Elder Updates





June 13, 2016



My Fellow Terranovans,


My Message From Yesterday... I truly enjoyed walking us through Romans 8:28 and that powerful promise for the people of God. I've uploaded the audio and you can link to it here. My notes are also downloadable there, but I've attached them to this email for your convenience. I hope this message helps you make much of God by trusting Him more fully and desiring to know Him more personally. Further, I encourage you to share this message with others as God leads.


Men's Bible Study...


  • This Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the WBA we will complete our current study of "The Exemplary Husband" by discussing the final chapter. 
  • We will take a break on July 7 because of my family vacation. 
  • Then we will start our NEW study on July 21 at 6:00 and we'll be going through 1 Samuel For You, a study by Tim Chester. We have books available for $10. We'd love to have any men of all ages join our elders in this wonderful walk through God's Word on the first and third Thursdays each month. 


Building A People Update... 


Please continue to pray for our progress toward purchasing our own land and building our own building. Exciting things are happening, God is moving and our elders and feasibility team are keeping in step with His Spirit on this. We are praying and planning and discussing this regularly and will keep you posted as things solidify. 


Side By Side, 

Kyle


Kyle Cheatham

Pastor of Preaching & Vision

Terranova Church

www.tnova.org

kyle@tnova.org


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June 9, 2016


My Fellow Terranovans, 


Our sermon from Sunday on Romans 8:26-27 is uploaded along with my sermon notes and you can find them here. Following my message on Sunday, someone asked if my challenge to spend some time in stillness and silence before God, using Psalm 46, was the same thing as what is called "Contemplative Prayer". That was a good question and my answer is "no". 


First of all, here is a brief, helpful article that explains Contemplative Prayer and why it can be dangerous. 


Second, I'd say that what protects my challenge from the errors of Contemplative Prayer is that my challenge starts with Scripture and continues to rely on the Spirit to press the Word of God upon us as we listen. It isn't looking for new revelation beyond the Word or weird impressions or directions. It is seeking to do the very hard tasks of slowing down and stopping what can often be a continual clamoring in God's presence and pausing long enough to be still and listen. I've wondered how often I've asked God questions in prayer and then finished talking and moved on. It's seeking to move toward a prayer life that is more about Him than just all about me. 


Finally, I would add that for these times to be productive, we need to have a rich prayer life and need to stay immersed in God's Word. That will do much to protect from us from error or misinterpreted impressions. Our desire is to enjoy the presence of God as the Spirit of God presses the Word of God upon us as children of God


This Sunday, June 12, we will tackle one singular verse: Romans 8:28 


"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." 


You do not want to miss this Sunday. I'm praying that it will be truly encouraging to the way we think, act, and react in both pleasant and difficult circumstances. Bring 17 of your closest friends.  


Side By Side, 

Kyle


Kyle Cheatham

Pastor of Preaching & Vision

Terranova Church

kyle@tnova.org

www.tnova.org


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September 29, 2015


My Fellow Terranovans! 


Some of you have asked about recent sermons and I wanted to let you know that all are now uploaded and ready for streaming or download at tnova.org. By accessing with your computer, you can also download the sermon notes. Keep in mind that you can also subscribe to them by podcasting through iTunes. 


 Click this link to the page with all of our sermons. 


Side By Side, 

Kyle


Kyle Cheatham

Pastor of Preaching & Vision

Terranova Church

kyle@tnova.org

www.tnova.org


P.S. Please lift me up as I prepare for our "Building A People" vision series that starts on October 11! 


P.S.S. Don't forget that this Sunday, October 4 is our annual Llamafest celebration in the park, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 


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September 9, 2015


My Fellow Terranovans! 


It is with great pleasure that I write to wish us all a Happy Birthday! Fourteen years ago, on September 9, 2001, we had our first worship service and time has flown by since. Honestly, you don't look a day over thirteen. 


In just one month, on Sunday, October 11, I will be pausing Romans and starting a 6-8 week preaching series on who we are and where we are headed as a church. We're calling the series "Building A People", sharing the name with our current initiative toward getting our own space because the series is all about the kind of people that God is building here at Terranova Church. 


I hear great stories every week of God moving in and through our people and it is wonderful to be caught up in this great adventure of making much of God, making disciples of Jesus. We're still very young as a church, still in our early teens, but what an exciting time to be part of this family! 


