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Friday, August 1, 2014

more than before


Right before our eyes this year’s back2school outreach is about to happen.  Last night was our annual volunteer training, and it was more than I expected.  Our event will have over 200 volunteers, and about 80 volunteers will come to the training.  That wasn’t the case this time.  Well over 120 volunteers and many first time volunteers joined us and are preparing for our 7th annual and best event ever. 

You see, I expected a great time at our volunteer training, but this was more.  I prayed for more.  God delivered.

Psalm 24:5  NLT
They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior.

We received the blessing of God as our team grows and is excited to share with others.  Here is the kicker, I am expecting more of the same.  I am expecting for God to do more in the lives of those who are part of our event.

I expect that God will provide the resources for our event.  That is everything from shoes to school supplies to the people who will cut hair.  God is in the business of blowing our minds as we expect Him to do more than before.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

We are blessed, and this is the time to share with others what God has done.  It is also the time to believe what God says.

Psalm 40:5  NLT
O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.  Your plans for us are too numerous to list.  You have no equal.  If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.

Declare His goodness.  Watch to see what He’s going to do next.  He is doing more, more than what we have expected, but we are expecting more than before!


Pray for these:

Pray for the back2school outreach that is tomorrow!  Pray for the students we will serve as well as their families.  Pray for each church, every leader and all volunteers.  To give click this LINK and select “back2school”.  Thank you for being a part of this year’s awesome event. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

a few reminders


We are a couple days, really only a few hours away from one of my favorite times of the year.  It is our outreach event known as back2school, and this year we will serve almost 2,000 students. 

This is the seventh year of the event, and once again I mention my friend Bill Barker of Appalachian Regional Ministry as the one who helped us begin to think big about serving students in need.  What a great honor it is to help students and to tell them about real hope.

That is what these students and their families will hear about this weekend as they go to any of the 5 churches that are part of this year’s event.  They will learn about hope in Jesus and learn that their future is laced with success as they look to God.  I pray that many lives will be changed beginning now and in to the future.

Therefore, I pass on to you some of the thoughts that are going through my head as I write.  They are verses from the Bible, and they really are promises that run hand-in-action with our action.  I challenge you to pray these verses and live them out as you serve with us or in other places.  These are simply a few reminders…

Joshua 4:6  NLT
We will use these stones to build a memorial.  In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’

The stones were placed so the children could ask and then hear what God has done.  The more we tell kids what God has done, the more they will expect miracles of our God again.

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.  Don’t stop them!  For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

When we share the love of God and talk about God, we open doors for people to walk through into real life, eternal life.

Luke 17:2  NLT
It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin.

Doing nothing isn’t possible any longer.  It is time to build up those around us.  Do something.  Start now.  It is never too late.

Teach them to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

Need something to talk about?  Try faith.  God will use what you share to build you and to build those you listen to.  Be careful… when we are intentional, God works in wonderful ways.  When we are not intentional with talking about God, we miss opportunities to tell the kids and others who God is.

Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.

Fear is a good word, but in our day it seems awful.  That is not true.  To fear God is to respect and worship Him.  By serving students we are teaching them to honor and worship God.

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

May your light and mine shine as bright as possible for people to see Him.  There are a few reminders!


Pray:

Please join me and hundreds of others as we pray for the back2school outreach that is 2 days away!  Volunteer training is tonight at The Community Fellowship at 7pm.  To give click this LINK and select “back2school”.  It takes all of us to get it done, and what a blessing this work is.

volunteer of the week WENN HAROLD

This week we honor Wenn Harold as The Community Fellowship’s Volunteer of the Week!

 

Wenn Harold and his family have attended The Community Fellowship for 3 years.

 

He has been active in several ministries including filming the baptisms we’ve celebrated since he’s joined us.  Wenn also filmed events such as the one we hosted in Fieldale with Woodmen of the World.

 

During our back2school registration, Wenn spent time entertaining the children by making balloon animals for them.

 

Other ministries that Wenn is involved in include being part of the Creative Team, serving as Production Manager, making sermon graphics and he also designed our “I Love Community” T-shirts.

