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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NEW Bible Study this Thursday!

Here is another great opportunity to get in to the Word of God.  It is awesome to have many of the great ministry partners that we one, and one of those is the TV station BTW21 that is next door to our church.  One of those awesome people is the sweet and incredible Linda Greer.

Linda has agreed to lead a Bible Study at The Community Fellowship on September 4th (this coming Thursday) at 4:15 in the afternoon.  Everyone is welcome to come and learn God’s Word with us.

As a gifted Bible teacher and Spirit filled follower of Jesus, Linda will bless us, and we are in-deed honored to have her come and lead this Bible study.  If there is enough interest in this study, Linda will continue blessing us with further studies into God’s Word.  If you have questions or need more information, contact Cathy in the church office by calling 276-647-8231 or by email to cmartin@thecommunityfellowship.org.

Please plan to join us as we spend time in Scripture and fellowship together.  We hope to see you there!



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Monday, September 1, 2014

pray for our Nicaragua mission team



ON MISSION in NICARAGUA 

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Our Nicaragua mission team is well in to our work this week, and we ask for your prayers.  This week you will not be receiving e-devotions because of that.  Thank you for praying!

Also I am missing my family.  This Thursday (September 4th) is mine and Julie's 21st wedding anniversary.  What a blessing she is to me.  

I will share more with you next week about the trip, our marriage and much more.  To keep up with our mission trip you can go to my Facebook page at 
https://www.facebook.com/pastormh.

May God use you and me to make a difference in this world as we seek Him and share Him with others.  Talk to you soon!

Friday, August 29, 2014

how to pray (during a mission trip)


Tomorrow is almost here.  Our team of 12 is headed to Nicaragua to serve in several ways and solely for the purpose of sharing God’s love through acts of kindness, meeting needs and telling what God has done for us.

Whether you are on the trip of staying home, there is a big something that you have to be part of.  That is the PRAYER TEAM.  You have been asked to pray, and I once again ask you to spend some time each day, between now and next Saturday night lifting our mission team to the Lord.

Jude 1:20  NLT
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,

PRAY FOR: Jeannie, Kim, George, Tracy, Carolyn, Megan, Steve, Moriah, Tina, Betsy, China and Michael (me). 

SCHEDULE: traveling this Saturday and next Saturday, ministry in local villages churches on Sunday, various ministry points including food, kids events, radio, pastor’s school, and more will take place Monday through Friday.

Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored.

Here are some of the ways were ask you to pray.

Pray for PEOPLE.  Those on the trip and those at home.  Pray for health.  This is one of those times when it is easier to get sick.  Pray for strength and peace.  When we encounter new things we often end up stressed or not confident, and we need peace to do what we are asked to do.  Pray for the words we will share.  Opportunities to share, the right words and more.  Pray for our family and friends who are staying home.  Ask God to provide what they need as well as safety and wisdom.

Pray for RESOURCES.  This would include our luggage to arrive with us and for all of the ministry materials we are bringing to be ready to share.  You know those times that something doesn't work just right?  It happens, and it many times happens when we least expect it.  Pray for enough to share and that each will bless those who receive them.

John 17:21  NLT
I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

Pray for FLEXIBILITY.  One of the most important aspects of being on a mission trip is the ability to adjust when the need arises.  This is the first time I have been out of the country in over 14 years, but what I learned in working in Honduras and leading those and other trips is that things change and adjusting isn’t always easy.  Pray our team members are able to adapt and work well. 

Luke 12:31  NLT
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

Pray for LIVES TO BE CHANGED.  This would include the team members and those we work with, the people we leave behind and those they will encounter.  The only one to really be able to change anyone is God.  It is by His grace that this is possible.  Pray that people would accept Jesus.  Pray that those who stepped away from God would return.  Pray for those who are asking or questioning and seeking that they will hear and respond to our awesome God.

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

This is a time of blessing.  God has provided the finances and resources to make this trip possible.  So one the one thing we cannot forget to pray for and with is this… Pray prayers of PRAISE because it is all about God.  It is for His glory and the growth of His kingdom here on earth.

May God use each of us to make a difference in the loves of the people we will encounter during the next 8 days.  This is gonna be awesome.  Wait for and look for updates coming soon!  God is good … all the time!!!

