Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fwd: Crossfire Youth Ministries- God is stirring

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Date: Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 12:11 PM
Subject: Crossfire Youth Ministries- God is stirring
To: philandkelly@gmail.com

Latest News : August 2016

Greetings from Crossfire Youth Ministries.
This month we are highlighting the "family" of Crossfire. 


Water Day - is a much anticipated highlight of the summer at Crossfire. Looking at the above photo you can hear the laughter & squeals of the children as they jump into this tub filled with over 600 lbs  of ice. It was very cold.  They enjoyed tossing me into the tub to celebrate my birthday. A home group from Parkview Mennonite Church served a fitting meal for the outdoor activities.  A huge water slide was also a big hit of the evening.

The Birthday cake also has a great story behind it. Some of the elementary students thought it a good idea to surprise me. A young boy insisted the cake be the bus and that it must be perfect. These children have a deep sense of appreciation for this ministry and they love being here so very much.
Thank you DeMaddis & Fox family for a great family evening at Crossfire.
4th Annual Banquet at Weaver Markets.
Mark your calendars and reserve your seat by contacting Jim at 717.278.3102.
The evening runs from 6pm-8pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. We will be highlighting with photos the 25 years of ministry and hearing first hand how Crossfire has impacted several lives of previous attendees. You are welcome to sponsor a table for $300 and fill it with 10 individuals or just come and enjoy a delicious meal & awesome fellowship. Looking for another great evening celebrating the Hand of God at work in the Denver area.

A God Moment.
We have been ministering in the Ashland area for over 10 years. Many times I wonder why God has called us there? However, recently there are 2 siblings who attend whose father ended his life early. This has made a devastating impact on these children. I asked God to provide someone who could share the pain of loosing a father. Here in the Denver area is a 15 year old who lost a father 5 months ago. This student agreed to travel along to Ashland and share.
What an amazing impact this had on the students from Ashland with immediate and real changes taking place. I applaud this student for being willing to share through pain in a difficult situation. However to see the instant fruit was truly powerful. God is at Work.....

Weekly we continue to serve up to 40 children on a Wednesday evening. Thursday evenings up to 30 children & Friday evenings see about 25 teens. Our Ashland Youth Center draws bout 15 each Saturday & 6-10 on a Tuesday evening. As God continues to bring children into our midst we do our best to share the Love of Jesus Christ with each of them. We value your prayers and financial support - Together we are making a difference.
The Denver Fair is fast approaching.  We will again provide a Ring Toss booth. This is a great time to come over to the fair and give encouragement in person. Many of the children will be seen hanging out around the booth. Try your hand and ringing a bottle and trying to win a candy bar or the grand prizes at the close of the fair on Saturday evening.

Thank you for supporting us in Prayer & Finances. You are a valuable part of this ministry Team.
James L Horning
Executive Director
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Fwd: SB1306 - part of the Bathroom Bills - has hearing this Tuesday

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Date: Aug 26, 2016 10:25 AM
Subject: SB1306 - part of the Bathroom Bills - has hearing this Tuesday
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Call to Action

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Public Hearing on Bathroom Bill (SB1306) Set for Tuesday


As we have been informing you for some time, there are serious concerns to your religious freedom and privacy rights due to a collection of proposed legislation - Governor Wolf's Bathroom Bills. 


Oppose SB1306This coming Tuesday, one of those proposals - SB1306 - will have a public hearing in Harrisburg. Our Chief Counsel Randall Wenger will be one offering testimony during this hearing with the Senate Labor and Industry Committee.


The Senate Committee is also taking public testimony ahead of the hearing. If you are an employer, a parent or simply someone concerned over this legislation, we encourage you to submit your opinion. Click here to submit or email SB1306@pasen.gov. Please be respectful in your comments.


SB1306 is bad policy: It would remove privacy rights by forcing employers to open their sex-specific locker rooms, showers and restrooms to the opposite biological sex. SB1306 would also undermine the freedoms of those involved in churches, religious schools, ministries or religious non-profits by making it illegal to only hire employees that agree with their faith teaching on sexuality, marriage and gender. 


Attend the Hearing: Those advocating in support of SB1306 are working to pack the hearing room this Tuesday. We encourage you to come and attend this hearing scheduled to start at 1pm at the State Capitol in Harrisburg (North Office Building - Hearing Room 1).


In addition, if you are concerned over protecting your religious freedom and your privacy rights, please be sure to contact your State Senator and State Representative.


