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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.

Love Jesus? Love Kids?

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Have you considered serving in our children’s ministry? It’s a fantastic place to serve! Our children’s ministries are actively engaged in making disciples. We’re introducing children to God’s word and inviting them into a relationship with Jesus. It’s fun, exciting, and super rewarding. We’d love for you to join our team.

Consider the impact you could have…

  • You may be laying a foundation for long-term discipleship
  • You may be investing in a future world changer
  • You may be reaching the parents through the child
  • You may be a much needed source of love and acceptance
  • You may be creating healthy patterns and meaningful memories

There are many ways to serve in our Children’s Ministry. Whether you have a lot of time to offer or just a little, we can find a spot for you. We provide all the necessary training and resources so that your time can be spent with the kids instead of on preparation.

We currently have positions open in our Preschool Ministry, Elementary School Ministry, and Awana. Please email chris@acchurch.org if you are interested in learning more about how you can be a part of our team of adults who love kids and love Jesus.

Grace,

Chris

DON’T MISS CHURCH THIS SUNDAY!

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If you regularly attend ACC you NEED to be here this Sunday, September 13.

 

I will be casting a vision that is bigger and more important than probably anything you have ever been a part of IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.

 

You will be invigorated. Re-energized. Maybe a bit intimidated or even frightened. If you absolutely cannot be here then be sure to listen to the podcast ASAP.

 

This Sunday will be the start of a dramatic shift for ACC. And for you. And for me.

 

BE HERE.

 

Peace,

 

Dave

FAMILY (PURPOSEFUL) FUN DAY!

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Can you have fun and be on mission for Christ at the same time? Oh yeah.

 

I want to invite you to join us at ACC on Saturday, August 29 from 2-5PM for our FAMILY FUN DAY.  There will be great food, a dessert contest, photo booth, dunk tank, face painting and much, much more! Set aside this date and be sure to join us.

 

And remember: It’s FREE.

 

But let me challenge you to take it a step further. Be more purposeful. Be on mission. How?

 

Invite your neighbors. Relatives. Co-workers.

 

This is the perfect event to build relationships with those who don’t yet go to our church. To expose them to ACC. Get them on our grounds and in our building. Hanging out. Having fun together. Who knows how God might use this time?

 

Join us and bring somebody with you. Its gonna be awesome!

 

Peace,

Dave

 

P.S. You don’t need to have kids to show-up. We want everyone here. It’ll be a great time – regardless of your age. (I’ll be there!)

 

P.P.S. Maybe you’d like to be a volunteer to help make this happen. Excellent ministry opportunity! Just contact Melissa Reddin. Melissa@acchurch.org

An ACC’er Serving Christ in Colorado!!!

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Hello ACC family!

For those who don’t know me, my name is Jenae Arvidson and I began going to youth group and AWANA at ACC when I was in sixth grade. I started going to church on Sundays when I was in High School and was baptized at ACC when I was a freshman in High School. When I graduated Buffalo Grove High School in 2011, I started attending Hope College in Holland, Michigan. This past May I graduated from college with majors in psychology and religion. Even though I am away from ACC most of the year, I still enjoy coming back every time I am home. I am grateful and excited to share with you all what is next for me!

Starting September 1st, I will begin on staff at an organization in Colorado Springs called the Dale House Project. The Dale House is a partner of Young Life that is a residential living facility for youth referred by the Department of Youth Corrections and Department of Human Services. While the residents are living there, they can go to school and work. During my time there, I will assist the youth in finding and flourishing in their jobs, finishing school, and helping them learn life skills to live independently. They also get to have experiences they probably wouldn’t have if it weren’t for this organization. When I visited the Dale House in April, I saw the ways the staff live out their faith in loving and praying for the youth and I’m so excited to be a part of that.

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While I am on staff at Dale House, I will be required to raise my own support of $1,000 for every month I am there, so $12,000 total. Would you please consider supporting me financially in this experience? While I am nervous about raising these funds, I am trusting and praying that God will provide. The support will go to room and board, health benefits, and courses at Fuller Theological Seminary. This also goes to a stipend which I will use for some personal expenses and for savings.

Some other ways you can support me and other staff and residents in this experience is through prayer and encouragement. Please pray for the youth to grow personally, independently, and spiritually; for their minds to be opened to the ways they can grow. Since being on Dale House staff poses many challenges, as well as rewards, I and the rest of the staff would love prayer as we show Christ’s love to the youth as much as we can.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration of support.

Jenae Arvidson

If you would like to learn more about the Dale House Project, you can visit their website at dalehouseproject.org Should you desire to participate in helping me financially, please consider the following:

 

  1. Support can be given as a monthly donation or a one-time donation.
  2. You can donate online at: https://dalehouse.missionsconnex.com/donate  Make sure you select my name under “who you are supporting”.
  3. You can donate by check: Mail any checks (made out to Dale House Project) to:

Dale House Project

7 West Dale Street

Colorado Springs, CO  80903

Please put my name in the memo.

  1. After you have contributed, you will receive a receipt. The Dale House Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible.

 

HS Mission Trip 2015

Our high school mission trip begins tomorrow morning (6/13). We’ll be traveling to Nashville, TN where we’ll be partnering with several local ministries that are caring for the poor in and around Nashville. We’ll spend 2 mornings helping a church put on a day camp in the park for a community of refugee children, 2 afternoons working at a community garden and feeding program for the homeless, and 2 full days helping with a remodeling project of a local evangelism ministry. I’m excited about the variety of work that we’ll be doing. We’ll have a mix of working with children, adults, and some manual labor. It’s my prayer that the work we do will continue to benefit the people we serve long after we leave. I’d like to invite you to join me in praying for our ministry efforts this week AND for the spiritual growth of our students…trips like this have the potential to be life-changing for the participants.

