DANBURY, Conn., March 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — May We Pray for You? The Guideposts OurPrayer Ministry, announces its 45th annual Good Friday Day of Prayer event, scheduled for 7-5pm, Friday, April 3 at Mizzentop Day School (formerly Peale Center) 66 East Main Street in Pawling, NY. As in years past, OurPrayer invites the public to attend or submit prayer requests online at www.ourprayergoodfriday.org where each prayer request will be prayed for by OurPrayer staff and volunteers.
This Good Friday Day of Prayer, we welcome you to join the hundreds of people near and far as we gather for a day of reflection and prayer. This occasion benefits so many who attend, as a day of personal contemplation and renewal, as well as a time for unity and fellowship, joining together to intercede for individuals, friends, family and the world. “We are not short on problems in our homes, schools, on our streets, or in our world. What better time than Good Friday, to make a sacrifice and intercede on behalf of others just as Christ did for us,” commented Ty’Ann Brown, Manager of OurPrayer. Join us as we make this day a time of prayer and community, lifting up thousands of prayer requests by name and need. This event is free and refreshments will be provided.
Those who are unable to attend the event can still participate by submitting prayer requests as well as praying for others at www.ourprayergoodfriday.org. Our Prayer Line will be open for personal prayer from 7am-10pm EDT at 203-778-8063. Caring people volunteer their time to support those in need, offering prayers of hope and inspiration in response to the millions of requests received annually. Please additionally visit OurPrayer on Facebook, and Twitter.
OurPrayer is a service of Guideposts–a non-profit organization that touches millions of lives every day through products and services that inspire, encourage, and uplift. Through magazines, books, prayer network and outreach programs, Guideposts helps people connect their faith-filled values to their daily lives. For more information on Guideposts, please visit www.guideposts.org and follow Guideposts on Facebook and Twitter.
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April 17: Full Survey Findings on The State of the Bible to be released
NEW YORK, April 3, 2012—Amid headlines of adults ruining a children’s annual Easter egg hunt in Colorado Springs, Colo., American Bible Society is releasing survey findings that paint a much brighter picture of the holiday.
A recent survey by American Bible Society and Barna Group reveals 69 percent of U.S. adults celebrate Easter as a religious holiday and not just an occasion for egg hunts, stuffed bunnies and candy. The survey also found:
- 31% of Americans age 18 to 27 celebrate Easter as a non-religious holiday
- 14% of Americans do not celebrate Easter
- 78% of Americans age 66 and older celebrate Easter as a religious holiday versus 56% of Americans age 18 to 27
“The survey demonstrates that most Americans remember why Easter is deemed a holiday,” said American Bible Society President Lamar Vest. “At American Bible Society, we’re excited to provide Americans – and parents in particular – with quick and easy access to the Biblical resources they need to celebrate the real reason for Easter, Jesus’ resurrection.”
American Bible Society and Barna Group will release full results from The State of the Bible 2012 survey on Tuesday, April 17. This data was collected as a part of an annual survey designed to gauge how the Bible impacts Americans today. (View The State of the Bible 2011 results here.)
“The results of this survey should be encouraging for Christians,” said David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group. “Most Americans still observe Easter as a religious holiday even as candy consumption and egg hunts have often overshadowed its spiritual significance.”
Poll Your Audience:
- How does your family celebrate Easter?
- What traditions, religious or otherwise, have you created?
- Do you attend Easter egg hunts with your children? Have you observed parents behaving badly in this setting?
About American Bible Society:
Headquartered in Manhattan, the 196-year-old American Bible Society exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation’s oldest nonprofit organizations, today’s American Bible Society provides interactive, high- and low-tech resources enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time. For more information, visit AmericanBible.org.
The State of the Bible 2012 report contains the findings from a nationwide study commissioned by American Bible Society and conducted by Barna Research (a division of the Barna Group). Two research methodologies were used for the study; one included 1,016 telephone interviews with adults in the continental U.S. while the second study consisted of 1,005 online surveys using a nationally representative panel.
