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July 11th, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

The Fall 2018 League of A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League will begin on Monday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Verdes Tropicana Bowl Lanes.

This league is open to anyone. It is a church league. You do not have to have a particular skill set to join. It is a fun league and it is not sanctioned. The cost is $16 per week. You can rent shoes at the bowling alley. Bowling balls are provided (free) as well.

Think about joining (or re-joining) for this fall. Just show up on Monday, August 20, at 6:15 p.m. so we can get the teams assigned.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Paul and Sarah Morrison. They are church re-planters in the Cleveland, Ohio area. You can reach them at at Grantwood Community Church, 2707 Grantwood Drive, Parma, Ohio 44134. You can also reach them at paul@grantwoodcc.com.

They are asking that we pray that the gospel will shine brightly through their church to the community, and that more workers will be sent into the harvest. Also, pray that they would be sensitive to the Spirit's leading there in the Grantwood community.

Cleveland, Ohio has a population of 1,579,268; and 47.5% of the population are unaffiliated with any religious body. 8.5% are affiliated with an evangelical church. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 25,068 Cleveland residents.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Baby Shower on Saturday, July 28 for Julie Pantea

There will be a baby shower for Julie Pantea on Saturday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. She is registered at Bye Bye Baby and Target stores. Baby Ezra is due in the middle of September. For more information, please contact Sandy Townsend or Jennifer Chipley.

Report on Townsend Family Trip to Colorado

We recently returned from Denver, Colorado, where Hayden was seen by the team of doctors treating his EoE. A detailed report can be viewed at www.caringbridge.org. You will have to type in Hayden Chipley's name and create an account (no cost involved).

The EoE is still very active in Hayden's body even though he had been on an elemental diet (just his Neocate formula, dum dum lollipops, cotton candy, and rock candy). The thought is that something more than food is driving the disease.

Therefore, foods are being allowed back in his diet one at a time. We have started with white potatoes - with French Fries being the preparation of choice. It was quite a sight to observe Hayden happily consuming his first french fries with gusto!

The big question remains: what is driving the EoE? Therefore, more doctors visits and more testing. Pray for Hayden's body to be receptive to the new foods that will be introduced over the next several weeks and months. Also pray for future testing to reveal the driving issuse(s) creating the EoE.

LORD'S SUPPER Tonight, July 11 @ 6:30 p.m.

We will celebrate the LORD'S SUPPER on Wednesday, July 11, during the Wednesday evening service. It was originally scheduled for June 27, but due to Pastor Townsend's vacation, it has been moved. The Lord's Supper is a time of remembrance, for believers, of Jesus' vicarious death on the cross for our benefit. It is a time of celebration for believers because Jesus paid our sin debt at the cross. Let's honor Jesus Christ through our obedience to do what He asks of us!

Innovative World Cup Outreach Scores Big Despite Russian Authorities' Detainment of Church Members

by Andy Butcher

July 9, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.churchleaders.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

Hundreds of churches in Russia are preparing to end an innovative World Cup 2018 outreach on a high note this week, despite opposition from authorities.

As the world’s most popular sports competition ends July 15, Mission Eurasia anticipates record visitor turnout for live screenings of the final soccer games, whichlocal churches are hostingin nearly 400 locations. The initiative is a creative way of evangelizing in the midst of Russia’s restrictions—seen as part of acrackdown on religious freedomin the country.

Around 10,000 people have so far attended the events being organized byMission Eurasiain partnership with local congregations, and nearly 500,000 people have been impacted by the whole outreach. The Chicago-area ministry has helped train and equip young Christian leaders in the former Soviet Union for almost 30 years.

While the full impact of the outreach is yet to be seen, one result is already clear, said Pavel Tokarchuk, Mission Eurasia’s Russia director. “Many Christians have found a new courage and boldness for sharing their faith,” he said. “We are praying they will continue to be encouraged to spread the good news.”

That heightened faith will be evidenced through Sunday’s (July 15) soccer final, as some outreach participants continue to publicly distribute Scriptures and other Christian literature. In doing so, they are asserting their belief that the Russian Constitution protects their right to share their faith, regardless of the2016 legislationthat limits evangelistic activity of officially recognized churches, said Tokarchuk.

