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Men’s Breakfast 2018 Kickoff

Men’s Breakfast 2018 Kickoff

If you Google “men and friendship”, you’ll come across numerous studies – most of them suggesting the same thing. According to the experts, men are not good at friendship. Men usually have fewer close friendships than women do, and report higher feelings of loneliness. This can have a significant impact on a man’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing – especially as the ups and downs of life wear us down.

For the past several years, PVCC has offered a monthly Men’s Breakfast. Lately, David Richards and I have taken turns leading the group; Joshua Walker has led a time or two as well. We meet at Panera Bread (State Route 37 in Noblesville, in front of Meijer) at 8 AM. This is a great atmosphere for the Men’s Breakfast, and the coffee and bagels are good too.

Some simple changes are coming for the Men’s Breakfast in 2018. David Richards returns to leading each month, rather than alternating with me. In addition, we’re starting a new study, reading straight from the Book of James. This would be a great opportunity for you to jump in if you’ve never attended the Men’s Breakfast before, or if you haven’t attended consistently in some time. I’d especially encourage men who are newer to Prairie View to consider participating.

I think the Men’s Breakfast has many benefits, but it can be particularly useful to men whose schedules don’t allow them to participate in a weekly Small Group. Saturday morning may be easier than a weeknight, especially if you’re married with kids; and once per month is much less demanding than once per week.

If you’ve never attended before, don’t be intimidated! We usually have a wide age range present, and we all have unique personalities and contributions. The Men’s Breakfast ends by 9:30 AM, and consists of time for catching up, discussion of our study, and prayer. Whether you’re a new believer looking to learn more, or a mature Christian who’s attended countless events like this, we’d love to have you. I’m sure there’s much the men present can teach you, and much you can teach them.

Will attending the PVCC Men’s Breakfast solve the complex challenges men face when it comes to developing lasting friendships? Probably not. However, it certainly won’t hurt. We need each other more than we realize or admit.

I hope you’ll join us on Saturday January 20; you may be surprised by just how encouraging and edifying it can be.

Christmas at Prairie View

Christmas at Prairie View

For most of us, the month of December is a mixture of shopping, stress, excitement, joy, a little more stress, travel, and general busyness. At PVCC, we try to be respectful of peoples’ calendars; we know it’s easy to get overwhelmed at this time of year. However, we also try to offer God’s people meaningful opportunities for service, fellowship, outreach, worship, and teaching.

Here’s a general outline of what Christmas looks like at Prairie View Christian Church:

1. Last Sunday, we took our yearly trip to NorthRidge Gracious Retirement Living to do some Christmas Caroling. The people of NorthRidge love when we come to visit; one resident even gave me a thank-you card saying our carolers were “wonderful”! Caroling may not seem like much to many people, but a simple act of service to our neighbors – a small reminder that the church down the road cares for them – can be especially heartwarming on a cold December night.

2. Following our trip to NorthRidge, we gathered back at PVCC for a catered dinner. PVCC provided the food, mainly as a showing of gratitude to our congregation for another year of ministry together. We even had two strangers come in and join us for the meal! What started out as a fellowship event ended up serving as an opportunity to show hospitality.

3. This Saturday, December 16, our Men’s Breakfast will be devoted to inviting neighbors to join us for worship services on Sunday, December 24. We’ll be passing out simple invitation cards, praying that even just one person might come – and knowing that many people are more open to church attendance at Christmas than they are at other times of the year. We also ordered plenty of extra invitation cards, that way you can take some home on Sunday to share with your neighbors, coworkers, classmates, family – whoever you want!

4. And finally, we look forward to worshiping with you on Christmas Eve. We’ll worship at 10 AM that morning like usual, finishing up our “Christmas in the Psalms” sermon series. We’ll worship again that evening at 5 PM, ending our time together with a candlelight singing of “Silent Night”. These two services will not be identical, so we hope you’ll join us for both. And out of respect for your plans with family and friends, our 5 PM service will last no longer than one hour.

Again, we know how exhausting the month of December can be; however, we encourage you to take time for the things we mentioned above: service to your neighbors, fellowship with your fellow believers, outreach to those who may not recognize the birth of Jesus as something to celebrate, worship of the God who has saved us, and teaching from Scripture. And every year, we hope and pray PVCC is a place where you have the opportunity to do all of those things.

For more information about any of the events listed above, don’t hesitate to ask one of our Staff or Elders.

