God's Gift

As human beings, we are not immune to miscommunications, misunderstandings or arguments and are guilty of not always finding the "right" words to say in the tone we want to tell them while in conversation.

It's easy to give into frustration when...

  • You misinterpret instructions at your place of work that creates a cycle of miscommunication.
  • You analyze a situation based on facts and data while your spouse looks at it predominantly through the lens of emotions, or vice versa.
  • You send or receive a text message about a conversation that should be in person, and it's taken the wrong way for whatever reason.
  • You engage in a social media exchange with a person who has a different point of view, but neither one of you takes the time to hear the heart of where the other person is coming from.

The list goes on and on.

We see this playing out in our families, relationships, place of work, culture and even the Church at large.

One of the gifts on the day of Pentecost (the birthday of the Church) in Acts 2 was that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 people in the Upper Room. The people weren't just given power from on high but the gift of communication to spread the gospel. While Satan is the author of confusion, God is the one who brings unity through the Holy Spirit, and it's through the gift of communication.

As followers of Jesus, it means we can walk by the Spirit every day in our ordinary lives and with the numerous interactions we have with others. When we give ourselves over to the Holy Spirit, it doesn't mean we are going to agree with all people or even all Christians on a variety of issues, but what it does say is that we can communicate with one another in a spirit of unity.

I can still love you when we disagree or have been hurt, or even when we have been misunderstood. God's love is the most prominent sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit. It's also the evidence that Jesus talked about how the world can recognize we are different. In John 13:34-35 Jesus says, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

So how do we practice God's love in our communication?

•Assume positive intent from another person before jumping to conclusions.
•Think before we speak.
•Don't talk out of anger or wrath.
•Listen intently to the other person instead of only thinking about how we are going to respond.
•Don't give up.

The gift of communication is something God desires for all God's followers. Let us be people of clear communication, not giving up on one another, but loving one another each day with God's love.

Grace, 
Pastor Rosario

Horse Sense

Growing up, my mom and (dad agreed) to send me to Horse Camp for one week at the age of 9, for two weeks at 10 years old and THREE full weeks in the summer at age 11!  This was always following the little league baseball season.  At horse camp, they taught us campers SO much not only about horses and how to take care of God’s creatures but about life, faith in Jesus and the value of working hard and dedicating ourselves to something greater than ourselves.  But there was another side of horse camp.  You had to work socially to get along with the camp counselors, other campers and that meant a lot of learning to think of others and how they want things done.  Sometimes to get along you had to learn to go along.  There was a variety of farm animals: rabbits, cows, chickens, goats, sheep and peacocks.  And it was MESSY and it was EARLY!  We had to get up when the rooster crowed to go water and feed the animals or go set up breakfast as a “hopper.”   They assigned us to one horse for the duration of our time and at the end we would put on a horse show for parents, family and friends to prove what we learned.  It was a lot of fun and a lot of work too.  Everyone had to look after everyone else.  The owners looked after and supported the counselors, counselors looked after the campers and we all looked after the animals.    

In between archery, playing with the animals, hayrides, smores, chuckwagon breakfast, afternoon swimming and crafts (which I dreaded), they had us study “Horse Sense Rules.” Horse sense was not common sense. It was actually the most challenging part of the week—STUDY.  In the summer?  Arrgh! I hate studying and test taking—only being made to doing crafts is worse.  But we had to learn all about Horse Sense and Safety to keep the horse safe as well as practice principles that kept us safe.  At camp I learned that in life, to really grow and care for others, God’s plan is that we learn to Work Hard, Play Hard, Study Hard and Sleep Hard!  It takes all of them if a community is truly going to thrive and the individuals in it grow.

At Mosaic, we work hard to build a safe environment for everyone to grow in their faith and use their talents that God gave them.  For what purpose?  So that everyone can KNOW the love of Jesus, the Power of the Holy Spirit at work in their life and God’s all surpassing great plan for their lives.  

