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Care Abounds In Area Communities
Local Churches Set Spiritual Adventure

Care Abounds In Area Communities

Grace Lutheran Church, Hop Bottom and The Great Bend Hallstead Lutheran Church, Great Bend, through Thrivent Financial's Care Abounds in Communities program, presented $800 worth of canned food to Susquehanna Interfaith, and the Methodist Church, Hop Bottom food banks and $300 to The Caring Café in Great Bend.

The funds were provided by Thrivent to the churches who worked together on these projects. Generous support was also received from Rob's Market, Great Bend.

The Great Bend Hallstead Lutheran Church is located at 302 Main Street, Great Bend, PA. All are invited to attend services at 8 a.m. Sundays, Bible study 9:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Call (570) 879 2116 for more info.

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The members of Gibson, South Gibson, and Lakeside UMC will be learning to stand tall for eight weeks to explore what it takes to face soul-gripping fears. That’s why they’ll be working together on a 50-day spiritual adventure called, Standing Tall: Facing Fears That Grip the Soul.

The 50-day spiritual adventure will take place from Sunday, January 11, through February 29. Participants will work daily through adventure journals, studying scriptures and applying lessons through application exercises. These churches join thousands of congregations across North America who will be working on this same topic.

The adventure is an annual, all-church spiritual growth series created by Mainstay Church Resources, dedicated to renewing the church by helping pastors and everyday believers create unforgettable Sundays. As always, the topic was developed with the input of hundreds of pastors and lay people across the country. To be certain, it meets the needs of today’s church people. Over 400,000 Christians worldwide are expected to participate.

During the upcoming adventure, participants will be looking at the following eight fears that can shut us down spiritually, emotionally, and even physically: the Fear of Terrorism and War; the Fear of Financial Insecurity; the Fear of Rejection and Betrayal; the Fear of Skeletons in the Closet; the Fear of Failure and Disgrace; the Fear of Disease and Death; Paralyzing What-Ifs; the Fear of Gathering Doom.

In addition to hearing weekly sermons on these themes, adults, teens and children at the UMC Charge will be journaling each day. Daily and weekly applications help participants apply scriptural truths in practical ways. Some applications are: confront unknowns with confidence in the known, make the "unafraid prayer" your own, perform one outrageously courageous act, and unlearn fear-filled thought patterns.

"I’m delighted Gibson, South Gibson and Lakeside can be a part of this exciting series," says Pastor Barbara Doan. "In today’s world, it’s easier than ever for us to let worry and fear take over, and to become discouraged. As Christ’s representatives, we must learn to stand tall against fears that can grip our very souls."

The adventure was created in 1980 and has since involved more than 4.6 million people. The adventure also has been used in India, Nepal, South America, and Europe. Pastor Barb encourages anyone who would like to become a part of the adventure to visit either South Gibson at 8:30 a.m., Gibson at 10:00 a.m., or Lakeside at 11:30 a.m., or call 756–2319 for more information.

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