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

Loving our Community at Thanksgiving and Christmas

RiskLove_fullbrushWe challenged everyone to serve in the month of October and to make “Risk Love” a lifestyle! We’ve heard from partners in the community like First Fruits Farm, Westminster Resuce Mission and Alpha Pregnancy Center that you responded in a big way! They were all very appreciative and encouraged.

And now, here we are at the Thanksgiving and Christmas season of 2014. Many of you are asking about places you can serve and/or give to for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. That is wonderful! There’s nothing better than to share with others in need during the holiday season. God uses it in amazing ways to help us see the world and other people the way He does–through eyes of love.

Of course, there are many opportunities. Here are just a few from some of our local ministry partners! We love them and think they are doing awesome work in our community. Also be sure to check our complete list of local partners. Feel free to contact them, too!

Alpha Pregnancy Center 410-833-7864 www.alpha-pregnancycenter.org Fourth Annual Christmas Party. Volunteer your time or purchase gifts for the kids.

New Life for Girls  410-848-1360 www.southeasternlifeforgirls.com Give-A-Girl-A-Christmas. Contact showell652@gmail.com for details and a gift buying guide.

Helping Up Mission 410-675-4357 www.helpingupmission.org Every $2.05 you give provides another complete meal, along with the opportunity to get off the streets for good in their long-term recovery shelter.

Cold Weather Homeless Shelter 410-386-6660 www.hspinc.org Volunteer at the Cold Weather Homeless Shelter or donate items. Contact Lisa Aughenbaugh laughenbaugh@hspinc.org

Shepherd’s Staff 410-847-5944 www.shepstaff.org Its getting cold! Help someone warm up by donating a coat in Shepherd’s Staff’s annual coat drive.

Remember to check our complete list of local partners, too! Click here.

Alpha Life Ministry Up and Running

PrintIt’s great to hear the reports from our friends in Ukraine about the beginning stages of Alpha Life! You may remember the post from the summer that described the launch of Alpha Life (you can read it by clicking here). Viktor and Zhenya are the two Alpha Life staff, and they have been doing the exciting work of getting Alpha Life off the ground!

Victor and Zhenya with captionsViktor and Zhenya have been visiting orphans that are approaching their last year in the orphanage and some orphans that have already graduated. They have been getting to know them and helping them with homework. You may remember the name Vadim. This young man graduated last year, and Zhenya helped him apply and get into a medical tech school. She continues to help Vadim. And he comes to church with her on the weekends and spends time with some great role models! She said this is helping Vadim because he’s faced with a pretty challenging environment in the dorm.

Both Viktor and Zhenya have been preparing themselves, too. They have been to training in life skills curriculum. And they have visited other orphan graduate ministries to learn from them. They’re also meeting with orphanage administrators to introduce the Alpha Life Ministry. These meetings have gone well. So they are looking forward to beginning the life skills training classes. Here is just a sample of some of the modules they’ll be teaching: Identity, Communication Skills, Health and Hygiene, Love, Sex and Marriage, Home Economics, Time and Money Management–and several more!

Another important part of the ministry is transporting these young men and women to events, activities and church. So Alpha Life has just purchased a van. They bought it as an empty shell and then had the passenger seats put in. Check out the before and after photos.
before after combined

Thank you for giving generously to NEXT! We’re helping influence lives around the world through your generosity. Please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters: Viktor and Zhenya with Alpha Life, and our partners Alpha Omega Ministry and Central Baptist Church of Dnepropetrovsk. And most of all, pray that the young men and women in this ministry will find their Heavenly Father that loves them and wants to adopt them into His family!

Maximum Impact, Extremely Close: 2

Here is a post from July of 2012. Every bit as relevant today as it was then. One point to add: Don’t wait! Ask God to help you love your neighbor today! And when He gives you the opportunity, GO FOR IT!

LifePoint Church has been blessed by God with so much capacity to impact the world. Once someone asked me, “Where do you think LifePoint can make the most impact?” The context of that conversation had a global focus. Although, I do believe that God does and will continue using us to make an impact around the world, I don’t believe that is where we can make the MOST impact.

My response to the question was this: “The place where LifePoint can make the most impact is right here at home.” Why? It’s really pretty simple. Logistics. We all live here. We have well over two thousand people right here, right now that can go out into this region with the love of Jesus. Every single day of our lives, we have the opportunity right here at home to impact our neighborhoods, our places of work, our schools and every other place where we spend time with people!

At LifePoint Church, we have several Local Outreach ministries. (Please take a moment to check them out by clicking here.) We would love for you to consider getting involved in them. They’re wonderful opportunities for you to help us make that maximum impact locally. BUT don’t limit yourself to the ministries at LifePoint Church. Does that seem like a strange thing for the Outreach Pastor to say?

Perhaps. But think about it this way. God is moving in countless ways. His Spirit empowers believers to be salt and light to the world around them. There is no way one church can provide a ministry for all the ways in which God is moving.  If you feel like God is moving you towards a chance to serve your neighbor and there isn’t a ministry at church that “fits” the need, please don’t pass up the opportunity! You don’t need to start a new ministry. You don’t need to go through an “official local outreach ministry”. Just do what God is calling you to do! Share His love with your neighbor, or that person on the street, or that colleague or that friend at school.

Carrie Haslbeck: Serving McDaniel Students Full-time!

Carrie Haslbeck--croppedAnother young woman answers God’s call on her life. Its exciting to see this happening more and more here at LifePoint! Read Carrie’s story below:

“Hi, my name is Carrie Haslbeck, I have been attending LifePoint Church for the past four years while I’ve been a student at McDaniel College. As a freshman at McDaniel I came in knowing little about my faith. I had grown up going to church but never understood Jesus and the life He offers. And yet, God was pursuing me. He placed people in my life that wanted to have conversations with me about Jesus. They let me ask them questions and talked about their relationships with Jesus in a loving and relatable way. Because of these friendships I realized that I would be more than okay at McDaniel.

A few months into my freshman year I started following Jesus through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. InterVarsity is the largest college ministry in the country and is committed to reaching college students with Gospel. It was here that I was challenged to change my actions and start living as Christ had called me to live. Thankfully there was a group of InterVarsity students from McDaniel regularly attending LifePoint and through the amazing worship and convicting sermons I was challenged to grow even more in my newly found faith.

 

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