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Newsletter APRIL 2012 | VOLUME THREE, ISSUE FOUR Easter Week: Fanning Our Devotion by Greg Hill The story tells us that “Jesus was at burial. Whether or not she knew what she • Palm Sunday, April 1, Sunday at 8:30am and Bethany, a guest of Simon the Leper. was really doing, her actions were 10:30am (No Communion on this Sunday) While he was eating dinner, a woman considered by others extravagant at best. • Monday, April 2 and Thursday, April 5, fast came up carrying a bottle of very Undoubtedly, the nature of our love is during lunch break 12:00PM-1:00pm @ expensive perfume. Opening the bottle, best seen in our actions. Mary’s actions Lincoln Ave. she poured it on his head. Some of the reveal the fact that she treasured Jesus • Tuesday, April 3, Formed by His Word guests became furious among beyond any extravagant investment. This 6:30am @ Larry’s II themselves. ‘That's criminal! A sheer is a glimpse of devotion! • Formed by His Word for Ladies 10:00am and waste! This perfume could have been Sr High Group 7:00pm @ Lincoln Ave. sold for well over a year's wages and As a brother and pastor I want to call us • Formed by His Word for Men 7:00pm @ handed out to the poor.’ They swelled up as a community of faith to consider the Larry Baruﬃ’s, in anger, nearly bursting with indignation matchless worth of Jesus and how we can personally increase and express our • Wednesday, April 4, Truth For Living Classes/ over her. But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone. Children’s Ministry/Jr High Group 6:30pm @ Why are you giving her a hard time? She devotion to Him during Easter. It is for this CCS has just done something wonderfully reason that we are implementing an Easter Emphasis from April 1st through • Celebrate Recovery 6:30pm @ Lincoln Ave. signiﬁcant for me. You will have the poor with you every day for the rest of your the 8th. Our desire is to lead our church, • Good Friday, April 6, 4:00pm @ CCS. our families and households through Meditation, followed by an hour service lives. Whenever you feel like it, you can various avenues by which we can posture (Communion will be included) from 5-6pm. do something for them. Not so with me. Childcare will be provided for children ages She did what she could when she could— our hearts to consider the passion that 0-5 years old. she pre-anointed my body for burial. And led Jesus to the cross and His resurrection! I encourage you to look over • Saturday, April 7, worship on your own or you can be sure that wherever in the the list below and plan ahead so that you with family whole world the Message is preached, what she just did is going to be talked can join others and invite your friends. • Sunday, April 8, Sunrise Service 6:15am @ CCS about admiringly.’" (Mark 14:3-9, The • A family/household Devotional Tool which Message) • Easter Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am — includes a few suggested resources to invite a friend… a missional Sunday! enhance your focus during Easter week. This This story reveals the appropriate tool will be available on Sunday, April 1st @ devotion Mary, the woman in the story, CCS. showed to Jesus in preparation for his Living Faith Alliance Church OFFICES GATHERINGS 1987 South Lincoln Avenue • Vineland, NJ 08361 SUNDAY SERVICES: 8:30 /10:30 am • WEDNESDAY CLASSES: 6:30 pm 856-696-3444 • www.LFAChurch.org Cumberland Christian School 1100 W. Sherman Ave. Vineland, NJ 08360 Time toge er as LAUNCH TEAMS a Household I love the following lyrics — especially the ﬁrst line that cries out to God: I read an article this week that was lamenting that the typical “good family time” of watching a movie and eating popcorn Why don’t you break my heart ’til it moves my hands and feet together is being threatened because so many members of our For the hopeless and the broken families have the new ipads, and consequently everyone tends for the ones that don’t know that you love them to go their separate ways to enjoy their own entertainment. Bring your love to life inside of me From “Love Come to Life” by Big Daddy Weave Wow, it seems like our deﬁnition of quality family time is going downhill fast! What would your family/household consider to be That is my cry to God. “Break my heart ‘til it a satisfying activity to do together? moves my hands and feet.” I don’t want to be passive, I don’t want to be apathetic. Move me, We as a church would like to remind you of four “activities” that God, toward the things that move Christ. you can do together as a household that will be truly life giving: Stretch me; take me out of my comfort zone. Let my hands be His hands God Sightings: Get in the habit of daily pausing to tell things and let my feet take me where that you see God doing around you. He would go. Faith Talks: At least once a week take time to read God’s Word This summer, LFA is together and talk about how it applies to your everyday life. Feel implementing LAUNCH free to use the weekly Faith Talk Questions in the bulletin that TEAMS — local weekend Mission trips that will are based on the passage Nate is preaching