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Playing to Win by Jeff Joyner
Facing Culture with God's Love Letter This Fall (Women's Bible Study) by Jeanne Eyman 
Dirtiest of Jobs and Loving It by Geri and Gary Dunfee
Second Quarter Canby Christian Church Finance Update by Dan Leischner


Playing to Win

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by Jeff Joyner


Being an avid sports fan my whole life, I have observed how individuals or entire teams break out to a huge lead in a game and then begin to play the remainder of the contest “not to lose.”  When that usually happens, the individual or team will inevitably go down in defeat as a result. Why? Because they focused too much on their desired outcome instead of playing the game how it should be played.

Jesus said, "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." (Matthew 25:16 NIV) I’ve always been intrigued by that verse, not just how it applies to our salvation, but also to how we live our lives after we’ve come to know Him personally. Often times we as Christians are tempted to live our lives here seeking our desired outcomes instead of playing the game how it should be played, which is in total surrender to Christ.
2017 has been a year unlike any other year I’ve had in my life. Being diagnosed with Leukemia in March has created extremely difficult challenges in my life. The temptation is to over focus on my desired outcomes instead of trusting God in every situation, no matter how difficult it may be. Recently, I came across a chart I put together a few years ago which speaks to this issue comparing Christians playing “not to lose” versus those “playing to win.” I truly believe when we lose our lives for His sake, we truly “win” by seeing His purposes come to fruition in our lives as we surrender all to Him.

A Christian playing 
“Not to lose” is:

A Christian playing
“To Win” is:

 1.  Characterized by fear

 1.  Characterized by Faith
 2.  Depending on self  2.  Depending on God
 3.  Controlled by past failures  3.  Controlled by future victories
 4.  Focusing on their weaknesses  4.  Focusing on God’s strength
 5.  Trying to be perfect  5.  Resting in God’s perfection
 6.  Resting in what they can control  6.  Resting in what God can control
 7.  Negatively diffusing optimism  7.  Optimistically diffusing negativism
 8.  Striving to prevent defeat  8.  Resting in God’s victory
 9.  Consumed by the temporal  9.  Consumed by the eternal
10. Operating in their own power 10. Operating in God’s power
11. Fearfully attacking the enemy 11. Confidently resisting the enemy
12. Caught up in the daily grind 12. Caught up in God’s big picture
13. Serving God out of fear 13. Serving God out of love
14. Burning out 14. Not consumed
15. Losing 15. Winning
We as a church are embarking on a new exciting season of ministry. As we walk by faith, and trust God in the days ahead, the sky is the limit for what God can and will accomplish through us. May we be a church that doesn’t merely play it safe, but one that is aggressively trusting God to reach a lost and dying world.


Facing Culture with God’s Love Letter This Fall (Women’s Bible Study)

By Jeanne Eyman

Womens Bible Study-smWith this heat wave we’ve been having I tend to react in several ways: 

Attack! I will get up early tomorrow morning and get right outside so I can get the flowerbed weeding accomplished before it gets too hot! 

Or retreat. 

Maybe I should conserve my energy and get the “inside” projects done! 

Or how about a good book?

For those of us that know and love the Lord Jesus, His Word (His Love Letter to us) is THE Good Book!

Last year the women at the Thursday morning Bible study joined me in tackling REVELATION. Jesus tells us that to even just read the words of this prophecy, “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” (Rev 1:3 NIV).

What an adventure we had digging into God’s Word and listening to the Holy Spirit as He talked to each of us about what we were studying and how it could be applied to our “everyday walking around lives.” 

What I prayed for throughout the time we were studying Revelation was that we would see, feel, and experience the hope of Jesus that is embedded in that book! And that is what the women said last May when we finished—they felt hopeful about the future!

Honestly, I would love to turn around in a year and do that study over again. Maybe then I would retain more of it???

In the Bible study this fall, we will be returning to the Old Testament and picking up where we left off two years ago with the children of Israel moving into and conquering the Land of Promise, Israel.

In the book of Judges, God’s chosen national leader, Joshua, has died and we will learn firsthand how the nation responds. The final verse of the book of Judges reads, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6 NASB) Ring any bells with you? Sound anything like our own time and culture? 

After Judges, we will finish this year with God’s love revealed in the book of Ruth. Come join us! It is really Jesus’ invitation! We are all at different places in our lives, but we can all sit at His feet and learn from His Word. 

This group becomes a powerful LIFE Group sharing life with each other and supporting each other with prayer throughout the whole year. The study will go from September to May on Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bring your Bible, a pen for writing, and your own coffee or tea or kombutcha. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or catch me in the fellowship hall in between services.

Now to get back to another good book! In preparation for the study this year, I have started reading, “A Practical Guide to Culture, Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World,” by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle. It reminds me of when our small group tackled “How Now Shall We Live,” by Charles Colson. I feel like every page has something to be highlighted and discussed.

See you there!


Dirtiest of Jobs and Loving It!

by Gary and Geri Dunfee

Why do we serve at the Winema Junior camp? I think that the answer is simpler than most people would believe.

We have listened to this voice in us that says, “Go, it will be a lot of hard work, but it will be good for you. It will help you to stay active, and that will cause you to maintain good health in your aging years. You can get good exercise helping Jean in the kitchen.”

“I will give you the dirtiest jobs in camp and long hours and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that only a true Winema-smleader would do what others don’t want to do, AND you will have fun doing it!”

“You will enjoy watching the kids while they wait to be served and while they eat and then return for seconds, thirds and…? You will sleep soundly when you go to bed early at night.”

