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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 Parent Parent Summit Important n a MUST for ALL parents of Connectio a regular infants to 18-year-olds ted to begin We are exci ents about Father’s Day ion with par Saturday, October 13th. communicat d resources . Our Celebration upcom ing events an More information to come! t to all er” went ou Sunday, June 17 ,we ﬁrst “emind 18-year- fants through will be praying for parents of in u did not t month. If yo olds this pas please ﬁll the fathers who are ail from us, receive an em ur email in our service ,and t Card with yo we will bless them out a Connec ad es of your ages and gr and names, touch! with a small gift. we can keep in children so 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) email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Harry & Val Behrens Sundays 5:00 pm 856.205.0767 firstname.lastname@example.org Financial Update Dave & Jayme Carter Sundays 4:30 pm Thank you, Cheerful Givers! It “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, 856.692.6747 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
"June 2012 Newsletter"