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Vision & Stewardship meeting

Please make plans to join Dwell leaders for the annual Vision and Stewardship Meeting Friday, February 5th. They will be presenting their budget plan for 2021, as well as recapping how God has used Dwell member's sacrificial giving in 2020.

This year's meeting will be available online. Links to access the meeting have been sent to home church leaders. They will provide that to their respective groups. In addition, there will be a small, socially-distanced in-person audience, observing all COVID protocols.

While in a different format, Operations Division Coordinator Steve Bauer says the meeting is still vital for all Dwell members. "It is so important to share in the common vision put forward in this meeting, and to remain engaged in what it takes to makes this church the incredible conduit it is in God's hands." He says they will work hard to make the meeting concise, focused, and edifying in this online format.

Steve says Dwell leaders will be laying out a very conservative plan for 2021. "There will be some growth proposed in budget and a few Strategic Initiatives for the FST to vote on, yet we understand we need to take a very measured approach. That being said, God still wants to take new ground. 2021 plans will still include forward-thinking kingdom work, with flexibility as we expect circumstances to change and improve this year."

By the Dwell Missions Staff

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Cote d’Ivoire training

The heart of Missions at Dwell is our Global Partners. We work in collaboration with them to foster church planting movements around the world. An important facet of these partnerships is ongoing biblical equipping of the leaders and house church planters so these ministries can thrive in the long-term.

For the next couple of weeks we have the joy of visiting with our Global Partners in Côte d’Ivoire for a training seminar. Jim Leffel is offering several days of instruction for the church leaders in their network where they will study the book of John and learn how to construct  teachings from narrative passages of scripture. Please pray for the seminars that they would enrich and equip the local leaders. Pray also that the trip would serve as an encouragement to our Global Partners in Côte d'Ivoire and that they would be built up. Continue praying for more house church leaders; this network in Côte d'Ivoire has grown to almost 9,000 people and it is hard to have enough leaders to oversee this growth.

In addition to fellowshipping with our partners in Côte d’Ivoire, this trip also allows us to visit another growing church network in Burkina Faso. In Burkina Faso Jim, along with Jean-Paul Tiendrebeogo who is also a Dwell member, will meet with a network of believers to share with them about the New Testament house church model. While this ministry is not an official Global Partner, their ministry is important and we hope this time is mutually beneficial and builds up the work God is doing among them. Pray for this time and for the local leaders there to get a vision for how God can use them moving forward.

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This month Calumet Christian School is rolling out some updates: a new website, a new enrollment process, and a new logo. They're designed to make things easier for parents, and to better communicate its mission.

The new enrollment process is in place as families prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. Families of current Calumet students will get instructions next week for how to re-enroll their children. The priority enrollment period is from January 19th-29th, and is open for current students and new students from Dwell families. Enrollment for other new students will start February 1st.

Calumet Principal Tyler Wriston says he thinks parents will find the simplicity of the new process to be an improvement. “Parents have been so supportive of the school and have made so many sacrifices to make this year work, so we wanted to do everything we could to make signing up for school as straightforward as possible for them. As with anything new, there is a learning curve that we'll have to navigate, but I think in the long term this new process is going to save people a lot of time and confusion."

Tyler says the school’s revised website--calumetchristianschool.org--is more user-friendly, and is updated with Calumet’s new mission statement and core values. He says the language throughout the site has been revised to be more clear and concise.

The revamped website features Calumet’s new logo, pictured here:

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Pacesetter painting

Over the holidays, Dwell’s Pacesetters ministry was invited to share some special Christmas cheer with residents at Friendship Village Columbus, a senior-living community near Dwell’s main campus. Over 40 volunteers, young and old, braved the cold to paint holiday decorations on the residents’ windows.

Pacesetters Director Ben Foust says it was exciting that the Friendship Village staff initiated the idea. “We have developed a warm relationship with them this year during the pandemic, as Dwell members have written hundreds of letters of cheer to the quarantined residents this year. Recently, the staff has begun distributing Gary’s Pacesetters Weekly Devotional readings to residents who can’t attend church because of COVID.”

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Pacesetter painting

The decorations were painted around the windows’ edges so residents could continue to see guests at the windows--the only place they’ve been able to have visitors since March. Also decorated--the windows of rooms where COVID patients are being treated. Friendship Village Community Life Director Linda McNeal-White says her staff is thankful. “Friendship Village really appreciates your church being willing to come help. The residents really enjoyed looking at the artwork this season.”

And the staff has asked Pacesetters volunteers to return in February to decorate for Valentine’s Day! If you’d like to volunteer, contact Theresa Lyons at Lyonst@dwellcc.org.

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grief group

The Dwell Grief Ministry is offering its Navigating Your Grief workshop starting January 20th. It's a 6-week version of the workshop, modified for the Zoom format. It will be from 7:00-8:30 pm for 6 consecutive Wednesdays. Each week, there'll be a 10-15 minute video, followed by group discussion. 

This workshop is beneficial for anyone dealing with grief--those who have had a recent loss and those with a loss in the remote past; for those who have experienced an unexpected loss and those whose loss was after an extended illness; and for those who have a strong faith in God and those who are confused about their faith.  

Here is a brief summary of what will be covered.

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From the Dwell Missions Staff

This year has been full of disappointments, setbacks, as well as hope and growth. Due to the pandemic many of our Global Partners faced the cancellation of in-person fellowship and many individuals in their networks faced joblessness and food insecurity. In addition to the medical and economic strain caused by COVID, some of our partners also faced flooding, some faced political turmoil, and another is grappling with civil war.

But the Lord is faithful and His love endures even in crisis. In 2020 our partners have found creative and bold ways to show the love of Christ to the communities they serve. Several partners were able to distribute food and supplies to families in need. Many partners were able to mobilize church planters to visit or call members in their network to provide support and friendship. And throughout the year all of our partners found creative ways to continue meeting for fellowship. Some met in small groups in-person, some tuned into live teachings on Facebook and other platforms. This year our Global Partners’ house church networks have grown to a total of over 20,000 people! We are so grateful for our Global Partners and their perseverance in sharing Christ all around the world. God’s work cannot be thwarted, even by a global pandemic.

"But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread Your protection over them, that all who love Your name may be filled with joy. For You bless the godly, O LORD; You surround them with Your shield of love." (Psalm 5:11-12)

We want to thank the Dwell members who helped make this eternal work possible. We are so grateful to God that our church remained extremely generous amidst unprecedented financial strains.  In 2020, our financial goal for the Global Partnership Fund $583,400; thanks to the incredible generosity of our church, we were able to exceed our goal by over $60,000. Thank you for praying, for financially supporting, and for advocating for our Global Partners. You have played an important role in helping 20,000 people all over the world come to know Christ.

Click here for a brief overview of Dwell's Global Partnerships: