Golf Tournament for Alpha Life

GolfTourneyPPT-2013_16x9Registration has closed. Join us at The Links at Gettysburg on May 3, for a day of golf for a great cause! The proceeds from the golf tournament will go to Alpha Life.

LifePoint Church is partnering with Alpha & Omega Campus Ministry and Central Baptist Church (both of which are in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine) to create Alpha Life. Alpha Life is a ministry for orphans in Dnepropetrovsk that are aging out of the system and beginning life on their own. Despite some financial help from the government for technical school, the reality where these kids end up in life is heartbreaking. A high percentage simply can’t cope and take their own lives before they even reach 21. Many others end up in crime, drugs and prostitution. Some girls are even trafficked. With our two partners in Dnepropetrovsk, we are going to provide the love and support these kids need to live meaningful adult lives. And we will share with them the hope found in Jesus Christ!

The Schedule                                                                            Print

7:15am Morning Registration, Coffee & Donuts
8:00am Shotgun Start
2:00pm (approx.) Lunch and Awards Ceremony
FORMAT: Captain’s Choice

The Participants

Corporate Sponsor with 4 Golfers: $500
Includes a foursome in the tournament, recognition at registration table, display of corporate banner (provided by company), and recognition at awards banquet.

Corporate Sponsor without Golfers: $200
Includes space for a sign and recognition in our banner.

Individual Entry: $85

Prizes will be awarded to the first place foursome and other contests.

Click Here to REGISTER or email globaloutreach@lifepointchurch.us for more information.

Partnering in Ukraine to Care for Orphans

Partners at orphan conf 2013LifePoint Church is privileged to be partners with some brothers and sisters in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. You may recall Pastor Sergii Sizonenko of Central Baptist Church and Slava Iotko of Alpha and Omega Campus Ministry visiting us over the summer last year. We introduced them on stage as our partners in Ukraine. We’re getting close to launching our orphan graduate program with them!

Legacy, the orphan ministry at LifePoint Church, has learned so much and made great connections each year at The Orphan Summit of Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). This year, CAFO held a conference in Kiev, Ukraine. So we were excited to encourage our friends in Dnipropetrovsk to attend. They did, and they loved the chance to learn and connect with others in Ukraine doing orphan ministry and care.

Click here for a video overview of the way God is moving in Christians in Ukraine to overcome the orphan challenge. You’ll also see  a few clips from the conference in Kiev!

Xixi Comes Home

Many families at LifePoint have adopted children. Its wonderful to see these tangible examples of people living the Gospel message of adoption. Here is the Blauwkamp’s story told by none other than Julie B. herself!

Our adoption journey began in January of 2004, when-after one of those “epic marriage conversations”, Ross and I sensed that God was calling us to add to our family through adoption.

Fourteen months later, on March 30, 2005 in the Hubei Civil Affairs Office, we met our daughter, Katherine Grace TianXi Blauwkamp, or XiXi as we call her, for the first time.

After this amazing adventure, Ross and I both sensed that our next child would also be from China through the incredible, miraculous adventure of adoption.

In March 2007, we submitted our dossier for another baby girl and settled down for what was looking to be an 18-24 month wait for our next referral.

Twenty-one months later, with no referral in sight for the foreseeable future, Ross and I came to a few realizations:

First, we weren’t getting any younger.  In fact, our 40s were quickly creeping up on us. Second, XiXi was getting older and longed to have a sibling sooner than….who knew? Third, we became aware of the increasing need for Chinese boys with specials needs to find families. These realizations jolted us to reexamine who our next child from China might be. As much as I longed to have another little baby girl from China, we sensed that our next child from China was not going to be a baby girl, but in fact, a toddler boy with special needs.
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Legacy: Serving Orphans in Ukraine

We are approaching the 1st Annual Legacy Cookout. Legacy is our orphan ministry. There are many facets to caring for orphans. Legacy has 3 branches: Foster Care, Orphan Care and Adoption. You can learn more about all 3 at the cookout this Sunday (4/29) after church. Everyone is welcome! For more information email Legacy@lifepointchurch.us

Legacy is currently working on a partnership between LifePoint Church, a local Ukrainian church and Alpha and Omega in Dnipropetrovs’k to establish a transitional home for orphans that graduate out of the orphanage system. We’re calling it Alpha House. So we’re always keenly interested in the current situation of the orphans in Ukraine.