The use of two methodologies provided a larger sample size for key questions and ensured even greater representation among all age groups. The telephone interviews were conducted February 24 through March 5, 2012 and included U.S. adults 18 years of age or older. The online surveys were conducted between March 14 and March 21, 2012.
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For most believers, it’s a time of sweet, joyous fellowship with their local church family, when worshipping together feels like a family reunion.
But for others, Easter Sunday morning is more likely to be a time of longing and pain, as their fellowship feels broken and they are somewhere in the heart-rending and unwanted process of changing churches.
Author Dottie Parish, a long-time counselor, understands this common, yet commonly misunderstood, aspect of Christian living.
“The pain of leaving a church is excruciating,” says Parish. “Church ties are not easily severed. Leaving a church cuts ‘leavers’ off — separates them from the local body of believers.”
Parish knows this from painful personal knowledge. She brings not only her counselor’s mindset but also her own experiences of changing churches to her forthcoming book, CHANGING CHURCHES: A VIEW FROM THE PEW [Winepress, $16.95].
In the book, Parish offers reflections and analysis to help the church changer. She outlines valid reasons for leaving a church, steps to take when considering leaving, and suggestions for ways to handle the search process for the new church.
Easter, she said recently, is actually a great time to visit another church because it allows a visitor to see a church at its best, as well as be able to slip in without being noticed on the high traffic Sunday.
She likens the process to any other loss, with the attendant stages of grief. The process takes time and varies with each leaver.
She also suggests steps to help leavers navigate the grieving process, recommending increased amounts of time spent in Bible study and prayer, journaling, looking for other Christian groups for support, and if necessary, seek Christian counseling.
“I hope readers facing painful church issues will realize they are not alone, or crazy, or wrong in their tears, frustrations, ambivalence, depression and anger,” Parish says. “We need to pay attention to reason and facts, of course, but our feelings inform our reason and vice versa. Awareness of our feelings enables us to grieve losses and be authentic. To heal and grow we need to express our feelings, learn from them and then let go of them.
“All of us — pastors, elders and church members — need to understand church hoppers,” she continues, admitting she too had judged people who switched from one church to another — until she became one. “Most leavers are hurt, angry or disappointed by a church they loved and supported for years.”
Parish sites a study that shows the majority (76%) of church leavers are mature Christians who leave for valid, biblical reasons and do so prayerfully. Once resettled, they become “very solid, healthy and active members” of another congregation.
CHANGING CHURCHES: A VIEW FROM THE PEW will release April 16, and will be available from Amazon and WinePress Publishing [ISBN: 978-1-4141-2152-9].
Parish holds a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University. A resident of the Cincinnati area, her counseling career included work with individuals, couples and families at two family service agencies and in private practice. Parish also wrote a weekly advice column, “Family Counselor,” for more than a decade for the Hamilton Journal News, Hamilton, Ohio.
Currently she blogs at faithnotes-dottie.blogspot.com and publishes a monthly email newsletter called Changing Churches: News and Views. For more information, contact her at email@example.com.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE BOOK:
“Pastors and church members will be touched, surprised and informed by one couple’s journey in three very different churches as described in Changing Churches. Their story includes inspiring discovery, challenging lessons, struggling and grieving with pastors leaving, new pastors coming, false teaching, ‘worship wars’ and more.” — Dr. James Bjornstad, Professor of Philosophy, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio
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March 21, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Easter eggs are an ancient symbol of new life, representing nature’s decision that winter will end and spring will bring sunshine, green grass and blossoming flowers. But for those who live in developing countries around the world, eggs symbolize more than just the Easter holiday and springtime — they represent hope, food and happiness for families and children in need.
As children dye eggs this Easter, their peers in poverty-stricken communities will be cherishing gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalog. The catalog offers more than 250 life-changing gifts ranging in price from $16 to $39,000 that can be purchased in the name of a friend or family member. To celebrate Easter blessings, gift-givers can choose from a variety of springtime items including:
- Two chickens offer a daily supply of eggs with plenty of protein. – $25
- A sheep gives plenty of milk, cheese, and wool for children. – $ 105
- A goat and two chickens provide a steady supply of eggs, milk and meat to feed children and help families. – $100
- Ten ducks produce protein-rich eggs to feed a family year round and both eggs and ducklings can be sold for extra income. – $60
- Traditional water wells provide safe water for up to 150 people.
