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June 2012 Newsletter

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									                                              Newsletter                         JUNE 2012 | VOLUME THREE, ISSUE SIX




  e Top 10 Reasons You Should Participate in
Financial Peace University                                                         by Tim Vaughn, Summer Intern and FPU Coordinator


In Financial Peace University we are             9.  Your emergency fund is called VISA,          7.  You believe you’ll be content once you
serious about managing money well, but           MasterCard, Discover, or home equity            finally acquire all that the “Joneses” have.
as we learn and grow we don’t take               loan. God considers us wise
ourselves too seriously. To give you a feel      when we save money. Proverbs
for the light-hearted but confrontational        21:20 counsels, “In the house of
nature of the experience, here are the top       the wise are stores of choice
ten reasons why you should participate in        food and oil, but a foolish man
FPU. These reasons could also be labeled         devours all he has.”
as common myths that FPU debunks. You                                                            Our culture sends us strong messages
ready? Here we go! In no particular               8.  Your CPA told you to never pay off your     about what should make us content. The
order…                                            mortgage so you have a tax deduction. For      truth is that relationship with Christ
                                                  every $1 you pay in mortgage interest,         makes us content.
10.  Your car payment is like an annoying         you only receive approximately $0.20 in
family member that is always around. The          a tax deduction. Even if taking a               6.  You believe a bank’s mortgage
average car payment in the US is $404             deduction made mathematical sense,             approval is God’s sign for you to buy a
per month and is the single biggest               there is peace in owning your house            house. God can use circumstances in our
deterrent to the middle class building            outright.                                      discernment, but we need to use all of
wealth.
                                                                                                                           continued on page 3


Summer Ministry                                                          Children’s Camp
God has been very gracious to LFA through Camp Grace over the            Attention Kids and Parents!! Set aside the week of July 9-13 for
last ten years. God has used Camp Grace to raise up a generation         Camp Grace.  It will be held at Lincoln Avenue every evening from
of Kingdom-minded young adults who are currently all across the          6-8:30pm. Besides games and other exciting activities, kids will
United States serving God where he has led. Also, when we look           spend time learning truths about God.
at our current church body, many of the young
leaders who are stepping up into greater                                                   Parents! Each night you will have a place to hang
leadership have come through our summer                                                    around, talk with other parents and look through
ministry program.  It is with this track record, of                                        a variety of resources we will make available to
creating radical disciples of Jesus, that we                                               you. Also, on Friday night there will be a special
continue to plan Camp Grace.                                                               time, just for parents, to meet with our Family
                                                                                           Ministry staff to go over practical tips on
Camp Grace has three core values that drive it                                             parenting.
and that cause us as a church to continue to plan
it every year:                                                                             This is not only a great resource for our kids and
                                                                                           parents but we want you to encourage as many
1.   To equip students to passionately follow
                                                                                           other families as possible to join you for this
     Jesus into every area of their life.
                                                                                           informative, fun week. 
                               continued on page 4



                                       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
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Children’s                                    Men’s Event
Ministry Picnic                               Men of Living Faith Alliance Church:
                                              Don’t miss what’s going to happen on August 18th.  On that day men, sons and their
Our Annual CM picnic will be held at
                                              friends will meet at Lincoln Avenue at 8am for a
Cumberland Christian School on
                                              hearty “Breakfast of Champions”.  Then we will
Wednesday, June 27th from 6:00pm to
                                              hear about Biblical Manhood.
8:00pm.
                                              Following our time at Lincoln Avenue, we will
We greatly value
                                              head out to Impact Harvest
this opportunity
                                              [www.impactharvest.org] right here in Vineland
to give parents
                                              to help them pick their produce, which goes to
and family
                                              needy families all around Cumberland County. 
members a
genuine taste of                              This should not be an activity filled with men
what our CM Curriculum is all about. To       just from LFA.  We need to use this opportunity
accomplish that, we will give families a      for community service to do just that—reach out
time to visit each of their children’s        to the community of men around us.  Start now inviting others.
classes. They will meet their child’s
team and hear from them the theme(s)


                                              Missional Outlet for Families
students have been learning this year.
Most of the classes will have students
creatively involved in the presentation.
You won’t want to miss that!                  WHAT: The Global Aid Network® (GAiN®) Distribution Center operates
                                              year-round in receiving, processing, packing and shipping aid to places
This is a fantastic opportunity to invite     around the globe. Each year, the distribution center also conducts
friends or family members who might           volunteer work projects where aid is packed prior to
be looking for a program for their            shipment overseas. We will be coordinating daytrips to
children.                                     work on their spring 2012 mission packing project.

