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The G Family-Transplanting their Joy

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Posted by Debby Schmitt on

Being born and raised in southern California, there were many significant "firsts" arriving here in Michigan almost 25 years ago. That first winter Surprised, the birth of my third child and coming here to Five Points 15 years ago. First friends here in Michigan hold a special place in my heart...

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Trip to Kisumu

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Posted by Evelyn Van Sloten on

A team of thirteen people will be travelling to Kenya in April to minister to orphans and their communities. There are five care points we will be visiting—there are fifty orphans ministered to on a weekly basis at each one—and we will spend two days at each location. We will have an...

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Tags: aids, missions, orphan

How People Change Seminar Resources

Posted by Brett Toney on

On Saturday, we had the pleasure of hosting Jonathan Holmes, pastor for counseling at Parkside Church, for a seminar on sanctification. Jonathan spent the day teaching through the process and dynamics of biblical change. The audio from all six sessions are now available. Also available is the...

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He Will Save

Posted by JJ Sherwood on

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.Matthew 1.21 Every Christmas advertisement proclaims to have "the" thing you and your family need this holiday season. The reality, however, is that nothing you buy on this earth...

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Tags: advent

NOEL: Come & See What God Has Done

Posted by JJ Sherwood on

This Advent at Five Points, we invite you to come and see what God has done. For some, this is a well known story. One you have heard since before you can remember. For others, this might be the first time you have heard it. Nevertheless, for all of us, there are always new discoveries that...

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Tags: advent, christmas, jesus, savior

Pursuing Joy in 2016

Posted by Brett Toney on

At our members meeting last week, Dick Mills introduced the 2016 budget the elders will be recommending the congregation approve on December 13. I wanted to provide a little more info about what we are thinking for 2016 and how that is expressed in the budget. The total figure we are...

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Tags: budget, counseling, discipleship, mission, pursuing joy

Members' Meeting Recap

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Posted by Brett Toney on

Last night’s Members’ Meeting was an encouraging time, and I wanted to write a quick update for those unable to attend. Perhaps the best part of the evening was seeing Kyo Oh ordained to serve as an elder. For a number of years now Kyo has been serving as an elder “ex...

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Tags: budget, elders, marriage, membership, thanksgiving, updates

Track Down the Strays

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Posted by Brett Toney on

That’s the title of the chapter from Jeramie Rinne’s book Church Elders that our elders discussed last night. We’re reading through this little book to further grow in the charge we have been given. Rinne made two points in the chapter that especially stood out to me. The...

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Tags: membership, shepherding

Busy Hearts

Posted by Katie Carroll on

In his book, Side by Side, Ed Welch explains, “The circumstances of life are easy to understand, but it is at the center of these—our hearts—where things get complicated. Our hearts are always stirring with activity.” As our Shepherd Groups continue in the study through...

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Tags: community, heart, idolatry, small group

Fall Food Drive

Posted by Carolyn Stickney on

As we look ahead to the holiday season for our House of Jacob food pantry, we would like to stock up on some staples and add a few extra items to help our families enjoy some special meals. If you would like to donate, here are some suggestions: Instant Potatoes Canned Meats (tuna...

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Tags: evangelism, service

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