Happy New Year from the Anchored Youth leadership team. In 2018 we saw students commit their lives to Christ, get baptized, and grow deeper in their faith. We started a student leadership program and are thrilled to see students leading and serving in our church. Our youth have studied several books of the Bible, World Religions, and have discussed difficult Biblical questions on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings throughout this last year. Our hope and prayer is that 2019 will bring even more spiritual growth, new believers, and significant change in the lives of our students.
If you haven’t checked out our website recently, it has been greatly improved and is very informative and easy to navigate. All event registrations will now be online. No cash will be accepted for events that require pre-registration- all payments can be made online.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve and lead your kids closer to the Lord on a weekly basis. We want you to know that we are praying for you. Teenage years can be very difficult to navigate as parents, especially in today’s culture. One helpful resource to encourage you as parents is called Parent Cue. They have an app that gives great ideas about how to connect with your teen, and they post encouragement and great ideas on Instagram and Facebook as well. Please let us know how we can pray for you and/or support you specifically by emailing Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very excited in the sports ministry to be gearing up for a return visit from one of the most entertaining, inspiring sports presenters we have ever seen. On February 7 and 8, Tanya Crevier returns to perform her basketball magic and share her testimony. We are blessed to have her return after many years.
For these two “Nights of Inspiration”, we have invited the 600 players, their parents and relatives from our nearly-concluded Early Winter basketball season. All season, the coaches have been sharing the gospel weekly with the players, but this is our big chance to share also with the parents and relatives.
Each of the nights will be preceded by an open playground with bounce houses, a full snack bar and lots of fellowship. We would love to have church members help in any area from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on the playground or snack bar, or 6:30 to 8:30 with the presentation or child care.
We are blessed that God has allowed us to develop a very large sports ministry, and we are excited to see how God works in our sports and church community on these very special nights. We are following all this up with a Connection Lunch following church on February 10. We are praying that lots of sports families join us for church and lunch.
Please pray for loads of energy and touched hearts. If you want to help, please reach out to John Mercer, our Sports Outreach Director, or Kandyce Register, our Children’s Ministry Director.
As we approach the end of another year and we begin to reflect on what has happened over the year, I wanted to provide a brief update on what has changed on our church campus. The Building a Legacy campaign is going strong and Pastor Matt will be sharing an update on that very soon, but that is not the only beautification happening. Within our regular budget we have been able to paint all of the classrooms in the education building upstairs and all of the preschool classrooms currently in use, thanks to our church family volunteering, led by Kato Mearig and Young Park. Pastor Dan’s office has had a complete makeover, with new flooring, lighting, and paint. There are new curtains in all of the preschool rooms that match our color scheme. We have also begun the task of improving the exterior lighting on the campus. During this next year we are going to continue to improve the lighting, continue with the interior painting, and reseal and stripe the parking lot. We are so blessed to have this campus to use for tle Lord in reaching out to minister, and I am thankful for the heart of our congregation in wanting to make it as beautiful and useful as possible. Thank you!
We have had several recent changes in our church leadership team. Recently Heidi Schultz stepped down from leading our Preschool Ministry in order to focus on her new job as a Christian School teacher and to help Brad in our youth ministry. We are thankful for all of Heidi’s hard work in leading our Preschool Ministry, and are praying for her in the new ministry assignments the Lord has given her. As you know, Kandyce Register has been leading our Children’s Ministry and has been doing a great job. Now she will be leading both our Preschool and Children’s Ministries. Our Sunday Preschool and Children’s Ministry has grown by over 50% in the last year. God is bringing new little ones to our church and we have the privilege of sharing with them the love of Christ. Pray for Kandyce as she leads these two very important ministries and if you sense God wanting you to get involved in these exciting ministries let her know.
We also have added a new position to our church team. Breanna Herd is our new Social Media Coordinator. We are using social media to communicate with our community and our church all that we are doing as a church. So many people use social media as the primary way they connect and communicate and we want to utilize it for the sake of the gospel. If you are not sure about an event, now you can go not only to our church calendar for information, but if the event is soon you can find it on our facebook page. In addition to our church facebook page, we also have pages for our children’s ministry and our weekday Preschool. We invite you to “like” and follow them.
Ken Fox has served as our part-time church administrator for over three years now and has done a great job. He is now coming on full time as our Church administrator and Facilities Manager (beginning in November). This move will allow our church to be more effective and efficient in our ministries and also to present a clean and neat campus for the purpose of seeing people come to Christ and live for Him. The Lord deserves the best we can give Him and I am happy to see Ken lead us in giving the Lord our best both in our organization and in our facilities.
Dear Shoreline Family,
Over the last few months, there have been a lot of difficulties people in our church are facing: cancer, sickness, injuries, the loss of family and loved ones, and many more. Every week my prayer list has grown longer and longer. In each case, you could have allowed these difficulties to push you away from God, but instead you allowed God to use them to draw you closer to Him. I have never seen so many difficulties in such a short period of time, but I also have never seen more growth in faith and love. The ministry needs have been greater than I could meet, but together you have ministered to one another in the name of Christ. You are a constant encouragement to me.
Remember Jesus said in as much as you have done it to My brethren, you have done it to Me. Let’s continue to faithfully pray for and minister to the hurting in our congregation.
