Author: sstetnishs

Connection Director at White River Christian Church


Service, now that is a fun word.  What do you think of when you hear the word service?  Does it make you think of the annual check-up on your home air conditioner?  Or the car and its 5,000 mile oil change due in just a few miles?  Let’s think about the service, we are to be a part of, to further God’s Kingdom.  In 1 Corinthians 12:4 – 7, we are reminded of how there are many spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.  There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.  God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.  A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.  This is the scripture I’ve been studying in “Leadership Essentials” and trying to memorize and I just practiced it by typing these verses.  It is great practice for us to memorize scripture, but, we are to put it into action too.  Jesus was the greatest example of a humble servant; He came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45).

How are you doing with your part of serving?  Have you found a place to use your spiritual gift (some of you are double blessed and have more than one)?  Are you serving our Lord?  Or, are you just thinking about it?  I know with our busy life styles this can be a challenge.  We are all running the fast race of life, trying to keep all the plates in the air, spreading ourselves too thin at times, and to think that we should add one more thing to our schedules is overwhelming at times.

Let me share with you, how service should and can be a way of life for you too.  First, pray and ask God how he wants to use you?  He will give you that answer so you do need to be ready.  Maybe He is asking you to help your family, or your church, or to go and help in the community or even beyond our town.  He may have tugged at your heart to go on a mission trip, now that may stretch some of you, but, as I reminded a lady just this week, He equips the called…so never underestimate the power of our almighty God.  Our heavenly Father will use you in a mighty way if you let go of your own agenda and let God be in the driver’s seat.  Seek out someone that knows you well and bounce off ideas with them, if they confirm what you are already feeling a nudge from the Holy Spirit to do, that could be your confirmation.

When we serve out of our own spiritual gift given to us, we serve with so much more enthusiasm and joy.  He is the one who created us and gifted us all in a unique way.  Jesus is our example of how we can all humble ourselves and find an area to serve Him.   Please pray and ask Him where you would best be suited to serve and don’t hesitate to give me a call if I can help in anyway.  God’s resources are endless and he has a very special place for you to be able to use your gift.  Remember that the blessing you are to others comes back to us in so many areas when we are serving as Jesus served.  You will be blessed!

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director


I love this time of year, the cold is about to go away for a few months, well it is suppose to get to 60 today but I think it will have to hurry. After having lunch with the Heaven’s Handiwork ladies (wonderful ministry of ladies here at White River Christian Church), running (ok, I have to be truthful, it was a fast walk) back to get into my car, I kept thinking about how it didn’t feel very warm, just kind of a dreary day with no sun shining. Generally, this time of year helps us to be reminded that spring is here and warmer weather is coming. Spring is a great season and we are excited to see the bright colors, the pretty flowers, grass turning from drab brownish color to a pretty shade of green, and trees are starting to bud. It is just the best to go out and breathe in the fresh air of spring or go for a nice walk to enjoy all that God provides for us to enjoy this time of year.

When I reflect on what this time of year means to Christians, it is a bitter sweet in remembering Easter. We need to reflect on what took place before Jesus was crucified. People despised and rejected Jesus. He was handed over to the Jews for them to take him and crucify him, even when Pilate found no basis for a charge against him. Jesus was beaten, he was mocked, and people turned their backs on him and did nothing. Doing nothing could have been part of what people do out of fear of what would happen if they did help. Bottom line is that people didn’t care enough to help. Pretty harsh words, but, even today we are guilty of doing those same things. When we don’t walk the path He has laid out for us, sometimes means we are looking in other directions and making decisions on our own. Do we really care enough to not do the things we shouldn’t? Do we remember how Jesus took all of our weakness, our sorrows, and our sins and paid the ultimate price for us? Jesus was the blameless, spotless Lamb of God as stated in 1 Peter 1:19 and God sent Him to pay a ransom to save us.

