Hello, my name is Erinn Dosch. I was born and raised in Bismarck and have been coming to Charity all my life. In middle school, I was involved in teaching Sunday School, helping with the large group music time, as well as various other areas of the youth program. Throughout high school and after graduating college, I became more involved with the Wednesday night worship team, which I continue to be involved in. I have absolutely loved having the opportunity to be a part of that team.
When I think about Charity and how it has changed over the years, the one thing that I love is the sense of family I feel there. We’ve been through a lot, but we always come out stronger on the other side. I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible people and have formed lasting friendships. I am currently a preschool teacher at Missouri Valley Montessori.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, listening to music and going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family.
Hello, my name is Troy Bradley. I grew up in Bismarck until I was 10-years old and then moved to Beulah for the remainder of my childhood. My wife and I, along with our first son, Ben, moved to Bismarck in August of 2009 and began attending Charity that fall. I have been involved in VBS in the summer working with the tech team and registration. During the school year, I have also been helping direct the camera crew, run cameras and other odd jobs at the WOW services.
Most recently I have served on the Facilities Management Team and now the Call Committee. Charity has not only been a great place to worship and grow deeper in my faith with God; It has helped us develop lifetime friends that share the same beliefs in faith, family and life.
I am currently a stay-at-home dad to our wonderful three boys. It does come with its challenges, but I enjoy being their dad and shaping them into fine young men.
In my free time I enjoy golfing, camping, fishing, hunting, coaching my boys in various sports, watching football, and spending time with friends and family.
Hello everyone – I am Shirley Hanson. I was raised on a small dairy and grains farm in Wing ND. For 30 years I have been married to Jeff Hanson. We have been blessed with two strapping young men – Jayden and Mason both living in Bismarck. We have been members of Charity since 1990. Fortunately, I have been involved in the Sunday school program, Fellowship, Education, VBS, Bible studies, Cell groups, Riding Mountain and Minneapolis youth events, Greeting Committee, making coffee for all you coffee-drinkers and cookie eaters, and harassing Doug Leet and Jeff Brown….
I love how our Loving Father brings people to our church home. When the door opens in the morning, we are inviting a new guest to “feed” and hopefully make them feel welcome “in Jesus and our home”. I love the prayer support and knowing we as a church family has the flexibility to create our own ministries to serve a need.
My paid career is with US General Services Administration as a Fleet Manager. I have worked in this position for 30 years this December. Yes, I started when I was ten years old. My free time is not plentiful, but I love to spend time fishing, camping, gardening, spending time with my “girlfriends” and playing with my granddog. My husband and I also try to maintain his family’s farm. I love pinochle, playing games, and watching as many westerns I can. My expensive fun is trying to attend George Strait concerts.
By Jess Toman
This year has definitely been a challenging one so far with all of the changes going on at Charity. It has really been a time for all of us, especially staff, to take a look at our work and evaluate it. Is this what God is asking of me? The Charity family? There have been some very hard meetings taking place on the staff level, and we have been trying to discern God’s answer for these questions. Along the way, God has been revealing a new drive in each one of us along with cohesion and staff unity.
This last few weeks we have spent much time discussing things surrounding WOW for the upcoming year, and God has revealed a new plan. Much of the WOW idea will be the same, but with some tweaks. As we were evaluating what does WOW mean at Charity - we realized that WOW is so much more than just a worship service for the family, it is a worship evening for the family with many parts. We plan to offer a meal, Bible studies and classes for the kids, along with a family-centric worship service the whole family can attend. As we were praying through the times around each of these events, we were led to allowing more time for the Bible study/class portion and have adjusted things to make that happen. The connections our families make during these times are hard to do in just 55 minutes per week. We have extended that time by 20 minutes in hopes to encourage more fellowship and deeper study and more fun for the kids! Our worship service will be shortened to 45 minutes. We aim to allow for the family to worship together and know that sometimes it is difficult to last a full hour with the little ones. By jam-packing this service with great worship, a solid scripture-based message we hope the service and evening will leave you and your family ready for the rest of the week to go out into the community to do God’s work.
What about Sunday WOW? As we on staff were putting together a pro/con list for continuing Sunday WOW - it seemed evident that God was saying “yes.” There are still a handful of families (including mine) that find Sunday evening as the best time for our hectic schedules. Everything that happens on Wednesday will also happen Sunday, including content. However, we understand that even though all the logistical things are the same - the whole evening feels completely different. Fewer numbers give us the ability to connect and go deeper. That is why it seemed clear that we need to allow this option for our families.
Last week as the staff was praying and asking God to direct us, he gave many of us this Bible verse to reflect on. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19. Do you see it? He is doing a new thing and preparing the way for us at Charity.
You may be asking, so - what does all this mean for me? Well, here it is - the official call for you to pray and ask God where your family fits in at Charity. We know some of you might be in a building year and may need to be in a Bible study for connection, some of you may have a desire to help with worship or tech things, and many are feeling the call of God to step out in faith to teach a group of children, young adults, or adults. Whatever the case, please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
This is a brief break-down of the steps the Call Committee was given by Pastor Steve Lien during our training in March 2017. The committee has just finished interviewing staff and is preparing for Step Four.
