June 29, 2016 3:50 pm : Weekly Update
The Ryans – Miriam, Joe, Ellie, and Conner
We welcome Miriam and Joe Ryan as our new Ministers for Community Discipleship.
Miriam grew up in California, moving several times during her childhood as her dad followed his pastoral call. Little did she know these moves would shape one of her greatest passions–helping others cultivate a sense of community and belonging in the church. Miriam is a graduate of Westmont College and Fuller Theological Seminary, where she recently finished her Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Spirituality. She has a background in teaching and youth ministry and led Peachtree Presbyterian’s ministries to Women and Young Adults. She enjoys teaching, leading and forming small groups, and creating environments where people encounter Jesus in a deeper way. A few things she loves… spending time with her family, running (and coaching Girls on the Run), hot yoga, reading a good book with a cup of good coffee in hand, celebrations of all kinds, and summertime when the neighborhood pool is open.
Joe is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He moved to Atlanta with Miriam in 2003 to begin leading the Student Ministry at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he worked as a camp counselor at Hume Lake Christian Camps and was on staff at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for six years. He has a passion for leading and developing teams, teaching, and implementing vision. Joe is excited to be joining the Kairos community, and he looks forward to seeing where God is at work in the Kairos community of faith and joining in on the action. He is a student at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, pursuing his Masters of Divinity which he will complete this December 2016. He enjoys reading and spending time at the lake or in the woods with friends.
Miriam and Joe first met while working on staff at Hume Lake Christian Camp in the Sequoia National Forest. Eventually, he hired her to work at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, but she had to wait a year before he finally asked her out. They have been married for almost 15 years and have two children, Ellie (9) and Conner (7). The Ryans come to Kairos after serving at Peachtree Presbyterian here in Atlanta where Joe oversaw student ministries and Miriam led the church’s ministries for young adults and women. Needless to say, they bring a wealth of experience and a love of Jesus. They are excited to join the Kairos community and welcome people. Please reach out so they can get to know you better! They also live around the corner from Kairos and can’t wait to have you over to their house.
Sunday Morning Study: The 10 Commandments – “Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.’” (Luke 18:19-20) In this scripture passage, Jesus affirms his continuity with the Jewish law and, specifically, the commandments given by God to the people of Israel after their escape from Egypt. As we continue to follow Jesus through this season of Lent, please join Walter DuPre to consider the meaning of the 10 Commandments for both the Israelites and for us and our discipleship. We will meet in a downstairs classroom from 9:15am – 10:15am, for three Sundays (March 6, 13, and 20). Childcare will be available. Please email Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to sign up. All are welcome!
Women’s Bible Study – A 7-Week Study of Galatians for Women
Mondays at 7:00pm – beginning Monday, February 29
Mary Lynn Dalton’s Basement Apartment: 849 E Confederate Ave. Atlanta, GA 30316 (770-608-1900)
During this Lenten Season, women have a unique opportunity to walk through a book of the Bible and grapple with its truths in community. In Galatians, Paul reproaches the church for watering down the Gospel and teaching that true acceptance from God must also be earned. What can we learn about how the Gospel matters in our lives? How do we fool ourselves into missing its full abundance? It is for freedom that Christ has set us free! Join us on Mondays for 7 weeks to study the book of Galatians. Contact Mary Lynn at email@example.com for more information or to sign-up.
Men’s Bible Study – 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month – Next meeting will be March 9. Join other Kairos men as they gather for Bible study and conversation at 7:15am in the Seven Oaks Conference Room (4th floor of the Riverwood Building, 3350 Riverwood Pkwy, Suite 400, Atlanta 30339.) They are currently studying 1 Corinthians. All men are encouraged to join the group. For more information, contact Paul Cropley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest Speaker and Q&A – As a church seeking to join God’s story in the world, we recognize the need for diversity to illuminate that pursuit. Pastor Daryl Ford of Ikon Church will be our guest pastor on Sunday, March 6. Immediately following our worship service, we will offer a Q&A with Pastor Ford regarding racial reconciliation.
SOBs- Slightly Older Bunch – We will meet tomorrow morning (2/29) at 10:00am at the Websters’ house to prepare Meal Train meals for the freezer.
Join us on 3/6 from 5:30pm-8:30 pm for a potluck dinner and fellowship at the home of Suzanne and Thad King inVinings.
Next date: 3/20 – Potluck dinner at the home of Sheila and Paul Cropley from 5:30pm-8:30 pm. For more information, please contact Nancy Langham at email@example.com.
