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					                                              Newsletter               SEPTEMBER 2012 | VOLUME THREE, ISSUE NINE




Pastorate Picnic                                   Growing in Godliness
                                                   If You Plan It They Will Come. That is part    ‣ Men blessed single moms by inviting
                                                   of the vision God gave church                    their boys to join them for the day.
Don’t miss our pastorate picnic! It is
Don’t miss our pastorate picnic! It is
                                                   leadership for our recent Men’s Event.
going to be a special Sunday: We will be
going to be a special Sunday: We will be                                                          ‣ Several dads brought their sons along
                                                   Plan a time for men to gather around a
having a united service at 10:30 at CCS,
having a united service at 10:30 at CCS,                                                            for the day.
                                                   good breakfast, hear a challenge from
all of LFAC together at one time. While
all of LFAC together at one time. While
                                                   God’s Word about Biblical manhood,             ‣ Prayer time at the end of the day that
we are all together we will celebrate
we are all together we will celebrate
                                                   give them a worthy work project to get           heard men talking to God about how
with a Baptism service immediately
with a Baptism service immediately
                                                   involved with, encourage them to invite          much they were challenged and
followed by the Picnic at 12:30.
followed by the Picnic at 12:30.
                                                   family and friends to join them and they         blessed by the time together with Him
The pastorate picnic is designed as a
The pastorate picnic is designed as a              will come out.                                   and other men.
place for us to be together, eat together,
place for us to be together, eat together,                                                        ‣ How blessed impact Harvest was and
                                                   That is exactly what happened. On
and have fun together. The picnic is
and have fun together. The picnic is                                                                the community by the work that was
                                                   Saturday August 18th 65 men, young
organized and led by our pastorate
organized and led by our pastorate                                                                  accomplished that day.
                                                   adults and boys showed up at 8am for a
leaders but you don’t have to be in a
leaders but you don’t have to be in a
                                                   day of food, challenge and hard work. It       ‣ Several men expressing how much
pastorate to attend.
pastorate to attend.
                                                   was a great time!                                the challenge to be men who come
WHEN & WHERE: September 9th at
WHEN & WHERE: September 9th at                                                                      along side one another and are willing
                                                   Know what else? God showed up too.
CCS at 12:30
CCS at 12:30                                                                                        to get face to face and talk about real
                                                   No surprise, right? Here are some of the
                                                                                                    life moved them to do just that.
WHERE TO SIGN UP: If you are in a                  ways we experienced God working.
WHERE TO SIGN UP: If you are in a
pastorate, see your pastorate leader to                                                           ‣ Some men expressed that God was
pastorate, see your pastorate leader to            ‣ Breakfast and set up crews not only
sign up and pay for your meal.                                                                      moving them to get more involved in
sign up and pay for your meal.                       worked hard but enjoyed working                helping the ministry of Impact
If you are not in a pastorate stop by the            together to bless those that would be          Harvest.
If you are not in a pastorate stop by the
café and sign up.                                    coming.
café and sign up.
                                                                                                  It was a great day! And many men
                                                   ‣ Many of the men invited family and           expressed how they would love to help
COST: $2 per person or $5 per family
COST: $2 per person or $5 per family                 friends to join them. There were lots        in the planning of the next Men’s Event.
                                                     of new faces at a men’s breakfast.           Even more will come.




