At the Kairos Network we are very excited about new church plants coming into the district, as well as the work we are currently doing to raise up lay leaders! When you think of The Kairos Network you may think of us as only a church planting network, but we do much more than plant churches. We also work with existing churches in New Jersey as they embark on their next season of ministry. We currently have the joy of aiding Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Old Bridge with their visioning process. We’ve also partnered with Grace Lutheran in Union to become our first video venue. This is an opportunity to aid them in a critical state as they do not have a pastor. Our partners Bethlehem Lutheran provide the preaching and teaching every Sunday, which Grace Lutheran shares with their congregation via video. These are just a few ways the Kairos Network is able to help churches local to New Jersey step into a new season of ministry and impact in the 21st century. If you’re interested in learning more about partnering, planting churches or looking to step into a new season of ministry, please contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message from Pastor Matt Lytikainen of Mile Square Church
Our second worship service is in the books! We had 39 people join us, almost all of whom were Hoboken residents. It’s all very exciting, but amidst all the hype about our services, I always need to remember why we're doing this. We're doing this for people like Edgar. I met Edgar at a Chamber of Commerce networking night, and he's preparing for marriage. It's got him thinking about his Christian roots, and how important it is to be connected to the local church. My prayer is that I'll see Edgar and his fiancé one of these Sundays. Who knows what the Lord is up to? Our job is to keep joining Jesus on his mission so we can find out!
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Message from Pastor Dan Fenco of Camino de Fe:
In early February we started a new weekly gathering in Dunellen, NJ. This opportunity came after meeting people at a memorial service I’d officiated who were eager to start a community to pray and learn about God. We will continue our gathering in Dunellen every Saturday at 5:00 pm. Our community in Bernardsville continues to gather weekly gatherings on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. I am training three leaders who by the end of March will be able to lead our weekly gatherings. We also recently had our second life-skill workshop on budgeting where people were encouraged and given tools to prepare and lead a better life. We will have our next workshop sometime in March on how to use a credit card.
In mid-February we held our third monthly worship gathering with 30 in attendance. We will continue our monthly gatherings and find a more centric location for our communities in Bernardsville and Dunellen. Our monthly gatherings are the third Sunday of every month.
I did want to share that I met a woman that worked at one of the delis I frequent in Basking Ridge. She told me she would never come to church and wasn’t interested in religion or God but I continued to visit her and one year later she showed up to one of our weekly gatherings. In our fellowship time, she said to me, “I know I promised that I would never show up, but here I am.”
All I can say is that God is working in her and working in all the people that I build relationships with. I often pray that God guides my conversations and that I have the opportunity to meet new people every day. This woman, as well as the other people that we interact with on a daily basis, are special to God and God wants to use us to show them Jesus. I pray that God continues to use you as you develop and seek relationships with non-believers.
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Transitions: Navigating Life's Changes
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Mark Schoepp: Executive Director, ALOA, A Director of Christian Education for multiple churches, Coordinated/participated in the Fitz Family Juggling Ministry for 20 years, and was Director of Congregational Engagement for Wheatridge (Now We Raise)
Colleen Bottcher: NJ District Parish Nurse; Parish Nurse at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Fair Lawn, NJ
Linda Panarella: Certified Dementia Practitioner; NJ District Certified Lay Minister
Shirley Carpenter: Classroom Educator and Administrator, NJ District Senior Ministry Advisor
Rev. Dr. Anthony Steinbronn: President of the NJ District – LCMS
Rev. Dr. Richard Vossler: Pastor at Grace Livingston, Senior Chaplain for NJ District LWML, Chaplain for Livingston Police Department, PT Chaplain for Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ.
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We have many exciting updates to share with you! We are currently developing an app to provide our church planters and leaders with training resources, right at their fingertips! The app is currently being prepped for the app store with a hope to launch it out in March. We are also working to update our website which, like the app, will be easy to navigate and a helpful resource for those going through The Kairos Network training. We’re also working on streamlining our communication with the help of our Communications Coordinator, Susan Schultz, who is mapping out a plan for email campaigns and social media. We have big plans in 2019 and can’t wait to share more with you! Here’s an update from our planters, Pastor Matt Lytikainen of Mile Square Church and Pastor Dan Fenco of Camino de Fe.
Camino de Fe
On December 23rd Camino de Fe had their first monthly Bilingual Worship service at Somerset Hills Lutheran Church with 35 people in attendance! Their second monthly Bilingual Worship service was on January 20th with 30 in attendance. Their monthly Bilingual Worship services will continue every third Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm in different locations. Pastor Dan Fenco is training two leaders in Bernardsville with hopes that they will be ready to start a new weekly worship community in March.
They are also in the process of starting a new worship community in Dunellen, NJ. After Pastor Fenco met around 30 people at two different funerals he presided over, people showed interest in the church. It is his hope to start a weekly worship gathering there beginning on February 9 at 5:00 pm.
Pastor Fenco wanted to share this exciting story with you: Last August, Somerset Hills and Camino de Fe hosted a VBS in a park in Bernardsville. The families that participated are continually contacted with reminders about weekly worship gatherings and special events. Some have visited Camino de Fe’s worship gatherings and some have not. Last week, someone who had not attended their worship gatherings responded and asked for prayer for her hospitalized husband. Pastor Fenco assured her he would pray for him. The woman then sent another text asking for prayer, in replying Pastor Fenco asked her if he could visit and pray in person. When he visited the family at the hospital and prayed with them the woman said she had the intention of joining their worship gatherings, but couldn’t because she isn’t able to drive and her husband is not religious. She then promised to visit in the future. Pastor Fenco assured her that God is not looking down on us reminding us of the wrongs we have done, but that He is always present waiting for us to turn to Him. God is working!
Camino de Fe thanks you for your prayers and financial support. Pastor Fenco encourages you to continue to pray for them as they continue to work on expanding the Kingdom of God in Central Jersey. Pray especially for the faith of their families at Camino de Fe, and for the new community forming in Dunellen, that they will be receptive to God’s Word.
Mile Square Church
On January 20th they had their very first worship service in Hoboken, which kicked off what we in the church planting world call "preview season". And what a kick-off it was!
They had 56 people worshipping with them. Some were from other sister churches in New Jersey, but about 70% were Hoboken locals! That's incredible! What makes it even more significant was that in addition to the overhyped weather, the governor of NJ had also declared a state of emergency. Despite it all, they still had a great morning. They couldn't have done it without their helpers on Sunday morning who rallied together to set-up the church and welcome the community with smiling faces. And they certainly couldn't have done it without YOU. They thank you for your prayer support and financial support. Their next service is on February 17, but in the meantime, check out some pictures below.
Looking to support Mile Square Church’s mission? Please do so at http://supportmilesquare.church. In addition, if you are in the area, please feel free to attend worship so they have an energetic worship service for all who attend!
Theme: Sharing the Simple Gospel in a Complex World
Workshop Design: four plenary presentations, with breakout sessions
session 1: witnessing in our complex world
session 2: being 3rd article witnesses
session 3: witnesses of the 2nd article story
session 4: using our 1st article gifts for witnessing
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 155 2nd Avenue, Westwood, NJ
Presenter: Rev. Dr. Mark Wood, Director, LCMS Witness and Outreach Ministry
Cost: $10 per person
Online registration is now open!
Each of the presentations will be interspersed with a breakout session that is directly related to the topic of the plenary presentation so that the participants will have the opportunity to discuss and process the material from the presentation.
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