ALL ABOUT US
Rustle Church is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church in Canada. www.fmcic.ca
Pastor: Todd Stelmach
Founding Pastor: Al Doseger
Chair: Carolyn Butler
Secretary: Brandon Laird
Treasurer: Aphra Rogers
Rustle Church is a caring community where everyone is welcome, encouraged to grow and reach their God-given potential.
Endearing Qualities (Values)
Centred Father, Jesus, Spirit, scripture, cross, kingdom, prayer
Needed effective, useful, purposeful, accessible, life-giving
Neighboured local, contributing, involved, helpful, influential, salty
Created innovative, fun, expressive, creative, adaptive, inventive
Familied shared lives, belonging, accountability, responsibility, home
Moved grow, mature, change, transform, become, respond, initiate
Gived gracious, generous, openhanded, sacrificial, trusting, spent
Centred The story of God in human history centers on Jesus Christ and his life, death and resurrection. Jesus was God with skin and bones. This God-man showed us God as touchable, knowable, and lovable. Jesus opened to us the possibility of peaceful, loving relationship with the God of the universe, and with each other and the created world. We understand this Big Story through the pages of Scripture. As these truths penetrate the centre of our being, we begin to live in the reality of God’s loving presence. God is the centre of our being, the centre of our stories, the centre of our lives, the centre of our faith.
Needed We are needed in a world of need. We are to be the image of God participating in God’s great story of redeeming everything. We are God’s hands, feet, mind, heart and soul, restoring every relationship, every system to the love, peace and justice that God intended. We want the activities we engage in to be useful for this task. We are sent ones, sent into a world in crisis, to people with crises. We want to use our short time here wisely; making the best use of the gifts God has given us to help in ways that are actually helpful. We want to serve and spend our energy doing things that are needed as part of God’s big story of redeeming, healing, and transforming the world.
Neighboured We live with people, work with people, play with people, receive our cup of coffee from people, and perhaps even wave at people as we walk into our homes. We are anchored in space and time with those that surround us, and we want everything we do to be connected to these neighbors. We want to be visible participants in our community, making a real difference in the lives of those we run into or pass by every day. If we move out of our neighbourhoods, we want to be missed. We want to be good neighbors, loving those people and places God puts in our path in whatever way we can.
Familied We don’t get to choose who our family is, but we are asked to love each member equally. Every person belongs. Every person has a place and is welcome, from the smallest child to the most ornery adult. Every person is valued; every person has something to contribute to the family. The family business is to live out God’s love in the world. We trust that God does not limit love to a few favorites, so we make an effort to show the same generous love to the people God places in our lives. We want to love, support, challenge and encourage each other, giving hugs and kicks, tears and high fives in our everyday moments.
Created God is a creator, and as people made in God’s image we are blessed with a capacity to create as well. We want our interaction with God and our participation in God’s mission of love, peace and justice to be characterized by creativity. We want to dream up and experience new ways of understanding God’s grace and healing work in our communities. We want to put our gifts, talents and abilities to work. We colour outside the lines. We create music that help us connect with God, try out new ways of meeting needs and serving our neighbors, and make art that shows God’s presence in our lives. We want to be inventive teachers, engineers, students and parents. We want everything we do to bear the mark of the creator.
Moved We begin as babes, both physically and spiritually, but we are not intended to remain that way. Movement is a necessary part of our lives as we grow on every level, and this includes the life of faith. We want to be a community of people who are committed to movement. We are aware that emotional and spiritual growth is often a painful process, so we will do our best to support and encourage one another along the way. We are not only open to change; we dive in and embrace it. We are convinced that God moves among us and in our communities and our world. We are committed to listening for God’s voice and following God’s leading as we are encouraged, corrected, directed, and loved toward greater maturity.
Gived We live in an overflow of grace and goodness from God. We are blessed people, and we want to live lives that pass on the generous grace, love and forgiveness we have received to the people we encounter. Everything we have has been entrusted to us and we want to care for it well. We want be so full of trust in God’s love that we can live loosely with our possessions. We want to be givers, lovers in practical ways. We will give away our time, our abilities, even our money. We want people to know that God is generous because these communities of people in Kingston who claim to follow this God are generous.
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