Loving Others at the Cold Weather Shelter

There’s a chill in the air. Maybe you’re like me–I love it when fall weather comes around. But that drop in temperature is not a fun thing for everyone. For people who don’t have a home, cold weather makes a hard situation even worse. Do you remember the interview with Casey McCormick we showed in church back in January? Casey decided to step out and “risk loving” homeless people right here where we live. She put her love for Jesus into action by loving others.

Its that time of year again. The Cold Weather Shelter in Westminster will be opening in November. Please take a minute to watch Casey’s interview where she describes how the shelter works and her experience there. Then email us at localoutreach@lifepointchurch.us to get involved. There are multiple ways to help. You can volunteer at the shelter for intake one evening, or you can prepare and serve a meal, or you can donate warm winter clothing.

 

Update on Ann Rae!

Ann Rae Keel (Full)Did you know that Ann Rae has a blog where she writes about her experiences in Ethiopia? We’re excited to see how God will use her in the community called Korah. She’s been there a couple of weeks now getting settled into her new normal. Check out her first post here (click here). We love her funny story about the shower!

Please remember to pray for Ann Rae and for all the people and teams we send out from LifePoint. Most of all, please pray for the people we work with in other countries and the people who hear the Gospel as a result of that work! You can learn more about them through our Facebook and this Global Partner page.

 

Ann Rae is Returning to Ethiopia!

Ann Rae pic for blogFrom Ann Rae about her upcoming return to Ethiopia:

Just 5 days left before I board the plane for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!

Just last year, I was living in Ethiopia and working through a ministry located in Addis Ababa. We were working mainly in a village called Korah, which surrounds the city trash dump. Korah means “cursed,” and the village started generations ago when people from all over Ethiopia and surrounding countries were looking to get treatment for their leprosy. However, when they reached the capital city of Addis Ababa, they were unwanted and outcasted for their leprosy and forced to live in Korah, where they dump their trash.

These people were left with no job and no way to provide for their families, no way to send their kids to school.

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Global Leadership Summit! (and lunch)

TGLS2014MountainOnly a couple of days until the Global Leadership Summit! It’s always a time of inspiration and challenge. God has used it in countless ways.

We can’t wait to see you there. If you are attending and you want lunch on-site, please make sure you buy it in advance by clicking the link below and following the quick and simple instructions.

http://lifepointchurch.us/summit-lunch-reservation-page/

Thanks, and can’t wait to see you there!

Risk Love Project at First Fruits Farm, 8/23

Our monthly Risk Love Project in August will be at First Fruits Farm! Many of you have been there, and you know how fun it can be–for all ages–and what a blessing it is to people in need around our region! 

Join us on August 23, 8AM-1PM at First Fruits Farm in Freeland, MD. First Fruits Farm is 100% volunteer operated and donates 100% of the harvest to soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks in this region. All are welcome to participate! For more information contact Localoutreach@lifepointchurch.us

Its Mission Trip Season!

team at a mealWe’re in the middle of short term mission team season! Thank you to all of you have so generously donated to support team members as they travel to far away places to influence people to find and follow Jesus! Please remember to pray for our teams. This summer teams are going to Guatemala, Haiti, Ukraine and Kenya. And our HUGS Ministry is sending a team to Camp Barnabas, too!

If you didn’t receive any letters from team members but you would still like to support our short term teams, please click here to go to our church website donation page. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

Golf Tournament Raises Record Amount!

photoThe 2014 LifePoint Church Golf Tournament was a great success! Thanks to the many generous sponsors and golfers, we were able to raise a record amount of funds for medical missions. Close to nine thousand dollars will go to help Syrian refugees through medical care coordinated by a local church in the middle east. Praise the Lord for his generous blessings! And, as usual, its always great to play on the beautiful Links of Gettysburg!

2014 Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Medical Teams

PrintLifePoint Church has enjoyed the opportunity to help others through our annual golf tournament for the past 14 years benefiting global and local outreach.  This year’s beneficiary is LifePoint Medical.  LifePoint Medical is a ministry of LifePoint Church that forms volunteer medical teams made up of medical professionals that attend LifePoint Church.  These medical teams have traveled to the Middle East and Africa to provide medical services through clinics set up by local churches. Proceeds from the tournament will help provide medications and medical supplies and cover some of the costs associated with running the medical clinic.

