15 Apr 2018

Spring 2018

By Phil Taylor

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.

  • Trip 11: April 21-27, team of 15 led by Al Miller (Meadowview)
  • Trip 12: May 12-18, team of 12-14 led by Clint Davis (Eastanallee) -- OPEN SPOTS

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.

We are continuing our CrossNet 3e series – Equip, Engage, Expand with a special conference called “How to Make Disciples Rather Than Casual Christians.”  This general leadership, Sunday School and small group discipleship Conference will be held May 15 at 6:30pm at Westwood Baptist. There will be two sessions to choose from - Part 1 will be a repeat of the January Session and Part 2 is brand new.

The CrossNet Baptist Network “VITA” Program which stands for "Volunteer Income Tax Assistance" has just concluded and has been a great tool to reach our community with the message of hope through Jesus Christ. This year the VITA tax ministry has helped about 200 clients do their taxes.  Every client is presented the Gospel message while they are waiting for their taxes. One mother was concerned about her son and wanted him to have a Bible written on his level and we were able to give them Bibles in a more modern translation. We have encouraged several to get back in church.  We have been thanked over and over for providing this service. A special “Thank You” to Linda Finnell (Westwood), our VITA Coordinator and her dedicated team of volunteers.

Our theme for Ocoee Outreach in 2018 is "Project Serve." More than 1,200 volunteers from 35 Churches in 7 states will be here on mission with Ocoee Outreach this summer. Teams are available to assist CrossNet churches with canvassing, community outreach and more! If you are interested, please contact Randy or Natalie at 476-5493.

In His Grace,

Phil Taylor

From Phil Taylor, Director of Missions

Continuing the Great Commission

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 rbonner@crossnet.com 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.

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