Celebrate Recovery Open House

At Celebrate Recovery, we strive to encourage and develop a community that is real and free from the baggage that often keeps us hiding our true self from others. Join us for an enjoyable gathering onOctober 28th at 6:00pm at the Cumberland Christian School. 

Our event, "Take Off Your Mask," will give you an opportunity to learn about Celebrate Recovery and explore how to step into a journey where you can find help and hope to deal with any hurts, habits and hang ups. Come and bring a friend! Sign up here or via the connect card on Sunday, the Cafe on Sunday or by calling our church office (856.696.3444).

Building Q&A

On Sunday we received a number of great questions related to our vision and our building plans. From time to time we want to answer them. Here are a few:

Q: How will the lack of rent to CCS help in the budget for building? 
A: The rent to CCS is $400 per month or $4,800 annually. Having our building will free up that money, but the amount is small relative to the proposed mortgage payment.

Q: Where did the building sketch come from? Did someone design it for us? 
A: We had three builders submit a price and a sketch. The one we included was the least expensive, and the one we like the most, from Archetto Construction, INC.

Q: Why did it take so long for us to come up with a game plan for a new building? 
A: The low pattern of financial giving did not warrant us considering launching into a building plan. Since for a number of years we were not consistently meeting our giving projections, it didn't seem wise to look to raise additional money. Now that during 2015 our giving has stabilized, we think it's time to consider building.

More answers on the way. Please continue to ask questions. Text your questions to: (856) 624-3445

Please continue to pray for God's clear leadership,

Nate Howard

Pastor

Is it Time for LFA to Build? Pt. 2

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This Sunday, October 4, as part of our Worship Celebration, LFA's Governing Elders will present a plan to help us know when it's time to build on Lincoln Ave. They will address:

  • How did we get to where we are now?
  • How can we stay focused on a church planting vision?
  • What kind of building will we build?
  • How will we go about this different than in the past?
  • What are our next steps?

Please plan on being at one of our Sunday Celebrations (the Saturday night service on October 3 will be cancelled). You can preview the information we will be giving HERE.

 

Nate Howard

Pastor

Is it Time for LFA to Build?

On October 4, as part of our Worship Celebration, LFA's Governing Elders will present a plan to help us know when it's time to build on Lincoln Ave. They will address:

  • How did we get to where we are now?
  • How can we stay focused on a church planting vision?
  • What kind of building will we build?
  • How will we go about this differently than in the past?
  • What are our next steps?

Please plan to be at one of our Sunday Celebrations (The Saturday night service on October 3 will be cancelled).

 

Nate Howard

Pastor

Truth for Living Courses

Leisure suits, parachute pants, “big” hair and bell bottoms have all caused people to ask the same question: "What was I thinking?" I am not saying that at the time it wasn't cool. I am saying “that time” doesn't last long. 

This fall give yourself to something that lasts, something that can change your life and the lives of generations after you.  The Word of God is powerful and worthy of careful attention. Truth For Living courses are designed to study God’s Word, addressing your current stage of life while preparing you for the future. So check out the TFL courses and connect to God in His Word today in preparation for your future.  

"Holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain."          
- Philippians 2:16


Pastor Greg

Church Plant Info Meeting This Sunday

Whether you're just curious about the church plant or genuinely considering joining it, there are lots of questions being asked. Come out and see what God is doing in Millville and get answers to questions like these: 

Should I join the church plant?
What will the church plant look like?
Where will it meet for services?
Who is the target demographic?
Who is joining the plant?
Who will be preaching? 
Will there be children's ministry?

Come get your questions answered! This Sunday, September 13, 9:00am and 11:00am. Breakfast will be provide. 

Erik Howard, Church Planter

Church Plant Info Meeting

Whether you're just curious about the church plant or genuinely considering joining it, there are lots of questions being asked. Come out and see what God is doing in Millville and get answers to questions like these: 

Should I join the church plant?
What will the church plant look like?
Where will it meet for services?
Who is the target demographic?
Who is joining the plant?
Who will be preaching? 
Will there be children's ministry?

Come get your questions answered! September 13, 9:00am and 11:00am. Breakfast will be provide. 

Erik Howard, Church Planter

Celebrating 5 Years at LFA!

As I write this I am filled with gratitude for the 5 years God has enabled us to offer this ministry to both those in our church and in our local communities. It is because of His faithfulness that numerous, dedicated volunteers and I have been able to work on a weekly basis, 52 weeks a year to support those who are seeking healing from hurts, hangups and habits in their lives. Join me in thanking God and celebrating 5 years of fruitful ministry. With this celebration also comes a significant change for us. Beginning September 9th, we will be relocating our program to Cumberland Christian School. This new location for CR will afford us the opportunity to expand our program and to make it more accessible to those who rely on public transportation. Our hope is to add this year the Landing Program which will serve children/youth ages 9-18. Our new schedule for Wednesdays will be 6:00pm and our program will begin each night with a light dinner.