The Alliance for Ukraine without Orphans is a ministry that has done a great job producing the map below that gives an overview of the orphan situation in Ukraine. It’s great to know that we here at LifePoint Church are working to help bring hope to some of these kids. For more information about The Alliance for Ukraine without Orphans, you can visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Ukrainewithoutorphans or just click on the map.

 

The Ear-Infected King

As we approach the 1st Annual Legacy Cookout on April 29th, we want to share some stories. Here is the first one from Alaina with a perspective she gained from being a foster parent.

Alaina writes:

People who know I’m a foster parent say “They’re so lucky to have you!” … but I know the real truth: I am the one who is blessed.

One night, exhausted and overwhelmed by the child that I had just welcomed into my home, I was grumbling about the stupidity of waiting for a stoplight on the way to the hospital at 2 a.m. in Carroll County.  This recalled a sermon I’d heard about practicing patience.  So I tried to recall Godly thoughts, remembering Matthew 25:40.   “…And the King will say, “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”  I suddenly realized: I had the incredible honor of driving the ear-infected KING to the hospital at 2 in the morning.  I was privileged, because He snuck into my house in the form of a dirty, scared little girl, and I was whom He chose for this opportunity.

So whenever someone says my children are blessed, I remember the truth.  I was allowed to accompany Jesus that night.  I have the pleasure of tucking Jesus into bed, I experience the joy of high fiving Him when He passes His driver’s test, and I have the advantage of my King’s hugs and kisses each day.  I am the one who is blessed.

1st Annual Legacy Cookout!

Everyone is invited to the 1st Annual Legacy Cookout! Legacy is the orphan ministry of our church. You can come to this great event to learn all about this exciting and growing ministry. Legacy leadership will be present to inform attenders about the three branches of Legacy: Orphan Care, Foster Care and Adoption. There’s a lot going on within Legacy both at home and abroad. You can come just to learn more about it, but you can also find ways to get involved, too!  There are many opportunties.

Its a cookout, so you’ll get lunch, of course! And there’ll be fun games and activites for the kids, too! Sunday, April 29 from 1pm – 4pm in the back yard of the church.

For more info email lpcorphanministry@comcast.net

Outreach Principles

Did you know there are 6 principles that guide everything we do in Outreach at LifePoint Church?  Think of it this way: at LifePoint, we have a mission. Influencing people to find and follow Jesus. That mission is an overall guiding principle for everything we do at LifePoint. Flowing out of that misson are the Vision and the Values. And coming from those we derive the 6 Outreach Principles. So it all connects!

The Outreach Principles

  1. Image Bearers:  Every human being is created in the image of God and therefore deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
  2. Reconciliation:  None of us are perfect, but Jesus Christ’s sacrifice reconciles us to God and makes it possible for us to be reconciled to
    one another.  We can learn much about ourselves and our God through other people (other generations, ethnicities, cultures, and socio-economic groups).  So we should always approach outreach with a humble spirit, willing to learn serve, and be served.
  3. Holistic Ministry:  Compassionate outreach should care for the whole person: spiritually and  physically.
  4. Local Christian Leadership:  Engagement with local Christ centered leadership (churches, NGO’s, etc.) is one of the keys to sustainable change.  Whether in a local community in the US or a village in an African country, we seek to always work with or develop the local church and/or local leadership.
  5. Relationship:  Ministry is best when done in the context of trusting relationships and community.  Establishing trusting relationships takes time and often sacrifice. We are ambassadors of Christ and of LifePoint and the relationships we develop in the communities we touch must honor both.
  6. Stewardship:  Our church is richly blessed in talents and treasure.  We seek to be wise stewards of God’s blessings as we are intentional about our outreach ministry plans and goals and fiscally responsible with our finances.

Welcome to the new LifePoint Outreach Blog

This is the place to find out what’s going on in Outreach at LifePoint Church.

So if you’re looking for Legacy Orphan Ministry, Local Outreach or Global Outreach, you’ve come to the right place.

You can also keep up with us through our Facebook page and Twitter.  Click the link for LifePoint Outreach Facebook.  And our Twitter name is @LPOutreach.

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