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  1. tinytim

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    Here is an article that will becoming out in our local paper next week...



    In celebration of the 125th anniversary of North Mill Creek Baptist Church, the church will be sponsoring a free car wash and gas giveaway at Carquest on Saturday, May 17th starting at 9 am. The members of the church realize that the rising cost of gasoline is taking a toll on the families in the Petersburg area, and the church wants to show the love of Jesus by helping ease this pain. So the church has teamed up with Petersburg Oil, and will be offering gasoline coupons redeemable only at BP. These coupons will give the customer 20 cents off a gallon for 10 gallon of gas for first 100 families that request them.
    These coupons will be given away at the free car wash by the church’s youth at Carquest that Saturday morning.
    The church was founded in 1883, and will be celebrating its anniversary on Memorial Day weekend. There will be activities both on Saturday, the 24th and also Sunday the 25th. The church’s slogan is, “Changing the World one person at a time” and this is one small step in accomplishing that goal.
     
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    Last week, I attended the West Genesee Hills Baptist church 50th anniversary. So if my math is right, when WG was formed, your church was 75 years old.

    Salty

    PS, Tiny, tell us what you remember the most about the 75th anniv!:thumbs: :laugh:
     
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    It's all a little fuzzy now!
     
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    Tim,

    Great idea! I hope it goes great!

    Another one a church around here did - they wen to the local laundromat and passed out quarters and soap. This got folks asking why, and of course, they were more than happy to share about the love of Christ.
     
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    Well said :1_grouphug:
     
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    I will be attending a conference at the end of the month for our denomination (ABC/USA) in which they will tell us about a new grant that churches can apply for through the denomination...

    As of right now the way I understand it, it is a grant that will be given when a church teams up with a local organization, business, etc... to reach out to the community to meet community needs.

    One Idea I am having is the need to help senior citizens with prescriptions.
    There is a local independent pharmacy here with a real heart toward seniors...
    I am prayfully considering approaching them with this idea...

    But as I understand it, what ever the church puts up, plus whatever the business puts up, the denom. will put up matching funds.

    So, if the church puts up $1000, and the Pharmacy puts up $1000, the denom will put up $2000 to help with the project....

    That would be $4000 to help seniors here with prescriptions....

    How many families would our church touch...
    How many families would hear about the Christians at our church that loves Grandma so much, we back our words with cash.

    This is what servant evangelism is all about.
    It gets peoples attention, and then once we have their attention, we share Christ with them.

    This all stems from a book our convention is studying together... "Outflow" by Steve Sjogren.

    If you haven't read it, read it... work through it...
    It is gooooood.
     
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    Go get 'em Tim!

    I like that term "servant evangelism." I don't think I've ever heard that before. :thumbs:
     
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    You go Tim
    Faithgirl
     
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    Good idea, TT. Just keep your shirt on. :laugh:
     
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    It seems like my idea is catching on...

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,359543,00.html

    We had the free car wash and gas giveaway a couple weeks ago, and people were amazed.. 3 families were at church this past weekend as a direct result of this..

    Our state House of Representatives stopped by at the car wash and wanted to give us a donation.. we refused and I gave him the coupon for free gas.. and he was amazed.. He said he had never seen any church care that much...

    I told him we wanted to help the citizens of our town..

    I hope this idea catches fire, and more churches do it...

    We directly impacted 100 families... at 4 people a family, that is 400 people that we ministered to.

    It is one of the funnest things I have ever done!

    Go try it...
     
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    I have lots of free gas!
     
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    Do we reallly want to ask?!!!!
     
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    What a novel idea.... giving stuff away to attract people.
     
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    Is that all?
     
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    Did this with a seeker-freindly church when I was into that sort of thing...about 4 or 5 years ago I think. Wasn't effective at all. Never saw a person born of God as a result of it. No one preached the Gospel.

    Keep us up to date Tim on the 4 new families whether or not they know, or come to know God and bear fruit in that faith of Christ.
     
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    From the book Growing True Disciples by George Barna , pages 128 - 132

    Let's Be Real

    Truthfully, while disciple-making must be a priority for you, by whatever means you select, you must enter the process with your eyes open. What happens when you make true disciples - not just students or group members, but real zealots for Christ?

    Peoples lives change
    The collection of disciples - the true Church - gains favor with the world.
    Society is changed by the disciples.
    Society experiences turmoil as a result of the Church being true to God's truths and commands.
    Disciples are persecuted.