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

Presumably, you’ve already seen the devastating reports out of Houston, Texas, as well as smaller surrounding communities.

Last weekend, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Houston. The storm hung over southeast Texas for several days, dumping the largest single recorded rainfall in the history of the 48 contiguous United States. Naturally, this has led to massive destruction, heartbreaking loss of life, and immense suffering. Thankfully, there have also been countless stories of heroism in the face of great danger, and even worship in the midst of pain.

Our church asks that you pray for those suffering. Most of us cannot fathom the hardship these people are facing now, and will be facing well into the future. Pray for those who have lost so much; pray for those risking their lives to save others; and pray that Christians near and far would step up to the plate with service and generosity – for the good of those who are hurting, the spread of the Gospel, and the glory of God.

We also ask that if you are able, consider giving generously to relief efforts. If you’re looking for ways to give, but don’t know where to go, here’s a suggestion:

International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES for short) is the missions organization we partner with for our annual food-packing event. IDES is a competent and reputable resource for disasters such as these, and they are working hard to partner with Houston churches to best help those affected. If you’d like to give, but also want to make sure your finances are actually going to Hurricane Harvey relief, I’d encourage you to give through IDES. For more information, see this link.

We worship a God who is good, holy, and sovereign. We know that he is still on his throne, even when the world around us looks chaotic. And whether pain and suffering results from a natural disaster, human wickedness, or even the evil forces of Satan himself, Christians are called to pray and serve fervently.

Fishers Freedom Festival Outreach

Fishers Freedom Festival Outreach

Every summer, PVCC offers several outreach events. These events are designed to help us get to know the community our church calls home – and that God has given us to serve.

Our next major outreach event is at the Fishers Freedom Festival. On Sunday, June 25, our church will offer a free game for children attending the festival. All children receive a candy bar as a prize, and we have the opportunity to meet their families while they play. These are always great chances to tell people about our church, and invite them to join us on a Sunday morning. We also like that because our game is offered on a Sunday morning, we’re meeting people who might not have a church at all, or might not be believers in Christ.

The game booth will run from 10 AM – 2:30 PM; however, we’re asking for volunteers from 9 AM – 3 PM. The extra hour at the beginning, and 30 minutes at the end give us time to set up and tear down our booth. Volunteers serve in two hour shifts: 9-11, 11-1, and 1-3. Your whole family can serve together!

The Fishers Freedom Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. Last year, we gave out over 500 candy bars! There aren’t many opportunities for us to meet this many people in a single day – so our church looks to make the most of it. Who knows – the family whose child received a candy bar might just come to church a week later, a month later, or even a year later. That may be the first time they’ve stepped into a church building in decades, or it may be the very first time they’ve heard the Gospel preached. It can all start out with a friendly face, a simple game at a community festival, and an invitation to a church.

If you’d like to help with this event, sign up at the Welcome Desk. If you’d like more information, talk to me. I look forward to serving our community with you!

Our Own Backyard

Our Own Backyard

“Remember, ministry for Jesus was often the person standing right in front of him.”

This is a quote from “Listen, Love, Repeat” – the women’s study we did this spring – by Karen Ehman. In her study, we looked at several ways to put others first (which is not always easy to do in a world that promotes “me first”). Each week we read Scripture and discussed what it looks like to let our lights shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

During our last session, we were challenged to drop a “love bomb” in our community. It sounds scary, I know! The idea was to go out and scatter kindness in your community in some way, shape, or form.

While it might look like we’re taking the easy way out, we decided a great way to do that would be to provide treats for the Happy Feet Soccer families. Looking at the example of Jesus, we thought it would be good to start with those who set up camp each Saturday morning in our own backyard!

This week’s forecast FINALLY looks perfect; praise God! If you would like to join us in scattering kindness to our community, we’ll be here from 9-11:15 AM providing Goldfish, bananas, and water to the littles ones playing soccer. They have two groups of soccer times: one from 9-10, and another from 10:15-11:15. You can come for the entire time, or for just a bit. Either way, we would love to have you. You won’t even need to bring anything!

We are thrilled to have this opportunity! It’s so refreshing to be outside on a Saturday morning in a community like ours, hearing the joys (and yes, some cries) of little people learning to play soccer with a bright yellow ball whose name is “Mr. Bob”. What makes it even better is doing it all in the name of Christ, for the glory of God.

We hope you can join us! Contact Dawn Mulder or Olivia Halliburton for more information.

