May Newsletter 2012 by lfachurch


									                                              Newsletter                          MAY 2012 | VOLUME THREE, ISSUE FIVE

Summer Ministry                                        by Erik Howard

Summer is so close; I can almost feel the       With that as our purpose, I want to ask
sweat dripping down my face. With               parents of Jr. and Sr. High students, based
summer, comes our                                                    on the 2012-2013
summer ministry                                                      school year, to get
program, Camp Grace.                                                 their kids involved in
Looking back at last                                                 Camp Grace this
year we had 40 Jr. and                                               summer. Have your
Sr. High students                                                    kids be a part of it for
volunteer at the                                                     at least one week, if
camps. We saw over                                                   not for the whole
200 campers and                                                      month of Camp. I
numerous other                                                       firmly believe that              As we continue our study of Matthew’s
volunteers from                                                      once students get a             Gospel of Jesus we come to a question. 
within our church give                                               taste for God, a taste          You could state it several ways:  
of their time for Camp                                               of Christian
                                                                                                        ‣ If I want to follow Jesus, where do I
Grace.                                                               community, a taste for
                                                                     serving missionally,
Camp Grace has three                                                 they won’t be                      ‣ What are the first steps, the basics,
core values that drive                                               satisfied with                        of following Jesus? 
it and three core                                                    anything else.                     ‣ What are the essential areas of my
values that cause us as
                                                                                                          life where I need to make sure
a church to continue to plan it every year.     This year our prayer is to get a little
                                                                                                          Jesus is King?
Those values are:                               bigger. We will run a week of Camp at LFA
1.   Students desperately need to be            Lincoln, and at the same time, run a                 So many of us, when it comes to
     thoroughly equipped to passionately        camp in Vineland, and one in Millville for           following Jesus, need to know what it
     follow Jesus into every area of life.      two straight weeks. This is a big                    looks like practically, in real life. So in
                                                undertaking and will require many more               this next section of Matthew (chapters
2.   Our students and our Church want to        volunteers, as we mobilize our youth and             18-20:16), Jesus says, if you are looking
     reflect the missional heart of Jesus        our church to reach our community with               how to follow me, start here … 
     to our community.                          the gospel of Jesus Christ.
                                                                                                        ‣ Start by embracing Jesus’ authority
3.   Our church needs to be a place that
     Christian leadership development           This will be an especially exciting year:               ‣ Start with what you possess
     happens for teens, college students,       for the first time we are training eight                 ‣ Start in your marriage
     young adults and adults.                   “student staff” to help run the summer
                                                camps. These will be Sr. High students                  ‣ Start with your children
God has used the Camp Grace program             who have experience volunteering at our                 ‣ Start as a single person
here at LFA to raise up God-fearing young       previous summer camps. Along with the                   ‣ Start in your community. 
people for more than 10 years.                  student staff, we will be asking all of our
                                                Jr. and Sr. High students to volunteer for           Pray for us and join us over these next
                                                at least one week of camp.                           weeks.

                                       Living Faith Alliance Church
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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 •                        Cumberland Christian School 1100 W. Sherman Ave. Vineland, NJ 08360
Peek in on…
                                                                            Parent Summit
                                                                                       a MUST for ALL parents of
                                                                                        infants to 18-year-olds
                                                                                         Saturday, October 13th.
                                                                                        More information to come!

The Theme of our last Leadership
Community was “Why Care for God’s
Sheep”? The answer to that question is
found in Acts 20:28-31 and Ezekiel

                                                             God Stories…
The evening began with a meaningful
time of worship that shifted our focus
from the busy events of the day to the
awesome nature and power of God.

