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CLAYSBURG CHURCH OF GOD!

FEBRUARY 2014

NEWSLETTER Our Time To Shine! Pastor Marcus Tanner

Keys To Great Living One of the key commands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was to make disciples of all men. In an effort to do just that we have many things going on around the church. Wednesday nights we have something for all ages. From birth and all the way up. If you are not attending on Wednesday nights, you might find your missing on one of the great “keys” to great living. Much good teaching and relationship building goes on.

The prompting of the Holy Spirit has taken us into an understanding of our relationship with God in a way that is moving us into action towards the harvest field of people in our own spheres of influences.

becomes the primary purpose of life itself. Out of that knowledge comes the motivation for our choices. Choices are the seeds that will develop a harvest of all that we become and all that we effect in our world.

Our relationship with God has to begin with a desire to know Him. That desire will drive us to learn from His Word more about His will and deliberately adjust our responses to that information. The Apostle Paul's admonition, “To know Him and the Power of His resurrection” Philippians 3:10, directs us to the basis of our learning curve “Who God is”. And to know Him

When we begin to discover God and the things that bring joy to His heart, we also begin to discover who we are. Two parts to our identity - first, who we are in our own evaluation and second, who we are in God’s evaluation, which will rise out of the discovery of God.

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Sunday School is another great opportunity. It starts at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings. Again this is a great time to get with a smaller group and build great relationships and build a great life. Also, be sure and watch for our speciality classes. These are offered on a random schedule. Right now we are a offering a marriage class. It is a “short term” class. This is being taught by David and Cathy Burkett.

When we take a real look at our value in the eyes of God, a

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OUR TIME TO SHINE! (CONT. FROM PAGE ONE) discovery opens itself to some staggering information.

11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard The Message Commentary gives a clear picture of of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on our place in the eyes of God us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. The Message Ephesians 1: 3-14 ...He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. 13-14 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he truth and believed it (this Message of your had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his signet from God is the first installment on what’s family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. vs. 11-12 “. . . Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had 7-10 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his designs on us for glorious living . . .” blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments To live below that position is to undervalue our chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely lives and to ignore God’s will for us. free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could Discover in God’s Word who you are in Christ. possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us Determine to live in such a way that the world in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything around you sees the value God has placed on would be brought together and summed up in him, them, too. everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. 2014 Is Our Time To Shine

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LOOKING TOWARD 2014 WITH EXPECTATION! Last Year is over. 2014 has begun! My prayer is for each of us is to grow in our relationship with God and to dig deeper in His word. Complacency should not be a part of our New Year. Let God Stretch You. It's important for growth. Know what you believe! Know Who you serve! Then as we move ahead, we can begin to look for new plans and purposes that God has positioned for us along the way. No one is exempt. Everyone is included! God has plans for both young and old. It's a fresh,

new year....and That's Exciting! Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:13-14 Darla Burket serves as Children’s Pastor at Claysburg Church of God in Claysburg, PA

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HELP NEEDED AREA There are many places to get involved here at Claysburg Church of God. Here listed is a partial listing of the needs we have effective 1/15/14. If you would like to help, please see one of our Pastoral Staff. There is a place for everyone and everyone has their place.

Senior - Young At Heart director. This person would be responsible to plan, direct and guide all activities for our Senior Adults.

Power Point type program except much easier. (Age 13 and up)

Nursery Worker (During Sunday School) This person will watch the nursery age children, only during the Sunday School time. Please see Cathy Burkett for info on this.

Mission Media Tech This person would be responsible to research missions videos, slides, etc. Please see Pastor Tanner.

Assist. Teacher - This person would be responsible for assisting the teacher for the 5th & 6th grade teacher. Please see Darren R. for more info.

Teacher & Assist. - This person would be responsible for teaching/ assisting the teacher for the Primary Age S.S. class. Please see Darren R. for more info.

Media - This person would be responsible for running the Sunday morning media during the service. This is very similar to a

** Get involved today!**

FOUR KEYS TO EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION Developing an organization's communications strategy is a lot like determining where to fish: question after question. Where do you drop your line? To what depth? Using what bait and hook? Are fish even in this area?

Supportive design, strong content, medium, brevity: all serve as communication factors, not guarantors of success. All should be considered, but within a framework.

Let's examine a framework worth considering. To start, this statement The folks who must firmly hold onto is a relatively easy plot of common the ever-slippery responsibility of ground to claim: Effective delivering effective communications communications are read. Sorry for know that decisions must be made. the typo. Effective communications While a nearly endless supply of are READ. Four key principles exist books, videos, courses, degrees, that can serve as the lens through workshops, and articles exist on which to examine—plan and distributing messages well, many evaluate—communication pieces: organizations share a very common Received, Engaged, Acted Upon, and basic challenge: building a and Delighting. framework. Received. Does this piece make into Specifically, a framework serves an the hands, or onto the screens, of the organization by providing a audience for which it's intended? If consistent perspective on what not, don't waste time and money to "effective" really means. Creative do it. While this might seem like an isn't the same thing as effective, extremely elementary starting point, though it might help. The latest consider the substantial volume of technology won't ensure success, communications that target you in though it, too, might help. just a single day: emails, tweets,

