Recent News

Registration Open for New Fall Classes

End the year right! The Xenos Equipping Division has opened registration for its second session of classes for the fall.

It's offering one core class--Introduction to the Bible--and several interesting elective courses. Pat Reeder is offering a 5 week class on the book of Job, looking at answers to some of the difficult questions raised by the book. There is also a class for women on body stewardship, working toward a balanced view of self-image, a healthy lifestyle, and a Biblical perspective. Bev DeLashmutt will lead a class on discipleship in an age of victimization, and Christine Deken will teach on a Biblical view of our expectations.

These classes all start Wednesday, November 7th. You can see a full description of each class here, and can register at xenos.org/classes/register.

Oasis Rolling out New Check-in System

You may have seen a change in the lobby of your Central Teaching--Oasis is launching a new iPad-based check-in system at all adult Central Teachings starting October 14th. Oasis Director Jeff Risley says the new system moves away from a paper to a digital system, and will allow for better security and reporting.

When bringing your child to Oasis, first go to the iPad stations in the lobby. You'll use those to locate your child's information, check them in, and get 3 printed labels--one for the child, one for the classroom, and one for the person who will pick up the child after class. As part of the system the adult checking the child in will see a list of classroom options, based on the child's age or grade.

The check-in system will also be used at Main Campus for the PAX (Playgrounds at Xenos).

Jeff says the system can easily accommodate guests and first-time visitors. Oasis staff members and volunteers will be on hand to help them get their child registered. They'll also be there to help get you started with the changes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jeff Risley at risleyj@xenos.org.

Hope for Those Greiving as the Holidays Approach

By John Montgomery

As the end of the year approaches, soon everywhere we turn someone will be telling us we should be happy.

“Happy Thanksgiving!”  “Merry Christmas!”  “Happy New Year!”

This can be difficult when you are in grief. Grief can steal the joy from your holiday celebrations.

The Xenos GriefShare ministry will present “Surviving the Holidays” on Sunday, October 28th, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the Warehouse (600 Oakland Park Av. 43214). This informative seminar can help those who are grieving find God’s hope and comfort during the upcoming holiday season.

Please encourage anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to attend. There is no cost. To RSVP or ask questions, email xenosgriefgroups@gmail.com.

This seminar is presented every fall at Xenos because Thanksgiving and Christmas present special challenges. Holidays evoke strong emotions during the best of times, but, in grief, they force us to realize how much our lives have been changed by loss. No matter how long it’s been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time.

Grieving takes energy and you may not be up to the physical and mental challenges of the many activities in which you usually participate. You may find yourself in social situations that now are uncomfortable because of your different circumstances.

Life Coaches Helping Set Young People up for Success

By Liz Sweet

Are you competent with life skills? Do you want to make a difference in the life of a young person? Do you want your practical knowledge to have an eternal impact? If so, Life Coaching may be for you.

Life Coaching needs responsible, dedicated people who are willing to help others who need guidance in the functional aspects of life.

Xenos is reaching an increasing number of people with difficult backgrounds. Many people coming out of low-income backgrounds have not had the support that they need to tackle some of the practical skills in life. With a little help and encouragement, students can live in a ministry house, land a good job, and go to college. But without help, simple things, such as not being able to get a driver’s license, impede their progress toward these goals. Life coaches provide practical guidance that is crucial to helping students take the next step toward becoming independent, self-sufficient adults.

Student candidates are pursuing a life centered on Christ: spiritually responsive, engaged in fellowship and discipleship, and living in a ministry house or aspiring to live in one. They are in their sophomore year of high school or older; students under 18 need parental permission to have a life coach.

Making Hospitality a Part of Your Parenting

The next Xenos Parenting Meeting is October 3rd, with Liz Sweet talking about hospitality--welcoming others into your home. She says it's one of the most important things we can do at every stage of parenting. She'll explain why, and will give you lots of ideas for how to make it happen.

The meeting is at the Main Campus in Room 202/204 (1390 Community Park, 43229) at 9:30 am.  Limited childcare is available. Guests are welcome too! 

Ecuador Missions Trip Offers Physical & Spiritual Healing to Nearly 2000

A team of people from Xenos is back from a medical missions trip to Ecuador, where, in conjunction with our global partner, Arco Church in Santa Rosa, they served nearly 2 thousand people--offering medical, dental, and vision care. Every person who visited the clinics also heard the gospel from one of the local home church members. As a result, 709 people prayed to receive Christ during the 4 days of the medical clinics.

While there, Xenos Missions Director Dave Glover says he, Jim Leffel, and Canco Cassasa from Xenos met with local home church leaders, hearing several stories of people who had come to Christ through a similar clinic 2 years ago, and who are now incorporated into these home churches.

Andrea Hesse served as a medical interpreter on the trip, and shares her experience:

I stared out the window at the lush, green countryside of southern Ecuador as our bus of 25 Xenos volunteers wound its way through endless rows of banana plantations. Our team had spent several months preparing for our trip to Santa Rosa, Ecuador where we would put on a week-long medical, dental, and optometry clinic. We had packed dozens of bags filled with medications and clinic supplies, practiced our Spanish, and spent time praying for our trip. Even with all this preparation I still felt a little unsure of what to expect as we traveled past fields of ripening fruit on our ride from the larger city of Guayaquil to Santa Rosa.

Pub Night with the Drowsy Lads on September 22nd

Enjoy a pub night at Xenos this month with the Drowsy Lads.  Share the warmth of fellowship with a friend or family member by inviting them to this event at Main Campus (1390 Community Park, 43229) September 22nd.

There's a modest cover charge--$5--and proceeds go to help Xenos' ministry to the Bhutanese. You're welcome to bring an adult beverage and snacks to enjoy.

Pub Night runs from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.

Harambee Christian School Sees Highest Enrollment Ever, Needs Volunteers

The school year for Harambee Christian School is well underway, with 150 students enrolled in grades K-8, its largest enrollment ever

The school, which is a Xenos ministry, invites you to be a part of this year's success. It needs volunteers in many different roles. You can serve in the classroom, behind the scenes, or working directly with students. Volunteers are needed during the school day and in the After School Program, which runs Monday-Friday from 3:30-5:30 pm.  Most volunteers serve once or twice a week for between 1-3 hours.

It's a great opportunity for those who want to serve young people and for those looking to gain experience in the education field.

To learn more about Harambee, view this videoIf you'd like to learn more about the school and about volunteering email Michael Larson at larsonm@urbanconcern.org.

Many Enjoying New CT Enhancements

You've probably noticed the changes at Xenos' Central Teachings--more events, supervised children's activities, and waffles!

Over the summer months CTs have hosted farmers’ markets, meat smoker events, touch-a-truck, and a family day. There are games set up, and improved play areas. There are new food options as well.

Aside from being fun, there’s a deeper purpose. Phil Franck oversees these enhancements and says they’re ultimately aimed at making time after Central Teaching more relational. The changes encourage people to spend time afterward with their friends, since they have food and activity options. This is especially true for folks with children. Parents can enjoy time talking with other adults while their kids play in a supervised setting.

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