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					                                         Newsletter                                 JANUARY 2011             | ISSUE THIRTEEN

Essentials of Discipleship                                           by Greg Hill

                                               As this missionary spoke,                                     creatively accessing the
      LFAC will be a place                                                        But thanks be to
                                               the screen behind him                                            lives of people so that
    where followers of Jesus                                                   God, who in Christ
                                               displayed his name                                                 we can know them
                                                                                 always leads us in
       love God passionately                   and the title,                                                      and love them, and in
                                                                           triumphal procession, and
    make disciples continually                 “International                                                      so doing show them
                                               Missionary.” My               through us spreads the                 the gospel and bring
        as lives, families, and                mind slipped and I                fragrance of the                   them under the
      communities are being                    started dreaming                 knowledge of him                   influence of the
            transformed by                     about being an                         everywhere.                 beautiful gospel of
         the Gospel of Jesus.                  “International Man of            2 Corinthians 2:14-15           Jesus.
                                               Mystery,” working a
There is one thing I know about the                                                                         Let’s stop exporting the
                                               case with 007. I am
future. One thing you can count on in                                                                  excitement of advancing the
                                               accustomed to these rabbit
2011. There will be the continual                                                             Kingdom of God to international
                                               trails in my mind and I quickly got
unfolding of God’s triumph. It is                                                            missionaries alone. Let’s start living as
                                               myself back to reality.
guaranteed. It might be hard to see at                                                       the God of the universe has called us.
times, but it will happen. He guarantees       “International Missionary” was how he         We live in this place at this time so we
it. We at Living Faith Alliance Church         understood his life as a husband and          might know Him, love
have the privilege of being part of that       father. I was thankful for the very cool      Him and share
great story and here’s how I see it                                                                                       But you
                                               work of God and I am excited to partner       Him with lost
unfolding this year.                                                                                                    will receive
                                               with him in that work. However,               and hurting
                                                                                                                     power when the
                                                  something more started stirring in me      people all
A couple months ago, a                                                                                         Holy Spirit comes upon
                                                        — something deeper started           around us.
missionary came to                                                                                             you. And you will be my
                                Jesus said to             rising to the surface. I pictured
our church who                                                                               In order to
                           them again, "Peace be             myself as a local missionary,                          witnesses, telling
was working in a                                                                             help us
                                                              thinking of my city as                                 people about me
“creative access        with you. As the Father                                              grow in our
                                                               requiring creative access. I                             everywhere.
country,”               has sent me, even so I am                                            identity as
                                                                started to envision my life                                Acts 1:8
which means           sending you." And when he                                              local
                                                                as a missionary: watching,
gospel                had said this, he breathed                                             missionaries, every
                                                                thinking, praying,
proclamation is       on them and said to them,                                              ministry of the church is
                                                               listening, praying more,
restricted or           "Receive the Holy Spirit.                                            planning its 2011 calendars with that in
                                                              enjoying friends,
illegal. You                                                                                 mind. Nate is launching us into a study
                                 John 20:21-23               cultivating new friends,
cannot enter into                                                                            of the Kingdom of God in Matthew’s
                                                          loving my wife, and raising my
that country as a                                                                            gospel. We have a prayer guide for
                                                       family as a local missionary. The
pastor or traditional                                                                        households to be praying for lost
                                                  big difference was not about location,
missionary. Bringing the gospel                                                              people. A Taste of Mission is planting
                                               but about identity.
to that part of the world will require                                                       gardens in local neighborhoods. There is
some sort of creativity, some other point      What if we all saw ourselves that way?        specific training in TFL classes. Center
of entry. Once access is gained, you can       What if we considered our church that         city summer camps are taking shape. In
get to know and love the people of that        way? This is precisely where we believe       all of these, we want to help you get to
country and show them and tell them            the Father is leading us in 2011:             know your community, and in some way
the beautiful gospel of Jesus.                 Neiborhood-City-Regional Missionaries         bless them with gospel of Jesus.