We are reminded in Isaiah 53:3-6 of the things we have done and also how Jesus has taken all our punishment that we deserved, so we can be made whole, healed, redeemed, and allowed to live with our Lord in all eternity! Now, as hard as all this is to reflect on, it is such a blessing to know that through all of His suffering, something great came out of all that pain and punishment. So let us not get caught up in all the hoopla that goes into Easter, without remembering the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. Remember to thank Him for His sacrifice that was paid for you and I.

Now, go out and make it the best Easter ever! Tell another person what He has done for you and you just never know how your story will help another individual hear about Jesus. The yard signs are a great ice breaker with your neighbor, maybe they don’t know Jesus and you can invite them to our church next weekend. Remember our Thursday service is about remembrance, Saturday and Sunday services will be our awesome Easter services. Also, if they are leaving town, share with them how they can livestream the sermons by going to, the application is easy to load. We don’t want anyone to miss the good news and we certainly want this to be an Easter to remember!

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director

Free Choice: Darkness or Light?

I love this time of year, all the prep work that goes into having another great Christmas with the family is amazing!  The Christmas carols are the super, the house smelling wonderful from all the treats you are baking and just the things we do each year to make it very special.  I had my oldest granddaughter, Bailey, over to bake yesterday and we had an awesome time.  It was so cute to see her face when her sugar cookies turned out tasty and knowing that her daddy was going to be very happy since these are his favorite from when he was a little boy.  Some of our boys never grow up and that is ok by me.  We had made butterscotch haystacks, sugar cookies, and just put the pumpkin bread in the oven and then after only 10 minutes…it happened.  The electricity went out…what…what on earth…checked all the breakers and it wasn’t a breaker, the entire neighborhood’s lights were out.  So, what do you do when you have no lights, and no electricity, you take your grandchildren and their dad to lunch.

Fortunately when I returned home, the electricity was back on and I was able to finish cooking the bread.  At that very moment I realized how much I take for granted.  How dark my home was and how really dark some areas of our world, in their own experiences, reflect so much on darkness.  I watched a movie yesterday “Women of the Bible” and those memories kept coming back to me.   Sarah in being told at her old age that she would have a baby.  Rahab, the prostitute, risking her own life to help the spies.  Elizabeth being told that she would have a child at her age.  Mary being told that she would give birth to the Messiah and that his name would be Jesus.  I could list more but I think you get the picture.  Do you think these ladies ever had any dark times?  Do you think any of them ever question the things they endured?  Do we ever question things ourselves?   Wow…I do it all the time.  I love the song “Mary, Did You Know” and how in that song, do you think Mary knew her son would be born a baby and come to save the world?  Mary was being obedient and even to Jesus’ death, but, it still had to hurt her, especially as a mom to experience such darkness.

Here is the good news, something came out of that horrible death of our Lord and Savior.  He died so that we could live!  What an incredible gift that is when we accept him as our Lord and Savior.  Have you done that?  Praise the Lord if you have!  If you haven’t, please plan on attending one of our Christmas Eve services tonight: 3:30pm, 5pm or 6:30pm and you will have the opportunity to accept Him as your Lord and Savior.    His gift is free to everyone.  No longer do you have to be in the dark.  He is full of light and life and wants us to be with Him in all eternity.

By the way, the pumpkin bread tasted good, but, it doesn’t look too good.  How are you doing today?  Are you good on the outside and not on the inside?  Jesus can change us from the inside out and I promise you, you will know Jesus as light and He is the only way to have that inner peace and comfort.

Have a wonderful Christmas, tell everyone you see “Merry Christmas” and treasure your gift of knowing the real reason for celebrating our Savior’s birth!   Luke 2:1-20

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director



God’s word tells us in Ephesians 5:20 that we should “give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.   This morning I was reflecting on this and it doesn’t say just the good stuff, it says everything.  How does this reflect in your life?  Are you thankful for all things?  I know for me, this time of year, it is sometimes easy to be thankful because we are reminded at Thanksgiving to stop and be thankful.  Thankful for the turkey meal that we will be sitting down to enjoy with our family and some of you may even have the pleasure of enjoying the meal with extended family and friends.


