Community family news!

25 Apr

tcf-serve

Dear Community family and friends!

 

This is a great week to be part of The Community Fellowship, and we want to make sure you know what is going on, how you can get involved and where you can make a difference. Remember our goal is the same as our vision which is to demonstrate the love of God to our communityand beyond!

 

This Sunday is FAITH IN ACTION day as we partner with Rich Acres Christian Church to serve in over 10 locations across Martinsville and Henry County.  It all begins at 9am at Rich Acres Church (422 Mountain View Road, Martinsville) for the kick off, short worship and Bible study before heading out to serve.  Many of you have signed up to serve in a specific project, but some of you have not signed up.  Don’t worry because there are still places for you to help.  Either contact me, Pastor Michael, or come Sunday morning to Rich Acres dressed ready to get dirty by serving.  There will be a short Bible study just before 10am at The Community before the meal packing project happens at the church.  Join in.  Make a difference!

 

Our MOTHER’s DAY car care clinic is just a couple weeks away.  That means we need your help on Saturday, May 12th at the church.  You can help with oil changes, the meal, the clothing ministry or much more.  This is a day when many people show up, and we need to be ready to serve.  Listen for more details.

 

Our YOUTH MINISTRY are still selling pizza’s and have to sell about 20 more before May 1st to make sure this fundraiser is a success.  Go to http://www.pizzakit.com, click products and then clock shop for kits. Use this code 347384 when you are ready to order.  I have tasted and used these products, and they are good!

 

The ADDICTION MINISTRY of our church continues to meet on Saturday but at a new time.  It is Saturday at 6pm.  The worship is awesome.  The message is always relevant.  Please join in.  Please pass the word!

 

Let me remind you as well to continue to be faithful in your giving.  Many from The Community have committed to being part of the 90 DAY GIVING CHALLENGE that goes through the end of May.  You can give online at https://tcf.ccbchurch.com/goto/giving, mail your gifts to the church or bring them by. Thank you for your faithfulness!

 

That is enough for now. Get involved.  Make a difference.  I love you all and look forward to seeing you all this weekend!

 

With GOD as my guide,

 

Pastor Michael Harrison

– James 1:5

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week 5 of the 90 DAY GIVING Challenge

4 Apr

90day

Dear 90 DAY GIVING Challenge folks!

 

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about how many people have taken steps to place God first in their lives and in their finances! Easter was a great picture of this as we celebrated and had a great time at church. However, when it comes to money, it is easy for FEAR to creep in and distract us from the very steps we were so committed to take!

 

We all have legitimate fears – some that involve our finances! One major financial fear usually begins with, “What if I don’t have enough money to …” and can end with any of the following: Pay the house payment or rent? OR Pay my car payment? OR Buy food?

 

If you have ever experienced these feelings, you may have wanted to try to reason with God… “God, you know my circumstances, so surely you’ll understand if I don’t give.” In our hearts, we know we should put God first, but it is quite a challenge when faced with real and urgent financial needs.

 

When faced with these feelings, here is some Scripture that are worth reading:

 

I Kings 17:8-16 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

 

12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

 

13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.’”

 

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

 

Some Thoughts:

 

Awful economy: It was so terrible that the widow was literally down to her last bit of food – and had no hope of obtaining any more.

 

Fear took over: She was so overwhelmed by her circumstances that she had already accepted death.

 

A challenge was issued: Just as you have accepted this Giving Challenge, Elijah challenged the woman to do something different than she had initially planned.

 

Miracle! Because the lady had faith in the Lord, she chose to take the challenge. As a result, God supernaturally provided for her and her son!

 

It is a principle: “You can’t out give God!”

 

I love you all, and I continue to pray that you and I as well as the church will experience the generosity of God as we live blessed and generous lives. God is good!

