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May this year be better than the last and worse than the next! This is a typical Brazilian saying around the turn of the year. You may need to read it again to catch what it means. 

While we wish each other the best in the New Year, we know that we will continue to experience suffering and hardships. We all long for the pandemic to end for life to return to "normal". We can and should wish for that, but we do well to place our hope on the good work of the Spirit in us as we endure these hard things. Indeed it is through our suffering that true and lasting hope, which does not shame or disappoint, can be found (See Romans 5).

So friends, hope in Jesus. Hope in the promises of the gospel. And may those things bring you true joy in the new year.
Roddy Dinsmore

What Is Work Matters?

We have incredible people in our CHBC family doing incredible things. 

Work Matters is a monthly podcast from Chapel Hill Bible Church hosted by Pastor Rodrigo Dinsmore. In each episode we discover how the kingdom of God is being grown and shaped through the vocations of our members. We hope to encourage and challenge you to identify how God can use YOU through your work to make His kingdom known. Subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or Google.
Work Matters - Rebecca Stevenson
Words are beautiful and powerful and convey to us wonderful truths about God. In this month's interview Rebecca Stevenson shares with us how the Lord has used her love for words and literature to bless her and others. Listen in as she shares about her two books and gives us a glimpse into her latest project. WATCH/LISTEN >

Check out Rebecca Stevenson's books below, as mentioned in this month's Work Matters interview.


Wait: Thoughts and Practice in Waiting on God  / Rebecca Stevenson

Everyone has endured the endless traffic light, the queue that goes nowhere, the elevator music piped through the phone line. But what of those periods in your life when everything seems on hold? When you can't do the next thing in your professional or personal life because you can't get to it? Waiting—be it for health, a life partner, a child, a job—can be an agony, and hope can be exhausting. A firm no in response to the thing you're waiting for might be easier than this constant lack of closure. But what if waiting means something more? Rather than pure idleness, our prolonged state of need might teach us to look beyond the desired goal to something infinitely better. We find lessons on this throughout the Bible and, if we are paying attention, in our own lives. Rather than fostering frustration, periods of waiting might have great truths to tell us. It might show us that hope is worthwhile. Waiting might even be a gift in and of itself. LEARN MORE >
Healing Maddie Brees

Healing Maddie Brees / Rebecca Stevenson

Maddie Brees has been given bad news: she is seriously ill. But she also has an old friend, an ex-boyfriend who might be able to heal her. She was witness to Vincent Elander's so-called miracles in the past. But that was a long time ago, a memory that she would rather stay buried. Now she is happily married to Frank and the mother of their three young boys. The religion of her past is behind her, along with any confidence she once had in it. With the onset of her cancer, the memories of Vincent won't leave Maddie alone, and before long they are affecting everything else: her marriage, her husband, the things they thought they agreed on, and the beliefs they thought they shared. Soon Frank, who was to be Maddie's rock throughout her treatment, is finding fault-lines of his own. 

In this exquisitely written narrative, the author explores questions of honesty and commitment, of disease and isolation, and of the many shapes healing takes. LEARN MORE >
Thank you for your generosity this Christmas Season!
Thank you to our CHBC members who gave so generously for the Toy Drive, Coat Drive & Feed Our Friends event this Christmas season! We were able to provide gifts for 7 children and over $200 in gift cards for the families of inmates in local prisons. Partnering with Antioch Baptist Church for their annual Feed our Friends event, we had 5 families sign up to serve at the dinner and over 50 coats donated to be given as gifts to those in attendance! We received $8,321.02 to be distributed to Nsagwa School, Fountain of Hope Ministries, and Houses of Hope Ministries. The funds will be distributed evenly between these three ministries as we kick-off partnering with them through the Child Sponsorship Fund this year! Thank you for faithfully loving our neighbors in this way this Christmas season!

How are you serving your community?

Do you have any stories to share with us of how God is using you (maybe your Life Group) to minister the gospel to others? Let Pastor Roddy know!

