Big Fred's Bytes - Oct. 16th, 2011

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I am excited to share with you that we are again planning a Community Outreach that will serve a free Thanksgiving Dinner to people within our community. Walmart recently approved our request, and we are now able to move forward with our communication. Save the date – Saturday November 12th and more details will be available each week. We will be organizing teams for many specific parts of this ministry quickly and will be reaching out to community groups to help pull this together. We hope to implement some small changes from the lessons we learned during last year’s very successful dinner to help make this year an even greater success. Your prayers and support will be an important part of helping us to bring food and the love of Christ into the hands of many as we start the 2011 holiday season.

LOOK FOR MORE DETAILS weekly in our Sunday Service brochure and at your community group meetings.

I also need to share a few preliminary details for our Men’s Ministry events for this winter and next spring and ask for your prayers to start now for their success. We are not hosting a Game Dinner at the Kittanning Campus this year. Instead, this event is being moved into the Petrolia Valley Campus and we are looking to connect to that community in a big way. We will need help from everyone at Kittanning to ensure the PVC community gets full access to the tickets for the event. The PVC Game Dinner is scheduled for Saturday January 28th, 2012. Please lift this dinner up in your prayers for it to reach out into that community and connect many new people to our ministries. They will welcome your support through game meat closer to the dinner itself.

Kittanning will host a men’s “ALL IN” event this year and I am sure you will be blessed by this ministry opportunity. The date for this will be Saturday, February 25th, 2012. Look forward to several professional athletes sharing the day with us focusing on several significant challenges that men commonly face in today’s society and some insight into how we can find success through tackling these subjects. This event will be open to men from our community, and we will be working with other churches to take full advantage of this day.

We are also planning a Fun with Firearms day in May and an Archery Opportunity for the Fall of 2012. Details for these events are being built and will be out closer to the events themselves.

We are currently looking for people interested in serving in the following ministry areas:

  • Media Team member
  • Greeters, Ushers, and Information Team
  • Children’s Classroom Helper and Substitute Teachers
  • Café and Hospitality
  • Safety / Security Team

If you are interested in using your gifts to serve within our church, email me directly at bigfredneal@gmail.com or make a note on a connect card and drop it in the offering basket.

I encourage you to continue to check the church calendar within the My Harvest section of our website for listings of all church opportunities. We also distribute each month a LOOKING AHEAD bulletin insert that will reference approaching activities.

Anyone willing to assist the PVC Halloween Outreach should bring their candy donations this coming Sunday if possible. This will allow for some time for handling our donations. It should be lots of fun for those willing to participate personally too! So that is Monday, October 31st between 6pm and 7pm @ PVC.

We will be hosting one of our missionary families from Papua New Guinea and you will have the opportunity to enact with them in several ways. As I remember their visit a few years ago, we were very disappointed that we did not have more time with them before they left. Peter and Pam Van Der Decker have such a love and passion for sharing the Gospel and how God is working in Papua New Guinea, each and every day, that you will want to make sure you spend some time with them. Not only will you meet them on Sunday, November 6th at both services and during our children’s class time, you will have an opportunity to attend some special events during the week. That’s right, they will be with us all week from November 6th through November 12th. You may be seeing their 29 ft travel trailer in our parking lot starting this weekend as they visit some other area churches as well. They have five teenage children who each bring a remarkable passion to communicate God’s love that will bless your socks off! We are currently pulling together the details of their week with us, and we will share the information in a special edition of Big Fred’s Bytes soon. Anyone who is interested in hosting a portion of their family for a day at your home should let me know quickly. They will be sharing their time between Petrolia Valley and Kittanning Campus families.