New people are coming every week and many are choosing to go through our membership process. If YOU are interested, we are about to start a new Engage class on Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. For five Sundays in a row you can attend all five sessions of Engage and learn a ton about our church. You aren't committing to be a member by taking the class, just prayerfully researching if this is the place God wants you to go "all in." To sign up for the class, email Kim Friedman. 


Side By Side, 

Kyle


Kyle Cheatham

Pastor of Preaching & Vision

Terranova Church

kyle@tnova.org

www.tnova.org


P.S. If you have any stories of how God is working in your life or where you see Him at work in our church, don't hesitate to share them with me! 


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August 27, 2015


My Fellow Terranovans, 


Our pursuit of the property on east Hwy 29 has come to a close as deed restrictions were not able to be peacefully removed. I am thankful to God for answering our prayers in this matter. Proverbs 21:1 tells us "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will." I believe it would have been easy for God to turn the hearts of the people involved and release the deed restrictions, but since that didn't happen I interpret this as God preventing us from planting at this particular place. For those of you who really wanted this place to work out, understand that your desire was not disobedience. David desired to build the temple and God commended his desire, and yet told him that it was his son Solomon, not David, who would do it. 


I am very, very optimistic as we continue our search. Each of these endeavors have been times of learning and leaning and we will continue to trust God as we pray for God's place in God's time by God's provision for God's glory. You are encouraged to keep your eyes open and let us know if you come across some property for sale that we should consider. Email us at elders@tnova.org and if we think it has merit, we will share it with our Feasibility Team for further consideration. In the meantime, we are evaluating our process and prayerfully moving forward as we seek to keep in step with God's Spirit. 


There are three very practical things you can do that help the most: 


  • Pray regularly for this
  • Give faithfully to this. (If you haven't joined our "Building A People" initiative by filling out a pledge card, please consider making a two year pledge and giving for the remainder of this initiative. Pledge cards are available on Sunday at the Giving Box or at buildingapeople.org.) 
  • Invite someone new every Sunday. 


God is moving mightily in our church! Just this week I heard of youth who are rising early to be in the Word and coming early on Wednesdays for accountability! And I heard a wonderful story of someone coming to faith that I'll share more details of very soon! 


Where do YOU see God at work? Make my day by letting me know! 


Side By Side, 

Kyle


Kyle Cheatham

Pastor of Preaching & Vision

Terranova Church

www.tnova.org

kyle@tnova.org


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August 11, 2015


My Fellow Terranovans, 


Property Offer

This past Sunday, August 9, 2015, our members voted to make an offer to purchase the property on east Hwy 29. We should know by this Friday if they accept our offer. This purchase is contingent upon the deed restrictions to the property being changed or removed so that we would have the freedom necessary to build a church there. If the offer is accepted we will begin a feasibility period of two weeks during which the appraisal and inspection will take place. We will keep you posted on how all of this develops as well as other items related to this. We ask that you continue to pray daily for this, joining me in asking for God's place in God's time by God's provision for God's glory. 


Accountability Sermon

Also this past Sunday I preached a message on the topic of accountability. Click this title to go to our site where you can stream or download the audio: Truth and love accountability is one of our most powerful tools for holiness and joy. I encourage you to listen to it. I prepared a handout that includes the core of my notes. It is available for download at the same link, but you can also get the handouts by simply clicking here. 


Thank you for being a church who is genuinely passionate about making much of God, making disciples of Jesus. It is wonderful to see God at work in our church in new ways each week! 


Side By Side, 

Kyle


Kyle Cheatham

Pastor of Preaching & Vision


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July 24, 2015


This Sunday, July 26, at the San Gabriel Park baptism picnic following our second service, I will be casting vision for a specific piece of property and opening it up for questions and comments. There won't be a vote at this point, just an opportunity for you to hear my heart on this and gather info as well as for us to hear from you. 


Terranova Church members will vote (to present a contract or not) on Sunday, August 9 (as previously announced) at a 4:00 p.m. meeting. 


So grab some lunch and meet at the park this Sunday around 12:15ish. We'll sit in the shade of a pavilion while we discuss the property and everyone eats. Then we'll move over to the river to celebrate the baptism of Doug Kinsey! 


