July, August, September 2021
The third quarter installment of Coolwater's year-long stewardship campaign will feature a focus on our financial resources. Sunday worship stewardship moments and offertories, suggested Bible studies, and videos will lead us through familiar territory of the relationship between money and ministry.
Along with worship, study, service, prayer, and faith sharing, Stewardship is a Spiritual Practice. Through scripture and other sources, we hope that you will grow as true Stewards, that your life's mission will engage in faithful and generous practices that benefit all of God's creation!
Scripture for Personal Study: Ephesians 3:14-21
Note the phrase “so that” in this scripture. Only through the strength of the Holy Spirit can we fully realize and appreciate God’s love for us and experience His blessings. As humans, we are limited, but the power of Jesus is unlimited and incomprehensible. Praise God!
One of the challenges of church leaders is to present financial results to members in ways that are truly informative. So often results are presented as balance sheets or income statements. If one does not have a degree in business, these formats often make no sense. A much more common sense approach may be to simply state “How Our Financial Gifts Become Mission and Ministry”. This is often referred to as a narrative approach.
In our weekly newsletter Coolwater News, we present how our stewardship is impacting our mission and ministry.
Please click the red Video link above to watch a video featuring Coolwater’s founding pastor David Shirey. Pastor David mentions a very important component of Coolwater’s stewardship – setting aside a portion of the church’s income as their tithe as a congregation.
Happy Father's Day to all fathers!
It's no secret that children observe and copy the behavior patterns of their parents. Christian fathers have a great privilege in leaving behind a spiritual legacy to their children.
May the teachings of Christ be your guiding light as raise your children and demonstrate the heart of God to them!
One can link water, fear, faith, and call to action in the scripture Mark 4:35-41, the story of Jesus calming the storm.
Water, along with food and shelter, is necessary for our survival. But it can also be a very destructive force. Think the story of Jonah and of Noah. God often calls us to places that we do not want to go. But walking with God means being willing to step into the storms and challenges of life. Faith is not a possession but a capacity - a capacity for trust. It is ever changing, stronger in some days than other days, but it is never completely gone because it is a gift from God.
May God give us the waters of new life, to let peace flow like a river and love spring forth like a fountain.
For the past thirteen months, many of us have stayed away from church to keep ourselves and our our faith community safe.
With this reality, church leaders have had to respond. An immediate focus was placed on online worship. Teams were quickly assembled and needed equipment was purchased to put live streaming of worship services in place. What we did not know about Facebook Live and Zoom, we had to quickly learn. A natural extension of this connection to our members was turning to Zoom for Bible Studies, Leadership Meetings, and Congregation Town Hall meetings.
This is a new, necessary part of Being the New Church. Thank you for your patience as we work through this new normal, and as we continue to transition to in-person worship and put in place changes to protocols of health for in-person worship and meetings!
Your gifts to our special Pentecost Offering this month will help our Arizona Region. Half of our gifts will go to our Region to support New Church Development, and half will go our our Disciples of Christ denomination's New Church Ministry. The New Church Ministry trains, equips, assists, and multiplies new church leaders.
For Members Only, If you would like to submit your pledge online
Together In Service 2021
One of the most beautiful sights of Christmas is all the glittering lights. From neighbor’s beautifully decorated homes to a simple, lighted special ornament on our tree, an ordinary setting is magically transformed into a scene that lifts our spirits and builds a sense of anticipation.
Alas, the lights have been turned off, taken down, and put away for another year. But the Good News is that the light of Christ within each of us is never turned off, regardless of the season. It is the light that burns brighter than any Christmas light.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
Matthew 5: 14-15
The Financial Stewardship program for Coolwater Christian Church is Together In Service 2021.
Together, we plan to actively be a shining light to our local community by providing monthly Outreach projects.
Together, we plan to actively support our Disciples denomination’s Moments for Mission.
Together, we plan to fully underwrite our 2021 budget with the loving gifts from members and Friends of Coolwater and be fiscally responsible with our building upkeep and utilization.
Together, we plan to continue our search for a permanent pastor and financially prepare for their calling.
