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GOD STORY | THIS MONTH AT FELLOWSHIP | MISSIONS SPOTLIGHT
MAKING DISCIPLES WHO LIVE BY GOD’S GRACE & FOR HIS GLORY AT HOME & ACROSS THE WORLD
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WELCOME We would love for you to get connected at Fellowship. Here are some easy ways to get involved:
This class meets Sunday, April 27, 11 am-1 pm in the Station and is hosted by our teaching pastors. You’ll hear about:
• our mission of discipleship •o ur strategy for growing as disciples of Jesus and making disciples
•o ur ministries and how you can get more connected
• the steps you can take to join Fellowship as a member
We’ll gather for lunch and conversation as we get to know one another and answer any questions you may have. Childcare is provided. Matt, Lana and Shelby Summit with Co-Leaders Kendyl and Austin Bryan
MY D GROUP | BY MATT SUMMIT
Since our D Group started meeting in the fall of 2013, it has been amazing to see God at work. I have always enjoyed being a part of and leading a small group, but I wasn’t sure where to start at such a large church. Over those first few years, we were members of multiple small groups, and every member in our current group can be connected through the path that God placed before us during that time. The immediate camaraderie in our group has been such a blessing. Many of us share common spiritual upbringings, but also bring a different viewpoint to God’s Word. One of the most impactful studies we have done together was The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. The study challenged us to “circle” our prayer requests to God and continue to bring issues before Him – to truly pray without ceasing. During this time, there were numerous large issues facing members of our group – from job changes, to house selling, to family matters. Each day we deliberately prayed for these issues and God did not disappoint! We were able to witness so many answered prayers during this time that it left each of us in awe. Recently we have been reading Galatians for You, the study on grace that follows the sermon series. This book has had an incredible impact on our personal relationships with God and our relationships with each other. I have often felt like this was the first time I was reading the book of Galatians! We have seen that moving past a performance-based salvation frees us from the burden of trying to carry the weight of our own sin, and allows us to spend more time loving, caring, discipling and praying for those around us. To learn more about discipleship groups visit fellowshiponline.com/dgroups.
The key strategy we use for being and making disciples is our small groups, which we call D Groups (short-hand for Discipleship Groups). We have three types of D Groups: Core Groups, Connect Groups, and Care Groups. Visit fellowshiponline.com/dgroups to get more information about the groups and to join one, or stop by the Connection Center.
Baptisms are some of our favorite events at Fellowship because we get to acknowledge public decisions to follow Christ. If you’re interested in taking this important step, email baptism@ fellowshiponline. Our next scheduled Baptism Class is April 6 at 11 am in the Station.
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THIS MONTH AT FELLOWSHIP MISSIONS Let’s Chat, International Student Ministry April 19-May 24, Saturdays from 12-3pm. For six weeks we will study the character of God with our international friends. Let’s Chat gives Internationals a chance to practice their English and develop relationships with Americans. Lunch is provided. We will also be taking a special camping trip in lieu of our usual Saturday afternoon on April 25-27. Contact Jason Duncan at jduncan@ fellowshiponline.com or 224-7171 for more info! Short-Term Mission Trips This year we will be traveling to Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti and India to share God’s grace and make disciples of all nations! If you’re interested in participating, please contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www. fellowshipmissions.com/global for more information on the upcoming trips and deadlines! Missions Summer Internships Fellowship Missions internships are intensive local discipleship experiences designed for future leaders to work alongside the missions team at Fellowship in order to gain an understanding of what happens ‘behind the scenes’ of ministry. Applications will only be accepted through the end of April. For more information or to apply visit our website: fellowshipmissions.com/internships Missions Leadership Residency This nine-month experience is designed to strengthen a college graduate’s spiritual foundation and provide practical knowledge in areas of social justice, community development and gospel movements. For more information or to apply visit fellowshipmissions.com/ residency. Missions Tour April 2 from 11 am -1:00 pm. Discover what God’s doing here in Central Arkansas and how you can get involved! Lunch will be provided. For more info or to sign up, contact Linda at 224-7171 or lslaton@ fellowshipoline.com Hidden Creek Yard Sale Saturday, May 3. We are collecting any of your unwanted items laying around the house or in storage. Drop your items off at Hidden Creek, 10905 West Markham Street, between 8-4 pm, Monday through Friday; deadline to donate is Friday, April 25 by 4 pm. All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit the day-to-day operations of Hidden Creek. A receipt will be provided for your donations. For more info, contact Pam Ferguson at pferguson@ hiddencreekdc.org. Kingdom Quilters Make lap quilts for individuals who are very ill or dying and need your help! Kingdom Quilters meet in room 2160 on the first Monday and third Saturday of each month. If you are a quilter or would like to join in, please contact Linda at 224-7171.
