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Inside Door Creek Door Creek March 2011 Volume 3 - Issue 3

Grow Week

Grow Week will be offered March 14–19 at the Sprecher Road Campus. All regularly scheduled programs are suspended for that week so you can take the time to attend a class you think will help you grow as a person, spouse, parent and Christian.

If there is one thing I really enjoy, it’s seeing people grow in their relationship with God. In fact, when I have the opportunity to talk to people about spiritual growth, I often refer to the realities of physical growth and maturity. God’s desire is for each of us to grow to love Him more and know Him better, becoming more You will find information in the bulletin and online for a practical class designed just for you. Most classes like his Son, Jesus. The Apostle Peter wrote to are just one night long, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Some believers; classes will meet over two evenings. But wait, there’s “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and more! If you are able to get to church before class, we will have a simple but tasty supper ready for you Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18 at 6:00. There is no cost for the meal or the class, but you do need to register so we can plan. Why Grow? Peter’s second epistle gives just a few reasons: I look forward to seeing you grow…at Grow Week! So we can know and enjoy more about what we have in Christ. To be assured of our calling as His children. So we can discern between true and false teachings. We learn to live in expectation and preparation of Christ’s return. This whole thing is so important to God that Peter tells us that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. Wow! Some of those things are His Holy Spirit, the Bible, the church (other believers) and Grow Week. Actually Grow Week is kind of new! But it is an excellent opportunity for you to learn and apply things to your spiritual growth. Our primary means for helping people grow at Door Creek is through our Home Groups. But sometimes a simple and focused class can be just what you need to motivate you to continued growth in Christ.

GROW WEEK – Intro to Sermon-Based Home Groups Have you ever wanted to discuss Pastor Marc’s sermon or remember key points from the message? Now you can! The Home Group Ministry is offering an opportunity to try out a 6 week pilot called Intro to Sermon-Based Home Groups. We will be launching the pilot during Grow Week on Monday night, March 14th. This pilot will navigate you through a Home Group experience and give you a flavor of what they are like. We already have several Home Groups who use the Sermon-based format for study. Here is what one of the Home Group Leaders has to say: “We started using the sermon series notes and questions a few years ago. The group likes it because it helps us all remember what the sermon was about. We dig a bit deeper and ask questions about the application and meaning of what was taught. It’s good for us to dwell on the things (teaching) Pastor Marc considers most important for us as a church. We feel more connected to the church, and each other.” Brian Rust, Sermon-based Home Group Leader Intro to Sermon-Based Home Groups will use Pastor Marc’s Survival Mode: Finding Help & Hope in times of Crisis sermon series along with the sermon questions as its curriculum. We plan to meet at the church for the first three Monday nights; thereafter, a group can decide if they would like to move offsite to a home. We may also have some groups that would like to continue meeting after the 6 week pilot and we encourage that as well. Why not give Sermon-based studies a try? You may find that it’s just what you need to get connected and delve into the biblical truths Door Creek Church is focusing on.

Other Grow Week Classes to choose from • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Training to be a devoted follower of Christ Raising Purity Discovering Door Creek—(Membership Class) Feed & Caring for your Marriage Making the Most of Digital Bible Study Tools Stewardship - What is it, and why does it matter? Heart for Missions Parenting to the Uniqueness in each Child Sacred Rhythms – Escaping busyness to find God Advice for Young Husbands and Dads Advice for Young Wives and Moms Making Up Is Hard to Do Church For All

Register Now! (Click Grow Week Banner on homepage)

All classes are free! Grab ‘n Go dinner is free! Starts serving at 6 pm. Childcare will not be provided. Please contact the church office if you are in need of childcare reimbursement.

