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The

Spirit
November 2014

Church Events

ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR

November 2nd -CROP


Walk

Saguaros Annual Meeting is fast approaching. It will be Sunday,


November 16, beginning at 12:17 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

We will begin with a pot-luck luncheon featuring pulled pork, which can be
made into sandwiches. Please bring a side dish of either vegetable, salad,
or dessert. A free-will offering will be taken to cover the expense of the entree.

November 8th Baby


Shower for Emily
Chandler

November 9th
Restructure Q & A

November 12th -Newsletter Articles Due

November 13th Board


Meeting

November 15th HOPE


Partnership Cohort
Meeting

Items on the agenda will be (not necessarily in this order):


1. Vote on the Proposed Restructuring of the Official Board
2. Proposed 2014 Revision of the Constitution copies will be available in
the Narthex for your review the first two weeks of November.
3. Vote on the proposed nominations for officers, elders, and deacons.
4. Vote on the proposed 2015 budget.
5. Recognition of Saguaro's relationship with the Armed Forces.
6. Recognition of Member of the Year.

POWWOW

We look forward to seeing you on this very special day for Saguaro Christian
Church.

November 16th Annual


Meeting

Bonnie Logan

November 27-28th
Office Closed

Letter From the Moderator


Early in 2014, the lay and ministerial leadership of SCC kept running into a wall: ourselves. We were all thrilled by all the
amazing ministries, conversations and hopes, but we were struggling with the reality of propping up a church administrative structure that kept weighing Saguaro down and exposing the church to unnecessary amounts of liability. We had
been elected by the church to lead us into growing into our Vision, but this wall was proving to be unassailable.
So earlier this year Alex Dely, Gary Roberts, Michelle Gusick, Shirley Sandelands, Bonnie Logan, Scott Steehler, Martha Lee
McKiernan, Owen Chandler, and Shelly Tilton met to discuss the possibility of administratively restructuring. What
emerged was the creation of a simple Board of Directors. Three realities drove these discussions:
1. Volunteer Pool: The pool of volunteers has become smaller (but the various committees have grown in the last 20
years) and it has become more and more difficult to find people to assume the responsibility of being members of vari ous committees and boards. Restructuring would help to alleviate this problem with the new board of directors overseeing the various committees, hence lessening the number of people needed for administrative functions.
2. Exposure to Liability: SCC faced an unintentional dilemma where three administrative entities (the Trustees, the Official
Board of SCC and SICP Council) were making legal decisions on behalf of SCC - often independently of each other. Restructuring places all legal decision making under the authority of a new single entity, the Board of Directors.
This means:
a. The Official Board of SCC will cease to be and be folded into the new Board of Directors.
b. The Trustees will cease to be and all their functions will be folded into the new Board of Directors
c. The SICP Council will cease to be and be folded into the Board of Directors (a NEW entity, the Friends of
SICP, will be created to help with fund raising, getting volunteers, and other functions)
d. The Board of Directors will now become the official legal agents for SCC. The SCC corporation papers will be
amended to reflect this change with the Arizona Corporation Commission as soon as this becomes final.
3. Ministry: Ultimately, SCC is filled with people hungry for the opportunity to do real ministry, pack backpacks,
feed the hungry, go on spiritual retreats, and meet new people within small groups. Restructuring will give SCC
more flexibility to do actual ministry for the church, the community and world which we serve.
I want to be clear, however. The solution we arrived at is not perfect, but it is simple, effective and exciting, giving us the
space to be the hands and feet of Christ. We anticipate that glitches will emerge and will need to be addressed over the
coming years, but we have hope that this is the right direction to move.
The Official Board of SCC convened in September, discussed and passed the new Board of Directors. The official adoption
will be a matter of a congregational vote at the Annual Meeting on November 16. We will be holding an informational
meeting on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., so all will have an opportunity to ask questions before the vote.
Bonnie Logan, Moderator
The membership of the Revised Draft Board of Directors will be:

Board of Directors: Positions and Responsibilities


All Directors are welcome but not required to form teams for support and facilitation, action which does not require a vote
of the Board of Directors.
Moderator
1. Serves as chief lay-person of the congregation.
2. Presides over all meetings of the Board of Directors and Congregation.
Vice Moderator
1. Oversees the Ministry Council (now referred to as the Sol Team,* which encompasses the former functions of the Ministry Council)
2. Ensures that the vision of SCC is incorporated into all ministry functions of SCC
3. Reports to the Board of Directors about the ministry of SCC
Director of Elders (Elder Chair)
1. Ensures that the administrative functions of the Board of Directors operates out of a spiritual mindset that honors the
values and mission of SCC
Director of Deacons (Deacon Chair)

