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What's Your Shape by Team Serve

Did anyone ever ask you what your shape is? We usually associate this with our physical body. We make comments like, 

“I’m in rotten shape.”
“I getting in shape.”
“I wish I was in better shape.”
“That person is in great shape.”

When Team Serve asks you about your shape—it’s an acronym. 

Spiritual Gifts
Heart or Passions
Abilities
Personal Style
Experience

At 2BC it is our belief that each of us is uniquely shaped by God in these five ways. In January of this year, Jason preached a series on what the expectations for membership are here at 2BC. It was called “3+1 Foundational Commitments of Membership.” Those foundations, or the things we expect from our members are worship, personal growth, giving, and serving. Each had a specific challenge to our membership. The serving challenge was to “do one act of service per month within the church and volunteer 10-15 hours a year outside the church.” 

Jesus taught his disciples to pray “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). One rendering of this verse from Luke’s gospel is “God, may all of your dreams for us come true.” 

At Second Baptist Church, we want to be full participants with God in the work of God’s kingdom, of seeing all God’s dreams for us come true. This is the root of our Catalyst vision, which says “We are committed to being catalysts for God’s dream to come true at Second Baptist Church, throughout the greater KC metro region, and around our world.” This month our congregation is focusing on the ministry plan for 2019-2020. Our theme is “Sent Out.” You are hearing that theme unpacked in several different ways this month. You are also hearing a challenge to becoming a part of the Catalyst of helping God’s dreams for us come true. We are asking that you pray for our ministry plan, generously support our ministry plan, and find a place to serve through our ministry plan. 

Team Serve’s mission is to foster the evolution of an equipping ethos at 2BC so that all believers can find their place in the mission of God. We are here, to help you discover your SHAPE, improve your SHAPE, and to help you find where your SHAPE helps you fit into the quilt of membership at Second Baptist Church. If you would like to know more about the opportunities for service, or assistance with your SHAPE, please contact a team member. Ryan Dickson is the team leader. Other members are Cathy Baker, Ellen Gregory, Kim Halfhill, Carroll Makemson, Connie McNeill, and Kate Rettig. Their contact information is available from the church office or on The Hub. Let us help you as you make a commitment this Catalyst season to serve.

at Monday, November 19, 2018

Why Mops at Night by Alyson Nash

When I first heard that 2BC was wanting to start an evening MOPS group I was very excited to get more information. I had been wanting to attend the daytime MOPS group meetings for a while, but the meeting times never seemed to work out with my schedule. I work and go to nursing school so my schedule is not always very flexible during the day. In all the busyness of life, it's often difficult to find time to get involved in things outside of work and family. Community is very important to me, and that is why my husband and I joined 2BC when we moved to Liberty about three years ago. The first few years of my children’s lives were filled with a lot of life changes. We relocated to the Kansas City area when the kids were around 1 year old and since then I had never really found time to find a community of moms. Other moms that I knew had mentioned MOPS. There was a MOPS group in the last city where we lived that a friend of mine attended. But this one had also met during the day.

I have always been a working mom even though I have not always worked a nine to five job five days a week. Being a mom who works outside the home presents a lot of unique challenges. I feel like I have to cram a days worth of quality time into a few hours at night. The “mom guilt” is particularly strong in me. It can be especially hard to find time to be around other moms that are feeling exactly the same way as you. After all, everyone is busy. But something I and the co-leader of the Night MOPS group, Laura Sears, have realized is that making time to be in community with other moms is very important. It refreshes us, and I believe makes us better parents. We talk about frustrations and challenges that we face in parenting these tiny gifts that we have been given.

Being a mom is not always easy, but it is rewarding, and it helps to have a community of people that understand what you are going through. Since we started this group I have felt that I truly found a community of people who “get me”.

We welcome anyone that has kids from birth to kindergarten who is looking for a community of moms. We meet the second Wednesday of every month from 6-7: 30 p.m. in the Oak Room. Childcare is available but space is limited so we ask that if moms have a spouse or other family member that would be able to provide childcare that they leave the child with them. My hope is that this group will continue to grow and provide a valuable sense of community to moms of preschoolers. If anyone has any questions or wants more information about night MOPS you can email me or Laura Sears at nightmops.ah@gmail.com.

at Friday, November 16, 2018

Two Are Better Than One by Robin Ruhlman

I will never forget parking my car in the parking lot at Second Baptist for the first time. I took a deep breath and reached behind me to unbuckle my four-year-old and then got out to unbuckle my six-month-old. I snuggled him into my pregnant belly and grabbed the hand of my oldest. We then marched along the sidewalk, following the crowd of women and children. When we got to the crosswalk a sweet voice called my name, “Hi! You’re Robin, right? I’m Julia and you’ll be at my table. I’m so glad you’re here. Let me show you where to take your boys.” I followed this fellow mom with a grateful heart and instantly felt the nervousness leave my body. My children and I were surrounded by love and friendship the moment we parked our car. I dropped my baby off with Ann Posey, who smiled and said, “He will do just fine, enjoy your morning.” These moments, on my very first day of MOPS, changed my life. I was surrounded by women, by other mothers. I was no longer alone in my home with two children and a third on the way. They were going through what I was going through or were safely on the other side. They have offered comfort, prayers, shared in births, celebrations and laughed with me on the roller coaster of motherhood. 

Four years later and I now help coordinate this group of amazing women. We offer a judgment-free space to come and celebrate our joys and lay down our struggles. We surround each other with love and hope that only a fellow tired and worn out Mom can understand. I enter that room at 2BC every month and remember Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 

Two are better than one because they have a good return on their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

We are a cord of many strands, we gather with love, acceptance and a mutual respect that all mothers are welcome just as God created them. 

at Wednesday, November 14, 2018