From Associate Pastor David Schaller
February 20, 2017
What just happened? WorldReach 2017 at Church of the Open Door, that’s what!
Billed as our annual collective opportunity to be moved once again by God’s heart for the nations and to trust God to “be a part of the story” He is authoring around the world through our missionaries, WorldReach 2017 didn’t fail to deliver.
Now that the WorldReach dust is settling, here are some of my favorite memories of our week devoted to missions:
- Seeing many new families to COD learn about and get connected with our missionaries at the 1st Annual Missions Throwdown, where HUB groups and friends competed in mission-themed games. (NOTE: I was super stoked to find out that almost 100 letters of encouragement and affirmation were written to our missionaries that afternoon! Awesome! See Prov 25:25.)
- Hearing the passion for ministry in Spain of our newly re-commissioned missionary family – Kris and Heather Hoffman.
- Watching the youth group locked in on Al Negron as he shared his story of ministering in Africa this past October and catching vision for how God might be calling them.
- Joining with 30 of our COD leaders crying out to God on behalf of our missionaries at a prayer meeting the final evening of WorldReach.
The whole week was another reminder of the crucial link each person who is part of Church of the Open Door has in reaching the nations. As we all encourage, give to and pray for our missionaries, we are a vital part
of seeing those with little access to the gospel become worshipers of our King Jesus.
Thrilled to be a part of the story with you all,
February 1, 2017
What is WorldReach?
WorldReach is an invitation to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. More specifically, to be a part of the redemption story God is unfolding through our missions program at Church of the Open Door (COD)..
Every February we take two Sundays and the week in-between to focus on God’s unstoppable plan to plant His church among every tribe, people and language, and His Great Commission for each one of us to participate with Him in making disciples of all nations.
Whether you are new to our church and don’t know much about missions or you have been here for years and love supporting missions at COD, World Reach has something for everyone.
From Sunday morning missions-themed messages, to hearing firsthand from our missionaries as they share in smaller group settings what God is doing in their part of the world, to joining in the fun at our first annual Missions Throwdown kickoff event, you would be hard pressed to walk away from this week without having your heart moved toward what is on the heart of our heavenly Father – that the nations hear and believe the good news of His Son!
Please, please take me up on this invitation and join us in being a part of the story – you won’t regret it!
Your partner in the story,
Be A Part Of The Story Series
You are invited to take a step towards learning more about how God is at work around the world. Come to one or more of the Be A Part Of The Story series starting Sunday, February 26.. It will run Sundays at 11:00am in the Hillside Room as follows::
Sunday, Feb 26: Be a part of the story . . . Middle East (Ken/Kathy Hoffman)
Sunday, March 5: Be a part of the story . . . Africa (Kyleen Hughes/team)
Sunday, March 12; Be a part of the story . . . Europe (Kris/Heather Hoffman)
Sunday, March 19: Be a part of the story . . . Asia (David Schaller)
Sunday, March 26: Be a part of the story . . . Latin America (Al Negron)
WorldReach 2017 Schedule
Sunday, February 12
David Schaller preaching: “Famous Last Words”
9:00am: Kris/Heather Hoffman in Hillside Youth (Hillside)
Africa Team in His Alone (U30)
9:15am: Steve Quatro in Faith Builders (U61)
10:30am: Ken/Kathy Hoffman in Friendship Class (WH200)
12:30pm: MISSIONS THROWDOWN! (Gym) Lunch. Games. Prizes. Interesting missionary facts and stories woven throughout the day. All are invited to be part of this family friendly event!
Tuesday, February 14
7:00pm: Hillside Youth (Hillside Room) hosting Africa Team
Gregorich/Robinson HUB hosting Kris/Heather Hoffman
Wednesday, February 15
11:30am: Prime Time/WMF Potluck (Hillside Room) with Kris/Heather Hoffman
7:00pm: Baiseri/Collett HUB hosting Kris/Heather Hoffman
Kuiper/Konoske HUB hosting Ken/Kathy Hoffman
Anderson/Winters HUB hosting Africa Team A
: Ketterling/Easton HUB hosting Africa Team B
Gertsen/Vincent HUB hosting Steve Quatro
Thursday, February 16
7:00pm: Meyers/Wang HUB hosting Ken/Kathy Hoffman
Friday, February 17
7:00pm: Austria/Salmo HUB hosting Kris/Heather Hoffman
PLEASE NOTE: See Adults/Small Groups page for info on how to contact any of these HUB groups or adult Sunday classes. Groups not hosting a speaker will be receiving other creative avenues to connect with our missionaries this week!
Sunday, February 19
David Schaller preaching
8:00am: Colin McDougall Sr. in Essentials of the Faith (U62)
Outreach Fair after services with chances to connect with Sports Outreach LA, a monthly Mexico service opportunity, and the Azusa Release Time ministry.