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You and I are integrated into the grand narrative of God at work in creation. When we tell our holy stories, we join with angels and archangels, with saints past and present, in the restorative and saving story of Jesus.
In October, Student Ministry called our students and parents to share their Jesus stories, the narrative of when we move from knowing about Jesus to knowing Him.
Fr. Paul joined us in this endeavor. In the short video below, you can see his model for telling a Jesus story. Students at our Wednesday series "Every Student has a Story" watched his video and practiced telling their own stories.
The truth is, we all have a Jesus story. Either in a moment or over a long season, from our infancy or sometime in our adulthood, Jesus becomes the driving and identity-forming story of our life.
I invite you to craft and share your Jesus story.
Family Ministry is always looking for adult leaders to join their work with Christ Church students and children.
Contact Fr. Aaron Buttery at AaronB@ChristChurchPlano.org to get started with Student Ministry. Contact Angela Rotello at AngelaR@ChristChurchPlano.org to get started with Children's Ministry.
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During a grueling, five-hour-long professional tennis match, the commentator remarked on both competitors’ determination: “It’s one thing to be involved in a tennis match, but quite another to be totally committed to it. It’s like ham and eggs…the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed .”
The quote has stuck with me because it is so very true. Working for a church, it is easy for me to be involved in my faith. I am constantly reading Bible passages, reviewing commentary, going to Bible study, and attending church. I am most definitely involved in my faith.
But am I committed ?
See, in this wonderful little illustration, the chicken is able to participate in the making of the breakfast without having to give up a whole lot. It’s dropped an egg, but from what I understand from my agriculturally-inclined sister, chickens do that with reckless abandon: without much thought and truly out of necessity. The chicken’s involvement is passive. But what about the pig?
The pig literally gives his life. The whole thing. He is committed and there is no turning back. Things for the pig will never be the same. In Luke’s Gospel, we read about the woman with the alabaster jar of perfume (Luke 7:37-39). Knowing that Jesus is the only thing in her life of real value, she pours out the entire jar of this expensive perfume on his feet as she pours her entire life out at the foot of the cross. She gives every bit of herself over to the one who will give his life for her. She is committed . But unlike the poor pig, her commitment leads to abundant life in Christ on earth and everlasting life in the world to come.
So, my current prayer is for God to show me those areas where I am still—well—a chicken, and to give me the courage and faith to be committed to Him, holding nothing back, giving every part of my life over to Him every day.
If you aren’t sure where you are on the chicken/pig scale, I encourage you to make a commitment to growing in your faith this fall through one of the many classes being offered here at Christ Church.
Angela Rotello, Director of Children's Ministry
For most of us, when we think about being surrounded by children—especially other people's children—we think of the noise, the messes, and the "Whoa whoa whoa! How did you get so sticky so fast?"
Not Angela Rotello, whose responsibilities as Director of Children's Ministry include the oversight of curriculum, special programs, and collaborating with Family Ministry.
Even as Christ Church approaches Vacation Bible School, when some 300 children will flood our campus, Angela still isn't thinking like most of us. Angela's sincere and humble way of speaking about her ministry brings to mind what we admire so much about celebrated servant-leaders who spend the better part of their lives emptying themselves for the sake of others.
Angela loves recognizing the Lord's work in everything that happens through Children's Ministry. Not surprising, Angela asked that I avoid including images which only show the fun VBS preparations such as painting and crafts. To Angela, not all preparation is equal. What's most important to her is the ministry preparation; after all, it's the children's spiritual formation she cares about most.
Angela Rotello (left) and Dawn Luft (right) preparing for VBS
During the time we spent together for this story, Angela was clear that in the midst of her leadership role, the Lord is still teaching her about who she is. She says she depends on it. "Remembering that God has called me to be His child first helps me order my life around my calling."
Angela maintains a childlike faith even after ten years as Director of Children's Ministry.
Asked how Christ Church can pray for her, she answered, "That all the glory be given to God. That the children, volunteers, and staff are transformed into His image." No doubt she would welcome your prayers for rest and patience, but Angela really isn't here for herself. Instead, she is here for the children. More than that, she is here at Christ Church Plano in obedience to God's will for her life.