Living Faith Alliance Church                                       SUNDAY SERVICES: 8:30 /10:30 am
                                                                   Wallace Middle School 688 N. Mill Rd. Vineland, NJ 08360
     1987 South Lincoln Avenue • Vineland, NJ 08361
                                                                   WEDNESDAY CLASSES: 6:30 pm
          856-696-3444 •                         Cumberland Christian School 1100 W. Sherman Ave. Vineland, NJ 08360
Governing Elder Nominations
On January 30, at our Annual Meeting we will be electing the Governing Elders for our church. The
nominating committee has nominated these five men to serve as Governing Elders. No other names were
presented to the nominating committee by the congregation for the position of Governing Elder. Please
address any questions or concerns about these nominees to a member of the Nominating Committee.

Larry Baruffi has             Charlie Caldwell is        Matthew Hartman has              Walt Hayman has             Jonathan Houdart has
attended Living Faith       well-known to              participated faithfully          attended Living Faith       been a part of Living Faith
Alliance since 1975.        everyone at Living         in the life of Living            Alliance for 23 years.  A   Alliance Church since
Over the years, Larry       Faith Alliance because     Faith Alliance Church            key verse Walt              2006. He presently serves
has served in just          we all are blessed by      for 17 years. He is              obviously practices is 1    on the FRC and
about every ministry        his leadership in          known to many people             Peter 4:10 “Each one        Administration Board as
function of our church:     worship. Charlie has       in our church, as a              should use whatever         Assistant Treasurer, and
Elder, Governing Board,     been in our church for     result of his leadership         gift he has received to     faithfully attends Truth for
Deacon, Sunday School       26 years. Though his       over the very fruitful           serve others, faithfully    Living classes. Jonathan
Superintendent,             primary ministry has       Alpha ministry. He               administering God's         has been married to his
Sunday School               been in worship,           leads his beautiful              grace in its various        wife Jessica for 7 years
Teacher, Alliance Men's     Charlie has also served    family alongside his             forms.” Walt is             and they have two
President, Metro            as an Elder and in         wife Donna. They have            extensively involved in     daughters, Annie (2.5
District Men's              Alpha as a small group     3 children: Alex (12),           ministry as a Deacon        years) and Katie (8
President and Alliance      leader. Charlie has        Mitchell (7) and                 and a member-at-large       months). Jonathan is
Men's International         been married to Jane       Gabriella (6). Matthew           on the Administrative       educated as an
President. Currently,       for 4 years and they       is self-employed and             Board. He also serves       Accountant, working for
Larry leads a Pastorate     have 3 adult children:     runs his own business.           on the Sunday Set-up        the Vineland Public
in his home as well as      Jen (27), Lindsey (26)     Matthew’s favorite               Team, makes the coffee       Charter School System
a Formed by His Word        and Jeff (22). Charlie is   quote from C.S. Lewis            and tea we enjoy for        (Business Administrator)
men’s study on              the Music Director at      helps understand what            first service, and is the    and the Winslow Township
Tuesday evenings.           Cumberland Christian       shapes his                       Head Usher. He and his      Board of Education
Larry is a contractor,      School. His heart is       life: “Christianity, if false,   wife Shirley host a         (Accountant). Jonathan is
has been married to         revealed when he says,     is of no importance, and         Bible study and             involved with several
his wife Leslie for 36      “I love being involved     if true, of infinite              Pastorate in their          mission groups and has
years and has two           in helping people find      importance. The only             home.  He and Shirley       gone on missions trips to
grown children. Larry       a meaningful and           thing it cannot be is            have three daughters,       minister to Native
says he is very grateful    deeper relationship        moderately important.”           three sons-in-law, and      Americans. Most recently,
that God demonstrates       with the living God. As                                     10 grandchildren. Walt      Jonathan and his family
his own love for us in      a worship leader, I love                                    is a commercial             relocated to Alaska for 1
this: While we were still   to see believers                                            electrical contractor.      year, where he served the
sinners, Christ died for    becoming more and                                                                       Native Population as the
us. (Romans 5:8             more aware of God's                                                                     Comptroller for the North
                            presence and                                                                            Slope Borough School
                            expressing their praise                                                                 District. Psalm 139:1-18
                            and thanks to Him.”                                                                     represents Jonathan’s love
                                                                                                                    and commitment to Jesus
                                                                                                                    and His church.
Is Celebrate Recovery for you?                                                  by Diego Cuartas

