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Announcements for February 25, 2018

Lafayette Community Church - 9 hours 34 min ago
Commitment Sunday was February 4th!

If you weren’t around last couple of weekends, it isn’t too late to make a commitment for this next year! Commitment Cards and Membership Covenants will be available in the lobby through the rest of this month. Drop a card in the donation box or the basket on the wall by the Auditorium doors.

Here’s what membership looks like at LCC…

Each year, our church takes the first Sunday in February to renew our commitments to God and to each other for another year. For some of us, that means affirming our membership covenant. For others it means affirming our associate covenant which is really just a commitment to hang around with us for this year. 

A couple of years back, Pastor Jeff wrote a series of blog posts designed to help us prepare for making this commitment, so let me encourage you to read them over again (or for the first time) this year. Preparing for Commitment Sunday Ladies Fellowship Night • This Monday, the 26th Join the ladies of LCC in fun and fellowship at 6:30pm this Monday at the church. Bring a friend or two! Lafayette Transitional Housing Dinner Service • March 4 On the first Sunday of every month, LCC serves dinner at Lafayette Transitional Housing Center. Our next service opportunity is March 4th! If you’d like to help out by providing food, serving the food, or both, check out the Live Event for more info or visit the Coffee Bar.  “Discover LCC” Meet and Greet• Sunday, March 11 For those newer to LCC, head to the Café (just behind the auditorium) at either 10:20am or 12:10pm to meet a couple of key leaders, learn about what we do, and ask some questions. Financial Peace University • Monday Nights from March 5- April 30

We have an opportunity to host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class on Monday nights through March and April.

Check out the Facebook event here for details like cost, dates and time, or to ask questions. Click here to register.

Seed Planting Class • March 10th @ The Hartford Hub

On Saturday March 10th, have fun hanging out with friends, making new ones, and learning how to plant some seeds!

Check out the Facebook event here and mark your calendars for our first social event of 2018!

The Spring Fun Fest is coming up in Mid-April!

If you’ve got the itch to help plan, coordinate, or organize the event, get yourself connected with Pastor Billy. More details about the event will be released soon.

Testimony: Mom2Mom

Faith Church Blogs - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:43

People who serve in our Wednesday evening Children’s Ministries are allowing young mothers to become better parents through Mom2Mom. Knowing their children are cared for well while they study together is such a blessing to these moms and their families. To hear more of their story, check out the video below.

We are only a week into our SERVE ’18 campaign, and we still have ways for you to join in on the fun! We are encouraging every member of our church to honestly evaluate your present level of service for Christ and prayerfully consider making service in our Children’s Ministries a normal part of your weekly worship.

Sign up to serve at faithlafayette.org/servekids

Related posts:

  1. Bearing Fruit In Our Mission
  2. A Strategic Window of Opportunity
  3. Testimony: Ken & Micki Stillings

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Testimony: Ken & Micki Stillings

Faith Church Blogs - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:27

Ken & Micki Stillings have witnessed great behavioral growth in their son, in part, because of the help and encouragement of his Sunday School teachers. They serve in children’s Ministries because they see the value of participating in a ministry that has made such a big impact on their family. To see their whole story, watch the video below.

Our SERVE ’18 campaign stretches over the next several weeks. During this time, we are encouraging every member of Faith to consider making regular service in our Children’s Ministries a normal part of your weekly worship.

Sign up to serve at faithlafayette.org/servekids

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Ken & Micki Stillings

"We've chosen to serve in our children's ministries, because we've seen first-hand the impact our servants have on the lives of our kids. Our youngest son Cooper is an example of that…we want to encourage you to join us by signing up to serve [so that] you can make a real difference in the life of a child like our son Cooper."If you'd like to join Ken & Micki Stillings in impacting the next generation for Christ, you can sign up to serve at www.faithlafayette.org/servekids.

