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LifePoint Lodge Re-Cap

This past Sunday afternoon (9/12) was our very first LifePoint Lodge meeting. We had 38 boys show up ready to have fun. They learned how to cook pancakes, how to wash their hands, and how to open doors for others. We also had a great time arm-wrestling each other and engaged in a tug-of-war on the grass. Most importantly, boys learned what it means to be a man after God’s own heart! Currently, we are in an adventure series called “The Wisdom of A King” as we continue to learn about Bible heroes such as King David and others. We have exciting activities planned for the next 12 weeks, including some special visitors such Rural Metro Fire Department. Over the next few months, Lodge boys will learn about basic hand tools, changing bike tires, preparing a basic meal, and other hands-on activities. Each meeting, the boys will participate in Bible devotions with the emphasis on the practical application of God’s Word to their lives. The heart of LifePoint Lodge is to grow and strengthen the faith of the boys in our church. Our desire is to see these boys rooted firmly like trees planted by deep waters; living out their faith in all areas of their lives. Last but not least, thank you to the men who volunteer their time and service at LifePoint Lodge. We are excited to see the great things the Lord will do in our lives.   Luke Jones Elder...

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Worship Night

This Sunday night is our monthly worship night. If you haven’t been to a worship night before, I encourage you to make this your first one. Worship isn’t just singing songs to the Lord. It’s not just an enjoyable time to enjoy music. Although both of those things happen, worship at its core is God’s people putting Him in His proper place in their lives. The place we truly belong is bowing before God’s throne, freely worshiping Him with our entire being. And so, I challenge you to come ready and expecting. As you come to worship the Lord, make a conscious decision to prepare your heart, remembering what an amazing gift it is that we can even approach God’s throne to worship Him, and in fact, He desires that we do so. Lay yourself before Him as a living sacrifice, and expect Him to move mightily. For those that have already experienced truly worshiping the Lord, there really is nothing better in this life. We were made to be in His presence, praising Him and making Him the priority in our lives He is supposed to be. I look forward to worshiping alongside all of you this Sunday. Joe Wegert Worship Pastor...

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CCB Update

We are excited about the rollout of CCB so far. It has allowed us to communicate better and organize our groups in a way that is easier to not only manage them but also communicate with the church. If you haven’t logged in yet or updated your profile (with picture) please do so. You can go to lifepointaz.ccbchurch.com and click “request access” to log into your profile. Once you have a profile, here are some things to keep in mind to take advantage of the software fully: See your giving- keep track of your giving statements and updates throughout the month Look for public forms, these are ways to sign up for groups, request prayer, and ask to volunteer. These are constantly changing so check back. Check out the public groups that you can request to join if they are something you are interested in. Look at the church calendar to know when things are happening and if you want to join them. Keep in mind this calendar is not fully updated with all church activities like the one on our website is. If you have any questions on CCB please reach out tim@lifepointaz.com Tim Ferrara Executive Pastor...

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Men's Retreat 2021

This past weekend over 80 men from LifePoint headed up the mountain to Williams, AZ for our annual men’s retreat. We joined over 300 other men from different churches across the valley for a weekend of fellowship and seeking the Lord. Our theme was ‘contend’ for the faith. God has given all of us the tools, resources, relationships, and power that we need to share the Gospel. The charge was for us as men to get off the sideline and get into the ring and contend for the things God cares about. Men came back down the mountain ready to contend for their marriages, kids, relationships, and spiritual walk. We are ready to be witnesses for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to love each other and our neighbors, and to make disciples of all men. A blessed weekend indeed! Pastor Blake...

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LifePoint Blood Drive Success!

We had a great turnout for our Blood Drive in June with 23 successful blood donations and 6 more people registered! Initially, we were concerned there would not be enough donations and were set to cancel. Vitalant begged us not to because of the severe shortage they are experiencing and were willing to continue with the drive even if only 8 people came. We appreciate each and every one of the people who donated and supported this effort. If you did not get a chance to participate, be on the lookout for our next event this fall. Also, for those who donated, don’t forget to keep an eye out for your COVID-19 antibody screen results. You may have the chance to cure COVID-19 through convalescent plasma donation if your screen is positive. If you donated, check your email for more information. Thank you for your help! Jim Bentley...

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V.B.S. Recap

Last week was an awesome and fun week filled with young peeps, laughs, and a whole bunch of Jesus! We had over 150 kindergarteners through sixth graders join us all week for the fun of Mystery Island, tracking down the one true God. There were cool crafts, ingenious snacks, fun-filled games, prayer, and interactive biblical lessons each day. To top it off, there was a silly but deep drama that connected with the conversations of the day. We learned right away that God is the ONE true God. That was followed up with our God is all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere (ask your kids about the “omni’s”). He is the king on the throne with love for all His creation. Furthermore, He is a loving God we can trust. He will never leave us or forsake us. The Islanders had a wonderful, life-changing week! We cannot say thank you enough for all the volunteers who helped out through the week as well. Over 50 volunteers helped us pull off this community event that saw the same number of kids praying the sinner’s prayer on Thursday, salvation day. All of their contributions played a part in souls being saved. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your endurance, patience, and heart throughout the week. It was a tiring job for all of us but oh, so rewarding. Finally, we collected an outrageous amount of canned food for Hope Women’s Center and Genesis Project. They will be blessed to receive boxes full of food. Once again volunteers, THANK YOU, and God Bless! It was another successful year of V.B.S. Pastor Mike...

