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Fall 2011  September - October - November

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A Newsletter of Little Country Church this issue 

Event Calendar

Introducing E4

Camp Testimonies

Meeting Our Staff

9/11 Special Guest

Women’s Conference

Fall Studies

Dear Friends, I trust that you were able to be part of our Come Together Summer. It was at the heart of our leadership to take advantage of the different seasons in which we live. Part of the summer is set aside for families to get away; we trust that, just like we were able to make some new memories at LCC, your family made some personal lifelong memories together also. This summer we were all invited as LCC family to “come together”; well, with the fall quickly coming upon us, we want to invite you to join us in REACHING out together. As you read through this newsletter you will read about all kinds of opportunities to reach out to our community. You will see how some of these opportunities are calling for your servanthood participation, while others are just calling for you to reach out and invite those people you care about to come and be blessed. If you have been part of LCC for awhile, you have heard me share at some point one of my favorite N.T. passages, written by Paul, in Philippians 3:13-14; "…but one thing I do,

forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." What a great word of encouragement for LCC as a family to REACH out together this fall. We can reach out to those who maybe in the past did not respond to our invitations; who knows, maybe this is the best time for them. This may be the best time for you also to get involved in serving at LCC! So as you take the next few minutes to read about what is coming to LCC this fall, I would encourage you to stop, after reading, and ask the Lord, what He would have you and your family do to REACH out together through the ministry of LCC. On a personal note, our words could not adequately express our love and thankfulness that this LCC family has extended to our family. My wife, Robin, is healing from the car accident she was in this past May. We are praying that she will be able to walk again this fall. With much love!


September

October

04 Communion Sunday

05 Communion Wednesday

05 Labor Day (Holiday)

07 Over 60’s Luncheon

06 Country Moms - Back to

07 E4 Leadership 5.30pm

12.30pm

School Coffee 8.30am

08 Men at the Cross 7am

09 E4 Leadership 5.30pm 8am – 10am – 12noon 6pm Seminar

11 CornerStone Class 10am (4 week study)

13 Country Moms Fall Study (7 week study) 8.30am

17 Calvary Chapel Women’s Conference (At LCC) 8.30am – 4.00pm

19 Women’s Monday Study “Untamed” (7 week study) 6.30pm Men’s Study – “The Truth Project” (12 week study) 6.30pm

21 The Hunt 7pm 23 Women’s Friday Study “Untamed” (7 week study) 9am

23 Men’s Call to Prayer 7pm

Upcoming events

11 Guest Samy Tanagho

14 Night of Worship 7pm 23 Marriage on the ROCK 5 week DVD series 10am

28 Men’s Call to Prayer 7pm 31 Harvest Festival Big League Dreams Park 5.30pm – 8.30pm

November 04 E4 Leadership 5.30pm 05 Men at the Cross 7am 06 Communion Sunday 11 Veterans Day (Holiday) 13 Carpenter’s Daughters – Craft & Bake Sale

16 The Hunt 7pm 20 Baptism Classes offered 23 No Wednesday-Night Study 27 Thanksgiving Service Baptism & Testimonies

23-25 Men’s Camp-Out Lake Siskiyou September is our month to provide food for Living Hope Ministries. Please pick up a bag each Sunday and bring it back filled the following Sunday.

Call the Church Office for Details


Serving during the fall season our community

CULTIVATE: We desire to equip the saints with leadership principles to be used both within their specific ministries and in their lives as a whole (i.e. marriages, business places, friendships, dating relationships, etc.) aiding the individual in how to minister most effectively and healthily. (Ephesians 4:12) COOPERATE: We desire to connect each ministry with the other ministry teams through various community opportunities such as sharing meals, teaching, and activities. This will serve as encouragement to all involved to meet new people, make friends, and witness what God is doing in all ministries through the local church. (Ephesians 4:13) COMMUNICATE: We desire to establish a common language amongst our local church that goes beyond the given boundaries of any specific ministry. (Ephesians 4:15) MEETINGS: E4 will have a once a month gathering where we hope to accomplish equipping, community, and a common language. Our Gatherings: Our evenings will begin with a meal. We will then have a time of well-rounded equipping, which will be shared by Little Country staff, elders, and fellow disciples. We will break off into the ministries represented to address administration of that specific ministry (i.e. teaching schedule, special events, dreaming future events, etc.) and application time of that night’s teaching. We want to then regroup, if time allows, for a greater time of community and fellowship through worship and other activities.

