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Biblical Foundations: Winter 2019

Most people want to read their Bible with confidence but simply don’t feel up to the task. Biblical Foundations is designed for anyone who wants to understand the Bible better, whether as a beginner or as a seasoned veteran. This 24-week course is offered as three separate 8-week sessions (fall, winter, spring) which will progressively work though issues of interpretation, translation, cultural and historical backgrounds, locating the larger story of Scripture, and applying the Bible to daily living. The seasonal sessions may be attended out of order and will be offered on an annual basis. Classes meet on Monday evenings and are facilitated by Dr. Ronn Johnson. Contact: Dawn at dwood@thedoor.org

Winter Session: What is the Story of the Bible

Mon, Jan 14 – Mar 4, 7-9pm
Register by Jan 13

Cost: $40

Winter Session: January 14 – March 5, 2019: What Is the Story of the Bible?

1. The idea of story: Why God chose to reveal himself through a story

Now that we have discussed some technicalities having to do with interpreting the Bible, we can begin our exploration into the Big Story that the Bible is trying to tell. This may be new territory for many people.

2. The setting of the story: Creation and ancient cosmology

Forget Jurassic Park—the real “lost world” is found in the Bible! We will dedicate this evening to describing the scenery that sets the stage for the larger narrative of Scripture.

3. The characters of the story: God, spirits, mankind, Jesus

While identifying the main characters in the story of the Bible will not be difficult, understanding their relationships to each other will pose an interesting challenge. Of special interest will be the timing of each character’s appearance in the story.

4. The plot begins: Faith, righteousness, and idolatry

Having placed our scenery and characters on the stage, we now give attention to the story itself, beginning in Genesis. We will find that many of the most important themes in the Bible find expression in the simplest of storylines.

5. The plot thickens: Exile, hope, and salvation

Every good story has a well-defined crisis, as well as a meaningful and unexpected means of resolution. Finding the crisis in the Bible’s storyline will be easy to notice—but only when we know what to look for.

6. The plot fulfilled: Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection

We know that Jesus is the answer to the Bible’s crisis, though theologians across church history have often debated the way in which he brings resolution. What exactly is the problem which Jesus came to solve?

7. The plot debated: Table fellowship in the early church

The resurrection of Jesus was not the end of the Bible’s story. What is the question being raised in the writings of the New Testament, and what is the answer that we receive from Paul and others?  

8. The plot and me: Finding my life in the story of the Bible

We often forget that the story of the Bible ends with Jesus returning to earth in the book of Revelation. This means that we are still sharing the same stage as people in the New Testament, and even inhabiting their story.

Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus

Many Christians ask "Why are we here?" As God's people, we long to engage in Jesus' calling to
be a part of the world's flourishing and to renew our hope for a broken and hurting world.
Connect with others while engaging in a powerful book written to God's church about our calling
as followers of Jesus. Participate in this book study through online discussions and in-person
conversations throughout the month of February. Contact: Rose
Meet in person on Sun, Feb 3 and Feb 24 at 9am
Register by Feb 3

Child Dedication Service, March 3, 2019

Register here for this beautiful ceremony where you will dedicate and commit your child to a loving God and proclaim your desire for faithful following.

DivorceCare Winter/Spring 2019

A supportive thirteen-week group for those dealing with the pain of divorce that offers hope, healing and transformation. Topics include the road to healing, anger, depression, loneliness, new relationships, financial survival, kid care, single sexuality, forgiveness, reconciliation, and moving on. The group includes the Divorce Care workbook. Walk-ins welcome. Contact: Annie-Claude Toll | ext 1300

Tues, Feb 19 - May 7
Cost: $20 (includes workbook)

Donate to the Legacy Fund

This fund is desired to be a gift to long-time staff ministry leaders who helped shape Open Door, and to support these servants as they fulfill their personal ministries after their time on staff has ended. We bless them as they step out in faith into what God has next for them. This fund exists through generous donations from individuals like you. Your gift is tax deductible.

Donation to Pastoral Search Process

To do this search process well, we have incurred some additional expenses that are over and above our current budget.

Your tax deductible gift to this fund will be used for search and transition expenses. If there are excess funds at the end of this project, they will be used for general church purposes. Thank you!

