September 2021 Newsletter
Dear Partners and Friends,
Fall is here! Can you believe it? This is by far my and my family's favorite time of the year. We look forward to the simple things in life: hooded sweatshirts, jeans, and cozy fires! As much as we are thankful for cooler weather and the beauty that comes with this time of year, we are even more thankful for what Jesus continues to do through this ministry -- a ministry that all of you are a part of! Thank you, again, for your continued love and support. We love you and bless you in the name of Jesus! May you be encouraged by all that you read about and see in this month's newsletter.
Our first ever partner breakfast was a huge success! We are especially grateful for Rhoda DeRose and all those that helped her to make the event as special as it was. She and her small team were responsible for the food and decorations.
There were roughly 50 or so people in attendance and the feedback we received was incredibly positive. The most common comment we heard were from those that said hearing and seeing all that we are doing really helped them to feel like they were a part of the ministry. Others were grateful to hear and see what their giving was accomplishing.
If you were unable to attend the breakfast, you can catch up on all that you missed by clicking here to watch our recap video that explains the direction the ministry is heading in and how we hope to accomplish it.
Partner Facebook Group
Due to the comments of those of you that recommended a place where our team could share both prayer requests and needs/wants for the ministry to be purchased, we created a Facebook Partner Group. This is a private group that will require your request to join. Please click here to do so. If you do not have a Facebook profile, it's quite easy to set up. Please consider joining this group so that we can keep you updated on our needs and desires. This platform will also give partners an opportunity to potentially work together on the purchase of items and to communicate with one another.
New Team Member
We are so excited to introduce you to Molly Hitz, our newest team member! Molly is a longstanding member of Praise Community Church and I've had the privilege of knowing both her and her family for quite a few years now. Because of her passion to both help plan and coordinate events, Molly has volunteered to help with The Shout next year and with other future Faith Like Birds events. We are thankful for the gifts and talents Molly possesses and we have already begun to see their impact on the ministry.
This month launched our first ever monthly collaboration with Awakened Youth at Praise Community Church. The second Sunday of every month will feature an encounter service led by Faith Like Birds and hosted by Awakened. The goal of the service is quite simple. We want to see students encounter God in a way that causes them to surrender their life to Him. Our first service was powerful! Friends from Delaware came to lead worship and the students heard a challenging and convicting message. At the end, words of knowledge for deliverance were released and various students encountered God in a special way.
I also had the honor of ministering for two services at Praise Community Church's men's retreat held at Bob and Melody Ballenger's farm. Prior to each session, the men were given small group questions to answer that helped prepare the way for the messages I shared. It was a wonderful time of fellowship!
I had the privilege of speaking on the elementary teachings of both the ministry of the laying on of hands and baptisms at Praise Community Church on September 5th. You can click here to watch it.
I was able to minister to Gateway Fellowship's youth group in Greenwood, DE on Wednesday, September 22nd about the importance of truly making Jesus your master and lord. Three young people responded to the invitation of giving their life to Jesus.
I ministered to the sweet ladies at New Life for Girls on Wednesday, September 15th on the importance of making knowing god their number one goal in life.
Please pray that God would continue to send the right partners to us so that we can continue to move toward the goal of seeing a generation give their life to Jesus. Along with that, we know that in order for this calling and dream to come true, our team will have to grow. That would mean hiring more people as the Lord leads, which also requires more funds.
Please pray that more and more doors will open to minister to youth groups and youth leaders.
For a couple of years now, I've had the thought of beginning a discipleship school for teenagers. After recently receiving two confirming words from two separate people regarding this manner, I'm asking for prayer for this endeavor. I feel led to start this sooner than later. Please pray for wisdom and sensitivity toward God's leading.
Please pray that the Lord would continue to touch students at our monthly encounter services. Pray that His presence would increase. It's our heart's desire to see them surrender and make Jesus king.
Please pray for the deliverance classes that are starting on October 6th. Please pray for me to share what's true and that the student's would be equipped in this ministry.
Please pray for us as we continue planning for The Shout 2022. As many of you know, a lot of work goes into that event and we need all the wisdom and favor we can get!
Please pray that we continue to remain humble before and hungry for the Lord.
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Ways to Give:
The Church Center Mobile App - (download it for free on the App Store) Set up recurring giving or a one-time gift and select the fund "Faith Like Birds."
Online - click here - Set up recurring giving or a one-time gift and select the fund "Faith Like Birds."
Texting - Text the dollar amount you'd like to give to 84321, followed by "faith like birds."
Mail - Mail your check or cash to Praise Community Church (705 S. Ogontz St., York, PA 17403). Put "Faith Like Birds" in the memo line.
Giving Page on Website- click here for more.