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The Spirit of Christmas

Posted by on December 17, 2015 | Comments Off on The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

Article submitted by Rachelle Reinking of Heartland Sings In Fort Wayne, we’re lucky to have so many ways to celebrate the holidays. Long-standing events such as the Night of Lights and the Festival of Trees are a must-see every year. If you want to add something new to your list of seasonal activities, check out The Spirit of Christmas at the Allen County Courthouse! Heartland Sings presents this 2nd annual concert as a chance for you to see the courthouse like you’ve never seen it before. From under the rotunda, twenty-four Heartland singers perform a cappella arrangements of classic and contemporary holiday songs. Here is what’s unique about this concert – there aren’t any microphones. The architecture of the courthouse creates the perfect natural acoustics. No matter where you are in the building, the sound resonates in your ears as if you had a front row seat. Mezzo-soprano Ashlee Bickley says, “In drier spaces, singers almost push to project the sound. But in the courthouse, your voice just speaks easily and the harmonies envelop you.” This musical presence captures the magical feeling of Christmas along with the beauty of the building itself. Built in 1902, the Allen County Courthouse features gorgeous Beaux-Arts style architecture with murals, sculptures, marbling, and stained glass. The Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust hosts the event and is proud to open up the historic landmark to the community for The Spirit of Christmas. During the week the local government and court occupy the building, but this weekend is a great opportunity to experience the acoustics and architecture for yourself. Start a new holiday tradition with The Spirit of Christmas. Performances will take place on Dec. 19th and 20th at 2:00pm and 5:00pm each day. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $10 for Students. Purchase online at www.heartlandsings.org or by phone at...

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Good Samaritan Students on Spring Break

Posted by on March 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Good Samaritan Students on Spring Break

Good Samaritan Students on Spring Break

In what has become known as the story of the “Good Samaritan,” one of Jesus’ most famous teachings found in the gospel of Luke 10:25-37, Jesus instructs his followers in the ways of sacrificial service, loving one’s neighbor, and caring for others who may not be able to care for themselves. The story in brief goes like this: a lawyer questions Jesus on the way to eternal life. In response, Jesus gives a parable about a Samaritan man who tends to the physical needs of a victim of an assaulted robbery. The Samaritan and victim couldn’t have been more different. Ethnic, cultural, and religious barriers should have made the two men mortal enemies. But seeing the victim’s need, the Samaritan had compassion on him and served the man, even paying for his medical expenses with his own money. However, before the Samaritan man’s arrival, two other passersby refused to help the beaten man, and turned a blind eye to his apparent needs. It’s a sad truth that still exists today. Many people, aware of the desperate needs of others, refuse to serve out of their own justification. Such is not the way of Jesus. The point of the story? Jesus’ answer to finding eternal life is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself” (see chapter 10, verse 27). The “Golden Rule” as this is called then, is not so much about “loving others as you would love yourself”, but rather “loving others as you love God”. So how can Christians continue to show love to both neighbor and enemy the way Jesus taught? Well if you are a young adult in Fort Wayne, you can join a community of twenty-something’s committed to being the literal hands and feet of Jesus by serving the marginalized and tangibly meeting the needs of some of the most culturally neglected people groups in our city. Unlike the two other travelers who refused to help the man in need, this young adult generation in Fort Wayne has resolved to put their faith into action and care for our poor and disenfranchised. Parker Crosby, a dynamic young leader and actuary by trade, has organized a Good Samaritan effort for local college students to serve the community on their spring break. For many young people at our area universities, spring break means a carefree week away from school. In an attempt to redeem that time off and create meaningful partnerships among young adult ministries, Parker has put together a week of service activities that has included serving dinner to the residents at the Rescue Mission, work projects with Neighborlink, prayer-walking downtown, and helping with the Community Harvest Food Bank. Students in Fort Wayne now have the option to turn their “staycation” into a “servolution”. Participants have ranged from young adults apart of various churches and young adult groups, like the Gate, a ministry gathering of young adults at Pathway Community Church, and students with Chi Alpha, a campus ministry at IPFW, to a student ministry leader from the University of Saint Francis, as well as a collection of other twenty-something, warm hearted, Good Samaritans who want to make a difference in...

