MAKING DISCIPLES WHO LIVE BY GOD’S GRACE AND FOR HIS GLORY AT HOME AND ACROSS THE WORLD God Story
Right now, God?
This Month at Fellowship Missions Spotlight Community of Grace Church Planting in Rwanda
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This class meets Sunday, March, 16, 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. Child care is provided.
RIGHT NOW, GOD? | BY TRACY LANE Last spring when God called me to disciple young women, I asked, “Right now, God?” This isn’t the stage of my life where I have a lot of margin. I had a 10-month-old daughter and knew we’d try for another baby soon. In August, we were thrilled to find that our next baby was on the way! In November, doctors announced, “Your new baby girl has a severe heart defect. The most we can guarantee is that we’ll do all we can when she arrives in April.” I asked again, “Right now, God? How can I find time for being discipled and discipling?” It felt like my real life needed so much of me that I didn’t have the capacity for my spiritual life. Then I learned a hard, beautiful lesson on grace. Grace isn’t only for the convenient times. The grace that saved me is the same grace that sustains me through these dark days. Grace gave me the privilege to share the gospel with doctors and loved ones who suggested terminating this pregnancy. Grace provided our baby’s name: Annie, meaning favor and grace. Grace gives me strength to cling to a good God, no matter what. Grace allows our unborn child’s life to already glorify God. Grace gives me the confidence that God has a purpose in this. Grace gives us patience to wait a few more weeks to meet our sweet Annie in April. There isn’t an easy stage of life to learn and teach others about God. The reality of grace is that in all things I can’t, but God can. My whole life rightly becomes a living, breathing, pervasive story of His grace. And those girls I didn’t have time to disciple are my lifeblood as I walk this journey. To keep up with Annie’s story visit heartforannie.wordpress.com
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.com. Our next scheduled Baptism Class is March 2 at 11 am in the Station.
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THIS MONTH AT FELLOWSHIP FELLOWSHIP HIGHLIGHTS What Did You Expect? Paul Tripp Marriage Event
Plan to join us March 7–8 as Paul Tripp teaches how a marriage of unity, understanding and love is rooted in worship and empowered by the Gospel. Tickets are $10 per person, available online and at the Connection Center. Limited child care available with registration. Friday, March 7 from 7 to 9:15 pm Saturday, March 8 from 9 am to 12:15 pm
For more info and registration visit fellowshiponline.com/events today!
Ash Wednesday Services
March 5 we will observe Ash Wednesday with services at noon and 7 pm in the Warehouse. These services are a time of deep reflection, repentance, and focus on what Christ did for us on the cross. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent which is the 40-day period before Easter. Come participate in this moving experience in preparation for the Easter season.
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP Fellowship Women Spring Class: Bloom Join us this spring as we recommit ourselves to our husbands and marriages. We’ll be using the following studies: What Did You Expect by Paul Tripp and Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg. Bloom meets on Tuesdays from 9–11:30 am in the Warehouse. Fellowship Men Spring Class: Five Great Questions with Robert Lewis Do you want to go deeper on subjects like Creation? Evolution? How the Bible came together? Or Is Hell really forever? Join Robert Lewis as he continues this “deeper investigation” of the great questions surrounding our faith. Wednesdays, 6:15–7:30 am in the Warehouse. 501 Thursday Nights (Young Adult Community, Ages 18-35) Thursday nights are the front door of the 501 community of young adults. We gather as a large group to worship God, study the Bible and connect people to our D Group communities where we live out our discipleship of Jesus together. Meets March 6 and 13, 7–8:30 pm in the Warehouse. 2 to 1 Premarital & Newly Married Discipleship Class If you’re engaged, thinking about getting engaged or have recently been married, this eight-week class
is for you. We’ll explore why marriages fail and look at God’s plan, purpose and power for marriage. We’ll help confirm the direction of your relationship and discuss roles and responsibilities. $25 per couple. Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 pm from Feb 20–April 10, in the Station. Mystery of the Shroud of Turin SageWorks presents the lead research physicist and archaeologist discussing findings on the Shroud of Turin, the possible burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Sunday, April 6, 6–7:30 pm in the Warehouse. SageWorks Mid-Week Discipleship Group For the individual or couple who wants to be in a D Group but cannot attend in the evenings when most groups meet. Time together begins with worship and prayer, followed by Bible study and ends with a meal and fellowship. March 12 and 26, 11 am–1 pm in the Station. 