… I thank God for you... Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

2 days till Nicaragua


In just two days a team of 12 people from our church will be on the way to serve in Nicaragua with Because We Care Ministries.  Leading this trip will be Steve and Tina Stone.  Today’s post was written by Steve earlier this year, and I share much of it again today as we prepare to travel this Saturday.  May this past help us see from God’s perspective:

Matthew 28:19
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The words go, goest, going, goings, goeth, and gone appear in the King James Version of the bible 2004 times!  While the words stay, stays, stayeth, and stayed appear 69 times!  Any question of what God wants Christians to do?

A survey of professing Christians sadly revealed that 95% of all Christians have never led a non-believer to Christ; 80% of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ; and only 2% are involved in a ministry of evangelism.

Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

These stats are sad because they reveal the true state of the modern church.  Instead of taking the news to the ends of the earth as Jesus commanded, we don’t even take it to the end of our street.  What has been termed as “The Great Commission” by our early church fathers could now be described as “The Great Omission”!

Luke 10:2
These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.

Blessings always follow obedience!  This week a group of people from our church will be travel to Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, with Because We Care Ministries (http://www.bwcm.org).  The purpose of this mission trip will be to share the love of Jesus Christ to these desperate people.  We will do food distribution, evangelistic rallies, provide much needed medical clinics as well as some home and church construction.  We will be called upon to share our faith in word and action with many people who simply have never heard of the good news of Jesus Christ.

James 2:15-16
 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

We need your help!  At this point greatest need for us as members of the team are spiritual, for your prayers.  Would you consider joining us with your prayers?  We are grateful for all the people who helped to raise our own support through personal sacrifice and giving.

Our team cannot wait to share what God does around and through us.  Next week you can follow us on Facebook or through some of our emails with updates and stories.  The fact is, God may be calling you to step up and share your faith.

What if the missionaries didn’t go?


Pray for:

Pray for Michael Cook as his girlfriend passed away on Monday.  Praise the Lord for a young man named Brandon that accepted Jesus yesterday through our feeding ministry.  Pray for our Nicaragua mission team leaving this Saturday.  I am also praying for are Catrina Lawless, Tyler Martin, Tony Nichols, Brenton Hall, Ken Woodward and Josh Hill.

volunteer of the week KAREN ORR

This week we honor Karen Orr as The Community Fellowship’s Volunteer of the Week.

 

Karen Orr has began regularly attending The Community Fellowship about one year ago.

 

She has served in our back2school ministry for 5 years washing the children’s feet and having the opportunity to talk with, pray over and encourage them.

 

Karen helped our church serve meals to the homeless the 3rd Sunday of each month in Roanoke at the Acts 2 Mission when we were learning how to work with the homeless and having a feeding ministry.

 

When her schedule allows, she helps with the 2nd Saturday meal the church serves each month during our community Clothes Closet.

 

This summer Karen volunteered at the Woodmen of the World event the church sponsored in Fieldale and was a blessing to everyone she encountered there as she loves people and she loves to help others. 

 

In her spare time Karen enjoys going to ladies conferences as well as going to see her Tar Heels play basketball.  She also loves reading and studying God’s Word. 

 

Karen says that what drew her to The Community Fellowship Church is the heart Pastor Michael has for the homeless and the needy and the many areas there are to serve others here.

 

One of Karen’s favorite Bible verses is Joshua 24:14 (KJV) “Choose you this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

 

We are honored to celebrate Karen Orr as our Volunteer of the Week! Thank you, Karen, for all you do to serve others and show the love of God to, not only our community, but to everyone around you!

 

 

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THURSDAY is WORK DAY at the NEW CAMPUS

Join Kasim Adams and the team from Baptist Builders again this Thursday at our new campus.  We've come a long way, and we've got a long way to go.  Your help would be awesome!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

time to make a difference


I recently shared a song with you that asked a question of God.  The answer was simple and profound.  The song is Matthew West’s Do Something where God is asked “why don’t you do something” about the pain and hurt in our world.  In turn God answers “I did, I created you”.

That is the fact of our purpose in the world.  God fills us and blesses us so that we can share with others.  Our lives are intended to make a difference in the world, in the lives of the people that we come in contact with.  Life is not intended to be lived selfishly or without purpose.  God fills us with purpose and points us in a various directions to share and influence people.

The song goes on to say “If not us, then who.  If not me and you, right now is the time for us to do something.”  What is it that God is calling you to do so that you will be making a difference in the lives of the people you come in contact with?

They share freely and give generously to those in need.  Their good deeds will be remembered forever.  They will have influence and honor.

