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Helping the Hungry

World Hunger set up
I want to share something the Huntersville ARP church did recently. We have allowed the Baptist church across the street to use our parking lot for their annual World Hunger sale. This is a huge yard sale held every year, with donations coming in from anyone interested, and then sold one Saturday morning in various departments manned by members of the Baptist church. They routinely bring in $5,000 or even as much as $8,000 between the yard sale and a silent auction. These proceeds go to local food pantries and a charity the Baptist church partners with in Haiti.

Last year one of our women decided we should do more than just allow parking. After some discussion, it was decided that HARP would host one of the departments on our front lawn. It was very convenient, a place to wander through on the way to or from the rest of the sale. Six weeks before the sale, volunteers from our church began showing up during the two drop off times every Friday and Saturday. We sorted, wrapped, and packed Home Decor items. The clearly labelled boxes were then stored in storage bins until the big weekend. World Hunger table prep

Several volunteers came out on Friday to help set up the tables, unpack boxes, organize and coordinate all the items, and then cover it all in plastic.

We had more flowers and baskets than you could imagine. Lots of lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps, bedside lamps, with lamp shades of every size, shape and color. We had lots of pictures and artwork, some of it worth a nice penny. We had knickknacks, and candles, and lots of miscellany. After several hours of setup and covering, we headed home.

World Hunger prep - cover pan

The next morning came early, and it was dark and chilly. More volunteers met to start uncovering and get a feel for what was where. And for a bunch of people who apparently don’t go to yard sales, we were praying as we haggled prices. And we reminded everyone it was all for a good cause. A few rotations of volunteers and several hours later, most of it was gone.

See all those lamps!   And more lamps, and artwork.

What was left got packed up in boxes again and then put on a tractor trailer headed to a town in West Virginia. What great fun pooling our resources with an existing event and church. We are already making plans for next year!

2013 WH sale breakdown 2013 WH sale7

World Focus 2014 – Get Ready

In June 2014 you have a great opportunity to get to know more about what our denomination is doing here in the US and abroad. World Focus 2014, June 12-13, 2014, will be held right at the end of Synod.

Over 90% of all World Witness missionaries will be present to interact with you and share what God is doing around the world. All other ARP agencies will be represented as well. You will be able to learn about all Christian Education Ministries’ events, seminars, and resources, as well as interact with the staff and trainers.

Dr. Mark Ross will be the speaker, all of the ARP agencies, as well as the Women’s Ministries will be represented, there will be special music. It proves to be an exciting event, a time to Renew, Refresh, and Re-Energize. We hope to see you there!

What some local churches are doing

At Maupin Ave. in Salisbury, the ladies:

  • are active with the “Rowan Helping Ministries” which helps needy families in the community.  The Maupin Ave. ladies keep a box out for donated items to be taken to this group.
  • “Pennies for Rowan Helping Ministries” – The youth have placed banks in the church to collect change to be given to this group.
  • The Youth Services group of ladies
    • Take children out for activities after the children’s sermon
    • Provide a light meal after youth meetings twice monthly on Sunday afternoons

At Lakeside Fellowship in Mooresville, the ladies:

  • Sponsor a Pastor Appreciation Meal on the last Wednesday in October.  The ladies also give a donation to their pastor at this event.
  • Fix breakfast for the men before one of their meetings
  • Supply funds for their youth who are teaching Bible School with the Appalachia Mission project
  • Have 2 Bible study groups which meet once a month (Monday night & Tuesday daytime)
  • Had a Saturday meeting where they gathered baby quilts for the Crisis Pregnancy Center, collected food for the local soup kitchen, and collected clothes for the Christian Mission

At Reformation in Hendersonville, the ladies:

  •  Have one circle which meets once a month (Sept. – May).  This year they studied True Woman by Susan Hunt.  They have a kick-off luncheon in August to start their new year.
  • Have a soup-in-a-bowl and game night
  • Host an Easter breakfast
  • Hold a June picnic
  • Have a cookout at Bonclarken in August
  • Have a Thanksgiving breakfast the Saturday after Thanksgiving
  • Hold a Christmas dinner in December
  • Have a graduation luncheon in May for their graduates
  • Support 2 missionaries and a girls’ school in Pakistan
  • Participate in the Christmas shoe box project with Samaritan’s Purse
  • Collect cans of soup for local food bank around the Super Bowl
  • Have a Breakfast Brunch that meets for prayer once a moth
  • Plan a one day retreat with a speaker once a year
  • Collect food for a local ministry called The Store House

At Gastonia First, the ladies:

