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LIFEPOINT BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!

LIFEPOINT BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!

202 Lives Saved Through Donation Efforts! That is a great number!! 159 products of blood were collected, and 19 people were registered for Be the Match to provide stem cell transfusions to those in need. We also had 3 people sign up for organ donation. What an impact!!! It was amazing to see the community come together to provide lifesaving opportunities to those in need. 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 in the 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. Contact Amy @623-205-0717 if you have any questions.

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Whatcha Learn'n?

Whatcha Learn’n?

So, have you gone through any changes lately? Has there been any struggles or conflicts in life that has left you wondering “What am I supposed to do now?” This Sunday we take a look at a point in the life of David where he is in a couple of intense situations. He fears for his physical life, he’s all alone and forced to make decisions when things get uncomfortable. His world is a mess. Can you relate to David? Through this time, he makes mistakes. He acts a fool. He doesn’t turn to God but instead makes less than stellar decisions when relying upon his own wits. He’s running from king Saul and ends up in the midst of Philistines. Years before David was confident in his God. He stood up to Goliath and the Philistines, but now, he seems to have lost that confidence. He seems to have lost his faith. Have you lost confidence? Are you struggling in your faith? Everything in your world seems to be in turmoil. Have you been using these last three months as an opportunity to live out your faith? Have you been using it as an opportunity to grow your faith? Or have you been using it as a time to get caught up in the ways of the world? Using it for “my time”. This has been a great season of learning…if you allowed your heart and brain to do such. In the above-mentioned conversation of David, something outrageous happened. Immediately afterword, David runs off to a cave. There, more than likely, he wrote one of the psalms. A song of trust in the Lord. One rejoicing and praising the Lord. He learns a deep lesson through the trials he has just gone through and he wants everyone to come...

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From Farm to Community to Table

From Farm to Community to Table

Our family recently had the pleasure of visiting a local community outreach that is unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed before. King and Queen Farm is nestled on 5 acres of land near the corner of Germann and Ellsworth. This is not just any farm. This farm is owned and operated by Amadeo Church, located in Queen Creek after they acquired 5 acres of land. Instead of using this land for their own gain, Amadeo has given this land back to God! The vision has changed and morphed over the course of this expansion, as it is an ever-growing process, but the main focus has always been the same, “to serve our community.” We came alongside the D’Ambrosio family to help harvest some of the goods grown on the farm this past Saturday night. Not only did we learn that this adventure is a church-wide project, with congregants in charge of various sections of the garden, but we also learned that the food produced and given out goes all over the valley! There were dozens of veggies to harvest: squash, onions, garlic, peas, zucchini. Not to mention the countless other vegetables waiting to go home. According to Lacey D’Ambrosio, it goes to anyone in need. The harvest often goes to Amadeo Church on Sunday morning but anyone is welcome to join Lacey on Harvest nights. In fact, they often have too much produce and have to seek out those in the community that can take it or would like it. Lacey says she spends approximately 4 nights a week on the farm, mainly just caring for the garden. She claims to not know much about farming but definitely has a heart willing to learn. “God doesn’t just call the equipped. He equips the willing!” The D’Ambrosio family has given up a...

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School Lunch Program

School Lunch Program

For nearly three months LifePoint volunteers have been handing out meals provided by Florence Unified School District. Our neighborhood has responded in an amazing way as the school and church do something we’re not supposed to do: work together for the good of our community. We have prayed with strangers who come through. We have spent time just ministering to people by interacting with them and trying to get to know them. We have even invited a few families to LifePoint! We have served over 10,000 lunches in the last two months and we are looking to the end of the lunch program at the end of June. We still need your help though! If you can give an hour each day to help pass out lunches we need you. You can come to the church at around 10:45am to have some fun and fellowship with our community and hand out lunch or two as well. We only have a few more weeks in the program and you can sign-up to volunteer at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4CADA92FA7FD0-community God Bless You Pastor Chad