 

Wenn loves playing music for the worship bands at both The Community Fellowship and at Newday of Martinsville and Henry County.  He also enjoys using his gift of music in the band “Left Hip Pocket”.  He says he believes God sent him to The Community Fellowship to impact this community, and he believe that without God, nothing is possible.

 

In his spare time, Wenn likes to play music and video games.  His favorite ministries are Production and Worship.  Wenn says he’s been in church his whole life and attributes his love of God to his parents who are the godliest people he knows.

 

Wenn’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 90:14 that says, “Satisfy us each morning with Your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.”

 

We are proud to recognize Wenn Harold as our Volunteer of the Week!  Thank you, Wenn, for giving of your time and talent to serve others in our community!

 

 

***  for more information about The Community Fellowship or Dream Center call 276-647-8231 or email cmartin@thecommunityfellowship.org.  To give online click on this link https://tcf.ccbchurch.com/trx_submit.php?type=public_gift ***

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I love these guys

“Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God.  Peace!  Be encouraged!  Be strong!”  As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”

Today’s thought is going to be short and sweet.  We are in the middle of getting ready for our back2school outreach that happens this Friday and Saturday, and we spent Tuesday getting several of the pieces together.  Wednesday is going to be another busy day with a road trip and delivering shoes to all 5 of our locations!  I so love what we get to do.

And I love these guys too.  The people from our partner churches have been a great encouragement to me.  The pastors from these churches have spoken words of courage and strength so many times.  I know these guys pray for me, and I pray for them.

Last night we packed the backpacks that will be given away this weekend.  As I interacted with the few hundred people who came to help I was once again amazed.  They are friends.  They are partners.  And we are stronger because we are working together.

I pray that we will see miracles that only God can do as we seek to share His love and hope with students and their families.  I pray that each volunteer will be driven to see and serve God even more.  I pray that God will not just provide the resources to share with others but an abundance to help connect people with the one who really gives us all we have.


Pray :

Please pray for our back2school outreach that is 3 days away!  Thank you for PRAYING!  To give click this LINK and select “back2school”.  It takes all of us to get it done, and what a blessing this work is.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

do what you can


If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

That is a tough verse especially when the people around us, and maybe even some of us, have the gift of giving excuses.  I am too busy.  I don’t have enough money.  I don’t understand.  They have issues.  I am not like them.

Seeing people in need ought to make us have a heart of compassion that finds ways to serve others.  One of the things we have the ability to do is be part of the ministries in our area and at our church.  It is such an honor to work with a great group of people at The Community Fellowship that love to serve.

With back2school ahead of us this week, there is a place for everyone to serve.  There are also things that you can provide that will make the event that much better.  Find a place to serve here or somewhere.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.  Use them well to serve one another.

You are gifted.  Yes, you have spiritual gifts that only God can give you to serve other people.  We have also been given resources and blessings to share with other people.  Those blessings can be any thing from money, to possessions, to our time in serving.  It is what that we choice to do with what we have that makes a difference.

Do what you can.  Don’t miss the opportunity.  As it relates to this year’s back2school outreach event you can…

VOLUNTEER at Friday’s special needs day or on Saturday in the big event (volunteer training is Thursday at 7pm at The Community Fellowship).

HELP PACK BACKPACKS tonight (Tuesday) at our new campus tonight at 6pm.

DONATE SHOES as we still need boy’s shoes sizes 1 to 4.  If you will help with this, please email info@goback2school.info.

SHARE DESSERTS and LARGE COOLERS to help our volunteers on Saturday.  To help please contact Gordon at 276-732-7626 or bkhodges1964@gmail.com.

We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.  May you be filled with joy,

Thank you, ahead of time, to all who will be helping with our outreach.  Thank you, in big ways, to the other churches and church leaders involved.  Over 2,000 students will be served and will hear about hope in Jesus.

Do what you can to help!  Pray for all involved.  Let’s see what God is about to do, and I know it will be better than any of the 7 years before!


HELP:

back2school 2014 is 4 days away!  We need some large coolers and desserts for our volunteers.  If you will help, call Gordon Hodges at 276-732-7626 or email him at bkhodges1964@gmail.com.  Thank you for PRAYING for those who will serve and those who will be served!  To give click this LINK and select “back2school”.