From the Ezekiel passage, Pastor Nate
                                                                        “The Retreat reminded me I am not alone and to
pointed out that we care about lost
sheep because they are very much on
                                                                        remain focused in my relationship with Christ .”
the heart of God. Therefore, if we are                                  — Jean Ritchie
going to align our hearts with God’s,
caring for his sheep must be a priority.
We must be driven by God’s heart.                                 "The speakers were so real and willing to share deep
Nate emphasized that as a church we
                                                                   pain and struggles in hopes of giving others hope." 
need to be on the lookout for eight                                                                      — Dana Isles
areas where people who attend LFA
may be vulnerable. They were:                  “I experienced very strongly the presence of the Holy
  ‣ I’m new. I want to get connected.          during the fifth/sixth grade lesson.” — Jean Ritchie
  ‣ I want to get involved in LFA.
  ‣ I want to use my gifts in                                        “It is like a New Youth Group.” — A Jr. High Leader 
  ‣ I’m in personal need or crisis.
  ‣ I’m leaving LFA.
  ‣ I don’t know LFA’s vision or
  ‣ I don’t know how to connect with
                                           Children’s Ministry Picnic
    lost people around me.                 Our Annual CM picnic will be held at           year. Most of the classes will have
  ‣ How do I best encounter God in all     Cumberland Christian School on                 students creatively involved in the
    we do as a church?                     Wednesday, June 27th from 6:00pm to            presentation. You won’t want to miss that!
We then met in our ministry groups and                                                    This is a fantastic opportunity to invite
discussed ways that our particular         We greatly value this opportunity to give      friends or family members who might be
ministry could meet people where they      parents and family members a genuine           looking for a program for their children.
are vulnerable and help move them to       taste of what our CM Curriculum is all
next steps. Following this we had          about. To accomplish that, we will give        Starting Sunday, May 13,th there will be a
dessert and played a game together.        families a time to visit each of their         Sign-up Sheet on the CM Table in the Café
We had a great time together as we         children’s classes. They will meet their       (that’s where the lollipops are). It’s very
were challenged and encouraged in our      child’s team and hear from them the            important for you to let us know how many
service to God and others.                 theme(s) students have been learning this      from your family will be coming.
 LAUNCH                       TEAMS
  When God sent Gideon to defeat the             Please be in prayer for the Migrant
  Midianites, God knew who He wanted             Launch Team in May…and the Impact:
  in the army, how many he wanted in             Homeless Launch Team on June 1,2,3.
  the army and what they should do to
  accomplish God’s purposes.                     If you can not go with the team but
                                                 desire to support the mission, check
  As we send out the first of many                out the “SENDER’s” table in the Café.
  future Launch Teams from LFA, we               There are many ways your family can
  pray for God’s leading and His                 be actively involved in the teams !!!
  anointing to accomplish His purposes           Send a children’s book, send a Bible,
  for His glory. The teams may be of 2,          send your prayers, send supplies,                    First Launch Team:
  10 or 200….but if God launches them,           send a team member ! See the                           Impact Homeless
  He will accomplish His purposes.               “SENDER’s” table!!!
                                                                                                                June 1, 2, 3

“I’ve seen and experienced the beauty and
wonderment of cathedrals and basilicas… What I’ve
learned from LFA Church, though, is that no matter                                                 Financial Resourcing: We meet this goal
                                                                                                   by giving to:
where I may be, there is nothing more beautiful than
                                                                                                   ‣ The Missions fund, which is sent on to
the fellowship of souls gathered to praise our Lord.”
                                                                                                     the region through the national office
— Man who recently started attending LFA
                                                                                                   ‣ Approved specials: currently, Central
                                                                                                     Asian Centers in both Moscow and St.
                                                                                                   ‣ Matching/doubling designated gifts
  “God is using, in CR,  the hardships of some
                                                                                                     gathered by a pastorate for their
     to encourage others in their suffering.”                                                         partnered worker
                              — Diego Cuartas
                                                                                                   Short-Term Trips: We established the
                                                                                                   goal of organizing at least one trip to the
                                                                                                   NCA region per year. For example, we
                                                                                                   are sending a team with Nate and
“By being together (as a Pastorate) we help each other make                                        Sharon to Russia to assist with the field
                                                                                                   forum in October. Likewise, we are
Jesus central to our lives.” — Ed Gove, Pastorate leader
                                                                                                   active in regularly bringing to LFA our
                                                                                                   partners who are stateside or on home

