Growth Groups: Covenant and Fall 2015 Groupings

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The Covenant

As a Growth Group Leader, you are promising to:

  1. Provide a safe and clean environment for effective biblical discussion to take place.
  2. Prepare well for each Growth Group session by means of staying organized and exercising time management skills.
  3. Maintain confidentiality of any and all sensitive information that is given to you by your Growth Group members.

As a Growth Group Member, you are promising to:

  1. Endeavor to make it to each Growth Group session and to make these sessions a priority in your life.
  2. Prepare well for each Growth Group session by means of Sunday morning church attendance and by bringing your Bible to each Growth Group session.
  3. Maintain confidentiality of any and all sensitive information that is given to you by other Growth Group members.

Fall 2015 Groupings:

We will have full-time Growth Groups from Sunday, September 13 – Sunday, November 15. We will meet every Sunday in this time frame except for Sunday, September 20 (i.e. Ordination Sunday). Thus, our Fall 2015 Growth Groups will be 9 weeks in length. These sessions will coincide with our fall sermon series entitled, “Pivotal: Discovering Genesis 1-11”. Below are the groupings for this fall:

Growth Group #1:

  • Pastor Dave and Heather Cotner (Growth Group Leader)
    • Mike York
    • Bill and Linda Fiordelise
    • Ed and Rita Luers
    • Mary Case
    • Linda Grice
    • Craig and Ila Capps
    • Duane and Susan Davis
    • Gertie Loder
  • Growth Group #1 will meet at the church (1909 Larch Ave in Washington) at 6 PM each Sunday.

Growth Group #2:

  • Pastor Jon and Julia Rocha (Growth Group Leader)
    • Klint and Kendra Gingerich
    • Dillon and Bailey Gingerich
    • John Hardt
    • John and Jackie Morgan
    • John M. Morgan
    • Jim and Jan Rosien
  • Growth Group #2 will meet at Pastor Jon’s home (135 A Ave in Kalona) at 6 PM each Sunday.

Growth Group #3:

  • Doug and Julie Tinnes (Growth Group Leader)
    • Arlena Tinnes
    • Linda Woodruff
    • Marcy Juniper
    • Mary Walker
    • Milo Luers
    • Mark and Cheryl Tinnes
    • Steve and Diana Fordham
    • Matt and Sarah Latcham
    • Steve and Andi Klein
  • Growth Group #3 will meet at the home of Arlena Tinnes (404 North Davis Street in Keota) at 6 PM each Sunday.

Growth Group #4:

  • Brian and Nancy Wilson (Growth Group Leader)
    • Ron and Kay Gates
    • Darwin and Lori Carroll
    • Wayne and Julie Zieser
    • Rick Fields
    • Boos Family
    • Audiss Family
  • Growth Group #4 will meet at Brian’s home (1745 200th Street in West Chester) at 6 PM each Sunday.

Growth Group #5:

  • Ryan and Shanon Walker (Growth Group Leader)
    • Marion and Christine Hayes
    • Jason and Elisabeth Tinnes
    • Steve and Cheryl Bohn
    • Tad and Heather Zieglowsky
    • Rosemary Luers
    • Janine Rosien
    • Witthoft Family
  • Growth Group #5 will meet at Ryan’s home (821 North 2nd Ave in Washington) at 6 PM each Sunday.

Growth Group #6:

  • Steve and Bonnie Donnolly (Growth Group Leader)
    • Zach and Beth Shepherd
    • Will and Melissa Luers
    • Jesse and Sarah Neitzel
    • Nathan and Michaela Tinnes
    • Jess Caster
    • Erin Bower
    • Braden Carroll
  • Growth Group #6 will meet at Steve’s home (821 South 15th Ave in Washington) at 6 PM each Sunday.

If you are not in a Growth Group, and would like to be, please see either Pastor Dave or Pastor Jon. You may also indicate your desire to be in a Growth Group via a connect card on any given Sunday. Also, if are not on this list (and should be), please forgive us as this oversight was unintentional.

PFBC: Prayer List #6


The following list of prayer requests can be prayed for in your own “quiet time” with the Lord or in a small group setting (i.e. Growth Groups). Please keep the following requests in your prayers:

Justin Aubrecht – Pray for Justin’s family that God would pursue them in His grace and mercy and save their souls. Also, pray for Justin’s Friend (Custer Jr.) who is battling cancer and recovering from a recent stroke. Pray also for Custer’s salvation.