1. Ensures that the administrative functions of the Board of Directors operates out of a spiritual mindset that honors the
values and mission of SCC
Director of Administration - formerly Secretary
1. Responsible for recording each meeting of the Board of Directors and Congregation.
2. Keeps all members of the Board of Directors accountable to their agreed-upon tasks and roles.
Director of Finance- formerly Treasurer
1. Responsible for the policies, procedures, and ongoing supervision of the fiscal resources of SCC/SICP
2. Will be bonded and/or covered by the church insurance policy.
Director of Endowment
1. Oversees all Brady Fund committees and facilitates communication between them, the church, and the Board of Directors.
2. Oversees all other endowments of SCC.
3. Oversees any establishment of a SCC permanent endowment fund. See bylaws.
Director of Stewardship
1. Oversees all ad hoc fundraising/capital committees (e.g., annual church stewardship drive or capital campaign) of SCC.
2. Reports on committees and acts as a bridge between committees and Board of Directors.
Director of Risk Assessment (Insurance)
1. Manages SCC/SICP insurance policies
2. Acts as point of contact for all insurance-related questions or concerns
Director of Property
1. Ensures that church facilities and grounds are properly maintained and equipped for the life and ministries of the
church.
2. Responsible for maintenance of the churchs grounds and property, including furniture and fixtures.
Director of Human Resources
1. Oversees Human Resources committee
Director of SICP (Tanima Lawrence)
1. Oversees the operations of the Center within the policy guidelines of the Church.
2. Reports financial and enrollment status of the Center to the Board of Directors.
3. Coordinates with other ministries of the Church.
Director of Congregational Oversight and Relations (formerly the at-large member)
1. Serves as congregational representatives to the Board of Directors
*Sol Team:
1. A project team meant to take the place of the Ministry Council
2. Vice Moderator is the lead facilitator of the Sol Team. See above.
3. Members of the Sol Team will include the senior and associate ministers, the music director, the director of Palo
Verde worship ministry, a representative from DWM, the youth director, a SICP representative, and 10-15 people chosen by the nominating committee in conjunction with the ministry staff who are aware of and agree with the mission
of the church and who are in tune with the gifts they bring to the ministry.
4. Instead of people being designated for specific roles (e.g., nurture or adult education), the Sol Team members will
compose a project team who will map the coming year in the life of the church's ministry, including major events,
projects, and worship. Each member will bring her gifts to the table, creating a palette of talents and viewpoints for
the ministry vision of Saguaro.
5. Concurrently, no member or ministry will be given a line item in the Sol Team's budget. Instead the team will be given
a lump sum in which to parcel out funds to the various events and projects throughout the year.
6. In this way the Sol Team can be likened to the "engine" of the church's life whereas the Board of Directors is the legal
framework in which the engine can run. The Board will oversee the business of the church, while the Sol Team constitutes the ministry or missional core.
7. In order to avoid possible gaps in ministry focus, the Sol Team will be provided with the following criteria to apply to
ministry projects: each ministry project must include an outreach or missional component, feeding the life of the larger community outside the church; each ministry project must include an evangelical or gospel component, in which
the shared faith in God's love through Jesus Christ held by Saguaro Christian Church will be apparent; and each ministry project must include an intergenerational component, in which plans are made to include all ages and abilities that
make up the unique identity of Saguaro Christian Church.

Prayers of Our Congregation

A Few Thoughts:
What we need to celebrate:
1. The Arroyo Small Group Series The six week
series ended. To all that participated, I thank
you for your insights and hope. I honestly
feel that the effort will bear good fruit for Saguaro for many years to come. And thank
you, Rev. Shelly Tilton, for being a great cocreator on this adventure.
2. Regional Assembly The gathering of all the
DOC churches in Arizona was a beautiful
event. The preaching was phenomenal and
the workshops continued to reaffirm the Vision of Saguaro, challenging us to embrace
the freedom of becoming who God has created us to be (Rev. Jose Morales).
3. Consecration Sunday The last Sunday of October was incredible. Our guest musicians,
Andra Moran and Stephen Daniel King, were
a blessing only matched by the wit and wisdom of our guest preacher, Rev. Marilyn Fidmont. The pledges are still coming in and we
will report results soon.
Who we need to keep in prayer:
1. The families of Veda Laffoon, Robert Frank
and Larre Freeman still grieve.
2. There is immense pastoral care need right
now. There are so many surgeries and recoveries. Pray for your Elders and ministers.
Things for which to prepare our hearts:
1. Saguaro Christian Churchs Annual meeting is
always a blessed event. Well recognize the
best of Saguaro and give out the game ball
to the churchs most outstanding member
and youth.
2. New for this year, we are partnering with
First Christian Church of Tucson and Primavera to provide Thanksgiving dinner for
Primaveras Five Points Affordable Housing
Complex. We will be serving many families.
If you are interested, please let me know.
Honored to be your minister.

