Retreat brings mentally challenged adults together for weekend of fun and worship
by Leah Reynolds on October 9, 2015 in great commission
The crowd roared with sheer excitement, clapping their hands and screaming with joy, all in response to one simple question: “Are you ready to study the Word of God this weekend?”
Much of the jubilant crowd, consisting of about 350 Special Friends Retreat campers and volunteers, had been looking forward to the Oct. 2-3 weekend all year long.
At the retreat for adults over 12-years-old with special needs, campers worship, engage in Bible studies and make crafts. But the highlight of the weekend/p>/p>... [continue]
Since early 2011, when the Syrian conflict began, more than 1.5 million refugees have fled to Lebanon seeking safety. Most of them have little money and no place to live. When the harsh winter strikes, they hunker down and find warmth the best ways they can. Often times, they spend the winter living in flimsy canvas tents with no blankets, mattresses, or heaters.
For many years, churches have been able to directly pay for, or reimburse ministers and other church employees for, the premiums of health insurance policies purchased by the employee without the employee being taxed. As a result of regulations governing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this will – in most cases – no longer be allowed effective July 1, 2015.
At the end of their 2015 term, the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution requires same-sex couples be allowed to marry and states no longer reserve the right to ban same-sex marriage. This ruling could affect our Baptist churches. Is your church prepared for this ruling?
First Baptist Church, Weslaco, is doing so much to reach their community. They wanted the things they are doing to not only be an overgrowth of their fellowship, but also be a part of what God is already doing. Currently, they are working to improve their warming station, as well as finding new ways to reach young believers and their families.
In the latest edition of our magazine, you can learn about how CP makes an impact every minute, every day and every where. Also, read about our partnership in Liberia during the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, the impact of ministerial scholarships, Disaster Recovery work following spring storms, the importance of apologetics, changing a community through a new church plant and more.
txb.life is a new publication created to identify events and ministries within Texas Baptists resources that will help you, as a church and community leader, impact those who God puts in your path. Events and topics are broken down by ministry emphasis to give you a snapshot into what’s upcoming and trending in your area of service.
Help exists for refugees like Nu Niang Hoih and Nu Muangnu, they just need a place to start.
This is where you can help.
By donating on September 17, North Texas Giving Day, you can help support a new initiative called Project: Start. This will be a physical location within Vickery Meadow specifically designed to be a starting point for the many needs of these refugees.