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Oct 11

Dinner with Our Missionaries

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Announcement

In case you weren’t aware, DSC has a relatively new Missions Blog that tracks closely with our efforts and partnerships locally and around the globe.

Ahead of our upcoming Missions Emphasis Week (October 21-24), Clint, our Missions Director, recently published a blog with an invitation to dinner with three of DSC’s missionaries.

Here are the details:

Missions Emphasis Sunday is October 21st this year.  And as part of the celebration, we will be hosting a dinner with three of our global missionaries.  The night will include a silent auction, a Mediterranean dinner, free childcare, and a time of Testimony and Q&A with the following folks:

  • Dr. Jaime Jacobo Pineda – Dr. Jacobo is our dear friend and partner from Guatemala with whom we seek to serve the Rabinal Achi through Community Health Evangelism.
  • Hugo W. – Hugo is the Director of Arab World Media (AWM). AWM exists to “To see mature, multiplying churches among all Muslim peoples of the Arab world.” Not only do we support AWM from our annual missions budget, our hopes are that as we raise up a few SNAP families to move to North Africa, they will be able to benefit directly from AWM’s ministry on the ground both now and in the future. Please pray toward this end even now.
  • Chuck Harper – Chuck is DSC’s missionary in residence who recently accepted a new position at Western Indian Ministries as the General Director.

Yes, you read that right: Childcare is free and includes a meal and a program.

Seating is limited to the first 50 adults who RSVP and pay ($20 per person) for their seat. You can pay online here, or by using check or cash in a missions envelope by dropping it in an offering box or taking it to the church office. You can RSVP by emailing global@desertspringschurch.org.

Finally, the silent auction will include items from our three global core initiative regions of the world (North Africa, Guatemala, and Native America).

Check back at the DSC Missions Blog in the days ahead for introductions to our guest missionaries for Missions Emphasis Week. The first introduction, for Dr. Jaime Jacobo and Jannette Pineda, is available here. Subscribe to the Missions Blog here.

Sep 28

Commissioning New Deacons for Service

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Announcement

On Sunday we announced the appointment of six new deacons: Sandy Beauchamp, Greg Dart, Leonard Duran, Marvin Gibson, and Jason Mancini.

Here’s a nice description of the office of deacon on DSC’s Leadership page:

In the New Testament Scriptures, there are two offices in the local church: pastors (or elders) and deacons. The deacon is a “servant” office (this is what the Greek word “deacon” means, and what we see in Acts 6 with the first deacons). However, it is also a managerial office: deacons lead others in an area of service. In Acts 6:3 “the seven” (deacons) were put “in charge” of a task. The seven of Acts 6:3 may have helped to manage around three thousand in the church at that time.

In Acts 6 we see areas that require some form of leadership, such as problem-solving and peace-making, related to an area that starts in the material realm (in this case, taking care of the needs of widows). Again, deacons give attention to more practical needs of the body. This frees up elders for the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). Though the needs that deacons respond to often start in the material realm, the ministry often mingles physical and spiritual needs. For example, “complaints” are handled (Acts 6:1), Stephen preaches (Acts 7), Philip preaches (Acts 8), and deacons “hold fast the mystery of the faith” (1 Timothy 3:9).

On our Leadership Page you will also find photos for each of DSC’s leaders, including these five new deacons.

Jun 15

Saturday Seminar with Jerram Barrs, August 4

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Announcement

We’re looking forward to having Jerram Barrs with us on August 4 for a Saturday Seminar, “Barriers and Bridges: Loving Others to Christ.” Jerram was with us in 2009 for our Prizing the Privilege of Prayer weekend, and quickly became endeared to our church as a man passionate about the gospel, and about sharing the gospel. He teaches apologetics and outreach at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

The seminar will take place at DSC from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The cost is free.

Click here for sermons by Jerram Barrs from his visit with us in 2009. Also, you can purchase any one of the following books at Amazon or at the Resource Center:

Learning Evangelism From Jesus

The Heart of Evangelism

The Heart of Prayer

Through His Eyes: God’s Perspective on Women in the Bible

This faculty video from Covenant Seminary will give you a sense of Jerram’s warmth, conviction, and clarity concerning the nature of the church’s role as a people sent by Christ:

Click here for messages preached at DSC that touch on the subject of evangelism, including Ryan’s sermon from John 4:1-42, “Lessons from Jesus on Witnessing.”

Jun 1

Announcing DSC’s New Minister to Youth and Families, Nathan Sherman

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Announcement

It is with joy that we announce that Nathan Sherman has accepted our offer to serve DSC as our new Minister to Youth and Families!