  • Serve as greeters in the Narthex on Sundays before the Worship Service
  • Send some remembrance (such as gift certificates) to college students twice a year
  • Provide supper on the 5th Mondays to W. Gastonia Boys & Girls Club
  • Decorate the church at Christmas
  • Change the paraments during the different seasons of the liturgical year
  • Provide bereavement meals
  • Offer a monthly book club
  • Started a new ministry: “Women Encouraging Women – Becoming Titus 2 Treasures” and have trained women to participate
  • Have had 4 “ladies night out” events which included a speaker, meal, and sometimes entertainment.  The focus of these events is building relationships.
  • Their Care Ministry hosts a new member social.
  • Provided two scholarships for Camp Joy
  • Opened a Curriculum Room for church use.  Books and teaching materials for the room were donated by church members.
  • Gave out bookmarks with their theme verse during Lent
  • Celebrated National Day of Prayer with three options:  prayer and fasting; meet at Gaston County Courthouse at noon to pray corporately with the community; and participate in a prayer service at church that night.
  • Their summer activities include:
    • Lemonade Sundays on the first Sunday in June, July, and August where the ladies provide glasses of lemonade to the congregation after worship, encouraging them to stay and fellowship together.
    • Bluegrass and Barbeque picnic
    • Study of “Summer Psalms” on Wednesday evenings
    • A Bible study in July during the day.

At Coddle Creek in Mooresville, the ladies:

  • Have four circles which meet monthly for Bible study and business. They all meet together quarterly, and in December have a Christmas fellowship time together.
  • Moms & Toddlers: a weekly playgroup for mothers and their young children who get together at the church for fellowship for moms and fun for children.
  • Remember the sick and shut-in (OSPs – Our Special People) at holidays and their birthdays with cards or small gifts and visits.
  • Provide bereavement meals to families
  • Put flowers in the church on Sundays
  • Take meals to new mothers
  • Give Bridal showers and Baby showers to first time mothers
  • Send care packages to college students and those in the military
  • Support the Bible teachers in the local high schools
  • Go Christmas caroling to members’ homes and nursing homes  bringing fruit baskets to leave
  • Host an annual Senior Citizens’ Banquet with entertainment as well as a meal
  • Have a Jubilee birthday celebration
  • Support the local Community Pregnancy Center
  • Have a women’s retreat the year that Presbyterial doesn’t
  • Bake cakes for the annual barbeque
  • Have an annual Prayer luncheon with a speaker, each lady bringing a salad to share
  • Hostess a covered dish supper on Wednesday before the Thanksgiving Worship service
  • One of the ladies has started a book donation program where church members donate used books.  Other members can then purchase any book for $0.50; the proceeds are donated to the Community Pregnancy Center and MABTA (Mooresville Area Bible Teaching Association).

At Burlington First, the ladies:

  • Have a morning and an evening Bible study
  • Have a bereavement team which prepares and serves a meal before or after the funerals of deceased church members for their families
  • Work with children’s church, nursery, VBS, and Kid’s Club
  • Have a card ministry
  • Make baby quilts for the local Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Head up a Red Cross blood drive
  • Have monthly visits to a local retirement home
  • Their president sends Valentine cards to all of the ladies in the church
  • Two ladies invite once a month several single ladies or a retired couple to join them for dinner at a local restaurant. Each pays their own way and those invited a different each month
  • One lady makes “sick bags” for people in the hospital, supported by the funds from their WM. Items are tied up in pretty, decorative bags and include CDs, devotions, books, lotion, candles, boxes of cards, reading lights, prayers, lady and men things, lip gloss, mints, chocolate. You have to sign and date to whom the bag is going and for what situation. The bags are at church for anyone to take to the hospital and the bags are marked man/woman/child/age-appropriate.

At Christ Community Church in Greensboro, the ladies:

  • Their aim is to be supportive and submissive to their session and in that to conduct activities that promote the Biblical vision of the Session
  • Their goal is to teach their ladies the Titus 2 Mandate by encouraging participation in the Means of Grace and also sharing practical opportunities to live out God’s sanctification in their daily lives
  • The desire to blend the age groups together throughout their calendar year rather than always meeting separately with the hope of gleaning wisdom and support across the age groups
  • has a Ladies Brunch in order to provide fellowship and give an opportunity for the ladies to meet the WM leaders and volunteers, to share the goals and activities planned for the year and also recruit more volunteers (winter brunch)
  • had a Mother/Daughter Tea in May and invited anyone who was a Daughter and anyone who was a Mother in order to highlight the Titus 2 Mandate and how we are to teach and learn our Biblical heritage from Generation to Generation. Little girls were also included and were encouraged to bring a favorite doll to accompany them (spring tea)
  • the GEMS of the church – their saged ladies- have met separately for field trips and also were hosted at a member’s home for a special tea
  • the young moms and children get together for a playdate at a city park for fellowship in July
  • Other plans include having 6-10 ladies a time over several evenints gather in homes or at the church kitchen to fellowship and swap meals to be frozen for the busy holidays
  • Hope to implement Christian issues and classic novels book clubs
  • Bible studies for women led by pastors or interns
  • Walk and talk hours: group of mixed or similar ages gather to go for exercise walks one evening a week
  • hold shows for rooms such as the nursery and children’s Sunday School rooms in need of quality Scriptural books and toys; or kitchen or library that need restocking. Asking for double gifts, donating the second gift to a charity or missionary

