Years Day
There will only be the 11am service on Sunday, January 1st.
Missio Kids will be taking the opportunity to celebrate Jesus’ birthday by having a pajama party! Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas to church and celebrate with us!

Missio Kids
If you have kids but haven’t seen the Missio Kids Update, please click HERE to go to download the song the kids will be singing along with on Christmas Eve so your kids can be listening to it and practicing it at home or in the car!

Weekly Update 12/01/2016

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December 1st, 2016

Parent’s Night Out – Christmas Edition!
December 3rd, 2016 – Saturday – 5pm-8pm – Missio Building

Need a break from the kiddos to do some Christmas shopping… or if you’re ahead of the game, some gift wrapping? Let them hang out with us while you take a few moments to escape from the hustle and bustle of the season. We’re going to be eating pizza, playing games, and doing some Christmas crafts
The Parents Night Out Ministry aims to connect college students with families with young children. The students can provide needed alone time and rest for parents who often don’t get it, while at the same time cultivating relationships with church families who can provide wisdom and relationship for students who often don’t have family nearby.
Click HERE to register

Advent Offering
Advent is a time to retell the story of incarnation. We do this on Sundays with our message, our music, and our special services. But, one of the unique ways Missio tells the story is through our Advent Offering. This year all donations received on the 18th and 24th of December are going to 3 areas.

  • Schools – North West Middle School and Spectrum Academy
  • Clean Water – Healing Waters
  • Church planting in Utah.

In the incarnation we see and experience the radical generosity of Jesus. Through our Advent Offering we participate in kind.

Missio Vision – New Global Outreach Club First Meeting- December 16 at 8:00pm at Missio
Have you ever been moved by issues affecting our global community?  Have you struggled to understand what it might mean to engage mission outside your daily routine?  The pillar of the Christian ethic is to love God and love our neighbor, but it can be a daunting and lucid task to learn how to love a neighbor who lives a thousand miles away.
What is your vision?  What moves you?  How can we help in ways that are effective?  How can I engage the world without being crushed by the weight of so many worthwhile endeavors? How do I do this with a good heart?  Most importantly, how can I know God more fully in this pursuit?
The goal of Missio Vision is to explore these questions and come to answers both as individuals and as a community.  Our aim is to seek God, see His vision, and take practical action in loving across borders.  Join us on December 16 at 8:00 pm at Missio to hear more about Vision, connect with like-minded friends, and enjoy some snacks. It is sure to be a compelling endeavor!
Contact Dave McNeil for more info (208-380-1461)

Christmas at Missio
Due to Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, there will be no services on December 25th. However, on Christmas Eve, December 24th, Missio Dei will be having a Christmas open house at 4pm with treats and community, followed by an approximately hour long service starting at 5pm. We hope you can join us in celebrating the Advent of Jesus!

Grace: Beautiful Redemption

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Christians sing it, say it, pray it, tattoo it, wear it and more but do we actually know what grace is? Honestly, I think the answer to that question is no. It’s not that we don’t have a definition for grace, it’s just that our definition is too small––it’s a microcosm of cosmic realities barely scratching the surface and barely affecting our lives.

We struggle to understand grace because “we are deeply conditioned against unconditionality because we’ve been told in a thousand different ways that accomplishments always precedes acceptance, that achievement always precedes approval.”[1] In honest moments I can admit that mediocrity is my deepest fear, and in my most honest moments I can admit that I’m proud of it. Why? Because I believe “achievement always precedes approval.” I want to be wanted therefore I need to be impressive.

I have allowed this thinking to dominate my life. Whether it was in ministry, marriage, friendships, or my relationship with Jesus I place on my shoulders the burden of affections, God’s and yours’. Like trying to cope with guilt this is a burden no one can carry no matter how impressive you are.

Not only is it a burden of infinite weight it implicitly changes the way I see others. I start to operate out of a two-way love mentality, I will earn your affection but you also need to earn mine. In this world we are always trying to earn and keep approval while at the same time removing it from others at the slightest infractions.

Grace by it’s very nature defies that world, author Paul Zahl writes, “grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. Grace is being loved when you are unlovable.”[2] Biblical grace is a radical affront to conditionality, two-way love, and my fear of mediocrity.

This is why grace is hard for us to wrap our minds around. It challenges the natural order of things, not caring how impressive or destitute we think we are. Grace is the unconditional and unmerited favor, love, blessing, rescue, and redemption to those who deserve it least, which is you and me.

Robert Capon describes the re-revelation of grace during the time of the reformation, when famous figures like Martin Luther and John Calvin found something that for too long had been hidden. He writes,

The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar-full of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred-proof-grace––bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the gospel––after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps––suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started…Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, nor the flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.[3]

 

Grace Drunk Straight

We dilute grace by mixing it with good works and achievements, by trying to add to Jesus’ work ours. We do this because it fits our understanding of the world and because it keeps us in control and in charge. We are our biggest obstacle to understanding and embracing grace as unconditional gift.