I have so much to be thankful for, health comes to mind.  I’m breathing the air that God’s provided, and able to wake up each day to a day that He has planned just for me.  This time last year I was healing from a broken ankle and a couple of fractures, now how do you find thankfulness in a situation like that?  I was thankful for being able to work from home while healing, thankful for an army of good friends that brought us meals, thankful for the doctor and medical staff (yes even the Physical Therapist) that were extremely helpful in my healing process.


Was it convenient?  No!  I remember my two sons wanting to just pick me up to take me into the house so we could enjoy our Thanksgiving meal at one of their houses, but, no, I had to do it myself with that scooter I had and the only saving grace was that it wasn’t the crutches (I’m convinced that those are from the devil, lol).  I am so thankful for my family, they are truly gifts from God.


Thankful for the call I received from one of the couples here at the church that wants to open their home up to a couple or family that don’t have family here to enjoy a thanksgiving meal with and knowing that this church couple will love on their new guests and make them feel welcomed and special.


Thankful for the call I got from a good friend that is a member here and she was involved in the Hamilton County Great Banquet last weekend.  One of her relatives attended and didn’t really know why she was going since her husband reminded her that she wasn’t religious.  She accepted Christ and is going to be baptized here at our church the day after Thanksgiving!  Thank you Jesus!


Thankful for being a mentor mom at our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, and being able to challenge one of the moms at my table that she could pray out loud.  In love, reminding her that it is conversation with God and that she could do it.  She did!  …and I know God was smiling down at her and I was very thankful that the words God gave me encouraged her to do something that was not in her comfort zone.


Thankfulness gives us a heart of gratitude and we know that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17).  When our hearts are in a good space, full of Him, we can see more clearly and not miss all the gifts to be thankful for and this enables us to send up a one liner (I loves these because you can send them up anytime, anywhere, and as often as you like) thanking Him.


Let’s all be thankful each day (not just this time of year) and as Paul reminded us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 “Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”.  Do you belong to Him?  Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?  If yes, I’m very thankful.  If no, please let us talk and we will both be thankful!!!


Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director




Are You Ready?

My goodness, so much to do and so little time, where does the time go? 

What are you chasing after these days? It could be that big promotion that you feel you have worked harder than anyone in your office and you deserve it. After all, many hours have been spent away from the family, putting work before anything, including church activities, just to get one more project done while climbing the corporate ladder. 

Perhaps it is the scholarship that you believe your son or daughter deserves due to their hard work and countless hours of practice and training to be the best in their sport. Plus the fact that college costs have increased so much and this would help with the college budget.  The temptation for something does drive us and at times puts us in a not-so-good state.

How do you think Jesus felt when Satan was tempting him in the wilderness? If you were fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, would you not be so hungry and tempted to eat anything that didn’t eat you?  Jesus told Satan in Matthew 4:4, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Satan was tempting Jesus to turn stones into loaves of bread. Here Jesus is in the wilderness, tired, alone and very vulnerable. Jesus used Scripture to fight back the temptation that Satan was throwing at him while Jesus was vulnerable. He was ready for any temptation that Satan was throwing at him.

Satan, too, used Scriptures (Psalm 92:11-12) to tempt Jesus to jump off the highest point of the Temple in Jerusalem. Satan said, “He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.”  Jesus responded with another scripture in Matthew 4:7, “You must not test the Lord your God.”

Satan is crafty and will try to pull out all the stops to get you distracted or busy in our society today. We are kept so busy that we continue to run in opposite directions from one thing to the next. Family is spread so thin these days, going from school activities, sport activities, work, etc. It is no wonder that our families are not making and creating the opportunity to make good, productive family time a priority. It’s another tactic that Satan is using; are you ready to protect yourself from being too busy?

In Matthew 4:9 Satan is promising to give Jesus the world if only he will kneel down and worship him. I love this next part; can’t you just hear Jesus saying, “Get out of here, Satan. For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”  

So, here is the big question: “What are you worshiping and whom are you serving?” I know that there are many times I have to do the reality check and ask myself these same questions. We are all chasing something, but is it Jesus? Does what we spend our time on involve him? Or are we spending our time on worldly things? 