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Jesus, the Gate, and Young Adults Entering into Revival

Posted by on February 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Jesus, the Gate, and Young Adults Entering into Revival

Jesus, the Gate, and Young Adults Entering into Revival

“I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God’s creational intentions.” ― John Wesley, from How to Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer John Wesley, William Carey, Hudson Taylor, Grace Wilder and Lottie Moon: five young men and women, in their mid-twenties, whom God used to start the fires of revival within their respective generation. The legacies of these missionary heroes, of one hundred years ago, burn within the hearts of a new generation seeking revival in our own age. Fort Wayne, known as “the city of churches” currently has several university campuses, dozens of hipster coffee shops, and numerous Christian churches, that are filled with young adults, young professionals, and young families who are not asking the question of whether or not faith is real. Instead, the spiritual question of the day is “does faith work?” Those whom sociologist call “millennials”, or those born between the years of 1982-2002 roughly speaking, represent the largest generation ever to live in American history. Some statisticians say we number close to 80 million! But this is a generation that is incredibly optimistic, seeks an adventure in life, and has a growing interest in the supernatural. If you resonate with the kind of faith I’m describing here; a faith that works, takes risks, expects to see miracles, and is radical enough to desire complete obedience in order to see our city transformed by the power of the Gospel, then I’d encourage you to come check out the Gate. The Gate is Fort Wayne’s new young adult ministry gathering. At the Gate we will seek God’s face in an extended time of worship, reflect on his Word with a practical and relevant teaching, and activate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in a time of prayer ministry. The name “the Gate” is a prophetic reference to John 10:9, and signifies an entry point to a “full life” in Jesus. We exist to equip college students, and twenty-something’s in the following four ways: * Encounter God in prayer and worship * Experience Authentic Community * Engage Your World on Mission * Enter a Full Life in Jesus We are launching our new ministry this Sunday evening, February 15th, from 6 -8:00pm and will meet at Pathway Community Church, located at 11910 Shearwater Run Fort Wayne, IN 46845. Connect with us online and get updates: Twitter @TheGate_FW Instagram @TheGate_FW Facebook      ...

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A Humble Yarn of a Novice Monk at the Indiana Buddhist Temple

Posted by on February 10, 2015 | Comments Off on A Humble Yarn of a Novice Monk at the Indiana Buddhist Temple

A Humble Yarn of a Novice Monk at the Indiana Buddhist Temple

Submitted to Living Fort Wayne by the Indiana Buddhist Temple Have you ever thought of dedicating your life towards enlightenment? In this part of the world, this is not a concept that most of us are raised with. For many of us, there comes a point where the only solution to our spiritual dilemma is to ordain as a monastic. For those who are unfamiliar with many of the spiritual paths that are currently available to us, Buddhism is one path that is neatly laid out so that if you walk on the noble eight fold path, you may see the benefits of this spiritual path in this very lifetime. Buddhism is definitely not the only path that can lead to enlightenment but it is one of the most organized spiritual paths that is open to anyone who is interested. There are many other systems available; although some require the assistance of a master, Guru or some sort of esoteric practice that is only available to those who are accepted into that particular system. With Buddhism today, one can learn a technique of meditation from a meditation teacher and practice at home. Even with limited experience, one can still make some progress and develop a more balanced mind when it comes to dealing with the day to day turmoil that all of us face. At a certain point, we will need further instruction. Some will continue doing long retreats of several weeks to several months. There are even many individuals today who go on long retreats of several years without ordaining as a monastic. So why would someone decide to become a monastic and give up the householder life? When ordaining as a monk or nun, you are basically giving yourself over to the Buddha (The teachings that the Buddha left us), Dharma and the Sangha (Holy order of monks and nuns). Dharma is a Pali (a language that was spoken during the time of the Buddha) word that basically means the order of the universe. You can also say that the Dharma means the natural laws of the universe. By taking the robes of a monastic, you are dedicating your life to enlightenment. As a monastic, you are taking the vow to follow the precepts which are given to you during ordination. As a lay Buddhist, it is very common to already follow the five precepts which are: non-harm towards all living beings; not taking anything that isn’t given to you; not having illegal (harmful) sexual relations; not lying (which on a higher level could also be interpreted to not slandering, gossiping or speaking harshly towards others) and not using any form of intoxicants like drugs or alcohol. This life of morality brings about a strong foundation of the mind. It is this peaceful state of mind that when one is in meditation that concentration can be developed. Through concentration wisdom will arise on its own to see the true nature of the world around us. As a Samanera (Novice monk) you would follow more precepts than the five precepts that lay Buddhists follow. Different traditions have different rules. For example, in Sri Lanka a novice monk would take ten precepts while, in Burma, a novice monk would take 75 precepts. The ten precepst are 1. to refrain...