Lead by Angela, Children's Ministry interns praying and reading Scripture together.
We have some pretty amazing fourth and fifth grade students!
We took this energetic group of kids on retreat this weekend and had so much fun. They learned how God's place is at the center of their lives; He has a purpose for them and gives them peace in anxious times. We worshipped and prayed. We learned from each other during small group times.
I watched students as they stepped out of their comfort zones and tried new things on our outdoor adventures. They connected with each other and laughed. They had sheepish grins when we put an end to a very fun mud fight. All this without one minute of screen time on the weekend retreat.
God is good and I am thankful for our time with them. I pray that our students feel loved by their church family and supported by the wonderful volunteer parents who led them.
Visit our Children's Ministry private Facebook page for more pictures from the GAP45 Retreat »
Life has a way of pulling us away from things that matter most. Perhaps at the top of that list of important things is prayer .
We may say our daily prayers and ask the Lord to be present in the midst of all the demands placed upon us; we may turn inward with prayer requests, believing that our Christian friends are too busy to be bothered; we may even withhold need for prayer to avoid burdening church staff or small group.
But prayer matters and it is our greatest support in times of stress and difficulty.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18).
Prayer is the firm foundation for everything we do at Christ Church. That is why we provide the Prayer Chain—a ministry of prayer support, which is always available to you. You can submit prayer requests in the Prayer Boxes—located across campus—on Saturday evening and Sunday mornings. You may also choose to submit your request on our website .
Christ Church staff is here for you, to make your requests known to the Lord. Prayer matters; it truly makes a difference!
The last words of Easter have not been spoken. Indeed, “Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!” dismissed us from service last weekend, but it also inaugurated the season of Easter. We’ve only just begun to celebrate!
Through Easter we witness the full Gospel: redemption, sanctification, and living the resurrected life. As the Apostle Paul says,
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
May Easter not become the last word of the church. Let us continue celebrating Christ’s victory over sin and death—a victory we share through our mighty savior.
For forty days after the resurrection, Jesus demonstrated to his disciples that he was truly alive. May you also truly live and delight in the power of the resurrected Savior today, tomorrow, and all of your days to come.
The death of Billy Graham last week might have struck a chord in you, as it did for many people around the world. It is predicted that every living US president will attend his funeral—nothing short of a miracle in our highly polarized political environment.
But what a testimony to the gifts and work of the Holy Spirit in Dr. Graham’s life. Such wisdom, compassion, grace and zeal allowed him to reach into the lives of men and women and communicate the message of God’s love to them, with no regard to their race, socio-economic status, political ideology or even religious background.
The greatest joys in my life have come when I have had the privilege to play a part in someone’s placing their faith in Christ. What an indescribable feeling to glimpse the rejoicing in heaven that Jesus describes in Luke 15! Each of us has the opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ and to make a case for the hope we have.
The word “evangelism” is rooted in the Greek word meaning “Good News.” Who doesn’t like being a herald of good news? The best news in the world has been given to us in Jesus. Just think of all the relationships in your life where that Good News could be shared.
Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
The vestry is a body of lay leaders who serve to support the rector in overseeing parish affairs and supporting the mission of the church. Candidates are elected each year by Christ Church members for staggered three-year terms. The election of four new vestry members will take place during the Annual Meeting of the Christ Church parish on Sunday, February 11. All adults who are Christ Church members in good standing will be allowed to vote. The seven members introduced here in alphabetical order are qualified candidates. Please review them before you submit your vote.
Family: I am single and have one brother. I come from a large extended family. I live in McKinney with three spoiled cats.
How long have you been a member of Christ Church? Eighteen years
Why do you feel called to be on the Vestry? I have been an active member of Christ Church for eighteen years. After much prayer and discernment I have decided to accept a nomination for vestry. I feel that I am at a place in my life where God is calling me to serve my church in a greater capacity and I am honored to have been nominated for vestry.
How has your professional or volunteer experience prepared you to serve in this role? I have been involved in a wide breadth of activities at Christ Church which has allowed me to build relationships with a wide variety of individuals. I have had leadership roles in Altar Guild and as a small group table leader in various bible studies. I have volunteered with angel tree, Thanksgiving outreach and I help with the ministry at Plano Community Home East. Professionally I am a Librarian at the University of Texas at Dallas and work in the acquisitions department where I compile usage statistics and reconcile the purchases of the library.