Owen

Barbara Miranda
Bob Purvis
Chuck Mull
Fredda Cox
Helen Ellis
Clayton Gooden

The Larsen
Family
Abby Casey
Ruth Harmon

The Youngs
Ashley Stewart
Betty Thompson
Bonnie Logan

Cece Terry

Milan Kriho

Arlie Heald

Prayers of sympathy to the family of Veda Laffoon in her


passing and to Ray Freeman and Family in Larres passing.

Thank You
Dear FriendsIt is with deep gratitude that I thank all of you for all of
your prayers, cards, phone calls and visits to Larre at the
hospital during the 33 days that she was in intensive care.
Your gracious and very supportive comments and words of
encouragement were very helpful to her. Also, I cannot
give enough thanks for the love and kind words you extended to me in person and in your love filled cards and
phone calls following her death. You all have been a wonderful blessing to both of us. In Gods love, Ray

You are invited


to a baby shower honoring
Emily Chandler
Saturday, November 8, 2014
2:00pm-4:00pm
Saguaro Christian Church
Fellowship Hall
Everyone is welcome
Emily is registered at Target and
Amazon.com

November
2014
Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat
1
Owen Army
Duty

3
7pm Faith
Based
Recovery

2pm CROP
Walk

10

10am Restructure
Q&A
12pm Restructure
Q&A
12:15pm Primavera
Breakfast Group

4:30am
Primavera
Breakfast
7pm Faith
Based
Recovery

16

17

12:15pm Lunch
& Annual
Meeting
12:15pm Primavera Breakfast Group

4:30am
Primavera
Breakfast
7pm Faith
Based
Recovery
24
7pm Faith
Based
Recovery

23

30

4
5
6
1:30pm Staff 9:30am Blessings
in a Backpack
Meeting

11
12
13
Blessings in a
1:30pm Staff 9:30amBackpack
7pm Board
Meeting
12pm Newsletter

14

8
Chi Rho and
CYF Retreats
2pm Baby
Shower for
Emily Chandler

5:30pm Saguaro
Ringers
7pm Sanctuary
Choir
8pm Shelter

Articles Due
5:30pm Saguaro Ringers
7pm Sanctuary Choir
8pm Shelter

18
19
20
21
9:30am
Blessings
1:30pm Staff
10am
in
a
Backpack
5:30pm
Newsletter
5:30pm Saguaro
Finance
Assembly
Ringers
7pm Ministry 7pm Sanctuary 1pm Deborah
Council
Group
Choir

15
7:30am Mens
Breakfast
POW WOW
HOPE
Partnership
Cohort Meeting

22

8pm Shelter

25
26
27
28
9:30am
Blessings
1:30pm Staff
Thanksgiving
in a Backpack
Church Office
5:30pm Saguaro
Closed
Ringers
7pm Sanctuary
Choir
8pm Shelter

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Serving Schedule
Elders Serving at Communion Table
Palo verde Service Traditional Service

Ushers
9:00am

Michelle Gusick

11:00am

TBD

11/02 Carol Friesen

Lisa Ledbetter/Susan Keenan

11/09 Rachel Sager

Michael Cleveland/KC Estes

11/16 Pam Pioche

Annette Armstrong/KC Estes

11/23 Pam Pioche

Michael Cleveland/Peggy Goforth

Acolyte

11/30 Sharon Steehler

Alex Dely/Annette Armstrong

Areya Roadman

Home Communion

Deacons (*Coordinator)

Communion Preparer

11/02 TBD

Pa lo ve rde Service

Troy George

11/09 Rachel Sager/ Lisa Ledbetter

Troy George

11/16 Pam Pioche/Peggy Goforth


11/23 Scott Steehler/Sharon Steehler

Traditional Service

11/30 KC Estes

Marilyn Hanson, Susan Lock, Steve Oaks, Areya


Roadman, Joann Roadman

Scripture Readers
Pa lo ve rde Service

Traditional Service

Childrens Moment Leaders

11/02 Gemma Krebs

Adrienne Crump

11/02 Michelle Gusick/Adrienne Crump

11/09 Patricia Casey

Judy Dunn

11/09 Michael Cleveland/Lisa Ledbetter

11/16 TBD

Phyllis Hallman

11/16 Shelly Tilton/ Michael Cleveland/Paul

11/23 Patricia Casey

Susan Hicks

11/30 Bobbie Butler

Karen Powell

Ledbetter
11/23 Michelle Gusick/Adrienne Crump
11/30 Laurie Cleveland/ KC Estes

Flowers
11/02 Loren Woerner in memory of Sue
11/09 Shirley Sandelands

November Birthdays
1st
6th
9th
12th

Ruthie Kimmons
Shannon Estes
Kia Meyer
Kerry Swindle
Bonnie Logan

Crochet or Knit?