from. launch us out into the community, to be Christ’s hands and feet to the lost and broken. We will stay overnight at the church, Prayer Times: Enjoy pausing together to give thanks to God, or share meals, hear guest testimonies, and prepare to serve in the to lift to Him needs that you have for yourself or others. neighborhoods together on Saturday & Sunday. Launch teams Living on Mission: Plan a weekly time to will revolve around a speciﬁc mission focus for the weekend. serve someone from our church or May 18-20 will focus on Migrant Workers . June 1-3 will focus on someone near you in your the Homeless, including: interaction at the Cumberland Family community. Shelter, a food kitchen, clothes closet, street outreach and We pray that God will several additional avenues of ministering to those who struggle continue to give us HIS daily for basic necessities. Look forward to a powerful weekend vision for what “great yielded to God’s purposes. Prayerfully consider joining one of family times” can look these Launch teams. Let God move you — and move through like! you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on a speciﬁc weekend! You can also get more information or sign up in the Café on April 1st, 8th and 15th. Peek in on… Jones Pastorate We are planning to participate again bring their friends, so we sometimes this year in The Dash for Organ & Tissue have more teens than adults! We We meet Sundays at 1:00. We enjoy Donor Awareness in Philly on Sunday, passionately believe as parents we eating together & sharing a good time April 15th, and our team Esperanza is need each other for support to help us worshipping together. looking for sponsors. Check us out on raise our children & our children need Missionally, our pastorate makes www.donors1.org! other Godly adults speaking into their lunches for Urban Promise Academy as lives. We believe as a pastorate we are Our group is made up of families with learning to love and lead better than part of our pastorate time together. predominantly teenage children who we currently do. Peek in on… Parent Summit Setup and Breakdown a MUST for ALL parents of Name: Setup… or… Breakdown such a great time they are coming infants to 18-year-olds Times: Every Saturday (5:30pm to chill and work other weeks in addition to the one time they Saturday, October 13th. for sports, 7pm for setup); and were scheduled. It's just simply More information to come! Sundays right after second service that cool. (12:15ish). Setup usually takes 90 mins to 2 hours, and breakdown is What if we want to join as a 1 hour to 90 mins. family or pastorate or with my housemates, can we do that? Is Team Size: There are 8 teams of this a serious question?!? Yes, of roughly 12 people on each course you can, and we even team...you do the math, we always promise not to split you up into could use more help. diﬀerent teams. Financial Update Qualiﬁcations: Energetic spirit and able to follow instructions, You keep using words like "fun", "chill", and "cool." What do you Thank you, Cheerful Givers, as it is your generous also not a requirement, but you do on these teams that makes it gifts that help us grow and spread the word of should like to have fun. so amazing? Great question, Jesus Christ. pretend question-asker… it's What does setup and breakdown mostly a result of the energy General Fund: As of the end of February, we are $3,769 do? Setup and breakdown teams drinks and Red Bull and of course, behind our year-to-date goal of $116,667. setup and breakdown our Erik Howard. Seriously though, we gathering space at CCS each work hard but have a good time Building Fund: As of the end of February, $4,501 has come week. Kinda like the Levites used together. On Saturday nights in, which is $5,179 less than the same period last year. to do with the Tabernacle in the before we setup we have a sport Exodus story. Very spiritual. Missions Fund: As of the end of February, we are $2,943 that anyone can play (basketball, behind our year-to-date goal of $10,000. Is setup and breakdown hard? (I soccer, volleyball, etc), and on mean, am I going to throw my Sunday after breakdown there's “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be back out if I join a team?) There's always a meal. The slogans say it generous on every occasion, and through us your an appropriate task for everyone well, "You play, you stay" and generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 no matter what age or physical "Will work for food." Also, did I Corinthians 9:11 (NIV) condition you are in. Some people mention that Erik Howard is there prefer to work on putting signs or sometimes?!!! Please remember your ﬁnancial contributions can be sent chairs up, while others like the in a variety of ways: What if I can't always be on a workout of lifting awkwardly • Sunday morning service collection team the same time each month, bulky curtains, screens and tables. • Via our website -- LFAChurch.org but I still want to help? You can If you are concerned about • Mail to or drop oﬀ at LFAC Lincoln Avenue always help out any time you are physical limitations, we have a