back2school is almost here

29 Jul

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Yep. It is almost time for back2school 2018.  There are plenty of things you can do to help.  But most of all keep on praying for the students and their families as well as all the servants who will be part of this year’s team.

12 locations.  3,000 students.  Over 800 volunteers.  More than 60 churches represented among those serving.

PRAY.

Donate needed supplies… wide ruled notebook paper, note cards and more.

SERVE in various ways throughout the week.  Tuesday and Wednesday especially will need during the day help.  See Pastor Michael to be part of this.  We have a small mission team in town helping with this process.

PACK backpacks Tuesday, July 31 beginning at 6pm at our new campus.

Attend Friday evening’s “hope gathering” and for more information see Pastor Michael or Adrienne Hubbard.  You must RSVP by Wednesday evening.  This event will highlight our partners Samaritan’s Feet and leaders Manny and Tracie Ohonme,

BE PART of the team serving on Saturday.  Any location including The Community Fellowship.  Volunteers arrive at 6:30am for our special meeting.  Shirts will be available for you.  They are $5 each.

This is sure to be our greatest year of back2school so far.  For more information call the church at 276-647-8231 or email pastormh@gmail.com.  You can give online by going to http://www.gob2s.com, click DONATE and choose back 2 school.

God is good… all the time!

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helpers needed for outreach and back2school

13 Jul

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Hello Community family and friends

Life continues to be sweet and busy around The Community Fellowship and Dream Center.  That is why each of us have to step up to do our part as we serve others.
During the summer time it is easy to get caught up in many things, and your church leaders want to remind you to stay faithful.  Be faithful in attending.  Be faithful in being at church.  And be faithful in your giving.
Tomorrow is a big day.  Saturday, July 14th is our 2nd Saturday FREE community meal and clothes closet as well as REGISTRATION FOR back2school.  That is why we are asking volunteers to arrive at 830.  Please come help until noon.
Actually churches across the nation have come together for “Serve Day 2018” and are serving in many ways.  We are serving with our monthly outreach day AND the beginning of back2school.  Many of our people continue to help with meals on Saturday evening uptown as well as those who are helping the fire victims that are staying at the Dutch Inn.  Don’t forget our addiction ministry that takes place each Saturday evening at 6pm.
Our back2school outreach will continue through the big event day in August.  Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the “pack the bus” event for us at Walmart.  We are tasked with working on Friday and have other churches taking care of Saturday and Sunday.  Please be ready to sign up this Sunday for a time to work.
There’s more, but that is enough for now.  It is exciting to know that at 12 locations there will be work just like there is at The Community.  Please continue to pray through and prepare for a great season of serving.  I look forward to seeing you all Saturday as we serve and Sunday as we worship.
Remember that God called us to demonstrate the love of God to our community and beyond through acts of random kindness with no strings attached.  God is good!

MICHAEL

Michael Harrison

Lead Pastor, The Community Fellowship and Dream Center, Collinsville, VA 
For more information about The Community Fellowship and Dream Center email pastormh@gmail.com  or call 276-647-8231 and please consider giving online at www.thecommunityfellowship.org

we will miss Michael Allen

26 Jun

Psalm 116:15  NASB

Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones.

 

Yesterday was one of those days that you do not expect.  My phone rang early yesterday morning, and I learned to one of our church staff members was in crisis.  When I made it to their home, I learned that he had passed away.

 

Michael Allen, Mikey as many called him, came to our church several years ago with a friend, and when his friend left, Mikey stayed.  He didn’t just stay.  He got involved.

 

He became our receptionist and was part of many of the ministries of our church almost every day of the week.  If something needed to happen or someone needed help, he was willing to stay longer, work a little more, lend a hand, make a call, give an encouraging word… you get the point.  Many people called on Mikey when they needed someone to join in.

 

For me there are many things that I am grateful for in Michael’s life.  But I tell you the most important and the one I will is when he would come to my office and we would talk about what he had read in the Bible. In the online Bible classes he took or something that stood out to him.  He was genuinely in love with Jesus and the small grin on his face was evidence as was his hand in serving those who had a need.

 

Romans 10:13 NASB

for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

 

He loved working in the children’s ministry and making sure everything was set up on Sunday mornings. My wife will miss Mikey’s help and his big heart.  The children will miss him too,

 

Most likely the closest person to Mikey is Bonny Burnett who leads our clothing ministry.  They both are early risers and would meet early many mornings for breakfast and just to talk.  They would also prepare our outreach meal together the first Saturday of every month.  Pray for Bonny as she will greatly miss her ministry partner and friend.

 

Many week days you would come in the church and see Mikey sitting with our ministry assistant Gloria and working on a project or talking about family.  Mikey loved his family.  You might find him chatting with Cindy or Carrie or one of our community service workers.  This man, Michael Allen, was a friend and encourager to us all!

 

Among the many things that Mikey was part of he was simply a servant.  He would organized and prepare food bags in our feeding ministry. He made sure there were envelopes in the chairs for Sunday morning.  He was the check in person for our second Saturday meals and clothes closet.  And on this list will go of the times, places, things and stuff that Mikey enjoyed doing, and he will be missed by us all.

 

I am grateful for God sending us a gift in Michael Allen.  Please join me in praying for his family and for his friends.  We all will miss him.

 

Mikey’s funeral will be Thursday at 1pm at Bassett Funeral Service with the visitation beginning at noon.  Many God continue to bless our church and to comfort those who called Mikey friend!

 

for more information about The Community Fellowship or Dream Center call the church at 276-647-8231 or email pastormh@gmail.com

Community family news!

25 Apr

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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

week 5 of the 90 DAY GIVING Challenge

4 Apr

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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

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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