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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weekly Update 10/30/11 Halloween Week


This week a lot is happening at Mosaic, of course that seems to be the norm. Let me just mention a few for this Halloween week.

Tomorrow the message at Mosaic will be part 2 of Discovering Jesus in Contemporary Culture. The theme of this week, following the Halloween theme is Finding Jesus in Horror. This will be a kind of kick off service of this format and you will see how a sermon comes about specifically from the television series, Dexter. While there may be those who are critical, I think most will be surprised.

This has been a busy week and weekend for me. Last week was the showing of my film The Long Walk at the Tallgrass Film Festival, I want to thank everyone who came out for the showing. On Monday morning I left for Tulsa to cover for Hollywood Jesus the film Home Run. While there I met representatives from various agencies including The Dove Foundation, Focus on the Family, and numerous others including John Baker, the creator of Celebrate Recovery. It was a blessing to get to be on the set of the film being made as well as spending time with others covering the film. The discussions with Mr. Baker were really quite interesting and the opportunity to visit a Celebrate Recovery meeting in Tulsa was quite enjoyable.

This week at Mosaic we start a new venture. Starting on Tuesday, November 1st we start providing overnight shelter services for homeless women. We still need 2 twin beds for the staff as we currently have cots for the women staying in the shelter. We are also in need of food for the shelter, including presweetened cereal, powdered milk, coffee, sugar, and other items for breakfast. We are also still in need of volunteers, especially women volunteers to help out on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Be in prayer as we provide these services.

This Monday, is Halloween, and as many likely already know, The Fox 104.5 FM Radio took on Mosaic as an organization to help out as they present their Classic Horror, Classic Rock event. They will be showing 2 movies The Shining and Halloween at The Forum Theater, located at 147 S. Hillside starting at 7 PM. There is a recommended donation of $10 of which all proceeds go to Mosaic.

I also want to remind everyone on the vision team, we will be meeting, next week at 12 Noon to discuss various plans and activities regarding growth and other agenda items.

Please help spread the word about Mosaic we need you, and we need to grow. We specifically continue to have needs with youth and worship so be in prayer regarding those things as we try to develop them and seek God’s wisdom and help in those areas. Also check out Mosaic’s new web site located at www.mosaicwichita.com

Until next week, God bless and don’t forget to check out the attached bulletin.

Blessings to you, and hope to see you this weekend,

Pastor Mike

Some have asked for the Panel Discussion video of Why They Like Jesus But Not The Church. That video is attached here, if it doesn’t show up or doesn’t show up in its entirety, just click the following link.
http://vimeo.com/30737572




Lastly, we now have a way folks can contribute to Mosaic online. If interested in sharing with Mosaic online you can visit the following link and do so. Just designate what your gift is for when you donate, you can designate gifts for ‘general funds,’ ‘capitol campaign,’ or ‘homeless program.’





If the button doesn’t appear, you can give at the following link - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6KQJMMUS72CA

All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible. If mailing contributions to Mosaic, you can send them to the following address:

Mosaic Wichita
216 S. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Blessings to you and have a great week.

Mike

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mosaic Weekly Update, 10/19


Greetings, this weeks Mosaic update is coming a little early due to a number of events that are happening this week, one of them, my commitment to the Tallgrass Film Festival which I cover for Hollywood Jesus and the showing of my own film at that festival. It is a busy few days for me as I cover Tallgrass through Sunday evening, then I leave for Tulsa Sunday Evening and return Tuesday night to cover the making of the feature film Home Run starring Vivica A. Fox and Scott Elrod and has as a point of focus, Celebrate Recovery a substance abuse recovery program like Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous except with a strong Christian Focus. I am excited about these things but we are also getting ready to launch the Overflow Women’s Shelter for homeless women.

In the process, I know, as I have heard through the grapevine, there are those critical of providing a service like this, despite the reality that it will provide needed income for 4 families including mine, and beyond that, at no cost to the church, we will provide services that no one else was willing to provide that will help keep women alive through the Winter. The reality is, very little of Mosaic’s money, and time from its members have been impacted by this ministry or our regular homeless outreaches which occur 5 days a week. I challenge for those who think it has, to show me where and how. The bottom line, God calls us to serve the poor. Many churches make excuses as to why they can’t do it, not Mosaic. We will follow Christ’s directives and we certainly cherish those who have come along with us to support this ministry. It is far from all we are, but it is a part of what we do in regards to fulfilling the call of Christ. We have 3 staff that starts training on Thursday and Friday, and we open up our doors from 6 PM – 7 AM starting November 1 and concluding on April 1. Please be in prayer that as this program starts that God would be glorified and Mosaic will be blessed for its efforts.

In regards to the above, we could use the following.