Three teams taking part in the month-long outreach were detained by authorities in Moscow, Kaliningrad and Ekaterinburg for talking with people and passing out literature in public places. Though they were released without charges, their literature was confiscated, and it is not yet clear whether there will be any further repercussions, Tokarchuk said.

Approximately half a million pieces of literature, including a special-edition Gospel of John, have been distributed since the World Cup outreach began last month. An estimated 400 churches in 50 cities across the country have taken part in the effort, hosting soccer competitions for children and teens, as well as World Cup viewing events.

National pride at hosting the world-class sports event and their national team’s progress in the tournament has created an optimistic mood in which Russians are more open than usual to talking about spiritual issues, said Tokarchuk. “People are excited, and that has provided a real opportunity for sharing the gospel.”

Among those who have been impacted by the evangelistic outreach is Arsen, a shoe-seller in Omsk, Russia. Talking with Mission Eurasia volunteers, he complained about the Russian soccer team’s last performance and spoke of the need for a good coach.

“We then told him about a team that could change the entire course of humanity, because they have the best coach: Jesus,” said the local coordinator of Mission Eurasia’s School Without Walls (SWW) leadership training ministry. When he was given a copy of John’s Gospel, Arsen “asked several questions about what he was reading in God’s Word, because he wanted to make sure he understood everything correctly,” the SWW leader said.

Believing the outreach will reach up to three million people, Mission Eurasia leaders are planning extensive follow-up programs. They are expecting to form around 1,800 home Bible study groups and run sports and day camps for up to 15,000 children.

Central to the outreach has been the distribution of Russian-language Scriptures, including a special-edition New Testament with a QR code link to additional discipleship resources and directions to a local church.

More information is available at Mission Eurasia’swebsiteandWorld Cup Outreach page.

Andy Butcher is an award-winning, third-generation journalist with more than three decades’ experience writing for newspapers, magazines, and nonprofits, including ten years’ communications service with an international missions agency. Living in three countries and traveling to more than 40 others has enabled him to bring fresh eyes to the familiar, finding ways to communicate stories that capture people’s attention.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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June 20th, 2018

BABY DIAZ Is HERE!

Pastor Tyler and Hadassa Diaz welcomed Noble Lily Diaz into this world on Thursday, June 14, at 11:04 a.m. The initial report had both Hadassa and Baby Noble doing well. However, the doctor wants Hadassa to take things easy for a couple of weeks. If you would like to minister to the Diaz family with providing meals you may contact the Church Office (793-5670) for more details.

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

The Fall 2018 League of A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League will begin on Monday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Verdes Tropicana Bowl Lanes.

This league is open to anyone. It is a church league. You do not have to have a particular skill set to join. It is a fun league and it is not sanctioned. The cost is $16 per week. You can rent shoes at the bowling alley. Bowling balls are provided (free) as well.

Think about joining (or re-joining) for this fall. Just show up on Monday, August 20, at 6:15 p.m. so we can get the teams assigned.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This is a new feature that will appear in each edition of LOGOS going forward. A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

This week's missionaries are Heiden and Neena Ratner. They are church planters in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can reach them at heiden@walkchurch.com. You can also reach them at WALK CHURCH, 2654 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite B5 188, Henderon, NV 89052.

They are asking us to pray that God would continue to use WALK CHURCH to free people in the city of Las Vegas to walk in Jesus. Pray that God would continue to build and expand their awesome team.

Las Vegas has a population of 2,114,801. 64.2% of the population are unaffiliated with any religious body. 7.7% are affiliated with an evangelical church. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 20,141 Las Vegas residents.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

JUNE IS MINISTER of MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH

Our Deacons are pleased to announce that our church is celebrating MINISTER OF MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH during the month of June. We will be collecting a love offering for Pastor Michael Pait during the month of June. Please designate on your check and/or envelope that it is for Pastor Michael's love offering. In addition, you are encouraged to send a card or note letting him know of your appreciation. You can send those to Pastor Michael Pait, First Baptist Church of Wellington, 12700 Forest Hill Boulevard, Wellington, FL 33414. You can also drop them by the Church Office (793-5670) during the week.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL REPORT

Vacation Bible School for 2018 is completed. THANK YOU for your diligence in praying. We had 64 “athletes” enrolled along with 33 “coaches” and “athletic directors.” We had an average attendance of 55 athletes each day and 32 coaches and athletic directors. We only had 40 enrolled as of a week before the start of VBS (June 11). The high attendance for the week was on Wednesday with 57 athletes and 33 coaches and athletic directors.

