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The Art of Compassion Event

The Art of Compassion Event

Have you ever found yourself feeling lost and vulnerable in your youth years? I’m sure at some point in our all our lives we have or know somebody who has felt this way. On July 17, 2021, I was able to visit an event held by Compassion Queen Creek conference targeting Human Trafficking at Redemption Gateway Church in Mesa, Az. The Art of Compassion event featured Rebecca Bender, author, speaker, a survivor of Human Trafficking, and now CEO of Elevate. She spends her time educating communities about Human Trafficking in our world today. I was completely unaware of the tactics and strategies the traffickers use on young victims. The event was a success. They were able to raise over $12,000 for the expansion and building of Adorned in Grace ministry. There will be more to come on this later. What is Human Trafficking? It is the process of trapping people through the use of violence, deception, or coercion and exploiting them for financial or personal gain. Some people also see it as modern-day slavery. Sex Trafficking victims are manipulated or forced to engage in sexual acts against their will. Where do they find their victims? Traffickers mostly prey on the ages between 12-16 years old. Common areas to find their victims are schools, malls, and even churches. Who is at risk for Human Trafficking? According to the Department of Justice, the average entry age of minors into the sex trade is 12-14 years old. The children that are at higher risk have these certain common factors; abuse or neglect, poverty, children of sex workers, immigrants and refugees, domestic violence, runaways, homelessness, and foster children. How can we prevent Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking begins by being unaware of our children’s personal lives, turning a blind eye to the ‘lost and vulnerable’...

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit? Oftentimes, people will refer to him as “it” effectively eliminating the personal nature of the counselor whom Jesus left behind for us. In 1 Corinthians 2:6-10, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit will search the depths for us. Paul is telling us that the Holy Spirit will illuminate the things of God for us—he helps us understand Scripture and other truths. In the Greek, the word used to describe him is parakletos (παρακλητος), and like we learned last week, a word in Greek doesn’t always have one meaning. The parakletos could be intercessor, advocate, counselor, or helper and the Holy Spirit is all of these. In fact, this word and concept are one of the reasons we call lawyers “counselor” because they are an advocate and intercessor for their clients. This weekend we’ll explore the third person of the Trinity: parakletos. Who is he? What role does he play? Why is he so frequently overlooked or diminished? I hope to see you here at church with us. Chad Roche Associate Pastor

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Exciting launch coming soon!

Exciting launch coming soon!

One of the things we are working on here at LifePoint Church is rolling out a new data management software that will have some direct benefits to everyone in the church and not just leadership. CCB (Church Community Builder) is the software and it is from PushPay which also supports our giving platform and our LifePointAZ app. Some of the benefits that CCB will provide are: More accurate information that is managed directly you! Upload a photo to your profile (it will make it that much easier to remember names!) Find groups to join- whether it’s a class, LifeGroup, or a service team, groups allow others to join and also interact Serve in a way that works for you- looking for a place to contribute your time and talent? CCB allows you to browse open positions, set your availability, or find a replacement if you can’t serve Stay in touch better with your specific ministry team, leadership, or LifeGroup through advanced messaging options directly in the CCB software or the LifePointAZ app What do you need to do now? Not much, but please make sure you have the LifePointAZ app downloaded and that notifications are turned ON. Stay tuned for more info about the CCB rollout, hopefully at the beginning of August for further instructions on how login and customize your profiles. Tim Ferrara Executive Pastor

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Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Provides

Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Provides

The Lord, our God, has many names, but none so fitting as this one to our current ministry. Since COVID began in 2020, we have been blessed by all the donors that continually live by God’s direction, giving of themselves. On Thursday, June 24th, we received a text message from Mike Lancaster at the Walmart, Neighborhood Market in Gilbert. He had 2 pallets worth of Antibacterial wipes, sanitizer, and soaps that needed to find a new home. What excitement this created in our home as we have at least 5 different missions partners that can benefit from such a donation! Here is what we received and where it went. Youth Haven, located in Eloy, helps underprivileged youth by providing church camp experiences throughout the year. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes (36 ct. Per box), 7 boxes of the Antibacterial wipes (80 wipes per pack, 12 packs per box). Genesis Project, located in Apache Junction, helps provide meals and basic necessities to the homeless population in the Valley. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes and 3 boxes of Antibacterial wipes. UMOM, located in Phoenix, helps homeless teens finish their education and go on to find gainful employment. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes and 7 boxes of Antibacterial wipes. Hope Women’s Center, located in Coolidge, helps the local community by providing services to women in need of assistance. They provide various classes, education, and assistance. They received 5 boxes of hand sanitizing wipes and 7 boxes of Antibacterial wipes. Arizona Reservation Ministries, our partners on the San Carlos Indian Reservation, provides any and all assistance to our sisters and brothers-in-Christ. They received the largest donations as the Reservation is home to over 10,000 Native Americans. They received giant 2 boxes of mixed Antibacterial hand...

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LifePoint Blood Drive Success!

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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Joined Together as One

Joined Together as One

This Sunday I will be returning to our series on unity, United We Stand. We’ll be looking at the book of Ezekiel right after Ezekiel’s experience with the valley of dry bones, investigating God’s character through the Two Sticks Become One. This is a time of Israel coming out of exile and becoming one nation again. God is not a God of chaos but a God of order. He desires for His people, His church, to be one, to work together for His glory in unity, not for everyone to be focused on their own desires and direction but to be centered on God’s kingdom and their individual part He has given them. Have you ever teamed up in the workplace on a project and you have done your best to complete your part, but you and others are waiting for one co-worker to provide their necessary piece so you all can complete the overall project, be successful and impress the boss? What is your reaction in this situation? Do you talk with the others and discuss your disdain for this employee, their lack of reliability and work ethic? Are you cursing their name knowing this is going to look bad on you, not to mention the team, but you are mostly concerned about you? Now, how does that look as you are part of the body of Christ? You’re doing your part of the ministry but others serving beside you are really failing on holding up their end. They are such a distraction to you and your ability to perform within the church! I’ve been there. Have you? It is so irritating! Can’t they get their act together?! Now, go back a re-read this paragraph and see where your focus is. It’s not God, is it. We tend to...

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Youth Leader Changes

Youth Leader Changes

Technically these changes were initiated at the beginning of this year but now are officially in place. Nate McBride and Josh Winters have assumed the roles of Director of High School and Director of Jr. High, respectively. Nate had been leading Sunday morning’s Abide (high school Bible study) for quite some time already and speaking semi-regularly at our YouthLife midweek program. He has a great heart for students and their individual walks with God. Josh comes to us with past experience to take on our junior high students. He had teamed up with me back in January on Wednesday nights, taking over half the lessons and getting to know the students. He has been a great addition to the youth department and will now be responsible for all things junior high. Like Nate, Josh has a strong desire to help youth grow in their walks with God. As you will see on the picture wall in the lobby, Nate and Josh are now on staff and we look forward to all God will do through them and their ministries. Be sure to welcome them aboard! I am still the pastor over the youth and children’s department and having said THAT! …we are always in need of volunteers for the children’s department. From infants to 6th graders, we need small group leaders, teachers, tech people, and overall people with loving hearts for children. Likewise, our youth midweek program starts up again on August 4th and we would love to have you come alongside and assist in being a small group leader for these students as well. The age range is 4th grade to high school seniors. Come join us in any of these three midweek ministries, 456, Jr High or High School. Experience being blessed beyond words as you bless pre-teens...

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