Dear Church Family,
Ocoee Outreach has officially wrapped up “Project Serve” for the summer and, once again, this ministry proved to touch many lives for the Lord! We have witnessed amazing stories of hope, restoration and life-changing decisions. We had over 60 professions of faith and ten baptisms take place. Even with the immense storms, the home repair projects, block parties, and canvassing of the neighborhoods went on as scheduled each week. While teams repaired homes that house people, many lives were repaired by the Lord! Praise be to our God! Thank you for your prayers and donations. A special ‘thank you’ to all who have volunteered their time and skills this year, and to our summer missionaries.
Most of the Annual Church Profile (ACP) packets have been picked up now at the CrossNet office by the ACP contacts. If your church contact has not done so, please have your ACP contact do so at their convenience. The deadline to have these forms to our office is Friday, September 14th (noon). These packets contain a form for your VBS data which we need back at the office soon after your Vacation Bible School has concluded.
Disaster Relief work via Send Relief Puerto Rico is ongoing. God is using many volunteers of all ages to minister to the people of Puerto Rico both physically and spiritually. You do not need to be DR certified to participate although that will be a plus. If you are interest in going on a Puerto Rico mission trip, email Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CrossNet Baptist Network Office at 423-476-5493.
Please make note of the August 20th educational opportunity, “Reaching the Generations,” where you can receive practical helps for your leaders and teachers with plenary sessions and breakouts on GenZ, Millennials, Busters and Boomers. This Tennessee Baptist Mission Board conference requires no registration for participation, and will be held from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Oakwood Baptist Church, 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411. For more information, please contact Mark Miller at (615) 476-5564.
Dear Church family,
The summer has begun with many of our churches having Vacation Bible Schools in the month of June. This is a great annual time to reach the children in our area with the Gospel. For many of these children, it will be their only contact with a church for the entire year. Please pray for the workers and the children during the VBS weeks. Let us know when you will be having VBS at your church, and we will help promote it in our online calendar. If you are a VBS director, please be sure to send us your VBS report (available on crossnet.com) so we can celebrate the results with you and in our publications.
Disaster Relief work via Send Relief to Puerto Rico continues as we enter a new hurricane season. Approximately $50,000 has been used to aid the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico through our mission teams that have been deployed. We have had 14 deployments from November – May mobilizing over 150 Volunteers. We have two scheduled trips coming up and more to come (see below). You do not need to be DR certified to participate although that will be a plus: email Randy at email@example.com, or call the CrossNet Baptist Office at 423-476-5493 if you are interested in participating in a Puerto Rico trip.
Trip 15: June 23-29, team of 16 led by Lawrence Cotton (Bellefounte)
Trip 16: July 22-28, team of 10-15 led by Eric Atkins (New Friendship) OPEN SPOTS
More trips to come
Ocoee Outreach has started for 2018. If you are interested in serving as an Equipment Runner or a Lunch Runner for a week, please call the CrossNet office. We are also in need of Gatorade/Powerade mix, bottled water, snack cakes, Clorox/bleach, as well as paint brushes/rollers. Donations may be dropped off at our office. Please pray for all the Mission Teams coming this summer and for each home, family and child we will encounter with the Gospel. If you are interested in having Ocoee Outreach help your church this summer, please contact Randy or Natalie at 476-5493.
Dear Church Family,
This past Spring Break, the churches of the CrossNet Baptist Network banned together for a mission trip to Washington, DC and God moved in powerful ways. Mission Team Members from Bellefounte, FBC Cleveland, FBC Georgetown, Mt. Carmel, Washington Ave. and Waterville participated. Mission Projects included hosting an Easter outreach, evangelism with Ethiopians, serving at a homeless soup kitchen, placing 9,000 Easter door hangers and more! Please continue praying for our DC partnership.
Our disaster relief teams have transitioned to send relief to Puerto Rico. Approximately $25,000 has been used to aid the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico through our mission teams that have been deployed. We have had 10 deployments from November – April mobilizing 120 Volunteers. We have two scheduled trips coming up and more to come (see below). Call CrossNet at 423-476-5493 if you are interested in participating.
On Monday May14th from 9:30am to 2:00pm, we will be hosting a Prayer Boot Camp with Claude King at the CrossNet Baptist Network office. God is calling His people to prayer, and God’s people are responding with a hunger to learn to pray more effectively and strategically. Prayer Boot Camp is a flexible prayer training experience to provide basic training in prayer and to introduce the weapons of our spiritual warfare. It is not just learning about prayer. It is learning to pray by praying together. The content is based on The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, developers of “War Room.” Please RSVP by 423-476-5493.
In 30+ years of ministry I have never, never, not even once heard a pastor say something like this: “My people are so spiritually mature that we are going to work on growth, missions, and building.”Not only have I not heard this, but I do not expect to. Spiritual maturity among believers is the elusive goal that many pastors face each day as they lead churches.
God Hasn’t Finished, Have You?
Many of us use the phrase, “God is at work.” Is he? In John 5:17, Jesus says, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
In the context of that passage, God was at work, first, in healing an invalid. John 5 begins with Jesus at the Sheep Gate Pool commanding an invalid who can’t make it down to the healing waters, “Get up, take your mat, and walk.”
God was also at work warning a sinner. Jesus tells the invalid who has been healed, “You are well, sin no more” (v 14).
Moreover, God was at work confronting self-righteous, hardhearted, religious legalism. Much to the disappointment of the Jews, Jesus was working, granting healing and life, on the Sabbath.