After being a part of the Koinonia community for several years, I admit that being a Layleader had crossed my mind. Mainly, it was the thought that I can’t imagine ever doing that! Over the last few years I had a few people that I really didn’t even know that well tell me my time was coming soon. My thought was “No, I’m sure I will probably be there someday but there are several things I needed to experience and learn first. There are so many more qualified people out there that should do it!” Well, that wasn’t God’s plan. I don’t pretend to understand why God put my name on Scott’s heart, or why he chose this last year for me to go through the experience, or why I had the courage to actually say yes to the call. I have learned so much and have so much yet to learn! On the retreat, one of the speakers talked about how God does not necessarily always call the equipped; God equips those He calls. That is how I felt. Once Scott asked me, I had to be willing but I sure didn’t feel equipped. I am amazed at what God has shown me and how He brought everything together (oh me of little faith!) It was a more amazing retreat weekend than I could have ever imagined but I guess I should not have been surprised! Early on, I knew the only way for me to do this was to let him “steal the show” but I wasn’t sure I would be able to give up that control. So that was the struggle, and God kept showing me over and over again that it wasn’t about me and to let it go. My Koinonia family is amazing. I want you to know how amazed and humbled I am by allowing me this experience with you all! I look forward to see what God has next and pray that I, along with all those that took the “ride” with me, will continue to grow and be “grounded in His love”.
God is good! On K-113…
I saw names on a piece of paper turn into groups of friends and spiritual companions.
I saw God work in and heal relationships.
I saw courage in action.
I saw God be glorified in music, words, prayer, and actions.
I saw being grounded in God’s love become more of a reality in people’s lives.
Each weekend takes on a specific personality and K-113 was particularly renewing. There were tears and words of vulnerability and healing. There was fun and laughter. There were challenges to think and self- reflect. And there was lots of food (of course).
Please be in prayer for K-114. I know God has something amazing in mind and it is our job as a Kommunity to follow where He is leading. I can’t wait to see what He has in store for us all!
big hug –
Kristy Holland, K-82
K-113 Assistant Lay Leader
I was looking for peace and searching for deeper spirituality. I found that and more on my Koinonia weekend. It was an opportunity to “retreat” from everyday life in a beautiful setting nestled among mountains, and trees where I was reminded of God’s amazing hand in creation. Away from all distractions and surrounded by a Christian community, my spirit was nourished, my heart softened, and my eyes opened to new possibilities. It was clear to me that the Holy Spirit was at work in those who were present. I am so grateful for the experience and highly recommend it.
Vicki Fuesz (K-113)
Just a note to all about the K-112 experience and looking forward to K-113… I can sum up the experience in short by just saying K-112 was such a blessing! There were times where I wasn’t sure how this Fall’s retreat was going to happen but thanks to all the prayers and a gracious God the weekend retreat was beyond all my expectations. I should know to never doubt our great God! Scott’s theme was praise and that is what we did all through the preparations and on through the weekend. The talks began Friday night as did the tears which went on through the next two days. There were tears of pain and vulnerability that turned into tears of healing as the weekend went on. The verse Scott used was from Hebrews and talked about the sacrifice of praise and I felt that on K-112. We were worshipping and praising Him through all the tears and hurt and I believe God was there holding on to each one of us!
As I look forward I am excited about K-113. My personality is to question and fret over things such as this, so I ask for your prayers that I will remember who is truly in charge as the planning begins. As I prayerfully consider the upcoming team, I pray that you will also prayerfully consider your part in the upcoming retreat. God is a great God and I believe that His strength is made great in my weakness. Believe it or not the Lord has already provided me a theme for the weekend, which is just another example that He is in control. There is a whole story behind it that I may share with you someday but in short, I want to be “grounded in his love” that I may experience the breadth and length and height and depth of his love to which it surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:17-19 ). Wow, it boggles my mind! I hope you will come along with me on this journey to discover His love in a new and exciting way.
Blessings to you all,
Christina Ward (K-93)
K-112 Assistant LayLeader
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K-112 Palanka Party and Team Dedication
Saturday, November 3
Broomfield Community Church
255 Miramonte Blvd.
Broomfield, CO, 80020
Directions: From US-36, head north on CO-121/US-287. Turn right on Miramonte Blvd. The church will be on the left, across from Broomfield High School.
Bring snacks to share and helping hands and hearts.