Recent News

An Easier Path to Finding a Home Group

While the large Central Teachings are great for learning about the Bible, Xenos home groups are the best place to experience the full Christian life. Their small size allows you to make deep friends and have an impact on their lives. They allow you to discover and develop your gifting, while receiving the benefit of others’ gifts.

And now, thanks to a new feature on the Xenos website, it’s easier to connect with a home group. The new page (xenos.org/home-groups/find) allows you to search for groups by the age ranges of members, and by meeting day. You can also sort out which groups offer childcare.

The results are then displayed on a map, making it simple to see what group might work for you geographically. And for each, there’s a longer description of each group, giving you a better sense of it, and a form for contacting the group.  

Previously the website only displayed all possible options. With close to 100 home groups to choose from, these new features can help you or a friend narrow down your options for finding the right fit.

 

November Parenting Meeting on Anger

Kids can be frustrating, and parental anger can be a destructive problem in families. The next Xenos Parenting Meeting will offer some help. Xenos counselor Bev DeLashmutt will teach on, "Dealing with Anger--Developing Patience."

The meeting is on November 7th at 9:30am at the Main Campus location (1390 Community Park Dr., 43229) in room 204/206.

Please consider inviting a friend who could also benefit from hearing this. Limited childcare is available, so your children are welcome.

 

High-Schoolers Sample What's Next at College Connections

The transition from high school to college is a time many Christian students abandon their involvement in Christian fellowship. That fact is one of the main motivators of College Connection, an annual event to give high school juniors and seniors a taste of the Xenos college ministry. This year the event runs the week of November 5th, and allows high-schoolers to attend college meetings, spend time in a ministry house, and make new friends within college home churches.

According to researchers at the Barna Group most high schoolers involved in a church—around 70%—drop out of their church involvement when they transition to college. College Connection gives them a vision for following God during their college years and beyond, and motivates them to choose that path. Historically, it’s helped persuade hundreds of high school students to pursue their walk with God in college.

The impact of the week goes beyond students who are currently involved in a high school home church. Xenos College-High School Administrator Brian Adams says, as a high-schooler, the College Connection meeting was one of his first experiences with Xenos. He says he was hostile toward the church but found people were sincerely committed to God’s work, and developing deep, loving relationships. Brian says, “I was sold from going to College Connection that I wanted to continue coming to Bible studies, which lead to me coming to Christ and choosing to follow God. I’m really thankful our church practices this. That first meeting was a huge part of my salvation and my decision to follow God.”

Meet Elder Candidate Josh Benadum

Xenos elders recently proposed Josh Benadum as a candidate for elder. Get to know Josh, and how God has worked in his life through the years:

What is your history with Xenos, and what has engaged you to connect here?

My parents were introduced to Christ in Xenos during the 1980's while my father was in medical school. We moved around a bit before eventually coming back to Columbus, but then moved again to Cambodia as missionaries when I was 14. During high school I struggled with my faith, uncertain if the God of the Bible was real. Going into my senior year of high school I had no real plans to follow Him after I graduated, but a summer spent in Salem, India doing Tsunami relief work with the India Gospel League changed that. I was so impressed by the authenticity of the Indian Christians and the other high school students I met from Xenos on that trip that I decided it was worth giving God a shot after all. Once I graduated, I felt no particular connection to Columbus, but finally chose to move back because this was the only place where I knew of people my own age living radically for Christ. I have remained here for that same reason: I have found this to be an incomparable community of people living radically for Christ. I also believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God brought me here to both learn and serve.

Send a Shoebox of Hope this Christmas

Christmas is still weeks away, but now's the time to think about putting together an Operation Christmas Child box. Fill a shoebox with small gifts, and Samaritan's Purse will take them to a child in a region in need, sharing the gospel with them as well.

Xenos will be collecting the boxes November 11th and 18th at Main Campus (1390 Community Park Dr., 43229), the Warehouse (600 Oakland Park Ave., 43214), and 4th Street Pavilion (1934 N 4th St., 43201).

Please note: There are only two collection weeks this year.

Kim Aebie is helping organize the effort for Xenos. Kim says, "Over the last 10 years Xenos has sent over 5000 shoeboxes to children around the world. I can't wait to see the fruit of these shoeboxes in heaven!"

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! 

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