Семинар с Никки Крузом

В субботний вечер 22 июня нас посетил известный евангелист Никки Круз. В этот раз он делился своим жизненным опытом со служителями и лидерами церкви. Никки к своим 75 годам продолжает служить Богу вот уже 50 лет. Сразу после покаяния он поступил в Библейский колледж, откуда началось его служение. 
 
Сейчас проповедник работает над фильмом по мотивам своей книги "Беги малыш, беги", после которого, как выразился он сам, - "я хочу закончить свое публичное служение". Интерсно, что в своей последней евангелизационной поездке в Европу, Никки сказал, что обьяательно посетит Украину.
 
Хотя темой этого вечера было служение Никки Круза, сам он говорит, что не любит рассказывать про свое служение: "Самое ценное, для меня это то, что Иисус спас меня. Он выбрал меня из гетто и поставил в место чести".
 
Относительно жизни Никки сказал: "Мне пришлось пережить многое, но Я не боялся ничего. Я боялся Бога. Я уважаю жизнь, поэтому и уважаю людей". На встрече, Никки Круз также затронул тему одиночества, которое настигает всех людей, в том числе служителей на разных этапах жизни. "В мире есть одиночество и мы как лидеры тоже будем его иметь. Бог не обещал нам беззаботную жизнь, но  Он обещал что будет с нами всегда" - говорил евангелист. 
 
Во второй половине гость принял участие в видеозаписи  программы "Ориентир"  с  ведущим Виктором Кострубом.  Никки Круз знаком с Виктором уже немало лет, и по словам самого ведущего, программы он является духовным наставником для него и просто очень хорошим другом. В ходе дискуссии речь шла о том, какую роль  в свое время сыграл пастор и евангелист  Давид Вилкерсон, в жизни бывшего главаря банды и чему он научился в ходе их дружбы у Вилкерсона.  
 
Ваге Минасян

 

Nicky Cruz @ City On A Hill

Join us for ONE combined service with Nicky Cruz, on Sunday, June 23rd.

Nicky Cruz will be with us during the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd. Here are the service times and information:  


Sunday, June 23rd: 12 pm. ONE combined at Lynnwood Convention Center. (No regular North & South campus services that Sunday). 

Sunday, June 23rd: 7 pm: Youth Gathering w/ Evangelist Nicky Cruz. Info on the youth gathering is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/140654839460221/?ref=22

On Saturday, June 22nd, Nicky Cruz will minister to all church leaders, and volunteers at our Federal Way office facility, 6 to 9 pm. If you are involved in any type of ministry (home groups, kids ministry, youth, ushers, media, office, etc), you are welcome to come to this event. 

Nicky Cruz, author of "Run Baby Run," former member of the Mau Maus gang, and widely known from the film "Cross and the Switchblade," is an evangelist, traveling all over the world speaking about the life-changing power of Jesus and the Cross. 

Here is a full testimony of Nicky Cruz: 
Nicky was only 3-1/2 years old when his heart turned to stone. As one of 18 children born to witchcraft-practicing parents from Puerto Rico, bloodshed and mayhem were common occurrences in his life. He suffered severe physical and mental abuse at their hands, at one time being declared the “Son of Satan” by his mother while she was in a spiritual trance.

When he was 15, Nicky’s father sent him to visit an older brother in New York. Nicky didn’t stay with his brother long. Instead, full of anger and rage, he chose to make it on his own.

Tough, but lonely, by age 16 he became a member of the notorious Brooklyn street gang known as the Mau Maus (named after a bloodthirsty African tribe). Within six months he became their president. Cruz fearlessly ruled the streets as warlord of one of the gangs most dreaded by rivals and police. Lost in the cycle of drugs, alcohol, and brutal violence, his life took a tragic turn for the worse after a friend and fellow gang member was horribly stabbed and beaten and died in Nicky’s arms.

As Cruz’ reputation grew, so did his haunting nightmares. Arrested countless times, a court-ordered psychiatrist pronounced Nicky’s fate as “headed to prison, the electric chair, and hell.”