Side By Side, 

Kyle


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July 11, 2015


My Fellow Terranovans, 


As an elder-led, congregation-ruled church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the role of elder is hugely important to the life and ministry of our congregation. We are so thankful to Gary Thomas for his faithfulness and wisdom in serving as an elder of Terranova Church for the past three and a half years! I wanted to share the following with you, from Gary, as he has chosen to step down from this role... 


"This past week I notified the elders of my decision to resign from the elder team, a position I first assumed in December 2011. My resignation is effective immediately. After much prayer and consideration, I have determined that I am unable to continue to fulfill the time commitments necessary to serve our body in this capacity. My family and I plan to remain members of Terranova Church and I will continue to serve on the sound team." - Gary


I encourage you to express appreciation to Gary as he transitions out of this role. His email is gary@tnova.org if you'd like to send him a quick note right now. Our elders are better because of Gary's contribution over these years and his influence on this level will be missed, and we are so glad that he will continue to be used of God in other ways in the life of our church. 


Our remaining elders include myself, Sean Gould, and Jack Higgins. Another individual is currently in our elder candidate process and another is praying over entering it. Please keep us in your prayers as we seek to lead Terranova Church in a way that is for your joy and God's glory. 


Side By Side, 

Kyle


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July 10, 2015


My Fellow Terranovans, I am back from a wonderful two-week Sabbatical and look forward to bringing you God's Word this Sunday! I had a fantastic time that was both productive and refreshing. Thank you for allowing me time for renewal and refueling. And a huge thanks to Sean Gould for preaching in my absence! I'm currently putting together a Sabbatical Summary that I will share with you next week, filling you in on insights from my reading, progress on my discipleship project, and more.


Members in Ministry With Minors

Over three years ago we began to be more intentional as a church in our commitment to one another. This was manifested in a new meaningful membership process and it has been so great to see more and more people covenant together this way. After giving three years for as many people as possible to go through our process and become members, we have now decided that as of September 20, we will only have members in ministry with minors in our church. 


This means that, for both our youth ministry and our children's ministry, those who volunteer will need to be members. We have developed a wonderful membership process (that many of you have completed) and we want to encourage more and more people to go through it! 


"Why Have Only Members in Ministry with Minors?" 

We know that there are tremendous people who are not yet members of our church, however we have decided that it is best to have only members in ministry with our youth and kids for the following reasons... 

 

  • It gives people a chance to know and commit to our church as a whole and not only to one particular ministry area. 
  • It helps to ensure that those who speak into the lives of our kiddos are speaking the truth of God's Word. 
  • We see it as very healthy that those who volunteer in these ministries will have submitted themselves to the oversight of the leaders of our church. 
  • In a culture where kids are increasingly preyed upon, we want to know the people who are with our kids. 
  • Since we view our youth and children's ministries as ministries that exist for "making much of God, making disciples of Jesus" we want those who serve to be growing followers of Jesus themselves. 


 "Um, Wait. You Could Have Done It This Way..." 

You might be thinking (if the above were our goals) that we could have simply created a system where we meet with people to see if they understand the gospel and have placed their faith in Jesus. Where we go over our Statement of Faith (beliefs) with them and ask them to align with that with anything they teach. Where we ask them to willingly place themselves under the oversight of our church leaders if they are to serve. We could stress to them how we want them to be aware of and supportive of the church as a whole and not just their area. We could have done all of that without requiring them to be members. 


True, we could have done this. However, if someone is a follower of Jesus and they align with our beliefs, are submissive to our leaders, and are committed to our church...I cannot think of a single good reason why they would resist becoming a member and covenanting with the other believers of our church. I would think they'd be at the front of the line! 


To Become A Member 

The starting place for anyone considering membership (though no commitment is required at this stage) is to complete our awesome Engage class. This includes five strategic sessions led by our elders and it gives you clarity on who we are as a church, what we believe, how our leadership is structured, ways to get involved, and much more. 


The next Engage class is fast approaching! It will be a weekend format where all five sessions are covered in a weekend (Friday evening, 6-9:00 and Saturday morning, 9-12:00). The dates are next weekend, July 17-18. To sign up for this free (but insanely valuable) class, email Kim Friedman today! You can attend all five classes or just the ones you have missed in the past. 


Our next Member Meeting is September 13 so we want as many more people as possible to complete our membership process by then so that they can be finalized as members at that meeting and continue to serve. If you've completed Engage, your next step is to contact our elders and let them know that you'd like to have your membership discussion to keep things moving forward. 