In 3 days our mission team will travel to Nicaragua, and we will be serving several rural villages.  What is cool about this project is we get to partner with a ministry that does very similar work to what our church does in our community.  It is our desire to demonstrate the love of God to our community through meeting needs of the people we come in contact with no strings attached.  By meeting needs we win the right to share Jesus with the people we serve.  What an honor it is to serve.

KIM.  JEANNIE.  STEVE.  TRACY.  MORIAH.  CHINA.  GEORGE.  TINA.  MEGAN.  CAROLYN.  MICHAEL.  BETSY.  That’s our team, and it has been awesome watching God prepare us.  He put us together.  I cannot wait to see what God does.

As I shared earlier this week, we must be spiritually ready and be flexible.  Please pray that God will protect us and provide what we need as well use us to share His love with others.  We believe this will be a life changing trip for us and for those we will serve.

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world.  It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

some great quotes


In four days our team will be on an airplane headed to the central American paradise called Nicaragua.  There are mountains and beaches, cities and countryside, and we will be spending our time at some villages off the normal path.  I am excited about being stretched and serving in ways and places outside of our comfort zone.

Thinking about the things we often share there so are so many verses from the Bible that people quote all the time.  You probably have your favorites.  I have mine. 

Sometimes we forget where those verses are found.  I had some great meetings yesterday, and in preparing for one of those leader meetings I read through a bunch of quotes.  It made me think of many of the sayings that stick out in my mind.

There are many great people who said things that stick out.  There are many verses that I share often.  The best things that last and are most powerful are the ones rooted in the Bible

Here are some great Bible quotes that I have heard quoted in other places as well.

1.  And he gives grace generously.  As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”


2. Those who love money will never have enough.  How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!


3.  We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him.  These are the people God chose, because that was his plan.


4. but I -- I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those accusing you falsely, and persecuting you,


5. So do not worry about tomorrow.  Let tomorrow worry about itself.  Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.

6. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.  They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

7. Don’t let evil get the upper hand, but conquer evil by doing good.

8. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”  Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,

9. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

10. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Do any of those stick out to you?  I bet they do, and you might find yourself quoting them or at least thinking them pretty often. 

1. James 4:6, 2. Ecclesiastes 5:10, 3. Romans 8:28, 4. Matthew 5:44, 5. Matthew 6:34, 6. Isaiah 40:31, 7. Romans 12:21,  8. Ephesians 4:26, 9. Joshua 1:9 10. John 8:32

Monday, August 25, 2014

preparing for our mission trip


This coming weekend I will travel with a team of 12 people from our church to serve in Nicaragua.  I am excited.  It has been over 13 years since I have been in Central America.  Will you pray for our team?

We will be working with Donald and Pamela Gillette who lead Because We Care Ministries from their ministry site in Somotillo, Nicaragua.  They serve villages all around them meeting needs and sharing Jesus.  Donald has been a pastor for many years, and he continues to inspire pastors across Central America.

Will you please pray for our team?  The team is made up of Kim Key, Tina Stone, Steve Stone, George Hopkins, Jeannie Hopkins, Moriah Hodges, Betsy Hodges, Tracy Mosley, Megan Hines, China Biggs, Carolyn Holland and myself.  Pray for our safety, for God to use us and that He would work in our lives.

Acts 1:8  NLT
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

As I pray for our team there are several things to come to my mind.  Some come from personal experience.  Some are out of need.  No matter what our journey might be or the mission we expect.

Mission trips call for us to be flexible.  Flexible has nothing to do with how limber we are, but it tells us we need to be ready for things that change as well as be ready to be used by God.  When working in places we are not familiar with, often things change especially in a culture that is far different from our own.

Being on mission any day means that we need to be spiritually ready.  That means pray.  Pray for yourself and those you serve with.  Pray for the people you seek to serve.  Pray for wisdom and insight from God.  Pray that He will give you the words to say when you need to speak or to know when to be quiet.  Pray for protection.  Oh, I’ve got some stories, but they will wait till later.

Mission trips come with lots of hard work outside your comfort zone.  Americans are used to things happening on schedule.  We like our air conditioning and smooth roads.  Things like those are not always commonplace on the mission trips.  I have found that when we are flexible and spiritually ready we can deal with lots of different things.  For me that has been no electricity, no water and more.  It has come in the form of washed out roads and sickness.  These things are comfortable, yet these are things and places where God can work big time in the lives of people around us.

As I pray for our mission team I am expecting some of the unexpected things.  I am also expecting God to do awesome things through our team.  I expect to be changed, and this is an exciting time.

Pray for our team.  Get ready for more updates!

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.