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
from various vision council members, call committee members, staff and guests during Charity's time of transition.