Four students want to follow up their faith (had already accepted Christ) with baptism. There are also five students who have indicated they want to accept Christ. We will be following up with these students and their families.

Additionally, $405.36 was collected from the daily offerings. These funds will be sent to the Florida Baptist Children's Home in Lakeland, Florida.

LORD'S SUPPER Moved to July 11 from June 27

We will celebrate the LORD'S SUPPER on Wednesday, July 11, during the Wednesday evening service. It was originally scheduled for June 27, but due to Pastor Townsend's vacation, it has been moved. The Lord's Supper is a time of remembrance, for believers, of Jesus' vicarious death on the cross for our benefit. It is a time of celebration for believers because Jesus paid our sin debt at the cross. Let's honor Jesus Christ through our obedience to do what He asks of us!

7 Powerful Habits of an Outward-Focused Church

by Dr. Thom Rainer

This article is reprinted from the website, www.churchleaders.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

It was not a dramatic moment in time. Instead, it was subtle, almost too subtle to be noticed.

It became evident first in mainline churches. Butevangelical churchesfollowed a few years later. The erosion was slow, but it became glaringly apparent after several years.

The change of which I speak is the movement away from outwardly focused ministries in churches.

Over time, most of the resources of time, money and ministries have shifted more toward the members. Churches are now gathering in holy huddles with little intention of breaking out into a world of lostness and loneliness.

How it happened.

How did this negative trend develop?

Though many perspectives could be offered, allow me simply to share the practical perspective. There was a time when most churches had an outreach ministry. And more times than not, this ministry was a type of program with predictable patterns.

But church leaders, vocational and lay alike, became program averse. So they slowly began eliminatingoutreach programsin their churches.

I understand why this development took place. The programs seemed ineffective, not culturally relevant and often cumbersome to lead and implement.

The problem, however, is that nothing replaced the programs. And the mild culture of outreach in churches was replaced with no culture of outreach.

At the same time, more churches started sending members on international mission trips. This development was good. But it gave many in the church a sense of false comfort that the church was really outwardly focused. The problem was that many times the local community became a neglected mission field.

Possible beginning points for an outwardly focused church.

So I began asking leaders in outwardly focused churches about their practical steps. I made certain the leaders were in different sized congregations lest I offer suggestions limited to one group of churches. The leaders were in churches with worship attendance ranging from 50 to 2,500.

The answers I received were immensely practical, very helpful and highly doable.

Though this list is by no means exhaustive, here are seven of the more common habits.

1. The church takes time during each worship service to pray for the community.

Prayer is powerful; and the church members become more focused about their communities.

2. A volunteer or staff person is accountable for the outreach ministry of the church.

If no one has leadership responsibility, it does not get done.

3. A regular report is provided to church members about outreach and ministry efforts in the community.

What gets reported gets done. Have you noticed most churches provide financial reports to the church members? That says the money is important.

We need at least equal emphasis on theimportance of outreach ministries.

4. Churches have regular “mystery” guests come to the worship services.

One church leader told me that his church asks someone in the community to be amystery guestevery quarter. Those guests are alwaysfirst-time guests, and they share their experiences with leaders later that day or week.

The church members thus get to see the worship services through the eyes of a community member.

5. The church gives obsessive attention to their websites.

A church website is the new front door for churches. It’s almost always the first place prospective guests go.

These websites should be designed in a very guest-friendly way.

6. The churches are intentional about scheduling ministries, events and activities for reaching the community.

One pastor told me that his church always focuses on one key community outreach ministry per month.

The church’s attendance is less than 80, but it was under 40 two years ago.

7. Churches are intentional about connecting with their communities through social media.

It is mindboggling that we have the most pervasive form of communication in history, but very few churches use it strategically.

I know a pastor in a rural community who worked with a Millennial and asked her to lead thesocial media outreach. It has been a great success because someone is responsible for it.

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources (LifeWay.com). Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam, Art, and Jess; and six grandchildren. He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched, The Unexpected Journey, and Breakout Churches.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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