Cowboy Fellowship E-News August 2010 Edition Family Fellowship Event!
Inside this issue:
Word From The Pastor
Covered Facility Update
Build The Village
Krazy Kidz Pics
Will You Go?
Will You Go? Pics
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August 1st Cowboy Fellowship had a Family Fun Event at the ATT center in San Antonio. We partnered with the PBR, Billy Graham Ministries, and Riding High Ministries to bring the public an awesome event! Special guest Todd Pierce of Riding High did a wild horse taming to demonstrate the salvation message. A little over 7000 people attended the PBR event and almost 3000 stayed for the demonstration and to hear the music by Seventh Day Slumber. After the salvation message Cowboy Fellowship had 9 salvations, 5 rededications, and 2 assurances! Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed the show. You never know what weâ€™re going to do next so be sure and check out our new Facebook page for all the latest information on whatâ€™s happening at Cowboy Fellowship. Just click the link below to visit us! CF FACEBOOK
Word From The Pastor My Heroes Last week many volunteers (lots of them youth) helped our church host the 2010 Krazy Kids Camp at our church. Several hundred children of all ages participated, and every child seemed to be having a great time. It was my privilege to help out with check-in at the front door over several nights. You would expect some kids (especially the younger ones) to be grasping their mother’s or father’s leg, begging them to accompany them into the sanctuary. I did not see a single child do this; instead, most children—even the three and four year olds— ran into the sanctuary to join their peers, enjoying the music, dancing, games, crafts, and wacky skits. I want to personally thank all of the volunteers who made this event a great success for God’s Kingdom. On Thursday night, as I listened to the kids sing “H.E.R.O. God is my hero!”, I started thinking about the heroes I had growing up. Of course, there was G.I. Joe, Optimums Prime, MacGyver, and Tex Hill (if you don’t know who he is, look him up—he is an American hero). Then I started thinking about the heroes of the Bible; of course, naturally, I thought of Jesus, Joseph, Mary, Nehemiah, David, Moses, Peter, Paul, Abraham, and many other well-known Biblical personalities. But the Bible is full of heroes, many of whom we know very little about, and some of whom are not even named. So, for this month’s newsletter, I wanted to share some of the greatest heroes of the Bible whom you may never have heard of. The first that comes to mind is the nameless child who delivers five loaves and two fish into the hands of Christ’s disciples. There are very few events that are recorded by all four Gospels. This, however, is one of them, showing how significant this event must have been in the spiritual growth of the disciples. This point is further exaggerated when we consider the fact that this is the only miracle that Jesus performed that is recorded in all four Gospels (see Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9, John 6). This child was a hero because he possessed the faith and trust that allowed him to give what he had to Christ. While the Bible records that 5,000 men were fed that day, some speculate that as many as 20,000 could have been in attendance had the women and children been counted. Our next little-known hero is only mentioned three times (Col. 1:7, 4:12; Philem 1:23) in the Bible; his name is Epaphras. Not a single word from his mouth is recorded. However, each time he is mentioned in scripture, it is with great love, admiration, affection, thanksgiving, and praise. He was a distinguished disciple and probably the founder of the Colossian church. From these three short mentions of this man, we know that he was faithful, a prayer warrior, a disciple maker, an encourager, and a prisoner for the Lord. I long to meet this hero in heaven’s splendor and hear more of his life and ministry! My next unknown hero is a father who brings his sick son to the feet of Jesus in a desperate attempt to find a cure. Having children myself, I can imagine all too well the pain, fear, and desperation this man must have felt. Jesus tells the man that anything is possible for those who believe. At this, the unnamed father responds, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24, NIV ). I admire this man’s honesty and courage. He is a hero because he was willing to admit that Jesus alone could heal his son and that he needed help. When we think of heroes like G.I Joe and MacGyver, we think of big, strong men who don’t need any help at all in whatever they do. However, the greatest heroes of the Bible were able to humbly admit that they needed the help of God. These men are heroes, because they prove that there is great power and strength in submission. Who are your favorite unknown Bible heroes? You can use the link below to post them in the discussion section of the Cowboy Fellowship Facebook page in the coming days. I would love to hear from you. You can also use this page to interact with others in our church, request prayers, and much more. Remember you don’t have to be famous to be someone’s hero; you just need to be faithful. Pastor Pete Cowboy Fellowship Facebook John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, eds. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament. Accordance electronic ed. (Wheaton: Victor Books, 1983), n.p. Easton’s Bible Dictionary, s.v. “Epaphras,” n.p.