No authority figure could reach Cruz – until he met a skinny street-preacher named David Wilkerson. He disarmed Nicky – showing him something he’d never known before: Relentless love. His interest in the young thug was persistent. Nicky beat him up, spit on him and, on one occasion, seriously threatened his life, yet the love of God remained – stronger than any adversary Nicky had ever encountered.

Finally, Wilkerson’s presentation of the gospel message and the love of Jesus melted the thick walls of his heart. Nicky received the forgiveness, love and new life that can only come through Jesus. Since then, he has dedicated that life to helping others find the same freedom.

He reaches today’s youth because they relate to his background, trust his peer authority, and respond to the message of hope he delivers with both passion and conviction. As one kid said after an outreach into his neighborhood, “All I knew was he was an O.G. (original gangster) and he was having this big meeting tonight.”

YP North visited Vancouver

On May 27, group of young enthusiast "YP 20+" of CH North had the opportunity to visit Vancouver B.C. and surrounding areas in celebration of Memorial Day. Our journey started at 07:00 at the park & ride where in short prayer Paul Tereshchuk asked a blessing for the day! As we all were able to fit into one van and start the relatively long drive to Canada.


Our first stop was at Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge where we crossed the bridge and hike the beautiful trail down to the flowing river. Having taken enough pictures, we hiked back to the car and made the drive to downtown Vancouver.
 

At this point in our journey, the heavens decided to bless us with rain and so we stopped at Trees Organic Coffee House for some delicious coffee and the best cheesecake in town. We had great fellowship and enjoyed watching the busy city life around us.After satisfying our sweet tooth, we headed to Sushi King House for some real food. The name of the cozy restaurant did not disappoint, the sushi really were fit for a king in both size and taste.
 

Having had a full day of fun and laughter, we started the long drive home. Driving with 15 people in a big Van creates a brotherhood like atmosphere were you can sing songs, pic a great discussion or simply enjoy the Scenic view of an Evergreen state. Upon crossing the US-Canada border, we just had to stop at The Woods Coffee shop in Ferndale, highly recommended by a member of the group, and the delicious coffee did not disappoint. We arrived home safely at 22: 00 tired but happy having spent the day in fellowship with each other in God’s beautiful creation.

Family Day (South Campus)

On May 25th 2013, our City On A Hill kids ministry team hosted our Annual Family Day church event. The rain held back and rays of sunshine came to stay for the day. Over 300 people came to spend time with their families and friends. The smell of hamburgers, hot dogs and chili started off the event. Bounce houses, face painting, and fun arts and crafts entertained kids of all ages. Parents participated in tournament games alongside their children competing against other families. The family with most games won received a prize at the end. Our egg hunt had over 1300 eggs filled with candy and 20 kids won special prize tickets for fun summer activities and 2 free vouchers for our VBS Day Camp. After a day of fun events our families came together for our hot dog and watermelon eating contests for parents and a messy eating contest for the kids. Our youth worship team finished off the evening by leading our families in praise and worship.

{Zhanna Tsvor, Event Coordinator}

«Love and Respect»

Thirteen years ago, the mission "Helping Hands" began with the elementary need of support. Today, it is a large-scale service covering a relatively large area, and serves a large number of adults and children. Thirteen years ago, in 2000, when it was just starting out, many patrons and activist had no idea that this service will have such tremendous results. One of the results of the mission has been to organize summer camps for orphans and children with disabilities. This camp is the latest step in development of relations between the Church and the world: it has become a new neighbor of helping those nearby.

On Saturday evening, May 18, Sergey and Lyudmila Lobozinskiy, the founders of the mission, "Helping Hands", organized a charity event. The theme of this event was "love" and "respect" in the marriage.

Couples who gathered at the superbly organized event were able to spend time in the bright and welcoming atmosphere. There was wonderful dishes on the tables, good music performed by a jazz band with Helen Mack, pleasant hosting by Sergey Lobozinsky and Palina Chubar, and much more: all this made the evening very interesting and rich.

Pastor of City On A Hill Church, Vasiliy Botsyan also attended this meeting. He welcomed all the participants and within the discussed topic, wished couples to cultivate their relationships in love and respect for each other.