As we launch CR at the new location we will offer an open house on September 9th with a focus on “Give Yourself A Chance!” A chance for change, a chance for growth. At this open house you and your friends can learn about Celebrate RecoveryClick here to register or call the church office (856.696.3444).

Please pray for us as we embark in this change and expansion.

“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.” (Psalm 79:13)

Sincerely,

Diego Cuartas, CR Ministry Leader.

Fall Truth for Living

This September we are establishing some new patterns for teaching God’s Word.
We believe that we need the revelation of God. What is God like? What does God say? What does God think? These are the questions that influence all of our decisions, whether we realize it or not. There is a strong Biblical tradition that studying Scripture under gifted teachers is one of the main tools that the Spirit of God uses to reveal Himself and transform our minds and our hearts, so that we are equipped to follow Jesus into every area of life.

Click this link to see a list of our new patterns for teaching Jesus followers of ALL ages. Our desire to change stems from our desire for our teaching patterns to be more accessible, predictable and relational. We also want to let you know that Celebrate Recovery will start to meet at our Sherman Avenue location beginning Wednesday, September 9th.


-Pastor Greg

Celebrating God's Work in Our Young People

Check out what some of our students said after participating in Camp Grace this summer:

  • “God changed my heart through the interest kids showed in God.” 
  • "I love the kids of Millville, they have so much room for love.”
  • “God made me want to talk more about Him, and I learned how to open up to Him more.”
  • "I feel like God is calling me towards kids that come from broken homes.”
  • "Camp made me learn leadership and showed me that there are things going on beyond what I can see.”
  • “I feel like I’m slowly building my relationship with God and I’m less doubtful and I’m trusting in God more.”
  • “I am learning more about Jesus and understanding him more.”

Click here to watch a video and celebrate with us what God has done in and through our LFA youth.

-Pastor Chris

Join a Setup or Breakdown Team Today

We are:

  • creating a space for God's people to meet.
  • serving Christ's church.
  • doing something practical to care for people that Jesus died for.

The pastors would like to say a HUGE thank you to all those who serve or have served on a set up and teardown team.  Your contribution is meaningful. (Watch this video)

If you've never been on a team, sign up today by emailing Caleb Howard (heartofdavid81@hotmail.com) or use the connect card on Sunday. We'll contact you to see when and how often you're available.  Setup teams meet on Saturday at 5pm and Teardown teams help after second service on Sunday.  Everyone (young & old) is welcome.  For more information, call the church office or watch this video.

Celebrating God's Work This Summer

"One of our elementary students brought a friend (who doesn't know about God) toAMP’d camp and he had an amazing time. Now there's a great connection between this boy and the LFA family who brought him." -Jessica Leblanc

"At preschool camp, a mom and 4 children (who do not go to a church) joined us for our “Kids' God Time” and got connected with one of our LFA families.  They actually live in the same neighborhood!" -Sharon Howard

"There's a lady who has never wanted to get dirty.  She's getting more involved at the farm with Impact Harvest." -Rich Weatherby

"The children are able to remember the lessons we've taught and can even explain them in their own words." -Camp Grace Team

"I see God at work when we were supposed to get hit with storms and nothing happened." -Camp Grace Team

These are just some of the things we are seeing God do in our community through the projects you've been involved with this summer.  Psalm 145 says it well, "They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom."  

What else are YOU seeing God do?  Share it with us by clicking here.
-LFAC Pastors' Team

The Great Commission

Sharon and I just got back from Colorado where we met with C&MA International Workers — people from the US who live in different countries all around the world. They have left their home country because they want to share the Gospel with people who have never had access to the Gospel. They are some of the people LFA partners with when we give to missions. 

One couple is from a Korean C&MA church in NYC. They live in Mongolia, telling people about Jesus, starting new churches and training pastors. Here’s some of what we heard:
In the early ‘90s there were only three Jesus followers in all of Mongolia. Now there are between 20,000 - 50,000.
God has used this couple to start 16 new churches in 12 years
When we asked them how they start a new church, they said, “We go to a new city, knock on doors, share the Gospel, pray healing for the sick, and gather the believers. Then we tell them they are now called by Jesus to do the same." To train new pastors, they take men and women along with them for three years teaching them to do the same thing.
They told us in Mongolia people say a very direct “yes” or “no” to the Gospel. Sometimes the “no” includes people threatening them with knives. When we asked them how they respond to the threats, they said, “We just shake the dust off our feet and go to the next house.”

LFA partners with the C&MA to send over 700 International Workers to over 60 countries of the World. We do it because Jesus calls us to partner with Him to bring the Gospel to people who have little or no Gospel Access. I invite you to come to one of our services this Sunday and to find out how you can join with us in this journey.

Pastor Nate

Together. For the Millville Church Plant Pt. 2

Hello, LFA family! 