Letters For Our American Heroes
The war is still raging in Iraq and American Heroes are still being deployed. The #1 request from our soliders is that they would like to receive letters from home. Just a few lines letting them know that we are still thinking of them and praying for them. Iâ€™m asking that you continue to please share your letters with the our soldiers. These letters are sometimes the only thing that keeps these men and women praying, filled with hope, and continuing on in their battle. Please continue to pray that all our service men and women will come home safely and soon. It only takes a moment to go to our website, type a few lines or a short prayer, and hit submit. The letters then come to me and I make sure they get put in the soldiers care package. Use the link below to go directly to where you can submit your letter. I hope that you will use it each week. I post a new soldier every Monday.
Click Here Love in His name, Sue Johnson
Covered Facility Fundraising Thermometer Phase One Goal
The latest update on the progress of our phase one building goal is as follows: From July 3rd through July 25th you donated $28,887.07 towards the project! We still need an additional $137,770.93 to reach our goal of $950,000.00 to start phase one. Letâ€™s all continue to pray and give toward this church wide goal and see what God can do. We are making progress, but this project requires that we all sacrifice a little in order to break ground and get the project under way.
ACOM Report for August It has been an exciting July for Cowboy Fellowship and ACOM. We have been able to help in many areas. WE helped with the Fourth of July Pot Luck. That was certainly a mighty task. One would think hamburgers and hot dogs would be an easy meal. ACOM members who were on hand can tell you differently. If another 20 folks had been available to help it would have not been quite so challenging. What did come from it for ACOM is an opportunity to serve the Lord in His House and have a small part in feeding the masses. Thank you, Kitchen Ministry from ACOM Ministry for always being there and for your servant’s hearts. VBS was also in July. Some team members were available to help out. The children learned about the Heroes in the Bible. What an awesome adventure they took. Thanks Adam and all the volunteers for your servant’s hearts. Thanks to Riding High Ministry many will be able to see the PBR plus hear and watch Todd Pierce break a horse in less than two hours. What an awesome Salvation demonstration! Please mark your calendars for Sunday, October 31, 2010. The 2010 Fall Festival will be happening that day from 5:30 to 8:30 in Jourdanton City Park. If God is putting it on your heart to have a booth for the event please contact either Leslie at 210626-0145 or email at email@example.com for more information or ACOM’s co leader Leta Delcourt at 210-559-5368 or email at Leta4christ@yahoo.com It is not necessary for you to be a Ministry team leader to have a booth at this event. All that is necessary is to have a willing servant’s heart ACOM is always looking for folks that are willing to help spread the Good News of Christ Jesus to join ACOM. Please contact either Leslie or Leta if you would like to help. Psalm 118:8
August 2010 Schedule Of Events *The following are reoccurring events that take place each week/month at the same time unless otherwise denoted:
SUN 1 Baptisms
AHS Registration 6-8 PM
Church Services - Saturday Night @ 7:00 PM ; Sunday: @ 10:45 AM Discipleship Classes - Every Monday @ 6:30 except during summer.
7 Children’s Splashtown 10 - 5
AHS Registration 6-8 PM
12 CFY Mission
2nd Saturday Clean Up
Children’s Play Group Every Tuesday from 10 - 11:30. Adult High School - Begins the 1st Tuesday of Sept. and continues until May ~ Every Tuesday @ 6:30 CAMO - 2nd Tuesday of each month ~ Lone Star Lodge 6:30 CFY R.E.A.L.M. - Every Wednesday @ 7:00 unless otherwise noted. 2nd Saturday Clean Up @ 8:00 Breakfast Provided
Angel Food Orders Due Saddle Up
Family Night @ Missions Game 7 PM
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
26 Helping Hands
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast Every 3rd Saturday @ Stage Stop - 8:00 AM Please Go To Our Website For Times And More Information!
28 Angel Food Pick Up Roping
Malachi 4:2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.