Summer Adult Small Group

Summer Adult Small Group

Outside of Sunday morning, Small Groups are the primary means of discipleship at PVCC. After all, do the math:

  • Most of our Small Groups meet during the spring, fall, and winter, taking a break for the summer. So, assuming that each Small Group discussion lasts one hour, and a Small Group meets 30 times in one year – that’s 30 hours of learning.
  • Compare that to 52 sermons per year, each lasting roughly 30 minutes – that’s 26 hours of preaching (assuming perfect Sunday morning attendance!).

In other words, just as much (if not more) Christian education occurs in PVCC Small Groups as in our weekly sermons. It’s safe to say that Small Groups are important here.

That being said, we know that not everyone can participate in one of our usual Small Groups. Perhaps you have young kids with an early bedtime; maybe you work second shift; health concerns could prevent you from making it out in poor weather; or you simply can’t get away once per week for multiple weeks in a row. That’s a big reason why we offer other Small Group options, such as our Women’s Study and Men’s Breakfast.

But this summer, we’re excited to offer another Small Group option while many of our regular Small Groups are on break. You’re invited to attend our Summer Adult Small Group!

This Small Group will be different than most others we’ve offered. We’ll be meeting on four Sunday evenings over the summer: June 4 and 18, and July 9 and 23. The first week will be a fellowship dinner, giving all participants a chance to get to know each other better; the remaining three weeks will consist of Francis Chan’s “Basic” study. The study examines God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This Small Group will meet from 6-7:30 PM, and I’ll be leading our discussion.

Part of why I’m excited about this Small Group is who I hope it will appeal to. This Small Group would be a GREAT option for someone who’s new to the Christian faith, someone who’s never been in a Small Group before, or someone who can’t commit to a longer study.

If that describes you, we pray you’ll consider this opportunity. If you have any questions about this Small Group, don’t hesitate to contact me, or Mike Davidson. Don’t let cost get in the way; you won’t have to pay a dime. Don’t let kids get in the way; we can discuss childcare options if needed. And don’t let fear of commitment get in the way; it’s only four weeks!

Again, Small Groups are a major part of discipleship and education at PVCC. If you haven’t participated in one, you’re missing out – but perhaps this is your opportunity to get plugged in. We look forward to learning with you this summer!

Maundy Thursday Prayer Night

Maundy Thursday Prayer Night

This Thursday, April 13, PVCC will be hosting a Prayer Night from 7:30-8:30 PM. Traditionally, Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus’s washing of his disciples’ feet, and the Last Supper before his arrest.

This isn’t the first Prayer Night we’ve had; in fact, we offer them quite regularly. Our Prayer Nights began in the summer of 2015, and we’ve continued offering them periodically ever since.

Prayer can be difficult. It’s very much a discipline; and for many people, more challenging than other Christian disciplines such as Scripture reading, worship attendance, and even financial giving. Many of us struggle to consistently pray quietly in private, and shudder at the thought of praying out loud in public. However, prayer is a vital aspect of our relationship with God. As author Tim Challies writes:

“Prayer is a foundational practice of the Christian life, and it is impossible to imagine a healthy Christian who does not or will not pray.” (“Visual Theology” pg. 58)

But prayer is not only vital to the health of an individual Christian; it’s also vital to the health of a local church body. That’s why we make a point to regularly offer Prayer Nights at PVCC. We want to practice prayer ourselves, teach those who call PVCC home how important prayer is, and send a message to those around us that, yes, – we REALLY do believe that prayer matters.

So what exactly will this week’s Prayer Night look like? Here are a few things to know if you’re debating whether or not to attend:

  1. You will not be forced against your will to pray out loud.
  2. We don’t spend the entire time in prayer – we often start off with discussion. In this case, we’ll be discussing what the Gospels tell us about Jesus’s final week before his crucifixion.
  3. We make a point to pray for personal requests, as well as concerns in our church, community, state, nation, and world.

We’d love for you to join our group this Thursday evening. Don’t let insecurities or excuses hinder you from speaking with the Creator of the universe, in the presence of your brothers and sisters in Christ. And I’ll tell you from experience – whether you’re one of three people, or 20 – you won’t leave feeling like you’ve wasted your time.

Change to our Order of Service

Change to our Order of Service

Happy Friday, everyone!

If you worshiped with us this past Sunday morning, you heard an announcement about a change to our Order of Service. This change will take effect this Sunday, April 2.

At PVCC, we believe our Sunday morning service exists for two primary purposes: to glorify God, and build up believers. We don’t think one Order of Service glorifies God more than the other; but we do think the change we make this week will better build up and serve our congregation.