Please join us for a fun day of golf that helps make a difference in the lives of others!

The Course:  
The Links at Gettysburg (www.thelinksatgettysburg.com)

The Date: 
Friday, May 2, 2014; Shotgun start: 8:00 am; Lunch and Awards Ceremony at 2:00 pm

The Participants:
Corporate Sponsor with 4 Golfers
Corporate Sponsor without Golfers
Family/Individual Sponsor
Individual Entry

For registration and more information:
http://lifepointchurch.us/serve/serve-my-world/

Shelter from the Snow

DSC05700From Joe Paschal, Outreach Pastor: 
There’s a foot of snow on the ground outside as I write this post. I’m very thankful for the warm house, clothing, car and office with which God has abundantly blessed me. When the weather is like this, I tend to feel “more thankful than usual.” A few days ago, I spent the evening at the Cold Weather Shelter. One guy said he’d been sleeping in a tent in the woods for a few nights, but he’d decided to come to the shelter this particular night. He and I continued in our conversation. We ended up discussing kindness and generosity and what the Bible says about them. He was very knowledgable and accurate in his understanding. I confess. I was surprised. He went on to say that although he shares what he has (which is food stamps), he wants to make sure he’s sharing with the right attitude because the condition of his heart is the most important thing.

At that point, I was fascinated by his desire to have the right motives and to be kind to others. I guess I was expecting him to be depressed about being homeless and blame others and “the system” for the injustices keeping him down. I said a few things to try to encourage him. However, even though he may not have known it, his words were encouraging–no, his words were challenging to me. Pretty soon, our conversation ended, and he got ready for bed and went to sleep. When the late shift crew showed up, I went home. But I have thought about that conversation many times in these last few frigid, snowy days.

Risk Love: This Month! (and every month)

RiskLove_fullbrushWe want to help LifePointers be Christlike Influencers! What does that mean? It means loving our neighbors as a normal part of our lifestyles. It’s taking the risk of reaching out to others and loving them the way Jesus did. In 2014, Local Outreach is helping us do that!

Starting this month, Local Outreach will be highlighting a serving opportunity each month with one of our local outreach partners in the community! Please join us. The first one is…

Human Services Programs of Carroll County Women’s Shelter, Family Shelter and Cold Weather Shelter.

Below is the information for the 3 shelters at which we’ll be serving.

Women and Children’s Shelter
When: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Where: Westminster Women and Children’s Shelter (exact address will be provided upon RSVP)
LifePoint Contact Person: Amy Carle

-  8:30-9 Deliver Breakfast Items 8:30-10 Prepare and Serve Breakfast*
-  9-12 Hair stylists, make up artists, manicurists needed for appointments with residents*
-  9-12 Volunteers to help staff the lounge / play with children*
-  11:30-12 Deliver lunch items
-  11:30 – 1 Prepare and Serve lunch*

*Background check is required. When you RSVP we will send the form to complete and return. Please RSVP by emailing LocalOutreach@lifepointchurch.us or 410-239-4700

Family Shelter
When: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Where: Westminster Family Shelter (exact address will be provided upon RSVP)
LifePoint Contact Person: Heather Maloney

10:00-1:00pm Deep Cleaning*
-  Bring your own water and a bagged lunch/snacks
-  Dress to get dirty and bring your own buckets and rubber gloves

*Background check is required. When you RSVP we will send the form to complete and return. Please RSVP by emailing LocalOutreach@lifepointchurch.us or 410-239-4700

Cold Weather Shelter
A place where the homeless in Carroll County can receive a hot meal, shower, do laundry, get clothing and an overnight stay indoors. Be part of a group of 4-6 individuals who manage the shelter. Duties include check-in, help with laundry and passing out supplies. LifePoint Church is responsible for staffing the check-in team on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays from November until the end of March. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Interested in learning more or to see the schedule? Please email
LocalOutreach@lifepointchurch.us or 410-239-4700

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