Finding Hope & Help in Times of Crisis Next Steps Are you finding yourself in survival mode? Check out the resources available at Door Creek to help you and your family. Support Groups Griefshare is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. Divorce Care is a special seminar and support group led by people who understand that you are going through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Having gone through it themselves, they want to help you find help, discover hope, and experience healing. Giving Hope is a faith-based support group for families who have someone they love with addiction or mental illness. Unchained (men’s group) is a weekly support group for men struggling with sexual addiction. It is facilitated by men who have found wholeness and forgiveness by facing their struggles and giving their brokenness to Christ. Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministry is a one to one caring, encouraging, and prayer ministry led by highly trained lay people. Door Creek is in the beginning stages of launching this ministry. If you are interested in more details, click on the Care tab on our website. Financial Crisis Financial Peace University will empower you with practical skills to beat debt and master your finances. Need Employment? Check out the Job Opportunity book at the Resource Desk. Journey Ministry is a ministry of Door Creek Church for those who are unemployed or are underemployed. Prayer Prayer Chain is a ministry that allows you to submit a prayer request and it will be sent by email to a group of people who are called to pray for others. Practical Needs Helping Hands is a practical ministry of helps that comes alongside those who are finding it hard to manage the tasks of everyday living. Meals Ministry is a ministry that provides meals for those who are recovering from a surgery, have an illness, or given birth to a child. For more details on the above ministries, go to and click on the Care tab.

Don’t miss next year’s Men’s off…


It was worth taking a Saturday

Saturday, March 5th, 20 men from DCC attended the “No Regrets Men’s Conference at Westbrook Church in Hartland, WI and this is what they had to say about it… I have been to 10 - 12 No Regrets Conferences. I think they are great. It is great to see thousands of men give up a Saturday to attend. There were sessions that were applicable to all of us. I believe everyone leaves thinking that it was a good investment of their time. Harold The No Regrets Conference was awesome! It was an inspirational and emotional sight to witness several hundred men worshiping, fellowshipping, and praising God together. The speakers were fantastic and the topics addressed modern day concerns. It was a blessing to attend with other brothers from Door Creek Church. Terry I went with my brother and we had a great time bonding while we listened to the topics that we were both interested in. The speaker and the bio clips were incredible. A day well worth living. Keith

Girlfriend Night represents Friendship, Faith and Fun for Women. Approximately 65 women attended DCC GF night. Who came to GF night? Many ladies and teens with their moms were familiar faces, many have just moved to the area from another state or live in the neighborhood. All were uplifted by speaker Dawn Kregness and then they got to know one another as they put together bottle cap or stamped metal necklaces, beaded pens or seed balls or played a fun game of Bunco. Many women connected and friendships were formed.

Serving – It’s What We Do! Name: Scott and Lisa Stearns Children: William 19, Mallory 17 and Sarah 13…3 teenagers! Where do you live: Cottage Grove Profession: Engineer for Strand Associates and Owner of Cool Beans Coffee Cafe How long have you been attending Door Creek: 17 years What are your favorite foods: We like all kinds of food…we like to explore new and interesting restaurants in Madison…our new favorite for breakfast or lunch is Daisy Cupcakery! Hobbies: Scott likes to bike in the summer…I like to connect with friends over a good cup of coffee. Faithfully Serving: We are currently co-running the Alpha program. We have done it for 5 years now and are grateful to have the same passion for this ministry and be able to serve together. How did you get involved in serving: We have been involved with different ministries according to our life stage…when our kids were young, we liked to serve in Children’s Ministry and I enjoyed Mops and Women’s Bible studies, but now that the kids are older, we have enjoyed branching out and serving those who attend the Alpha Class.

For Guys Only Join the men of Door Creek on Thursday, March 10! From the television to the Internet, print media to videos, men are constantly faced with the assault of sensual images. It is impossible to avoid such temptations...but, thankfully, not impossible to rise above them, shattering the perception that men are unable to control their thought lives and roving eyes. We will hear a story of one who has escaped the trap of sexual immorality. We'll also discuss a practical, detailed plan for any man who desires sexual purity. It’s perfect for men who have fallen in the past, those who want to remain strong today, and all who want to overcome temptation in the future. Come at 7 pm for food and some hang out time and we’ll end at 9 pm. Open for men and students 8th grade and up.

Baptism Classes! Did you know that Christ asks us to proudly announce our faith in Him in front of friends and family through baptism? Our next baptism is on Palm Weekend. If you are considering baptism or would like to learn more, consider attending a baptism class on April 3rd. We have three classes offered, one for children, students, and adults. You can register for the class online!