We are becoming a dynamic Mosaic of Jesus followers by creating a place where YOU can encounter true community with God and each other; engage your beliefs in Jesus and ultimately create a contagious faith in Jesus to share with everyone God brings across your path.  Make Sense? Come on and horse around a bit with others who wish to do the same in a safe and encouraging environment.  It may get messy as we each learn to get along with people who are coming from a different background.  It may be some Work and Study, but we will Play!  You may get tired along the way so take plenty of Sunday afternoon naps.  Guess what? In the end (of this great life-training ground), you’ll be well prepared for eternity!

This Sunday is going to be AMAZING!  New Location: Regal Fairfield Commons 2651 Fairfield Commons Blvd. Beavercreek, Ohio 45431; It’s Bible Sunday where PARENTS will be presenting their kids with God’s Word the Bible--we will have enough, so come on and bring your neighbor; and of course Mother’s Day where we recognize all women in our lives who have made a positive impact.  And of course our sermon series continues, “Bootcamp: Training with the Holy Spirit” Acts 3 and 4.  

Blessings in Christ,

Wayne Botkin         

Better Together

As a church planter who started with no people in Lexington, Kentucky I knew I needed to meet people. I didn’t have an office, and frankly, I didn’t want one which is why I turned my last office at The Point Church (in Trotwood, Ohio) into a prayer room.  I made the lobby my office to meet people.  That’s where I spent my three years.  In Lexington, I made Starbucks my office.  I learned immediate people didn’t go for the overpriced drinks with sizes you have to in Italian instead of small, medium or large.  People are hiding behind their laptops and iPads/iPods because they want to be around others.  One day as I had back to back business meetings I came across a young lady who worked for a nonprofit in charitable giving.  I got her business card.  She wanted to connect with our donors; I didn’t tell her we had no donors because I had an ulterior motive.  I thought she was attractive you lady who happened to be a Christian and I wanted her contact info.
 
I got ahold of her and set up what I thought was a date, and she thought it was a business meeting. When Callie pulled out her business folder to go over what her nonprofit had to offer my jaw dropped because it was apparent we weren't on the same page.  I thought we were on some date.  I tried to steer the conversation to more personal questions, but she didn't have it. I did learn we had some mutual acquaintances and set up a time to hang out with everybody.  I was persistent to say the least.  A lot of my attempts failed.  But she quickly got the hint even more because I kept inviting her to different functions.  I finally landed a date, and it was the best date I had in my life.  However, being the prayer person, she was, God gave her the red light.  I prayed hard because I had not meant anybody like her.  God answered both of our prayers. 
 
The one thing Callie prayed was that God would bring someone into her life that they could “Serve The Lord Better Together than apart.”  I would say the fulfillment of that prayer is lived out in our marriage and family.
 
 It’s also been lived out another way as Pastor Wayne, and I met a few years ago.  We didn’t realize a car ride together to a church planting meeting in Columbus would ignite a God-Dream of Mosaic Church.  We too are serving The Lord Better Together than we could ever on our own.
 
We  also see that in the life of Mosaic Church where we seek to be a dynamic mosaic of Jesus-followers living out Pentecost and the Kingdom of God as in Revelation 7:9 “from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”
 
We are truly better together and are incomplete without you.
 

  • Black and white, young and old, man and woman, rich and poor… Better Together.
  • Broken and in need of the grace of God… Better Together.
  • An imperfect church serving a perfect God… Better Together.
  • People striving to see people as people… Better Together.
  • Rich in love and full of compassion… Better Together.
  • A place where folk come when life is hard… Better Together.
  • A respite for the tired… Better Together.
  • A church that won’t hold the past against you but will pray you through to a better future… Better Together.
  • Because we are all beggars coming to the same table looking for bread… Better Together.

 
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Roz

Mosaic on the Mooove!