  • A meeting in their district office can make a huge impact. If you need help locating their office near you, email or call us at 717-545-0600.





Finally, if you're able, a financial boost will allow us to reach more Pennsylvania residents and help make their voice heard in defense of these troublesome proposals. As the state's leading defender of religious freedom and privacy rights, thank you for giving us this boost.

Donate to the Pennsylvania Family Council


Complimentary Pastors Luncheon - September 15 (After Prayer Rally)


The Decision America Tour with Franklin Graham is hitting all 50 state capital cities across America, drawing thousands of faithful to each and every event, and we expect great turnout in Pennsylvania, too. The rally is here in Harrisburg on Thursday, September 15 in Soldiers Grove (behind the capitol building). Hope you can join us in prayer between 12pm - 1pm.


Immediately following the prayer rally is the Decision Pennsylvania Pastors Summit, scheduled from 1:30pm - 3pm at the Harrisburg Hilton, just a few blocks away from the prayer event. It's a free luncheon for all pastors and their spouse or guest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Council along with Acts 20:28 Pastors, Vision America and Watchmen on the Wall.


The luncheon will include brief but informative presentations and resources that can help you in guiding your church and congregation during this challenging season where religious freedom is under siege, the culture is in freefall, and the political landscape is deeply confusing.


TO REGISTER: Click here or call 1-800-225-4008.

Decision Pennsylvania - Pastors Summit


Decision America Tour - Sept. 15Charter Buses Leaving for Franklin Graham Prayer Rally


Butler, Clearfield, Greensburg, Lancaster, Landenburg (Chester County), Murrysville (Pittsburgh), Punxsutawney, Shillington (Reading) have a charter bus leaving for the Harrisburg prayer event with Franklin Graham.


For the full list and details for how to register, go to pafamily.org/2016/08/prayer.


Michael Geer on Spotlight this Saturday


WDACUpdates ranging from Governor Wolf's proposed Bathroom Bills to ending late-term abortion to City on the Hill, PFI President Michael Geer will discuss with Greg Barton on The Spotlight program. You can listen live this Saturday at 12:30pm on WDAC (94.5 FM) and at 2:00pm on WBYN (107.5 FM). Click here to listen online.



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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fwd: Challenging people to Memorize the Bible!

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Date: Aug 25, 2016 6:59 PM
Subject: Challenging people to Memorize the Bible!
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Exciting Events and Opportunities to Get Involved!
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Matching Grant Goal Surpassed!

PRAISE GOD! Our July 2016 Matching Grant Goal was surpassed thanks to the generous giving of Piercing Word donors and Matching Grant sponsors!
With your help we raised a total of $23,086!!! This money will be used to continue to INSPIRE, CHALLENGE and EQUIP people to memorize the Bible! Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and financial support!
Help Bring Summer Camp Back!
Summer Camp Families! We're excited about the possibility of bringing Summer Camps back next year in 2017! But we won't be able to make it happen without your help! Let us know how you'd like to be involved by participating in our Summer Camp Family Survey - Link Below! Let us know what you think!
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Christmas Through the Ages
Christmas Through the Ages is coming back again this year in a new and improved script with scriptures added from Matthew, John, Isaiah, and more! Added songs from Handel's Messiah make this a truly inspiring family Christmas celebration. Book this presentation for your church or special event today to reserve your date for this Christmas Season!
Book Christmas!
Come Act with Us!

We're looking for performers to join our ministry team for the 2017 season!

Do you have a passion for the Bible? Our mission is to "Ignite Passion for the Word of God in the Heart of the Church!" 

We INSPIRE people by performing God's Word. We CHALLENGE people to memorize it for themselves. Then we EQUIP them to do so through Memorization Workshops and Discipleship Programs.

Come join our team! We are looking for people who are comfortable on stage and are willing to learn. Come be transformed as God uses His Word through YOU! Use your gifts for the Kingdom of God!

Auditions for our 2017 Season are Tuesday, November 1st from 2-8pm.

Click here to Email Katie Moser, Production Manager and reserve your spot!

Come see us!
At one of our upcoming PUBLIC PERFORMANCES. Click on an image below to reserve your FREE tickets to a "Piercing Word Presents" Event...


~ Praise the Lord - Aaron and Emily are expecting their second child due February 2017. Please pray for health and strength for Emily and for Aaron and big brother Caleb as they get ready to welcome another little blessing!