9:00 am, April 3rd Kids: Room 103, Wayne Students: Quad 3, Paul Adults: Room 209, Kyle

Town Hall Meetings March 19/20 following each of the services The Gathering—Kingdom Growth March 27—6:30 pm

CAC Auditions are coming Saturday, March 26th at the Sprecher Road Campus. Those interested in serving at either the Sprecher Road Campus or North Campus in this exciting and growing ministry, can contact Amanda Peterson ([email protected]) to receive more information or watch for audition packets to be available during services starting in March. TOUCHED TWICE Touched Twice is a Christ-centered, faith-based organization that mobilizes volunteers from local churches to host free clinics which strive to meet the medical, spiritual and physical needs of the guests, all on a budget of $0. Our next clinic is April 9, 2011, 10 am - 2 pm. For information regarding volunteering, please contact Sandi Klein, [email protected] or call 608-837-6120.

SAVE THE DATE! – Serve11 Is Coming! On Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 we will be having our fourth annual Serve Weekend. We will be joined this year by 7 other churches from Madison and two other communities in reaching our neighbors with serving hearts and hands. Please be in prayer for the team that is already at work planning this major event and for the people we hope to touch with the love of Christ. If you have ideas for project sites or wish to volunteer as a group leader please contact Lisa Taylor at [email protected] Watch the bulletin and DCC website for more information.

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Generous Giving– A Matter of Perspective I’ll never forget the day that I walked up Prairie Ave with my life savings tucked away in my pocket. I was probably nine or ten at the time. I never got an allowance so I had to scrape together whatever I could for Christmas. By the time the snow started to fly, I had amassed a nice little nest egg and headed uptown to shop. The options were sparse, but I figured there had to be something at our local hardware for my family. I didn’t find anything, so I decided to head home. On the way, I checked my pocket for my “nest egg” and discovered to my horror that I had lost it—I raced back retracing my steps. Fighting back the tears I asked each shop owner if they had found it—the tears moved to sobs as I ran back home. I don’t remember the amount, probably less than twenty dollars, but it was all I had and I was so excited to buy gifts for my three sisters, my mom, and dad. When my father came home he heard the sad tale. He was kind and reminded me of the importance of keeping track of my things. Later he took out his wallet and slipped me a twenty so that I too could give some presents that Christmas. He had more, too, in the wallet, I couldn’t believe it—my life savings gone and all my father had to do was pull out one bill to cover my loss. What a great reminder when we fret over what we have, or more likely don’t have, all that we have and owe and need is petty change for our heavenly Father. May our confidence in God’s resources, and even more, what He’s given us in Christ, loosen our grip on our wealth as we remember it’s all His. Let’s continue to grow up to be like our Father--generous givers who find great joy in giving. Marc

Casey (Acker) Scheberl grew up at Door Creek Church. Now she works full-time with VisionTrust, a missions organization that is focused on helping needy children around the world. Her ministry is to help orphans and children who are in trouble to have a place to live, to have access to school programs, develop feeding programs, and have people share the love of Christ with them. The most important part of her job is to make sure they know how much God loves them and that they can trust Him to be with them every day. Door Creek is partnering with VisionTrust in Los Olivos, Sumpango Guatemala and the EFCM church in Liberia, Africa.