This great news comes at the end of an almost six month search process. During that time, DSC’s elders have been praying about this transition, reviewing resumes, and discussing the needs of the ministry. In April, they extended an invitation for Nathan to visit DSC for a candidating weekend. Over the weekend of May 6, Nathan visited with his wife, Marcie, to meet with the elders, staff, and the youth ministry leadership, and to teach the students during the Paradox hour on Sunday.

In 2010, Nathan received his Master of Divinity in Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has been serving since that time on staff at Providence, an Acts 29 church in Austin, TX.

Here’s is a paragraph from Nathan’s resume:

“Being rich in mercy and kindness, God called me into belief in the gospel when I was in the 8th grade. For the near entirety of my life I have been blessed to have more mature believers who were and are concerned with my personal growth and discipleship. Through their model, discipleship by transferring both truth and life has always been an imperative for me as Christ has mandated. In 2006, I married my precious wife, Marcie. Marcie has a Master’s of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Southern Seminary. She is an extremely competent and compassionate counselor and discipler of women. We have two boys, Owen and Caleb, and we are expecting our third son, Micah, in May 2012. Through our experience in churches, seminary, and now as parents, we have developed an increased concern for ministering to families as a whole through the gospel.”

As you might expect, there is one part of that paragraph that is already obsolete: Micah Henry Sherman was born on Wednesday morning, weighing in at 9 lbs. 4 oz.! He is healthy and the family is coming home from the hospital today.

Please be in prayer for this family in the midst of their many transitions. If you would like to welcome Nathan, Marcie, Owen, Caleb, and Micah, please email them at nathan@providenceaustin.com. We look forward to being joined by the Shermans at the end of June.

Until that time, we will enjoy our time with Greg and Caitelen Schneeberger, who have lived with and served among us so faithfully for so many years. Greg and his family will be moving to San Diego in July where Greg will be a church planting intern at North Coast Presbyterian Church. Learn more about their future ministry here, and look out for opportunities to serve and celebrate this precious family in their transition.

May 16

DSC + CareNet + Baby Bottles

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Announcement

In Sunday’s service, we announced our participation in Care Net Pregnancy Center’s Baby Bottle Drive. This partnership will help support their efforts to serve women and their families in an unplanned pregnancy with biblically based counseling and practical help.

Here’s the video from Sunday:

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Please take a baby bottle home and fill it with change through the weeks between Mother’s Day, May 13 and Father’s Day, June 17. Bottles are due back by Sunday, June 17. For more information, please contact Carolyn Rush at carolyn@desertspringschurch.org or call the church office at 505.797.8700.

To learn more about CareNet, visit the CareNet website.

Feb 9

Greg, Youth, and New Adventures

2012 | by Ron Giese | Category: Announcement

Many of you will know by now that Greg, our minister for youth and young adults, announced on Sunday that he and his family will be heading to the San Diego area later this summer to accept an internship in pastoral ministry. He will study under pastor Doug Swagerty, who has trained and sent out many church planters in the area. In case you did not get Greg’s email, I’ve included it below.

To say that we all “love” Greg and Caitelen (and Aria!) is some kind of gross understatement. In fact, a DSC without Greg and Caitelen is some kind of “alternate universe” (a Trek term) that I don’t know if I’m ready for!

We are all supporting Greg in this move and new vocation, and blessing him as he goes! One of several reasons that I myself am thrilled is this:  What Greg is doing will not be easy (he’s not going into a fully funded, benefitted position). But I know that in my own life it was precisely those times when the future was not certain, and the job description was not crystal clear, and the money was not completely there, that our good Lord grew me by leaps and bounds. Me individually. My marriage. And what my young children were able to see as Mom and Dad trusted the Lord.

Finally, and this is especially for parents of youth, and for young adults, we want to ask for your input on this position. As elders we will be asking many of you for your thoughts in person in the next couple weeks, but there’s no way we will get to talk to each one of you. There is no specific “plan” right now for the youth area, as in replacing Greg or tweaking the balance in this position of youth and young adult.

In fact as elders we outlined four areas in our meeting Tuesday that we need to discuss and decide on in the next few weeks. Things like “to what extent do we continue youth and the Well as one position?” or “Is the Sunday morning Paradox meeting doing what we want it to?” Though we had planned on discussing these with Greg after serving in both youth and young adult for 6 months (and will still of course do so), again we’d love to broaden input from the congregation.