At Covenant in Statesville, the ladies:

  • feature a local speak each month at circle to give a program about their work in the community. Each speaker is allotted around 15 minutes and most have brought handouts. The speakers have included Shelia Osborne (World Witness short term missions), Director of the Upper Room (a local teen coffee house supported by area churches), a representative of Iredell Christian Ministries, a representative with the local Bible in Schools Program, Director of the local Pregnancy Resource Center, and a representative of the Police Dept’s Gang Initiative
  • have an annual retreat to Bonclarken
  • provide support for various church programs such as a mini-missions conference, a reception following the fifth Sunday night sing where county-wide ARP churches participate
  • send greeting cards to recovering service personnel at Walter Reed Hospital
  • collect items for the Bonclarken Gift Shop
  • collect items monthly for the Christmas Shoebox program
  • sponsored a prayer vigil at the church on the National Day of Prayer

Thank you to the ladies at these churches for supplying the information.  Please let us know what is going on at your church.

Grace Church in Leith, Scotland

Grace Church in Leith, Scotland, will have its first public worship service this coming Sunday, September 4, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. British Time. When those of us on the east coast go to worship at 11:00 a.m., Grace Church will be going to worship at the exact same hour given the time difference.

Please ask the churches in First Presbytery to give some time in their worship service to pray for Athole Rennie and Grace Church – that God would be honored in their worship service, that Christ would be made known, and that the Holy Spirit would be active in the lives of all who are there – especially in the lives of a number of non-believers who have committed to come.

ONA Prayer Requests

First Presbytery

African ARP Mission, Charlotte, NC

Rev. Zachary and Ruth Kariuki

Asheville, NC

Church Planting Residency exploring a potential church plant
Duff and Kristi James

Brookside Presbyterian Church, ARP, Boone, NC

Rev. Larry and Joyce Young
For good summer attendance.
For many visitors.
For 11 in ’11  (that is 11 new members in 2011).
Brookside is also praying for 11 in ’11 for Centerpoint in Winston-Salem and Bethesda in Johnson City, TN.

Centerpoint ARP Church, Lewisville, NC

Rev. Bob and Joyce Wilson
Give thanks
We are continually blessed by our Lord with a great love for Him, and for one another! Exciting!
For Bob’s brother (Glen) who had cancer.
Ask that our Lord add new people and families to Centerpoint.

Christ Coastal Church, Southport, NC

Rev. Walt and Val Shepard
We had the sad experience of seeing yet another couple leave the church plant core group—too much work, they said, and they want “a real church building to come to–not a living room!” We are not near the renting a facility stage, and yet we are asking the Lord for a musician and a facility that would work with us as we grow and are able to pay more rent.
The musician I had set my heart on is being considered by a local church in the area. It would be great to have him available to help us, if the other church would bring him down here. We shall see.
We have redoubled our efforts at reaching our neighborhood. How can I talk about a church plant without seriously making every effort at reaching my neighborhood?
Pray with us as we are asking the Lord to help me with my strength after a shift at work with my security job. The heat is getting to me these days.
While one couple left, the Lord has given us a brand new couple with missionary/servant hearts. The Lord has also arranged for us to meet another couple with some vision who long to join us when the husband retires next year. They are offering us some expertise to develop a website.

Christ Church ARP, Denver, NC

Rev. Morrie and Lori Lawing

Christ Church ARP, Southern Pines, NC

and Freedom Bridge Mission, Wagram, NC

For the faithful members of the church who are committed to go forward.
For the mission as church extension looks for a new mission developer.
For Freedom Bridge, pray for the team of men who are carrying on the ministry in the prison church following the death of Don Jordan.

DaySpring Presbyterian, Mocksville, NC

Rev. David and Sandra Olah, Supply
Pray for the mission as it is in transition.

Faith Chapel ARP, Pleasant Garden, NC

Rev. Terry and Mary Crahen

Good Shepherd Community Church, Indian Trail, NC

Pray for the Rev. Richard Shaw as he moderates the provisional session and also preaches for the congregation during the interim.
Pray for Presbytery’s Church Extension Committee as it interviews candidates for the position of mission developer.