You may have noticed, Mosaic is a church that moooves. Each week we pack up our trailer, unload the trailer, do some amazing Worship and connecting in friendship, re-load the trailer and get ready for the next occasion! People have seen our trailer as we mooove and actually come to worship. Or, they’ve come to watch a movie and wandered into worship the next Sunday. We are constantly moooving. I like to think about Mosaic being more of a mooovement than a church in one place. So, it doesn’t surprise us that God has us on the mooove to our next location. On Mother’s Day we will be moooving from the Greene to the Regal Cinema Fairfield Commons. The reason for the mooove is that the current cinema is changing to luxury seating and will be under construction for 5 months. The reason behind the mooove, as we see it is that God wants us to reach people we haven’t yet reached—placing Mosaic near Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Why do I keep misspelling mooove? Because this is our third mooovement. This is Mosaic 3.0. Our first move was into the Greene Town Center on September 17, 2017. The second moove was the addition of the 2nd worship celebration on February 18, 2018. Now, Mosaic 3.0 will happen in just a few weeks on May 13, 2018!

But, we are incomplete without YOU in this mooovement! 

So, how can you help? Simple. Pray and act.

1. Pray and then join the launch team: Media, Hospitality, Mosaic Kids, Students, Jump into a Connect Group, setup and tear down crew etc. Check out the APP to see all the options. We welcome YOU!

2. Sign up for a 30 minute time spot for the 72-hour prayer relay: click here: 72 Hour Prayer Relay: Mosaic on the Mooove!

You may have noticed, Mosaic is a church that moooves. Each week we pack up our trailer, unload the trailer, do some amazing Worship and connecting in friendship, re-load the trailer and get ready for the next occasion! People have seen our trailer as we mooove and actually come to worship. Or, they’ve come to watch a movie and wandered into worship the next Sunday. We are constantly moooving. I like to think about Mosaic being more of a mooovement than a church in one place. So, it doesn’t surprise us that God has us on the mooove to our next location. On Mother’s Day we will be moooving from the Greene to the Regal Cinema Fairfield Commons. The reason for the mooove is that the current cinema is changing to luxury seating and will be under construction for 5 months. The reason behind the mooove, as we see it is that God wants us to reach people we haven’t yet reached—placing Mosaic near Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Why do I keep misspelling mooove? Because this is our third mooovement. This is Mosaic 3.0. Our first move was into the Greene Town Center on September 17, 2017. The second moove was the addition of the 2nd worship celebration on February 18, 2018. Now, Mosaic 3.0 will happen in just a few weeks on May 13, 2018! 

But, we are incomplete without YOU in this mooovement! So, how can you help? Simple. Pray and act. 

1. Pray and then join the launch team: Media, Hospitality, Mosaic Kids, Students, Jump into a Connect Group, setup and tear down crew etc. Check out the APP to see all the options. We welcome YOU!

2. Sign up for a 30 minute time spot for the 72-hour prayer relay: click here: https://www.24-7prayer.com/signup/3424b8

3. Bring someone to Mosaic Launch 3.0 on Mother’s Day!

As a guide for prayer, check out the following Prayer focus that we will be praying over the people in the community as we prepare for God to mooove us!

Prayer Focus: Immerse the community in Jesus’ Love

~ Pray that people in the area (Green County, WSU, WPAFB) will hear about Mosaic and be open to receiving even more of the Love of God in their lives. That every person, every family gets connected to a good church somewhere. 

~ Pray and B.L.E.S.S. the people of the community (See Below)

~ Pray that people of all ages and ethnicities will be open to come together at Mosaic

~ Pray for the ever-expanding Launch Team of Mosaic to add to their team and transition strong/healthy.

~ Pray for the people coming currently to the Greene will transition well to the next location at the Regal Fairfield Commons and bring NEW people with them. 

