Monthly Archives: November 2015

THE ACC YEAR END CHALLENGE!

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The challenge is clear:

Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.  By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.          [1 Timothy 6:18-19]

God wants ACC to be a generous church. He desires for us to be people who enthusiastically step to be a blessing to others. With this in mind, I want to announce our 2015 Year End Giving Project.

Over and above what we normally give, the leadership has set a goal for us to raise $15,000 by the end of December. This money will be distributed as follows:

  • $10,000 to Zak & Laura O’Leary for their launching expenses as they prepare to leave in the next year as missionaries to Papua, New Guinea. This fund will get them on their way – covering such things as airlines tickets, visas, training fees, setting up their new household, etc. The O’Learys are anxious to join our missionaries Jerry & Sue Pfaff in New Guinea as they work in bible translation to bring the word of God to the people there.
  • $5,000 to Wings – a local, non-profit organization that is focused on providing housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to victims of domestic violence.

What a difference our generosity could make in our community and halfway around the world! Together we can reach our goal of $15,000.

You can give online or write a check payable to Arlington Countryside Church and write “Year End Giving Project” in the memo line. Together we can do this!

Thanks in advance for your generosity. We are committed to being a blessing to others.

Peace,
Dave

P.S. Gifts must be postmarked or given to the church office by December 31.

Practicing Thanks-living

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God is good.

Never was that truth more evident than yesterday in both of our Sunday morning worship services. We had a time for people to step up to the open mic and say what they are thankful for.

It was so encouraging and powerful! A wide variety of people participated: teenagers & senior citizens, recent attenders & long time partners, etc. Some were emotional while others were silly; some were very succinct while others seriously pushed the 1-minute time limit. I sensed that all were sincere.

Giving credit where credit is due. God, our Father, is the giver of all good gifts (James 1:17). It is only right for us to express our thanks.

What do you thank God for? Don’t let this Thanksgiving pass without articulating your gratefulness to God!

I pray you enjoy time with family and friends this Thanksgiving as you practice Thanks-living.

Peace,
Dave

P.S. What am I thankful for?? That’s a no brainer. I am incredibly thankful for my dear wife Karen. In the 7 weeks since my ruptured Achilles tendon and subsequent surgery she has waited on me hand and foot. I’ve been pretty helpless and useless around the house. I know it has been a heavy burden to her but she has cheerfully served me day in and day out. Thanks Kar – I love and appreciate you.

 

 

BE GOOD AT BEING RICH

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Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.  - Mark 10:21-22
I’ve been reading through Randy Alcorn’s book Managing God’s Money: A Biblical Guide.  In it he talks about this story.  He says, “Jesus did not call each and every disciple to liquidate their possessions, give away all their money, and leave their homes. But Jesus knew that money was the rich young man’s god. The principle is timeless: If Christ is not Lord over our money and possessions, he is not our Lord.”
Are we letting money lead how we approach God, or are we letting God lead how we approach money?
Dave’s messages the past few weeks have been great, but they only scratched the surface on the topic of money. Money plays such a huge role in our daily lives. I think it’s something we all need to learn more about from a biblical perspective.
If you haven’t read it yet, I’d highly recommend Alcorn’s book that I mentioned.  It has been great!  Reading it will help you dig deeper into what the God says about money and challenge you to consider how it is impacting your life and the lives of those around you.
Be good at being rich,
Jim Young

Life-giving Encouragement

Encourage one anotherLast weekend, I competed in my first full Ironman. Ironman is a long distance triathlon where you swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, and run 26.2 for a total of 140.6 miles for the day. Events are consecutive and the clock is running from the moment you start the swim until the moment you cross the finish line of the run. It’s a huge undertaking and takes months of intense training. 

One of the things that I love about long distance triathlon is the community of encouragement. On race day, we’re all suffering, it’s challenging for everyone! We’re competing as individuals, yet, there’s a sense of “we’re in this together”. I can’t tell you how many times I was encouraged by fellow triathletes, volunteers, and spectators. In a real way, their words of encouragement helped me stay positive and focused on my goal of finishing the race.

Life is hard. We all need encouragement. For those of us who are followers of Christ, we need the support and encouragement of our fellow Christ followers as we seek to live for Jesus. We need someone to come alongside us and speak life-giving encouragement to us. We need someone to say, don’t give up! You’re doing great.

I wonder, when was the last time you encouraged someone? Let me challenge you to find one person that you can offer honest, heart-felt encouragement to in the next week.

Grace,

Chris

 

10 GREAT YEARS!

Yesterday marked my 10th anniversary as senior pastor of ACC. Time flies when you’re having fun!

 

I am overwhelmed with God’s kindness in allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful church.

 

What’s not to like?

 

Our staff  – Jim, Carolyn, Chris, Scott and Melissa: hard working, focused, loyal, fun, genuine and godly.

 

Our elder team – Ray, Jim J., Jim R., Jordan and Patrick: humble, wise, team players, faith-filled, fun, trustworthy and prayer warriors.

 

Our congregation: fun, authentic, forgiving, warm, friendly, generous, creative, praising and working.

 

ACC is not perfect by any means. But we love each other. We are growing to be more like Christ. We have a vision to see our unsaved family, friends, neighbors and co-workers cross the line of faith.

 

I love our church and I am so grateful for each one of you. God has blessed me far beyond what I deserve.

 

The best is yet to come! I’m hoping for another 10 years! (Minimum!)

 

Peace,

Dave