Posted by Faith Church of Lafayette Indiana on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Related posts:

  1. Ministry Updates – Summer 2011
  2. Testimony: Nate Malcolm
  3. SERVE ’14: Anna Walters’ Testimony

Categories: TEAMM Leader Blogs

Storm Shelter

Calvary Chapel News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 08:21

Having the wisdom to know what to do in a storm can be the difference between disaster and safety. Life is full of storms{trials} and we were never meant to live life alone. Biblically when we think of a storm we think of being on a boat in the middle of the ocean. And when that storm arises the first thing we look for is land, someplace solid. Jesus Christ is that solid ground{shore}, that solid ground where our feet can be firmly placed. Jesus is also the life preserver. He said he would never leave us nor forsake us{never let us drown}. He has already rescued us and that life preserver is already under our arms holding us up. A lot of times we feel left alone during the stormy times. We tend to focus on the problem instead of the problem solver. We question the blessings of God because we think that we can live our lives the way we want and still expect God to bless us and get upset when he doesn’t. Yet we still try to pull the wool over Gods eyes; [pardon the pun]. We try to blame God for the chaos in our lives and never give him credit for the order that he tries to implement in our life. Jesus fortifies are hope with his faithfulness he shows us daily. The passion of Jesus is for his children and that passion remains unchanged for eternity. We are to have one faith, one hope, one mind, one heartbeat, one focus on the divine love. We are to serve God with one  one purpose in life, to please Him! We are to have one purpose in serving each other and that is to glorify God! This thing we call life is one huge storm, one right after another. You would think by now that we would have enough sense to seek the storm shelter which is “Jesus Christ” and seek his refuge. Psalms 27:5, 31:20, 55:8, 61:4, 119:114. Amen!

Words of Life & Death

Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Sermons - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:03
A new MP3 sermon from Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Words of Life & Death
Speaker: Jared Olivetti
Broadcaster: Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 2/18/2018
Bible: Genesis 40
Length: 34 min. (64kbps)
Categories: TEAMM Audio Sermons

Become Like Children

City of God Audio Sermons - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:01
A sermon on relying on Jesus for our salvation.
Categories: TEAMM Audio Sermons

Announcements for February 18, 2018

Lafayette Community Church - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 13:32

 

Commitment Sunday was February 4th!

If you weren’t around last couple of weekends, it isn’t too late to make a commitment for this next year! Commitment Cards and Membership Covenants will be available in the lobby through the rest of this month. Drop a card in the donation box or the basket on the wall by the Auditorium doors.

Here’s what membership looks like at LCC…

Each year, our church takes the first Sunday in February to renew our commitments to God and to each other for another year. For some of us, that means affirming our membership covenant. For others it means affirming our associate covenant which is really just a commitment to hang around with us for this year. 

A couple of years back, Pastor Jeff wrote a series of blog posts designed to help us prepare for making this commitment, so let me encourage you to read them over again (or for the first time) this year. Preparing for Commitment Sunday Lafayette Transitional Housing Dinner Service • March 4 On the first Sunday of every month, LCC serves dinner at Lafayette Transitional Housing Center. Our next service opportunity is March 4th! If you’d like to help out by providing food, serving the food, or both, check out the Live Event for more info or visit the Coffee Bar.  Night of Worship • Saturday, February 24 @ 7pm • Innovation Church

Rather than the “Prayer Moves” Concert of Prayer we’ve been talking about the last couple of weeks, we are going to head over to Innovation Church to worship the Lord with them and multiple other churches! They are providing childcare.

The Facebook event can be found here.

Financial Peace University • Monday Nights from March 5- April 30

We have an opportunity to host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class, but need at least 10 people signed up to make it happen!

Check out the Facebook event here to RSVP and for details like cost, dates and time, or to ask questions. You can also visit Financial Peace University for info about the program and what it’s all about.

Seed Planting Class • March 10th @ The Hartford Hub

On Saturday March 10th, have fun hanging out with friends, making new ones, and learning how to plant some seeds!

Check out the Facebook event here and mark your calendars for our first social event of 2018!

Bearing Fruit In Our Mission

Faith Church Blogs - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 20:22

The mission statement of Faith Church is to “seek to glorify God by winning people to Jesus Christ and equipping them to become more faithful disciples.” So everything that happens within Faith Church seeks to accomplish that mission. Faith believes that this mission was given by Christ when He called his disciples to go into the world and make disciples of all nations and to teach them to obey all that Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). And one of the newest ministry branches of Faith Church is the Hartford Hub. This baby ministry is only a year and a half old but has been slowly growing into maturity.

But Jesus didn’t just call us to go out and start new ministries. He called us to be fruitful in those ministries.

Remember that Jesus told those same disciples, “…I chose you, and appointed you that you might go and bear fruit…” (John 15:16)

So every once in a while, it’s good to check the vitals of a ministry by looking at the fruit being produced. This fruit can come in all different shapes and sizes, but it is always tethered to making new disciples and equipping them to be more faithful.

So how do we know what this fruit can look like?

From Scripture, we can see at least three different ways that God produces fruit in ministries.