Together, we understand that we are the light of the world and that God’s light shines through us to those all around us.
Your financial support is vital to Coolwater as we enter into 2021. We encourage you to make your light shine by making a financial pledge to our stewardship campaign.
Pledges can be made by filling out and returning the enclosed financial pledge card or going to our website coolwaterchurch.org, navigating to our Together In Service page, and clicking on the online financial pledge link.
Thank you for your service and financial support to Coolwater! May we rejoice in God’s ability to use all of us to His glory as we let His light within each of us shine!
Blessings to All this Christmas Season and Happy New Year,
Rick Gates Lynn Allen Dick Huggins
Sr. Interim Pastor Moderator Treasurer
Our Together In Service stewardship theme for April is Creation Care.
April 22 marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. The mission of Earth Day is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. This movement focuses on promoting clean living, and a healthy sustainable habitat for people and wildlife alike.
As one of 185 Disciples congregations certified as a Green Chalice congregation, Coolwater has entered into covenant to continually evaluate, educate and practice good stewardship of God's creation, including our facilities and practices.
For our Third Saturday Outreach, please donate Toiletries for the Foothills Food Bank.
Donations will be collected at the church on Saturday, April 17th, between 9AM and 1PM. We will also be distributing food for patrons of the Food Bank. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated!
Coolwater is a weekend food distribution site for Foothills Food Bank. The Food Bank is closed on the weekends, so this is a tremendous benefit to those who are experiencing food shortages.
This is a wonderful opportunity to share our abundance with those who are having a difficult time.
Together In Service 2021
Our Together In Service theme for March is Journey. Many members have formed Prayer Groups during this Lenten Season. For many of the groups, the Lenten devotional Go To Jerusalem by Mary Alice Mulligan is being used as a resource. Throughout the devotional, readers are putting their hands in Jesus', journeying with Him to Jerusalem. Our prayer for you is that this Lenten season is a time for reflection of what it means to be a true follower of Jesus.
For our 3rd Saturday Outreach project for March, we will be collecting bottled water and distributing food for those who are experiencing a food shortage. Foothills Food Bank is closed on Saturday, but we have partnered with Foothills to provide needed food on the 3rd Saturday of each month. If you would like to assist, we will be serving from 9AM to 1PM at the church.
On Palm Sunday, March 28th and Easter, April 4th, we will be receiving a special Easter Offering supporting the Disciples Mission Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Gifts to the Fund support various ministries within the Disciples church. Giving through Coolwater or directly to disciplesmissionfund.org offers opportunities for Disciples to journey as missionaries, attend college or seminary, and so much more.
Together In Service 2021
Love will be our Stewardship theme in February as we continue our Together In Service 2021 campaign. We plan to show our love in a Biblical sense; showing compassion, sharing our blessings, and meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters who are struggling.
We will be showing and sharing love to Child Crisis Arizona and to the Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion initiative.
Child Crisis Arizona
On Saturday, February 20th, we will be hosting a Drive-Thru at the church to benefit Child Crisis Arizona. We will be collecting items most needed: Diapers sizes 4,5 & 6, and baby wipes. Items can be dropped off between 9AM and 1PM.
Week of Compassion “Let Love Flow”
When you share your gifts to Week of Compassion, you “Let Love Flow.” Your generosity ensures that, even in the midst of uncertainty, the transforming power of compassion continues to change the world.
Special Week of Compassion elements will be included in our February worship services.
Thank you for joining Coolwater in showing our love to Child Crisis Arizona and the Week of Compassion!
On January 23rd, Coolwater hosted a very successful Drive-Thru food drive benefitting Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center.
In addition to the food and paper products donated, we also collected over $500 in cash donations.
In partnership with other area food banks, Foothills Food Bank will be able to purchase additional food items at prices much lower than what is available to the general public. Often times, the Food Bank will be able to purchase 2-3 items at the price the public would pay for one.
"Thank You!" to our Outreach Team and the church members who gave of their time and energy to work at the Drive-Thru and receive the donations. The work of the volunteers and those who donated have made a positive difference in the lives of those in our community who are facing food insecurity.