I love being in a church that leads its people to love one another by truly covenanting together. If you haven't taken this step, please prayerfully consider it. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! 


Side By Side, 

Kyle


P.S. We currently have a serious need for more volunteers with our babies and toddlers on Sunday morning. If you would be willing to serve weekly during the 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. slot...or serve monthly...or even quarterly...please contact our Children's Ministry Coordinator, Cheryl Brinkmeyer as soon as possible. Thanks! 


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June 16, 2015


My Fellow Terranovans, I am writing to you for four quick reasons that logically connect… 


1. The elders are filled with praise to God and thanks to His people for the way that our offerings have stabilized over the last two months of faithful giving. There is a still a hole created by the first three months, but it hasn’t deepened and we are so grateful for that. Praise to God for His provision and thanks to you all for worshipping God through giving! 


2. To those who oversee ministry areas, we are very appreciative for the way their spending has been in sync with what God has provided. In other words, though we are under in our giving, we have stayed likewise under in our spending. Way to go ministry leaders! 


3. The hole that I mentioned before is around $23,000. That is how far we are behind in our annual budget (which is reported in the Paperthingy each week on the right side in the back). Because of that deficit combined with a potential decline in summer offerings as well as some significant upcoming expenses (Honduras Trip, youth camp, women’s retreat, etc), we as elders are wanting to be proactive in our stewardship. 


4. There are three primary strategies that we are implementing simultaneously... 


  • Though it is in this year’s budget, we will not pursue office space this year. That is $18,000 that will help greatly with our situation. 
  • We are going to become more intentional about communicating to our people regarding giving so that we are being obediently biblical and appropriately transparent as we lead our people to continue to enjoy the worship and discipleship of generosity. 
  • Finally, we are implementing a 75% cap some lines in our budget. We are sorry to need to do this, but doing this will provide another $16,000 to help with our situation. Around September we will decide if we can lift the cap and, Lord willing, we will again have our full budgeted amount.


Here are the lines that are being capped at 75% for the time being: 

  • Ministry Lines (children, college, women, youth, etc.) 
  • Expense Accounts of our Ministers
  • Short Term Missions


We are seeing God at work in many ways at Terranova and so we don’t this to discourage you in the slightest. This is not a move of panic, by any means, but of proactivity. Please know that we are prayerfully seeking to be good stewards of the finances that God entrusts to us. We eagerly hope to eliminate this cap in the fall. 


May you be energized by God’s grace and filled with enthusiasm for what God is doing in and around our church! Feel free to let the elders know if you have any questions. (elders@tnova.org) 


Side By Side, 

Kyle (on behalf of our elders) 


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June 5, 2015


My Fellow Terranovans... 


Please at least peruse the five headings below, then read the details thoroughly, memorizing them for extra credit... 


Door closed on Shell Stone Property

  • At the special Member Meeting on May 31, the members voted to approve the elder recommendation to withdraw from our offer to purchase the property on Shell Stone Trail. 
  • While the property was doable, the elders had an increasing sense that this was not the place for us to plant. Please continue to pray for "God's place in God's time by God's provision for God's glory." And join me in asking Him to lead us and provide in a way that results in a "story for His glory." 
  • We want to give very special thanks and appreciation to Steve Dest and his Feasibility Team who provided invaluable work and insights in this process. Other team members include Mike Friedman, Dave Fendrick, Brian Williams, Jeff Skross, and John Kyser. Well done, Gentlemen. 


Members’ Meeting on June 14

  • If you are a member of Terranova Church, please go out of your way to attend our regularly scheduled Member Meeting on Sunday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Collide Room of First Baptist Church, Georgetown. 
  • If you are not a member yet, please note that we are offering our Engage Membership Class this summer in a handy dandy weekend format. If you come on both Friday evening, July 17 and Saturday morning, July 18 you can complete all five sessions. The class is free yet invaluable to knowing more about our church and is the first step toward becoming a member (though attending the class does not commit you in any way). To sign up for Engage, contact kim@tnova.org. 


Winshape Camp is this coming week! 