Carl Benson – Pray for Carl as he looks for a new job and a new car.

Craig Capps – Pray for Craig’s son, Shane, as he just accepted Jesus as his own personal Lord and Savior. Please pray that he is discipled well at his church and that he overcomes the many temptations in his life.

Micah Carroll – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Mary Case – Pray for Mary in regards to her eye sight and overall health.

Tonnie Crile – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Lenora Dunbar – Pray for Lenora and her overall health.

Tracy Fagen – Pray for Tracy who is struggling with hypothyroidism which results in her having no energy.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick as he battles ongoing health problems. Also, pray for Rick’s son, Dillon, who was just recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 22.

Bill Fiordelise – PRAISE THE LORD! Bill has no cancer.

Kay Gates – Please pray for Kay’s friend, Vonda Gooding, as she has just been diagnosed with leukemia and given 2 to 3 months to live. Pray that she comes to Christ before it’s too late.

Christine Hayes – PRAISE THE LORD! Tim (Christine’s son) accepted Jesus Christ as his own personal Lord and Savior.

Bob Jones – Please pray for Bob as he continues to battle some health issues.

Marcy Juniper – Pray for Marcy’s son, JJ, as he serves in the military. Also, pray for Marcy as she continues to grieve the loss of her father.

Carla McCandless – Pray for Carla’s sister, Donna Cline, as she recovers from hip replacement surgery.

April Michele – Unspoken Prayer Request.

The Morgan Family – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Rhonda Reed – Pray for Rhonda’s mother, Jean Sampson, and her overall health.

Jan Rosien –  Please continue to pray for Jim and Jan’s great-granddaughter, Lia, who is battling health issues.

Danica Smith – Pray for Danica’s mom, Joanne, as she recovers from a massive heart attack. Also, please keep Danica’s father, Jeff, in your prayers as he ministers to his ailing wife.

Arlena Tinnes – Pray for Arlena as she continues to battle lung cancer.

Doug Tinnes – Pray for Doug’s friend, Ed, that he would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Also, continue to pray for Doug and Julie’s grandson as he battles health issues. Also, your prayers for Julie’s recovery from her leg injury are greatly appreciated.

Judy Wolf – Pray for Judy’s daughter (Sandi) as she continues to battle cancer in her lower body. Sandi does not know Christ and so prayers for her salvation are also needed. Also, please pray for Judy’s granddaughter (Maddie) who is slowly going blind. She too does not know the Lord and prayers for her health and salvation are greatly appreciated. Also, please pray for Judy’s great-granddaughter (Errin) who is recovering from heart surgery…Errin is just 3 years old.

Linda Woodruff – Pray for Linda and her overall health.

Mike York – Pray for Mike’s son, Daniel, that he would find hope in God and peace with God.

The Zieser Family – Pray for Julie as she continues to walk the pathway of cancer…pray that God heals her body by means of chemotherapy. Also, pray for Wayne’s mother, Flora, who is declining in her health.

VBS 2015 – PRAISE THE LORD! Five young people accepted Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior.

PFBC Leadership Team – Pray for your Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Deacons that God would grant to us wisdom, discernment, and vision as we continue to move forward.

Our Church – Pray for Pastor Dave’s upcoming ordination on September 19-20. Pray that he has clarity of thought and speech as he goes through his three hour verbal exam on Saturday, September 19.

Our Visitors – Pray for our many visitors that continue to come to PFBC. Pray that God would work in their hearts and lives. Pray that God would grow our church numerically and spiritually.

Our Missionaries – Pray for our many supported missionaries that God would grant to them success as they preach the Gospel of Peace. Pray specifically for the Kisarets, serving in Ukraine, that God would grant to them safety as they continue to spread the Gospel despite the civil war that is happening there.

Please Note: We will periodically update this prayer list. If you would like a prayer request to be added to this list, please let Pastor Dave or Pastor Jon know. Thank you!

What is Ordination?


In light of my upcoming ordination on September 19-20, many of you have asked the question: “What is ordination?” This blog post is my attempt to answer this important question.

Ordination, according to one source, “is an act of the local church confirming their confidence in the call of God to a man for specialized service. Through special examination of personal testimony and knowledge of the doctrines of scripture that confidence is validated.” Another source states, “Ordination is the public recognition of a man called to and qualified for ministry…It confers no ecclesiastical or spiritual power, but does recognize the work of God in his life. It is a solemn and blessed time in the life of a man and his church and should be approached with diligent prayer and preparation.” Both of the these definitions provide a succinct and holistic explanation of ordination.