Central Arkansas 2014 National Day of Prayer Will be observed in a city wide Evening of Prayer at 7pm on May 1 in the Warehouse. Join other believers in Central Arkansas to pray around this year’s theme “One Voice… United in Prayer” from Romans 15:6 “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Foster & Adoptive Mom’s Breakfast Join us on April 2nd for a breakfast for moms from across the city! This will be a time of fellowship and prayer. The cost is $5 for breakfast (regardless of the number of children you register) and child care is from 9-11:30am. Limited childcare so register by March 26. Manna Join Thrive’s Manna ministry on April 9th from 10am-12pm as we prepare a meal for our foster and newly adoptive families here at Fellowship. We will be preparing the meal at Hidden Creek, 10905 West Markham St. This is a one-time commitment for an individual, group of friends, or D group to love on our families serving orphans. Centers for Youth and Family Thrive will be hosting a night at Centers for Youth and Family to have snacks and crafts on April 18 from 6:15-8pm. We need volunteers to make this night possible. All you need to do is show up and be ready to share God’s love with these precious children. Immerse Arkansas Consider providing a meal on April 8 at Immerse Arkansas. We will prepare and eat a meal for 20 people at Immerse that includes the young adults that have aged out of foster care. This is a rich time of visiting in a family atmosphere for these kids, and is a great opportunity for an individual, group of friends or D group. Second Chance Youth Ranch SCYR provides a caring home to many children through DHS that are in a foster or adoptive placement. Join Thrive on April 11 in the FSM Garage from 6-9 pm to spend time with the girls that are current residents at SCYR. We will be eat dinner together and complete canvas paintings! Walk for the Waiting What if there was one simple thing each person could do to care for Arkansas’s waiting children? What if it was as simple as walking? Please join the state’s three leading orphan care ministries who are uniting forces again for the second annual Walk for the Waiting, April 26 at 9:00am at War Memorial Stadium. Adoption and Foster Care Series April 1-May 13, 6:30-8:30 pm, Tuesday nights. This is a seven-week series building up to the arrival of David and Jayne Schooler. These classes will be a video DVD series called Adoption and Foster Care RX. The sessions will address issues with difficult behavior, learning
THIS MONTH AT FELLOWSHIP to re-parent, understanding food and sleep issues, dealing with lying and stealing, preparing your teen for adulthood and tag-team parenting. Caryl Watson and Amy Smith are facilitators; child care is available through pre-registration. If you are interested in signing up for an orphan care event or to receive the monthly Thrive newsletter, email email@example.com.
WORSHIP Night of Prayer Join us for a night of worship and prayer on Monday, April 7, 6:30-7:45 pm. Together, we’ll seek God’s direction for our church and our lives. Child care is available through registration; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 501 Second Thursday (Young Adults, Ages 18-35) April 10, 7-8:30 pm in the Warehouse. Second Thursday is the monthly gathering of the 501 young adult community where we celebrate what God is doing in and through our D Groups. 501 Think Like A Missionary On April 3, 17 and 24, 7-8:30 pm in the Warehouse. A series of workshops to help us understand how our city lives and thinks so we can better connect with our neighbors in real relationships and hold out the good news of Jesus in ways they understand and are longing for. Come as a D Group or join a D Group! Mystery of the Shroud of Turin April 6, 6-7:30 pm in the Warehouse. Sageworks presents the lead research physicist and archaeologist as they discuss their findings on the Shroud of Turin, the possible burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Mid-Week Discipleship Group April 9 and 23, 11am1pm in the Station. For those in the Sageworks community who want to be in a D Group but cannot attend in the evenings when most groups meet. We begin with a time of worship and prayer, followed by a Bible study, ending with a meal and Fellowship. SageWorks Main Event May 4, 6-7:30 pm in the Warehouse. Join Bill Parkinson, Robert Lewis and Dave Kella as they share a new, “involving” strategy for reaching not only Sages but also families who are launching families and entering into a new season with little or no vision.