    Making disciples and being a disciple is not a complete joyride. Disciple-making is not the answer to every cultural problem that exists - in fact, an effective discipleship process may create new tensions and animosities within the culture as God's principles clash with Satan's principles in the battle of spiritual kingdoms. But the hardships that arise as a result of engagement in disciple-making are no excuse to avoid or minimize our devotion to the process and its outcomes; in fact, they are an indicator that the Church is being the Church. As long as the battle between good and evil persists, we will not experience a peaceful, loving, wholly satisfying society. However, while being avid, passionate disciples of Jesus Christ will not bring about the perfect society, the thrust to be true disciples is the answer for each of us, individually, in the quest to become pleasing and honorable people in God's eyes.

    We cannot help but have a positive impact on the world when we are being Christ-like, even though the results of our life may not always look pretty. Not even Jesus, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the Savior of Humankind, was loved by all people. If we follow His ways and His footsteps, we should not expect to be loved and accepted by everyone either. But God, the Father of Creation, was completely pleased with the work of the Son - and that was all that mattered to the Son. So Jesus is our model and that is our challenge: to gain the acceptance of the Father, by imitating the work of the Son, through the empowerment of the Spirit. The results that emerge are up to God to disentangle. That is a task clearly beyond our capabilities.

    When you hire people, you study their lives to look for clues as to what they will be like as an employee. When you buy products, you study the contents and reviews to determine which products will provide the outcomes you desire. As you strive to become a disciple and to make disciples, keep your eyes on the substance of the subject, whether it is you or someone whom you are discipling.

    Here's what you're looking for - and, if it's absent, what you are trying to infuse within the true disciple:
    the passion of Stephen
    the joy of the post-Pentecost apostles
    the integrity of Nathanael
    the availability of Mary
    the perseverance of Paul
    the transformation of Peter
    the wisdom of James
    the servanthood of Martha
    the love of John
    the generosity of Joseph the Levite from Cyprus
    the seriousness of John the Baptist
    the studiousness of Luke
    the humility and reverent faith of the centurion
    the evangelistic sharing of Andrew
    the character of Jesus


    None of these stalwarts of the faith (with the exception of Jesus) was a perfect representation of each of the qualities listed here. Each of these individuals stood out for a handful of qualities, and presumably worked on developing other qualities that brought them into greater conformity with Jesus' life. As you study their paths to glory keep in mind that even the models of our faith fell short of the glory of God. By our very nature, we always will; but by God's will, we must not accept our limitations as excuses to give up.

    The real obstacles to becoming a fully devoted, zealous disciple of Christ are not money, time, methods or knowledge. The major obstacle is the human heart. When that changes, all else changes. Jesus frequently reminded His disciples that the problem was not one of knowledge but of character The Pharisees had more religious knowledge than they knew what to do with but they lacked the character to apply it in ways that transformed themselves and their world. Judas spent many months living with Jesus, observing His ways and His miracles, learning timeless and transforming principles directly from the lips of the Master, and yet all of His knowledge and experience could not compensate for a wicked heart. A disciple is a person of Christian character. Just as Paul instructed his young disciple Timothy, if you develop appropriate character, the rest will follow.

    Go, Therefore...
    Be a true disciple. Go and make disciples.
    And what will it look like, when it works?

    True discipleship produces holistic personal transformation, not mere assimilation into a community of church members.

    True discipleship is witnessed by people who are determined to be a blessing to others - people who are never content to simply accept and enjoy God's blessings to them.

    True discipleship creates Christians who aggressively pursue spiritual growth rather than passively experience spiritual evolution.

    True discipleship spawns individuals who develop renewed lifestyles instead of believers who mechanically check off completed assignments on a developmental agenda.

    True discipleship results in people who are more concerned about the quality of their character than the extent of their knowledge.

    True discipleship builds churches known for their culture of love, commitment and service rather than for their events, information and programs.

    True discipleship facilitates people devoted to a lifelong journey to imitate Jesus Christ, rather than the completion of a short-term regimen of tasks and responsibilities.

    Do you passionately want to become a zealous disciple of Jesus Christ? Are you committed to bring others with you on that amazing journey?

    Discipleship is about complete obedience to the Word of God, driven by a heart that can stand to do nothing less and a mind that knows it pays to focus on nothing less and a mind that knows it pays to focus on nothing else. Can we fulfill this mammoth challenge? Jesus, our mentor, says we can. "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these..." (John 14:12)

    If you are devoted to the process of spiritual growth, and to allowing God's Holy Spirit to shape you on that journey, how you end up will bear scant resemblance to what you were when you began the journey.
     
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    You go, Tim! It's nice to see you not so burnt out and doing what you love for Who you love. If you DO do a carwash, you bet I'll be right beside you with a hose (hint: wear something you can get wet in!), and I know there are people who do not have the means or transportation to pick up their presciptions, so that's a great idea, too. Let us know how it goes, okay?

    love,

    Sopranette
     

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