Sarah Knepper Receives the Equipping Biblical Leadership Award

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Sarah Knepper

Sarah Knepper

Last Sunday (Sept. 20), Timothy Kurtaneck (TK) visited Movement Church in Hilliard, Ohio (Mark Artrip, pastor) to present a CE National Honor to Sarah Knepper for “Equipping Biblical Leadership.”

Sarah has served as a long-time Operation Barnabas leader, CE National Ambassador, and as the assistant director of Operation Barnabas in recent years. TK shared, “While Sarah is an excellent teacher, she has excelled at coaching and equipping others to do the work of the ministry–and that is a rare trait. So many people provide information, even good information, but this award is in recognition of Sarah’s ability and focus upon helping others in the “how to’s” of ministry.
She did this for years as an OB leader, and she continues to do this today.

“Sarah is a blessing and I appreciate her diligent work in helping others learn how to serve in the name of Jesus. I know that the body of Christ is better because of her investment in the lives of others.”

Congratulations, Sarah! Thanks for your investment in coaching and training others to be like Jesus and serve like Him.

Pro-life Resources in the CE National Lending Library

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Life Before Birth a book by Gary Parker
Life is special…a book for Christian families and others who teach the dignity of Life Before Birth to this and future generations. Dr. Parker and his wife, Mary, explain the biblical view of life before birth. Such topics as abortion and birth defects are covered in a special way.

180 (DVD) by Ray Comfort
“180 is 33 minutes of video adrenaline, shock, and hope.” Kirk Cameron, Actor and TV Co-Host
In an effort to open people’s eyes, change their hearts and minds, and set them free, 180 deals with the controversial issues of our times.

Unplanned a book by Abby Johnson
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, not long after assisting in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, crossed the line to join the Coalition for Life. What happened in that clinic to cause this Planned Parenthood leader and Employee of the Year to take such drastic action? And how did Planned Parenthood react to her abrupt departure?

Visit cenational.org/library to checked out these and other resources.

Defining “Team” – A Pastor’s Perspective

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Trust is foundational. Before anything else, I believe that trust must be earned, stored, and saved before it is spent. Healthy teams require trust which is built upon a legacy of consistency. As the lead pastor at Awaken Church, I know it is my responsibility to initiate ways to build this trust within my leadership team. Read more…

By Mike Pumphrey

Introducing Erika Baughman, New Urban Hope Intern

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Erika Baughman

Erika Baughman

Hello, my name is Erika Baughman. I am 19 years old, from a little town named Osceola, in Indiana. I graduated from a small, private school, Elkhart Christian Academy, in May. My church is Fuente de Vida Grace Bilingual Church.

I was originally going to attend Word of Life Bible Institute this fall. However, God had another plan in mind, He led me to attend Rio Grande Language Missionary School, a bilingual Bible institute in Texas, in the coming year of January. He also led me to become an intern at Urban Hope for the next three months. I visited Urban Hope and stayed for a week with my youth group two years ago. I knew God wanted me to come back.

Free Videos from CE National

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Dr. Mark Beeson, lead pastor of Granger Community Church in South Bend, Indiana, spoke at the CE Leadership Summit for Youth Workers in 2014. Watch his message here challenging youth workers to stay in ministry. Dr. Beeson is one of America’s premier speakers.

Kurt Johnston, junior high ministries pastor at Saddleback Church, was the main speaker for the CE Leadership Summit for Youth Pastors 2015. Watch his full presentation.

Watch the video of a message given by Naghmeh Abedini to Momentum Youth Conference about her faith during the imprisonment of her husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini. Please pray for his soon release.

Carnival of Hope Coming to Urban Hope October 3

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Every fall Urban Hope puts together the Carnival of Hope–an outreach event where the gospel is clearly presented with an invitation to receive Christ. The main purpose of the event is to cultivate relationships and clearly share the love of Jesus with the people in the Urban Hope neighborhood.

Urban Hope expects to see 1,500-2,000 people crowd the streets for this huge outreach event.

The worship band from Momentum Youth Conference, the Jordan Howerton Band, will give a mini-concert and a hip-hop dance team from Liberty University will perform as well. Someone from the neighborhood will also share how God has changed his life.

Follow-up will take place with Bibles, tracks, and materials that Urban Hope will purchase. Previous years have seen people come to know Christ because of this event.

Several outside groups will come to help run the carnival, but Urban Hope also needs funds to cover expenses.

  • Food: $1,500
  • Renting of generators, moon bounces, and cotton candy machines: $1,600
  • Prizes: $3,000
  • Stage, sound systems, etc.: $2,900
  • Carnival games: $900
  • Other expenses: $400

These needs would make great projects for a small group or Sunday School class. God uses the Carnival of Hope in great ways and many ask Christ into their lives.

Please begin praying and thinking about how you can help. If you’d like to contribute or want more information, contact Jason at jason@urbanhope.net.

See You at the Pole is Next Week

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See You At The Pole is on Wednesday, September 23, at 7 a.m. local time. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. See You At The Pole is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation. Find out more at syatp.com.

Back to School Season & How to Plan an Annual Calendar

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With the start of a new school year in session, youth workers all across the nation are excited to get back into a regular routine with their students. At least I know I am! As I glance at the blank calendar before me, I am aware that this is one of three times that I have a jump start on forming a solid annual calendar. While the students are still sharpening their new pencils, I am starting to plan on how to get ahead in three areas: Read more…

Check out the latest from OnTrack Devotions!