REMEMBER: Sunday, the 9th,
  there will be only one
     service at 10:30

                                       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
                                               Sou              Jersey Prayer Initiative
                                               The purpose of our upcoming Leadership Community gathering in
                                               September is to seek, through prayer, the presence, power and provision
                                               of God for the advancement of His Kingdom in our body,
                                               our community and our region. But we don’t want to do
                                               this alone. We believe the time has come for us to join
                                               other church leaders in our area to call on the name
                                               of our God together. This is an exciting
Mark your calendars...                         opportunity for us to consider and already
Taste of Mission Sunday                        are seeing positive responses as we invite
                                               other pastors and ministry leaders to come
is coming!!!                                   to pray with us. Our primary goal is to ask
When: Sunday morning, November 18th.           God together for an increase of Gospel
                                               influence in our region with special
Who: Everyone. Literally, it’s designed
                                               application on what each local Body is doing
     for everyone.
                                               this Fall to advance God’s Kingdom.
Where: All over the community.
                                               This gathering will be hosted on Friday, September 28, from
Why: Because we want to love people.
                                               7:00pm-9:00pm at the Cumberland Christian School. Opportunities to
                                               interact and network with other church leaders around refreshments will
                                               be provided as an option after the gathering. If you are not a regular
                                               Leadership Community participant but would like to support the
                                               advancement of God’s Kingdom through this united prayer effort you can
                                               talk to one of the pastors to indicate your desire to join.




JR High will start up on Wednesday                                   Parent Summit
                                                                               a MUST for ALL parents of
September 12. It is designed for Jr. high
students to feel known and loved, have fun,
and to learn to follow Jesus. Meets Every                                       infants to 18-year-olds
Wednesday at CCS from 6:30-8:00. Leader-                                         Saturday, October 13th.
Tim and Norah Goggin & Jr. High Team

Sr High will start on Tuesday Night
September 18th. They meet at Living Faith
Lincoln every week. The goal is for Sr. High
students to be known, loved and lead
others to love Jesus and impact their world.
Leader-Erik Howard & Sr. High Team

                                               Don’t wait much longer to sign up for     $12.00 instead of $10.00 and each
                                               our first ever Parent Summit to be         child will be $3.00 (max $9) instead of
                                               held on Saturday October 13th at          $2.00.
                                               Cumberland Christian School from
                                               8:00am to 2:30pm.                         Please understand the necessity for
                                                                                         this. Because of all the planning that
                                               The purpose of the Summit is for us as    has to be done for that day having an
                                               a church to come along parents to         accurate number of how many will be
MOVING UP SUNDAY                               help equip and resource you as you        attending is crucial to planning for
                                               walk your children through the            lunch, materials and staffing. Having
Sunday, Sept 9th children will move up to
                                               various life stages children go through   that number as early as possible will
their next grade level in their classes,
                                               from birth to adulthood.                  help greatly.
please prepare them for this.
                                               Why not wait a little longer to           To register just make your way to the
Any questions email
                                               register? Because this week and next      Café after either of the services and
parents@lfachurch.org or call Sharon
                                               are the last two opportunities for        there will be a well informed friendly
Howard at 696 3444
                                               early registration. After September 9,    face there to answer questions and
                                               registration for each adult will be       help you with getting registered.
Survey Fo ow-up
Vision FAQ: Asked and                            Yes, multi-site is still the future vision      ‣ Connecting the Sunday morning
Answered                                         for LFA. Similar to how LFA currently is          attendees to a next step in their
                                                 one church worshiping at two different             discipleship process (serving on a
Thanks to everyone who participated in           times on Sunday morning, imagine us as            team, TFL, Alpha, Pastorate).
the 2012 Church Survey. Here are our             one church worshiping at two (or more)
                                                                                                 ‣ Enhancing the experience of serving
initial answers to a few of the recurring        different locations throughout our
                                                                                                   on ministry teams.
questions that came up.                          region. Along with LFA Vineland,
                                                 imagine LFA Bridgeton, LFA Elmer or LFA         ‣ Increase our Sunday Attendance, so
Has our overall vision changed? Are we           Buena. As a multi-site church, we will be         we can send 10% of our
still looking to be a training center            one church with one common vision,                congregation to serve as volunteers in
where people are equipped and sent               leadership, budget and board, yet                 the first new church.
out? Are we still consider going “multi-         reaching out and moving towards
site,” what steps do we need to take to          people who don’t live near us in                What is happening with Youth Ministry?
be ready to launch our first new church?          Vineland and who don’t know Jesus yet.          We are currently receiving applications
Our vision has not changed. LFAC exists          As we approach the time to launch our           and conducting interviews with
to win and equip followers of Jesus who          first new church the many details that           candidates for a new Youth &
love God passionately, to make                   must be addressed will become clear.            Connection Pastor. Please be active in
disciples continually, and to plant              These are some current focuses we are           praying for the Spirit of God to go
churches regularly. In support of that           working on in order to prepare for multi-       before in bringing us His man for the
vision, back in 2003, LFA leadership             site:                                           job. While we are searching for this new
embraced the idea of and has been                                                                hire, Pastor Greg and Erik Howard (our
                                                 ‣ Make a successful transition to CCS,          current Sr High Intern leader) are
leading toward the time when LFA
                                                   (thanks to all the volunteers that have       putting together the Jr High and Sr High
would establish a network of at least 5
                                                   made this happen)                             Leadership Teams and making plans for
churches that, together, would
effectively demonstrate and clearly               ‣ Increase the quality of our worship           this fall.
articulate the Gospel of Jesus among               experience on Sunday morning by
                                                                                                 What if I have more questions or want
lost people of South Jersey reaching out           bringing new attention to 1)
                                                                                                 clearer answers?
and moving towards those who don’t                 children’s ministry, 2) worship, and 3)
live near us in Vineland and don’t know            welcoming guests.                             Feel free to talk with any of the pastors
Jesus yet. This is the vision we continue                                                        or email your concerns to
to move toward.                                                                                  questions@LFAchurch.org.