13th
15th
16th
17th

Evvie Cleveland
Tamara Gentner
Dorothy Walters
Sharon Dely
Judy Dunn

24th
25th
26th
27th

Mike Elbert
Loren Woerner
Rita Williams
Dennis Lyday
Bob Thompson

Do you knit or crochet and are you interested in working on your crafts in a group setting? Gor-

don Chaidez and Kerry Swindle are interested in getting a group started. It would be a great opportunity to share ideas,
help each other with projects and join together in fellowship. Contact Gordon Chaidez at gmachaidez@coxnet, 4887188 or Kerry Swindle at kswindlesprint0@gmail.com, 721-4179 if you are interested.

Attendance

OUTREACH

September

Food Bags Given Out During September: 1

8:00

Elders Gift Cards Given Out During September : 0

9:00

11:00

7th

10

40

101

14th

11

44

98

21st

10

27

135

28th

45

140

Primavera Meals Served: 2 Breakfasts


(Each breakfast serves about 70, dinners about 100)
Blessings in a Backpack : 392 Bags packed,
11 Volunteers
Mobile Meals Delivered: 65 trays

Financials
September

BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK UPDATE


We recently sent a check to our parent office in Kentucky for
$4,268.00.

These are

Sept. 14

2014 (YTD)

Income

30,871

274,860

Expenses

29,623

290,590

Income/(Loss) $ 1,248

($15,730)

donations from our congrega-

tion! Many, many thanks! We also received a one time donation from Walmart for $4800.00. This will get us into next
year. We just filled 102 backpacks for the children of Bloom
School. This past month we had eleven volunteers each
week and they are a very dedicated group. We heard from
Blessings in a backpack in Kentucky that 76,000 children get
a backpack each week from this program across the country. Thank you for helping to feed children in Tucson.

Reconciliation
Offering
collected
was
$1,111.00. Thank you for your special offering
donations. This month we will be collecting
Thanksgiving Offering which provides direct
support to Disciples Colleges.

The Babies Are Coming!


Did you know were expecting..
new babies in our congregation?
What an exciting time for all of us. In welcoming these bundles of
joy, the Board has voted to transition our communion preparation
room into our new nursery. Our staff has worked diligently to make
space for the groups within our church who have items stored in
the preparation room to move elsewhere. Communion preparation
will now take place in the kitchen and home communion kits will be
housed there as well.
Items have been moved to their new homes and our nursery will
soon make its debut! Be sure to peek in on your way to worship!

Children and Youth News


Chi Rho and CYF retreats will be held
the weekend of November 8 & 9. Chi
Rho will be at Desert Heritage Christian
Church and CYF will be at Chalice Christian Church. Registration is due November 2. Pick up your form on the
Ramada.

CCF (grades 3-5) will have a Tucson retreat in early December.

October 30, 2014

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Our Mission Statement


Christ has called Saguaro Christian Church
to build a home to serve God and all people through growth and healing in ourselves
and the community beyond our front doors.

For Your Information


Worship Services:
Sunday: 8:00am 9:00am 11:00am
Sunday School: 10:10am
E-mail:

info@saguarochristian.org

Phone:

520-296-5901

Fax:

520-298-0168

Web Page:

saguarochristian.org

Our Staff
Minister
Rev. Owen Chandler
Ministerial Resident
Shelly Tilton
SICP Director
Tanima Lawrence
Office Manager & Christian Education
and Youth Coordinator
Laurie Cleveland
Director of Music
Jeff Myrmo
Accompanist & Contemporary
Worship Director
Keith Koster
Property Manager
Paul Ledbetter
Custodians
Brian Rudigier
Jacob Ansell
Seminarian Resident
Rev. Kevin Prahar
Financial Manager
Laurie Colburn
Media
Frank Terry
Nursery Attendant
Barbara Sager

Sermon Theme
through November

November 2: Matthew 5: 1-12


November 9: Veterans Sunday
November 16: Matthew 25: 14-30
November 23: Matthew 25: 31-46
November 30: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9