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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




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           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 localmissions@lfachurch.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                                        frankmed@comcast.net
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;                      spikettejns@yahoo.com
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                                                schalickpastorate@gmail.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                                                                                             hbehrens4@comcast.net
                                       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
                                                                                                                             carterpastorate@gmail.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                                        joelhoward5@gmail.com
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                                pastoratehayelect@verizon.net
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!                                                gove.pastorate@gmail.com
                                                              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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