One of the first ways is in the spiritual growth of disciples who are doing the work of the ministry. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he expressed a desire for them to grow in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). So Christians can bear fruit by growing spiritually.

Second, fruit can look like disciples doing good works. Paul’s prayer for the Philippians was that they would be filled with fruit of righteousness which always results in good works (Philippians 1:9). In another letter, Paul encouraged Titus to pastor the churches in Crete to be faithful to do good works so that they wouldn’t be unfruitful (Titus 3:14). So when we do good works for our fellow believers and for our community, we bear fruit.

Finally, fruit can look like the making of new disciples. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he expressed that his reason for traveling to Rome was to bear fruit in making new disciples among the Gentiles (Romans 1:13).

So when we are trying to grade a ministry, we should be asking these three questions:

  • Is God growing me spiritually?
  • Am I growing in my diligence to do good works?
  • Am I seeing new disciples being made?

The answers to these questions can help determine how fruitful we are at accomplishing the mission that Christ set out for us.

Now the purpose of this blog is not to make the name of Faith Church or of the Hartford Hub great but rather make the name of Jesus great because He is the One responsible for any growth (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).

This past year and a half have been a whirlwind at the Hartford Hub. It has been an endeavor that has provided unlimited opportunities to be fruitful in accomplishing the mission of Faith Church. And, by God’s grace, it has been encouraging to see fruit from the beginning. I would like to highlight just a few pieces of fruit that we have seen in the infancy of this ministry.

Are we growing spiritually?

Like Paul expressed his desire to the church in Galatia to bear fruit in growing spiritually, we have been challenged to grow to become more faithful disciples since starting the Hartford Hub. I would not say that the majority of the folks who began serving here in the beginning would say they were skilled in this ministry context. I most certainly would not have claimed to be an expert.

But there are a number of folks that have grown in the fruit of the Spirit as a result of serving at the Hartford Hub.

There is a young single man in our church that began serving at the Hartford Hub at the very beginning. And when he first began, he was quiet, timid, and had a difficult time dealing with opposition from youth. If a youth was disrespectful, disobedient, or just hard to lead, he struggled. He had a lot of fear, but over time, the Lord grew a love for the youth that trumped his fear of being rejected. God replaced that fear of being opposed with a love that desired others to see and know Christ. This has led him to become a leader every week, a Bible study leader, and a vision caster for a youth leadership team.

Another example came from an empty nester couple who were nudged by one of the pastors to get involved in the shuttle ministry that takes kids from the Hartford Hub to Wednesday Night Kids of Faith every week. They agreed knowing that it was not something they were experienced in, and week 1 was very difficult for them. It revealed pride in their hearts as they struggled with expecting youth to respond to them the way that they desired. It was not necessarily because the youth were so terrible, but rather, it was a culture to which they were not accustomed. It was very uncomfortable, which revealed pride, anxiety, and frustration because things were not as they expected. But they saw that the issues were with their own heart, and they allowed the Lord to grow them over the next few weeks. Even though it was difficult, they could not help but continue to serve because the Lord was changing their hearts. Over time, they began to see a faithfulness, a patience, and a passion begin to flow from of their hearts. Now, they cannot stop being around these families, and they cannot wait to take another step in their walk with the youth and families in the neighborhood. This fruit in their lives has led to building relationships with one of the moms and closer relationships with some of the Jr. High girls. God turned a couple who was prideful and anxious into a humble, loving, and passionate couple who are thriving in their new ministry.

Are we diligent in good works?

God has also produced good works in many of the servants at the Hartford Hub. In total, the Hartford Hub serving team consists of about 47 servants who come weekly or bi-weekly. These folks are constantly looking for ways to show Christ and make Him known to the Lincoln neighborhood. As a result, these are some of the activities that people are doing.

Every week day, there are college students, retired teachers, current teachers, and homeschool mothers who serve together in using their gifts to work with youth on their homework, reading, and life skills. They view this as an avenue to make new disciples by teaching Gospel-centered values to the next generation.

Purdue Bible Fellowship connection groups take every other week to practice what they study in Scripture by serving at the Hartford Hub and training youth to be good stewards of gifts that have been given to them. Each night a different group comes in and pairs up with a different youth to show them how to clean and take care of the Hartford Hub.

And over the past year, the Lord has brought a neighborhood leadership team together to care for the neighborhood. Over the past few months, they have taken responsibility for planning community neighborhood block parties, classes, and a trash pick-up day. The group is fully dedicated to doing good works out of a love for their neighborhood.