This is what see throughout the story of Jesus, it is always the people who have it together who struggle. People in Jesus’ time believed, like we do, that “achievement precedes approval.” The Pharisees, the prominent religious elites of the story, devoted themselves to studying Scripture, prayer, fasting, and public leadership. If anyone deserves favor and approval, it was them. Yet, Jesus tells us that unless our righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees we will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:20). Unless our good deeds, achievements, and religious perfectionism surpasses that of leaders who memorized Torah than we aren’t good enough. Yet, read the story it’s rarely the “good” who receive and understand grace. Instead it’s the terrorist, the adulterer, and the prostitute. The very bottom of Jewish society.

How can both of these things be true? How can Jesus say our righteousness needs to surpass the Pharisees’ and yet at the same time give it away to everyone who doesn’t?  Because grace is unconditional, received by those who know they could never meet the conditions. Author Brennan Manning writes,

Because we never lay hold of our nothingness before God…we never enter into the deepest reality of our relationship with Him. But when we accept our ownership of our powerlessness and helplessness, when we acknowledge that we are paupers at the door of God’s mercy, then God can make something beautiful out of us… Awareness of our poverty and ineptitude causes us to rejoice in the gift of being called out of darkness into wondrous light and translated into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son.[4]

        The obstacle is us. We mix the gift of God with ourselves and dilute the very thing we need. The question is, why are you so into you? Why are you convinced that you can “handle” this? Why do you keep diluting God’s gift with your own good works? Be honest, no one has let you down more than you have. No one has lied to you more or disappointed you more than you have. You are an awful object of hope, so stop being one.

Reckless Actions & Needless Parties

In Luke 15, Jesus tells three parables to illustrate and demonstrate the nature of grace. The first one is about a shepherd who loses a sheep. When he realizes that it’s gone the shepherd leaves behind 99 to find the 1 and then throws a party when he finds it. The second story is about a woman who loses 1 of 10 coins, she tears up her home to find it and when she does she calls her friends and neighbors and celebrates. The third story is about a lost boy who curses his father, takes his inheritance, and leaves his home. When the inheritance dries up and the boy realizes his mistake he returns to his father. When he comes home the father welcomes him with hugs and a party.

Each of these stories highlight two of the most important truths of biblical grace. First, biblical grace is nonsensical. No one leaves 99 sheep to find 1. No one tears up a home to find 1 coin. And no abandoned father in the ancient world receives back a prodigal. Jesus is showing us that grace doesn’t fit the mold, it doesn’t favor the good and the strong or reward performance and achievement. Grace isn’t a “financially responsible decision” it is God recklessly pursuing you to heal you, love you, and adopt you into His family.

Which leads to the second truth, grace is extravagant. Every story is about reckless actions and needless parties. Who throws a party for a lost coin? Who invites their friends over because they found 1 of their 99 sheep? God does. In Luke 15:20 the ESV Bibles describes the homecoming of the prodigal son saying, “But while he was a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” It’s a good translation, but the Jesus’ Story Book Bible gets at the point a bit better saying, “he couldn’t stop kissing him.” It’s totally undignified but its only thing that does grace any sort of justice.

Our definition of grace is too small for this. It’s too dignified for this. Grace is the reckless of pursuit of God to cover you in His extravagant love. It is the father “who can’t stop kissing” the son who has violated relationship. If you miss this, if your view of God and grace is smaller than this you’ll slip into moral perfectionism and view obedience through the lens of fear and obligation.

You and I are objects of reckless extravagant grace. Paul tells us there is literally nothing that can separate us from the love of God, including our own actions. This is freedom that changes the way we see obedience, failure, and repentance. Grace means that God is safe, that He is the safest place in all the universe when we have failed and sinned. Instead of running or trying to cope with guilt, we are being actively invited to turn to God who is graciously working to heal us in love.

Re-Narrating

         Small imaginations are the product of small stories. When we struggle to understand the height and depth of God’s love it’s because our imagination cannot comprehend unconditionality. Our stories about God don’t push the boundaries of what we think is possible, instead they conform to the world the way we know it be. The question is, why? Why do our stories present God as cruel, distant, or indifferent? Why have we learned to fear the safest places? Because we have let someone or something tell us the story and define our narrative.

Maybe it was tradition, a father, a church, or a friend’s story that shaped the way you see God. More likely than not, it was a combination of things that compounded together overtime to shape your imagination. Slowly, God was recast in light of the lived stories of a distant father, legalistic preacher, and hurt friend. These stories root themselves and though sermons about grace push our imagination they are rarely sufficient to re-tell the whole story.

There is only one cure that I know of, truth. To hear and rehear the story of God, to be confronted with the radical faithfulness of a Creator who refuses to abandon His world, and to see, vividly displayed in the pages of His story the God of the universe in loving pursuit of His prodigal people. As theologian Hans Von Balthasar says, “myth is unmasked by the Word of God.” We need to re-narrate the story of God and surround ourselves with people who push the boundaries of our imagination and challenge the lies we tell ourselves.

[1] Tullian Tchividjian

[2] Paul Zahl

[3] Robert Capon

[4] Brennan Maning, Ragamuffin Gospel.

 

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