Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Big Apple Adventure Newsletter Day 4

Hey Everybody!
Once again it’s Joe Gagliardi comin to you…how you livin? Last night was a record setting night here for VBS as 128 children showed up to hear the gospel message in the worship rally and in various rotations! We currently have received information on 5 professions of faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior and we are thrilled that hearts are being changed by the “old, old story of Jesus and His love.” Last evening we focused on the concept “connect with trust” (1 John 3:16) in the story of Nicodemus who learned he could trust Jesus to be his Savior. We’ve got one more big night in store, so don’t miss out. We will see if I get a pie in the face, only 7 more than last light will put me “in the sweets” at the end of the evening. 12 more will get Rachel one and 17 more will get all the pastors creamed. Go to work and bring as many kids as will come. We are not done sharing the good news of Jesus with them!
Here are a few more things to draw to your attention:

1) Response cards for any of you who have spiritual conversations that you feel need to be documented for our church’s follow-up purposes can be found at the stage area of the sanctuary. You are encouraged to communicate with these children the love of Jesus any time you can and let us know the great things God is doing. But remember to talk to them out in the open or with more than one child present. We must be above reproach in our conduct with these children. Never go behind closed doors with a child by yourself.
2) Tonight when we are done, we need as much help as we can get in taking down our decorations, cleaning up the building, and resetting it for Sunday’s upcoming worship service. If you can stay around for 30 minutes or so after our dismissal to clean it would be so appreciated. Many hands make light work and you guys have been awesome at working together this week in making this VBS totally awesome. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
3) I’m planning on giving away as much of the décor as people want. I’m not sure where we got our license plates this year, but I’m planning on giving those away unless whoever donated them needs them. Please let me know if that was you and you need those plates. All blow ups and décor can be distributed to the kids that want them, but please don’t make it a competitive issue. Encourage kids to give and share.
4) We will have a time of prayer this evening at 5:30pm once again with hot dogs for dinner, NYC style baby!
5) See the back for a devotional.
John 13:34-35 34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
This is a simple command, but so complex to carry out. We need to ask ourselves how we are doing in this area of loving one another even as Christ Jesus loves us. Are we demonstrating that love like He would? Are we concerned enough about others to ask to important questions and dig below the surface to show we really and truly care? Are we carrying one another’s burdens and interceding for them as Christ asks us to do (Galatians 6:2)?
If we love one another, it is the greatest testimony we have to the lost. Let’s make sure tonight and every time we gather that we show the proper love and respect for one another so that our God will be exalted and more people come into His Kingdom. “When love is in the house, the house is packed!”- Toby Mac
Have a blessed day; let us gather tonight with one purpose
Yourz Truly!
Chris Robbins (AKA- Joe)
Children and Adult Ministries Pastor

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