God has really been working in people’s lives. I encourage you to come to church each week in faith and with anticipation that God is going to speak to us through His Word, and that God is going to work in our life and in the lives of others. God is bringing new people to our church every week- let’s make sure to show them our love for them, pray for them, and minister to them. We have a lot of new believers and new members in our church, let’s welcome every new member of our faith family with open arms and not cease to pray for them.
We all know people who need to come to know the love of Christ. I especially want to ask you to pray that God will give us a burden of compassion for the lost. I am thankful for the fifteen people who went through our evangelism training class, their passion was exciting and I look forward to the fruit God will bring from it. But let’s ask the Lord to give all of us boldness to share Jesus with our family, friends, and those He brings into our life. The Lord has blessed us with a great church family, and I am so very thankful to the Lord for you.
Every year for the past 20 plus years, the months of October and part of November have been consumed with planning for our upcoming Early Winter basketball season at Shoreline. We are blessed to continue to pull in more than 500 players each year.
As I write this, we have almost 400 players, and I begin to create teams tomorrow (October 22). That process takes about 60 hours as it involves more than 600 requests from parents.
It is truly a blessing to plan this coming season as I am reasonably certain that at least 200 of the incoming players are new to the program and at least half of the players do not know Christ as their personal savior. This is an amazing outreach challenge for the sports ministry.
More than 60 teams will stop once every week from November 26th through February 9 to learn about Christ. I am honored to prepare the devotions for these teams, and I am excited to report that the players love to learn about Jesus and many of them turn their lives over to Him each season.
As a part of this outreach, we will repeat our Division Parent program from last year. We are very grateful to the more than 50 church members who got involved last year, and I encourage you to come out December 1 on Opening Day to welcome parents and players to Shoreline. We call you “Sports Connection Parents!” Below is an explanation of how you can help. Please let me know if you have questions.
What is the Division Parent’s Program?: During our Early Winter basketball season, Division Parents from the church have volunteered to connect with the teams and coaches in their divisions. The sports connection parents show up on some game days to help the Division Parents by waving at halftime and talking to teams and parents after the game.
Why: The program is designed to better connect parents who bring their children into our sports program with our church and its members.
Who: A sports connection parent does not need any expertise (or interest) in sports; they need to have a desire to build relationships with parents who need Christ.
We have been getting ready and are so excited to kick off the 2018-19 AWANA year with your family! The AWANA program is designed to give families a tool to disciple their kids for Christ and we have so many excited and committed leaders ready to help you and your kids this year. We have a few new things this year, so here are the details you need to know:
Please feel free to e-mail, call, or text with any questions or additional information. We are so excited to help your families disciple your kids for Christ and to help them understand what a great and mighty God we serve!
I hope you all had a great summer. We took 33 students to camp, and saw God work in incredible ways in the lives of our students. We celebrated 2 professions of faith and 3 decisions for baptism. Several of our youth are actively serving in other ministries at Shoreline on Sunday mornings such as Preschool, Children’s, and Worship Ministries. A large number of students also helped out at VBS which saw 200+ kids throughout the week. We are very excited about the spiritual growth of students in our youth group and cannot wait to see what God will continue to do in their lives this next year.
One exciting opportunity coming up for parents at Shoreline is the Parenting Conference September 28-29. We want to encourage all parents to attend this conference as it will equip you to have intentional, gospel-centered conversations with your students about difficult topics they are exposed to on a daily basis. It is a video series led by Dr. Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
We are excited to kick off the start of the school year with some exciting events. If you have any questions about our upcoming events or anything related to youth, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
This past year we made many changes in our church budget structure. We combined all of our ministry budgets into one church budget so that we can see what the actual cost of each category is, for example, we can now see what our total electricity usage is for the entire campus. This is now true for all categories so that going forward we can have a true picture of what we spend as a church. Since all of our operations are ministries of the church. We focused a lot of resources on beautification of both the inside and outside of our campus. Our general budget covered painting all of the upstairs and downstairs classrooms in the education building. Building a Legacy covered the outside of the entire campus, including some much needed repairs with the painting.
The overall financial picture for last year is good. We are expecting to be very close to our projected budget. We expect to end in the black by $5,000-$10,000. Our revenue is expected to be short by about $40,000 but we also reduced our expenses to match. We spent about $10,000 more on the building than we planned because the painting has gone faster than projected, and that amount was planned for this next year, so we will recover it after September.
Building a Legacy. We have brought in just over $125,000 and currently have spent $76,000. A new sign for the front of the building is in process and we hope to have it approved and in construction soon.
For 2018/19 we have increased salary cost projections to finally allow for some much needed raise for our awesome church and preschool staff. This new budget is still very conservative and we are optimistic that the revenue will surpass our plans, but we want to maintain a practice of preparing conservatively and spending carefully.
Have you ever wanted to be a missionary? Now you can by helping pack shoeboxes filled with things like toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and hard candy. Help hurting children in over 150 countries around the world through Operation Christmas child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.
Since its 1993 inception, Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan's Purse, has sent gift-filled shoeboxes and a message of hope to more than 150 million children in over 100 war-torn and impoverished countries. For many of these children, it is the first gift they have ever received.
The 2018 Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week is November 12 to 19. Shoreline Baptist Church is a designated drop-off location in this area.
Anyone can participate! From children to seniors, people pack gifts to bless children around the world.
Simply fill an empty shoebox with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys for a boy or girl.
For detailed packing instructions, volunteer opportunities and more information about Operation Christmas Child, call John Mercer 714/881-6788 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.