I’ll be posting on our ACC Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the week. This is a great way to see some pictures and keep up with the trip.

Grace,

Chris

Three Ways to Keep Growing This Summer

Summertime is upon us!  ‘Tis the season for swimming, sun, grilling and vacations.  It’s also the time of year that most of our growth ministries at ACC take a break for a few months before starting back up in September.  But that doesn’t mean our spiritual growth should stall out for three months.  Here’s three ideas for how you can keep growing deeper in your walk with Christ this summer:

  1. Read a book.  Maybe it’s a theology book, or a book on a specific area of the Christian life.  Spend some time on your patio or in your recliner with a [coffee, iced tea, beverage of choice] in your hand and dig through a chapter at a time.  Or if you’re not the reading type, download an audiobook and listen to it in the car or on your phone.  I’ve been reading a book by Tim Keller called Prayer: Experiencing Awe & Intimacy With God because I really want to grow in my prayer life!
  2. Start a Bible reading plan on YouVersion.  You are on YouVersion, right?  It’s a free Bible app for your phone or tablet.  It has literally hundreds of different plans to follow, whether you want to read thru the Bible in a year or just do a practical study on a specific topic.  I just started a 21 day study called Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model.  I’ve found that if I’m not tracking with a reading plan, I’m much less likely to be in God’s Word consistently.
  3. Listen to music.  It’s amazing how much great music is out there today that will help draw your focus to God and stir your heart to worship.  Grab some new music for that road trip you’re planning or to keep you motivated while you’re out for a jog.  Here’s a few new albums I’ve been listening to recently:

I hope you can implement at least one of these ideas to keep growing in your walk with Christ this summer.  Feel free to leave a comment below if you have other ideas to share!

Peace,

~Scott

Prayer Requests

As we’re wrapping up the school year and transitioning into our summer programming, I’d like to invite you to be praying for our Children’s and Youth Ministry. Here are some specific prayer requests for each ministry:

Children’s Ministry

  • Students moving up to new classrooms to make a smooth transition. That they’d be able to celebrate this milestone and quickly settle into their new setting.
  • Day Camp. For lots of kids to register, for volunteer positions to be filled, and for kids to grow in their faith through their experience with us.
  • More team members. We’re in need of people to meet our growing needs in Children’s Ministry. Pray God would provide people who love him, love kids, and are willing to serve.
  • Children’s Ministry Director. We continue to prayerfully seek someone to fill this very important position. Please pray for God to provide the right person for the job.

Youth Ministry

  • Transitions. Students who will be freshmen next year, are welcomed into our high school ministry (Oasis) on Tuesday, 5/26. Students who will be in 6th grader next year, are welcomed into our middle school ministry (Pit Stop) on Thursday, 6/4. Please pray for these important transitions.
  • Summer Trips. We’ll be taking a group of HS students to Nashville, TN for a mission trip June 13-20. We’ll be taking a group of MS students to Lake Geneva, WI June 21-26. Please pray for safety, spiritual growth, and lots of fun.
  • New team members. We’re looking to add several new adult leaders to both ministries next September. Please pray for our recruiting efforts this summer.

Grace,

Chris

WHAT IS DAVE ALL EXCITED ABOUT???

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Christianity Explored is a fascinating, highly interactive seven-week course that examines the life of Christ from the gospel of Mark. Whatever end of the spiritual spectrum you might be on  – from a skeptical agnostic to a highly devoted follower of Christ – the material is very thought-provoking and generates some fantastic discussions.

Each week begins by sharing an excellent meal together. (Thank you Carol Rech!) Each week you sit at the same table with the same people and the same leader. As you wrap up your meal you begin a discussion by reading certain passages in Mark. You then transition to some excellent teaching on DVD by Rico Tiece, the developer of the course. Then after the teaching you interact with what you just heard. Wow – we had some great conversations! It makes for an awesome evening.

In this inaugural run of Christianity Explored at ACC we had 44 participants. Here is what a few of them had to say:

 

“I really enjoyed the group discussions and the opportunity to get to know people better.”

“I learned a lot. I so enjoyed the people at my table. I love the program.”

“Such a good course. Great way to look at Mark, and to look at what Jesus said about himself.”

“I enjoyed the course. The content, dinners, and the way in which the course was designed was great. Feel this would be something you could invite a non-churched person to attend.”

“The course was absolutely fantastic. My goal was to understand Christianity more and I feel very confident that I understand what being a Christian means.”

“Great atmosphere for a new Christian like myself to read a gospel guided and be able to ask questions. It was a good way for me to start reading Scripture more thoughtfully and thoroughly.”

Plan this fall to experience Christianity Explored at ACC. You won’t regret it!

Peace,

Dave

UPWARD 2015 SEASON RECAP

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We’ve just finished up our 2014-2015 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading season! 14 basketball teams, 1 cheerleading squad, 21 coaches, 8 referees, 109 kids, 84 families, 10 practices, 8 game days and countless other volunteers are what made up our league this season.

So, what is Upward?

Upward is opening up your church to strangers with the sole purpose of showing the hospitality of Christ through a common ground called sports.

Upward is building up kids both spiritually and athletically.

Upward is providing a place for all types of kids to play basketball and cheer despite skill level.

Upward is allowing men and women the opportunity to build into the lives of kids and their families to spread the gospel.

Throughout this season 14 kids crossed the line of faith! Praise God!!!!

Thank you to all that prayed for this season and volunteered on game days and at the awards celebration. Without you our Upward ministry would not be possible!

If you have had an experience with Upward I would love to hear about it.

Comment below “Upward is……” So what is Upward to you?

-Melissa