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Pursuit Fort Wayne Launches First Citywide Event

Posted by on November 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Pursuit Fort Wayne Launches First Citywide Event

Pursuit Fort Wayne Launches First Citywide Event

Mark December 4th in your calendars, friends! To be specific, go ahead and pencil in “Pursuit Fort Wayne” from 7-9pm that evening. For young adults in the Fort Wayne area hoping to connect with fellow believers, I’ve got wonderful news. A new group called Pursuit Fort Wayne fancies your attendance at its first ever worship event. Brock Orlowski, his wife Abby, and a group of devoted friends planned, prayed, and then planned some more in the months leading up to this point. Their mission is simply to foster a community of young adults pursuing Christ together in Fort Wayne. Pursuit FW is not affiliated with any individual church. Instead, it intends to be a citywide, inter-denominational collective. For the Pursuit FW launch event, young adults in the area are encouraged to join in a night of worship, fellowship and prayer. The Mike Lee Band will lead with their original take on modern worship music. Orlowski and company plan to connect with attendees and cast a vision for the revival of our city. Pursuit Fort Wayne welcomes your presence and participation at its kick-off event. Who: Young adults in Fort Wayne Where: The Summit – Grace Gathering (3157 Minnich Rd, New Haven) When: Thursday, December 4. 7:00pm-9:00pm For more information: Twitter: @Pursuit_FW...

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How the Indiana Buddhist Temple Has Helped Me

Posted by on October 31, 2014 | Comments Off on How the Indiana Buddhist Temple Has Helped Me

How the Indiana Buddhist Temple Has Helped Me

Article submitted by Indiana Buddhist Temple, written by Jonathan Buckingham As I was heading out the door of the Indiana Buddhist Temple, feeling peaceful and calm, I was asked to write an essay, on how the temple has helped me. I jumped with excitement inside and was pleased to do so. The temple has supported me in many ways already, but the four things I noticed most is the care of the monks, the sense of community, the benefits of the teachings, and the chance to retreat. With honor in my mind I am proud to explain how the temple has done this. Just a couple of kind words from another person can lighten up the whole day.  I will never forget the questions asked from one of the monks. With a soft, gentle tone in his voice, he asked me, “Are you happy?”  Knowing that someone is interested in my well-being, the question lifted me with a warm smile. I notice the monks at the temple are always speaking in this kind way to everyone. I enjoy just sitting back and listening to them.  It teaches me a feeling of acceptance for myself and others. When a community shows me love, I want to give them love back. I see this cycle as the monks giving compassion to the community and the community wanting to give compassion back to the monks, and on and on. It’s a beautiful cycle! When I go to the temple people are always offering me things: “Please sit,” “Would you like to join use?” “Yes, please rest,” or “Please, come and eat.”  When I interact with people at the temple, I learn more how to do this with everyone I meet. It shows me how giving compassion to another person can go a long way. I get great joy in learning to have a calm mind.  I have been doing meditation on my own for a little while now.  Yet, I can tell my meditation is getting better going to the temple. The temple offers regular group meditation sessions.  One of these sessions I enjoyed was the Loving-Kindness Mediation during the last retreat. The meditation started with the monk helping everyone to become calm. He would say things like, “take a deep breath” or, “feel the joy viewing something pleasant.” As I listened, my body and mind started to become calm. Within a period of time, he would start saying more uplifting words like, “see how much love is inside you,” and “you are a confident person”. When I was in this very relaxed state with someone repeating kind words the love I have become more alive. Overall, I learned about compassion when doing these meditations. It is critical because it helps me with day-to-day events. Indiana Buddhist Temple is a place where I can go to get away and relax.  If I am having a bad day I can go to the temple any time.  I can walk on their walking meditation path, read my books or borrow books from the library, write, clear my mind, view their art work and be myself.   With all I have  mentioned plus more I haven’t, my stress levels are dropping, my social skill are getting better and I am becoming a more happy person....