                                                                                                   Connections: We are committed to

       e NCA Global Focus at L F A                                                                 organizing at minimum three weekends
                                                                                                   each year focusing on NCA work. On a
                                                                                                   monthly basis, we intend to include
 NCA stands for North and Central Asia, the         Strategic Prayer: We meet this goal through:
                                                                                                   pertinent information during
 region that LFA has targeted to strategically      ‣ Watchmen prayer during Celebration &         Celebration on Sunday mornings. NCA
 impact with the Gospel. Listed below are             Pastorates                                   stories, updates and needs go out in our
 ways we are linking up internationally:
                                                    ‣ Promoting Pushing Back The Darkness          monthly newsletter.
 Partner Care: Each pastorate is developing           prayer points
                                                                                                   Join in our global focus at any of these
 a connection with one family or worker in          ‣ Encouraging pastorates to consistently
                                                                                                   points. See Matthew Rudd or Dot
 the NCA region, taking advantage of                  and intentionally pray over their NCA
                                                                                                   Marketto regarding how to use your gifts
 technology and other creative means to               partners needs while sharing their own
                                                                                                   or ideas to further the Kingdom. Also
 connect with their partner on the field and           personal needs.
                                                                                                   mark your calendar, on Sunday, May
 hopefully in person when they are                  ‣ LFAC’s Pastors Team prayer for NCA on        20th, Tim C., a major player on what
 stateside.                                           the 3rd Tuesday of each month                happens in the region, will be casting
                                                                                                   more vision on how to get involved.
International House Of Prayer
Senior High You Trip
To kick off our summer the Senior High youth            Intimacy with Jesus and a heart of worship
will be going to the International House of            are two key elements to serving God on
Prayer in Kansas City, MO for the Fascinate            mission. This trip is the spiritual prep our
conference. Fascinate is a national high               students and interns will need in order to
school conference connecting teenagers to              invade our community with the gospel of                Frank & Kim Medio
the prayer movement. It is based on                    Jesus through Camp Grace. Our prayer is that            Sundays 4:30 pm
Philippians 3:8, the call to be fascinated with        God would raise up Senior High students                  609.567.1324
Jesus. Only Jesus—His person, His presence,            who will become prayer warriors and
and His power—can satisfy the longings of a            worship leaders within our Church. Pray that
                                                                                                            Dave & Connie Jones
generation for love, pleasure, and impact.”            these students would be ignited with                   Sundays 1:00 pm
                                                       absolute abandon for Jesus, His kingdom, His             856.327.4845
                                                       glory and His praise!                     

                                                                                                          Steve & Sharon Schalick
                                                                                                              Sundays 1:00 pm

     Next Sunday May 13th we will be                                                                        Harry & Val Behrens
                                                                                                             Sundays 5:00 pm
     praying for the mothers who are                                                                          856.205.0767
     in our service and will bless                                                              
     them with a small gift.
                                                                                                            Dave & Jayme Carter
                                                                                                              Sundays 4:30 pm

             Financial Update

                                                                                                         Joel Howard (young adults)
                                                                                                              Sundays 7:00 pm
              Thank you, Cheerful Givers, as it        “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly                  570.575.4851
            is your generous gifts that help us        will also reap sparingly, and whoever    
        grow and spread the word of Jesus              sows generously will also reap
    Christ throughout our local community              generously. Each of you should give                     Hap & Sue Hyson
                                                                                                            Wednesdays 6:30 pm
    and the world.                                     what you have decided in your heart to
                                                       give, not reluctantly or under         
    General Fund: Our annual General Fund              compulsion, for God loves a cheerful
    budget for 2012 is $700,000, with a                giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NIV)                     Larry & Leslie Baruffi
    monthly budget of $58,333. As of the                                                                     Wednesdays 7:00 pm
    end of the 1st Quarter, we are ($3,579)            Please remember your financial                             856.691.9211
    below are year-to-date target to date.             contributions can be sent in a variety of 
    Building Fund: For 2012 giving to the              • Sunday morning service collection                        Ed Gove
    Building Fund totals $6,172.                                                                           (LFAC Fenimore Group)
                                                       • Via our website --
                                                                                                             Saturdays 5:30 pm
                                                       • Mail to or drop off at LFAC Lincoln                    856.899.4049
    Missions Fund: As of the end of March
    our year-to-date offerings total $10,781.
    With an annual goal for 2012 of $60,000,           Along with your financial gifts, continue            Mark & Lisa Gebhardt
    we need to average $5,000 per month                to pray for our church. Thank you, and                 (Millville West)
    for missions, which leave us ($4,219)              God bless you!                                       Thursdays 6:00 pm
    below our goal year-to-date.                                                                               856.305.5272
                              1st Quarter Projection         1st Quarter Actual        Difference

              General Fund   $              175,000      $              171,421    $          (3,579)

             Building Fund                   —           $                 6,172              —

             Missions Fund   $               15,000      $               10,181    $          (4,219)

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