able; we'd have a tough time Along with your ﬁnancial gifts, continue to pray for our new position for you as a getting everything done without church. Thank you, and God bless! motivator… you can just move the "spontaneous help" from all around encouraging (but not Budgeted January February you "committally-challenged" annoying) everyone. It'll be folks. Come on out and play a General Fund $58,333 $57,955 $54,943 awesome. game or two before setup or help What kind of commitment does it out right after second service and Building Fund — $1,819 $2,682 take to be on a team? Teams are enjoy a free (although you did Missions Fund $5,000 $3,549 $3,958 scheduled so that one setup and have to work for it) meal. breakdown team is on each Saturday (setup) and Sunday (breakdown) of the week. That means each team serves once per month (one time per year your team would serve twice in one month). That's the minimum requirement; many people are having Spring Classes Baptism Retreat Friday, May 4th from The Marriage Preparation Course: For pre- 6-9pm, and Saturday, May 5th from 8-12 marriage couples or married couples who noon @ LFL never had pre-marital preparation. 1st and 3rd LTG (Life Transformation Group): a small Wednesdays of April-June. Starts April 4th; 6:30-8pm @ CCS group designed to help you become more like Jesus using the disciplines of prayer, Eﬀective Parenting in a Defective World: Frank & Kim Medio confession and scripture reading. Talk to your For parents raising elementary-age children. Sundays 4:30 pm Pastorate leader for more details. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of April-June. Starts 609.567.1324 April 4th; 6:30-8pm @ CCS email@example.com Formed by His Word Tuesdays 6:30-7:30am @ Larry’s II Café — All are Sacred Marriage: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of welcome April-June. Starts April 4th; 6:30-8pm @ CCS Dave & Connie Jones Tuesdays 10-10:30am @ LFL — Women’s group Sundays 1:00 pm A Beautiful Oﬀering: For women. 1st and 3rd 856.327.4845 Tuesdays 7-8:30pm @ L. Baruﬃ’s — Men’s group Wednesdays of April-June. Starts April 4th; firstname.lastname@example.org Alpha: Wednesday nights starting April 6:30-8pm @ CCS 4th; 6pm @ CCS Steve & Sharon Schalick Exploring Worship: 1st and 3rd Sundays 1:00 pm Encountering God in Scripture: 1st Wednesdays of April-June. Starts April 4th; 856.457.2192 and 3rd Wednesdays of April-June. Starts 6:30-8pm @ CCS email@example.com April 4th; 6:30-8pm @ CCS Harry & Val Behrens 7 Essentials are classes 1. Relationships: Developing a 5. Stewardship: Living for the glory of Sundays 5:00 pm on the fundamentals of relationship with Jesus in God by using what I am, have, and conversation with friends. what I can do for His kingdom 856.205.0767 discipleship, design to firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Scripture: Encountering God in 6. Breaking Free by the power of the form 7 basic habits for a Scripture Holy Spirit lifetime of following Jesus. You can 3. Prayer: Learning to ﬁght for faith in 7. Living God’s Dream and design for take the courses in any order and my Christ-centered identity my life and Living Faith Alliance Dave & Jayme Carter as often as you like. 4. Telling Your God Story: Declaring my Church Sundays 4:30 pm faith for the glory of God 856.692.6747 email@example.com Sta Pro le: Diego Cuartas Joel Howard (young adults) Sundays 7:00 pm It is an honor to have Diego coming full-time to the Pastors team. He is a gifted leader who 570.575.4851 hears from God and moves with integrity. Going full-time will allow Diego to carry the firstname.lastname@example.org responsibility of crisis response and developing teams in the area of healing and restoration, as well as helping us grow as people of prayer, experiencing the presence of God. I am looking Hap & Sue Hyson Wednesdays 6:30 pm forward to seeing his gifts and abilities multiplied through the leaders he is developing and the 856.691.5903 culture he is helping to shape. - Pastor Greg Hill email@example.com Name: Diego Cuartas Do you have a hobby? Making my wife Larry & Leslie Baruﬃ Job title: Pastor of Healing & Restoration smile! Seriously, I’ll even come up with Wednesdays 7:00 pm Ministries veggie names for her... 856.691.9211 What’s playing on your iPod right now? “I’m What books are you currently reading or larrybaruﬃ@yahoo.com Coming Your Way” by Desperation Band recommend? “Book of Genesis,” “What Did You Expect” (Paul Tripp), “CrossTalk: Where Ed Gove (LFAC Fenimore Group) Life & Scripture Meet” (Michael Emlet) Saturdays 5:30 pm Name something you passionate about? 856.899.4049 God’s Presence! firstname.lastname@example.org Where were you born? Cali, Colombia, (that is South America for those of you who are Mark & Lisa Gebhardt (Millville West) geographically challenged like me!) Thursdays 6:00 pm Name a pet peeve: Drivers not using turn 856.305.5272 signals : ( mgebhardt@LFAchurch.org Favorite local restaurant? Eastlyn Golf Course, 4049 Italia Avenue Describe a surprising eccentric quirk? I have a ﬁngernail that cracks up every summer!
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