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Finding Holiday Joy after the Death of a Loved One

By John Montgomery

The end-of-year holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s) can be the most wonderful, joyous, and hopeful time of the year. But since our relationships give the holidays special meaning, holiday celebrations after the death of a loved one can go from joyous occasions to tedious events that must be survived.

On Sunday, November 10th, the Xenos Grief Ministry will provide a two-hour workshop, Grief & the Holidays, utilizing the GriefShare videos. This workshop will help you not only to "survive the holidays," but to find strength, healing, and tools to move forward through the deep pain of grief.

This event can be a great opportunity to reach out to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members who are in grief. It allows people in the local community to be aware of the kind of practical care they can receive from our fellowship. If someone you know would benefit from this workshop, please consider coming with him or her to support them.

There is no cost. To RSVP or ask any questions, please email xenosgriefgroups@gmail.com.

New Class Brings Biblical Grammar to Life

A common problem with Bible study is understanding passages written centuries ago, to an audience living in a different time. There’s a new class at Xenos with a bold title--The Thrilling Study of New Testament Grammar—designed to help you better understand the accurate and full meaning of Biblical passages.

Ryan Weingartner will be teaching it, and says he put the class together after talking to home church leaders about the challenges of doing inductive studies. “Most American Bible students are weak in English grammar and completely unaware of Greek grammar. It became evident that a little work in grammar could go a long way in enriching our Bible studies.” 

In this class, you will learn the different Greek noun cases and verb moods, tenses, and voices as well as other parts of speech. Ryan says you’ll then look at dozens of examples of the author’s choice of words to try to determine the nuances he desired to communicate.

Ryan says you don’t need to be a Biblical scholar to take the class, nor an expert in English grammar nor be familiar with Greek. “You simply need to be willing to slow way down and think through why the author chose the words he chose. I hope those who take the class will gain a new excitement for their personal study of the Bible and ‘all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding.’”

The class starts November 6th and runs for 5 weeks. You can register online at xenos.org/classes/register.

Xenos Volunteers Support Unique Program for Human Trafficking Victims

By Kathy Sherry, volunteer with Xenos' Freedom ministry

Freedom a la Cart is a local non-profit that provides supportive services to local survivors of human trafficking.  It strives to bring hope to survivors so they can build new lives of freedom and self-sufficiency. Freedom does this by running a catering company that gives women practical job skills and helps them develop a strong work ethic in an environment where they feel safe and experience restoration. We provide women the opportunity to heal, learn, and grow as they prepare for sustainable employment within the community. 

Freedom also partners with CATCH Court, a specialty court docket in Franklin County, where survivors of human trafficking have the opportunity to get treatment for addiction and trauma. Freedom a la Cart organizes lunches for CATCH Court, helps with monthly outings, graduation retreats, provides mentors, and provides support to the CATCH graduates through their butterfly program.

Several volunteers from Xenos have been working with Freedom for years, mentoring survivors, providing meals, and volunteering in the Freedom kitchen. We have also hosted the annual Halloween party at Building X for the past several years. It has been amazing in this ministry to see God glorified through the relationships we have the opportunity to build with these resilient women. I’ve had the privilege of praying with several women in Freedom a la Cart over the years to receive Christ and have brought many out to Xenos CTs.

There are always volunteer opportunities with Freedom, primarily working in the kitchen with the women and helping to provide transportation for survivors to events and meetings on occasion. You can read more about Freedom and these volunteer opportunities on its website: freedomalacart.org.

Thousands Enjoy the Xenos Community Festival

An estimated 2,500 people came to the Xenos Community Festival last Saturday, enjoying a day of music, food, games, and the warm welcome of Xenos hospitality.

Many Xenos regulars say it gave them a way to introduce friends and family to Xenos, and connect them with Xenos ministries and activities. Many in the college ministry brought their parents, and say they came away with encouragement about their involvement, with some even deciding to visit an adult Central Teaching.

A big thanks goes out to the people who made it possible--the over 350 volunteers who smoked meat, flipped burgers, hosted kids games, sold tickets, directed parking, and handled many other activities. 

Fun facts from the event:

  • Believe it or not, this was the first time we have put on this festival!
  • So many kids played the games that volunteers ran out of prizes and had to use candy instead.
  • The Gracehaven silent auction raised $276.
  • Visitors bought over 2,000 plates of food.
  • The people staffing the lemon shake-up stand served so many that they ran out of lemons--over 200 used--and had to send someone out to buy more. 