                              Living Faith
                              Wants You!
                                                                                    Step Into Recovery Now!
                                                                                                      New Groups Beginning.
                                                                                         A step study group is where the meat of the 12
                                                                                         step work happens. These groups are gender-
                                                                                         based and a little more informal than our
What do baby wipes,                     Teach and care for children in
                                                                                         Wednesday night large group meeting. We use
microphones, dodgeball, folding         Children’s Ministry, plug in a
                                                                                         Celebrate Recovery (CR) participant workbooks
chairs, scissors, and guitar strings    microphone with the Sound Tech
                                                                                         and the support of one another to accomplish our
all have in common? They all need       Team, get pummeled in a game
                                                                                         personal goals. These groups require at least a one
your hands to use them in service       with Youth Ministry, place a chair
                                                                                         year commitment. Step Study groups close once
here at LFAC.                           on a Setup or Breakdown crew,
                                                                                         the 4th step is reached, meaning no one can join
                                        use your mad cutting skills as an
God has designed each of you                                                             after that. Whether you are struggling with hurts or
                                        Office Volunteer, or play a rift with
with unique resources, spiritual                                                         patterns in your life that that keep you stuck in
                                        a Worship Team. There are plenty
gifts and talents; and we want you                                                       unfruitful cycles a step study group is a good place
                                        of options to engage your skills in
to invest your life and gifts in what                                                    for you to pursue healing and growth. Every
                                        and plenty of reasons to be
will last. Offer them to Jesus. Join                                                      Monday, beginning September 10th, at 6:30pm,
                                        blessed as you move in mission
one of our Ministry Teams. There                                                         this spiritual adventure will begin at our Lincoln
                                        while in community.
are numerous open opportunities                                                          Avenue locations. Men and women, ages 19 and
ripe for your picking.                  Contact volunteer@LFAchurch.org                  up, are welcomed! For details contact us at
                                        for more information or for help in              celebraterecovery@lfachurch.org or call us at
                                        getting placed on a team.                        856.362.4405.
Where Can I get Co ee?
Where Can I go to Pray?
Most of us are very familiar with the variety         involving Sunday Celebration. Location:
of places we have in our area where you               Nursing Room diagonal from our Cafe. Just
can go and get your favorite cup of coffee,            come!
right? Coffee is not that essential, when
compared with other things in life, though            Watchmen Prayer: on the 3rd Sunday of
some of you out there may disagree given              each month, after each service, Dot                     Frank & Kim Medio
how much of it you need just to start the             Marketto leads a time of intercession that               Sundays 4:30 pm
                                                      focuses on what God is doing beyond our                   609.567.1324
day! But, do you know where to go to
                                                      region and globally. For more details                frankmed@comcast.net
pray? I am not talking about your personal
time to pray to connect with God. I am                contact Dot at dotmarketto@gmail.com or
                                                                                                            Dave & Connie Jones
referring to the places within our church             just join on the 3rd Sunday. Location:
                                                                                                              Sundays 1:00 pm
where you can join other believers to pray            Sanctuary area.                                           856.327.4845
“your will be done, your Kingdom come on                                                                   spikettejns@yahoo.com
                                                      Prayer Chain: on a daily basis you can be
earth as it is heaven” (Mt 6:10). At LFAC we
