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Being a faithful and generous church

ascentcc-old-logo I am pretty excited about something! So I'm sharing with you what happened to our Ascent family recently—God used us to be generous church!

Read the story below:

At our All-church meeting a few weeks ago, we expressed our desire and the necessity for us as a church family to expand our generosity with missions partnerships. We shared with all of you a couple of different ministry organizations that we would like to be generous towards—one of these partnerships was with YoungLife Prineville.

We had an opportunity to be generous toward YoungLife Prineville last week! What an incredible story we have to share with you! Last weekend, YoungLife Prineville was having a garage sale to help raise money for teens to attend summer camp. The Ascent had some old stuff from our yard sale from a few years back, which we didn’t sell, so we donated it to YoungLife for their garage sale. And we also made the decision to donate the old rickety trailer for them to sell. Well, they were able to sell the trailer for $500!

It gets even better.

Someone from the community said they would match whatever it was YoungLife Prineville made from the garage sale—so the $500 they made from our donation, ended up becoming $1000! Believe me that will send several teens to YoungLife camp, teens who need to know Jesus.

Thank you Ascent family for your heart of generosity and your desire to share the love of Jesus in any and every way possible! THIS is only the beginning of things to come.

 

I am so excited about this! Can you tell I'm excited?!?

One of our desires for The Ascent is to be a generous church. We are a small church with a big heart, but limited resources. Nevertheless, we hope to be a faithful church with everything God has given us to be stewards over.

We are still in need of prayers and financial support, as we seek to bring the gospel to Central Oregon and the pacific northwest.

Ways to Partner With Us…

We’d love it if you partnered with us prayerfully and financially. If you want to know more about our new adventure—please read the full story here: We are moving to Oregon

We always need and appreciate your prayers! But we also have financial needs. Fina and I have to raise a portion of our salary. Our commitment to the church is to raise support for two years (That’s $1800 a month for two years—a total of $43,200).

You can help by…

Send financial contributions to:

Ascent Christian Church P O Box 2117 Prineville, OR 97754 Make checks payable to Ascent Christian Church… Please indicate on the check “Puentes Missions” so we can apply it to the correct account. (Your contribution is a tax deductible donation).

OR

Online giving is available: http://www.ascentcc.com/giving/ (Be sure to check the box – “I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund” AND select: “Help Pastor Joe Puentes & Family”).

What version of the Bible do you use?

*First posted on Ascent’s Facebook page: Ascent Christian Church Facebook page What Bible version do you use?

This is a question I have been asked several times this past week. I thought I’d share my answer here on our church’s Facebook page.

Without getting into too much detail (I’d be glad to explain further with you offline why I use the version that I use); my preferred version is the ESV (English Standard Version).

The ESV is the version that I perdominatly use for both my personal Bible study and for most of the preaching and teaching I do at Ascent, and the version you will read up on the big screen on Sunday mornings unless otherwise specified.

On occasion, like this past Sunday, I use the NIV 1984 version, and at times I will use my own translation from Hebrew or Greek to English.

Many of us have a favorite version of the Bible we like to read from. I recognize that there are many different versions of the Bible, and I have used many of them for both personal use and for preaching and teaching.

My advice is for you to find the version that is easy for you to read and one you are comfortable with using. If you can, have a couple of different versions to read from—a word-for-word and a thought-for-thought version.

The important thing is for all of us to be reading our Bibles on a consistent basis.

Here is a great resource to help you look at the distinctives of some of the more popular Bible translations: http://www.mardel.com/bible-translation-guide.aspx

Happy reading!

What's on my mind this morning.

What's on my mind this morning:

- I'm so thankful that I get to be the pastor of Ascent Christian Church - I really love preaching. - And I really love preaching through our current series--I believe it will have a huge impact on our church. - We have some amazing people leading ministries in our church. - I'm very excited about who God has placed at our church and the gifts they have. - I am very excited about this coming year. - And the ministry that will be happening at Ascent!

- The realization that we are all made in the image of God is having an impact on how I view and treat people. - #LoveYourNeighbor - We are all broken people. Just some recognize it. Get healing. and become better for it. - I love the fact our church family is willing to acknowledge our messy spirituality.

- The state of Oregon just passed legislature on Marriage. - It was an emotional moment in Oregon history. - #OregonMarriageEqualityRuling. - I don't agree with everything Rep. Mike McLane said. - But he had some wise words to say to the people of Oregon:

20140519-214147-78107394.jpg - Regardless your view of this legislation, we are all made in the image of God and need Jesus. - Now is the time for the church to live out Jesus commandment to love your neighbor. - Luke 10:25-37 - #LoveYourNeighbor

- Humbled that I get to be a part of the Sisters, OR church plant management team: Mountain Range Christian Church - This makes me look forward to our next partnership church plant in Oregon with the OCEF.

- There are a lot of exciting things happening at Boise Bible College in Boise, ID.

- Jeff Walling is one of the best story tellers I've ever heard.

- You're never to old to get a lecture from your dad... - I did yesterday. Yes I deserved it. And no I'm not ready to talk about it :) - I have the best wife a man could ever hope for. - I don't deserve my kids--they are most amazing people I've ever met! - My kids have made some really cool friends--they are a blessing from The Lord.

- I'm fortunate to have friends like Mike, Tony, and Gavin--I love those guys from Warrenton and Astoria, OR.

- Prineville, OR is a beautiful place.20140519-212815-77295210.jpg - I went to The Kilns coffee house yesterday--it's in Bend, OR. - It has a very cool vibe. - And it houses Kilns College. They have a Master of Arts in Social Justice, which I find a bit intriguing.

- The movie 12 Years A Slave, makes me angry (I watched it last night for the first time). - I prefer Smallville over 24. - I like beards. - And probably will grow mine back in the next couple of weeks.