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 simple need for specific support. Renew groups meet Tuesday nights from 6:30–8:30. A broad spectrum of discipleship groups are available this month. Newcomers are welcomed weekly in most groups, and free child care is provided through preregistration. Groups include: Marriage Renewal This group transforms us in the context of marriage. We all experience some level of struggle in our marriage, and God intends to use that struggle to conform us individually into the image of His Son. Marriage Renewal is not a “quick fix;” but discipleship in community focused on how to connect more significantly with our spouse. We see Him transforming our marriage and the marriages of others in our small groups. Newcomers are welcomed weekly. Money and Marriage God’s Way What does money have to do with marriage? What does marriage have to do with money? If you’ve been married any length of time, you know marriage and money have a relationship with each other. This small group provides discipleship focused on your marriage and your money. Spouses will have the opportunity to: work on giving, saving, and investing decisions; understand the impact of debt in their marriage; learn to resolve conflicts; set goals; and improve communication. A new group is forming in March. Personal Renewal Does sin impact your life? Absolutely. We live in a world of sin, we’re sinned against and we sin against others. It’s in Jesus Christ where we find salvation and sin is turned on its head. At Personal Renewal we’re transformed by the grace of Christ through the power of the Spirit. This intensive small group environment (continued)
THIS MONTH AT FELLOWSHIP ADULT DISCIPLESHIP (CONTINUED) provides discipleship in the Christian life through studies and relationships. You can find hope in a crisis, healing in brokenness, and a new identity in Christ apart from addictions. Newcomers are welcomed weekly into these groups. CancerEMS (Equipping, Ministry & Support) This group provides discipleship through support, ministry opportunities and equipping for those who are cancer survivors or are currently battling cancer and their caregivers. Newcomers are welcomed weekly. For more info about Renew or to register for child care, visit fellowshiponline.com/renew.
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 and for His Glory at home and across the world. The Messiah Mystery: A Family Lenten Journey FSK is excited to partner with Family Life to offer a resource for your whole family called The Messiah Mystery. This six-week experience teaches you and your family about the biblical meaning of Lent in a fun, interactive way and is designed to use with a range of ages. Available for $20 at the bookstore. Fifty6 Our 5th and 6th graders are starting a series called The Masquerade. The Bible warns us to be on guard because Satan masquerades himself as an angel of light. He entices us by glamorizing sin, but the results are always destructive. This series will focus on what the Bible teaches about spiritual warfare and how we’ve been given God’s armor to defend ourselves in battle. Ultimately, we want preteens to realize how God’s grace has rescued us from the darkness and redeemed us in Christ. Special Needs Our Special Needs ministry is looking for a deaf interpreter to assist a child in FSK Sunday during the 9 am service. Please contact Lora at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Registration is $95 per player and includes a jersey, shorts, socks, a reward following each game, and an end of the season award. Visit fellowshiponline.com/ upward to register online. For information contact Paul at email@example.com. Thirsty? (7–8th grade) & 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 hangout time, praise and worship, and a time to hear Biblical teaching from our pastors. FSM D Group Leader Meeting On March 9, we’ll have a meeting for all of our FSM D Group leaders at 10:15–11 am in the FSM Auditorium. FSM United Panama City, FL, June 28–July 4, cost $475. Application due March 23. This trip for 7th–12th graders includes great messages and worship as well as opportunities to serve in areas like sports outreach, soup kitchens, beach evangelism, construction, and more! Pick up an application today at the FSM kiosk. Spring Break FSM will not be meeting on Sunday, March 23 or Wednesday, March 26. 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 is March 30 from 6–7:30 pm in FSM and is designed for parents and students to attend. The other three sessions on April 6, 13, and 27 are for students only. For FSM info and registration, visit fellowshipstudents.com.
MISSIONS Guatemala We have two teams going on shortterm mission trips to Guatemala this month. One is a leadership trip March 5–10 and also a family trip March 22–29. Please keep them in your prayers! Missions Tour March 4 from 4–7 pm. Discover what God’s doing here in Central Arkansas and how you can get involved! To sign up for this or another tour, contact Linda at 224-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Baby Dedications will be held May 11 with our Baby Dedication Parent’s Class held on April 27. Deadline for registration is April 21. For information or to join us in dedicating your child, contact Emily at email@example.com or call the church.
Come Meet The Nations March 3 and 10, 6 pm, MetroBCM, 5515 West 32nd St. on the UALR campus. International Friendship Outreach’s Conversation Club is starting for the spring semester! Enjoy a potluck dinner, meet students from over a dozen countries and have global impact without leaving the country! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Upward Soccer Outreach Sign up today for Upward Soccer and help reach families in our community. The league is for boys and girls in K–6th grade. Invite others to play, coach a team, referee or be a prayer partner.