 

With GOD as my guide,

 

Pastor Michael Harrison

— James 1:5

 

PS – for more info about The Community Fellowship and Dream Center email pastormh@gmail.com or call the church at 276-647-8231.  Remember you can always give online at this link: https://tcf.ccbchurch.com/goto/giving

Community Results Center (press release)

2 Apr

PRESS RELEASE (Collinsville, Virginia)

 

Today begins a new chapter for Martinsville and Henry county. The Results Companies in partnership with The Community Dream Center embark on a new and exciting venture for our residents. The one-stop-shop for interview and job appropriate clothing, resume services, soft skills educations, financial wellness, interview skills and general job skills will begin on the construction phase of their endeavor on April 2, 2018. We have a great deal of work to do to make this vision come to reality and with hard work and determination we can make it happen.

The idea for the Community Results Center came from Carol Dyckman, Site Operations Director at The Results Companies of Martinsville who is a long-time resident of Henry County. Carol, as an employer, has seen the need in the community for some time now and is happy to partner with Pastor Michael Harrison of The Community Fellowship and The Community Dream Center who said this is an incredible opportunity to help the community.

The Dream Center is helping others in the community in many ways and now we are starting a grassroots partnership that will help many people in our community with something we already do – providing clothing but now we take this opportunity to the next level. We are helping people move to the next level of sustainability in the workforce as well as enriching their lives.

The resource center will be a place of knowledge, encouragement, education as well as job resource for all of those in need in our area. Currently we are seeking out partners in the community, both individuals and businesses, to help with resources as small as paint brushes and as large as computers and office furniture. We will have a partners board located in the community room to display all of the generous donations and contributions to start and keep this resource center open. We look to have a long and very fruitful relationship with our partners in Martinsville and Henry County.

The CRC will be beginning a clean-up and beautification process of the space to be located at 2660 Virginia Avenue in Collinsville VA. and is pushing for an opening prior to June 1st, 2018. The CRC will be open 3 days a week and will serve all of Martinsville and Henry County.

To become a partner or for more information call 276-647-8231 or email pastormh@gmail.com.

 

week 3 of the #90DayGiving Challenge

21 Mar

90 giving challenge

Dear friends, giving partners and challenge takers!

It is week 3 of our challenge, and I want to say THANK YOU once again for taking this challenge and for following through with it.  You can give at any time to the church.  This is a time of great need at the church, and we, myself and our church leaders, believe that God has even bigger and better plans for each of us and for His church.

Oh, and it is NOT too late to join the challenge.  In this 3 month long challenge we have asked people to give who have never given before, we have asked people who do not give consistently to begin being consistent or for those who are giving to give more.  You can give in person at church, mail your gift (PO Box 388, Collinsville, VA 24055) or give online at https://tcf.ccbchurch.com/goto/giving

Julie and I are committed givers.  In fact we start each month by first giving to the church from our income.  We have done this for a long time.  During difficult times we have continued to give.  At easy or times we had more money we give.  Our commitment is to give more than 12% of our total income to the church, and we have several other ministries that we support above our tithe.

I share that not so you will pat us on the back or think we are good.  I share that because we have seen God come through for us and provide for our family when it looked like we were going to fail.  At one time we were headed to what looked like being behind on all our bills, but God provided.  A few other times we felt led to give special gifts that would leave our savings almost gone.  Each time God gave us back what we gave and more.  We have tried to teach our kids the same.

Remember that you cannot allow fear or the unknown keep you from giving.  Follow through with your commitment.  It is at times like this that God will show Himself faithful.  God said we should test Him in this way.

We give not so that we can get.  We give because God asks that of us and because we have seen God’s blessings because of our faithfulness.

Does any of this sound similar to your story? Would you take a minute to share the feelings you have been experiencing since you accepted the giving challenge? Send to me an email at pastormh@gmail.com. I would be honored to take a moment to read and to pray for you!

Be blessed,

With GOD as my guide,

Pastor Michael Harrison
— James 1:5

YOUTH pizza FUNDRAISER

21 Mar

piiza kit fundraising-full

Hey Community Family!

 

I want to share with you an opportunity to help our youth be ready for a mission trip this summer. Each student is working on a fundraiser to sell Little Caesar Pizza kits. Our family has recently bought these and enjoyed them a lot.