Among all active programs, I would like to highlight the auction that took place during this event, which was lead by Stephen Knish (founder of the "Good Radio" in Seattle). What made this auction interesting is that the items/crafts that were auctioned were made by children with disabilities during the ongoing circles mission in Transnistria (Moldova) "Helping Hands." The participants were able to raise funds for the mission by purchasing these crafts.

The atendees heard a song called "Captain Jesus," which was performed by a group, "Leviticus". Pastor Andrew Odomchuk voiced his appeal: "The relationship was originally created by God. We can say that they have to develop in two directions between God and man, and man and man. These planes are interrelated, in fact, these relationships affect our lives," said the pastor.

 

Seminar for couples with Peter Novochehov

Last Saturday stood out particularly interesting for couples from City On A Hill Church. On this day, Life Proof Marriage ministry organized a terrific evening called "Dream Team" with Peter and Inna Novochehov who for about 20 years now have been involved in counseling families and have devoted a lot of time to find satisfactory answers to the burning questions of marriage.

The evening began with praise led by Yuri Litvinchuk and the group. After that, senior pastor, Vasily Botsyan reminded listeners of the passage from the Epistle of the Apostle Paul, "...I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2 ESV" "By definition, Christianity should be happy. The word "betrothed" should mean happiness, as it is customary in wedding ceremonies. But, unfortunately, often in churches it is not the "betrothed" to Christ that we see - in other words happy, but people who seem to be "doomed" to something sad and dreary, and do not look like joyful Christians," pastor shared.

"Imagine that the family is a football game, the field is life and spouses need to score a goal together. They need to learn to pass, so that they can truly be happy. And how it can be done, our guests will tell us." In this manner organizer of the event, Alex Korenchuk, introduced the guests.

"One of the major issues - said Peter - is the fact that the spouses need to establish a constant contact. In addition, their task is to do everything possible for the enemy not to damage their constant contact relationship."

For the most part, the workshop of Peter Novochehov, is to describe the differences between a man and a woman. The guest said that spouses live in completely different worlds. For example, while the man focuses on one thing, at the same time, the woman perceives the world as an entity, and her attention is versatile. If the spouses do not understand these basic differences in thinking and perception of the world, on this basis, a lot of conflicts arise. In the next part of his lecture, Peter advised that the spouses have an opportunity to learn how to detect and take the differences among themselves; thereby, resentment and misunderstanding in the family will be kept to a minimum.

Pastor Andrew Muzichuk also expressed his opinion by reading a passage from the Gospel: "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. (Matthew13: 45-46 NIV)" Here I see a lesson for myself: each spouse should see another as a great value, a kind of pearl and treasure it," said Pastor Andrew.

There were also many other interesting moments. We select only the following two of them. First, there was a wonderful cooked buffet with a variety of goodies, coffee and tea for all present to enjoy during a short break for communication. Second, after the break, everyone in the room could watch and even take part in a talk show called "love or addiction." Participants were both married couples and those who are going to start a family. Hosts Alex Korenchuk and Max Adzhigarey prepared some questions for all participants who had to express their point of view.

Worship night at YP north

Yesterday, on April 20th, City On A Hill north campus church held an evening worship service organized by the "Young Professionals 20 +."

Leo Kulyuk welcomed all the participants and invited them to begin the evening, a
s always, with a prayer.


"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:16-17 NIV). Slavik Golovatyuk shared this fragment from the scriptures and thus began to reflect on the topic of worship.

Pastor Vasily Botsyan, while continuing the thoughts about life within worship, which inseparably goes with serving God, read the following words from the Word of God: "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ (Ephesians 4:11-15 NIV)."

"The goal is not to just have prophets and apostles in the church, but to serve people through a variety of gifts, that they will be transformed into the image of Christ," pastor said. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile (Romans 1:16 NIV)." "When was is that you spoke with a friend about the gospel?" With this question for thought, Pastor Vasily left his listeners.

