Newsletter - Web Edition
2013 Edition - Updated
April 28, 2013
Published Monthly - updated as needed
Featuring excerpts from the printed version and weekly bulletins.
Articles about and for the members and friends of Creekside Church
is taking the time to regroup. After the busy seasons of Lent and
Easter, we are in a planning mode. What can we do to better serve
We are baptizing
five people on May 12. These five people will be new members of
our congregation. How can we best embrace them into the fold of
our church family? It is up to all of us to invite them into ministry,
fellowship and spiritual growth. How can we help them realize their
gifts and graces? That is what we are called to do as disciples
All three of
us serve together here at Creekside and serve the wider church in
various ministries. Each of these ministries enhances our Creekside
Do you have
ministry ideas? One thing that we would like each and every one
of you to know is that we are open and available to hear any ministry
ideas that you would like to follow. God gives to each of us a vision
of the kingdom of God and the gifts and graces to realize that vision.
If it is baking and cooking for the sick in our church and in our
wider church family, a latchkey program for children or a ministry
to a nearby nursing home, we will come alongside you and help you
realize that vision. You can dream!
Thank you for
being a great church family. We are blessed. -Pastor Janet for Team
- Pastor Betty (Elizabeth) Kelsey
have you been attending Creekside?
Since 1984. When Cary and I got married, we couldn't decide which
church to attend, because we both loved our own congregations. Cary
won out, and I'm glad he did. I love this congregation, too!
What is your
favorite scripture or hymn?
Probably Psalm 62- “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation
comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress,
I will never be shaken.” As for hymns, how would I ever choose?
hospitality mean to you?
When true hospitality happens, we know it, feel it. Likewise, we
know when hospitality is not extended. As a recent children’s
book, ”How full is your bucket,” says, when we fill
another’s bucket with hospitality, our bucket gets filled,
too. When we do inhospitable things and are critical of each other,
both of our buckets get empty. The church is meant to show hospitality
that everyone knows and feels, including our visitors.
What do you
like about Creekside church?
Creekside excels in music, and music inspires me. The variety of
songs and lyrics feed my soul. I like that we are learning together
to be open to God and are willing to try new ways of connecting
with God and each other. I appreciate being able to share our prayer
garden and labyrinth, that people from other churches are welcome
to come for meditation and relaxation. I am proud of the welcome
we give to anyone who comes to visit our services. I love to see
how we can work together for the common good. I’m inspired
when we reach out beyond our church to serve others.
What is your
vision for Creekside church?
I want our church to be alive and healthy. I think that takes place
both inside and outside the church building. People who put primary
focus on spiritual renewal, who are personally and intentionally
open to the spirit of Christ, will find opportunities for extending
hospitality and spiritual renewal in the community of Elkhart. May
God bless our endeavor to be all that God intends us to be.
Team has been busy making sure our building is functioning properly
and looking good.
has been handling the janitorial chores assisted by Roger Neal when
he is in town.
Bill Birr installed
the driveway markers and removed them. He also repaired the wall
in the Gathering Area between the entries to the coat racks.
We have had scuff panels installed in the restrooms to prevent wear
and tear to the walls. Recently we replaced batteries in 4 of the
As you are aware,
we stripped the wax on the kitchen floor and re-waxed it and the
A big THANK
YOU goes out to the many volunteers who helped remove items from
the kitchen and returned them to make the floor maintenance easier.
We were able to get the work done in record time with all the help!
Property Team Leader
Thank you, Creekside
Church of the Brethren, for your 2012 gifts to Church Community
Services of $325 and 1,260 lbs. of food. Your support of our ministry
has touched thousands of families with Christ’s love. Your
prayers and partnership with us make it possible to give hope to
your neighbors who are cold, hungry or destitute. --Rod Roberson,
Exec. Director of Church Community Services.
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