Women’s Bible Study Women’s Bible Study has taken the summer off, but will resume in September. Please watch for notices in the weekly bulletin and the power point on Saturday and Sunday. Please stay in touch. Please contact Leslie at 210-626-0145 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas or suggestions for the next Woman’s Bible Study. Colossians 2:2-3 (NIV) “ 2My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Blessings
Ministry Updates Matthew 25:35 Stuff The Bus With School Supplies Matthew 25:35 is holding a Stuff The Bus With School Supplies drive over the next 4 weeks. We ask that you bring school supplies to church so that we can help the less fortunate children in our area who need help with the expenses of going back to school.
Also, please let us know if you know of a family that may be needing assistance. Here are a list of items to bring or you may pick up a school supply list from WalMart or HEB.
Glue * Erasers Plastic Supply Box Tissues If you would like to just make a donation we will do the shopping for you! Just write â€œBack To Schoolâ€? on your envelope.
Pens * Pencils * Paper Rulers * Notebooks Folders * Backpack Crayons * Scissors
Discipleship Mark your Calendars! New discipleship classes will be starting on the 13th of September! Signup Sheets will be Set Out in Late August
Adult High School Registration Set Cowboy Fellowship Adult High School will begin the 2010/2011 school year with registration on August 3rd & 5th from 6 to 8 PM in Portable building B. We have a fantastic line up of instructors for the students and we are all looking forward to our 5th year being one of learning, growing, and accomplishment. Our instructors this year are as follows:
Writing Skills Dorris Westfall US Constitution Stephanie Brown Origin of the Bible Ken Russell Science Jennifer Shearrer Math Tammi Beishline Social Studies
Schellie Villarreal Language Arts Kay Clarkson Director - Sue Johnson Registrar - Myrtle LaGrange Class Aide - Cathy Lopez Lay Pastor Mike Dickmann We hope to see you there! You are never too old to learn!
Build The Village
The Church: We continue to be blessed by the outreach efforts and discipleship programs. The church was maxed out last month during the graduating ceremonies. There were 17 students that graduated from Winchester Theological Academy. These students represented a number of our own church plants and three other denominational church leaders and pastors. Some of the students look forward to continuing their education later this fall as they attend our Associates program. In the last three months, the church collectively baptized 41 new members to the congregations. And currently there are several new prospects for membership in our new members’ classes awaiting completion of the introduction class prior to baptism. New church plant: Please pray for the several mission teams coming out in the next few weeks who will be helping to start two new church plants. The leadership for these two new churches will come from the Elders who feel called to senior leadership positions. Noel Academy: We continue to be blessed of the Lord with so many bright children and how well they are performing, not only within the school, but also within their school district. With the test results back from the District Office, Noel Academy is still ranked among the top five among 49 schools. Additionally, the third school building as many of you know has been waiting for funding before we could finish the construction of this five classroom building. Praise the Lord, a portion of the money has been raised and the construction of the walls for this building has begun! We are still in need of funding for the roof and windows. Prayer request: God willing, the roof and windows will be funded and the building completed so it may open to the 4th grade students January 1, 2011. The estimated cost to complete the roofing and windows is $10,000.00. Noel Children’s Center: We continue to be humbled that many government officials continue to see our commitment to love and serve children along with providing quality accommodations at Noel Children’s Center, superior to most in our region. With that praise also comes the overwhelming need to provide for more children. Since we last communicated with you, we have added four new children to our ministry, thus to our lives. Pictured above are two of our newest children, Alvin and Ashford. Their mother Adelaide was a beloved staff member at BTV Choimim, and whose burial site is behind the boys in the above picture. You may recall Adelaide passed way earlier this year from complications arising from malaria. The extended families have rejected the children and thus they have been placed with us to raise. We are blessed by these two precious children who have been a part of BTV since construction began in Choimim. These two precious boys bring great joy to our lives. Both of them are very loving and eager to please. Maybe you would consider helping to support these boys. We have 2 other little ones under 6 months that we want to feature in an upcoming update, these 2 sweet ones also in need of support. Please let us know if you would like to participate in sponsoring any one of these special ones. Along with the addition of children we have added new staff, food consumption has increased, and the cost of health care and the new burden on existing facilities have begun to press us for additional