Food Pantry Garden Had Great First Year in 2010! Planning Starts for 2011 The food pantry garden idea has been around for a number of years but things really fell in place quickly on a cold day last February. The church allocated ¼ acre of its green space to the project and we quickly found 13 motivated volunteers. A member of the congregation donated the plowing and we were in business on May 13th with our initial planting. We were blessed with near perfect growing weather; warm and wet with the most summer rain in recent memory. As a result we got a bumper crop of both vegetables and mosquitoes! The project had many favorable results in addition to the main objective of growing food. The volunteer team mixed well and many friendships were made. By midsummer, we looked forward to going over to see the garden and chat with everybody again! Moreover, Door Creek’s hilltop property is really quite pretty, giving us an opportunity to be outside and get some exercise while enjoying the view. Lastly, we had the satisfaction of producing something of value from what was formerly just a grassy field. Some people had a misconception that in volunteering they were committed to many long days of back breaking toil for every week of an entire summer. The reality was quite different. We worked only 1 night most weeks and for a little more than an hour. Like most people, our volunteers had busy summer schedules too. Therefore we sized the garden to give them needed “days off” if necessary for vacations and schedule conflicts. In the end our little quarter acre produced over 5,100 lbs. of food. When we dropped off the food at the pantries, we always heard stories that overflowed with gratitude. Often people think that those in need eat mostly junk food. To the contrary, they were extremely happy to have access to healthy fresh food such as tomatoes, cantaloupes and cucumbers and more. We grew a wide mix of vegetables for the diversity of Madison’s population. In the end, we favorably affected the lives of so many people. When you consider the hours worked versus the amount produced, the question quickly changes from “why” to “why not?” The opportunities are certainly there to make a Christian contribution to others. You just have to get up off the couch and do it! With the first year under our belt, our confidence for the 2011 season is high. We plan to expand the garden by about 25% and farm a little more intensely than last year. Our initial production goal is 8,000 lbs. If you would like to participate in the project in 2011, please email or call Chuck Karabin at [email protected] or 834-9410.

Like To Work In The Yard? DCC has two opportunities for people who enjoy working in God’s great outdoors. Join us on Monday, March 7th at 7 pm in Room 103 for information on how you can help us raise 8,000 pounds of food in our Food Pantry Garden. Very little weeding…we promise!

Join us in the office area, on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7 pm to learn more about our new Prairie and Pond Ministry.

Children’s Ministry Opportunities "Help! I need somebody! Help! Not just anybody! Help! You know I need someone! He-e-lp!" Children's Ministry Team. God's Garden. KidJam. FamJam. Door Creek Campus. North Campus. Candy-Tracy-Wayne. Greeters. Small group leaders. Teachers. Caregivers. Music leaders. Set up. Take down. Once per month. Twice per month. Thrice per month. Call or email [email protected] to learn how you can help.

famjamLIVE! Don’t miss famjamLIVE! on Friday, March 4, at 7 pm, in the Video Café. famjamLIVE! is a lively, exciting 60-minute stage production designed to give parents and kids a learning and worship experience to share together. We use music, video, drama, audience interaction, and a lot of plain 'ol fun to highlight a truth from God's Word (virtue). We continue to teach the lesson in KidJam for the rest of the month. We hope this is helpful to parents and kids as together they grow and learn more about how to follow Jesus.

Parent Child Dedication The next Parent Child Dedication will be Saturday, April 16 at 10 am. If you are interested in participating in this dedication, please plan on attending the mandatory parent meeting on Monday, April 4 at 7 pm.

Children’s and Student Ministries are offering a Performing Arts Camp this summer through KidShine, Inc. for students currently in grades 2-7. The camp will be held June 13th-17th, from 9 am-3 pm each day, followed by a Friday evening performance on June 17th. Participants will have opportunities to share their gifts through a speaking part, solo, dance, instrument, puppet, or scenery painting. Watch for online registration and volunteer opportunities coming soon! For more information, contact [email protected]

Newcomers Dessert Night with the Maillefers— Sprecher Road Campus Periodically Pastor Marc and Lori open their home for a Newcomers Dessert Night. Last Saturday twenty two of us “newbies” met at their house and enjoyed not just learning more about Door Creek, but having some great desserts and meeting new people. Being new can be a bit scary, but we found people we had a lot in common with. It was fun to meet people who grew up in other countries like Mexico and the Philippines while some grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. We even met some folks who went to the same camp we did as a kid. As we got comfortable making new connections, some of us decided to get involved volunteering or joining one of Door Creek’s many small groups. It was a night that was fun and well spent. If you’re new to Door Creek and would like to attend the next Newcomers Dessert Night on Saturday, April 9 at 7 pm. RSVP online by going to the Connect tab.

Newcomers Dessert with the Goodsells—North Campus Pastor Bob and Libby Goodsell would love to get to know you and answer some of your questions about Door Creek North. Join them and other newcomers at their house on Sunday, March 20th at 6:30 pm. Just let us know you’re coming by signing up online or by visiting the Welcome Center. Once we know you’re coming, we’ll send you directions to their house. Sorry, childcare will not be available for this evening. If you are new to Door Creek North and would like to attend, please RSVP online by going to the North Campus/Newcomers tab.