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posts, pins, sidebars, and other advertisements (look to the right or left now), what you were handed at church, and your postal mailbox (work and home). Now think about how many are deleted or discarded without being engaged. How will your piece avoid the trashcan, physical or electronic, so that it has a chance to do its job? Engaged. If a piece makes it into an intended recipient's hand or onto his/her screen, the next step is to help that person thoughtfully (although possibly briefly) read and receive the message. Knowing as much as possible about the audience will help. Make it too long and a person loses interest; too short and a person won't understand. Too flashy and stylized distracts. Too dull and boredom persuades the person to move on to something else. Whenever possible, ask others for opinions—paying close attention as to whether they understood the main (Cont. on page 6)

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Too Much Grace! - by Creflo Dollar I remember my wife giving me a certificate to go skydiving on my 40th birthday. I thought, that’s going to be pretty neat, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Included in a skydiver’s equipment is one main parachute and one reserve parachute. I had the thought, what if I only had that one main chute? I began to think about how dependent I was on the second chute. Would I be able to put my full trust in just one chute? It’s a lot easier to go skydiving knowing that you have that backup chute.

presence of God. But you have to train your mind to focus on the Word because there are many distractions in life. This can be as simple as taking a scripture and meditating on that scripture every day; or before going to bed, reading a paragraph from the Word and meditating on that. When you get in the Word, you get in the presence of God. The Bible says in the God’s presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). When you get in God’s presence, He can begin to show you some things and reveal things to you that you need to know.

against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” (2 Corinthians 12:9, AMP).

When you continually practice the presence of God, you can learn how to rejoice even in the midst of trouble! Why? Because your hope is Well, living the life of grace is in Christ, and He never disappoints! almost like that scenario. God wants us to depend on one “chute”—grace You have a choice; you can focus on For deeper insight on how to access —but we keep depending on the your problems, or you can focus on God’s amazing grace, get a copy of backup “chute”—self-effort, or self- Jesus. His grace is available for you, my teaching series, “God’s Constant Grace.” When your hope is in reliance. Today, the Spirit of God is no matter what you’re going Christ, you’ll never be put to shame! saying, “When will you get to the through. There’s no circumstance point in your life where you’re you’ll ever come up against in life going to be totally dependent on that that can prevail against God. He one chute, God’s grace, and knows the end from the beginning everything that Jesus has already (Isaiah 46:10). He is already in your done for you?” future, rooting for you at the finish line! We are surrounded by too much grace to ever be defeated in any area Make it a point from this day of our lives. There’s just too much forward to expose yourself to God’s Creflo Dollar is the founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church grace that’s been made available to presence by exposing yourself to International (WCCI) in College Park, us to be troubled about anything. His Word. Trials and challenges that Georgia, which serves nearly 30,000 But in order to avail ourselves to seem larger than life melt when members; World Changers Church-New York, which hosts over 6,000 worshippers God’s grace and lay hold of what we we’re in the presence of the Lord. need by faith, we have to maintain His presence eliminates worry, fear, each week; and a host of satellite churches, located in Los Angeles, California; the balance of the presence of God doubt, and frustration. That’s where Indianapolis, Indiana; Washington, D.C.; in our lives. You have to practice the His grace comes in! There’s too Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas presence of God in order to tap into much grace available for you, so and Houston, Texas; and Carrollton, Norcross, Macon, and Marietta, Georgia. As His wisdom concerning the don’t you dare give up, cave in, or circumstances of your everyday life. quit on God, because He will never mandated by God, Creflo Dollar’s goal is to establish 500 satellite churches around the quit on you! world.  With 30 years in ministry, Creflo One of the ways we engage His Dollar is committed to bringing the Good But He said to me, My grace (My presence is by engaging in His News of Jesus Christ to people all over the Word. The devil’s task is to distract favor and loving-kindness and world, literally changing the world one person at a time. mercy) is enough for you [sufficient you out of, and away from, the

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Four Keys to Effective Communication (Cont. from page 4) message—which should inspire action.

question why the communication piece exists.

Acted upon. Too many communication pieces appear as educational experiences and not calls to action. Before crafting a message, clarify what the recipient should do as a result of receiving and engaging. Some might see this as a pathway to measuring success. While that's true, the more basic motivation behind this portion of the framework is this: if you can't clearly articulate what you want someone to do, be prepared for the recipient to do nothing. On the other hand, if no action need take place,

Delighting. Strive to help people enjoy the communication experience and they will more likely receive, engage, and act upon future pieces from you. In many cases, this means avoiding the temptation to ramble and succinctly ending the communication. David Staal, senior editor for Building Church Leaders and a mentor to a first grader, serves as the president of Kids Hope USA, He lives in Grand Haven, MI, with his wife Becky, son Scott, and daughter Erin.

Calendar Feb. 1 Men’s Breakfast Feb. 2 Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 14 Valentine Banquet Feb. 23 Membership Sunday

* For more information on dates please check your weekly bulletin or the weekly announcement video on Facebook. For sign up’s please see the information counter in the lobby.


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