Thursday, January 8, 2009

Reflections on Church Planting

This is a significant week for thoughts of FCC and church planting. Although we are just a little over nine years old, the Lord has allowed us to be a part of some Kingdom work through church planting!!!
  1. Our first church plant (with Red Star Baptist Church) was the Cape County Cowboy Church. God has blessed that church incredibly. They had their first worship Sunday in their new building and worship tonight...they had 1250 in worship. That is unbelievable. In addition to their growth, they have been the catalyst for many Cowboy churches in Missouri and Illinois. What a privilege it has been to be a part of this ministry.
  2. Antiguo Cuscatlan - This is our 2nd church plant and it was started in El Salvador three years ago. We just returned from a mission trip last week and had a great time of ministry and fellowship! Our church just agreed to extend our partnership for a fourth year! How exciting!
  3. Ciudad Obrera - Wow. This is the potential church plant of Antiguo Cuscatlan. We were there last week and did the first outreach effort. 125 children and 25 adults showed up!! They have a potential pastor...and may launch this church this coming February. Our church voted last Sunday to support this new mission. This will be our third church plant and second one in El Salvador.
  4. Mulberry Acres - The door seems to be wide open to renew a ministry in Mulberry Acres in Fruitland. Lord willing I will be talking to the manager tomorrow. I'm praying that we can start some ongoing ministries here! A 4th church plant?

If you read this, please pray! I'm so grateful for the Kingdom opportunities that God has given us!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Trip to FBC, Chalmette in New Orleans

I know that Christmas is upon us and it is hard to think of next year right now, but it's time to mark your calendar for our next mission trip!! We are planning a construction mission trip to FBC, Chalmette: February 8-13. We will be traveling and working with several churches from the Cape Girardeau Baptist Association. The cost will be $130 plus transportation and meals enroute. The deadline for committing to the trip is January 23, 2009...we will have an informational meeting on Thursday, January 29. We are not sure what the projects will be, but might entail: plumbing, electrical work, painting, general clean-up, sheetrock and food preparation. If you are interested or need more information please let me know!!

It's warmer in New Orleans! :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas 2008

It's amazing how folks responded the last couple of months in sharing God's love with others...we collected 106 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes and 120 Thanksgiving Food Baskets! You can also read about the Kingdom Assignments reports that have been turned in at:

As we approach Christmas there are several other opportunities to share the love of Christ this season:

1. Men's Winter coats - The BSU took a Fall Break mission trip to "Shine in the Dark" ministry in Memphis and will be returning January 7-10. One of the primary ministries of Shine in the Dark is giving out clothes to the homeless, while sharing the Gospel and minstry tracts. They have asked FCC if we could collect winter coats, gloves, or hats. There will be a box in the church foyer.

2. Monticello Christmas - All 7 churches that share in the Monticello House ministry will come together to do a Christmas program and party. The party will be 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 14. In addition to this date, our church will be going back to Monticello on December 28th at 2:00 pm.

3. Shining Light Christmas - We will leave after the 10:30 service on Sunday, December 21 for the Shining Light Outreach Center in Charleston. Shining Light is an inner city ministry. The kids from Shining Light will do a Christmas Cantata...we will serve a meal and deliver a Christmas bag of candy. Items needed will be candy and dinner items. You can drop the candy off at the church and sign-up to help with the meal at the bulletin board at church.

4. We will be giving away some Christmas hams again this year. If you are interested in purchasing a ham for someone in need, the hams are $10. You can indicate on your envelope "Christmas Hams."

5. Give to Missions. Christmas time is a great time to give to missions. You can give to mission through FCC...just indicate it on your offering envelope. It is a Christmas gift for Jesus that is used to spread great tidings of great joy to all people! We will have a time for missions each worship service in December.

6. Support the FCC Mission Team to El Salvador - There are 15 going to El Salvador, December 26-January 1. You can support the team through prayer and financial contributions to the team. You can read more about this trip on a previous post on this blog.

7. Card for military men and women - We will have cards in the foyer for our military men and women who are family or friends of folks at FCC. If you know of any one that should be included, please let us know.

8. Christmas gifts for families - We have a few families that we are helping with Christmas this year...we are doing that primarily through our small groups.

Please pray for all these ministries!!


Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Baskets and Operation Christmas Child

What an exciting couple of months for missions in and through Fruitland Community Church!!! I wanted to make sure that you received the results from a couple of mission projects:
  1. Operation Christmas Child - Our church gathered 106 Operation Christmas Child boxes for Franklin Graham's international ministry. With the struggling economy and all the other projects that we have had going on, this is an great total!! Praying with the kids during the children's sermon last Sunday as they held the shoeboxes, reminded me that we must continue praying for these boxes through the Christmas holiday. Pray that God will use these boxes of love to bring a child to Christ! If you want to read more about this awesome ministry, you can visit their website at:
  2. Thanksgiving Baskets Give-a-way - It was a picture of cooperation. Our church working with the Cowboy Church, as well as the scouts and 4-H youth to gather, pack, and deliver approximately 120 baskets for Thanksgiving!! It was amazing to see 80 to 100 people working was quite an operation! Over 3400 cans were collected by the scouts and brought to our church. Volunteers sorted the cans, packed the boxes and delivered them the same day. What is amazing is that we have more food than ever left0ver in our food pantry! God blessed us in an abundant way!!

Thanks for giving to the Lord! Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 31, 2008

El Salvador Team Coming Together!

The FCC team to El Salvador is coming together...the next trip is December 26 - January 2 (Lord willing). We will be working with our mission church in Antiguo Cuscatlan and our ministry may include:

Vacation Bible School
Church Retreat with Baptism Service
Leading worship in two different churches
Outreach activities
Delivery of Video Projector and subsequent outreach movie night in the park

The team that is coming together looks like this so far:

The Parrys (2 to 4)
The McQuades (all 4)
Paul and Alana Davis
Travis Bell
Jason Dailey
Levi and Andy Bollinger
Karen Ward

A few more are praying about going. And several have committed to the next trip.

The trip is more expensive than usual, because of the rising fuel costs and the Christmas holidays. If you would like to contribute to the group you can give to FCC and write "El Salvador Scholarship" on the memo of the check.

Please be praying for this team as they begin training and planning. We will post more information in the future!!

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For the Kingdom!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Fruitland Kingdom Assignment!!

The Fruitland Kingdom Assignment is coming!! I've created a new blog to share stories of how folks invest $25 in the lives of people in our community. Follow along...

For the Kingdom!!

Pastor Mike

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pastor's Conference

I returned from El Salvador and the Pastor's Conference this past was a whirlwind week, but it was a blessing. Twenty eight pastors came to the retreat and we went over the 7 principles of Experiencing God together. It was awesome to be with these eager pastors. They seemed genuinely pleased with the experience, and are excited about the pastor's family retreat, November 10-11.

The pastor's will begin studying the Bible for credit beginning in February and they will be meeting in our mission church at Antiguo Cuscatlan! Folks have given to this project and we are buying tables and mattresses for the pastors.

Say a special prayer for the pastors as the learn and lead their congregations...thank you FCC for allowing me the privilege to attend this first pastor retreat and for being so supportive!

Let's also pray for FBC, Chalmette (our partner church) as they weather the coming hurricane...pray that the building that is being rebuilt will stand that it will be a lighthouse in the community...

For the Kingdom!