 

So, here is how you go about buying something for this fundraiser:

 

Step 1: go to this website https://www.pizzakit.com/fundraising-products?shop=1&t=landing

 

Step 2: choose “Ship My Order to The Group” or “Ship My Order to Me”

 

Step 3: put in this number “347384” and confirm the fundraiser is for The Community Fellowship Youth Group

 

Step 4: start shopping by clicking on the pizza kits or cookie kits

 

Step 5: after adding what you want to the cart, move through the payment process

 

Step 6: wait for your order to arrive and be deliver by our youth OR to be shipped to you.

 

Step 7: enjoy delicious pizza

 

Orders are due by Easter, April 1st, and will be delivered soon after that. Thank you ahead of time for helping make this fundraiser a success.

 

Community youth are excited to take their serving to the next level with this mission trip. With your help, this will be a great time and many lives will be touched for the cause of Christ. Go ahead. And enjoy knowing you are a blessing…

 

 

With GOD as my guide,

 

Pastor Michael Harrison

­— James 1:5

 

For more info about The Community Fellowship and Dream Center call 276-647-8231 or email pastormh@gmail.com.  Thank you for helping us “demonstrate the love of God to our community” and beyond!

week 2 of #90DayGiving Challenge

13 Mar

90 challenge levels

If you are part of our giving challenge, this is for you, but everyone is invited to join in!

Thank you again for being part of our giving challenge at The Community Fellowship.  It takes ALL OF US to make the impact that God has called us to.  That is why I remind you of your commitment to give AND to give you some thoughts.

I hope you have also joined the #1010Prayer challenge to pray at 10:10, morning and evening.  Literally that is to stop and pray.

There are several ways you can give at The Community Fellowship.  The first is to give during our Sunday worship service or drop off your gift at the church.  The second way you can give is by mailing your gift to the church (TCF, PO Box 388 Collinsville, VA 24078).  The third way you can give is to go online to this link (https://tcf.ccbchurch.com/goto/giving) and there you can use your debit or credit card to give.

I am grateful for each and every person that has stepped up to this challenge.  Remember that if you give once a month, twice a month or every week, your commitment is either to start giving or give an increased significant gift to the church through the 1st of June.  If you have any questions or testimony about this, please call me at church (276-647-8231) or send me an email (pastormh@gmail.com).

This is a great week AND a great time to be part of The Community Fellowship family.  I ask you to think about, pray about and act upon our God-given calling which is to demonstrate the love of God to our community.  Have a great week and I will see you soon!  God is good…

With GOD as my guide,

Pastor Michael Harrison
— James 1:5

The Community Fellowship, PO Box 388 Collinsville, VA 24078, http://www.thecommunityfellowship.com, 276-647-8231, pastormh@gmail.com

10:10 PRAYER Challenge

11 Mar

1010 words BUCKET

10:10 PRAYER.  Join me and others at 10:10 in the morning and at night for a time of prayer.

If you want something different, you have to pray different prayers.  If you are expecting a God-sized answer, you have to pray God-sized prayer.  Too often we choose to forget risk and choose no adventure, and that is when we say our prayers are being heard by God and not being answered.

Last week we introduced the 90-DAY GIVING Challenge at The Community Fellowship, and this Sunday we will talk about the next step.  That would be 10:10 PRAYER.  This isn’t for everyone because not everyone is willing or wanting to obey God.

Over 11 years ago we chose John 10:10 as our key or theme verse.  Read on:

John 10:10  ESV

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10  GNT

The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.

John 10:10  HCSB

A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

You get my point.  That is three different translations of the same verse.  Take in it.  Apply the truth.

Our enemy is desperately trying to destroy our dreams and distract us from following God.  Be honest.  Our enemy has won way too often.

Yet God’s way for us is abundance.  He desires for us and has planned a full and satisfying life for each of His children.  So, why aren’t we holding on to and enjoying real abundance?

Honestly, I believe the reason we miss abundance is because we have lowered our expectations.  We say we want to follow God but rarely do.  We claim to see faith and know miracles, but then we cannot explain or find them.

Take the next step.  Will you join me in taking a few minutes, just a couple minutes, at 10:10 in the morning and evening to pray and focus on God.  Expect God to work, to move and to provide that abundant life!

James 5:16b  NASB

… The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Set your alarm.  Let’s pray at 10:10.  Just one more way we are a part of the 90-DAY GIVING Challenge.