A couple of thoughts based upon the above definitions:

  1. Ordination is an act of the local church – It is important to realize that you, as Prairie Flower Baptist Church, will be ordaining me (Lord willing), not the council of men we are inviting. The ordination council (which meets at 9 AM on Saturday, September 19) is simply going to examine my life and theology (for approximately 3 hours in a verbal examine) and give a recommendation to you (the local church) on whether or not they believe I am called of God to the Gospel-ministry. These men on the council are highly educated, respected, and experienced men in the fields of pastoral ministry and theology. Their recommendation should be carefully considered, but it is not binding or mandatory. As a side note, it is strongly recommended that you (i.e. the individual church member) attend the ordination council meeting for two primary reasons: 1) You (not the council) will be voting on my ordination, and 2) You will find yourself greatly encouraged and blessed as you hear many good questions (and hopefully good answers) on the full spectrum of Bible and theology. My goodness…some of the questions will be so deep and involved that I won’t even know how to answer them (fun, but let’s hope these type of questions are few and far between).
  2. Ordination is all about instilling confidence – Please know that ordination has more of a benefit to you (as a church) than to me (as a candidate). It is important to note that ordination is not mandated in Scripture (nor is it prohibited) and in no way bestows upon me any special grace, abilities, or power. Yes, I will be personally blessed by the act of ordination and in some states (not Iowa) I will receive legal benefits, but that is not my reasoning for pursuing ordination. My main reason for seeking ordination is pastoral in nature, namely, I want you to have increased confidence in my God-given ability to shepherd and lead you as the Lead Pastor of Prairie Flower Baptist Church.
  3. Ordination confirms the call of God on my life, it does not qualify me to serve – It is vital to understand that the act of ordination does not make me qualified or equipped to serve in pastoral ministry, it simply confirms my qualification and equipment for pastoral ministry. Essentially the council and you (i.e. the local church) recognize in a formal examination and service the call of God on my life.
  4. Ordination is a solemn and blessed time for both the candidate and his church – Ordination is a solemn time, not a boring time. Ordination is a blessed time, not party time. Thus, both the candidate and his people should approach this event in passionate prayer and with serious joy.

Also, it’s important to note that ordination is not without biblical precedent. We see forms of ordination littered all throughout the biblical narrative, specifically, in the book of Acts (cf. Acts 6:6, Acts 8:17, Acts 13:3). Again, ordination, in its present form, isn’t mandated in Scripture, but it’s not without biblical merit.

So there you have it. Ordination is an act of the church in order to instill confidence in the church by means of confirming an individual’s call to serve in ministry. Such an act is a blessing to all involved. Thus, I trust that I will see you at both the ordination council and ordination service on September 19 and 20!

Can you help?

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The letter below is from our supported missionaries to the Ukraine – Vova and Laura Kisarets:

We are working on our next update, but it’s after 11pm here and we just got word that a group that we thought was going to be able to come teach English for a week in October won’t be able to because the team member don’t have passports and don’t feel they have sufficient time to get passports and then purchase tickets.

A church about an hour north of Ternopil requested that we partner with them to do a HOPE English School October 12-18th. It is a church of about 140 and they are expecting about 200 unsaved students (16 years and older). This is an awesome opportunity for us to help the church reach out and make contact with their community to be able to share the Good News with them.

If possible we’d like to go ahead as planned, but we need 5-10 people to help us. It is teaching conversational English so if you’re a fluent English speaker it’s easy. But, it looks like the other requirement at the moment would be that they already have a passport…We’re willing to piece a team together from different churches if possible too. If we can’t get a team together we’ll probably try and put it off until spring and try and get that team from Kentucky that really wanted to come.

Also, PLEASE let us know if your church would be interested in partnering with us for an English school or camp in the future. We now know that we need to plan a little further in advance. This one just came up suddenly and we may have pushed it a little too fast. If you have an interest, let us know and we can begin communication and we’ll see where God leads.

Thank you so much for your prayers, God is leading us and we KNOW that, but like Abraham we don’t always see the complete picture.


Laura (and Vova) Kisarets

Who: You.

What: Teaching Conversational English to 200 Unsaved Students AND Sharing the Gospel With Them!

Where: The Ukraine.

When: October 12-18.

Why: 1 John 3:18.

Can you help? Maybe you can…maybe you can’t…it’s just an opportunity.