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Interim Minister Tim Johnson
Interim Pastor
Tim Johnson
earned his Degree from
The University of Dubuque
Theological Seminary

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About Rev. Tim Johnson . . .

     A Nebraskan by birth (1950), having grown up in Colorado until senior year, then graduating from Norwalk, Iowa in 1969; I have always been in homes active with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). College years were interrupted by military service, then graduation from The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1980.

      A few years later, I reentered the U.S. military as an Army National Guard chaplain. In 2004, with twenty years complete, I retired. 

     With our two sons, Christopher and Eric, my wife, Mary Kay and I lived in Troy Mills, Mason City, and Adel as our sons grew up and I served Disciple congregations. In the late 1990’s we moved to Michigan for Mary Kay’s education at MSU while I served interim positions. 

     After serving a rural church in Illinois, we returned to Norwalk to be closer to family and in 2015, I retired from the Christian Church in Perry. Since that I have been serving Christian Churches as interim minister in Oskaloosa, Des Moines (Wakonda), and Mitchellville.

    Hobbies include reading, music for my own enjoyment, our Golden Retriever, Dory, an old sports car, and visiting family.


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                        Secretary
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Media/Communication
Specialist
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Child Care
Stephanie Collins,
                        Custodian
Stephanie Collins
Custodian
Pianist
Abbi Nelson
Pianist


Disciples of Christ History
      The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded in the early 1800s in the United States. Seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements, the founders envisioned a united church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament. Disciple congregations today share these characteristics:
 * Each congregation is self-governing and calls its own pastor.
 * Worship services may be formal or informal, and include lay women and men in leadership.
 * Open discussion of issues is encouraged. Diversity of opinion is common.
 * We are growing in racial and ethnic diversity. 
 
       Disciples affirm that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, and offers saving grace to all. Disciples also believe that all persons are children of God. Disciples practices and beliefs include:

Open Communion
- The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.

Freedom of Belief
- Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.

Baptism by Immersion
- In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.

Belief in the Oneness of the Church
- All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.

The Ministry of Believers
- Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth.
 
The symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a red chalice, emblazoned with a white St. Andrew's cross. The chalice symbolizes the central place of communion in worship. The X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a reminder of the ministry of each person and the importance of evangelism.
Spreading GOD’s
Love…
Hope…
Joy…
with YOU!
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“What Are We Looking For?”
       Jesus said, “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7: 7).
     We use Jesus’ words as explanation about why we ought to be searching for God’s love and guidance in our lives. But I wonder, what most of us are looking for in this age.
    We’re not utilizing our time, talents, and work-lives just to earn a paycheck or taking care of our families, are we? I get the sense that Jesus is urging us along other paths rather than simply doing what we have to do to take care of our personal business.
     
Instead, it seems that our Lord and Savior want us to have something of a quest in our lives, or a search.  But what ought we be searching for? What is it we’re to be looking for?
      In John’s Gospel, chapter 6, verses 22–24, the crowd that was with Jesus noticed that Jesus was
no longer with them. So, they thought it out and figured that Jesus must have taken a boat across the lake. 
“When the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they got into those boats and went to Capernaum, looking for Jesus.”
      We know what they were looking for. They were greatly impressed by the words they heard from Jesus and the power they witnessed Jesus utilize.
       You and me – what are we looking for? Do we want something more from Jesus than what we have received?  Is there some wisdom or guidance that we wish for from our faith? Are we just expecting some future benefit from our Christian faith? Do we find that our lives are somehow better if we are actively in a relationship with God?
      Jesus’ words in Matthew 7 hint at discontentment. Why would we ask for something more–why would we seek for something more–why would we knock on metaphorical doors if we weren’t wanting more, wanting different, wanting better?
      It’s been easy to be active Christians in our wonderful nation in this blessed time. The demands place upon us are not heavy burdens. Yet the contentment has seemed to leach away the energy and the drive to grow within our churches. We seem lacking fire and determination and a goal.
     What are you looking for?
      If we’re looking for nothing, then we’ll undoubtedly be successful. If we want an extension of what we’ve had, then we’ve got it. If we want more . . . WHEN we want more . . . then we might be ready to truly
ask, seek, and knock. 

                                                                         See you Sunday!
                                                                            Tim


Capitol Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) * 3322 E. 25th Street * Des Moines, IA 50317




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