Easter Lilies for the Sanctuary – To help us bring joy into the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, lilies may be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one for $13 each. Please fill out a separate card for each order, place in the basket in the gathering space by Sunday, March 20th. Please make your check payable to Kairos Church with “lily” in the memo line. You may take your lily with you at the end of the worship service on Easter Sunday. Please contact Melanie Toven at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Women’s Fellowship Evening – From 7:00pm – 9:00pm on Tuesday, March 15th, Kairos women will gather at the home of Charlotte DuPre for a time of fellowship and sharing. This event provides a way to get to know other women in our community and deepen our Kairos friendships. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Charlotte at charlottedupre@gmail or Jan Williamson at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, March 12 – Community-wide Fellowship and Art (home of Nancy and Peter Langham)
Wednesday, March 23, 7:00pm – Discussing Matters: Charity Detox
Thursday, March 24, 7:30pm – 9:00pm– Maundy Thursday Gatherings in neighborhoods
Saturday, March 26, 3:00pm – Kairos Easter Egg Hunt (Beaverbrook Park)
Monday, March 28, 9:30am – 11:30am – Kairos Moms Group (home of Kristen DiCristina)
Saturday, April 16, 9:00am – 1:00pm – Kairos Building and Grounds Workday
Saturday, April 16, 9:00am – noon – Discovering Kairos (for those desiring more info about Kairos)
Saturday, April 23, 3:00pm – 7:00pm – Kairos Date Night (in the afternoon)
Sunday, April 24, following the worship service – Church-wide Picnic
Friday, March 27
33 While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: 2 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ 4 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword 5 in the fight with the Babylonians[a]: ‘They will be filled with the dead bodies of the people I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness.
6 “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. 7 I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity[b] and will rebuild them as they were before. 8 I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. 9 Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’
This passage promises the hope of the gospel. God promises redemption and restoration even to the darkest of places and situations, but we must ask. We must cry out to Him, appeal to Him, share with Him and ask of Him. Prayer needs to be our first defense. I so often want to “fix” things. My first response is always, “here’s a solution”. I don’t turn to prayer until there is a sense of helplessness when my “solution” doesn’t work.
When we pray and remain in conversation with God the Holy Spirit answers us and provides the perfect solution. It may not make sense in our small minds, but this approach allows us to remain in God’s will for our lives. There may be a clear action to take or solution, but we could be called to sit and wait as He reveals Himself through others or situations. It may not be easy and even painful along the way; as the promise is that He will bring health and healing and let us enjoy abundant peace and security.
This passage from Jeremiah promises us the gospel, and the beauty of the gospel is this promise of Freedom. It’s because of His love, grace and sacrifice alone we are freed and cleansed from ALL of our sins (even the darkest ones) and made new. We are restored through Christ. Freedom is in Jesus.
Friday, March 13
1 Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
2 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host!
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!
4 Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created.
6 He established them forever and ever;
he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps,
8 fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling his command!
9 Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and women alike,
old and young together!
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!
Friday, March 13
This Psalm encourages us to remember and give thanks for all of the wonderful things God has created. Tangible things we can see like people, the ocean, animals, stars, and food (especially cheeseburgers). Intangible things we feel such as love, friendship, humor, pride, and joy. The Psalmist asks the “angels and heavenly hosts” to praise the Lord as well.
This strikes me as a reminder of what a thin veil there is between heaven and earth, and what I can touch vs. feel. The Lord created everything and walks with us in all facets life.
Help us to feel the Lord and all the angels in heaven close to our hearts.
May we find comfort that they feel our heartbreak, and rejoice in our happiness.
Colin and Anne Ross Edwards
Something To Think About:
““Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” “Where is this man?” they asked him.“I don’t know,” he said.”
Lenten Devotional-We are excited to share our first ever Lenten Devotional! These devotionals are a gift to the congregation from the congregation, and each day (besides Sunday) there will be a new devotional up on the website. To view the devotionals, please click here. Thank you to Jean Taylor and Jo Ditzel for compiling these devotionals, and thank you to the writers who contributed!
Small Groups at Kairos – Have you thought about joining a small group? Are you curious to know more about how a small group functions? We will be having small group sign-up for the next two weeks for new groups that will start in late March. If you are interested in joining a small group, or have questions, please contact Caroline Van Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at the welcome table.