Little Country Launches New Leadership Development Under the leadership and vision of Pastors Nathan Blank, John Yount, and Chad Putnam, new leadership training will be introduced and implemented beginning this September. E4 will become the leadership training ministry of Little Country Church and will exist to equip the members of our body to be servant leaders.

PURPOSE: Our purpose is to facilitate equipping, community, and a common language amongst leadership across the local church body.

E4 is for those who are serving in a ministry under the direction of one of the LCC Elders, Pastors or Directors


INVITATION opportunities “reach out and invite those people you care about to come and be blessed” Pastor Bryan

On Sunday, September 11th, Little Country will be having a very special day as guest Samy Tanagho comes to share a timely message with our body. Samy was born and raised in Egypt, where he studied Islamic law and Islamic religion at Ain Shams University (School of Law) in Cairo, Egypt, and later practiced law as an attorney. Samy is Chairman of the Board for the Glad News For Muslims non-profit corporation. Samy has been sharing the Gospel with Muslims for over 30 years. He speaks on God's love toward sinners and how we can communicate the Gospel effectively to the people we meet, including Muslims. Samy's passion is to encourage every member in the body of Christ to be active in fulfilling the Great Commission. His wife, Hala, often joins him to share her story of imprisonment in Egypt for converting from Islam to Christianity.

message from Samy 8am-10am-12noon

special seminar *6pm *Haven will be joining the seminar

2011 MAN CAMP at LAKE SISKIYOU September 23 – September 25 Options: Tent Camping; *Bring RV; *Stay in Cabin; Stay elsewhere *You must reserve your own RV space or cabin ASAP— Resort phone number: (530) 926-2618 (Please, no children under age 13)

All camping options: $35.00 per person to cover cost of meals EVERYONE ATTENDING MUST BE REGISTERED!

Activities available:

upcoming events

For Rent: Fishing boats, patio boats, kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, etc.

Additional activities on site or nearby: Hiking, fishing, swimming, video arcade, golfing. (Bring your own gear.) If you plan to fish, you must possess a valid fishing license.

You may register and pay in church office, or use our online registration at littlecountrychurch.org, at any time. If you are able, please consider giving a scholarship for someone else.


Men At The Cross

Meeting These Saturday Mornings, 7am October 8, 2011 - "Loving People I Don't Like" Hebrews 13:1 November 5, 2011 - "Let's Do Lunch" Hebrews 13:2 December 3, 2011 - "It's Essential For Human Survival" Hebrews 13:3 Worship - Free Breakfast - Great Encouragement Teachings by Dave Bruno

FALL STUDIES men & women

Reach-Out

& Invite a friend…

together Men’s Monday Night Study Starting September 19 6.30pm “This 12 week DVD study will challenge you and build your faith” Pastor Larry


ROMANIA

THE CENTER of

Worship

On our recent trip to Romania we were truly blessed to serve with Costin Keenan. Costin is a true example of the fruit of missions ministry. When we first met Costin, he was an 18 year-old Romanian, a Gypsy, and an orphan. That would have been strike one, two and three, had it not been for the grace of God’s intervention. An American missionary family, living in Bucharest, ended up taking Costin into their home. He was an interpreter for many of the mission teams that came to work with his “family” including the teams that LCC sent to Romania. He attended Bible College in Vita, Hungary and married an American that had made several trips to Romania to minister with her family and her Church from Huntington Beach. Though Costin and Elizabeth look forward to someday living in Romania and being involved in full time ministry there, right now God has them serving on staff in the youth department of a Calvary Chapel in Florida. We saw God’s sovereign hand directing our steps many times during our July trip. One of the most obvious was during a phone call that Allan and Costin had shortly before we were to leave California. Costin asked if we would be willing to assist a team of just 4 adults, from Southern California, that would be hosting a camp of 70 children, (ages 218) at the Black Sea for 5 days. We would not have been able to say “Yes!” and see such fruit or be involved with such ministries, without the ongoing prayer and financial support, from the Body of Christ at Little Country Church. Thank you for investing in the Kingdom and blessing those in Romania. Allan & Shari Schuster