Are disciples being made?

By God’s grace, we have also seen new disciples as a result of the work of the many servants at the Hartford Hub.

Our first new disciple began watching the Hub from a distance over the first couple weeks of its existence, but it wasn’t long before he became an integral part of the Hartford Hub. He had been out of the church for years before he came to the Hub. Just two weeks before he had come to the Hub he was on his deathbed, but the Lord had other plans for him. It has been an eventful year and a half for him as he has struggled to be faithful to Christ, but the Lord has helped him take some major steps of spiritual growth since he first came to the Hub. He went from being a man who was in isolation, out of the Word, and out of church, to a man who serves almost every day, reads the Word, and is a member of the church. The Lord is changing him from being a man who is about himself to a man who loves God and loves others.

Late in 2017, another man walked into the Hartford Hub. He sat in the office and shared his story and talked with us for about two hours. He had been out of jail for a few months but had been living in isolation. For some reason, the Lord made him walk to the Hub and ask for help. He was broken over the way he had lived his life, and he wanted a change. It wasn’t a week after we had met him that he sent in an application to go to Restoration Ministries. Now, he is one of our closest friends and biggest advocates. He has spent almost every minute serving others since the Lord brought him to the Hub or studying the Scriptures, he can’t wait to graduate from Restoration and be a part of serving at the Hub and at the Northend Community Center.

As far as the youth are concerned, we have seen three girls make professions of faith and many others show a desire to know Christ and become like Him. The Lord has used each servant at the Hartford Hub to train them in repentance, obedience, and what it looks like to walk with the Lord faithfully. They are fruit of a community of people loving them and sharing the truth of Christ with them. Now, they are growing and changing to love God and love others.

What Does This Mean For Me?

God has called each of us to be fruitful, and as a member at Faith Church, we should all be fruitful in accomplishing the mission of Faith Church – “to glorify God by winning people to Jesus Christ and equipping them to become more faithful disciples.”

So, if you were to ask the same three questions, what would your answer be?

  • Are you seeing spiritual growth in your own life?
  • Are you growing in faithfulness to do good works?
  • Are you a part of making new disciples?

To God be the glory – great things He is doing in us and through us!

Related posts:

  1. Johnny Kjaer’s Journey to Faith
  2. Spring 2011 Ministry Updates
  3. “GROW”

Categories: TEAMM Leader Blogs

Wisdom Prayer 1

LCC Blogs (Jeff Mikels) - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:00

God,

So many things I thought I knew, but I will open my heart to you.

Categories: TEAMM Leader Blogs

A Righteous Man

Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Sermons - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 11:45
A new MP3 sermon from Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: A Righteous Man
Speaker: Jared Olivetti
Broadcaster: Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 2/11/2018
Bible: Genesis 39
Length: 41 min. (64kbps)
Categories: TEAMM Audio Sermons

Gospel Cultivating Mission

City of God Audio Sermons - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 10:21
A sermon on how a focus on missions flows out of an understanding of Jesus' love for us.
Categories: TEAMM Audio Sermons

#wisdom

Lafayette Community Church - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 01:54
Now more than ever, we live in a society where passion gets to drive, knowledge rides shotgun, and wisdom is forced to sit in the back if it’s even allowed in the car. We can’t continue to live that way. It’s time to get back to what’s important.

Professing Christ

Calvary Chapel News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 21:29

If you profess to be a Christian, the Focus of our lives should be that it is pleasing to God. That focus is in the Holy Spirit being in control of everything we say, do, and think. The reason we are afraid of and worry about things in our lives that are not pleasing to God, is that the Holy Spirit is not in complete control. As we let the Holy Spirit be in control of our lives it causes us to focus on the fact that God is ultimately in control of everything and that should give us a divine peace. But, if you think for one minute that God has your picture on his refrigerator {that you’re special} and that he will look the other way when it comes to the way we handle our lives and not discipline us or correct us when we are not doing things his way, you’re sadly mistaken. God disciplines and corrects those who he loves (Hebrews 12:6). That discipline to us might be heartache, sickness, pain, broken relationships, etc. Trust me when I say that these things are used by God to bring us closer to him and to trust him more in his faithfulness. When it says in Romans 8:28,” that all things work for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.” We may not see it as good right now, but down the road when we look back, hopefully we’ll see how God’s hand was divinely guiding and inspiring our lives and others around us. Amen!

