Tuesday, October 23, 2007

CARE ~ Report from Pilot City Cedar Rapids


CARE 07

On Saturday, the 20th we had an awesome day with a large CARE initiative from 8:00 a.m. until 12 p.m.

  1. Bless the schools:
  2. We were on the campuses of 5 schools systems
    1. Cedar Rapids – 12 locations
    2. College Community – 1 location
    3. CPU / Center Point Urbana – 3 locations
    4. Linn-Mar – 7 locations

i. One of our pastors who was also the site manager, divided some of his flowers and brought them to the school.

ii. One of our local greenhouses donated a large amount of fall flowers and bulbs for spring to one of the schools.

    1. Marion – 7 locations
    2. Total of 30 locations in the five districts
    3. We had over 340 volunteers from 27 congregations show up to bless the schools,

i. I had asked for 660 which we did not make – turned out to be a good thing although we could have put 40 more to work.

ii. The Marion district had 5 locations we could not get to for lack of help BUT they were amazed at what we did. So am I actually.

iii. The "people had a mind to work" – although smaller in number than asked for, these volunteers REALLY worked hard!

    1. I have personally spoken on Saturday and today with 2 of the five buildings and grounds managers

i. CR Schools – Tom is VERY happy and all his building engineers were appreciative of the work AND the attitudes of those serving.

· He is open to this being an annual event!

· We exceeded his expectations and actually exceeded mine.

ii. Marion – "I cannot find words to express my gratitude" We exceeded his expectations.

iii. Linn-Mar – one of the teachers told us the staff would be VERY appreciative when they came in on Monday. The B & G man said he could tell the difference from his truck as he drove by two of the schools on his way to the office this morning.

iv. College Community – no contact today as yet

v. CPU: no contact today as yet

  1. Kids Against Hunger: We had a goal of 108 people (9 lines of 12)
    1. Over 84 people showed up,
    2. Each paying $ 42.00 to cover the ingredients and the shipping costs.
    3. With 14,472 meals packaged to send to a nation that we will choose where people are starving. The food will go a missions group.
  2. Blood Drive
    1. We had a goal of 60 people.
    2. 71 showed up with 7 being 'deferred'
    3. 64 donors sending blood to an area blood bank
    4. The blood bank folks gave us a good report, many smiles.
  3. Food -Drive for local food pantries
    1. I canceled it due to lack of admin help and
    2. The Boy Scouts were having their annual food drive on Saturday also, seemed like a good thing to 'not compete.'
    3. We will work on this in November.
  4. Prayer Room
    1. The Serve The City area prayer team was alerted to the days activities via email.
    2. We had a central prayer room at The Alliance Church that was staffed from 7:30 to 1:00 pm.
    3. We had an excel spread sheet for all 30 school locations with the location and each volunteers name. Every volunteer that pre-registered had their name called out loud and were prayed for.
    4. A visual for the blood drive and a visual for the Kids Against Hunger.
  5. Injuries – I have had no reports of any injuries! With 14 chain saws going (that I know of), 26 people up on roofs, a handful on ladders painting, axes, machetes, weed whackers etc. going, no injuries. One of the pastors had his machete fly off the tree and into his leg but no skin was broken! This is a real praise the Lord.
  6. No shows: This was less than 10 that I have had reported HOWEVER, we over 20 show up that had not registered! Both of these numbers are amazing!
  7. Couldn't find us: As far as I know, we only had four people (2 couples) that could not find their work crews and went home. I have spoken by phone to one couple and written them both a letter of apology.

It was a very good day!
Charles Daugherty

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Changing Church Culture through Organic Community

ORGANIC COMMUNITY
creating a place where people naturally connect
by: Joseph R. Myers
Baker Books, 2007

From the foreword by Randy Frazee teaching pastor, Willow Creek Community Church; author, The Connecting Church and Making Room for Life:

A new reality is upon us, and change is already delinquent.

In the pit of the stomachs of most church leaders I know, there is this gnawing sense that Christian community has to be more natural, spontaneous, and life-giving. Yet most of us in ministry today have been trained to offer up models that are often overprogrammed and contrived.

Readers beware. Joe is not offering "Organic Community Kits." That is not his style. Rather, he provides a solid framework and makes us think for ourselves. He even encourages us to challenge his thinking. After years of being friends with him, I know that Joe is less interested in people thinking he is right than in good, healthy, honest dialogue taking place on the real issues of community.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

CARE ~ Caring Carefully for the Community



Externally focused churches pour much of what they have--funds, time and people--into the community. But these congregations don't give their resources carelessly.

With solutions to community issues becoming more complex and resources becoming more limited, churches are constantly weighing the risks and rewards of community ministry. Those church leaders must invest prayerfully, strategically, and compassionately--all the while making wise plans that yield results.

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SHARE ~ Do You Know Me?


Top 10 Things You Should Know About Unchurched People - WEB EXCLUSIVE!
If you want them to hear what you're saying, here's what you should know about the way they think! Kem Meyer, communications director at Granger Community Church (our One-to-Watch) reveals key communication clues for connecting with your unchurched guests.


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Monday, October 15, 2007

SHARE ~ CHRISTmas Parties

Thank you so much for your prayers for this last weekend. God answered! (Surprised?)
  • About 200 people stood to their feet to commit to purposefully PRAY FOR , CARE FOR, AND SHARE CHRIST WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS!
  • Then, about 100 people signed up to come to one of the THREE MODEL CHRISTMAS PARTIES next weekend! (The way we train churches is by actually hosting a full fleged party, just like the manual teaches, at a church member's home. That way, they will feel exactly what their neighbors will feel when they host a similar party in December. It is a fun, low-threat way to open the doors to redemptive friendships in your neighborhood!)
  • To listen to Becky and me speak (31 min), simply click on http://www.bvchurch.org/sermons/Sermons.php
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We would love to get your feedback after listening. We are preparing similar messages for our conferences in Peoria, IL Oct 26-28 and Garland, TX Nov 2-4. Your feed back could help us be more effective.

Thank you for praying for this new season for us of speaking and mobilising believers into the Harvest!

In the JOY of serving Jesus!
Norm & Becky Wretlind


"Hearts on Fire - Lives on Purpose"
"Equipping The Saints for Personal Evangelism"
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800-873-8957
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

CARE ~ How do we get permission for our care projects?

We Can't Even Get Permission...

By Dr. Savant

I am trying to start the new servant evangelism ministry in our church and am having some trouble. We would like to start with something simple, like handing out water. We are looking at places that will not effect their sales, but reach a decent amount of people. Most companies have turned us down when we ask for permission to hand out water one Saturday. Do you have any advice on getting past this?

Thanks,Larry

A reoccurring issue for the Doctor to tackle: How do we get permission to do projects that will show our city the love of God in practical ways? For once and for all... YOU DON'T ASK!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

SHARE ~ The effectiveness of evangelism depends on it.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

SHARE ~ Recalibration Required



QUOTE: "This is not a passing fad wherein young people will become 'more Christian' as they grow up. While Christianity remains the typical experience and most common faith in America, a fundamental recalibration is occurring within the spiritual allegiance of America’s upcoming generations." —from the same Barna report, which culminates more than three years of study and is fully examined in David Kinnaman's latest book, unChristian. (Check out our review of the book and Kinnaman's findings on politics and faith in the upcoming November/December 2007 issue of Ministry Today.)

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