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Looking for a place to serve

Looking for a place to serve

Eleven years ago, I was looking for a place to serve so I could get out of the house every Friday while my almost two-year-old son spent time with his grandparents. I was told about Genesis Project by an old church friend. Anxious to try something new, and a little nervous at the same time, I walked into the building not quite sure what to expect. I have always loved to serve, but I honestly did not have much experience working with the needy and homeless. Would it be safe? Could I make a difference here? Was this worth my time? The answer to all of these questions was YES! The other volunteers were friendly and helpful. I soon knew what to do without being told and a routine was established. I would see the same familiar faces each week, some quiet, some chatty, all grateful, as I put food on their plate and asked how they were doing. As time went on, I was able to learn many of their names and hear some of their stories. There were several veterans, others who lost homes and families from unemployment, sickness, drugs, depression. While their lives had so much tragedy, many of them exhibited such thankfulness for the meal they’ve been given, for being alive another day, and for friendships they have made in the Genesis Project community. I recall the sentence, “Genesis Project saved my life” said to me countless times. Genesis Project has changed physical locations a few different times, and the current building we have been in the last eight years is our very own, with a professional kitchen, walk-in freezer, food pantry, and community resource room. God has been faithful to provide for every need. It has been a life-changing blessing for me to be a...

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What does it mean to fundraise to go on a mission trip?

What does it mean to fundraise to go on a mission trip?

It’s a hard pill to swallow. You want to go on a mission trip, but you are told it will cost you $2,500 to go. Imagine the couples that go together and must raise $5,000, or the families serving long term overseas that need $500,000! There are a lot of misconceptions floating around when it comes to fundraising. I’d like to address those and share a differing viewpoint for some of you. Misconception: Fundraising should be done by sending out letters. Truth: While this may have been true at one point in time, we live in a time where electronics, e-letters, social media, Texting capabilities, and creativity all come into play! Why only send out letters when I can email or post information about the country I am going to serve? I can show the need along with my personal story while saving some time. Why only send out letters when I can bake items to sell, or hold a garage sale? The opportunities and ideas are endless! Misconception: I am paying for your vacation. Truth: Mission work is hard and arduous work. I have never known a missionary to say they relaxed all day on the beach while receiving a massage checking their email. Missions are physically draining, emotionally taxing, and spiritual demanding. You go about your travels, often in Third-World countries praying and giving every ounce of your being. Does this mean you won’t get a moment to breath and relax? Not at all. But they are not what the world, and culture, has made them out to be either. “If they are so exhausting, then why go on one?’ You ask. Good question! There is nothing more fulfilling than being the hands and feet of Jesus. Have you ever done something small for someone and felt a...

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V.B.S. Recap

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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Forward Blessings

Forward Blessings

Have you ever felt like giving up? Have you ever given up? We can all admit to giving up on something at some point in our lives and often it’s a regret and memory that sticks with us. Sure, you experience the temporary relief of the pain, trial, and challenge that you were experiencing but, in the end, quitting only leads to pondering ‘what if I had stuck with it’. Have you ever persevered? Have you seen something from start to finish, no matter the blood, sweat, and tears it took to pull it off? We all have to some degree. Those who have stuck it out to the end experience the victory, the prize, the achievement…the blessing. God’s blessings come from perseverance. God knows and understands how hard and challenging life is yet calling us to move forward no matter how many times we get knocked down. It’s the movie we all desire to watch, isn’t it? The hero gets knocked down, but ultimately defeats the villain in the end. The family torn apart but, comes back together due to the endless pursuit of relationship and love. The setback with the sports star who rises at the finish to gain victory. These are the shows we tune into because as humans we were created and designed to persevere. James 1:12 says ‘Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him’. I can’t wait to see you all on Sunday as we press forward to receive God’s blessings. Pastor Blake

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Summer Camp Recap

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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Blood Drive at LifePoint

Blood Drive at LifePoint

Great way to love our community – PLEASE sign up! Blood supplies are especially low in our area this summer 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. (Use Sponsor Code: LifePointAZ) or call 1-877-25-Vital to reserve donation time or ask donor eligibility questions. WHERE LifePoint Church Lobby 28479 N Main Street San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 WHEN Friday, June 25th 3-7pm 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  16/17 year old donors can download 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. ​Jim Bentley Minister, Pastoral Care

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Prayers for our missions partners

Prayers for our missions partners

We are asking for immediate prayers! Several of our partners are dealing with the fires Northeast of us. Our partners at Arizona Reservation Ministries (A.R.M. on San Carlos Indian Reservation) and 3B Ranch (in Top of the World) are dealing with evacuations in their local community.   Top of the World, The Johnston family at 3B Ranch has given their home up as a hub for all the emergency crews. We are asking that 3B Ranch be in your prayers for safety, direction, provisions, and rest for the weary. Since 3B Ranch is located right on the 60, they are being asked to stay put for now. We will be in touch with them often to see how we can partner with them if a need arises.   One of our partners and friend, Diana, from A.R.M. says:   We can see flames from our kitchen window. There are two huge fires burning; the Mescal is on the San Carlos Apache Reservation and is over 65,000 acres. The fire crews had done a great job of backburning, dozer lines, etc., but this community is once again in danger. Your guys (LifePoint Church) have worked on homes here. MAJOR prayer request for this fire is for no one to lose their home. Insurance is non-existent here. A wonderful thing unfolding is that people from the Reservation are willing to open their homes to others… and are praying for their neighbors in Miami and Globe.  However, the Telegraph fire, which originated south of Superior has headed east RAPIDLY. It’s currently over 71,000 acres. Parts of Miami have been evacuated. The fire is blowing primarily east-and a bit north. That means we were evacuated from our offices yesterday. We had already taken much of the critical files, computers, etc. in anticipation of this, but got more when the order came. Our offices are in a canyon that leads to the Pinal...

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

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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