Pastor Mike Khochay speaks about conflicting situations

"In family life, when you choose a specific conflict
Never allow yourself to become personal,
and lose focus with the problem ..
Eradicate phrases like "you always," "but you never."
Mike Khochay


On Sunday April 7th, another premarital counseling meeting was held. This was meeting 5 of 7, with the theme "Conflicting situations in the family." Alex Korenchuk, began the evening by welcoming all the atendees and began with prayer.

A pleasant surprise this evening was the attendance of a young married couple, Alex and Lily Koval, who briefly shared the experiences of their family life. "Sometimes we can misunderstand each other, and on this basis sometimes small conflicts happened that could lead to the already serious quarrels. In such cases, we just sat down and tried to look into the situation," our friends shared.

Also this evening Pastor Mike Khochay and his wife Inna were invited. Pastor said that the conflicts in the family happen very often, and that the main thing is to deal with them in a timely manner.

Pastor Mike named areas in which conflicts can arrise: 1. Finances, 2. Intimacy, 3. Expectations.

He also named the common responses to the conflicts that occurr: 1. Avoid, 2. Ignore 3. Solve. "Never let a conflict remain unresolved. It can be solved with communication, love and respect," pastor explained.

"Novi Ierusalim" at Young Professionals

Last Friday, on April 5th, at a Young Professionals service, a concert was held by the New Jerusalem band from Belarus. Participants of the group Igor Sorokin, Alexander Manetsky and Elshad Babakhanov spoke a lot about how their group was created, and what it was like to go through ups and downs in recent years.

This evening all those attending were able to enjoy their songs. In the beginning, songs that are known to all were performed, "You're My Angel," "Children of Love" and some others from their repertoire. Then the men from the band also spoke about the fact that recently they wrote and sang Jewish songs, which, in turn, "has brought a great blessing" - as one of the band's participants Elshad Babakhanov explained .

Pastor Vasiliy Botsyan also had the opportunity this evening once again to encourage the youth. "Are we worshipers of God in our daily lives? If not yet, then let us be so. Would like to wish in all that you do, you have to keep in mind that you must be worshipers!" - the pastor said.

After the concert, everyone who desired was able to continue to fellowship with the band. Over a cup of coffee, all were able to take a closer look of their creativity and acquire new CD's and collectible editions of the band.

Passover Service

Resurrection of Jesus Christ was and will always remain one of the most magnificent and meaningful holidays in the Christian calendar. Although the date of Easter varies each year, the meaning is always the same - Jesus Christ conquered death by rising from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion, and gave the fallen humanity a chance to reunite with everlasting Creator.

On March 31st, half of the Christian world celebrated the Resurrection of Christ. Our church is no exception as many gathered on a Sunday afternoon, to give praise to the Lord Jesus Christ. The service began with praise. Pastor Yuri Litvinchuk and the band played the famous hymn:

Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs
Bestowing life!

A great blessing this day was also performances of young students from the "Live Music Academy" led by founders, Yuriy and Zhanette Litvinchuk. Talented and trained students performed several psalms.

 

After the first part of the worship service ended, Pastor Andrew Muzychuk read a passage from 1 Corinthians 15:3 (NIV), "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,." Sharing his thoughts, he called the church to trust the Word of God more, and remember that Christ did not just die and rose again then, but after His resurrection, He continues to be today with those who love Him.
 

"What is the meaning of resurrection of Christ for me?" - This question was asked by Pastor Russell Korets during the service. On the basis of Scripture, he offered some answers to this question. "Thanks to the resurrection of Jesus - the pastor said - believers receive a new body, they are redeemed from sin and have free access to communion with the Father."

The next and final sermon was by Senior Pastor Vasiliy Botsyan, who drew the attention of the faithful to a passage from the Gospel of Matthew:
"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people." (Matthew 27:50-53 NIV)

His reflections on this passage pastor into the following three main points:
1. A miracle occurred in the sight of God, when the veil was torn. Relationship with God is restored through Calvary.
2. Being dead in the tomb, Christ continued to live.
3. The power of Christ gives us people a path to the heaven.
"Without Jesus we have no future. We are dead without Him" - with these words, pastor Vasiliy concluded his sermon.