Grace Church Leith, Leith, Scotland

Rev. Athole Rennie
American contact Dr. John Carson
Follow this link to watch a short video about Leith
For preparations leading up to our launch of public worship services in September.
That our group would continue to grow in every sense as we prepare to launch.

Grace Community Church, Black Creek, NC

Rev. Randy and Sally Jenkins
God has provided abundantly during our building construction. We have been blessed with workers both within the church and from the community. Most, if not all, have either volunteered their time or worked for a fraction of the normal pay rate.
Praise God for pulpit furniture and a piano that have been donated by a sister church.
Two new couples and another gentleman have been worshipping with us for a couple of months now. And our list is growing of individuals who want to be notified of our first service in our new building.
Please pray for outreach efforts in the Black Creek community. And pray for the Holy Spirit’s working and leading.
Also, please pray for our follow-up with visitors, that it will be fruitful; and that many would come to know the Savior.
Pray for God’s timing on the final touches to the building and the date of our first worship service. Also, for guidance in setting the date for our building dedication service.
May people see the love of Christ in us, and may He receive all the glory.

Grace Hill Church, Hillsborough, NC

Rev. Ross Durham

Hope Chapel ARP Church, Greensboro, NC

Rev. Todd Jones,

Johnson City, TN – exploratory work

Bethesda Presbyterian Church, ARP

Northside Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC

Rev. Paul and Jo Traub

Pinecrest Hispanic Mission, Hendersonville, NC

Rodam Korean ARP Church, Pineville, NC

Rev. Eun Joo and Kim Young Yup Kim

Tapestry ARP Church, Charlotte, NC

Rev. Jarvis Ross

Triangle Onnuri Korean ARP Church, Raleigh, NC

Rev. Abraham and Sungmi Ji

Synod Moderator’s Challenge

At the 2011 Women’s Ministries meeting in Bonclarken on July 25, Rev. Andy Putnam, the current ARP Synod Moderator, spoke and referenced his challenge from the annual Synod meeting in June. Alan Avera with ONA also recommended we listen to it. Here is the link so you can take a few minutes to listen to this call to action!

Learn more about Missions

World Witness has a new Short-Term Missions Coordinator, and she’s also the WW Liaison to Women’s Ministries! Shelia Osborne is available to visit your Women’s Ministries meeting, retreat, or event to give an update on all the missionaries and provide a packet of materials to help promote missions in your church.

Her presentation gives an overview of all the missionaries around the world and the four countries that short-term missionary trips can reach. The short-term missions website includes details of some of the trips made to these countries recently. It’s exciting to see what other groups have done.

The packet includes prayer cards for the current missionaries, addresses and birthdays of all the missionaries, suggestions for how to help missionaries and pray for them, and information about the Jubilee Birthday Ladies.

Shelia also encouraged us to Register on the World Witness website to access the missionary letters with updates and prayer requests. This information needs to be protected, so an ID/password is required to view it. This information is a great resource when encouraging people in your church to pray for and reach out to the missionaries.

Jubilee Birthday Lady change coming

Upon the retirement of Judi Hodges as a World Witness Missionary, Nanette Howard will be named an ARP Women’s Ministries’ Jubilee Birthday Lady.

It is expected that Judi Hodges will remain our Jubilee Birthday Lady until the end of 2010.

Freedom Bridge Mission need for materials

Updated 4/27/2011

The Rev. Don Jordan, 73, pastor of the Christ Church, ARP, in Southern Pines, NC, and the Freedom Bridge Mission Church in Wagram, NC, passed away this morning (April 27) at CMC in Charlotte following a massive stroke.

A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, April 30, at the Village Chapel Church in Pinehurst, NC.  The time of the service has not been established, but I will let you know as soon as the plans are complete.

Here’s some information about a special opportunity to reach out to one of our Mission Churches

Don Jordan at the Freedom Bridge Mission reports:

we have a seminary extension program in which we have had over 300 inmates participate, so we need all the help we can get. Dictionaries, concordances, Bible encyclopedias, commentaries, Bible study helps, Study Bibles and the like especially, Greek and Hebrew helps as well.

In addition to the advanced materials he lists, he indicates “we can use it all, send everything and we will put it to good use” so my Sunday School class is collecting the Adult Quarterly when we finish each quarter and we are sending those plus any other materials we come across. Find whatever you can send and send it on over! This is recycling at its best.

Freedom Bridge Mission
Wagram, North Carolina
Don and Becky Jordan
P.O. Box 4444, Pinehurst, NC 28374-4444
910.277.8088 (H); 910.844.3078×1507 (O)
Meets Sun., 1:30 pm,
at Scotland Correctional Institution