“Lift Up Your Heads” (Handel’s Messiah) performed by The Brussels Choral Society and Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles. Conducted by Eric Delson.

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Give the Gift of a Goat and Garden Help in Rwanda this Christmas! — Lift Them Up — A Ministry Based in the USA is Raising Funds for this Project

Help us make Christmas extra special for our Sponsored Kids in Rwanda!

Join us as we give the gifts of ‘Goats and Gardens’ this year!

Goats are a staple in the Rwandan diet and the rain forest climate is excellent for gardening all year round. This is a practical and highly beneficial gift that blesses your sponsored child’s entire family!

Rwanda’s a very fertile country, yet at home, many of our kids just eat the rice that we send them and sometimes even go without food for days on end. A lot of knowledge was lost during the genocide. Our team on the ground, which includes a Nutritionist and Agriculturalist, want to change that.

A gift of just $20 per child will include a selection of seeds for planting a garden, a goat for fertilizer and meat, and a class for the parents on ‘The Nutritional Needs of Children, Basic Gardening, and Goat Tending Techniques’. All of these will be purchased locally too, for optimal success in the Rwandan climates, which vary dramatically from north to south, and to stimulate the local economies where our children live.

We want to both encourage and equip these families for long-term success at home, because home is the foundation of the success in school and in life.

If you would like to participate in this option, please have your goat and garden purchased by end of business December 11th.

Thank you for your support!  Click on “Goats & Gardens” to make your donation.

Or send your check marked ‘Goats & Gardens’ to:

Lift Them Up Int.
1107 Buffalo Ct.
Midland, TX 79705

 

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Online Mission Trips is now Gospel Adventures! from Lutheran Hour Ministries

What is Gospel Adventures?

Much of the church’s enthusiasm today for evangelism and mission involvement is fueled by opportunities for “hands-on” service and learning with Christians around the world. Parishioners travel across the globe to meet, work with, and witness to people in other countries who need to hear about the eternal life God offers through Jesus Christ.

Children’s opportunities for hands-on service tend to be limited – but Lutheran Hour Ministries is changing that with Gospel Adventures. Through our partnership with Group Publishing, kids can safely experience and enjoy a mission trip online while receiving a valuable education. Lutheran Hour Ministries, in conjunction with Group Publishing, continues to bring mission trips to the comfort of your home, classroom, and Sunday school!

When you or your school registers for Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Gospel Adventures, kids will:

  • Enjoy new music and fun characters that will make the journey exciting and memorable.
  • Be immersed in a new culture to learn fascinating facts of day-to-day life around the world.
  • Witness the importance God’s work and spreading the Gospel.
  • Learn how their involvement through prayer and designated chapel offerings can help spread the Gospel to kids just like them on the other side of the globe.

Where are we going?

This year’s Gospel Adventures will explore the rich culture of Peru! With remarkable landscapes from the Amazon River, Machu Picchu, and more, Gospel Adventures: Passport to Peru is sure to be a journey to remember! Kids will be introduced to children just like them living in Peru who carry their faith with them through day-to-day life. Teach your children about the foods, animals, people and places of Peru with Gospel Adventures.

How Gospel Adventures Works

  • Once the Gospel Adventures website is live, you should register your class, school, church, or home.
  • Sign up now to be the first to know when registration is open by clicking on the “Sign Up” button on this page.
  • Upon registration, you will receive a link to our interactive webpage, and a FREE teacher curriculum PDF download.
  • Prior to National Lutheran Schools Week, January 27 – Feb 2, 2019, you will receive an email containing the link to the interactive webpage and the link to the teacher curriculum. The videos on our interactive page are pre-recorded so that you can choose the best time during the week to show them in conjunction with your curriculum.
  • Teachers will have access to curriculum to enhance the lessons learned through our Gospel Adventures videos. Kids will have the opportunity to answer questions and enjoy activities related to the daily video.
  • Schools can give chapel offering donations to support the mission work of Gospel Adventures.
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“Abide with Me” — Matt Maher

Are you struggling with sin? Wrestling with an addiction? Uncertain of God’s love? Take a few moments to watch the following music video, “Abide with Me” by Matt Maher and be assured that God abides with you!

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Ways of Praying for Our Communities in our Communal Worship Services

Chris Schoon shares some very helpful ways in which we can pray for the people who live in our communities in our worship services.  He writes,

Mission unfolds in our homes and backyard gardens. Mission extends across generations and welcomes new people into our families. Mission seeks the well-being and shalom of the whole city. And this day-in, day-out mission of being God’s people includes praying for the city in which we live.

