Friday, February 24, 2017

Fwd: Watch The New Samaritan’s Purse Film

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Date: Feb 24, 2017 2:45 PM
Subject: Watch The New Samaritan's Purse Film
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'Facing Darkness,' in Theaters For One Night Only
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Facing Darkness

As death spread across West Africa during an Ebola epidemic, Christian medical staff for Samaritan's Purse risked their personal well-being to serve in Jesus' Name—and one of their own, Dr. Kent Brantly, contracted the deadly virus. On March 30, see the true story of how God miraculously saved his life in the powerful new film Facing Darkness. The compelling movie features Franklin Graham, Dr. Brantly, and other Samaritan's Purse staff. Franklin Graham gives a clear presentation of the Gospel, making it a great opportunity to share Jesus Christ with friends.

Over 600 theaters across the country are showing Facing Darkness, and early ticket sales can cause more theaters and showing dates to be added, so order your tickets today. Bring your family, friends, or whole church and be inspired to live life to the fullest for Jesus Christ.


"Do not fear, for I am with you." –Isaiah 41:10, HCSB
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Fwd: Beautiful Sights in India

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From: "Good Life Ministries" <>
Date: Feb 24, 2017 4:15 PM
Subject: Beautiful Sights in India
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India Experiences:
Evangelist Dave Miller and his wife Ruthann ministering to a young couple through an interpreter
Sunday Night at the Quarry- Ruthann
After a time of sharing we crawled on all fours to enter the neat little huts with their little shelf for bare cooking essentials up against the tiny family cot and thatched roof overhead where the white rats freely scampered all round us.
We found ourselves grappling with our faith as we cried out for all the health, emotional and financial challenges that these families are afflicted with, living and working in this harsh dust bowl.
The dearest of the difficult prayer requests was the mother whose toddler daughter had died but thankfully her oldest daughter had been brought to the Gunti's own home and is being cared for and tutored there. In spite of the language barrier, I was able to weep with this mourning woman and hold her as we sobbed, rocking together, looking at her single photo of their sweet little girl now passed. 
Upon exiting, I was compelled to drape my white crocheted sweater around her shoulders as a keepsake reminder of Jesus' caring embrace and that He is her El Roi "the God who sees."
These first generation believers have new purpose all because a young Brother Sam, years ago, was moved to ride his bike way out to remote slum places like these to find a forgotten people, bringing hope thru the Gospel, discipleship, humanitarian provisions and a school!
Board Member, Joel Barkman and his family were in India the same time as Dave Miller family. Here he is praying with those who responded after a Gospel meeting.
Gospel Meetings- Evangelist Dave Miller
Wow, what a great blessing to see the favor of God through Good Life Ministries (GLM) in India. A number of things stood out to me during the late night Gospel meetings, but the one that touched me the most were the tears of brokenness in those who were receiving Christ for the first time or being prayed for about something in their life. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalm 51:17
Publicly testifying of their decision to follow Christ
Baptisms- Dave Miller
The baptisms were a great highlight. I appreciate the emphasis Brother Sam used in making sure these individuals are getting baptized for the right reason. I am so excited to see what God will do with these people to impact India and the world, as they were buried with Him in baptism unto death, but also raised up in newness of life!
Team Meeting
Brother Joel Barkman and Dave Miller provided Leadership Training for our staff
Staff Leadership Training- Dave Miller
I also saw a great level of humbleness, tears and brokenness in Brother Sam and the GLM Staff, which I believe is one of the reasons the favor of God is upon GLM. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head that ran down upon the beard even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Psalm 133: 1-3
Time of sharing with young people
Contagious Faith of Youth- Derek Miller
Working with the youth in India was a tremendous blessing. Their hunger for the things of God was contagious. They gave endlessly of themselves in serving those around them. It was a challenge to my own life. It's truly astounding how God is working all around the Globe in the hearts and lives of people. It was a great blessing to see these things first hand.
Children singing out their hearts at a Children's Retreat
The Most Beautiful Sight- Deborah Miller
Puppets, obnoxious song actions, magic tricks, Sam's jokes, crafts, a meal; all these crazy-fun things that make up a Good Life Club are nothing in themselves but they break down the walls of the skeptic parents watching on the outskirts of the tent and make all those brilliant white teeth display themselves on the eager faces of those remarkable children. They set the stage for the Message.
And then when it's time for prayer- decision time- I can't keep my own eyes shut, for it's one of the most beautiful sights I've seen: each child kneeling, hands clenched, eyes closed tight, moving their little lips, uttering Telugu Words, I can't understand, with a sincerity that will forever be etched in my mind.
I stood in awe at these clubs and Good Life School, at how evidently Jesus is taking these little lives and pouring His very life into them; planting seeds of His love into these open hearts that we pray will bring forth lasting fruit for the next generation in India. 
And even if the hearts of these children weren't changed
Daves & Sam's
Evangelist Dave and Ruthann Miller (Tryon, NC) family with Sam and Becca
Joel's and Sam's
Good Life Board Chairman, Joel and Patty Barkman (Catlett, VA) and girls with Sam and Becca
Singing at School
Dave Miller's children ministering at Good Life School

Thank you for your ongoing support that makes it possible to continue sharing Christ in India!