                                                      attentive to the different requests and                 Harry & Val Behrens
believe that if anything of significance is to
                                                      praises that circulate via our prayer chain. If         Sundays 5:00 pm
happen in our lives, our families and our
                                                      you have not subscribed to receive these                 856.205.0767
community, it will need to start with asking                                                               hbehrens4@comcast.net
                                                      updates you can indicate that using our
God to intervene with his wisdom, power,
                                                      connect card found in the bulletin or by
love and presence. Here are some of the                                                                 Dominick Baruffi (young adults)
                                                      emailing us at prayer@lfachurch.org. You
regular opportunities where you can go to                                                                     Sundays 7:00 pm
                                                      can take the initiative to join other                    570.575.4851
pray. As you do so, your heart will be
                                                      believers in your pastorate or ministry to         dominickbaruffi@gmail.com
expanded in its capacity to expect and seek
                                                      pray together for those in need.
the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
                                                                                                               Hap & Sue Hyson
Give it a try while you sip your coffee!               Alpha Ministry: Once our Alpha term                   Wednesdays 6:30 pm
                                                      begins, Jay Bishop will be sending out                    856.691.5903
Sunday Celebration: every Sunday at                                                                     pastoratehayelect@verizon.net
                                                      regular weekly updates with prayer
                    8:00am a ministering
                                                      requests that are sync with the progress of
                           elder leads in                                                                    Larry & Leslie Baruffi
                                                      each Alpha session. You can contact Jay and
                             intercession                                                                    Wednesdays 7:00 pm
                                                      let him know your desire to join his prayer
                                for the                                                                          856.691.9211
                                                      team for our Alpha ministry at                       larrybaruffi@yahoo.com
                                 different
                                                      jojobirdo@comcast.net.
                                  aspects
                                                                                                                   Ed Gove
                                                      For more information about our prayer                 (LFAC Fenimore Group)
                                                      initiatives contact Pastor Diego Cuartas at             Saturdays 5:30 pm
                                                      dcuartas@lfachurch.org.                                   856.899.4049
                                                                                                          gove.pastorate@gmail.com

                                                                                                            Mark & Lisa Gebhardt
                                                                                                               (Millville West)
                                                                                                             Thursdays 6:00 pm

          Financial Update                                                                                      856.305.5272
                                                                                                          mgebhardt@LFAchurch.org

           Thank you, Cheerful Givers! It            Please remember your financial                             Greg & Angie Hill
          is through your generous gifts             contributions can be given Sunday                         Sundays 4:00 pm
                                                                                                                 609.805.6104
       that we continue to grow and                  morning during service, via our website               hillpastorate@gmail.com
  spread the word of Jesus Christ                    [lfachurch.org], or by mail/drop off at
  throughout our local community and the             LFAC Lincoln Avenue.
  world.

                               YTD June Projection          YTD June Actual          Difference

            General Fund   $               408,333      $            411,976    $              3,643

           Missions Fund   $                 35,000     $              26,163   $            (8,837)

           Building Fund                    —           $              14,126                —

				
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