~Praise & Prayer - Several Piercing Word Team Members are considering following in the footsteps of Aaron and Emily House and joining our team as full time missionaries. Please pray for guidance and that they would do God's will as they consider this big step!

~Praise God for generous giving during the Matching Grant month of July! Pray for continued generosity in giving to help Piercing Word "Ignite Passion for the Word of God in the Heart of the Church!"

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fwd: MWC Info August 2016

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Date: Aug 23, 2016 4:57 AM
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MWC Info | CMM Info | CMM Infos

August 2016

Peace Sunday 2016

In a world ravaged by violence, it is not easy to be a Peace Church – a church dedicated to the ways of Christ's peace. These ways require much intentionality, persistence and even sacrifice. It is not always certain that Christ's ways of peace will be effective. And yet the author of James reminds us that how we plant our seeds matters. If we indeed want the fruit of righteousness (which is closely related to the principle of justice), we must plant in peace. As a worldwide communion of faith, we will be commemorating Peace Sunday on 18 September 2016. How does your church foster the peace that is so needed in our world?

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Aguapanela: youth and children drink in curriculum's "faith vitamins"

"There is no path, Pilgrim. The path is made by walking." This lovely phrase by the poet Antonio Machado epitomizes my life journey, particularly the two years I sojourned in Colombia.

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How should Jesus followers respond to the Marrakesh Declaration?

Over the past three years, my family has enjoyed friendship with an extended family from Iraq who came to the USA as refugees and asylum seekers. We have enjoyed meals together in our homes, picnics, hiking trips, choir concerts and church services.

When terrible events happen in the news, we lament together.

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CAMCA 2016: Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Anabaptist Consultation

The annual Central America, Mexico and Caribbean Anabaptist Consultation (CAMCA) took place 5–9 July 2016 in the Escuela de Capacitación Adventista Salvadoreña, San Juan Opico, La Libertad, El Salvador. Fifty-nine participants came from México, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Argentina.

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A life with no sin

What comes to your mind when you hear the word hospitality? It usually reminds me of the experience I had when I visited a country in another continent. I thought Colombians were good hosts until a family from a different culture hosted me. It was just amazing: the amount and quality of food they offered, their tangible efforts to make me feel very welcomed, every detail in my room, their questions, their respect and readiness to serve in every possible way.

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Ministry partner update: ICOMB – August 2016

After the Panama Summit, I met Cesar for the third annual meeting between Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and ICOMB. We discuss matters of mutual interest and concern. We consider MWC to be our "umbrella" global family. We always collaborate so that we don't relate to MB national bodies in different ways, especially if there are problems.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

August 2016: Brazil is dealing with an unstable government, trying to recover from economic crisis and preparing for the Olympics, all at once. Pray for the Mennonite churches who are wrestling with how to respond to these political challenges from a biblical, Anabaptist, peace perspective. Pray for wisdom and righteousness as some Mennonites join protests against government corruption. As the Olympics bring people from around the world to Brazil for displays of sportsmanship, pray for integrity among the athletes and fans. Praise God for the opportunity for churches to offer hospitality in the Spirit of Christ. Read more...

August 2016: Zimbabwe cries out for restoration. The churches pray for repentance, peace and healing; that the spirit of unity will prevail among the country's citizens and leaders. We pray that the unemployment rate (over 80%) will decrease. We pray for job opportunities, particularly for the young people. We pray for restoration in the economic sector. We pray that poverty will be eradicated. Earlier this year, a dry spell adversely affected crops and livestock in our country; yet the church continues to give thanks because "the Lord your God…goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31:6). May the Body of Christ be a refuge for all those who are lost, and may we journey together as we grow in faith, placing our hope in Jesus Christ, the owner of all the silver and gold. Read more...

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Fwd: REAL Summer

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From: R.E.A.L. Life Community Services <rod@realym.org>
Date: Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 5:31 PM
Subject: REAL Summer
To: Phil Horning <philandkelly@gmail.com>

Big Things are Happening, Phil!
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This month, R.E.A.L. Life Community Services welcomes two additions, Amy Pfautz, as our Administrative Assistant, and Chris Hibbert, as our first Social Worker.  Both are very experienced and will help us move forward in the path the Lord has set before us.

Amy is the mother of 3 young sons and is due with her 4th child in January.  She and her husband live in Ephrata and attend Ephrata Community Church.  Amy has many years of experience administrating  Harvestnet, which she will be able to sow into projects such as the R.E.A.L. website, and keeping us organized at the Lighthouse, in the campus ministry, and with our YouthMax and Momentum ministries.  Please keep Amy in your prayers as she transitions into our ministry and helps us to help more people.