Feed My Starving Children Feb 9th

Have fun with your family and friends outside our walls as we pack meals together at Feed My Starving Children. This is a fun way to build relationships with each other while loving beloved children of God who are struggling for food each day. Shop at the marketplace where you can buy gifts and support small businesses around the world. Your support helps restore dignity while providing for families. Contact: Rose at rlarson@thedoor.org | (763) 498-4001

Sat, Feb 9th, 9-11am
Register by Feb 8th

Feed My Starving Children Jan 12th

Have fun with your family and friends outside our walls as we pack meals together at Feed My Starving Children. This is a fun way to build relationships with each other while loving beloved children of God who are struggling for food each day. Shop at the marketplace where you can buy gifts and support small businesses around the world. Your support helps restore dignity while providing for families. Contact: Rose at rlarson@thedoor.org | (763) 498-4001

Sat, Jan 12, 9-11am
Register by Jan 11

Feed My Starving Children March 9th

Have fun with your family and friends outside our walls as we pack meals together at Feed My Starving Children. This is a fun way to build relationships with each other while loving beloved children of God who are struggling for food each day. Shop at the marketplace where you can buy gifts and support small businesses around the world. Your support helps restore dignity while providing for families. Contact: Rose at rlarson@thedoor.org | (763) 498-4001

Sat, March 9th, 9-11am
Register by March 8th

Grief, Loss and Hope Gathering
Liberia Trip March 2019

This 10-12 day trip is the second in a long-term relational commitment to our Liberia family at Mission of Hope for the Disabled. Disability Motivational Network, Inverted Arts and Open Door are partnering with MHD to bring to life the dreams they have for their community. The heart behind the trip will be to continue building relationships by being present, loving, listening, seeing, learning, discerning, praying, and asking good questions. Our brothers and sisters at MHD are made in God’s image with talents, skills, gifts, abilities, dreams, ideas, and entrepreneurial spirits as well as a passion for Jesus and for one another!

Due to the nature of difficulty traveling and limited housing, the team will be small and hand-picked at this time. We hope to expand the number of people and trips as we continue our partnership with MHD.

Contact: Rose | rlarson@thedoor.org

March 2019
Cost: Approx $2500

Apply by Dec 2nd

Liberia Trip March 2019- Donations and Payments

**All donations and payments are non-refundable**

Please Note:  Contributions to Church of the Open Door are tax-deductible and Church of the Open Door will issue a contribution statement for all donations received. In accordance with current IRS guidelines, all donations are non-refundable. If donations for a particular individual exceed their need, or if they are unable to participate in the trip, any additional funds will be allocated to helping other team members participate or for other costs associated with this or another mission trip. I acknowledge that this contribution is made with the understanding that Church of the Open Door has complete discretion and control over the use of all charitable donations.
 

Missional Life Email

The world invites us to live our lives for ourselves, but Jesus invites us to live for something far greater. He calls us to turn our faces outward and live for the sake of others.
Hear how others from Open Door are serving people around them, and get connected with the latest events that help us see others through Jesus’ eyes. We’ll send weekly emails about topics that broaden our understanding of God's heart. And, we’ll invite you to join us for special guests and events. 

Then, join us for the Missional Life Gathering between services on Sundays. And...request join the closed group on Facebook: Missional Life at Open Door. 

Questions? Contact: Rose at rlarson@thedoor.org | ext 1600

Next Gen Driver Application 2018/19

On the first Wednesday of the month, our students and leaders serve at organizations throughout the cities. The role of the driver is to provide transportation for groups of students and leaders to service sites. Once you submit this application you will be contacted about scheduling a short phone interview.

Next Kids Student Volunteer Application

Apply here to volunteer in Kids, for students ages 15 and under.

Next Kids Sunday Morning Registration

Register your infant through 5th grade child(ren) for Sunday morning programming

Next Kids Volunteer Application

Apply here to volunteer in Kids.

Next Youth 2019 March Middle School Madness

Students 6-8th grade, join us at church for a fun evening of "madness". We will enjoy food, games, meet new friends and have a whole lot of FUN gathering together and just being Middle Schoolers! Students are welcome to share this and invite friends. Cost will include dinner and all activities for the night!

Fri, Mar 22, 6-10pm
Cost: $10
Register by Mar 20

Next Youth 2019 Winter Retreat (8th - 12th-grade)

Students in grades 8-12 are invited to Camp Lebanon for our Winter Retreat. This is a great time to get away from the distractions of life, dive deeper in your faith, make new friends and deepen relationships and have a lot of FUN! Some partial scholarships are available.