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It's for Freedom

It’s for Freedom

In my spirit, there is a sense of expectation. God is up to something! From the earliest days of the Old Testament, God has been working relentlessly to draw His people back to Himself. In the midst of all that goes on round about us, the threat of Covid19 & the riots in so many of our nation’s cities, God is setting the stage for a great revival. This will be a revival of hearts both seeking God and for many, turning back to Him, willing to surrender their hearts completely to Him. In looking back in time, and history, it has been proven “desperation creates a spiritual condition that makes mankind ripe for revival. We are at that place now; today! As a church, a body of believers, we stand at the crossroad. We can position ourselves for revival, bringing in a harvest of souls, or we can maintain the status quo which simply means “I don’t like or want change”. As Christians, we must learn to accept change! It began when we said” yes” to Jesus! He began to change us using any and all opportunities to change us so that we could reveal Him through our individual lives. One person says, “I am willing to walk in risk” while another “don’t rock the boat”! This coming weekend we will discover together what it means to walk in freedom, to be liberated, to be that new person you have longed to be. Before you come, would you take some time and prepare your heart in prayer? Come with a sense of expectation, ready to worship and by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, receive from His Word what He has for you personally. I will do my part to prepare myself, & you do your part. Together we...

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Damned if You Do... Damned if you Don’t

Damned if You Do… Damned if you Don’t

This week we will be closing out this series intended to prepare your hearts and minds for the idea that God is wanting to move his church from the prominence of the preacher and the building to the emphasis of the congregant minister and the home. Hear me out now, I am not saying that we are dismantling or throwing out the model of communal corporate worship. I’m not saying that gathering in large groups is wrong or no longer needed. I am actually calling each of us to a more active role that will require more responsibility and more investment on the part of the believer. This is going to take your relationship with Jesus and those in your community to a level you have hoped for but not known how to attain. This is going to cause you to rely on the Lord’s Holy Spirit for His words to be pouring out from you and His love to be your go-to and not the fallback plan. I am hoping this is breeding in you, an excitement that is continuing to grow week by week. If thoughts of doubt or inability to carry out this initiative plague your mind then I encourage you to bring them before the Lord and ask Him if those thoughts are from Him. If they clearly are not from Him then it is high time we learn to rebuke thoughts that would hinder the work of the gospel in our lives and our community and press into the calling He has set forth. This week we will be studying and using Matthew 11 as a backdrop for our conversation. A lot has happened this week in which we see evil showing it’s cards and rising up in a way that causes many Christians to...

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Blood Drive at LifePoint Church

Blood Drive at LifePoint Church

Great way to love our community – PLEASE sign up! Blood supplies are especially low right now so LifePoint is partnering with Vitalant for a Blood Drive. Giving Blood Is Safe. Healthy Donors Needed. What’s not safe? Not having enough blood. If you’re healthy and eligible, we need your help today to keep the blood supply strong for patients undergoing surgery and cancer treatment, giving birth or suffering traumatic injuries.  With your generous blood donations, Vitalant supplies Banner Ironwood, Banner Casa Grande, Phoenix VA and over 60 Arizona hospitals.  SCHEDULE NOW! (Use Sponsor Code: LifePointAZ) or call 1-877-25-Vital to reserve donation time or ask donor eligibility questions. Can’t donate blood…come anyways! We are also partnering with Donate Life (organ donation registration), Be The Match (bone marrow donor registration) and the Attorney General (Advanced Directives & End of Life Planning) to create even more lifesaving opportunities. Everyone can participate!! WHERE LifePoint Church Lobby 28479 N Main Street San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 WHEN Wednesday, June 10th, 8am-noon Ø  Donors are required to wear their own cloth-based face covering…bandana or mask. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you! Ø  Hours have been extended to increase physical distancing…June 10th, 8am-noon Ø  At this time, we ask that only donors enter the building; no-touch temperature will be taken at the door. Ø  16/17 year old donors can download the consent form here:  Consent Form Thank you for your dedication to helping patients who need donated blood to survive, heal, and recover. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Amy Webster (623) 205-0717 Instructions for day of the event: Please know you will be required to wear a mask. You may bring yours if not one will be provided for you. No children under the age of 16 permitted Walk-ins are welcome (appointment required...