For overflow staff and volunteers:
2 twin beds and bedding
A dresser
A good working dryer to help treat clothing and bedding for potential bed bugs
And food donations such as coffee, breakfast items, (note on breakfast items we want presweetened cereals, preferably, in the self serve containers where the cereal is prepackaged in a bowl), creamer, sugar, sugar substitute, coffee cups, bottled water, etc. Any other food item or snacks would also be appreciated. So far Mosaic has spent very little money of its own on items for the homeless program, (estimated $200 or less). We are so grateful to those who have donated in the past. Your support has provided ample opportunities of ministry. We could use more volunteers, especially through the winter, through the day and evening hours. We hope to have the property open as much as possible through the day to provide a place to get out of the weather. Currently myself, and Kim who have been here through the day for the day program, will be working in the evening program which will limit to some extent our day to day operations.

Our staff for the program consists of the following: Myself who will be directing the program and providing coverage, Virginia Aurora who will provide part-time emergency coverage , Kim Pargas ongoing staff coverage, and Lisa Dimmitt, ongoing staff coverage. We also are looking for additional volunteers who can help out and make a difference in the life of a homeless lady.

I also want to remind everyone of the showing of my short film, The Long Walk, Sunday at the Murdock Theater here in Wichita, located at 536 N Broadway St., the High School portion of the program starts at 1 PM and the showing of Kansas Filmmakers, which my film is a part of, start at 3 PM. Students get in free with an id, otherwise admission is $8. I would love to see as many people as possible at the showing of The Long Walk on the Big Screen. Also be in prayer as there is a question and answer session after the showing of the film. I and other film makers are available for this but my prayer is that there are opportunities to share how my faith and specifically Jesus provided the healing I needed.

Then on Halloween Night, October 31, The Fox, 104.5 will be hosting a Classic Rock, Classic Horror movie night in College Hill at The Forum Theater, located on Hillside and Douglas in the Old Baptist Church. There is a suggestion donation of $10.45 of which all proceeds go to benefit Mosaic. The films are Halloween, The Shining, and The Exorcist. We are grateful for this benefit and especially the attention it will bring to Mosaic. Check out the attached bulletin for the remainder of announcements.

Remember, our teaching and discussion time starts at 9:30 on Sunday. We have had good attendance as we discuss questions individuals asked regarding getting to know Jesus. This week we explore the question of did Jesus have siblings? We start a new teaching series for church at 10:30. The series is Discovering Jesus in Contemporary Culture. This week the focus is on Why We Look at The Culture. I look forward to this series and the upcoming events during the Holiday period. I am also looking forward to the first of the year where we will start a new series by going through a book in the Bible.

I hope all of you have a great week, keep us in prayer and if there are things you would like us to pray for let us know. If you are getting this email via another source than email, and would like to get it via email where we can send you the attachments, send us an email at mikefurches@yahoo.com and let us know you would like to subscribe to the newsletter.

Blessings to you, and hope to see you this weekend,

Pastor Mike

Some have asked for the Panel Discussion video of Why They Like Jesus But Not The Church. That video is attached here, if it doesn’t show up or doesn’t show up in its entirety, just click the following link.
http://vimeo.com/30737572




Lastly, we now have a way folks can contribute to Mosaic online. If interested in sharing with Mosaic online you can visit the following link and do so. Just designate what your gift is for when you donate, you can designate gifts for ‘general funds,’ ‘capitol campaign,’ or ‘homeless program.’





If the button doesn’t appear, you can give at the following link - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6KQJMMUS72CA

All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible. If mailing contributions to Mosaic, you can send them to the following address:

Mosaic Wichita
216 S. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Blessings to you and have a great week.

Mike

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Prayer and Worship Service On Sunday


Greetings on the weekly Mosaic Newsletter and update, while a little later than usual this week, it is still coming out despite a lot going on this last week.

As many know we are making progress in moving forward and receiving funding for the church and various individuals, (including me) by offering and providing an emergency overnight shelter for homeless women in Wichita. This program will run from November 1 – April 1. These last few weeks has involved a lot of work in trying to finalize the plans including the hiring of a staff to oversee this facility. The program will have very little impact on the day to day activities of the church. Keep this in prayer, while there are some who have taken issue at times with the homeless program, it is providing some financial help for 4 individuals plus providing a needed area of ministry which Jesus calls us to. There are still some concerns here and the prayers are greatly needed to lift this area of ministry up.

Also be in prayer as we look at expanding our ministry in the area of youth. Buckey has taken leadership in this and we want this part of our church to grow, the adjunct of a youth program will assist as we outreach to others. I met with several individuals this week about their involvement at Mosaic and they were interested in the particular area of youth, we need help here and we want to start reaching out to families with children.

Worship is also something we need to explore. We need a worship leader and musicians who are interested in assisting our church and bringing us to a place of legitimate worship. We need people who are dedicated and willing to promote the concepts of worship, plus stick it out and endure. We want to enter a place where God works each and every week.