Dreaming about Kairos – Drew Ditzel, pastor of our church, is planning a series of dinners to dream about all that Kairos can be as we move into this next phase of our church life. Dates for these dinners will be based on the participants’ availability. If you are interested or for more information, please email Drew at email@example.com
Easter Lilies for the Sanctuary – To help us bring joy into the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, lilies may be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one for $13 each. Please fill out a separate card for each order, place in the offering basket by Sunday, March 29th. and make your check payable to Kairos Church with “lily” in the memo line. You may take your Easter lily home after worship on April 5th. For questions, please contact Melanie Toven at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Friday Service – Good Friday worship service will be on April 3rd at 12 Noon with childcare provided. For information, please contact Caroline Van Eaton at email@example.com
Deeply Rooted Class – Join us each Sunday through March 15th for our first Deeply Rooted class as we dive into the core foundations of Christian beliefs including scripture, the fall, redemption, salvation, the Holy Spirit, God’s kingdom, and the sending of God’s people. We will meet before worship at 9:30 in the elementary classroom downstairs, and please note that childcare and coffee will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Susan Whatley at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
Kairos Parents Gathering – Parents in all seasons of parenting are invited to gather on Sunday, April 19th at 9:30 am in the elementary classroom (downstairs) to hear Barbara and Randy Smith’s parenting journey. Childcare will be provided. For more information, please contact Liz Johnson at email@example.com
Lenten Art Retreat March 16-17 at the Ignatius House – Katie Archibald-Woodward and Claudia Campbell are co-leading a two-day/one-night Lenten Art Retreat. Come join us for a time of connecting with God and with yourself through art, silence, prayer, scripture, reflection, community and a place away from it all! You do not have to be an “artist”. This is an opportunity to simply explore and discover new joys. Please email Katie with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
DIG – This May, join Kairos member and Development in Gardening (DIG) Executive Director, Sarah Koch, in Uganda for a chance to work in the DIG projects and get to know the communities DIG serves. Participants will get their hands dirty in the gardens, have the opportunity to go whitewater rafting on the White Nile River, and trek to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas. The trip is all-inclusive and will run the last 2 weeks of May. Contact sarah@reaplifeDIG.org for more information.
Gift of Imperfection Women’s Book Study – For six weeks starting March 5th,join us for an evening book study at the home of Corrie Inman. We will be reading and discussing The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Please sign up at the welcome table, or contact Caroline Van Eaton email@example.com for more information.
SafeHouse Food Drive – SafeHouse needs help restocking their pantry! Please bring in non- perishable food items now through March 29th to help serve SafeHouse. This organization is committed to affecting real change in the lives of those on the margins of society by providing a hand up not just a handout. For more information, please contact Brad Nevin at Brad.Nevin@gmail.com.
Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study– All women are invited to join us on Wednesday mornings. Each week we meet at the church from 10:30 am-11:45 am at the church, with childcare provided. This is a great opportunity to study scripture as well as get to know other women within the Kairos community. For more information, please contact Liz Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study – All women are invited to join us to study the gospel of Luke; no prior Bible study or preparation in advance is necessary. For information about time and location or with questions about the study, please e-mail Janie Jeter at email@example.com
Men’s Bible Study – The Wednesday morning Men’s Bible Study meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. For more information, please contact Paul Cropley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith and Work – Come join a group of men to talk about the challenges, questions, and possibilities surrounding the intersection of faith and work. We meet at 7:15 am every other Friday at 1465 Northside Drive NW, Suite 221, Atlanta, GA, 30318. For more information, contact Billy Van Eaton email@example.com or Nick Dahm firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Night Shelter – Please sign up to volunteer with the Central Night Shelter this winter. Rather than staffing the shelter overnight, we are preparing and serving meals this year, some hot meals and some sacks meals. Our next date is Friday, March 13. Please contact Neal Foushee for information and/or to sign up at email@example.com
Missions Committee – The Missions Committee met recently and approved funding for the following organizations: Children’s Restoration Network-$500; The Outreach Foundation-$2,000; Friends of Refugees-$4,500; IJM-$1,000. If you have an organization to which you would like Kairos to contribute, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also please note the Missions Committee has set up two application periods. Submission deadlines are April 1st and October 1st. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Update from Leadership – After much discernment by the Kairos Leadership team, our church will be chartering with the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Kairos Church location will be moving to north Atlanta pending a due diligence process. We are excited about these changes that will better enable our community to follow Jesus and to witness to the world. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to the leadership team by emailing email@example.com
Save these Dates!
Haiti Mission trip – July 25 – August 1
Kairos Men’s Retreat – August 21-23 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center