Family: Daughter: Emery, 24 – Lives in Arlington, Virginia, Son: Connely, 20 – Sophomore at the University of Oklahoma
How long have you been a member of Christ Church? 8 years
Why do you feel called to be on the Vestry? When we first joined Christ Church, I shared with one of the clergy that I felt this was the church I had been looking for my whole life, and I didn’t even know I was looking. I still feel that same way more than eight years later. This church has been our support in times of great loss, times of adjustment & times of celebration. I would count it an honor to serve on the Vestry to support the staff & the ministries of Christ Church.
How has your professional or volunteer experience prepared you to serve in this role? I am a special education teacher in Plano ISD. I work with pre-kindergarten students with special needs. I have learned so much about personal organization and so much about compassion through my work. I volunteer weekly with the Christ Church Singers. My family has also been very involved with the youth program over the years. I think through these experiences of my work & my volunteering here at Christ Church, I have learned that passion is key in all that I do.
Okwuoma (Okwy) C. Maduforo
Family: Wife: Evelyn; Children: Nkemjika (10), Chidubem (8), Nzubechi (6), and Somtochi (6)
How long have you been a member of Christ Church? Evelyn and I began attending Christ Church since late 2007, and officially became members sometime in 2008.
Why do you feel called to be on the Vestry? I feel called to be on the vestry because I cherish every single opportunity to worship God through service to humanity. The fellowship that we receive in/from Christ Church is making tremendous changes in our lives, and I am encouraged to serve in any little capacity that I can, in order to grow our Christ Church family to greater heights. Above all, it is always my desire to follow God wherever He leads me: I welcome the opportunity to give back to God from His undeserved and inexpressible gifts to me, through service as a vestry member.
How has your professional or volunteer experience prepared you to serve in this role? Our family is privileged to serve in various volunteer and ministry roles within the Church. Evelyn is currently a Sunday school teacher at children’s ministry; Nkemjika is an Acolyte in the Worship ministry, and I currently serve in the usher ministry, as an usher, and worship ministry, as a reader. Drawing from these experiences and from my professional life as an Attorney, I pledge to bring clarity on issues, consistent with the controlling authorities, tenets, growth, and long term goals of our Church. This will enhance effective organization and planning of Church programs. Thank you for the opportunity.
Kevin B. McLain
Family: Children: Kelsey and Erica
How long have you been a member of Christ Church? I joined Christ Church in 2015.
Why do you feel called to be on the Vestry? Completing my first mission trip to Guatemala with other Christ Church members in 2017 was a calling from God. I feel a similar calling to be a part of the Vestry. Guatemala opened another door in my heart to help others and contribute to their well-being thru giving and hard work. I hope to have the opportunity to do the same for Christ Church with the same amount of passion as a member of the Vestry.
How has your professional or volunteer experience prepared you to serve in this role? In my professional career, I have provided over 35 years of advice and support to architects, builders and contractors to help them construct durable and comfortable buildings. I feel this experience has helped me to develop the skills necessary to be a team player who can provide support for Father Paul and the staff of Christ Church.
Laura Lyn Propst
Family: Husband: Karl Propst; Son: Will Propst, Age 14
How long have you been a member of Christ Church? Our family joined Christ Church in spring 2016.
Why do you feel called to be on the Vestry? God calls us to serve the church in different ways at different times in our lives. The vestry nomination answers my prayer for an opportunity to become more deeply involved. Throughout my life I’ve been a part of church, some large, some smaller, involved in both youth and adult programs. Every opportunity to serve and participate has provided insight into the importance of the church’s mission and how the vision, financial stability, and ministry programs contribute to its successful reach. Serving as a member of the Vestry will allow me to help support and extend our mission.
