Littleton Christian Church

Celebrating and Applying the Gospel of Jesus

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We Asked Your Staff, with Kelly Haanen

Get to know a different staff member every month in our ongoing series called "We Asked Your Staff"!   So that you can know them better, we will be featuring even more staff fun facts and their replies to some serious and not so serious questions that We Asked Your Staff.

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What one word best describes your life right now?

Decisions (as in, we have been making a lot of big decisions lately)

 

The scariest thing I’ve ever done was:

Give birth to my firstborn. Terrifying.

 

 

My childhood gave me:

Assurance that I was loved and accepted

 

Any pets?

Um no. But the pressure from the rest of the members of my family has been mounting. We are likely to have a puppy join our family soon.

 

An unexpected area of expertise:

Well, I speak Spanish. We spent a year in Ecuador and I taught middle school Spanish for five years.

 

A song that make you cry:

That song “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman. Always gets me.

 

Bucket list holiday destination:

Hawaii. (when there isn’t a volcano erupting)

 

First Bible verse I memorized was:

Philippians 2:1-4

 

Favorite season in Colorado:

Spring. Seriously nothing beats the sunshine, new life, new growth and perfect temperatures.


If you saw me out and about in Littleton, I’d be (activity):

Driving my kids around… I honestly feel so lucky to have our church, preschool, friends, parks, rec centers, soccer fields, coffee shop, bike trails, swimming pool and favorite places to eat only a couple miles from home. We adore this neighborhood.

We Asked Your Staff, featuring Rebecca Sahr

Get to know a different staff member every month in our ongoing series called "We Asked Your Staff"!   So that you can know them better, we will be featuring even more staff fun facts and their replies to some serious and not so serious questions that We Asked Your Staff.

 

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What one word best describes your life right now?

Transition

The scariest thing I’ve ever done was:

Come face to face with a rattlesnake

My childhood gave me:

The joys of growing up in a small town in Wyoming: time with the neighbor lady driving me to church, my mother teaching me hospitality, nurturing of lifelong friendships and lots of fun and activities at school.

Any pets:

I’m a dog lover, but right now we’re empty nesters.

An unexpected area of expertise:

I wouldn’t say I’m an expert, but I’m a connoisseur of murder mystery TV shows:  Murder She Wrote, Columbo, Matlock, Perry Mason, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Bletchley Circle, Murder in Paradise, Father Brown

A song that make you cry:

For me it depends upon the situation and where I’m at emotionally and spiritually.  I don’t have one specific song that causes me to cry.

Bucket list holiday destination:

I don’t have a holiday destination bucket list as I love to be at home, whether it’s in town or in the mountains, celebrating each event with family and friends.

First bible verse I memorized was:

Proverbs 3: 5-6

Favorite season in Colorado:

Summer in the mountains

If you saw me out and about in Littleton, I’d be:

Exercising with girlfriends, dining out with family and/or friends  (and I guess I should say, the grocery store!)

 

Thanks Rebecca!

We Asked Your Staff, featuring Rachel Brennan

Get to know a different staff member every month in our ongoing series called "We Asked Your Staff"!   So that you can know them better, we will be featuring even more staff fun facts and their replies to some serious and not so serious questions that We Asked Your Staff.

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Tell us a little more about yourself:

I love good coffee and good books. My siblings are my best friends and I think my niece is the sweetest and cutest little girl in the world.


What one word best describes your life right now?

Contemplative.


What is the scariest thing you've ever done?

I’ve hung over the Cliffs of Moher (Cliffs of Insanity) to take a picture of the water.


What's one thing your childhood gave you?

A deep love for Jesus. A secure knowledge that I was, and always will be, loved.


Any pets?

Nope.

An area of unexpected expertise?

Baking.


Is there a song that makes you cry?

The Girl You Think I Am - Carrie Underwood
Piece by Piece - Kelly Clarkson

A bucket list holiday destination?

Switzerland.


What was the first bible verse you memorized?