God has been moving through our church in the last few years.  He's been stirring up a heart for church planting- a heart for those who are close to us but far from God.  This Sunday starts the 40 days of prayer and fasting for our church plant in Millville.  I believe that if all of the people who call LFA their home church were to pray over these 40 days, God will do some amazing things!  So let's pray and see God change our lives and lives in Millville, one prayer at a time. 

How do I join in?
1-Find a group of 3-8 people to go through the guide with. They could be your family, discipleship group, pastorate, bible study, Celebrate Recovery group, your friends) 
2-Pick a time to get together for 1 hour
3-Follow the guide
4-Let God do the rest! 
  
Erik Howard

Together. For the Millville Church Plant

This summer we are calling our entire church to be praying and fasting for the church plant. There will be a prayer guide that will accompany the fast. This is a big deal for our church!  What would happen if 600 people got on their faces before our Almighty God and interceded for Millville?

The fast will be from July 12th - August 20th

Here are ways you can get involved:

  • Ask some friends to go through the guide together.
  • Encourage your existing Discipleship Groups to participate together.
  • Help others organize their groups.

You can pick up your prayer guide this weekend during any of our services.


Erik Howard

"Church Here" or "Church There"

"Church Here” says — Hey, we've got church going on over here. Come and join in what we are doing!

"Church There” says — Hi, we want to be with you where you are; how can we help?

Both “Church Here” and “Church There” are needed and important, but when most people think of Church, they don’t think that the Church will come to where they are. 

That’s one reason Taste of Mission Sunday is important to the life of LFA. 50 Sundays of the year, we invite people to come and be with our church — it’s “Church Here”. But for two very special Sundays of the year, we leave our regular church activity and we go to where the people are. We take church to them.

Taste of Mission Sunday is not a Sunday to skip church; it’s a Sunday to take Church to the people who never come to our church.

Most teams are meeting at CCS at 8:45am for breakfast, a quick time to huddle together, then we all go out on mission.

Let’s take Church to our cities!

Just a couple of details:

-Please sign up for your project
-No Saturday Night Church this week
-One Sunday service from 9-10am at CCS this Sunday (Breakfast at 8:45)
-No childcare during Sunday service

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Pastor Nate

Taste of Mission Weekend

Last month, my wife and I decided to climb up Centennial Dome to get a glimpse of the Yosemite Valley, which I believe is one of the most beautiful spots on our planet. As we stood at the base at the beginning of our hike, my wife looked at me and said, “That can’t be where we are going; we will never be able to get to the top.” She wasn't saying that because it looked like too much work. She said that because it looked impossible. But we put one foot in front of the other, and we found our way to the top. It was possible. We did it, and the view was spectacular. On our descent, I was excited and full of energy because of what we just saw, and I was feeling chatty. So, as we would pass the tired faces that were one the way to the top, I gave them two quick words of counsel. I made it quick because I could tell by the look in their eyes, bent backs and tired legs that they were not “feeling chatty.” The message I gave them was “You’re almost there” and “It’s gonna be worth it.” As we got closer to the bottom I had to drop the “almost there” part. 

Next weekend is Taste of Mission Weekend, when we as a church prioritize going over gathering. Instead of gathering together from all over our community to worship Jesus, we scatter together all over our community to worship Jesus. Click the link to see more information about and sign up for a missions experience next weekend. Getting to see God on the faces of those we serve in our own community is a spectacular sight to see. Based on my experience, being part of Taste of Mission Weekend allows me to see God in new and beautiful ways. I have two quick words of counsel as we move toward Taste of Mission Weekend: “We are almost there” and “It’s gonna be worth it.”

Just a couple of details:

-Please sign up for your project
-No Saturday Night Church on June 27
-One Sunday service from 9-10am at CCS on June 28 where we will have breakfast, worship, celebrate Saturday projects, teaching and commissioning the Sunday projects
-No childcare during Sunday service June 28
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Pastor Greg

Summer Intentionality

When I was little, the teachers I had would begin the school year by asking everyone to share what they did during their summer vacation. Some kids would share stories about their vacation to Disney or other places they went.  My story moment was never very exciting, as most of the time my story was, “I played outside.” 

At Living Faith, we believe summer is a time we need to use intentionally!  This summer is filled with very specific and intentional ways to invest in your spiritual development as an individual, family and household.     

Take a few minutes this week and look through our summer guide for the activities that are appropriate for your situation.  If it helps, begin with this question: “When summer is over, what story will I tell?"

I hope your story will be more than, “My kids played video games, and we went to the beach a few times.”  I hope your story will be, “We stepped up in our summer time and served and invested in our family/community, and we saw God at work!”   
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Pastor Chris

Family Milestone Picnic

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All families with children ages infant-18 years old, join us this Sunday, May 31st, 12:45-2:15pm, on the Cumberland Christian School playground area for our Family Milestone Picnic.

  • Connect with other families.
  • Hear stories from parents who are walking the Milestone Pathway.
  • Participate in a guided family activity.
  • Great food provided (suggested donation $2/person).

Please let us know that you are coming by Friday, May 29th at 2pm by signing up HERE!