Joe

Moving Update: Oregon or Bust...

Photo Credit: Arthur Rothstein, Library of Congress, USA  

What a whirled-wind the last five and a half weeks have been!

I'm sitting here in my office trying to gather my thoughts about the adventure we have been journeying on. Racing through my mind are so many people, places, and things we've experienced since we left Longmont, CO.

a few of the highlights from our travels to our new home and ministry...

  • We drove through a blizzard in Wyoming. There was about 4 feet of visibility and the winds were awful. Yep. I thought we were going to not make it at one point.
  • We decided to not stop overnight in Salt Lake City and drive through to California... We're too old do to that.
  • We had Christmas and New years with our family in Northern California (First time in thirteen years).
  • I got eyeglasses.
  • Elle celebrated her sixteenth birthday
  • We spent three fun and eventful weeks with family in Northern California (We went to the ocean a few times, hung-out with family, went to San Francisco and had a great time, saw a guy wreck his motorcycle and I tried to help stabilize him—he was hurt pretty bad, saw the aftermath of a guy trying to harm himself at a department store, and witnessed people across the street from where we were staying get into a domestic dispute... We also tried to secure a home in Prineville during this time, but found it difficult to do so...).
  • Drove through a blizzard in Oregon as we journeyed to our new home and ministry (There was one moment when cars and semi-trucks were sliding off the road when I though it wasn't going to end well for us. Thankfully for our time of driving in Missouri and Colorado, I was able to keep going without any mishaps).

new home & ministry...

We just finished our third week of living in Oregon. We have been so blessed by our new church family. What amazing, welcoming, and loving people!

We arrived in Oregon without having secured a home to live in, so a family from the church let us stay with them for a week. During that time we searched for a place to live and eventually found a place—thanks to some people from the church.

Since then, time has been going by so fast! We are feeling our way through as we go about repotting Ascent Christian Church. This is a great church with amazing people! I have preached at three of our gatherings so far as the pastor of Ascent.

My schedule is full of connecting with people and spending time in the community. I am learning all I can about our new city and praying about finding ways the Holy Spirit can use us to be the best church for our city.

Fina and the kids are doing well. Thomas and Elle started school this past week and seem to really enjoy it. Angelica has already made a friend and has gone horseback riding, has been to a young adult Bible study, and hung-out with some friends in Bend, OR... Fina is keeping busy by focusing on the kids their schedules and routines set and getting our home in order.

a couple of exciting things going on at Ascent Christian Church...

  • We are going to have our first baptism soon, once we find a place to have it (The issues of being a mobile church...).

ALSO

  • Ascent Christian Church is already involved in helping plant a new church in Sisters, OR and I am on the management team of this new work. As the new church plant in Sisters gets underway, I hope to share more about this in the future.

We are so thankful for every one of you! Your support both in prayers and financially are a huge encouragement to us! We couldn't do this without all of you and by the grace of our Father in heaven.

We are still in need of prayers and financial support, as we seek to bring the gospel to Central Oregon and the pacific northwest.20140119_105748

Ways to Partner With Us…

We’d love it if you partnered with us prayerfully and financially. If you want to know more about our new adventure—please read the full story here: We are moving to Oregon

We always need and appreciate your prayers! But we also have financial needs. Fina and I have to raise a portion of our salary. Our commitment to the church is to raise support for two years (That’s $1800 a month for two years—a total of $43,200).

You can help by…

Send financial contributions to:

Ascent Christian Church P O Box 2117 Prineville, OR 97754 Make checks payable to Ascent Christian Church… Please indicate on the check “Puentes Missions” so we can apply it to the correct account. (Your contribution is a tax deductible donation).

OR

Online giving is available: http://www.ascentcc.com/giving/ (Be sure to check the box - "I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund" AND select: “Help Pastor Joe Puentes & Family”).

Joe

Quick Moving Update...

Photo Credit: Thomas Puentes

I'm back... Although just for a quick moving update. We have been spending some time in Northern California with family. We got to spend Christmas with family, which the last time we did so was back in 2000—Yep, it was thirteen years ago.

Another thing we haven't done was see the Pacific Ocean. So yesterday we make the trek to the Northern California coast and went to Dillion Beach. We started with stopping off at a bakery in Freestone, CA—the bread was fresh and absolutely amazing. We traveled some backroads to the coast and got to spend several hours walking along the beach, climbing sand dunes, seashell hunting, smelling the salty air, and cherishing every moment. The photo at the top of this blog post is from my son. He captured the flight of the seagull at just the right moment as it flew across the sun.

Photo Credit: Joe Puentes

We don't have an exact date of leaving California and heading to Prineville, OR. We are waiting to see if we can find a place to live there, and once we do, we will pack up the Explorer and head north—we are very impatient and can't wait to be in Prineville and go fully into our new adventure—we can't wait to be a part of what God is already doing in Prineville, OR.

Once we get a casa in Oregon, we will let all of you know—until then please continue to pray for us, the churches in Prineville, and the city...

Ways to Partner With Us…

We’d love it if you partnered with us prayerfully and financially. If you want to know more about our new adventure—please read the full story here: We are moving to Oregon

We always need and appreciate your prayers! But we also have financial needs. Fina and I have to raise a portion of our salary. Our commitment to the church is to raise support for two years (That’s $1800 a month for two years—a total of $43,200).

You can help by...

Send financial contributions to:

Ascent Christian Church P O Box 2117 Prineville, OR 97754 Make checks payable to Ascent Christian Church… Please indicate on the check “Puentes Missions” so we can apply it to the correct account. (Your contribution is a tax deductible donation).

OR

Online giving is available: http://www.ascentcc.com/giving/  (Be sure to check the box - I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund AND select: “Help Pastor Joe Puentes & Family”).