I know it is hard and sometimes life gets so busy that we all feel like we are just a mess. I do want to make my time here on earth worthy of what he has called me to do and be ready and willing to do what he wants. I want to make each day count and because of his grace, and because I am highly favored and blessed, each day he has given me is another chance to do his will.

As I was driving in to work today, the song “Lord, I’m Ready Now” by Plumb came on my radio and the writers Tiffany Arbuckle Lee and Luke Sheets could not have said it better:

…Oh Lord I’m ready now
All the walls are down
Time is running out
And I wanna make this count
I ran away from you
And did what I wanted to
But I don’t wanna let you down
Oh Lord I’m ready now
Lord I’m ready now…

Enjoy this wonderful day that the Lord has given you. I pray that we are all ready to worship and serve him in the manner that is due him.

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director


Have you been able to recall a time of obedience that you have experienced in your own life and the blessings that come from being obedient?    How do you think Abraham felt when he was told to leave his comfortable surroundings and to go to a foreign place?  The call Abram received as stated in Genesis 12:1  The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.  God promised Abram to make him into a great nation and that he would be blessed and all the peoples on earth would be blessed through him.  Now, that was a mighty big promise.  Abram had to be obedient and do what the Lord was asking of him.  So, Abram packed up and started his journey.

I can relate, when we were moving to Indiana it was difficult.  I felt very sad to leave a place that I thought was going to be home.  My oldest son was in college at the time and it didn’t involve him since he was a Junior and not about to relocate at that time.  My youngest son was a 6th grader and had attended only one school the entire time and this was going to be a BIG adjustment for him.   I had my church, my friends, our new home that we had only built several years ago, my high powered corporate job and thought I was on top of the world.

God does have a way of working on us if we listen.  I kept praying and asking God why?  My hubby sat me down and explained why he felt we needed to relocate and being the good supportive wife I said “ok, but, you will need to sell our house first.”  I thought it would take a long time since our subdivision wasn’t fully developed and why would anyone want our house when you could build a new one with your own colors and choices.  I was sure that this would give me more time….wrong!  Our home sold in less than 2 weeks.

God kept opening every door, the new company paid for movers to come in and pack us up and move us.  We found a home here in Noblesville and I flew back to Kansas City to work and all I had left to do was find my replacement.  I loved my job and my boss was in no hurry for me to leave so I kept working.  My youngest son and I moved in with a good friend right around the corner so it would give me more time to find my replacement at work (yep, one more excuse) before moving to Indiana.   My hubby moved here in January and I didn’t come until May.  Now, was I being obedient?  I thought I was, but, in reality, I was manipulating the situation.

I had already prayed about moving, God did His part, He sold the house and He provided for our every need to make the move smooth.  My heart was torn, I was not quite ready to move away from all my comforts, plus our families were only 6 hours away. We could jump in our car and go visit our relatives in Oklahoma on a long weekend.  I had all the excuses and justified, in my own mind, that I needed to be in Kansas City.

Then the day came, I got the call.  My hubby called and when talking to my son, he promised him a puppy if he would relocate to Indiana.  Well, you know the rest of the story….he wanted the puppy, so we traveled and made Indiana our new home.  Finally, God worked through my husband, who worked on me, dangling the new puppy as his tool to get us here.  My lesson in all of this is what blessings would I have missed out on had I not been obedient and followed where God wanted me?  God uses all kinds of tools to get our attention and in this case it was a little puppy.  Being obedient can be hard sometimes, but it also provides many blessings.  Just ask me about it sometime and I can share the rest of the story.


Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director


I am reading a book called “When Families Pray” by Cheri Fuller. It is a great book. One chapter is designed for the entire family to pray each day of the week for different daily themes. This includes the children as well. I was impressed how the book incorporates the entire family, from mom and dad all the way down to the smallest child. As I was reflecting on this routine, I was reminded how innocent a child’s prayer is, very short and to the point. The bottom line is that God wants to hear from us.