Chris Hibbert is the mother of two beautiful daughters, both who graduated from Cocalico schools and are now successful in their college careers.  Chris and her husband, Bob, live in Stevens and attend DOVE Westgate Church.  Prior to having her children, Chris worked with Children and Youth Services in Philadelphia and with the Community Action Project, connecting people in need with the services that met their needs.  Chris is just the right person to help us help the Cocalico area and shine the Light of Jesus into the darkness that is trying to infiltrate our community.

What we do:

Campus Ministry
Youth Center
Transitional Home
Community Support
Youth Development
Power Packs Project
Social Service "Hub"

Youth Empowerment

Support REAL!

Great Way to Support REAL Youth Ministry!  It costs you nothing and only takes a Click!

Mail a donation: REAL LCS

PO Box 22
Denver PA 17517

Rod's Ramblings

Many of you know I have a big heart for Denver, PA!  So I took it quite personally when I heard that someone had robbed the Pharmacy downtown!  The next day I stopped in to visit the pharmacy and let them know we are looking out for them and if they need anything to let me know.  As I serve with the ministry, I've learned that everyone deserves a chance and it didn't change when I saw a man sitting next to the pharmacy steps putting a scarf or shirt over his face.  I immediately scolded him for attempting to look like that robber the day before.  He just shrugged his shoulders and grunted.  I leave town for 20 minutes only to come back and find that this guy had attempted to rob the pharmacy again, and as it turns out it was the same guy who robbed it the day before!  You can't make this stuff up!  This time, they got 'em!  Yes, it crossed my mind.  I thought of taking a picture of the dude, but I didn't want to offend him and he wasn't "doing anything wrong at the time", and who would rob the same store!  Lesson learned: As we continue to serve, let us not lose our common sense.

Let's Beat the Heat!!

Annual Car Show at Barry's Paint Shop
Sat, Sept 10th, from 10am to 3pm


Where will you be September 10th?

 I hope you answered Barry's Paint Shop's Fifth Annual Open House/ Car and Truck Show!  The event will be held Saturday, September 10th from 10 am to 3 pm.  There will be food and drink for purchase and free ice cream.
Registration for the show begins at 9:30 am with the categories of Antique, Classic Car, Muscle Car, Classic Truck, Hot Rod, Sport Compact and 4X4 Class.
Shop Tours will start every ½ hour, with airbag deployment demonstrations, a car rollover demonstration, and a bouncy house and barrel train rides for the children. 
All proceeds will benefit R.E.A.L. Life Community Services.

Volunteer Opportunities

We still need muscles for building maintenance and upkeep,  along with those willing to help with our upcoming REAL Icy Treats stand at the Denver Fair.  There is also an ongoing need for mentoring through the Lighthouse youth nights.  Starting in October, we need volunteers to help with our Power Packs food Pantry.  If you have any interest in joining our cause to keep services offered and growing, please contact Sunny Redcay at sunnyredcay@gmail.com.  We appreciate all offers.

Renovations In Store For The Lighthouse


As we start offering help to more members of the community, we need to utilize the space we have to it's fullest extent.  While the Lighthouse does have an ADA compliant ramp for entry, there is no access to the bathrooms for anyone with physical challenges.  So, in order to serve our neighbors to the best of our abilities, we are turning the space that was previously used as an office/storage closet at the back of the main meeting room into a unisex ADA compliant restroom.  Architectural drawings have been approved and construction has begun!  We still need to cover cost of materials, please consider helping us!


October 25, 2016

6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Denver Fire Hall, Denver, PA

Come on out for a fun evening of food, fellowship, and learning more about REAL Community Services!
Reserve Your Tickets Now

Remember that the Live2Lead Simulcast is October 7, 2016 at the American Music Theatre.  There are still tickets available.

To get the $15 discount and support REAL Life Community Services follow these instructions;

Go to the website www.AMTshows.com/Live2Lead

Click on "Get Tickets Now"

Click on "Purchase"

Click on "Quick Pick Tickets"

Type "Youth" in the Coupon Code field and click "Unlock"

Then select the drop down arrow for each ticket and change to "Youth: $15 off $70.00" for each ticket.

We hope to see you there!

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Thank you for your continued support of R.E.A.L. Life Community Services.

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