sponsorship. Now with 12 children, we must begin to transition three (older) children from the baby house to the next house. Yet, we lack a septic tank and some basic furnishings to open this house. God willing, we pray that sponsorship will come and we can construct these needed items for these children. Please pray with us as we seek the $4,000 needed to construct the septic tank and an additional $1,200 for the household furnishings, including beds, bedding, furniture, and etc. Please also pray with us as we await the electrical power to our children’s home. We paid the fees for the service line back in January, but have yet to receive from the power company (Kenya Power Co.) the electrical hardware and service. God willing this will be soon. We praise God for each of you, thanking Him for your continued encouragement, prayers and support. We certainly could not succeed in reaching, loving and nurturing so many without your participation. Give us a call or drop an e-mail, we would love to share more with you. We hope you enjoy your 4th of July holiday weekend, giving praise to Him for the great blessing of the freedom that we share in Christ, and our country. Have a blessed summer, Damon, Randa, James and the BTV staff
Ashford and Alvin, at Noel Children’s Center July 3, 2010
Krazy Kidz A Success! Cowboy Fellowship Children’s Ministries hosted Krazy Kidz July 20-23. The children learned that God is our hero, and we can be heroes for Him! Our focus verse was 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in live, in love, in faith, and in purity.” Overall, we had the opportunity to minister to 137 children. There were six salvation decisions. Many more children heard the Gospel and are one step closer to asking Jesus to be the Lord of their lives! The children and volunteers also raised $461.97 towards water wells in Kenya! Family Day was hosted Sunday, July 25. Families had the opportunity to hear about what the children learned during the week. We also had a special guest, Sniggles the Gospel Clown! Thanks to all who made Krazy Kidz possible! Much preparation went into making Krazy Kidz a success! Your dedication, love, and care for the children during the week of Krazy Kidz is greatly appreciated! You made an eternal impact this week! Thanks! Faith Smith and Adam Shelburne, Krazy Kidz Co-Directors
1 Tricia Hindes Amy Hindes Glenda Caraway Sarah Caraway
2 Tahlia Tucker Missy Korus
7 Jennifer Dickens
8 Frankie Ellis Stacey Doty
14 Janie Santos
Raney Schuchart Jennifer Keylich
15 Codi Crouch Julie Marble Hannah Marble Nancy Pawelek
16 Rachel Hartsfield Marisa Partida Susan Phillips
21 Jennifer Griffith
22 Frankie Ellis
23 Lezlee Martinez
28 Briana Fey
29 Hannah Williams Jennifer Jaksik Terri Carter
Terri, Morgan, Abby Dumas Susan & Camille Webster
August 2010 *As you can see there is an extra Sunday this month so if you are willing to help fill those spots please let Abby Winn know @ email@example.com *We are in need of more servants, so please be in prayer about people you think might work well with our babies.
Will You Go?
I did a series of Blogs during my Haiti trip that I posted on our Cowboy Fellowship blog site. To check out the blogs just Click Here Things I think that are key that we should consider. 1. Pray, pray, pray, and pray some more. 2. God challenges us to help others that are around us. We should be mindful about that as a community in neighborhoods. But that also applies to us as individuals who are a part of a nation who has neighbors that need our help as well. 3. Helping is a step by step thing. The first step is prayer. You need to ask God how he wants you to help and as He gives you direction you need to act. 4. Giving/Going. Some of us give because we don’t want to go, and that is ok, and some of us go because it’s too hard for us to give. Find a balance. If you never go make sure it’s because God has been the one that has kept you from going. And if you are going all the time on missions, make sure it’s not just another notch on your belt, but that you are going because you feel God honestly lading you in that direction and that you can be a help in some way. Try to find a healthy balance between the two if you can. Sometimes God will just lead you to go or He might just lead you to give, or He might not stir your heart at all in that area. Just check to make sure God is stirring your heart about something though! 5. You can’t go if you don’t have a passport. Get one! It’s good for 10 years and renewable up to 15 years. They give you a 5 year grace period after it expires for renewal. 6. It is always a little nerve wracking going to another country that does not have the comforts of home, so make sure you are prayed up and you are ready to use your servant’s heart. A servant’s heart is flexible, it adjusts to the local frame of mind as best as possible. From my limited experience of 3rd world countries, they are somewhat relaxed on their time. They might show up right when you ask them to and sometimes they may not understand our paranoia about being at the airport in time to leave. Ha ha! But it works out just fine. If you have any questions, if I can pray with you, or anything else, just let me know. Associate Pastor Scotty Smith
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WILL YOU GO?
Will You Go?
Genesis 9:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me
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