Step One: Assess the congregation/Identify specifics of pastoral role/Create ministry description
Step Two: Assemble the call committee
Step Three: Address conflict/Manage transition
Step Four: Characterize/Describe the congregation—assemble packet to send to prospective candidates
Step Five: Solicit Candidates
Step Six: Define and determine compensation
Step Seven: Decide process/Generate interview questions/Conduct initial screening
Step Eight: Communicate, communicate, communicate!
Step Nine: Conduct second interviews
Step Ten: Repeat the process as necessary
Step Eleven: Contact references
Step Twelve: Exercise due diligence—take nothing for granted and leave no stone unturned
Step Thirteen: Negotiate/Finalize Compensation
Step Fourteen: Recommend/Present Candidate
Step Fifteen: Extend call
Step Sixteen: Wait for response
Step Seventeen: Celebrate!
Step Eighteen: Notify—insure that all interested parties are informed
Greetings from Vision Council.
As we move forward into the warm weather of the summer months, we on Vision Council continue to move forward during this time of transition within God’s church. There has been progress made on a couple of different fronts that I’d like to update you on. Last month I wrote about the formation of the Governance Team. That team is now mostly formed and a kickoff meeting was held to get them started on the task of reviewing policy governance and understanding what that governance model would look like at Charity. The team members currently in place are Julie Slag, Shane Naslund, Robert Nelson, Allen Knudson, Kevin Kindel, and Al Jaeger. We have also given that team the option to add a seventh member to the team as they see fit. Please pray for this team as they start their work.
The next update I’d like to give you surrounds comments and feedback from the open forums held in April. We heard that it would be good for any governance changes to be in place prior to issuing a call to fill the pastoral position. We agree with this and have set a target date for the Governance Team’s work to be completed by the end of November this year. The next item that was brought up was that of an interim pastor with much concern ensuring Pastor Scott is not overwhelmed and overworked during this time. We have had much discussion with Pastor Scott and Doug on this topic and have decided to move forward in the following ways. Scott has been working on further coordinating and training a visitation team to handle some of his responsibilities in that area. We are thankful for these volunteers and their ability to relieve Scott’s workload in this area. Scott has also put together a preaching schedule that will include Pastor Sam as well as some guest preachers to spread out that workload. Pastor Sam will be the primary preacher at our WOW services for the upcoming year.
We will continue to be in regular contact with Sam as well to ensure that his workload at Charity and his workload as he transitions to Circle C are balanced. We are excited about our preschool, children’s and youth ministries for the upcoming year. The leaders of these teams are hard at work planning for the upcoming year and have awesome things planned for our kids! At this time, Pastor Scott feels these activities have positioned him with the right amount of workload. We will continue to have discussions with Scott and Doug and will make changes as necessary if the need arises. The final aspect of the open forums that has been discussed is volunteer coordination. There is more work to be done here, but one aspect we feel will start to help manage some of the documentation/tracking side of this is a new software package that we are moving to called Simple Church. That is only one portion of the improvement in the volunteer coordination area – there is more discussion to be had and future updates to come in this area.
The final update I’d like to give you is in regard to organizational structure and development of a job description for the pastoral call. We have made significant progress in this area with some more work to be done. We expect to be able to give you a good update on this area in the next newsletter article and potentially sooner!
These are both challenging and exciting times. As always we continue to seek God’s will for our church and are prayerful in considering all aspects of our work! We know God has great plans for us and it’s exciting to see Him move in His congregation and through His people!
On May 16, we offered the unfilled youth positions to two awesome young men. After three interviews, a couple of rabbit trails, and a ton of prayer - God made it evidently clear who he wanted for the youth team this year. We are excited to announce that Josh Enget and Frank Mendoza have accepted the final two youth assistant positions!
Both Frank and Josh have been working weekly mentoring young men alongside Sam and Andrew this past year. They have already been developing relationships and understand Charity’s vision for our youth. Please join us in welcoming them to the team!
Greetings from Vision Council. Recently I've caught a couple of episodes of a TV show that is right up my alley – Forged in Fire. The show is a competition between four bladesmiths who are challenged to forge specific swords that are then tested and judged on various performance metrics. As an engineer and someone who likes a little competition, the show is entertaining for me to watch. Part of the process of making a good blade is heat treating. During this process, the blade is heated to a specific temperature, then cooled quickly, typically in a bath of oil. At this point, the blade is "hardened" but also brittle – meaning the blade will hold a sharp edge, but when it hits something, it is more likely to break. So the blade then needs to be "tempered" – which means to reheat it to a lower temperature to take away some of the brittleness the "hardening" has created. This helps to balance the "hardness" (the ability of the blade to hold a sharp edge) with the "toughness" (the ability of the blade to hit something and not break). The heat treatment process itself is very specific, and it results in changes to the physical makeup of the blade. The blade would be much less useful if the heat treatment process is not completed or done incorrectly.
I believe the trials and challenges in our lives are part of God's heat treatment process for us. He uses those times – whose length are by His plan – to change us as well, to make us something different, something even more useful to Him and His kingdom! Romans 5:3-5 states that "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
And so we continue to move forward in hope – knowing that God continues to move in our church and we will continue to seek His will for us and follow His guidance!
