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CCB Update

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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Compassion Youth Mentoring

Compassion Youth Mentoring

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ministry that is more dynamic than Compassion Connect. Most people in our area have heard of the Compassion Queen Creek Clinics that serve the area in medical, dental, and other necessities, held once a year in Queen Creek, but many may not know about the other ways Compassion serves the community. On Saturday, July 17th several ladies joined me for a Compassion Connect event called The Art of Compassion. This event was featured in July 29th’s LifePoint newsletter where Shyanne Dumas recalls her attendance and speaks a bit about the purpose of that event. My point in sharing that with you is to say that until that evening, I didn’t realize there were so many facets to Compassion Connect! They truly do connect the community to a multitude of resources. One of those break-off groups, if you will, is the Compassion Youth Mentor program, formerly known as the Adorned in Grace Design Studio (see video). They opened their doors in Arizona in 2018 and have been blessed to watch God grow this ministry that targets young girls who could otherwise find themselves victims of human trafficking. While we spoke with them at The Art of Compassion event, I was so touched by this ministry that I knew LifePoint needed to partner with them. CYM is taking the prevention model of Human Trafficking and putting it into practice right here in San Tan Valley. I will not go into the details of human trafficking or even what needs to be done to stop it, other than to say that having a good mentor, someone that can share God’s love with you, is truly a game-changer for many of these young ladies. Since opening their doors, they have seen a wonderful and steady growth of...

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Men's Retreat 2021

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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Compelled to Forgive

Compelled to Forgive

Debbie and I have been married for over 40 years. I read a newsletter article today from pastor Mark Buckley. He says, “It takes a lot of forgiveness for a marriage to last over forty years. It takes a lot of grace to actually enjoy life together as the years go by.” Ah, that’s the important difference. Many people endure a miserable marriage because of the consequences of leaving, but how do we actually enjoy the relationships in our life? An essential step in our relationship with God is learning to forgive because unforgiveness separates us from him. We need to forgive the big offenses that may have happened many years ago. We also need to learn to forgive the small, daily offenses that can completely remove joy from the relationship. Is it possible? How? Have I learned anything about forgiveness in the last 40 years? 😊 Please come Sunday and find out! Jim Bentley Minister, Pastoral Care

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A New Ministry for boys 6-14, LifePoint Lodge!

A New Ministry for boys 6-14, LifePoint Lodge!

There is an all-out war in our culture against the Biblical definition of masculinity and our sons are squarely in the crosshairs. We have seen the rise in the number of fatherless homes and this absence of men, particularly in the lives of boys, has undoubtedly contributed to the social and moral decay of our nation. In a culture where the traditional definition of masculinity is viewed as “toxic”, boys need the men in their lives to serve as godly role models; they need heroes to look up to; and they need to be equipped to face the dark forces of the world. To counter this attack on boyhood, we are excited to launch a boys-only ministry called LifePoint Lodge on Sunday, September 12th. This ministry was born out of a vision to raise up boys to be the future generation of leaders in the church. The objective behind this all-boy, men-led ministry is to disciple the boys at LifePoint between the ages 6-14 years old to become the future spiritual leaders of their families. LifePoint Lodge will reinforce Biblical masculinity by showing boys what it means to be a true follower of Jesus. We will also learn about heroes, engage in competitive play, memorize Bible verses to help throughout life, perform simple service projects, how to prepare a simple meal, and clean up after themselves (moms you can thank us later), among other virtues. LifePoint Lodge starts on Sunday, September 12th from 4-6pm and runs weekly through mid-December. If you know of a boy between the ages of 6-14 years old who would be interested, stop by our table in the church lobby for more information and sign them up. Luke Jones, Elder

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Monday night was our first night of Women of the Word!

Monday night was our first night of Women of the Word!

Monday night was our first night of Women of the Word!  Over 50 women joined together to fellowship, worship, and pray together. Our lead mentor, Linda Beal, gave a teaching on being Fishers on Men and sharing the gospel to all those around us. We ended our night with a fun game to get to know someone new and establish friendships. We are a ministry open to women of all ages in our community. Our vision is to become women founded on God’s Word and who love one another well.  Our theme this year is “Red Letters”. The words of Jesus are worth diving into!  If you are interested in joining us, please email womenoftheword@lifepointaz.com We would love to have you! Blessings, Jamie Ferrara

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Compelled To Share His Love

Compelled To Share His Love

How has your week been going? Have you found it any easier to pray only giving praise and worship to the Lord? Have you found ways to present your requests before the Lord in a way that worships him and does not ask of anything? I know it’s not easy…but keep going, fight through the lie that you can’t or just don’t have the time. A quick example of this concept from me this week…I was having to haul a truck bed loaded down and trailer load of trash to the dump with a truck that I didn’t know if it would break down or if the load would shift and spill out on the road. As I was leaving the house with some trepidation and nervousness in my heart I started to pray, as I usually do when I am doing something crazy, started asking for protection and safety. I immediately stopped myself and started thanking the Lord for the ability to drive the truck, the availability of the truck and trailer, the health to lift it all, the eyesight to drive, and thank Him that He was going to safely deliver it to its destination. The rest of the drive was peaceful and filled with joy, no nerves, no anxiety…thank you, Lord. This week we will be starting a new Series titled; Compelled. This series will be based on the verse written by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:16, where He speaks of his inability to NOT preach the gospel, that since his salvation it is almost as if he no longer has a choice, he does, yet he describes the feeling as being compelled! We will be doing something very different this Sunday, maybe different than you have ever done on a Sunday morning, so keep...

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Youth Update

Youth Update

YouthLife started up again on Wednesday night. 100 plus students swarmed the church grounds with the excitement of getting back together with friends and building themselves up in God’s word. The age groups vary from 4th grade all the way up to seniors in high school. YouthLife is a beacon of light in our neighborhood and a great midweek program that draws in the neighborhood kids. It is a highlight to their week and a blessing to their parents. There are fun and silliness, games, worship, age-relatable lessons, and time to discuss both topics learned and situations happening in their lives. We have an army of volunteers to pull this all off and encourage you to come be part of the work God is doing. We can always use more pre-teen/teen-loving hearts to come alongside and encourage them in the ways of the Lord. You will be truly blessed! Pastor Mike

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All-Church Prayer night

All-Church Prayer night

This Friday, July 30th, from 7p-8p is our monthly All-Church Prayer night and this month it is at LifePoint Church. This prayer night occurs the last Friday of every month with ACCO churches. ACCO stands for Association of Christian Churches and Organizations and consists of churches from San Tan Valley and Queen Creek. Prayer is a necessary component for our Christian walk and we have to build a foundation on prayer in our daily lives. It’s been amazing to see churches come together in unity for these nights. Can you commit an hour of your time for coming together in prayer? Mark your calendars and set a reminder for this awesome time of unity in the body of Christ as we pray for our communities, churches, and nation. I’ll see you then! Tim Ferrara

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