A lot is coming up at Mosaic, we have a number of things regarding ministry during the holidays and we want those who believe in the ministry God has called each church to, (working with and ministering to the poor) to realize they are welcome at Mosaic. So many seem to ignore the call Jesus places on his followers to serve. We are more caught up with being served, than we are serving, yet he calls all of us who say we are his followers to serve. He reminds us that the last will be first. That isn’t to say we don’t give ourselves the attention we need, but the attention and growth we go through are to assist us in reaching the world around us. It is only as we are complete in doing the work we are called to do that we will find a place of peace. In finding that place, in doing that work, we need each other.

In closing, don’t forget that tonight, (Saturday) from 5 PM – 10 PM the youth along with various adults will be providing a Parent’s Night Out. During this time there is a suggested donation of $4 an hour and $2 for each additional child. This is a suggested donation and no child will be turned away. There are refreshments, games, drink and more provided during this time. You are invited to drop your children off starting at 5 PM and enjoy the evening. All proceeds from this go to support upcoming youth activities. Donations above the suggested donation are welcome,

Now I hope to see each of you this Sunday as we will be spending the service in Worship and Prayer. We will be having various sessions of prayer for individual needs, our church, and our city, nation, and world. Come prepared to share, worship, and pray.

Teaching time will start at 9:30 when we will be discussing the question: Was Jesus Married and will he be in the future? The discussion last week got a little active and we have been having a good group attending during this time, last week, around 18 attended so come on out during the church teaching and Sunday School time at 9:30.

Now if you are receiving this via some other form than email, you can always email me at mikefurches@yahoo.com to be placed on the church email list where you will receive a copy of the bulletin along with the newsletter.

Until later, God bless,

Pastor Mike

Lastly, we now have a way folks can contribute to Mosaic online. If interested in sharing with Mosaic online you can visit the following link and do so. Just designate what your gift is for when you donate, you can designate gifts for ‘general funds,’ ‘capitol campaign,’ or ‘homeless program.’





If the button doesn’t appear, you can give at the following link - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6KQJMMUS72CA

All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible. If mailing contributions to Mosaic, you can send them to the following address:

Mosaic Wichita
216 S. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Blessings to you and have a great week.

Mike

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jesus & Football, Much More Weekly Update


Greetings and welcome to the weekly Mosaic Newsletter and Update.

As you may or may not know, a lot is happening at Mosaic. This last week we had a good conclusion to the series They Like Jesus But Not The Church. We had a panel of individuals from the community who are not active in the church, ranging from a business owner, to musician, and from a gay community advocate to a filmmaker. It was interesting on a few fronts, for me mainly the reality that they brought up much of what we have been talking about in the series. In all of this I must say, I was really proud of the folks at Mosaic for making each of our guests feel welcome and being respectful. Realize it is possible that events like this will not only inspire us to understand our culture more, but also have those we show respect to tell their friends in the community about their experiences at Mosaic.

As is the norm, the bulletin for the week is attached and I encourage you to look at it. There are a number of activities coming up as we approach the holidays, and you want to be aware of them. Some of those include:

Saturday, October 8, This Saturday, Vision Team Meeting from Noon – 1:30, we will discuss a number of things including updates on education, youth, worship, potential new property, and we will be discussing the plans for the upcoming Overflow Shelter.

Saturday, October 15, Parents Night Out, 5 PM – 10 PM, we will be offering a parents night out and the funds will support our youth program. The suggested donation is $5 per hour for the first child and $2.50 per hour for each additional child. Please let your friends and others know about this event. We still need some volunteers and we will have snacks, pizza, non caffeinated soft-drinks available.

Sunday, October 23, Murdock Theater, Showing of The Long Walk, $8, The Long Walk, the short film based on my book The Keystone Kid, and the reconciliation with my mom is showing at the prestigious Tallgrass Film Festival. The High School shorts start at 1 PM and the Best of Kansas Filmmakers shorts, (which includes The Long Walk) starts at 3 PM. Please, spread the word and I would like to see as many as possible attend this showing. There are awards and recognitions for the shorts which the audience can vote on.

Monday October 31 - Z 104.5 The Fox Classic Rock, Classic Horror benefits Mosaic, 6 PM – 1 AM, The Forum Theater, College Hill, The cost or suggested donation is $10.50 per person. The movies will include, The Shining, The Exorcist, and Halloween. It will not be for the faint of heart and all proceeds raised go to benefit Mosaic.

Sunday, November 20, Pastor Mike shares about Mosaic and what the Lord has been doing in his life at Hope Community Church in Andover. He will also have his book and short movie available during the morning services.