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 info or to apply visit fellowshipmissions.com/residency. Short-Term Mission Trips This year we’ll 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, contact Jessica at email@example.com or visit fellowshipmissions.com/events for info on the upcoming trips and deadlines! Immerse Arkansas Dinner Consider teaming with Thrive and providing a meal Tuesday, March 4 for Immerse Arkansas. We’ll prepare for 20 people including the young adults that have aged out of foster care. This is a great way to give back to our youth that now call Immerse home. We’ll eat with them in a family atmosphere and spend an evening visiting. This is a perfect opportunity for an individual, a group of friends, or D Group! Family Night All foster and adoptive families along with any families interested in fostering or adopting, please join Thrive on Tuesday March 18 at 6 pm for a family night out at Chuck E Cheese off Rodney Parham. Bring the entire family and enjoy a night out! Centers for Youth and Family We’ll be hosting an evening of games and snacks and an opportunity to love on children in foster care! We need volunteers to make this night possible. Please join us from 6:15–8 pm on March 21. MANNA Program Join our MANNA program on March 12 from 10 am–12 pm as we prepare a meal for our foster and newly adoptive families at Fellowship. We will be preparing the meal at Hidden Creek. This is a one-time commitment for an individual, group of friends, or D Group to love on our families at Fellowship that are serving the orphan. For information or to sign up for Thrive events, or If you are interested in receiving the monthly Thrive newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Missions Summer Internships Fellowship Missions internships are intensive local discipleship experiences designed for future leaders to work alongside our Missions team in order to gain an understanding of what happens ‘behind the scenes’ of ministry. For more information or to apply visit: fellowshipmissions.com/internships. Hidden Creek Celebration Luncheon Sunday, March 16, 12:45–2 pm at 10905 West Markham Street. Join us as we celebrate all God is doing in our community. Bring a dish to share; enough for your family and one extra person. For more information call Jennifer at 224-7171.
Tyler Street Opportunity Center We are offering Life Skill classes every Wednesday from 5:30–8pm at Tyler Street Opportunity Center, located at 2100 S. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72204. For opportunities to serve or for information, please contact Danita at 224-7171.
WORSHIP Night of Prayer Join us for a night of worship and prayer on Monday, March 3, 6:30–7:45 pm. Together, we’ll seek God’s direction for our church and our lives. Child care available through registration; email email@example.com. Student Worship Interviews Fellowship Worship is recruiting musicians, dancers, rappers, vocalists, and actors for learning and leading opportunities in a variety of student worship venues. FSM Worship, Fifty6 and FSK Worship leaders want to help students grow in their gifting! Interested students ages 5th grade through college should email firstname.lastname@example.org for an interview packet before March 6.
MISSIONS: AT HOME AND ACROSS THE WORLD
COMMUNITY OF GRACE
CHURCH PLANTING IN RWANDA
In 2005, Dr. Tad Fiser and Dr. Barry Sorrells responded to the whisper of the Holy Spirit to use their medical knowledge and experience to share the hope of Christ with neighbors who live in the South Midtown community. Through their leadership, Fellowship and Oak Forest United Methodist Church partnered together to open Shepherd’s Hope Neighborhood Health Center in August 2006. In the next seven years, by God’s grace, the ministry grew and added dental care, vision, and a number of other medical specialties. In late 2012, God again graciously provided for the clinic with an expanded medical practice within the Tyler Street Opportunity Center.
It is hard to overstate the impact of church planting. New churches spend great effort evangelizing, discipling and multiplying believers. Cities are changed as these transformed people bear the fruit of all that Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28.
After a year at this new location, the health ministry at the Tyler Opportunity Center is now called Community of Grace. Dr. Sorrells, Dr. Fiser, and Community of Grace Medical Director, Dr. Brenda Covington, have all expressed excitement about the change. According to Dr. Covington, “We want Community of Grace to be a place where everyone who comes for care will experience the grace of God, not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally. Jesus is the Great Physician. He is the one who ultimately heals and we want every person who receives care to be drawn to Him.” As Community of Grace seeks to present the good news of reconciliation through Jesus as the foundation for true health, it is a great opportunity to serve for not only medical professionals, but for anyone looking for a great place to make disciples. For more information on how you can serve, contact Ben Sims at email@example.com or 837-3448.
Pastor Joel Sengoga knows the impact of new churches, as he’s planted three in his home country of Rwanda. He desires to start a new one in every district of the country. Members of Fellowship met Joel during a trip led by Bill Parkinson and Robert Lewis in 2013. Discussions began then about helping him create a church-planting residency like ours through Fellowship Associates. Joel and his family have decided to relocate to Little Rock for a year of training with Fellowship Associates and are expected to arrive in July. “I surrendered to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of my life in 1986 at the age of 21 ... A strange voice spoke to my heart, comparing me to a flower that fades away ... I realized how helpless and hopeless I was without God in my life. My heart broke and in tears I started repenting of my pride and self-centeredness, surrendering my life to Christ,” says Joel. Joel is married to Annie and they have four beautiful children. We look forward to having the Sengogas with us for the 2014–15 year. We ask you to join us in praying for them, the visa process, travel arrangements, and their church.