Over the past month, Vision Council has contacted potential Governance Team members and is very close to having that team fully formed. We will have a kickoff meeting sometime in June, and we ask that you pray for that group as they start their work. Vision Council has also had some fruitful discussion in regards to defining a structure that will best situate us to do God's work going forward. We are not done with these discussions and ask for your continued prayer over this area that God's will would be clear to us. The final significant activity was discussion of the key take away's from the open forums held the end of April. Much discussion has been had here, and there is more to come. We will work to communicate plans as they firm up.
God continues to bless us during this time, and we thank Him for all He has provided us. This time serves to grow each of us to serve Him and His kingdom in new and awesome ways!
Vision Council President
God has been at work in the hearts of many here at Charity. We have been through some rough waters and grasping for God to calm the waters and point the direction. We already have some clarity and couldn’t be more excited. With Sam and Julie leaving their youth positions, we have been praying for the right people. The first formal step made by leadership was to allow me to work as an interim youth director helping guide a new youth team towards next year. My new position requires relinquishing some elementary area duties to assist the youth team while working with the children’s ministry directors to build up the team, help with cohesion and so on during this time of change.
God orchestrated the second step in finding two young and exciting youth assistants to join the Charity team. Emily Brown and Sierra Vetter graduated from high school last year and have been through Charity’s youth program. Emily is returning home after a year at college, and Sierra has returned after a year-long tour with Epic. Both of these ladies are on fire for the Word and excited to reach youth. They have been hired and began working with Andrew, Sam and Julie since April 17. Both girls have a remarkable faith story telling how God brought them here. I encourage you to reach out to them and keep them in your prayers. This year is going to be awesome!!
In the elementary area, God has proven just as faithful! When this interim position came upon me, it was pretty obvious that I couldn’t fulfill all of my weekly duties in the elementary area. It wasn’t fair to ask Melissa to do everything (we are both just part-timers). For a few weeks, we had been praying for God to give us the name of who He was calling. We needed someone who agreed why we do what we do, has worked with our curriculum and understood our mission in elementary. God was so clear in his answer to Melissa; we knew we had to pursue Maggie Portra. At the same time, God had been calling Maggie into ministry. She has accepted the interim elementary position and is currently learning the ropes. She is married, has four awesome children and has been at Charity for years. She also has been a part of our elementary team. Maggie is solid in her faith, loves God and has a passion for kids.
We now come to the last piece of the puzzle; it seems so evident that God is still working and molding the new youth team He is calling. We are actively praying for discernment of what those last pieces are. Please hold us up in prayer. We are so excited for this upcoming year to get to know our kids at Charity better, challenge them in their faith and just simply love on them.
I don’t think that it is just staff that has been called to realign with God and follow in His ways. I think God is calling every Charity disciple to stand up, reaffirm their faith, dig in their roots and help further the kingdom in ways we didn’t dream possible. Continue to be in prayer for what radical things he is asking YOU to do. He is asking us to dream big, and then dream bigger.
With tons of love,
Interim Youth Director
Greetings from Vision Council;
When I was reminded of the deadline for the newsletter – I thought – how could it be? This past month has gone so quickly. With school approaching the tail end of the year and summer around the corner (hopefully), many of us are starting to think about transitioning into summer mode – exciting times! Likewise, as we move forward as a church body through this transition timeframe and start thinking about the future, I’m starting to get excited as well – excited about what God has in store for us and seeing Him working in our congregation, moving various pieces into place to support us during this time.
Over the past month, Vision Council had a kickoff meeting with the Charity Call Committee. During this meeting, Vision Council gave the Call Committee an update on where we were regarding structure investigation and defining roles and responsibilities of those that will eventually be called. We also defined basic communication plans that will involve a member of the Call Committee attending the Vision Council meeting each month to provide an update on call activities.
The second item the Vision Council focused on during the past month was identifying potential members of the Governance Team and defining the team’s mission. Individuals have been identified and we are currently in the process of contacting those individuals to gauge their interest in becoming a member of the team. The team will first be tasked with learning about policy governance. Policy governance, if implemented properly, will help empower staff and streamline decision making to improve church operation. The second task will be to work with Vision Council to develop a shared understanding of how policy governance would work within Charity. The final task would be to work with the Vision Council to recommend and develop policies that are needed to operate efficiently under a policy governance model.
The final significant activity was the Call Committee open forums that were held during services on Sunday, April 23. These forums were well attended, and I thank those who came and participated. During these forums, we discussed the LCMC training that was completed in late March for the Call Committee and the Vision Council. There was also a good discussion on a number of different items that were brought up by those in attendance. The Vision Council has many take away’s from the forums and will have further discussion on the various recommendations at upcoming meetings.
As we move forward into May, please be in prayer for the Call Committee and Vision Council, as well as those who will be called to serve on the Governance Team. Specifically for the Vision Council, we will be focusing our activities on organizational structures. Please pray for guidance and fruitful discussion as we work to define a structure that will best situate us to do God’s work going forward.
Vision Council President