We have been given a challenge from our own church family to humble ourselves and pray as stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14. What we do with this challenge is our own choice. Reflecting on hearing my own children and grandchildren pray is so sweet and heartfelt. Can you even imagine how God must feel when he hears our prayers? We are blessed to be able to enter into his presence, talk to him, tell him how much we love him and leave our requests at his feet.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 17:20 that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can move mountains. Now I don’t know about you, but, I’ve seen some pretty big mountains moved by people praying. Our church started as a prayer group, lost people have found Jesus, people who have been distant to Jesus find their way back to him, people with illness have been healed, hurting folks have found comfort, and broken relationships have been restored. The list could go on and on. I think you get the picture and you can certainly add to this list your own answered prayers.

The last part of this verse says, “Nothing will be impossible for you.” This verse doesn’t say to pray for all the small things or just the big things. It says nothing is impossible! This is a strong promise and one we can take comfort in knowing that God does hear our prayers and if it is his will, he will answer them. I’m encouraged every time I hear of how God has moved a mountain. Today, take time to talk to God and know that he will handle your mountains in his own time and will.

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director


That is a fun word, and it can also be a challenge. As I was in my quiet time this morning, I was reflecting on my own circumstances and to be honest, having a bit of concern with what my next 13 days will be like. I’m going to the Republic of Georgia, beginning July 17, on a mission trip for our heavenly Father to shine his light in a dark world. 

Jesus teaches us to be his disciples, but he also teaches us to not only become a disciple but also to make disciples. I have to be honest, it would have been nice to stay in the states to do his work; most of the time I am here, doing just that. However, when someone asks you to consider going and to pray about it, well, the rest is history. Perhaps you, too, will have the privilege of doing a “Crosley Tour” (however, this time we’re going without our fearless leader, Dan Crosley). Two years ago I did go and we had an incredible God-experience with so many folks who live in a dark world and have very little.

Now, two years later I’m going again. I’m excited but am also having some reservations and they are all the normal stuff that women typically think of: weather, flights on time, luggage delivered on time, safety, health, God’s work being given the effort and honor due him, ladies hearing and turning their own lives towards him — the list could go on and on.

Let’s take each day and reflect on his goodness and his purpose for all of us. May we draw closer to him and strengthen our walks together. We can live out the purposes he has for us and do it well. I am reminded of Matthew 28 of “going and making disciples of all the nations.”  Doing God’s work with his direction allows us to have his strength and comfort. Knowing that “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” will give the Republic of Georgia team his joy, peace, wisdom and guidance. Please pray for us while we are gone: Suzie Mills, Sharon Vincent, Cindy Hartline, Susan & Kelli Yeager and myself as we live out one of our 4 Faith Movements: Live Missionally (1 Peter 4:10 & Ephesians 2:9-10), by meeting the needs of the “least of these” in one context outside our comfort zone during the year.

If you desire, you can read our blog at and stay in touch with what is going on during our mission trip. We will be doing two overnight women’s retreats in two separate areas along with going into a Muslim village to teach children. Pray for the Good News to be heard, understood and accepted and that God’s light will shine brightly for all those we come in contact with!!!

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director




As I reflect on Naomi and Ruth’s story, it is incredible to remember how their story unfolded. In that culture, when husbands died, widows were often unable to work for a living and the double whammy was that Naomi was in a foreign land. However, she did have her two sons and their wives who married and lived in this foreign land with her for 10 more years. Then, another life-changing moment: Naomi’s sons both pass away. Man, I can’t even imagine the loss Naomi was feeling. Not only had Naomi lost her husband, but now both her sons. Naomi does the only right thing for the remaining family members, her two daughters-in-law, by telling them both to go back home. Naomi also encourages them to find rest in the home of another husband.

At this point Naomi could have had the pity party, lived out the rest of her life as a selfish victim by trying to persuade her daughters-in-law to stay with her so she wouldn’t be alone. In that culture, unmarried women had no security and the primary role for a woman was to bear children. Knowing that she was going to be alone, at her age with no promise of remarrying or having more children, she did the right thing and urged them to go home and find another husband. Then, those sweet words from Ruth: “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.”