Sageworks Next Steps May 1, 6:30- 8:30 pm in the Chapel. Join us as we work together to “plan your life celebration,” i.e. your memorial service. When you finish the evening, you will have a legal document addressing end of life decisions and an outline of your “next steps” with which to bless your family. Register by calling Donna at 224-7171 or email dskrivanos@ fellowshiponline.com. Renew Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm. Renew Groups provide discipleship at your point of need whether it is a personal crisis, growth in your marriage or finances, addressing a sin issue or a need for specific support. Newcomers are welcomed weekly in most groups. Free child care is provided through registration.
Marriage Renewal We all experience some level of struggle in our marriage. Marriage Renewal is a place where God’s grace can be experienced as He transforms us in the discipling context of our marriage. Newcomers are welcomed weekly. Money and Marriage God’s Way May 6-June17. Spouses will have the opportunity to: work on giving, saving, and investing decisions; understand the impact of debt in marriage; learn to resolve conflicts; set goals; and improve communication. Divorce Care If you have experienced a divorce or are in the midst of a marital separation, you know how painful it can be. DivorceCare is a video seminar and support group conducted by people who understand what you are experiencing. A New Divorce Care discipleship group will meet in May! Personal Renewal This intensive small group environment provides discipleship in the Christian life through studies and relationships. You can find hope in crisis, healing in brokenness, a new identity in Christ apart from addictions. Newcomers are welcomed weekly into these groups. For more info about Renew or to register for child care, visit fellowshiponline.com/renew.
THIS MONTH AT FELLOWSHIP Fellowship Highlight Good Friday Communion Service Friday, April 18 at 5:30 and 7 pm in the Worship Center. Join us for a powerful time remembering the death of Jesus, the payment for our sin. Through scripture, song and story we will embrace forgiveness and anticipate our hope in the resurrected Christ! Child care available for children under age 8. Easter Worship Services A popular question people ask is ‘What is love’? Join us as we celebrate the answer together – the risen Jesus Christ. Invite family and friends to join us this Easter as we experience the transforming power of love. Saturday, April 19 services at 4 and 6 pm in the Worship Center and Edge. Sunday, April 20 services at 9 and 11 am in the Worship Center, Edge and Chapel
D CAFÉ April 27, 6-8:00 pm Grace & The Bible (with Bill Parkinson in the Warehouse) Today the authority of scripture is under attack more than ever. Join Bill Parkinson as he shares how scripture is God’s chosen means to reveal His plan for us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Discipleship in the Workplace (with Dee Brown in FSK Worship) Many Christians find it difficult to integrate their beliefs into the workplace, leading to a compartmentalized faith. Join Dee Brown, one of our lay elders, as he shares how the workplace is more than a place to earn a living, but is instead a mission field for making disciples. Sabbath: Resting in God’s Sovereign Grace (with Jim Hudson in the Station) If there is freedom in Christ, then why do our lives seem so enslaved to the rhythms of a fallen world? Jim Hudson will share how Sabbath as a spiritual practice helps us find rest in the grace of Jesus Christ and serve as a counter-cultural lifestyle for Christians. Missions Tour (with Brandon Barnard and Paul Chapman) Learn about missional opportunities you can become involved with as you live out our mission to make disciples in Central Arkansas. Tour departs the south entrance at 6:00 pm on the Fellowship shuttle and will return at 8:00 pm. Seating is limited so reserve your spot by contacting Jessica Olsen at jolsen@ fellowshiponline.com.
FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP Fellowship Kids (FSK) FSK invites all children (infants - 6th grade) to join us for either service, 9 & 11 am, to experience what it means to become a disciple who lives by God’s grace at home and across the world. To serve in FellowShip Kids, please contact us at email@example.com. Fifty6 We will celebrate Easter with a series titled Uprising. An uprising is a revolt or fight against an organized group who claims power and control. According to this definition, the events surrounding the first Easter caused a huge uprising. Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus also came to give us new life – with acceptance and freedom from God. Jesus was met with a lot of opposition from those that didn’t understand or agree with Him and those that crucified Him! As we look at all the events of the Easter story, we realize that this is the biggest uprising in all of history! Easter We will be having FellowShip Kids all four Easter services (4 and 6 pm Saturday night, 9 and 11 am Sunday morning) for all kids, nursery - fourth grade. Fifty6 will meet Sunday morning at 9 and 11 am. All fifth and sixth graders are encouraged to attend service with their families on Saturday night. Nursery Paid Workers If you or someone you know is looking to earn a little extra income and love kids, we would love to have you join our FSK team on Sunday mornings during either service. For more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Baby Dedication Baby dedications will be held May 11 with our Baby Dedication Parents’ Class on April 27. Deadline for registration is April 21. For more information or to join us in dedicating your child, please email email@example.com. Fellowship Student Ministries (FSM) Thirsty? (7-8th grade) and Echo (9-12th grade) are our large group midweek services that take place every Wednesday night from 5:30-7 pm and 7:30-9 pm. Join us to enjoy some hang out time, praise and worship, and a time of Biblical teaching from our pastors. College Ready for Seniors This course is designed for Seniors to prepare them for college and offers sound wisdom for what is ahead. The first session on March 30 from 6-7:30 pm in FSM is designed for parents and students to attend. The other three sessions on April 6, 13, and 27 are for students only. Senior Sunday On May 4 at 9am and 11am in the Worship Center we will honor our Seniors before the entire church body. That morning, seniors need to report to FSM classroom 2160 at 8:30am.
MISSIONS: AT HOME & ACROSS THE WORLD
It all started for me when I spent a year in India, sharing the gospel with college students. During that year God placed in my heart a love for international students and a desire to share Christ with those who have never heard of Him. Then a few years ago God led me to get involved with a ministry at UALR called IFO, or International Friendship Outreach. IFO’s purpose is to connect Americans and international students through Conversation Club, a weekly meeting where we come together to eat, have conversation and practice their English. Ultimately the goal is to develop relationships with these students, many of who are from restricted or closed countries, and share the love of Christ and His gospel with them.
Hosean International Ministries (HIM Haiti), located in Pignon, Haiti, was founded by Caleb Lucien in order to empower Haitians with the Gospel through education, life skills training and economic growth.
International Friendship Outreach by Jeremiah Dennis
Through my involvement with IFO, God has provided me with numerous opportunities to love, serve and invest in these precious students. As we spend time together, eating meals, or having intense UNO games, the Gospel naturally flows out. Sometimes it involves telling a story about Christ and His miracles, while other times it means listening to a student describe his anxieties then sharing my experience with Christ as the absolute Lord and leader of my life, the one who gives me peace. While it never looks the same, God is always faithful to provide moments in which to share Christ. As I reflect on the opportunities that God has given me over the last few years, I can’t help but marvel at all that He has done. To use me at all in this great work of sharing Christ with the world is a marvelous display of His abundant grace and mercy. I eagerly look forward to what God will to do in the coming years. By His grace, I hope to join Him directly in His work by moving overseas and pouring out my life among those who have never heard the name of Christ. O what a God we serve! Interested in finding out more about international student ministry? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hosean International Ministries
Caleb Lucien grew up in Pignon watching leaders of his community, including his own father, face one obstacle after another as they tried to meet the needs of their people. Caleb was able to study in the United States, earning three degrees. He knew God had blessed him and was convinced that he was being called to return to Haiti to minister and help his community. In 1984 Caleb returned to Pignon and founded Hosean International. Because neither public or private education is free in Haiti, many families cannot afford to send their children to school. HIM is committed to helping these children get an education that will allow them to succeed and lead a healthy, well rounded life. HIM has set up several schools including College de la Grace, a secondary school, and Lapila Christian School. Lapila Christian School was founded in 1992 and was the first school in the community. It now teaches 385 kindergarten through sixth graders. HIM also works to train the teachers at College de la Grace and Lapila Christian. Hosean International also works to create jobs, teach job skills, train leaders, and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. One way they accomplish this is to have adult and children’s Life Skill training camps run by American volunteers at Camp de la Grace.
This year, Hosean will celebrate 30-years of ministry and the devotion and courage of Caleb Lucien and his staff. To learn more about Hosean International Ministries visit hosean.org. Fellowship Missions, in partnership with HIM, will lead a trip to Haiti July 11-19. If you are interested in learning more visit fellowshipmissions.com/global.