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Fwd: March webinars

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Date: Feb 24, 2017 2:59 PM
Subject: March webinars
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1. Basics of investing

(for anyone interested in learning more about investing)

Tuesday, March 21 (2 or 8 p.m. EDT)

In this webinar, we'll discuss how investing can help you meet your financial goals, go over the different types of investments and help you determine your appropriate level of risk. We'll also cover how to get started and address your questions.

Presented by Dennis LeFevre*, CFP®, Trust and Financial Advisor.

Register for the 2 p.m. webinar

Register for the 8 p.m. webinar


2. Narrative budgeting: Making numbers come alive

(for pastors and church leaders)

Thursday, March 23 (2 or 8 p.m. EDT)

In this webinar, we'll discuss how a church budget can go beyond numbers to present an inspiring vision of the living spirit working in your church. You'll see how a story approach to your budget meeting can inspire and engage your congregation in ways you haven't thought of before.

Presented by Steve Bustos, Everence Stewardship Consultant.

Register for the 2 p.m. webinar

Register for the 8 p.m. webinar

Church advocates

Two things you can do to help get the word out:

  1. Click the above registration links to personally register for one or more of these webinars.
  2. Forward informational handouts below to those you believe would find these webinars helpful and place the invitational pieces below in your church bulletin and on the bulletin board (as appropriate).


You are also encouraged to register for these webinars. Plus, if your church does not have an Everence advocate, please distribute the materials below.

Handouts and bulletin materials

  1. Flier/handout
  2. Bulletin insert
  3. Bulletin announcement

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Stewardship Consultant.

*Advisory services offered through Everence Trust Company and Investment Advisors, a division of ProEquities Inc., Registered Investment Advisors. Securities offered through ProEquities Inc., a registered broker-dealer, member FINRA and SIPC. Everence entities are independent from ProEquities Inc. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the CFP® marks in the U.S.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fwd: Here's where we are.

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Date: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:51 PM
Subject: Here's where we are.
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We are still standing strong.

Dear Friend and Supporter:

The past 3 weeks have been a whirlwind of events for refugees and immigrants of the world- Lancaster included. We hope to update you the best that we can with this newsletter, in efforts of keeping you informed.

On Friday, January 27th, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order, halting all refugee resettlement efforts to the United States for 120 days; completely banning all Syrian refugees indefinitely, halting all immigration and resettlement from seven Muslim-majority countries including Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Syria, and Iran, for 90-days with an extreme vetting process to follow; and reduced the national capacity limit of refugee individuals from 110,000 to 50,000 for the fiscal year.

On the 27th, all newly arriving refugee cases scheduled to arrive to the United States, were cancelled. Those refugee individuals that were in the midst of travel to the US, were turned away and returned to their countries of origin, and the United States closed its doors to refugees fleeing war, persecution, famine, gender-based violence, human trafficking, and extreme trauma. This was an unprecedented move felt by hundreds of thousands across the globe. 

One week later, on Friday, February 3rd, 2017, the state of Washington filed with the US District Court a temporary restraining order against the executive order signed by President Trump. This order held, and a stay was placed on the executive order—thereby allowing previously scheduled refugees to resettle into the United States from all regions of the world and with no restrictions or halts to the process.

By Sunday, February 5th, 2017, just two-days later, CWS-Lancaster received notice of the first rescheduled case to arrive to Lancaster.  And on Thursday, February 9th, 2017, the ruling held with the 9th Circuit Courts, thereby lifting the ban outlined in the executive order, and moving the case to the Supreme Court. It was further expected for President Trump to appeal the ruling, however, he did not do so.

But, we are still not through this yet. As of last night, February 16th, 2017, President Trump announced that he is drafting a new executive order on this same topic that will once again restrict the flow of refugees from certain countries.

Over the past weeks, the Lancaster community has rallied in support of refugees and immigrants, and against the actions made through the executive order. Simultaneously, CWS-Lancaster has received more inquiries for support, more applications for volunteering, more in-kind and monetary donations than we ever have in a single month. The Concert for Refugees was a wild success, and a perfectly timed outlet for supporters to make their presence known-- raising more than $33,000 in one night. Only two short days later, more than 2000 allies gathered in Penn Square for a vigil, lifting their voices and letting it be known that 'Refugees are Welcome Here' and that Lancaster is a welcoming community for all-- regardless of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. And all along the way, Lancaster City was featured in major local and national media publications across the nation and across the globe.

We have said this before, and we will continue to say it over and over again—we know how incredible our Lancaster community is. We know the support, welcome, and acceptance that is here. And we are absolutely inspired, humbled, and ever so grateful to you for your strong, and unwavering support. Thank you, one hundred times over!

As we continue to move forward, we will keep you as up to date as we can. Please, keep the support coming our way. Now, more than ever, refugees need your voices heard with local and state officials. Please, don't stop calling your senators and congressmen-- you can find our most recent call-to-action found here. We have gotten this far—but still, we cannot rest yet. We must keep the pressure up, and let our government know that the actions of the executive order do not represent that of our nation, and certainly that of our community.

Thank you, on behalf of refugees and immigrants in Lancaster County, for all that you do. We are in this together, because we are #GreaterAs1 and in our book—refugees will always be welcome.

In solidarity,

CWS-Lancaster Team

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CWS Lancaster
Immigration and Refugee Program
308 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

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Sheila Mastropietro, Director CWS Lancaster,  •  •  donate now
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