Starting Sunday, May 13th, there will be      WHEN: Daytrips during the week of June 18-23
a Sign-up Sheet on the CM Table in the
Café (that’s where the lollipops are). It’s   WHO: Families with children (any age), pastorates, individuals
very important for you to let us know
how many from your family will be             CONTACT:
coming.                                          Mark & Michelle Rowe (going on or around Monday, June 18th)
                                                 2M4D@comcast.net
                                                   Calvin & Paula Smith (going on or around Friday, June 22nd)
                                                   calvinsmithsafeplace@verizon.net

                                              MORE INFO: Visit http://gainusa.org/ or see Mark or Calvin in the Café on Sunday.
 What is e Primary Work of                                                                                 Top Ten, continued from page 1



 God ’s People?                                                                                 God’s counsel in making sound
                                                                                                financial decisions.

                                                                                                5.  You have more month than money.
Are you ready for the answer to this            presence in all situations. It is for this
                                                                                                Even in our high-cost society there are
question? I ask this because one of the         reason that we provide purposeful avenues
                                                                                                ways to live below our means. A
values of American culture is “productivity”,   to encourage and foster a praying life.
                                                                                                budget can work!
so the answer may go against our culture.       Whether your needs fall in the category of
The primary work of God’s people is prayer.     personal, physical, material, marriage,         4.  You think that tithing gives you
This is counter-cultural because prayer         family or seeking direction, I want to ask      permission to spend the other 90% in
positions us to redirect our hope and           that you bring those to the place  where        any way you want. God owns all that
efforts toward God, not ourselves or others.     your need and the provision and care of our     we have. We manage it on his behalf.
As we pray, we basically tap into God’s care    Father meet, that is in prayer. Others will
and protection from the enemy; we take a        support you and with time you will learn to     3.  You believe debt is a financial
                      humble posture and        support others. Here are some avenues:          instrument that stays only in that
                           cultivate                                                            realm. Proverbs 22:7 admonishes, “The
                               watchfulness        ‣ Every Sunday @ 8:00AM, in the              rich rule over the poor, and the
                                 (1 Peter            nursing room diagonal from the Cafe        borrower is slave to the lender.”
                                   5:6-8).           area, an elder will be leading a time of
                                                     intercession prior to the beginning of     2.  You believe that talking with your
                                 At Living           the first service.                          kids about money is as stressful as
                                 Faith                                                          having the “other” talk.  You can teach
                                 Alliance,         ‣ You can call on the elders, as per the     your children easy ways to avoid many
                                 we value            instructions found in James 5:13-14,       of the mistakes you made. Poor money
                                calling on           and request prayer for you or your         management does not have to carry
                              God and                family, by contacting them via the         over to the next generation.
                            seeking His              church office or emailing
                          power and                  elders@lfachurch.org                        1.  You’re looking for ways to be
                                                                                                financially free so that you can respond
                                                                                                to God’s leading in your life. This one is
                                                                                                not a myth! Being financially free
                                                                                                allows you to respond to God’s
God sightings                                                                                   direction in your life.

Migrant Launch Team (May 19-20)                                                                  From soups to nuts, FPU covers
                                                                                                 personal financial management from a
                                                                                                 biblical perspective. Topics include
"In short, the presence of God created in me a spirit of acceptance and willingness to
                                                                                                 saving, budgeting, debt reduction,
be involved with those less fortunate; a willingness to give of myself, even when it is out      retirement planning, investments,
of my comfort zone.  I realized — or better yet came to understand — we are all sinners,         insurances, college funding, basic
but loved by God.  He created us equally and differently; as brothers and sisters who            estate planning, real estate and
look, speak and act differently.  I want to publicly thank God for opening my heart to           mortgages, and giving/tithing.
others and ask that He continue to work my heart, softening it so my soul is a
reflection of Him."       — Jose                                                                 Two sessions of FPU will meet this
                                                                                                 summer – Saturdays from 9-11 am and
                                                                                                 Mondays from 6:30-8:30 pm. The
 “My view of others changed this weekend in a positive outlook, as a result of our group         Saturday session kicks off on June 30
times and personal reflections. ..I just had no views of them at all, because I had no           and runs through August 25. The
idea of who and what they were all about. Spending time with them this weekend                   Monday session runs from July 2 to
enabled me to learn more about my church family and experience God working in their              August 27. Each session runs for nine
lives...My view of God and the Migrant workers didn't change, but my compassion did              consecutive weeks.
grow for the Mexican people. Due to my history and exposure to Migrant lifestyle, I felt
                                                                                                 The cost is $60 per family. This
prepared for what we encountered, however visiting them with that level of intimacy
                                                                                                 includes a kit with resources to help all
increased my compassion and desire to do more. “           — Jean                                learning styles grasp the concepts of
                                                                                                 FPU.
“It blows me away to see how little it takes to see kingdom life come out of people when
they rally around a missional effort regardless of its kind. If there is a proper way to feel    The average family pays off $5,300 in
proud about God’s children, this is one of those occasions. I could have not put together        debt and saves $2,700 in the first 13
                                                                                                 weeks. Sign up in the information
on my own such a beautiful team. To God be the glory as One who keeps demonstrating
                                                                                                 center or fill out a Connect Card and
how much He loves all peoples.” — Diego                                                          mark it “FPU.”  
Summer Ministry, continued from page 1