Psalm 23:1-3


Favorite season in Colorado?

Fall. 


If we saw you out and about in Littleton, what would you be doing? 

Sitting at Spur studying or walking along the Platte River.

 

Thanks Rachel!

We Asked Your Staff, featuring Catherine Pue

Get to know a different staff member every month in a new series called "We Asked Your Staff"!   So that you can know them better, we will be featuring even more staff fun facts and their replies to some serious and not so serious questions that We Asked Your Staff.

 

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Tell us a little more about yourself:

I love words and stories.  There's nothing like settling in with a cup of coffee and a good movie or a good book, especially on a cold, foggy night.


What one word best describes your life right now?

Tetris.


What is the scariest thing you've ever done?

I moved countries. 


 

What's one thing your childhood gave you?

A sense of adventure.


Any pets?

Through my children I have inherited several chickens, two mice, and a frog named Jumpy.


An area of unexpected expertise?

I make a pretty mean caramel sauce.  It took me years to perfect, so it is a family recipe that will get passed down to my kids.


Is there a song that makes you cry?

In the Embers by Sleeping At Last.


A bucket list holiday destination?

Just hand me a plane ticket and all my dreams come true.


What was the first bible verse you memorized?

Psalm 91


Favorite season in Colorado?

Fall.  It’s the first place I’ve lived that had a proper one.


If we saw you out and about in Littleton, what would you be doing? 

I’d be at the grocery store or maybe out for a quick fly-by coffee at Spur.

Is Jesus Enough? - by Derek Resler

Reflections on the Catechism Q.33: Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works or anywhere else? - The New City Catechism

What a great question for our day and age!  Many of us have probably asked this same question many times ourselves. The question speaks to the heart of our relationship with God as well as how truly sufficient Jesus’ death on the cross was for me. We all have moments in our faith where we question the sufficiency of the cross.  In one way or another, we all ask:  Is God’s free gift of salvation in Christ truly enough to save me when all I do is wander?

We believe that there is NO WAY God accepts me as I am, I am too dirty, too far gone, too messy of a believer.  Therefore,  I must do something outside of having faith in Jesus for God’s approval and our salvation.  After all, we have had to earn approval at every step of our life.  from picking up our toys without being asked, getting good grades in school, doing our best in sports, having the perfect recital, having our art project chosen for a reward, getting the right degree, getting recognized at work, getting the big promotion, and on and on.  We feel that our salvation is a “Jesus and” something.  We confuse our walk with God with the gift of salvation that is freely given to us by God.  

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn. 14:6).   In this simple statement Jesus reassures us that there is no where else to look, no other person to follow, no other doctrine to follow, and no other faith to have than what Jesus gives us in Scripture.  There is no we when it comes to our salvation.  Jesus exclusively reserves the right to offer salvation to those who have faith in Him.  That is it.  It is a free gift given without strings, wholly and completely.  It is a gift that is granted and cannot be taken away by anyone one, or any heavenly being - it cannot even been taken away by us!

Paul reminds the church in Galatia that was looking at believing in a “Jesus and” gospel: “Yet, we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”  What a powerful statement.  It is ONLY through faith in Jesus - and through none of our effort or being perfect - that we are saved.

This reminds me of the great poem “Just as I am” by Charlotte Elliott who had a spiritual awakening when she realized that we come to Jesus everyday just as we are.  It was later put to music and has become one of the most beloved hymns of the Christian faith.

“Just as I am” - Charlotte Elliott 1835.

Just as I am - without one plea,

But that Thy blood was shed for me,

And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,

-O Lamb of God, I come!

 

Just as I am - and waiting not

To rid my soul of one dark blot,

To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,

-O Lamb of God, I come!

 

Just as I am - though toss'd about

With many a conflict, many a doubt,

Fightings and fears within, without,

-O Lamb of God, I come!

 

Just as I am - poor, wretched, blind;

Sight, riches, healing of the mind,

Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,

-O Lamb of God, I come!