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Summer Camp Recap

We had a wonderful time up past Payson for our youth and children’s summer camps. We put on our own camp production using the grounds of Tonto Rim Christian Camp. The staff was so gracious and took great care of us as we ran our Wilderness program. We talked to the students about being in the wilderness like the Israelites and like Jesus. Knowing you will be in the wilderness; you must rely on God’s word and direction to power through. Satan and the world will work tremendously hard at beating you down and discourage you. As they traveled down the mountain back into the wilderness, they would need to rely on each other, their brothers & sisters in Christ, and God to get them through it all. This event was orchestrated by three different churches, LifePoint, Connect Church, and Cornerstone Scottsdale. We pooled our resources allowing an affordable camp focusing on the direct needs of our students. The “family in Christ” sub-theme we were pushing was well displayed with the awesome, God coordinated set-up of me being a past youth leader of Michael when he was younger, the Cornerstone youth pastor, and Michael being the past leader of Davey, the Connect Church youth pastor when he was younger. Three generations working together on the forthcoming generation of leaders within the church. God’s creation was beautiful, the weather was beautiful, and the work God did in the student’s lives was outrageously awesome! Thank you to those who helped support those who were in need so they could make it to camp along with all of you that were praying. The kingdom of God grew in this week.   Pastor Mike...

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The 5th annual LifePoint Outdoors 'Tents N Trailers' camping trip

The 5th annual LifePoint Outdoors ‘Tents N Trailers’ camping trip is in the books. For the third year in a row, we have visited the wonderful Apache Trout campground at Big Lake in Greer, AZ. We had over 100 people (mostly kids) take part in what was an incredible weekend. While there was plenty of time for rest and relaxation, we stayed busy with several activities including a nature hike along a stream at sheep’s crossing, a cornhole tournament, and a water gunfight. One of the coolest experiences was the boys and girls separated for a time of mentoring and fellowship. The girls learned about campfire safety and made friendship bracelets. The boys learned how to shoot bow and arrow, throw hatchets and chop wood. Every night there was time for worship and a devotional which led to an amazing time in God’s presence, and an incredible time of fellowship and bonding. In the end, God showed us Acts 4:32 which says “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had”. Everyone was sharing food, supplies, blankets, and more without even thinking twice. Everyone was lending a hand with watching kids, doing trash runs, fixing trailers, and leading groups. This weekend was a small, yet beautiful picture of how God intended Christian community to look like and I pray we continue this back here in the valley under the power of the Holy Spirit.   Blake Wilsford Associate Pastor...

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YouthLife Recap

It has been another outrageous year of God working in young people’s lives through our children’s and youth ministry. We have had several new believers through the season and adding baptism to Wednesday nights in 2021 was a great success as well. The number of kids declaring their lives for Christ literally doubled each month. We had a great swarm of unchurched, neighbor kids come to check us out and ended up being drawn in by the Holy Spirit. They are seeking the unconditional love of Jesus to enter into their lives. Lives that are full of darkness and despair, in a world that is becoming more and more confusing as the days pass on. There’s food on Wednesday nights which is a big draw. It also provides for some a meal for their evening which they would not have without it. Along with the blessing of students, we have had a great blessing of new leaders as well, from small group leaders to teachers and we are adding a new director as well. Josh Winters has been assisting me in the junior high ministry and will now become our Jr. High Director. I hand him the reigns! He comes with youth leader experience and a strong desire to minister to the needs of teens. The additional leaders added this year have been such a blessing. We were able to return to having “small group” sessions after the lessons for a more intimate conversation over the topic at hand & topics that were pertinent to their lives during that week. If you are feeling God’s calling to either youth or children’s ministry, we have room for you as well. Simply contact me mike@lifepointaz.com. We will be starting up the new midweek season on August 4th. I can’t wait to see...

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KidzLife/YouthLife Ministries

The Holy Spirit has been doing some great work in our children’s and youth ministries in this new year. We have had a big jump in new students coming on Wednesday nights. They have been drawn in by their churched friends, those sweet little evangelists! Lives are being changed and hearts are being healed. God has blessed us with a great group of reliable, youth-loving leaders as well, who have been pouring into these young lives. If the Holy Spirit has been nudging you to join in with any of these age groups, 4-6 grade, junior high, or high school, we always have room for you. We have started up baptisms as well on the last Wednesday of the month and those have been multiplying as well. Just this last week eleven youth, ranging from 4th grade to high school, proclaimed their faith in Christ through baptism. Our lobby was filled with proud parents, family, friends, and a whole bunch of their peers cheering them on as they individually committed to being held accountable to their faith. God has been blessing the ministries of LifePoint and it’s been a glorious ride with Him. We only have three more weeks left and on to summer camp to watch Him do some more awesome work with our students. Pastor Mike...

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