Though not prone to proof-texting, the missional church conversations in which I often find myself do have a few favorite passages that are often employed with a mic-drop emphasis. Jeremiah 29:4-7 is one of those go-to texts:

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

In other words, we are a people in exile—and God intends to cultivate the coming kingdom right where we are. This move-into-the-neighborhood emphasis makes sense to me. Mission unfolds in our homes and backyard gardens. Mission extends across generations and welcomes new people into our families. Mission seeks the well-being and shalom of the whole city. And this day-in, day-out mission of being God’s people includes praying for the city in which we live.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means for us to pray for the city, especially in our communal worship services. I certainly don’t think we’ve figured it out yet. But here are four of the ways that we’ve experimented with praying for our city during our communal worship gatherings.

To learn of the four ways that Chris suggests we pray for our city in our worship services, click on: Praying for our community.

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Two Approaches to Church Revitalization — Scott Gress

A pretty common challenge among churches has to do with the number of people in the pews on Sunday morning. In the words of a sainted mentor of mine from years ago, “there is more wood than people” meaning there is a lot more of the pew that is visible than there are people who sit in those pews. Ouch. The statistics bear that out with less people coming less often than in previous years and generations. The numbers of people leaving and the number of churches struggling or closing are sobering.

So what is the answer? How can we turn things around and “revitalize” the church? Many church members, leaders and pastors love their church with all of its quirks. But when they finally admit that the church membership is getting older, with less in attendance and less offerings to go around, they know they have to do something. But what? What can be done to turn this thing around? There are usually two approaches.

To read the rest of Scott’s article, visit: Two Approaches to Church Revitalization.

Scott Gress is called by Lutheran Counseling Services and partners with the FL-GA District of the Lutheran Church as an independent contractor. He specializes in Leadership Training, Consulting, Coaching and Coach Training. Contact Scott to continue the conversation or experience a free sample coaching session. 561-542-4472, scottgress@me.com or scottgress.com. 

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Vancouver Island Has Highest Assisted Death Rate in Canada

The Interim: Canada’s Life and Family Newspaper (November 2018, p 6) reports,

An official Island Health report shows that Vancouver Island has a rate of assisted suicide and euthanasia five times higher than the national average.

David Robertson, Island Health’s executive medical director for medical assistance in dying, co-authored the report with Rosanne Beuthin, and they found that in the first two years of legal euthanasia, 3.6 per cent of all deaths on the island were the result of assisted suicide or euthanasia. Nationally, the average is less than one per cent. Robertson told the Victoria Times-Colonist that in the last six months, the rate is now four per cent.

A total of 504 individuals were killed by euthanasia or assisted suicide in the two years following the June 17, 2016 legalization of ‘medical assistance in dying (MAID).

The report noted that it took 15 years for the euthanasia rate to hit 3.9 per cent after the Netherlands legalized the practice.

To read the rest of the article, get a copy of The Interim (November 2018).

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Christmas Bulletin Inserts from Lutherans For Life

Fear not! The message of Christmas changes hearts and lives. After all, we serve a God who works best in weakness—even in poverty—you know, like showing up in a manger! To learn more about Lutherans For Life please visit: www.lutheransforlife.org.

Order today as quantities are limited.  Click here for another Christmas bulletin insert.  And, here.

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Leading Healthy Change — Scott Gress

If you don’t want things to change then all you need is management. If you want things to change though, you need leadership. Yet do you want the kind of leadership where things blow up? Certainly not. We want healthy change. For that, what is required is wise leadership that understands the change process and can lead it well.

Wise leaders who bring about healthy change understand what is needed, when it is needed and in what amount it is needed. They are good communicators and good leading a process through which people wrestle, participate and ultimately buy into the change process. That means that leaders also understand what people are going through and can “shepherd” them through what they are experiencing.

So what exactly do people “go through?”

Continue reading here.

 

NOTE: Rev. Scott Gress is called by Lutheran Counseling Services and partners with the FL-GA District of the Lutheran Church as an independent contractor. He specializes in Leadership Training, Consulting, Coaching and Coach Training. Contact Scott to continue the conversation or experience a free sample coaching session. 561-542-4472, scottgress@me.com or scottgress.com.

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The Global Leadership Summit — October 18-19, 2018

The Global Leadership Summit organizers write,

Join us in Ottawa, Burlington, Calgary, and an additional 15 cities across Canada at The Global Leadership Summit this October. Bring a team and save with discounted Group 10+ tickets. Student Scholarship and Small Non-Profit Scholarship tickets are also available starting at only $49. Hear from inspirational leaders like Craig Groeschel, Danielle Strickland, Simon Sinek and Apple’s Angela Ahrendts while meeting other leaders in your community.

For more information about The Global Leadership Summit, especially to find a location near you where you can attend, visit: Summit.

To hear a sampling of what you might hear at The Global Leadership Summit, watch the following video:

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