 

Just as I am - Thou wilt receive,

Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

Because Thy promise I believe,

-O Lamb of God, I come!

 

Just as I am - Thy love unknown

Has broken every barrier down;

Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,

-O Lamb of God, I come!

 

Just as I am - of that free love

The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,

Here for a season, then above,

-O Lamb of God, I come!

We Asked Your Staff, featuring Stephen Newhall

Get to know a different staff member every month in a new series called "We Asked Your Staff"!   So that you can know them better, we will be featuring even more staff fun facts and their replies to some serious and not so serious questions that We Asked Your Staff.

Take it away, Stephen!

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Tell us a little more about yourself:

 

I am a product of the Midwest and embody most of its stereotypes. Growing up in Indiana has certainly given me something of an unhealthy obsession with basketball, and inspirational sports movies. To this day, Rudy is the only movie to have ever made me cry, and don’t get me started on the cinematic masterpiece that is Hoosiers.

 

 

 

What one word best describes your life right now?

Movement.

What is the scariest thing you've ever done?

I cliff jumped off Catalina Island into (supposedly) shark infested water. The water was covered by shadow, so I couldn’t see what was below me. The moment I hit the water, all I could think of was sharks swimming directly below me. I’m certain that was the greatest adrenaline spike of my life.

What's one thing your childhood gave you?

A mild obsession with Notre Dame football, barnyard basketball, and bonfires.

Any pets?

I am the proud owner of several fish.  

An area of unexpected expertise?

I’m actually a more than competent mini-golfer. I’ve got a tournament trophy to prove it. Anyone who knows me well has heard the story of my unexpected putt-putt triumph.

Is there a song that makes you cry?

Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens - listen at your own risk. Your tear ducts may not be able to handle the extra workload.

A bucket list holiday destination?

Pacific northwest. I’ve dreamt of sunrise hikes north of Vancouver, and I certainly wouldn’t hate if if that was around the holidays. I’d eat a Turkey leg lake-side on any or every Thanksgiving!

What was the first bible verse you memorized?

Philippians 4:8 - “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Still one of my favorite verses to this day!

Favorite season in Colorado?

Autumn (even though it lasts approximately 18 minutes). 

If we saw you out and about in Littleton, what would you be doing?

Most likely eating. I absolutely love trying new restaurants and diving into the local flavor.

 

Thank you Stephen!

Family Update

Hello Members and Friends of Littleton Christian Church,

This last Sunday (June 4), we held a brief family meeting to inform the church about a few significant staff transitions that are taking place this summer and fall.  

  1. We celebrate with Erica Krysl, who has served as our Worship and Communications Assistant (creating incredible graphics, organizing everything we see on screen on Sundays, and preparing/sending our e-bulletin), as she begins a full time job with MOPS. 
  2. Rebecca Sahr, who has served as both our Bookkeeper and our Administrator, will be reducing her duties to focus mostly on Bookkeeping (as well as continuing to chair our Alongside Committee). 
  3. Jordan Hurst, our Director of Worship and Mission, will be moving with his wife Darby and their sons to Austin, TX, in August.  Jordan's last Sunday with LCC will be August 6th.  We deeply love the Hurst family and will miss them - and we will very much miss the leadership Jordan has provided in many areas of our church - music, missional communities, ministry partnerships, and so much more. 

We praise God for the generous gift each of these people have been in their roles, and ask you to join the leadership of LCC in prayer as we seek what's next so that the staff can continue to "facilitate gospel application and celebration in the church and implement opportunities for the church to grow in love of God, each other, and the world."  (*this is our Staff's Purpose Statement)

As we say goodbye to Jordan and Erica and as we adjust to Rebecca's reduced duties, we are specifically seeking God's plan that we can cover the following broad duties (of course each one has many details): 

  • Organization, leadership, and Implementation of musical worship
  • Support of our ministry partnership committee
  • Leading our hospitality efforts
  • Supporting our worship and ministry with graphics and effective communication.