Celebrate Recovery is a ministry           the one who subjected it, in hope that the       has provided the power of His Word and
designed to help men and women             creation itself will be liberated from its       His Spirit, through the community of
address issues hindering their growth      bondage to decay and brought into the            faith, to help us slay the lizard.
and freedom in life. Many of these         freedom and glory of the children of
issues stem from pain, from sin we have    God.” (Romans 8:20-21)                           So while subjected, along with the rest
committed or from sins committed                                                            to a decaying creation, we can be
against us. Our need for recovery is       One of the things Celebrate Recovery             renewed and transformed by fostering
rooted in our                              keeps in front of me is that though I am         regular, loving and truthful
“brokenness.” No one                       broken, I am on a journey that is                encouragement (Hebrews 10:24-25). As
is exempt. The                                        forward-looking: better things        mentioned recently in one of our
apostle Paul                                              are yet to come, they are         Sunday promotions, CR is launching its
teaches we are                                               mine in Christ! So             missing component: step study groups.
all under this                                                Celebrate Recovery is         Beginning January 24th, every Monday
common                                                        for you, too! Some of         at 7:00pm, men and women (ages 19
experience:                                                   our addictions, hang          and up) can participate in these groups
”For the                                                     ups and pains are like         to pursue the identification and
creation was                                                 a lizard that hangs on         consideration of issues that, like the
subjected to                                                our shoulder day after          lizard, are undermining their lives. I
frustration, not                                         day, uttering words that           encourage you to join us. You will not
by its own                                                   enslave us or keep us          only receive; you will also give to others
choice,                                                       captive to arguments          in the midst of your “brokenness.”
but by                                                        or feelings that are
the will of                                                   not life-giving. God

                                                 Engaged Couples
                                                 We want to welcome Caleb
                                                 and Sarah Howard as our new
                                                 point couple for our ministry
                                                 serving couples preparing for
                                                 marriage. They will be
                                                 planning special times of
                                                 training/relationship for
                                                 people in this exciting stage of
 Leaders, don’t forget to mark it down           life. If you know anyone who is planning to be married (even if they are not
 and make your plans! Please join us             from our church), please get them in touch with the Howards by phone
 on Friday night February 4 at LFA               (856-825-4605) or email ( Their first open house for
 Lincoln. Dinner starts at 6pm and we            engaged couples will be this Thursday Jan. 27th at 7:30 pm. (Please call if you
 will be ending the night at 9.                  want to attend.)