Announcements for February 11, 2018

Lafayette Community Church - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 19:18

 

Commitment Sunday was last Week!

If you weren’t around last weekend, it isn’t too late to make a commitment for this next year! Commitment Cards and Membership Covenants will be available in the lobby through the rest of this month. Drop a card in the donation box or the basket on the wall by the Auditorium doors.

Here’s what membership looks like at LCC…

Each year, our church takes the first Sunday in February to renew our commitments to God and to each other for another year. For some of us, that means affirming our membership covenant. For others it means affirming our associate covenant which is really just a commitment to hang around with us for this year. 

A couple of years back, Pastor Jeff wrote a series of blog posts designed to help us prepare for making this commitment, so let me encourage you to read them over again (or for the first time) this year. Preparing for Commitment Sunday Lafayette Transitional Housing Dinner Service • March 4 On the first Sunday of every month, LCC serves dinner at Lafayette Transitional Housing Center. Our next service opportunity is March 4th! If you’d like to help out by providing food, serving the food, or both, check out the Live Event for more info or visit the Coffee Bar.  “Discover LCC” Meet and Greet • This week! For those newer to LCC, head to the Café (just behind the auditorium) at either 10:20am or 12:10pm to meet a couple of key leaders, learn about what we do, and ask some questions. “Prayer Moves” Concert of Prayer • Saturday, February 24 from 6-7:15pm

Back in November, LCC hosted a powerful weekend full of prayer, workshops, Sunday morning teaching on prayer, and a fantastic 90-minute gathering spent praying and worshiping together as a community.

We’re hosting another evening Concert of Prayer this month, so mark your calendar and invite friends. We are seeking volunteers so we are able to provide some childcare.

Current details can be found here – Prayer Moves

 

Gospel Conforming Discipleship

City of God Audio Sermons - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 14:50
A sermon on making discipleship a pillar in your life.
Categories: TEAMM Audio Sermons

Unfaithful

Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Sermons - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 11:42
A new MP3 sermon from Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Unfaithful
Speaker: Jared Olivetti
Broadcaster: Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 2/4/2018
Bible: Genesis 38
Length: 38 min. (64kbps)
Categories: TEAMM Audio Sermons

Announcements for February 4, 2018

Lafayette Community Church - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 22:16
Gratitude Sunday is this Week

On the first Sunday of the month, we always celebrate what we call Gratitude Sunday. This Sunday is that Sunday, so prepare your hearts for worshipping God through communion and giving our tithes and offerings.

Commitment Sunday is this Week!

Each year, our church takes the first Sunday in February to renew our commitments to God and to each other for another year. For some of us, that means affirming our membership covenant. For others it means affirming our associate covenant which is really just a commitment to hang around with us for this year.

A couple of years back, Pastor Jeff wrote a series of blog posts designed to help us prepare for making this commitment, so let me encourage you to read them over again (or for the first time) this year. Preparing for Commitment Sunday Lafayette Transitional Housing Dinner Service is this Week On the first Sunday of every month, LCC serves dinner at Lafayette Transitional Housing Center. Our next service opportunity is today! If you’d like to help out by providing food, serving the food, or both, check out the Live Event for more info or visit the Coffee Bar.  “Discover LCC” Meet and Greet • Sunday February 11 For those newer to LCC, head to the Café (just behind the auditorium) at either 10:20am or 12:10pm to meet a couple of key leaders, learn about what we do, and ask some questions. “Prayer Moves” Concert of Prayer • Saturday, February 24 from 6-7:15pm

Back in November, LCC hosted a powerful weekend full of prayer, workshops, Sunday morning teaching on prayer, and a fantastic 90-minute gathering spent praying and worshiping together as a community.

We’re hosting another evening Concert of Prayer this month, so mark your calendar and invite friends.

Current details can be found here – Prayer Moves

Family Movie Night: Friday, February 9th

Calvary Chapel News - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:28

Join us for Family Movie Night on Friday, February 9th, at 6:30 pm.  We will be showing “The Ten Commandments.”

February Carry-In Meal: This Sunday, February 4th!

Calvary Chapel News - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 09:57

Our next carry-in meal will be Sunday, February 4th, immediately following morning worship.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to come enjoy good food and fellowship. Our  carry-in meals  are usually held on the first Sunday of the month.

Men’s Breakfast: This Saturday, February 3rd

Calvary Chapel News - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 09:40

The Men’s Breakfast is usually held the first Saturday of each month  at 8:30 am. Come for a great breakfast and time of  fellowship!

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