Bless the People:

B: Body-- Physical Health

L: Labor-- Productive Life, High Return on Investment

E: Emotions—Joy, Love, Peace

S: Social—Marriages, Children, Friends, Co-Workers

S: Spiritual—Salvation, Recognize Jesus’s presence

Scripture Focus:

Ephesians 1:18-19  
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Numbers 6: 24-26
“ ‘ “May the Lord bless you
and take good care of you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord look on you with favor
and give you peace.” ’

You are a vital part of the Mosaic mooovement! Don’t miss out on Mosaic 3.0! We look forward to all that God has in store and the new people we will meet along the way.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Wayne Botkin

Divine Interruptions

We are people always on the move.  As Americans, we pride ourselves on being the most time-conscious people on the planet.  We invented fast food, instant coffee, expressways, and express oil changes.  As one person put it, we’re people who shout at our microwave to “Hurry up!” We get caught up in the rat race. We call life taking children back and forth to school, running them to practices, going to the grocery store, and trying to make it to appointments on time. It’s easy to overlook what’s in front of us.  We get aggravated when our plans are derailed or change, when something causes us to be late, or when we have to adjust our routines.
 
But in those times of frustration, when we are on the move, what if God is trying to get our attention?  What if we can experience a bit of the miraculous and divine within the interruptions?
 
In the life of Jesus, we see him on the move.  And what we would consider an interruption, Jesus considered divine.  His response is noteworthy in the gospels:
 
1.    When speaking to a crowd, Luke 5:17-19
2.    When asleep, Luke 8:22-24
3.    When on his way to perform a healing, Luke 8:43
4.    When conversing with his disciples, Luke 12:11-21
5.    When praying, Mark 1:35-39
6.    When traveling, Mark 10:46-52
 
What would annoy us is what Jesus welcomed as an opportunity to share his life and love with the people around him.
 
Recently I experienced this when I found out that Mosaic Church would have to find a new worship venue.  The reason for this move is that the Rave Movie Theater at the Greene will be working to replace the current seats with new luxury recliners.  The seat renovation displaces us for six months. While this is exciting for the Rave and theatergoers, it means that Mosaic needed to find our next location for worship.  
 
Talk about an interruption.
 
But God was preparing a new worship space and new opportunities to reach more people.   On May 13, 2018, the worship services will move to modified times at a NEW LOCATION. Mosaic will be changing the location to the Regal Fairfield Commons Cinema in Beavercreek behind the Fairfield Commons Mall!  Worship times will be 9:05 am and 10:30 am.
 
We believe God is moving us to meet new people!  We will be right next to Wright State University and Wright Patterson Airforce Base, and next to great restaurants and shops.  Worship at Mosaic will continue just a few miles up the road from our current location.            
 
God sends certain divine interruptions in our lives to get our attention.  Sure, God knows the details of our lives and even our schedules, but our focus is what God desires the most from us.  Next time your schedule changes, an unwanted situation pops up, or an uninvited guest comes your way, don’t look at it as an interruption, but instead, ask yourself what God might be trying to tell you.


Grace and Peace,
Pastor Roz

Bibles For Kids

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Mosaic Church is excited to support the faith development of each child and family by presenting a NEW bible to every child from Kindergarten up to 5th grade. Reading and understanding God’s Word as contained in the Bible is absolutely vital to each kid’s life in faith.

To do this though, we need your help! As the person(s) who plays a most important role in a child’s faith-life with Jesus, we invite Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles to be the ones to present the bible in worship. So, on Mother’s Day May 13th, at both services at our NEW location, bibles will be presented to kids. 

Please confirm with Stephanie Kellar, Director of Family Ministries at stephanie@wearemosaic.org so that we can have the appropriate Bible for your child or a child in your life.
Also, if you are willing to sponsor a child with a bible, please let Stephanie Kellar know. We want to be sure every kid is able to have a bible and YOU can help that happen. How?

Sponsor Online! 
We invite you to help sponsor a bible for yours or another child by the following:

https://ginghamsburg.securegive.com/SG/WebOnline/Transaction
You may select Pay without an Account
Select Mosaic Campus
And just follow by entering your information
Prices: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade $10
3rd through 5th Grade $20

We plan to have extra bibles on hand for guests on May 13th. 

It is an exciting time for the children to be recognized and given their new Bible, a story of God’s love. We are thankful for this opportunity to aid in the spiritual formation of your child and hope you can help them attend this very special day! Thank you for the important role you play in helping your kids grow in Jesus’ love!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Wayne Botkin