Wow, sometimes mothers-in-law are not as respected or loved as much as Naomi was by Ruth. This relationship speaks volumes about the character and impact that Naomi had on Ruth. I believe this is an outstanding character trait that Naomi possessed and how she definitely lived out the example found in Titus 2:3-4. Naomi had this great relationship with Ruth which helped Ruth make a quick decision to stay with Naomi instead of going back home to the comfort that she had before becoming part of Naomi’s family.

Do you have a Naomi in your life? Or maybe you are a Naomi to your family or someone else. My Naomi was my grandmother who just recently passed away at the young age of 100 (OK, I have to come clean, she was a few days away from being 100). Grandma was a “Titus” woman, teaching me and being that godly example to follow; she was the gift that Jesus gave me. Her husband left her when my father was only 16 (actually on his birthday).  With three boys to raise (my dad was the oldest) and no husband to help, this was a hard pill to swallow even in her time.

God’s plan gave my grandmother the strength to do right by her family.  Grandmother always had love to share and was an amazing cook. I never could understand how she always made food from scratch, not from a box, and always fed her three boys and later their families making a total of 14 when we all got together. Activities always included the old-fashioned picnic to a park with home-cooked fried chicken, and all the sides, and the coldest watermelon ever. I never could understand how she kept all the food she prepared, and the watermelon, in her extremely small fridge.

After my grandmother retired from her job as a beutician, she made home visits to ladies who were shut-ins so they could feel good about themselves in having their hair done.  (All you ladies can understand that, lol.)

The joy and hope these women had in common was that they were redeemed by our great big God. They were able to follow his plan, stay in the center of his will, and take every challenge to him for his love and guidance.

Now, go out and be a Naomi to another individual — or maybe someone in your family needs this influence. You just never know what impact you will have on another person’s life.

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director

Thursday Reflection: Chapter4: Deliverance

As I was reading Chapter 4 and reflecting on the Egyptians and Israelites many thoughts came to mind.  Thoughts of how incredibly stubborn and ruthless Pharaoh was when it came to the Israelites.  Pharaoh was a powerful man that could make final decisions.  Being rude and arrogant and just right down hateful to the Israelites because he didn’t know or respect their God was just evil.  The Egyptians forced the Israelites to do their work, not listening to their needs, and basically keeping them in daily oppression was harsh and unjustified.

Moses and Aaron took their message to Pharaoh, as directed by the Lord, to state the Israelites’ case.  What was the result?  More hard work and more oppression.  There are times when I feel hardships too.  At times things appear worse and I feel as if my nose is just above the water in a raging storm and I’m treading as fast as I can to get to the other side.  I think these “tough” times are the times I feel very close to the Lord.  He wants us to come to Him and depend on Him, trusting and obeying.   He has delivered me in so many areas and I have to trust and remember that He will continue to deliver me from difficult situations.

I am a good whiner.  I believe the Israelites were good at whining too.  Afterall, they whined to get bread, meat and water.  Duh, did they really think that the God who delivered them from the Egyptians was going to take them out to the dessert and not provide for them?   We thank Him for our meals each time we sit down to eat.  We lift up prayers for the things we need.  In the Lord’s prayer, we pray “Give us today the food we need”, and we know that God is going to provide our daily needs.  Why do we sometimes doubt?  Why do we second guess Him sometimes?  We can’t provide certain things, but, He can.   And God will generously provide all you need.  Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 8

I have to come clean, there are days when I am just like the Israelites, feeling sorry for myself because of something I think I need and God doesn’t provide it in my timing or at all.  I’m reminded in His Word, that he will generously provide all I need.

So today, let’s all thank Him.

Thank you Lord for all you do for us and for all our provisions.  Thank you for your good Word, for allowing it to be alive in our lives and how you walk with us throughout our days.  Help us to be reminded of how you are the mighty one and only “I AM” and our deliverer!

And all God’s children said: Amen!

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director