New this year, World Vision has launched www.MyGiftCatalog.org. This site allows fundraisers to start a gift catalog giving page to celebrate birthdays, weddings or to honor a loved one. Each fundraiser has a personalized page with photos, selected gifts and information about why they would like gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalog.
After purchasing an item, the person whose name the gift was given in receives a special card describing the gift and its impact. Donors can also receive free handmade gifts such as hand-carved serving spoons from Kenya and jewelry from Thailand with a cash contribution to the Maximum Impact Fund.
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. We serve the world’s poor, regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, visit www.worldvision.org.
For more information about the World Vision Gift Catalog or to receive a copy of the catalog, please contact Bozena Luczak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-434-5006.
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ASHLAND, Ore., March 13, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — How do you help 19,000 churches get ready for Easter? For the church media company Sharefaith, the answer is easy — give them complete ministry solutions including the best media available. For the past eight years, Sharefaith has been a frontrunner in helping churches steward technology to spread the gospel. This year, their impact continues with the world’s largest collection of Easter media for churches, and a price-slashing deal that unleashes the power of Sharefaith to more churches than ever before. This Easter, thousands of churches around the globe can thank Sharefaith for ministry solutions that will maximize their impact.
Easter: The Most Important Worship Service of the Year
Easter is the single most important worship service of the year. Not only is Easter Sunday a celebration of the pivotal event of the Christian calendar, but it is also the day on which more people attend church services. Many people will only attend a church service on one occasion each year — Easter Sunday. It is extremely important that churches prepare to make a maximum impact on this significant day. Lack of planning, shoddy preparation, and cheap shortcuts are easily spotted. Of all the days of the year, Easter is definitely worth spending more time, money, and effort.
How to Prepare the Best Easter Service
But what goes into creating a top-notch Easter service? What elements should be present in order to effectively communicate the truth to many visitors?
- Announce the Easter service. The most important part of preparing for an Easter service is making sure people know about it. Update the church website to spread the news. Print out flyers and invitations. This is an event churches want to broadcast as widely as possible.
- Get members involved. Worship is not a spectator sport. Make it a point to involve people in the service itself. One great way to help get people involved is to encourage them to invite others.
- Make the theme obvious. Easter is about one main thing: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Make this theme an explicit part of the Easter service. Just as important as the overarching theme is the visual theme. Make sure that all media and graphics are tied together. For example, the welcome video should match the worship slides, which should match the worship bulletin cover.
- Media is crucial. Media is the communication language of our age. Without great media, churches neglect a crucial component of communicating to this generation. Churches should do what it takes to obtain high-quality church media as they proclaim the good news of the resurrection. Sermon videos, worship loops, and welcome videos are just some of the ways in which churches can use electronic media in their Easter services.
- Visual sermons. It’s easy for a listener to lose attention or interest in a spoken sermon. In addition to the preaching, use PowerPoint slides and other visuals to communicate the truth.
Sharefaith: A Single Solution
Sharefaith is designed to help churches accomplish each one of these important objectives. The entire organization is built around helping the church to better proclaim her message. All of Sharefaith’s products, offered at one low membership cost, give churches a money-saving, time-saving, message-enhancing power.
- Church websites (hosting only $14.99/m)
- Sermon Videos
- Worship loops
- Countdown timers
- Worship backgrounds
- Church bulletins
- Worship software
This Easter, a Sharefaith membership is a better deal than ever before. The growing Easter collection provides a vast library of powerful media. The company now offers websites and worship software. A free trial is available. And most importantly, the membership cost is a massive 20% off until Easter (only $119.20).
There is no better time to purchase or renew a Sharefaith membership. For the best Easter service possible, it’s worth it!
Join Sharefaith now!