First Steps available at the North Campus Learn or review the basics of what it means to be a Christ-follower. Our First Steps Class will help get you comfortable with the Bible as we define, dig, and discuss the basics of faith. Join us for these six one-hour sessions beginning Sunday, March 6th from 10:45-11:45 AM. Childcare will be provided. Register by clicking on the North Campus tab at the top right corner of the home page and click on First Steps or sign up at the Welcome Center.

Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry

BIG ROCKS for the summer

June 13-17: June 19-22: June 26-30: July 17-24: July 18-22: July 15-17:

Kids Shine/3rd -8th Grade XA Xtreme Adventure (Xtreme): 9-12thGrade Mission Madison (The Rock): 6-8th Grade Xtreme Missions (Xtreme): 9-12th Grade Soccer Camp: (CM) Through age 12 Space Between Retreat: Entering 9th Grade

Lake Waubesa Bible Camp: (The Rock): Choose from 3 weeks of middle school camp: July 10-16, 6-8th July 17-22, 6-8th July 24-30, 7-9th

Xtreme Bowling Xtreme will be Glow Bowling on Friday, March 25 from 9 to 11:30 pm at Dream Lanes in Madison. The cost is $12 and includes unlimited bowling, shoe rental and pizza/pop. You don’t need to sign up, just come and pay at the door. This would be an awesome event to invite some friends to! 30 Hour Famine Xtreme will be participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine Friday, April 8 at 12 pm to Saturday, April 9 at 8 pm. We will get a crash course in global hunger by fasting for 30 hours while raising money to help feed and care for hungry kids and their families around the world. Sign up online will be available soon under the Xtreme Events page.

Parent Night is Wednesday, March 9th during the regular Rock. Come and experience Rock with your student and be there for the unveiling of our summer plans!

Fusion – Young Adult Ministry Join us every Thursday evening from 7:30-9 pm. We are currently doing the study Crazy Love. Waffle Sunday Come join us after the 11 am service for delicious homemade waffles. We meet at someone's home for a great time of food & fellowship. (Just bring your favorite waffle topping or side.) Check our facebook page at or e-mail [email protected] for location. Fusion Dinner Night Are you getting bored with eating out at the same places? Join other people from Fusion on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 pm to try a new dinner place around Madison. It's the perfect combination of food and fellowship. Check Facebook or e-mail [email protected] for location.

March Special Events—Save the Date! Adults March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29—6:30 PM DivorceCare March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29—6:30 PM Financial Peace University March 1, 8, 22, 29—9:00 AM Dwelling Place—Romans March 1, 8, 22, 29—9:00 AM Dwelling Place—A Praying Life March 2, 9, 23, 30—7:00 PM Heart Strings...Knitting from the heart March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30—6:00 PM Unchained March 2—8:30 AM Adults 55+ Coffee Plus March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30—6:30 PM GriefShare March 3, 24—6:00 AM RECON March 3, 24—6:15 PM Dwelling Place—A Woman’s Heart March 3, 10, 24, 31—6:15 PM Dwelling Place—Romans March 3, 24—6:15 PM Dwelling Place—Kay Arthur March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31—10:30 AM Worship Service at The Arbors March 7, 21, 28—6:00 PM ALPHA 1

March 8, 22—9:00 AM Dwelling Place—God is Closer March 10 —7:00 pm MOPS March 10, 31—6:00 AM North Campus Men’s Group

FUSION March 3, 10, 24, 31—7:30 PM Fusion Focus March 6—11:00 AM Fusion Waffle Sunday March 15—6:30 PM Dinner Night

Student Ministry March 2, 9, 23, 30—7:00 PM ROCK March 9—7:00 PM ROCK Parent Night March 2, 23—7:00 PM XTREME—Large Group March 9, 30—7:00 PM XTREME—Small Group March 25—9:00 PM Ultra Bowling

Children’s Ministry March 1, 8, 22, 29—6:25 PM AWANA March 4—7:00 PM famjamLIVE!