Missions Prayer Gathering / Each Monday, 6:30 pm (Zoom)

Each Monday evening (6:30-7:30 pm) there is a Zoom gathering to pray for CHBC Partners and others. If you want to join the prayer gathering any Monday evening, contact David & Judy for the Zoom meeting info.
Baby Bottle Campaign

Baby Bottle Campaign to Benefit Pregnancy Support Services (PSS) / Jan 23 - Feb 6

We will be starting our annual campaign in support of PSS Sunday, January 23rd! Baby bottles will be available in the lobby between January 23 - 30. Fill it up with coins, bills or checks and be sure to drop it back to the table by February 6. If you are unable to pick up a baby bottle, click here to make a secure online donation. LEARN MORE >

Perspectives / Starts Mondays on January 17, 2022

Many Christians have pointed to their participation in this course as one of the most impactful experiences of their lives! Whether you are exploring a call to serve overseas or across the street, or you want to more faithfully give, encourage, and pray for disciples to be made of all nations, Perspectives will give you the theological and practical tools you need! This year we are thrilled to have 4 instructors from CHBC among the teachers (Kyle Wisdom, Clara Flores, Matt Smith, Rodrigo Dinsmore)! We encourage you to take Perspectives and to invite someone to take it with you! Class starts on January 17, 2022. REGISTER >
FILM SHOWING: Ends of the Earth / Wednesday, January 19, 7pm
Join us for a showing of Ends of the Earth, a documentary following missionary pilots from Mission Aviation Fellowship, hosted by Jareb & Amy McClain. The documentary explores stories of faith, calling, and adventure by weaving together the true stories of MAF pilots — past and present — who strive with other missionaries, churches and organizations to take the gospel to the most isolated and inaccessible places on earth.  PURCHASE TICKETS & LEARN MORE>

Faith & Work Class: Every Good Endeavor / Sundays, January 30 - February 20, 11 am

We know that the Gospel changes everything, but it can be difficult to apply it to our day-to-day work. This 4-week primer will help you connect your purposeful work to God's as well as establish a foundation for integrating your faith and your work. This class will be taught by John Worsham, Executive Director of Triangle Fellows, an immersive discipleship and leadership development program for Christian professionals. Join us from January 30-February 20 at 11am in Room 308. REGISTER>
Adoption/Foster Care Ministry Lunch
Adoption/Foster Care Ministry Lunch / Sunday, February 20, 12:30 pm
If you are a family with adopted and/or foster care children, or if you are interested in learning more about what's involved or supporting others, the CHBC’s Adoption and Foster Care Ministry is hosting a (free) lunch. Come meet others and help us shape our vision of how CHBC can be a more engaged community. The lunch will be in Room 306 and will have activities for the kids. REGISTER >


Made for Mission

Made for Mission / February 20-27, 2022
(Conference on Feb 25-27)

What is the role of business in the kingdom of God? How might Kingdom enterprises impact local communities? How should Christians minister to their colleagues? Our annual Made for Mission Conference will focus on the topic of Business for Transformation (B4T) to encourage and empower our church in ministering to the world around us. Registration will be opening February 1.

Patrick Lai, a well known author and leader in the B4T movement and founder of Open USA, will be our conference speaker and preacher. 
Every month we focus on mission partners to pray for and encourage in a special way. Please consider writing a note to them and mail (or email) it to CHBC (we will make sure to get it to them).
  • David & Julie StickelDavid and Julie Stickel serve in Chapel Hill, working with The Navigators to teach English to Asians in the area. They seek to show those they teach the love of Christ and the beauty of the Gospel. Please pray that the teachers would grow in their walk with God. Pray that He would work in the hearts of those who come, and they would embrace him. LEARN MORE>
  • Pregnancy Support ServicesPregnancy Support Services provides assistance to women facing an unplanned pregnancy in Durham and Chapel Hill. Please pray for the fundraising this month through the Baby Bottle campaign that the money raised would be used to create a safe and supportive environment for the women. Pray that the women needing pregnancy support would call and for the PSS staff to seek the Lord in all they do. LEARN MORE>

Engaging the Missio Dei in the Triangle and Beyond

This is a monthly newsletter designed to equip and inform you as you serve the Lord and His purposes. Our hope is that you will find the content to be useful as you grow in your service to our God and to our neighbors. 

P.S. If you have ideas for next month's edition or have questions, just hit REPLY and send me a message.

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