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Barr Street Vendor Series: Master’s Hand BBQ

Posted by on August 22, 2014 | Comments Off on Barr Street Vendor Series: Master’s Hand BBQ

Barr Street Vendor Series: Master’s Hand BBQ

I can’t decide if its a good or bad thing that the vendor highlight for Master’s Hand BBQ is coming out after Living Fort Wayne’s Cluck or Chuck competition.  But one thing is for sure, if the Wing Cup was still in play it is likely that our esteemed judges would have been sent to the kitchen to test their own fowl cooking skills with Master’s Hand BBQ sauces as the star flavor. All sauces are gluten free, all natural and contain no high fructose corn syrup or added preservatives.  But sauces aren’t the only specialty of Master’s Hand BBQ. Owner Steve Beers boasts, “We have three kinds of barbecue sauces and one sweet tangy honey mustard. (Also) an all purpose rub/seasoning, BBQ dip mix, BBQ flavored peanuts, cashews and almonds. All of our products are free of high fructose corn syrup, gluten, MSG, dairy, soy and smoke flavorings.” Steve runs the business with his family – his wife Julie, son Josh, and daughter and son-in-law Amanda and Jeremy Gordley.  The Beers family is strong in their Christian faith and this comes through in their business.  In fact, it is even behind the name itself. “We are a Christian company with a passion to share the great news of Jesus Christ and share His Love with as many as possible. Our name Master’s Hand BBQ refers to God, as we like to say God is the Master and we are His hands to help others as He enables us to. We also like to pray for other’s needs, you can go to our website and share your needs for us to pray for at http://www.mastershandbbq.com/About.html.” Master’s Hand BBQ started in 2010 at the suggestion of Steve’s daughter Amanda.  Steve had been making the same mild sauce for over 25 years and she thought it was time to share this great thing he had created.  The business spread from there and now you can find their sauces in stores all across our region including Indiana, Michigan and Ohio and spanning as far as New Hampshire. Store locations in our area include Pio Market II, Dave Hill’s Meat Market and Jamison’s. All of this information and more can be found on their website. You can even find great recipes for their rubs and sauces on the site.  And, if my word isn’t good enough, check out their comments section.  But it sounds to me like the proof is in the puddin…or should I say ‘sauce?’ Master’s Hand BBQ will be at the Barr Street Market every Saturday through September...

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The City of Church Conventions

Posted by on August 1, 2014 | Comments Off on The City of Church Conventions

The City of Church Conventions

  With Fort Wayne’s well-known status as the ‘City of Churches’, many religious events take place in the Summit City.  Washington Times named Fort Wayne the ‘City of Church Conventions’. A Few Major Fall Events: 1.  August 14 – 15 will be the Global Leadership Summit hosted at the Embassy Theatre brought to you by Blackhawk Ministries. The Global Leadership Summit attracts many Christian leaders focusing on Christ-centered leadership.  This event is experienced by over 170,000 leaders throughout the world representing 14,000 churches and translated in 45 languages. “WCA’s passion is to help leaders worldwide—men and women—realize God’s vision for their lives, churches and communities. We share ideas and build partnerships. Through The Global Leadership  Summit (TGLS), Partners, and WCA Membership we deliver vision and inspiration to resourced regions; and we bring training and opportunity to under-resourced areas.” 2.  Enjoying Union with God Weekend is September 26th – 28th and is free of charge. Speakers are:  Ordained ministers Andre and Mary-Ann Rabe, teacher and leader Steve Hill and founder of the Fire House Projects, Matt Spinks.  ‘There is a revelation of God’s pure and unconditional Grace that is being revealed once again to humanity!  We want to invite you to a weekend of immersion and experience of this Grace, found in Jesus Christ!’ 3.  On September 13, 2014 the City of Churches will be the site for Beth Moor’s ‘Living Proof Live’ presented by the largest Christian supplier of books and resources, LifeWay. Beth Moore is an author and teacher.  She lives in Houston, Texas where she leads her adult bible study and attends church where her son-in-law serves as the Pastor.  She believed early on that God was calling her to lead.  With her story-telling ability, she has written many books, Bible studies and devotionals. During this non-denominational event, Beth Moore will focus on women living and loving Christian lives.  Travis Cotrell, musician and song-writer, will lead the worship service during the event on September 13 from 9:30am – 4:15pm at the War Memorial Coliseum. 4.  The Salvation Army Ministry will be hosting its 6th annual charity ball and auction titled ‘Return to Neverland Charity’ on October 4, 2014. To help local families in need, The Salvation Army Ministry is hosting this event at its location on 2901 N. Clinton at 7pm.  They are now accepting donations and event sponsorships.   Also, swag bags will be given to the first 50 people who purchase tickets.   With fall almost here, school starting, holidays approaching, and then the long dreary winter months shortly thereafter, being spiritually renewed can be quite a benefit. Be sure to take advantage of one of these great...