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Serving at Home

Serving at Home

These last few months have been unlike anything we’d thought we would ever see in our lives. No one could have guessed that our lives would change so drastically. We have found ourselves re-evaluating what all of this means for missions. For me, my heart breaks knowing that I cannot serve in Haiti, or those following the call to Belize or the Philippines found themselves feeling unfulfilled. It is not the end for us though. God has needy children all over the world, including in the USA. We have many, many agencies locally that could use some assistance for those willing to serve.  If you were anything like me, you found yourself cleaning out closets and underneath beds. Why not be productive? I put together a list of local agencies that could use your donations. Please make sure all items are cleaned, gently used, and able to reuse.  Non-perishable food items Christ the Victor – local food bank Teenage clothing items, bedding, bathroom towels, personal hygiene items UMOM – Youth homeless shelter in Phoenix All home items, clothing, bedding, etc.  Redeemed Threads San Carlos Indian Reservation – A.R.M. Men’s clothing, refillable water bottles, personal hygiene items Genesis Project – Homeless food shelter in Apache Junction Women’s clothing, personal hygiene items, diapers, and basic home needs Hope Women’s Center – Coolidge If you are among the group of people that have already donated or find that you do not have items to donate, please consider joining us by volunteering. The following is a list of volunteer opportunities within LifePoint and in the community.  LifePoint: Usher, Prayer team, Security, Children’s service worker, LifeCare team. Genesis Project – volunteer to serve food Grace Without Borders Ministry – Spreading God’s word to those in prison Vineyard Pregnancy Center – cash donations are accepted at this time, and more opportunities are coming! Hope Women’s Center – many volunteer opportunities Samaritan’s Purse – you can sign up through their website to serve...

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The Great Divide

The Great Divide

This week presented the Christian community with the news of Ravi Zacharias passing and going to be with the Lord. As many have stated through social media all week, Ravi was an influential theologian in my life and a great help in understanding the realities of the world we live in and how clear the evidence of a great and mighty God really is. If you have ever listened to Ravi preach he often would talk of when he was a young teenage boy on a bed of suicide when God met Him and opened his eyes to the truth. From that moment on he dedicated his life to the knowledge and understanding of who/what is God and then teaching others how to know the same things. He was extremely patient and showed much grace when those who opposed him tried to bring him down, or destroy his character. The world will sorely miss this man. The current state of affairs has put before the public’s eye the great divide between the laws of man and the laws of God. It has shown so evidently over the last 3-4 months how far the chasm really is between man and God. With so much information…really a tsunami of information, and that’s what it is, information. Not truth or lies, just information. We are then tasked with determining whether something is true or false and then taking action based on that analysis. Jesus boiled the more than 600 Judaic laws and the Ten Commandments written on stone to just two commands: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. He ended the debate of who is my neighbor? He made it clear that all mankind is your neighbor, and therefore we as Christians have no...

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LifePoint Returning to In-Person Gatherings

LifePoint Returning to In-Person Gatherings

I cannot believe it has only been two months since we all met last. It feels like a lifetime ago. While we have continued to worship through online services and connecting over social media and phone calls, we all know it’s just not the same as fellowshipping together. Now I know that not everyone can meet at this time or will feel comfortable meeting and that’s ok. We will still be live streaming our services going forward and continuing the online weekly presence we have built over the last few months. With that being said, I have some GREAT news! We will be holding a live IN-PERSON service this Sunday, May 17th at 9 am. We will be meeting out on the lawn and observing all social distancing guidelines and ask that everyone take the call of Christ and love our neighbor as ourselves and show respect and care for all those around us. We will have an extended time of worship a time for communion, with individual sealed juice and bread, and I am planning a message that God has had on my heart for quite a while now. This will be like a service in the park so bring lawn chairs, a blanket to sit on, umbrellas, and maybe a water bottle. The temperature should be in the high 70’s to the low 80’s. It should be nice but could be warm for some…so maybe some sunscreen as well. We will not be having any cafe services and the restrooms will be open but plan on using them for emergencies only. We will have many sanitization stations around the grass area as well as Lysol wipes in the bathrooms. While meeting in person is not only a desire it is a calling for all believers, we want to...

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