For the sake of those who were not present for the announcement, and for those who may not have been worshiping at PVCC before we adjusted our Order of Service, I’d like to explain why we made this change, and give you an idea of what to expect on Sunday.

Prior to Christmas of 2016, our typical Order of Service looked something like this:

Opening Song

Welcome/Announcements

Worship (usually three songs)

Communion/Offering

Sermon

Closing Song

When Christmas Eve and Christmas Day rolled around, we decided to do something different; that led to our more recent Order of Service. The biggest difference was moving Communion/Offering after the Sermon. You might think this change sounds minor, but you’d be surprised how much impact a change like this can have! Once Christmas was over, we decided to stick with the new order for a little while, just to see how things went. We made minor adjustments here and there, and asked our congregation for feedback – both positive and negative.

As you might expect, both orders have positives and negatives. For example, with the old order, many liked that our time of Communion prepared hearts and minds to hear the Sermon. However, the old order also had a very abrupt ending. With the new order, the volunteers who count our weekly offering didn’t have to miss out on much of the sermon. However, the new order also broke up our songs more than we might like.

Ultimately, after considering feedback from the congregation, discussing the pros and cons amongst both Staff and Elders, and having given the new order more than a fair shake, we’ve decided to return to something more like our pre-Christmas Order of Service. That means our service this week will look like this:

Opening Song

Welcome/Announcements

Worship (three songs)

Communion/Offering

Sermon

Worship (one song)

Closing Prayer

Closing Song

Hopefully, keeping the Closing Prayer (an element we added with the new Order of Service) will address one of the weaknesses of the old: a very abrupt ending. In addition, we still keep all the core practices we believe God calls us to participate in on Sunday morning: singing, prayer, Communion, Offering, and a Sermon.

All this being said, what ultimately matters more than the Order of Service is the heart of the worshiper. So whether you love the change, hate the change, or simply don’t care all that much – we pray that you’ll join us this Sunday morning with glorifying God as your heart’s greatest desire.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, flexibility, and willingness to worship with us at PVCC!

Welcome to the PVCC Blog!

Welcome to the PVCC Blog!

So…why a blog?

Over the past several months, some of our leaders have been discussing the value of starting a PVCC blog on our website. Why would we do this? Well, a few reasons:

1. A blog is another way for us to communicate with the people of our church. You may have heard in the business world that “you can never over-communicate”. That’s also true in churches! We want to make people aware of important things happening at PVCC in as many ways as possible. Many churches have regular newsletters for this purpose; PVCC does not. But things like this blog (and Nancy’s weekly email) can help fill that gap.

2. A blog is another way for us to bring new people to our website. The more content you have on a website, the more likely people will stumble across it online. Our hope is that this blog will make our website turn up more often when people are looking for a new church to call home when they move to the area, or simply haven’t been in church as of late. The more content we have on our website, the more likely we’ll pop up when a person searches the internet for “churches in Fishers”, or “worship services near me”.

3. A blog is a good place to share announcements, reflections, and updates that may not fit in a Sunday morning service. The primary purpose of our weekly worship service is to proclaim the Gospel. Because we only have so much time together on Sunday morning, there are other valuable insights from church leaders that don’t quite make the cut. This will be a good place to communicate things that are beneficial for our church, even though they might not make it to Sunday morning.

4. We want to get our money’s worth when it comes to our website. In 2016, we spent a large amount of time and money rebuilding our website from the ground up. The new website is already much more aesthetically pleasing and useful than the old one was; but we want to make it even more useful. While the primary purpose of our website is to make a good first impression on those who haven’t darkened our doors yet, that’s not its only purpose. We also want this website to be a helpful resource for those who already call PVCC home.

What exactly will this look like? We’re picturing multiple different PVCC leaders making regular contributions to this blog. One day, you may see thoughts on a Bible passage from me. The next day, you could see a Christian perspective on some current event from Zach. A week later, you might see a devotional written by Marc. You may see an important reminder from Nancy. And who knows – you could even see an Elder chime in on occasion!

Of course we’re all somewhat new to this, so we’ll be learning as we go. We’ll be figuring out how frequently we’ll be able to post, making sure we have all the right safeguards in place before a post goes public, and how to best accomplish the goals we listed above. Please have patience with us as we discover how this idea can be used to build up the people at PVCC, and please pray that this will be one more tool for us to bring God glory.