Since we’re inviting input, can I offer a word on making a recommendation to leadership? And part of this is as basic and simple as the “golden rule” idea. Although it helps, it doesn’t help immensely to have someone simply say, “youth here is the best, don’t change a thing!” Likewise it doesn’t help to ask for input and receive a laundry list of things that are wrong, as in “you guys need to change A, B, C, …” In sum, what is so, so welcome is a thoughtful analysis that includes strengths and weaknesses, and shows that you’ve talked with Greg or others and understand, even if just generally, our philosophy of youth/young adult ministry.

As a quick example, we have, for a number of years, been intentional about not being extremely “attractional” (fun and games maximized and discipleship minimized, instead of a balance). We’ve also tried to avoid an extreme of sectioning youth (and young adults) out so much from the congregation that their only worship experience is with their peer group.

Historically and statistically, in our country, this kind of approach (youth only interact with each other and youth leaders) leads to youth and young people not being more active in church after they leave their parents’ house, but less.

Please let us know how we can bless Greg and Caite as they embark on what can truly be called an adventure.

Greg’s email is, again, below. And thanks for listening (or, I guess, reading!).

Pastor Ron Giese


Greg’s Email to the DSC family:

DSC family,

This Sunday, in a variety of meetings, Caitelen and I announced an update on a new chapter in our lives. In case you’ve not heard the news, we consider it a joy and an honor to share it with you now.

Here is the email I sent to Paradox, Well, and Staff after 2nd service:

It is with bittersweet joy that I am announcing the acceptance of a job offer toward pastoral ministry in Encinitas, CA. I have been invited by the elders at North Coast Presbyterian Church to intern and apprentice in pastoral ministry and mission for the next 2-3 years, with an eye on a possible future church plant or pastoral call. This multifaceted opportunity is both challenging and exciting. It represents a new era in our lives and ministry. That said, we are already sad to leave our friends and family here, remembering frequently to never take for granted God’s living grace at DSC.

We are planning to move sometime in mid July 2012. Until the day we leave we will do our best to faithfully serve the wonderful body at DSC. My responsibilities will not change during this time and I am eager to finish strong, doing my best to serve you all as unto the Lord. Although we are not being sent by DSC, I assure you we are going with the blessing and encouragement of the elders. There is no negative reason for our departure, only the call set before us and the difficulty of leaving such a great church behind.

Caite and I have countless wonderful relationships here. We have grown and been blessed so deeply in the last 8 years. However, we are confident that this is a door the Lord has opened, and he is calling us by faith to step through it. Please keep us in prayer as we enter into this transition, and do not hesitate to ask me any questions you might have.

Thanks in advance for all your love and support.

Greg, Caitelen, Aria, and #2

Sep 22

Being Good Neighbors

2011 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Announcement

There’s an empty lot across the street from DSC. Actually, there are a few of them. But the one we all think of is the lot across from us at the corner of Vista Del Norte and Osuna.

Surely, most of us have imagined what could be with that space. We love our community and that looks like a great space for community things. Over the years, a number of proposals have been possible, including a local department store and even a strip mall. Of course, it’s not hard to imagine soccer fields and a community park.

On Tuesday of this week the future of that land was decided. As it turns out, that last idea wasn’t hard for the decision makers to imagine either.

Here’s the text of an announcement and invitation that went out to the E-Newsletter mailing list earlier today:

We have good news! The city of Albuquerque has finalized the decision to make the lot to the East of the church an official Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta landing site and recreational field (soccer fields / city park). This decision was finalized on Wednesday, and the dedication of the field is this Sunday, September 25 at 9:00 AM.

The Mayor’s office contacted the Vista del Norte Neighborhood Association President and asked that she do what she can to get the Vista del Norte Community to the dedication. The Neighborhood Association recognizes that DSC has been a great support to the neighborhood and has invited us to participate in the dedication.

Sunday’s dedication provides a great opportunity for us to connect with our neighbors, and this park will do the same for years to come. The mission “field” has truly come to us! So, if it works for your family to attend the dedication at 9:00 AM, we would encourage you to do so. Of course, for those that attend, please don’t neglect your commitment to attend service at 10:45 AM, and we certainly encourage you to meet and invite any new friends you make at the dedication to join us for service.

The transformation of dry ground into a beautiful park is good news for our community, and a picture of the best news of all. Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke about the work He would accomplish in a people through Jesus Christ: “I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground” (Isaiah 44:3). May we faithfully display and tell of this truly good news with the neighborhood we love!

In years to come, the corner of Vista Del Norte and Osuna will see much trafic from our immediate and wider Albuquerque community.

Let’s kick off a new and exciting relationship with the city and represent the love of Christ for our neighborhood together this Sunday.