Author: Fanny Grote

VBS Training – February 25th in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – Galactic Stargazers Directors Meeting Director, come and bring someone with you to the VBS Directors Meeting on February 25, 9 am through lunch at the South Central Baptist Association building, located at 751 E. High Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Give me a call or e-mail to register for this early look at the VBS material with great tips for having a successful VBS this year. Fanny Grote *protected email* 800-451-6599, ext...

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Save the Date: ReFRESH Conference – March 20-21

HARRISBURG  – Attention Pastors.  The ReFRESH Northeast Conference is in Lancaster March 20-21.   Save the date for this encouraging retreat. ReFRESH® is a time for you to come apart from the distractions and chaos of life and seek the face of God. It’s not about church growth or the latest worship fads. ReFRESH® Northeast is designed to ReFOCUS, ReENERGIZE, and ReFRESH pastors, key church leaders, and those who have a thirst for a fresh move of God in the Northeastern region of the United States. One of the unique aspects of ReFRESH® Northeast is its intimacy. We seek...

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Another Way Partnering Churches Receive Help from BRN

SUNBURY (PA) – How can an Evangelism Grant help your church reach the community? Sunbury City Church requested a grant earlier this year. Pastor Derek Van Ruler shares his reflections: “Because of the generous gift from the BRN we were able to purchase 2 picnic tables and a fire pit in order to throw over 10 block parties in 2 different areas of our community this summer. During this time, we simply invited men and women from the neighborhoods to a barbecue on either a Friday or Saturday night and saw over 75 people attend these barbecues throughout the summer. On top of that many of our neighbors and friends were able to get to know people from Sunbury City Church, which led into a number of gospel conversations with a few couples desiring to come to church. As a result, a new Missional community of 25 birthed and over 25 others were invited into an existing Missional community, with one woman coming to faith in Christ. Our hope as we look to the fall is to have each Missional community spend at least 10 weeks going through the gospel truths from the entire storyline of the Bible, allowing people to ask questions, and challenging not-yet-Christians to faith in Jesus Christ. God has been good to us because of your gift.  Thank you!” We love to hear your stories of making...

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Calling for School Supplies in Flooded Louisiana

From David Anderson, Children’s Ministry Specialist in Louisiana LOUISIANA – The most prominent disaster right now is the extensive flooding in southern Louisiana.  The flooding covers areas across much of the southern part of the state and has become all consuming. The LA state offices have turned into Command Central to coordinate relief efforts and I know of relief teams coming from 12 different states to help.  It is truly overwhelming as I know several of our state Preschool/Children Ministers that had their homes flooded personally.  Here is why I mention all of this. A couple of you have asked how can you help.  Of...

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Mapping Center

By Fanny Grote, Healthy Churches Team Administrative Assistant I can provide you with a spread sheet naming families with children within five miles of your church. Are you interested? Would you rather blanket the 5,000 homes in your neighborhood with a mailing about your weekly preschool classes or focus on the 200 families who have children under the age of five? Are you interested in knowing the names of people in your neighborhood, and then strategizing to reach those neighbors you know, rather than simply sending out mailers to “Occupant”? One of the resources used by the Healthy Churches Team is the Mapping Center. With the Mapping Center, we can help you know which houses in your community have children or teenagers, or are seniors. Maybe your church’s mission team is thinking about getting involved in a church plant nearby. We can help you with the demographic information such as ethnicities, length of residence, marital status, names and addresses. These are only a few of the benefits of using the Mapping Center. 18 COOL THINGS YOU CAN DO: Reach every home in your mission field Find homes with kids Identify homes of least-reached people groups Map member and visitor homes Build community among neighboring members Turn member homes into mission outposts with Neighborhood Prayer Lists Discover your mission field ‘sweet spot’ and strategic neighborhoods Identify church-plant opportunities Mail as often as you like to any filtered list Build and track outreach...

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