  • Multiple families from our church have kids signed for Winshape Camp next week, June 8-12. 
  • This is a great children's camp that is sponsored by First Baptist Church Georgetown and us in partnership with Chick-Fil-A. 
  • If you would like to help out in any way, please contact our Children's Ministry Coordinator, Cheryl Brinkmeyer at cheryl@tnova.org and see if they need any help! 
  • Pray for God to work mightily among our kiddos! 


My Sabbatical later this month

  • A Sabbatical is a time to step away from the usual responsibilities of one's work in order to invest time in other projects and/or study. It allows for special time on things that are hard to address with the normal work schedule. It is not a vacation. It is a different way of working that seeks to provide a time of renewal by disconnecting from one's regular duties and enjoying the freedom of accomplishing some desired project and intentional growth. 
  • The elders have approved my request to take a two week Sabbatical, June 22 - July 5. 
  • This will be a wonderful time for me as I work diligently on some discipleship material I am developing. I won't be preaching or having meetings those two weeks which will give me time to do a lot of reading and study. 
  • Sean will be preaching in my absence on June 28 and July 5. I am appreciative to him very much for this. Pray for his preparation. 
  • I've attached my Sabbatical Strategy to this email if you'd like to know more of my plans for those two weeks. Please pray for me that it will be a wonderfully productive time of renewal and growth. 


There is no space in "Terranova" Church

  • So that we are all on the same page, Terranova Church has no space between Terra and Nova. It is only one word (Terranova) showing the unity of our people. 
  • Okay, it has nothing to do with unity as much as it is the way we have written it from the beginning. :) 
  • Those who include a space in the middle when writing Terranova will, from now on, be spat upon by llamas. 


I'll see you all this Sunday as we wrap up Romans 1, hear a special update from missionary Katie Miller, and celebrate the Lord's Supper together! 


Side By Side, 

Kyle


Kyle Cheatham

Pastor of Preaching & Vision

Terranova Church

www.tnova.org

kyle@tnova.org


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May 8, 2015


My Fellow Terranovans, 


Kindles for the Kingdom

Thanks to your generosity, I am thrilled to let you know that we are able to purchase twenty Kindles for pastors and disciple makers in Honduras! These Kindles will be loaded with around 25 books in Spanish on subjects such as counseling, Bible commentaries, leadership, pastoring, evangelism, preaching, theology, joy, the glory of God and more! This will be a huge help to our missionary Erick Sanchez and local pastor Martin (for whom you provide monthly support), as they raise up and equip leaders for the Kingdom. Our team will deliver these personally when they go this summer. Speaking of this team, your generosity also enables us to pay for the trip leader's expenses in full and to give a $750 scholarship to each team member to offset their trip costs. They truly are going on mission as extensions of all of us through our praying and giving! 


Giving with Confidence

I love that you can give confidently to Terranova Church. We are very intentional about being good stewards with what God provides through each of us. Our General Budget has been doing well for a few weeks now, however we still need to make up a deficit from earlier in the year. We are about $20,000 behind. Please prayerfully consider anything you can provide to close this gap. If 100 people gave an extra $200 we could knock it out.


Buying Our First Home

Our "Building A People" fund now has over $257,000 in the bank and we are actively pursuing where God would have us develop a physical location. If meeting at First Baptist in our early years was like living with our parents and now at City Lights is like renting an apartment, having our own property with daily access for ministry, discipleship, fellowship, and impacting the community...well, that feels like buying our first home. It is truly an exciting time to be in our church, both because of what God is doing within us, and also for such historic decisions being made that will impact future generations at Terranovans! 


May is Massive

Several who attend Terranova are graduating this month from high school, college, and beyond. You'll see their names in the Paperthingy. Congratulations!! Here are some other things you don't want to miss... 

May 10 - Mother's Day services including Parent-Child Dedications for 13 kids! 

May 17 - Romans series resumes with a "truth and love" look at homosexuality. 

May 24 - Baptism Picnic at San Gabriel Park, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 

May 31 - Special Members Meeting regarding property, 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist. 


I truly want you all to be with us this Sunday morning at City Lights Movie Theater. My message will target moms, but will have application for all who are yearning for supernatural peace in their lives. As always, services are at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with childcare for little ones during both services and classes for children, youth, and adults during the 10:30 service. See you there! 


Side By Side, 

Kyle, on behalf of all of our Elders 

www.tnova.org

elders@tnova.org


P.S. Mark your calendar for our next Member Meeting: Sunday, June 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Collide Room.