Jean and Leroy know that when we help in the kitchen we will see that the work gets done and done properly. They wish all of their camps had a crew like ours has, with adults that know how to work until the job is complete.

Time off? Yes, there is an hour break in between breakfast and time to prepare for lunch. Yes, sometimes we actually take a nap or sit in on a missions class.

The mid-afternoon break—take a nap?  

Maybe. Then again, maybe eat an ice cream cone, or go to the lake and help kids and adults learn how to cast a fishing rod, or just sit and watch the kids enjoy their free time. What a great way to spend some time at the beach!!!!

Why don’t you come join us sometime?


Second Quarter Canby Christian Church
Finance Update 
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by Dan Leischner, Elder Chairman


We recently passed the halfway point (June 30) in our financial year and this is a good time to look at how things are progressing so far. When we look at church financial information (or any information where there are lots of numbers) the old saying is true: “a picture is worth a thousand words." 

Sometimes important information can be lost when we try to decipher too many details at one time, and we may miss the bigger picture of what this information means. Often it is more important to understand the relationships between the numbers, rather than see a number all by itself. Technology allows us to create pictures, graphical representations, of the actual numbers in our financial statements. These pictures allow us to step back and see the data in a whole new way.

Income by Category at Canby Christian Church:
The pie chart titled, “CCC Income by Source”, shows the ratios of the major components of the income received by Canby Christian Church during the first half of the year.  The chart shows that Offerings make up the single biggest source of the funds necessary to operate the church ministry. 

In fact, if you consider that the other two income categories – Rental Property Income and Designated Missions – are dedicated to specific purposes, ALL the money to fund ministry, staff, and the building comes from the weekly donations of Tithes and Offerings. I have talked with people who are surprised to learn that a church is so dependent on the weekly offerings, but the fact is that a church only operates by the freewill offerings of its members.

The Designated Missions income is comprised of donations received for specific dedicated Missions projects such as the Mexico Mission, Spring Break Mission, and Uganda Mission. These donations were given for these specific events and we cannot use the money for other activities in the church. You will see later when we discuss our expenses that these Designated Missions donations are received, held temporarily, and then paid out when the mission trips occur.

Rental Property income represents the rental income from the Church’s six rental property units. These units are located adjacent to the church property and parking lot (2 units) and across 4th Street (4 units). The income from the rental properties is used to pay for repairs and maintenance and property taxes for these rental units.

Budget 1

Expenses by Category at Canby Christian Church:
The pie chart titled, “CCC Expenses” shows the ratios of our major expense categories for the first half of the year.  Here are what those major categories represent:

  • Pastors and Ministry Staff 50%: This is the total cost for Salaries, payroll taxes, and benefits for all pastors and ministry staff (including contract accounting services and rental property manager). Our staff is responsible for carrying out the daily ministry of the church, planning special events, and overseeing the day-to-day operation of the church. This represents the single biggest expense category, because this is the single biggest asset that we have in fulfilling the mission of Canby Christian Church. A ratio of 50% is common for churches such as Canby Christian.

  • Designated Missions 19%: As discussed earlier, we receive donations for specific mission trips and we track those funds separately from other church monies. When we pay out money for these trips, we only use the designated monies that have been donated. Often we may have a situation where money is donated in one year, but gets paid out in the following year (or vice versa). This can make it look like we are paying out more than we have received in each year.

  • Budgeted Missions 8%: As part of our annual Ministry Budget, we dedicate a portion of our income to missionaries and mission organizations in our local area, and throughout the world. These missions expenses are separate from the Designated Missions funds.

  • Ministry Expense 8%: This can seem a bit misleading in that Ministry Expense seems like such a small portion of the budget.  While this expense is for things like ministry supplies, curriculum, and event expenses (like Charlie Brown Christmas), we should understand that our true “Ministry Expense” includes the cost of the staff, the upkeep of the building, and for the utilities and insurance on the building (which is used for ministry). In fact, if we added up all the ministry categories (everything except rental property expenses), our total Ministry Expense ratio would be about 94%!

  • Rental Properties 6%: The repair, maintenance, insurance and property taxes on the church rental units.

  • Utilities and Insurance 5%: Electricity, water, sewer, telephone, street maintenance fee, and property insurance for the church building.

  • Church Property R&M 4%: This is for the repairs, maintenance, and cleaning of the church building.

Budget 2


The chart, “CCC Income – Actual vs Budget” shows a visual comparison of our actual income (in blue) and our budgeted or expected income (in red).  You will see that some income categories, such as Offerings, are slightly less than we expected while other categories, such as Designated Missions, are greater than expected.  On the far right-hand side of the chart, you can see that our overall income was greater than expected for the first half of the year.

Budget 3

Below is the chart, “CCC Expenses – Actual vs Budget” which compares the actual expenditures for the first half of the year with our expected or budgeted expenses.  You will see that the Ministry Staff expense is greater than our budget.  This is due to a designated year-end gift for the staff that was received in 2016 but paid out in 2017.  This means that we recorded the income last year in our financial statements, but recorded the expense in the current year.  This makes it look as if we have exceeded our budget when, in reality, we were just paying out designated monies in the new year.  Similarly, with Designated Missions expense, we collected monies last year for specific mission trips and mission activities (such as Uganda Mission) which are being paid out this year.  This creates a difference from year to year between when we recognize the income and when we pay out the expense.

Budget 4

I hope that these financial “pictures” give you more insight into our church finances than thousands of words.  If you would like more information, please contact Dan Leischner or Phil Applebee.


Melody Roberts, 8/9/2017