Costin with a little girl from the camp

For the past two Years, I have had the honor and privilege to serve as the Worship Pastor of Little Country Church. This last week as I was preparing for the “Week of Prayer”, I spent time praying, meditating, and contemplating the direction of our worship as a community of believers. As I thought about this campus, I thought about the place that we meet each week, the “Worship Center”. I then asked myself, “What is at the center of our worship?” The definition of worship, in itself, is not holy or spiritual. It is simply a feeling of profound love and admiration; it’s essentially what we show our devotion to. We all constantly battle to keep Jesus at the “Center” of our lives. Many other things compete for our worship, so we need to gather together as often as possible to “Re-Center” our worship. Matthew 2:1&2 reads – “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born the King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Mathew 2:10&11 reads – “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him.” Worship has nothing to do with our likes and dislikes, style or era of music. Worship is about Him and Him only. I pray that when we walk into the “Worship Center”, that Jesus will always be the center of our worship, that we worship Him with exceeding great joy, that we will fall down humbly before Him, covered by His mercy and grace through the blood He shed on the cross, and that worship pours out of the treasure of our hearts. Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Blessings, Pastor David

MEXICO Testimony of a High Sight Student

We

left from Little Country Church at about 8 O'clock that morning. We had no idea what God was going to do in us. We stepped in the van and the Suburban and headed out for a 12hour car ride down to Mexico. Like Joey Neumeister said, “We left friends and came back family.” Mexico showed a lot of people a lot of things and it was amazing seeing how God worked in each and every one of us. We all realized that we don’t need “stuff.” “Stuff” means jet skis and Play stations and a 5,000 square foot house and things of that nature. Many of us had holes filled in our lives that needed filling, and all of us had our faith strengthened astronomically. One thing in particular that stood out on the trip was the fellowship. When we left we were somewhat divided into cliques, a couple of us didn’t really fit in and just followed what God had put on our hearts, by going on the mission trip, and we definitely had no idea how easy it would be to share Jesus through a culture barrier. By the end of the trip, we were a tight-knit group staying up until 3 in the morning worshipping and sharing testimonies by a campfire with the beautiful view of the mountains and the valley that looked over the Remnant Center. But even outside of our own group, we saw the love of Jesus in our Mexican brothers in Christ, most evident in the labor camps. These kids didn’t even know our names but showed us love, trying to talk to us, running up to us ecstatic to see us every day, asking for “Kapuchis” (Piggy Back Rides). Walking around in dirt barefoot was no problem for them; neither were the dilapidated living conditions they were in. They loved to hear the Gospel. It showed a lot of us that no matter where one is, we have our brothers and sisters in Christ all around us, and they should be treated as no less... But the most amazing part was how God showed Himself to all of us in such awesome ways. We arrived with a Savior, but left wishing to live for Him, just as He died for us. By Seth Corely, Mexico 2011


COME together So we can reach-out together Meet: Larry Norman Ministry: Director of Facilities Years on staff at LCC: 9 Jesus found Larry about 33 years ago. Larry says, "Since then I have been a living example of God’s grace." Larry serves as an elder and has been on staff as the Director of Facilities for about 9 years. He and his wife, Julie, have 6 daughters, 4 sons-in-law and 11 grandchildren. Larry is a man with a deep love for God and his heart for service is seen in everything he does.

Meet: Katie Luther Ministry: Youth Ministry Coordinator Years on staff at LCC: 3 Katie serves alongside Pastors Chad and John as an organizational and creative tool for all the youth events here at LCC. She is also a graduate of Simpson University. Outside of her office hours at LCC, she is passionate about using portrait photography to capture the beauty of God’s greatest creation, His Children. She has been in fellowship at Little Country for over ten years and came on staff in 2009. With a passion to see young people realize and live out the calling God has placed on their lives, she is burdened to share her heart and life as a testimony to Jesus Christ. Meet: Jeanine Busk Ministry: Early Childhood Ministry (Infant through 4yrs) Years on staff at LCC: 9 Jeanine remembers having a relationship with the Lord at a very young age, but her acceptance of who Jesus is, and the intimate relationship with Him, has really developed over the past fifteen years. Jeanine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and brings a great wealth in serving the littlest ones of our church family. Jeanine has also served on the Country Christian School Board for many years. She and her husband, Brian, have 4 wonderful children and they are avid S.F. Giant Fans.


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