Pantano fall classes are open for enrollment now!

Beginning on August 29th, we are offering a variety of classes available to take digitally via Zoom. Our classes cover topics such as finances, marriage, parenting, and more! Take a look…

Bible

  • Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study (6 different classes)
  • Bible Basics
  • Certificate of Bible Mastery

Marriage and Parenting

  • Embracing Marriage Together
  • Smart Stepfamily
  • Prepare and Enrich
  • Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
  • Parenting the Love and Logic Way

Personal Growth and Development

  • Coping with Anger
  • SHAPE
  • Discover Pantano
  • Financial Peace University
  • Certificate of Bible Leadership

You can find the full list of classes with detailed descriptions and enroll by visiting www.pantano.church/classes. If you have any questions about our classes or how to enroll, please contact Liz Kim at lkim@pantano.church.

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There’s lots of significant and important things coming to Pantano as our children go back to school and our monsoons finally arrive. Take a look…

Global Leadership Summit – August 8 & 9

This event brings insight from the best leaders from around the world to challenge us to have greater influence. I describe it like a fire hose of information, insight and inspiration. You don’t want to miss it. I’ve not missed one for the last 14 years – it’s that good! For more info and to register, click here.

I Got Questions Teaching Series – Starts August 11

We live in a world that is extremely skeptical and often hostile to faith. We often get peppered with questions about the origin of the world, the truth of the Bible and the reasonableness of faith. Those hostile to faith declare that faith is irrational, irrelevant, narrow, outdated and foolish. Their questions often raise questions for us and in us. Do we have confident answers to the questions of the skeptic? This 5-week series will help us share how believable, reasonable and compelling our faith is.

Student Union Open House – August 18

Sunday, August 18th we’ll be celebrating the opening of our new Student Union! Our students will be participating in our regular adult worship and we’ll end a bit early so everyone can tour the new building and enjoy some Eegee’s.

High School, Middle School and 4th & 5th Grade Sunday Moves

On Sunday, August 25th, our Middle School and High School students will meet in the new Student Union at 9 and 11am. Our 4th and 5th grade group will move from KidZone to where the students used to meet – now called Zone45, on September 1st. Parents of our middle and high school students can park in the west guest parking lot near the student union.

Fight Night Marriage Event – Sept 6, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Join us for a fun event filled with humor, fresh insight, and new strategies for your marriage. Fight Night is about conflict in marriage and focuses on how to fight fair. This is for everyone – newlyweds, “oldyweds,” seriously dating, and engaged couples. Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott will share with us via video why we fight with the one we love the most and how to fight a good fight. We’ve created this to be like a relaxed “date night” that will provide great information and tools to improve your marriage. We’ll have small group material to follow up on the event.

Early bird cost: $10 per person – deadline August 12. Regular price: $15 per person.

Price includes coffee, tea and dessert. Children ages 3rd-5th grade will enjoy a “Kids Night Out” with fun activities, games, and a kid-friendly movie. Childcare is available for kids under age 3. The cost is $6 per child and dinner is included for all kids. Click here to register.

Women’s Retreat Getaway – September 13-15 

The theme of the retreat is I am a Daughter of The Most High King. Women of all ages are welcome. Register here or contact Christina Fisch at 907.360.1415 if you have questions. The price of $235/Person covers the following (payment is due in full by August 17):

  • Two nights (2 per room) accommodation at the Lodge on the Desert
  • Four meals (two breakfasts & two dinners)

Pantano has so many great opportunities coming up.  Please consider getting involved in one or more!

Last Sunday I talked about values. I said that if we say we value something, if we think that something matters or is important, then we’ll actually take what’s valuable (our time, money and effort) and invest in it! Our marriage should be a top value and priority. If your marriage is truly a value then you need to invest in it.

We have two marriage conferences or retreats coming up that can help an engaged couple build a great marriage, or help save a marriage, or make a good marriage better! Consider making the investment!

A Weekend To Remember Conference

Jolene, my wife, and I have been to two of these and they are so helpful and encouraging. We highly recommend this conference.

Dates: June 21- 23, 2019

Location: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Cost: $350 per couple or $175 per person. NOTE: Couples can save $100 if they register with the group name: PantanoChristianChurch. There are also a limited amount of complimentary conference registrations available for couples in financial need. Contact Shawn or Andrea at saduerkop@msn.com for details or for any other questions.

Register online at www.familylife.com/weekend or by phone at  800.358.6329

Hotel: If you want to make the conference a retreat, there are discounted accommodations for $139 per night if booked by June 6th. Make reservations at the Loews Ventana Canyon 800.234.5117. Mention the “Weekend to Remember Conference” when making hotel reservations to receive discount room rates. The event is so much more impactful if you can stay at the resort.

And They Shall Be Called OneMarriage Retreat 2019

This marriage retreat is hosted and led by Pastors Jamie and Pamela Benjamin of Greater Faith Church. Both Jamie and Pamela helped lead in our amazing Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday celebration this past January. These two are an amazingly gifted couple.

Dates: Thursday, July 11, 2019, 6:30 PM – Saturday, July 13, 2019, 4:00 PM

Location: Hilton El Conquistador Tucson -10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704

Cost: $200

Register online at Eventbrite – click here.

Invest a few dollars and a little bit of time in your marriage! It’s worth it!

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Our last teaching series called Mixtape – The Soundtrack for Marriage was based on Ephesians 5:21-33. What struck me in the passage was the strong theme of oneness. As individuals, we are to be one with Jesus. Husbands and wives are to be one. And couples together are to be one in Jesus. Oneness is an amazing thing to experience. It is God’s will for us. Oneness is being united; on the same page; sharing all of life together; being with and for each other; having a common purpose and so much more. This is what we want in marriage more than anything. Yet, so few actually talk about this.

But how do you get to oneness in marriage, and maintain that? As I was studying the passage, I noticed a second key idea that answers that – love and respect! Look at what Ephesians 5:33 says:  However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Husbands, love your wives as you love yourselves. Wives, respect your husbands. It was no mistake that this instruction comes at the very end of the long passage on marriage and oneness in Ephesians 5.

I devoted a whole message in the Mixtape series to love and respect. If you missed it, you can watch it here. There are so many questions about this verse like:

  • Why were different instructions given to husbands and wives? Shouldn’t both love and respect each other?
  • Why are husbands called to love and wives are not given that same command?
  • Why are wives instructed to respect and husbands are not included in that?
  • How can a woman respect a man who does disrespectful things to her?
  • What does it mean for a husband to love his wife as himself?
  • What does it mean, in practical terms, for a wife to respect her husband?

I tried to answer some of these in my message, but time would not allow a deep dive into these important questions and understandings. But, help is on the way!

We’ve invited a Christian man, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, who has devoted his life to helping couples learn to love and respect each other. I’ve read two of his books and watched a couple videos of his teaching on this subject. His research, insight and practical teaching are outstanding. So I want to BEG you to attend our Love and Respect Marriage Event. Why would I “beg” you? Because oneness in marriage is so important, so needed, so rewarding, so rich and such hard work! This three-hour event will provide you with actionable ways to grow your marriage. It is a great opportunity to move deeper into oneness. Here are the details:

WHEN: Friday, September 21, 6:30-9:30 pm
WHERE: The Pantano auditorium
COST: $60 per couple, $30 per single.
REGISTER: https://mypantano.church/marriage

Maybe you know a couple who are struggling in their marriage; invite them to join you. Maybe you know a couple that want to improve the oneness of their marriage; invite them to join you… You might even buy them a ticket! I’ll be there. I hope to see you also.

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