Fri, Feb 22, 5pm - Sun, Feb 24, 2pm
Cost: $145
Register by Feb 13

Next Youth 2019 Winter Retreat - Leader Reg

Team leaders and coaches, register here for the Youth Winter Retreat (Feb 22-24). Register by February 13. Cost: $70.

Next Youth Coach Application 2018-19

Apply here to be a Next Gen Coach. Please fill out the attached Background Check form and return in a sealed envelope to a Next Gen staff person.

Next Youth Registration 2018-19

Please provide as much information as you can for the student who will be involved in Wednesday night programs for 6-12th graders. Contact information will be used to keep parents and students as informed as possible regarding programs and student concerns.

Next Youth Volunteer Application 2018-19

Apply here to be a Next Gen Team Leader or Sunday class volunteer. If you are 18 or older, please fill out the attached Background Check form and return in a sealed envelope to a Next Gen staff person.

Open Door Family Emails

Single, married, with kids or without…if you call Open Door your church home, we consider you part of our family. Welcome! Be sure to receive important information about Church of the Open Door by email. Contact Communications at communications@thedoor.org | (763) 416-5846 ext 1902

You may unsubscribe at any time in the future at the bottom of each email. 

Poverty Simulation

Learn and grow through an interactive simulation and group-discussion lead by Bethel University's Dr. Karen McKinney. Experience the realities of economic disparities present in our communities. The purpose is to highlight systemic injustices which contribute to those disparities and offer practical ways to engage in reconciliation in our home communities and beyond.

Sat, Feb 23, 9-12p

Register online by Feb 17

Science Museum Exhibit: Feb 10

Jesus' way is to see everyone as beloved children of God. As followers of Christ, we are called to reflect God's heart. How do we do that in a society that is becoming increasingly diverse? A critical first step is to gain insight and awareness of the issue. This exhibit offers an opportunity to look at race from scientific, historical, and social perspectives. Opportunity for discussion to follow exhibit. Contact: Rose at rlarson@thedoor.org

Sun, Feb 10, 12-4pm
Register by Feb 9

Cost is $16.95-18.95

Science Museum Exhibit: Jan 26

Jesus' way is to see everyone as beloved children of God. As followers of Christ, we are called to reflect God's heart. How do we do that in a society that is becoming increasingly diverse? A critical first step is to gain insight and awareness of the issue. This exhibit offers an opportunity to look at race from scientific, historical, and social perspectives. Opportunity for discussion to follow exhibit. Contact: Rose at rlarson@thedoor.org

Sat, Jan 26, 9am-1pm
Register by Jan 25

Cost is $16.95-18.95

Sentinels

The Sentinel emails invite you to partner in prayer with Open Door as we seek to become the community that God has called us to be. Each week, an email will update you about upcoming services, inviting you to pray for the workings of God among us on Sunday and as we engage in our everyday lives, and informs you of prayer needs in this season of Lead Pastor transition. You’ll receive other updates from time to time with additional prayer requests for our ministries and partnerships.

Site Director Application 2018/19

The main role of the site director is to partner with a local service organization to facilitate monthly serving opportunities for participants in the Next Gen Program.

The Center: Half-Day Retreat (February 2019) - D

Listening Well: Hearing God's Voice in a Noisy World
Discernment can be a challenge when so many competing voices vie for our attention, but the will of God is within reach. With practice, we learn to recognize God's still, small voice and grow in delight at obeying God.

Sat, Feb 2, 9am-Noon
Register by Jan 27
Cost: $20 (lunch not included)
 

The Center: Quarterly Retreat Fee 2018-2019

Quarterly retreat fees are due by the Sunday prior to each retreat, regardless of attendance. You will receive a housekeeping email with a link to this form ahead of each retreat.

The Reason for God

Ever doubted Christianity? Ever been asked why you believe in God? We will be gathering for six weeks to discuss the truths of Christianity and how to engage in meaningful, honest conversations with people of all different opinions and beliefs. Our time together will include DVD sessions by Tim Keller, personal reflection, small group discussion, and large group interaction. We believe that these conversations happen best in community, when we bring our unique life experiences to the table… so join us! Register as a courtesy, but walk-ins are welcome at any time. Contact Taylor | ext 1903

Thu, Jan, 24 - Feb 28, 7-9pm
Register by Jan 23