Thurs, November 24, Thanksgiving Dinner, 5 PM, This year we are going to have a dinner at the church. We need donations, cooks, and more to make this event as special as it can be.

Friday, December 2, 7 PM, William Fosterr Christmas Concert, William is back for a special Christmas Concert. He will perform Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday morning.

Saturday, December 3, 1 PM, William Fosterr Christmas Homeless Concert

This week has been unique and special. On Tuesday I had the opportunity to spend an hour or so with a fellow named Michael who has been coming to the day program. He shared how his girlfriend had died of cancer this last week and how difficult that was. He had purchased a bus ticket to Salina where he was going back to get away from all of the problems of the city, and to try and get his old job back. He also shared how much the church had helped him and how much he appreciated it. As he left he told me that he loved me and was glad I was his friend. I can’t express enough the importance of things like this.

Then around 10 AM I had a lady came into my office with tears streaming down her face. She wanted to talk, and I realized from her brokenness that I had to stop and give her the time she needed. We spent the next 2 hours with her sharing her heart. She had been arrested for prostitution and released the day before, had used crack cocaine, and realized that she couldn’t go on, ‘I need to find God, I need to find God’ she would repeat over and over. She realized all she had done to hurt herself, her family and especially her children. Her breaking point came when her daughter picked her up from jail. I am normally very cautious and was here, but I felt the sincerity in her expressions. After a period of time, I told her that she could know God before she walked out the door of the office. At her request, and her invitation, I proceeded to pray with her as she prayed to receive Christ into her life. Today, Wednesday, I spent time trying to do what we are all required to do, and what wasn’t done for me, to go the extra mile in helping her overcome the obstacles in her life. I am convinced that God has us where he does for a reason.

Then at 2 PM I had a lady who had heard about Mosaic come in to take a tour. It was kind of strange though, in the early part of the tour, I told her of how we respected all people, no matter where they came from and that we didn’t force Jesus on anyone, she jumped in becoming rather upset, stating she didn’t want anything to do at a program where we didn’t share Jesus, without letting me finish what I was saying. I have learned over the years to not argue with people, especially when they jump in before even letting you finish your sentence. I told her it wouldn’t be a good fit and that I hoped she understood that we have seen an impact on the homeless including salvation, baptism and even this morning the salvation of an individual. She was ready to leave right a way though, and as she did, I was grateful that we honor Jesus by being Jesus to people. Jesus didn’t force himself on anyone, neither should we, we are called to love and be Jesus to those around us. I have learned when we do that, others receive the message of Jesus we share and we will see fruit. I told the lady as she left, I will gladly put the fruit of ministry up from Mosaic for anyone to inspect. There is more than giving food yes, but unless we show we care for the individual, I wonder, do we see them and love them the way God does or are they just projects and feathers we think we can stick in our cap? My prayer is this, we see, and love, in the same way Jesus does, not the way others think we should.

In closing, for those that don’t know, Mosaic is a very small church, we actually barely get by and sometimes the church has enough to pay me a little, sometimes they don’t, the bulletin has the actual numbers posted each week. It is hard at times but God continues to meet my needs, and the needs of the church. That said, our food pantry is running desperately low. We are coming into a season, and time of the month where our numbers pick up. In order for us to help those we can, we need food. Please consider making a donation to Mosaic in one of several ways, fixing a meal for the homeless, bringing in food donations, especially staples, and/or making a financial contribution to help. You can also pray for my families needs as it is tough on us right now; we are grateful that there is promise and hope starting in November. We are looking at having another person in need stay with us to help them out and disciple them, (check out one of those stories up above.) We aren’t complaining, in fact we are grateful but there are times it is tough and our family, and the church has been blessed by seeing God come through by using others. We are blessed! God is still our provider. Have you experienced the goodness of God in this way? It all comes down to what I was telling my new sister this week, surrender, surrender to the things Jesus has shown us, show faith that God will come through.

We meet Sunday morning at 9:30 when we will have a discussion about Does Jesus Have a Heavenly Mother, and then the message at 10:30 titled, Are You Ready For Some Football. You also want to be aware of some upcoming services including:

October 16 – Worship & Prayer Service
October 23 – Spirituality in the Movies
October 30 – Finding Jesus in Horror

Thanks again, God bless, and see you hopefully this weekend.

Pastor Mike

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Lastly, we now have a way folks can contribute to Mosaic online. If interested in sharing with Mosaic online you can visit the following link and do so. Just designate what your gift is for when you donate, you can designate gifts for ‘general funds,’ ‘capitol campaign,’ or ‘homeless program.’





If the button doesn’t appear, you can give at the following link - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6KQJMMUS72CA

All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible. If mailing contributions to Mosaic, you can send them to the following address:

Mosaic Wichita
216 S. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Blessings to you and have a great week.

Mike

The Keystone Kid

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