Watch a video of some highlights at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF4nvz1d3q8

New Senior Leadership Office Space Opens

For years Xenos elders and senior sphere leaders have worked in separate locations, several without any office space. Now, after a few months of renovation at Main Campus, they have a central location in which to work and collaborate.

The new offices are in the former Office Auditorium space, which, earlier in the summer, was moved to the office building’s lower level (in the old Study Center space). Over the summer crews worked to create offices for senior leaders, as well as a conference room and small kitchen.

In keeping with Xenos’ policy of employees sharing office space, there’ll be 2-3 people in each office. This policy allows us to spend less on facilities and promotes time accountability. It also allows workers to benefit from relationships they develop working in the same space.

Two people pleased about the new offices are elders Josh Benadum and Bret McCallum, who have worked without an office for years. “Before this new space, I studied exclusively in coffee shops around town. It got kind of expensive, and distracting,” Josh says. “I tried to work at home, but with two small children that wasn't working either.”

New Session of HEART Starts Soon

H.E.A.R.T.--Healing the Effects of Abortion Related Trauma--will be starting a new session on Saturday, October 5th at 9:00 am at the Xenos Main Office (1340 Community Park Dr., 43229). After that first week, the group will meet on Wednesday evenings.

The workshop runs 7 weeks, and addresses some of the difficult thoughts and emotions raised by an abortion, including guilt, shame, grief and secrecy. It offers a confidential, caring atmosphere and uses God's word to gain a deeper understanding of His mercy, grace and forgiveness.

There is no cost to participate. If you have questions or want to register, email Kim at kphillips1351@gmail.com or call or text at 614-832-9014.

TEDS Open House Set for October 4th

Xenos' TEDS (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) program will be hosting an open house Friday, October 4th, featuring a free lecture by Trinity professor Dr. James Hoffmeier. He's an Old Testament scholar, specializing in issues of Old Testament historicity and archaeology.

He'll be speaking on "The Israelite Exodus and Red Sea Crossing: Myth or Reality?" The program is at the Warehouse (600 Oakland Park Ave., 43214) from 7:00-8:30 pm.

If you're considering the TEDS program, the open house is a great way to learn more about earning your masters from Trinity. But everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this engaging topic. 

Parenting Meeting October 2nd

Each month the Xenos Parenting Meeting offers the Biblical perspective on different topics related to raising your kids.

The next meeting is Wednesday, October 2nd, with Paul Alexander presenting on "Teaching Children about God."

The meeting starts at 9:30 am in the Main Campus Cafe (1394 Community Park Dr., 43229). There will be limited childcare.

Guests are welcome, so consider if there's a friend who would find it helpful.

Adult Harvest Meeting Set for September 27th

Hear how God is working among the Adult Ministry at the annual Harvest Meeting set for Friday, September 27th at 7:00 pm. It'll be a celebration of the many ways God has changed lives through the loving service of His servants.

Because of the number of people in the Adult Ministry, the event will be simulcast--plan on attending the location your home church's sphere is assigned to:

  • Woods: Warehouse (600 E. Oakland Park Dr., 43214)
  • Sullivan: 4th Street--Pavilion side (1934 N. 4th St., 43201)
  • West Side: CityLife Center (40 W. Chicago Ave., 43222)
  • Lowery/Runk: Main Campus (1390 Community Park Dr., 43229)
  • Foust: Main Campus Cafe (1394 Community Park Dr., 43229)
  • Kate/Conrad: 4th Street--Cafe side (1934 N. 4th Street, 43201)

Come with your home church to enjoy this time of fellowship--it'll be a great lead-in to the Xenos Community Festival the next day, giving us a chance to serve the wider community. 

Invite Friends, Neighbors, and Co-Workers to Community Fest

The Xenos Community Festival is set for September 28th, a fun event to welcome guests to Xenos' Main Campus. There will be plenty of activities for all ages and interests, so make sure you invite people you know.

One of the main reasons Xenos is holding the event is to bring together people from the community to enjoy time together--both strangers and friends. This sense of community--a gift from God--is something we enjoy at Xenos, and this is a great way to share it with a world lacking in ways to connect.

The festival also gives the community around Xenos the chance to learn more about some of the great ways folks in Xenos are serving Central Ohio.

Do you know a family with kids? There'll be carnival games, a bounce house, cotton candy, and other fun activities, all at an affordable price. For adults, there'll be a craft beer truck, artisan items for sale, and booths with folks from different community groups.

And for everyone--live music and great food, including quality smoked meat.

You can find cards with information about the event to make it easy to share an invite with people you know. Pick them up at Central Teaching. You can also connect friends to the festival's Facebook event page.

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