2.   We desire to reflect the missional heart              This year is an especially exciting year. For
     of Jesus to our community through the                the first time, we are training eight “student
     ministry of our students and adults.                 staff” to help run the summer camps. These
3.   Our church desires to be a place that                will be Sr. High students who have
     Christian leadership development                     experience volunteering at our previous
     happens for teens, college students,                 summer camps. Along with the student staff
     young adults and adults.                             we will be asking all of our Jr. and Sr. High         Frank & Kim Medio
                                                          students to volunteer for at least one week            Sundays 4:30 pm
With that as our purpose, I want to ask                   of camp.                                                609.567.1324
parents of Jr. and Sr. High students, based on                                                               frankmed@comcast.net
the 2012-2013 school year, to get your kids              Let’s look forward to all that God is going to
involved in Camp Grace this summer.  Have                do this summer!                                      Dave & Connie Jones
                                                                                                                Sundays 1:00 pm
your kids be a part of camp for at least one                                                                      856.327.4845
week, if not for the whole month of Camp.  I                                                                 spikettejns@yahoo.com
firmly believe that once students get a taste
for God, a taste of Christian community, a                                                                  Steve & Sharon Schalick
taste for serving missionally, they won’t be                                                                    Sundays 1:00 pm
satisfied with anything else.                                                                                      856.457.2192
                                                                                                          schalickpastorate@gmail.com

                                                                                                              Harry & Val Behrens
                                                                                                               Sundays 5:00 pm
                                                                                                                856.205.0767
                                                                                                            hbehrens4@comcast.net

             Financial Update                                                                                 Dave & Jayme Carter
                                                                                                                Sundays 4:30 pm
              Thank you, Cheerful Givers! It             “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse,               856.692.6747
                                                                                                           carterpastorate@gmail.com
            is through your generous gifts               that there may be food in my house. And
         that we continue to grow and                    thereby put me to the test, says the Lord
                                                                                                           Joel Howard (young adults)
     spread the word of Jesus Christ                     of hosts, if I will not open the windows               Sundays 7:00 pm
     throughout our local community and the              of heaven for you and pour down for                     570.575.4851
     world.                                              you a blessing until there is no more              joelhoward5@gmail.com
                                                         need.” Malachi 3:10 (ESV)
     General Fund: Our annual General Fund                                                                       Hap & Sue Hyson
     budget for 2012 is $700,000, with a                 Please remember your financial                        Wednesdays 6:30 pm
     monthly budget of $58,333. As of the                contributions can be sent in a variety of                856.691.5903
     end of April, we are $6,365 beyond our              ways:                                            pastoratehayelect@verizon.net
     year-to-date target. Praise God!!!
                                                         • Sunday morning service collection                   Larry & Leslie Baruffi
     Building Fund: For 2012, giving to the                                                                    Wednesdays 7:00 pm
                                                         • Via our website -- lfachurch.org
                                                                                                                   856.691.9211
     Building Fund totals $9,005.                        • Mail to or drop off at LFAC Lincoln                larrybaruffi@yahoo.com
                                                           Avenue
     Missions Fund: As of the end of April,
                                                                                                                    Ed Gove
     our year-to-date missions offerings                  Along with your financial gifts, continue            (LFAC Fenimore Group)
     totaled $14,994. With an annual goal for            to pray for our church. Thank you, and                Saturdays 5:30 pm
     2012 of $60,000, we need to average                 God bless you!                                          856.899.4049
     $5,000 per month for missions, which                                                                  gove.pastorate@gmail.com
     leaves us ($5,006) below our goal year-
     to-date.                                                                                                Mark & Lisa Gebhardt
                                                                                                                (Millville West)
                                  YTD April Projection         YTD April Actual        Difference              Thursdays 6:00 pm
                                                                                                                 856.305.5272
              General Fund    $                233,332     $             239,698   $            6,365      mgebhardt@LFAchurch.org

             Building Fund                      —          $               9,005               —

             Missions Fund    $                 20,000     $              14,994   $           (5,006)

								
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