Oct 27, 2005

Vail Vision October 28, 2005

Greetings in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus.

Pastor Kauth was asked recently how the Vail mission was going and he replied, "We're just trying to keep up with God... What a joy it is to have God at the helm. It seems as if almost every day God finds truly amazing ways to bless this ministry. I am learning not to worry when God closes a door. He then opens a loading dock. From developing a core group, to finding a facility, to finding staff, to finding a worship team, to finding opportunities to outreach into the community, God's hand can be seen in it all. He is the Eveready Bunny on Steroids. It's exciting to be a part of something where you can literally see the hand of God at every move.

On Sunday we had our last evening Bible study. We studied the doxology from the Lord's Prayer, "For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen... What a fitting way to end this phase of Christ Lutheran Vail. After seeing what God has done for the Vail mission one can only take a moment and praise God for all of His goodness.

Last weekend Pastor Michaelson and I made a presentation at a Lutheran Church Extension Fund conference. The LCEF is an organization that does two things. First, they are a place where mission-minded people can invest their money. They offer competitive returns on the investment. But also, the LCEF loans money to congregations. In particular, they loan money to mission congregations to purchase land or to build. We knew our presentation would be focused on the Vail mission. What we didn't know was that some of the other presentations would be focused on the Vail mission and how so many other people are praying for us. It was exciting to see what tools are available to us for ministry to the Vail area. Jeff Rohlwing also provided the music for the conference. He is truly an amazing musician and perfectly set the tone for the weekend. By the end of the conference, everyone was excited about the Vail mission. In fact some of them decided they just had to come to Vail and check it out. Pastor Stoterau, the President of the Pacific Southwest District was also in attendance and was also excited about what God has done here.

Last week, we had a meeting with a developer in Vail who is interested in helping us secure land and a facility. This will be the topic of the next Vision.

Last Sunday we concluded the Vail Dinners. Our goal was to raise $4200 for the dinners of which Thrivent would match up to 50%. That goal was more than reached. Praise God. These funds will go towards our startup costs as we begin worship in Vail. Thank you to Polly Phillips for arranging these dinners. Thank you to Thrivent for your willingness to partner with us. And a special thank you to all of you who opened your homes or participated in a dinner.

That is it for now. Blessings on your day. If anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me. It is a joy to be working with all of you.

Vicar David Hook

On Sunday we concluded our study of the Lord's Prayer. We studied the doxology, "For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen... When worship begins on November 6th, we will no longer be meeting on Sunday nights. Future Bible studies will be accommodated by the small groups that are being formed. I encourage all of you to become active in a small group. More on this in an upcoming issue of the Vail Vision.

Advent Worship this year will be a sermon series entitled, "The Five Love Languages... This series is based on the best-selling books by Gary Chapman on the five love languages. This advent series will begin on November 27th and continue through Christmas Eve. If you know anyone who is struggling in a relationship because they are unsure whether they are loved, then this series is a must for them. Invite them to come learn during Advent and join us for Christmas Eve.

Calendar The Schedule of Events is still as follows:
October 30, Jeff Rohlwing Concert “ Invite a friend.
November 6, First Worship Service “ 9:00 AM
November 6,13,20 “ Work out the bugs!
November 27 “ December 18, Advent Worship
December 24, Christmas Eve service

Christmas Eve Service. “ We will celebrate a Christmas Eve service in Cienega High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM, December 24th. We are inviting members of the community to join with us to sing in a "community choir... As you talk to your neighbors, see if any of them can sing and invite them to join with us. Details to follow in later issues of the Vision.

VBS Vacation Bible School “ Jennifer Hook has reviewed the Jerusalem Marketplace Spring VBS and it looks great! Kids will have a great time learning what it would have been like living in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. We have set a tentative date of March 20 “ 24, 2006. This week corresponds to the spring break at all the Vail schools. If you would like to help with the VBS, either with crafts, music, shepherding, setup, or whatever, please contact Jennifer at Jennifer@hookcentral.com .

Small Group Ministry “ When we begin worship on Sunday morning, we will no longer be meeting on Sunday night. To continue with that "family.. atmosphere, small groups will be created who will meet at various people's homes. Larry Unger will be providing the list at an upcoming meeting.