 The Pastor’s Team is looking forward
                                                 Adoption/Foster Care Connection
 to sharing with you what God has
                                                 If you have a desire to pray for or find out more about reaching out to hurting
 been stirring in our hearts for 2011. 
                                                 children, please conact Calvin and Paula Smith (adoption questions) or Frank
 Childcare will be provided for those            and Kimmy Medio (Foster Care).
 who sign up: please contact Chris
 Laury:                     A Marriage Weekend Opportunity
                                                 Some couples from our church will be going to “A Weekend To Remember”
 Leadership Community is for ministry
                                                 Marriage Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania February 25-28. If you would like
 leaders and apprentices. Ministry
                                                 to join them, please contact Mike and Kim Jelinek by email
 Leaders develop and carry the vision of
                                                 ( or phone (856-697-4712) for more information.
 the various ministries and mobilize the
 many workers that make it happen.
                  Waveland Connection
                                                                          still firmly at work here in
                                      to report to you how God is
Thank you for the opportunity                                                            ugh which we can
                                                      s closet and food bank, thro
Waveland. He      still calls us to have a clothe
                                                                     o, He still calls us to supply
                                  people on the Gulf Coast.   Als                                                                 Frank & Kim Medio
meet emergency needs for                                 as well as providing labor to
                                                                                                help those with                    Sundays 4:30 pm
                  labor for house reconstruction
materials and                                                         ift Store as a major point of                                 609.567-1324
                                    is calling us to operate a Thr
physical needs.   And now He                                                            owship and bring them        
                                                    active Christian body for fell
 connection    to bring local people into an
 into His kingdom.                                                                                                                Mike & Kim Jelinek
                                                                                                                ter                Sundays 1:00 pm
                                                                      s behind the Christian Life Cen
                                   a small Thrift Store in the hut                                                                   856.697.4712
 We have transitioned from                                             setting just     off of Highway 90, the
                                      nue to a more normal store                                                       
  and Church on Waveland Ave                                                                 activity for the
                                       the town. It   has become a busy center of
  major street running through                                            to partici pate in our Sunday                        Steve & Sharon Schalick
                                   rce for God to connect people
  community and a good sou                                                                    se, and our Friday                  Sundays 1:00 pm
                                    sday night you     th group, the free coffee hou
  church services, our Wedne                                                                                                        856.457.2192
                                         Alpha programs.                                                          
  night Purpose Driven Life and
                                                                                                               ir van.
                                                                           and Mary were living in the
                                      of the work God is doing. Joe                                                            Harry & Val Behrens
   Here is one simple example                                             they contacted        us and through the
                                       them to get better housing,                                                               Sundays 5:00 pm
   After another charity helped                              h some basic furniture, clothin
                                                                                                       g and life                 856.205.0767
                                      to supply them wit
   Thrift Store God enabled us                                               and Mary and        their children    
                                           praise God over seeing Joe
   essentials.   Now we rejoice and
                                     ers in Christ.
   becoming brothers and sist                                                                                                   Dave & Jayme Carter
                                                                                      people around the                           Sundays 4:30 pm
                                                the impact of the support from
   I do  not think I can overemphasize                                                 st.   Coming as volunteers,
                                                    the ministry on the Gulf Coa                                   
    country  on developing and sustaining                                          YING for us have empowere
                                                 for the Thrift Store and PRA
    sendin  g support, sending materials                                   e of this work could         have occurred         Erik Howard (young adults)
                                        Please continue with us. Non
    and sustained this ministry.                                       :                                                          Sundays 7:00 pm
                                         ng you, saying yes to God
    without many people, includi                                                                                                   402.926.8099
                                         ping distribute emergency                                                   
          ✓ Yes to coming and hel
                                          ping rebuild. 
          ✓ Yes to coming and hel                                                                                                  Hap & Sue Hyson
                                                                             r for a week or for a more
                                          ing the people here, whethe                                                            Wednesdays 6:30 pm
          ✓ Yes to coming and lov                                                                                                   856.691.5903
             extended period of time.                                                                             
                                                                             ift Store.
                                         sending materials for the Thr
          ✓ Yes to gathering and
                                                                                                                                 Larry & Leslie Baruffi
                                            l support.
          ✓ Yes to sending financia                                                                                               Wednesdays 7:00 pm
                                       us on a regular basis.                                                                       856.691.9211
           ✓ Yes to PRAYING for
                                                                            ing us as part of our volunteer
                                         participating with us by join
     Please prayerfully consider                                                  sending the     m.  If God gives you
                                             items for the Thrift Store and                                                    Janice Aseltine (singles)
      sending support, or collecting                              His work here, please let me
                                                                                                          know. Feel              Thursdays 5:30 pm
                                             could help sustain
      any other ideas with how you                                           y, our needs,     or potentially joining               609.774.1318
                                          questions about our ministr
      free to contact me with any                                                                                     
      with us for a time.
                                                                                                                                Bill & Patrice Fennen
      Tom Barbour                                                                                                                Saturdays 5:30 pm
                                   /Director Christian Life Cen                                                                     856.794.8237
      Pastor Christian Life Church                                                                                   

                                                                Annual Meeting
                                                                Our Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, January 30th at Cumberland Christian School
                                                                from 4-6pm. At the Annual Meeting the members will vote to receive the annual
                                                                reports and on the 2011 Budget. In addition to these agenda items the Nominating
                                                                Committee will give their report on 2011 nominations, which members will vote on.
                                                                All members are strongly recommended to attend and all non-members are welcome. 

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