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Missions in the City of Churches

Posted by on June 23, 2014 | Comments Off on Missions in the City of Churches

Missions in the City of Churches

Being the ‘city of churches’ comes with many opportunities to serve.  Whatever the age, wherever you go, there are always people in need.  Missionary work is one way to serve, and I am lucky enough to sponsor my 14 year old daughter in her mission trip to Costa Rica.  She gives a preview of what will be happening while she is there.        “I am excited to be going to Costa Rica.      “The main reason I decided to go was to start my mission to change lives all over the world. When I decided to go, my mom and dad were really supportive of my decision. They are proud to see me go and change lives in the name of the Lord. I am a little nervous to go, but I know that God will be with me the whole time and make sure I am okay.            What I will be doing in Costa Rica is helping kids in three orphanages, working on construction, hosting a VBS, and so much more.  One of the main things I am really looking forward to is handling the babies and smaller children. When we work on VBS, we will be putting on two dramas, hosting games, crafts, and hosting the lessons.” I am very proud of her and can’t wait to hear her stories.  Stories of not only how she changed the lives of others, but how her life is forever changed.  (I will be sure to keep you posted in my next blog.) There are so many ways to serve others and no matter what your religion, service is important.  During the summer months, be sure to check with your church and/or temple to find out how you can serve others. Or maybe just help a neighbor who is not able to mow their lawn and let me know your...

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Fort Wayne Offers Vacation Bible School Options

Posted by on June 5, 2014 | Comments Off on Fort Wayne Offers Vacation Bible School Options

Fort Wayne Offers Vacation Bible School Options

With summer in the city of churches, comes lots of Vacation Bible Schools (VBS).  All are either free of charge or have a small fee, and so much fun for the kids!  Even if you are too old for VBS, there are ample volunteer opportunities at each of the VBS programs.  They’re happening all summer long so you have many programs to choose from! Here is a list of just a few around town (in order of date).  Please be sure to check out a church near you! June 7-11:  Kids aged 4 through 5th grade can experience the ‘Jungle Safari’ at Aboite Lutheran Church, or volunteers are welcome for those aged 12 and above. June 15-19:  Christ Hope Ministry hosts ‘Weird Animals’ for those kids aged 3 through 5th grade from 6:30-8:30pm. June 15-19:  ‘Weird Animals’ VBS is at Concordia Lutheran Church for kids age 3 through 6th grade from 6pm-8:45pm. June 16-20:  Join Memorial Baptist Church in the ‘International Spy Academy’ if you are between grades K-5 from 6pm-8pm. June 16-20:  Saint Joseph United Methodist Church will be hosting ‘Weird Animals’ for children 3 years old through 5th grade from 9am-3pm. June 16-20:  ‘The Chapel’ will be hosting ‘Weird Animals’ for those aged 4-2nd grade (9am-11:45) and 3rd through 5th graders 9am-2:30 pm (M-Th), 9am-12pm (F). June 16-20:  Emanuel Lutheran Church (downtown) will be discovering Jesus’ one-of-a-kind love through ‘Weird Animals’.  Ages 3-K will be discovering Jesus from 9:15-11:45am and 1st graders-5th grade will be discovering Jesus 9am-12pm.  Registration is required and deadline is June 6th. June 22-26:  Join Resurrection Lutheran Church from 6:30-8pm for their VBS program. June 23-24:  For kids who have completed grades K-4th, ‘Camp Kid Rock’ at Pathway Community Church from 9am-12pm. June 23-25:  Our Lady of Good Hope will be hosting their VBS program from 9am-12pm with a skating party on June 26, 6-8pm at Bell’s Rink. June 23-27:  Join Wallen Baptist Church VBS program ‘Connect’ for those K-5th graders from 9am-12:30pm. June 23-27:  For a small fee, Saint Joseph Catholic Church will be hosting ‘Weird Animals’ for 3 year olds through 5th grade from 9am-12pm. July 10-14: ‘Pandamania’ will be held at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene’s VBS program from 6pm-8:30pm. July 21-25:  ‘Discover, Decide and Defend’ at Northridge Baptist Church’s VBS from 6:30pm-8:30pm for kids aged 3-12 years old. July 22-25:  North Christian Church will be hosting their VBS program from 6-8pm. July 28-August 1:  Plan to attend the ‘International Spy Academy’ at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. July 29-August 1:  Let your Pre-K through 6th grade knights and fair maidens get equipped with the full armor of God at Southwinds Church of Christ during their ‘Kingdom Chronicles’ from...

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