How has your professional or volunteer experience prepared you to serve in this role? Upon graduating from Purdue University, my professional career began as an industrial engineer with Texas Instruments. Over a span of more than fifteen years, I moved through multiple departments including financial planning, marketing, product planning, and software implementation. My last position at TI was as an engineering program manager. After ‘retiring’ to stay home with our son, I became active in his elementary school as a grade level lead room mother for several years, coordinating parties and events. At both past churches and here, I’ve been active in children’s ministry, leading women’s bible studies, and helping coordinate women’s activities.
Family: Wife: Susan Thomas; Children: Natalie (Age 22-Senior @ Mizzou), Nikki (Age 19-Sophomore @ University of Oklahoma).
How long have you been a member of Christ Church? Since 1997
Why do you feel called to be on the Vestry? I believe we are all called to serve our Lord in some capacity as a sign of faith and gratitude. Christ Church has been an incredible blessing to our family, and if serving on our Vestry is where he wants me, I will answer His call.
How has your professional or volunteer experience prepared you to serve in this role? My wife, Susan, and I served for many years in Children’s Ministry when our girls were young and I now have the privilege of serving as an usher. I have been employed in the financial services industry for my entire professional career.
Family: Stepson and Daughter in law – John and Holly Worsham, 3 grandchildren
How long have you been a member of Christ Church? 10 ½ years
Why do you feel called to be on the Vestry? During my 10 years at Christ Church the spiritual support I’ve needed through worship, fellowship, discipleship and service has been abundantly provided. Because of the many opportunities I have at Christ Church for service, my own walk with Christ is strengthened. Serving on the Vestry would be my commitment to God to come alongside our clergy and leadership in fulfilling the ministry and mission of the church. I recognize the honor of being nominated and would serve with joy.
How has your professional or volunteer experience prepared you to serve in this role? Leadership Experience, Public School Education:
BA, MA in Education, PhD in Educational Leadership Masters of Religious Education Degree 16 years as Public School Principal 7 Years as Director of Leadership Development for Clark County School District
Leadership experience, Christian Vocational:
8 years Minister of Youth, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN 2 years overseas missions in the Caribbean 13 years Church Planting and Finance Committees, Sunday School Director, pianist/organist, Personnel Committee
Christ Church, Volunteer:
4 Guatemala Mission Teams/Team Leader on one 1 Peru Mission Team Small Group Leader Meadows School Ministry CC BookstoreServe on the Adult Discipleship Committee
Last week, we welcomed 360 children and 160 teen and adult volunteers for an amazing time of learning, connecting, and fun!
The children learned that God created them, loves them, and is always with them wherever they go. They talked to God each day, spent time in His Word, and were encouraged in their efforts to share Christ-like character with others.
Here are just a couple of stories we heard from the week.
I'm pretty sure David enjoyed every minute of it. His stories each afternoon of what he ate, who he played with, jumping on the bounce house, and singing songs certainly indicate that he did. I have been reliably informed that in Guatemala they don't have ovens or clean water. And I am thrilled to hear that thanks to a money munching robot we are all helping to sort these problems out! What a joy it is to see these things through the eyes of a three year old.
My boy really had a good time and this week was a special time of renewal for him. He has had some serious behavioral issues in the past 6 months and God placed him exactly where he needed to be with the message he needed to hear and the people he needed to love on him. Thanking God for Christ Church and VBS!
We praise God for these stories and so many others. If you would like to share your family's story with VBS Maker Fun Factory, send us an email to AngelaR@ChristChurchPlano.org .
God calls us and blesses us and shapes our hearts. Our Children’s Ministry team feels so very blessed by this week and would like to extend a huge thank you to all who worked so hard to make it possible. The honor and glory are His.
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Today was Crazy Hair Day! As if there isn't already good reason to be excited about Vacation Bible School, today the kids arrived all too eager to show us their loony hairdos. But don't let their silliness fool you—these kids are engaged in Bible lessons, prayer, and worship from the time they walk through our doors.
"We're only through our second day and already hearing stories from parents about their children who feel comforted by what they've learned so far," says Angela Rotello, Director of Children's Ministry.
No doubt the reason for this is the time and care the staff, interns, and volunteers invest in the kids each day. Every little moment is a special opportunity for encouragement—even if it's only to say, "I'm so glad to see you!"
Please continue praying for the children attending VBS this week; that they all may become more aware of how much Jesus Christ loves them.