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The book of Luke brings us a chronological rendering of Jesus’ life and ministry. Written by a doctor who was likely not a Jew, it focuses on the facts and is the first of two sequential books addressed Theophilus… Acts is the second book… as a foundation for understanding the early church and its origins. While Luke focused …

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Pastorpedia Live – Panel Discussion Encourages Attendees

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Pastor Rick Hawks, Pastor Knute Larson, and Dr. Bill Katip look on  while Pastor Jim Custer answers a question

Pastor Rick Hawks, Pastor Knute Larson, and Dr. Bill Katip look on while Pastor Jim Custer answers a question

Pastors Knute Larson, Jim Custer, Rick Hawks, and Dr. Bill Katip, shared insights from their experience to the over 40 people who attended the September 16 Pastorpedia Live event. See pictures…

The next Pastorpedia Live will be November 4 and features Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs, professor of preaching and communication at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Arthurs will be speaking on creativity and freshness in preaching. Visit mypastorpedia.com to find out more and to register.

Ed Lewis Presents Church of the Year Award

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The Marysville Grace Brethren Church staff

The Marysville Grace Brethren Church staff

This past Sunday (Sept 13), Ed Lewis presented the 2015 Church of the Year Award to the Marysville Grace Brethren Church in Ohio at each of the three morning worship services.

Pastor Clancy Cruise accepted the award for the church after Ed shared that this is a congregation that has grown due to people responding to the gospel. The Marysville church has excellent ministries to children and youth.

The church family is in a new facility and the church offices are wonderful! CE National praises God for this church, its leadership, and the entire church family for being a church that is LIVING ON MISSION for Jesus.

God bless you and may He continue to use you to reach people for Christ and see them grow in Jesus in your area, your region, and around the world!

Shawn McBride to Speak at StreetWise (formerly Crosswalk) 2016

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Shawn McBride

Shawn McBride has been named keynote speaker for CE National’s new StreetWise Week. Shawn is a dynamic communicator, traveling extensively across the United States speaking to students, training adult youth leaders and encouraging parents. StreetWise will be held July 4-10 at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia.

The event targets key young people and their youth workers. Only 125 people may attend this equipping week. StreetWise includes seven days of outreach training, cross-cultural exposure to various ethnic groups and nightly tent meetings to reach out to North Philly. More information coming in October.

CE National Celebrations – Plenty of Fun and Information

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Pastor Kevin Mincey

Maryland and Southeast Pennsylvania will be the CE National focus for a Sunday evening, September 20, banquet at the Blue Heron in beautiful Greencastle, Pennsylvania. The program starts at 6 p.m. and will include testimonies from Urban Hope in Philadelphia. Special music is by Pastor Kevin Mincey and the worship team from the Winchester (Virginia) Grace Brethren Church.  The meal will be prepared by Denise Hutchison and her team at From Scratch Catering.

“What an evening!” said Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National. “The free evening will include lots of fun…lots of great food and lots of new news for the future of CE National. There will be a fun, silent auction and Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), Jason Holt, Ed Short, myself, and others will be there.”

The Blue Heron is located at 407 South Washington Street, Greencastle, Pennsylvania. The dinner is free but advanced reservations are required. Contact Judy at 574.267.6622 or email judy@cenational.org. A love offering will be taken for the Urban Hope Training Center.

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Orlando and Angie Gonzales

The Eastern Pennsylvania CE Celebration will be held at the famous Good ‘n Plenty Restaurant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on September 21, starting at 6:30 p.m. Christ (pronounced with a short ‘i’ sound) and Dolly Lapp and their family cook the BEST Pennsylvania Dutch food.

The free event will feature the testimonies of Orlando and Angie Gonzales from Urban Hope (Watch a video of the Gonzales) and special music from people in the Lancaster area. Jason Holt, Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), Ed Lewis, Ed Short and most of the staff from Urban Hope will be there along with plenty of fun, reports, and news.

The dinner is free but advanced reservations are required. Contact Judy at 574.267.6622 or email judy@cenational.org. A love offering will be taken for the Urban Hope Training Center.

CE National Faithfulness Awards – Ron and Willa Henry

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Each year CE National honors faithful servants for the cause of Christ. We’ll be introducing the winners over the next several weeks. Thanks to these who have served others so faithful in the name of Jesus!

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Being educators their entire adult lives, the Henry’s have faithfully been teaching and leading in their church’s adult Sunday School class for the past 20 years. (Watch their video.)

Don’t Put Old Folks Out to Pasture

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Pastor Lee Seese, a long time CE National board member, passed along a terrific article that came through Mike’s Funnies (www.mikeysFunnies.com)

By Dr. Pat Otwell

Aged and unproductive farm animals were often “put out to pasture” when their days of usefulness ended. They no longer had responsibilities but just grazed on the land becoming receivers rather than being givers. Read more…

Lititz Teens Help Urban Hope Through Business

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Samuel Bernhardt and Kaylynn Bert wanted to help two families in their hometown of Litiz, Pennsylvania, who were devastated by cancer. So they planned a benefit concert and sold t-shirts. Two years later Samuel and Kaylynn are running a nonprofit business that ships shirts all over the country.

Kaylynn took a day trip to the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia and got excited about helping the inner-city ministry. Samuel was all for it.

Named Mothco after Romans 8:28, “No, in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us,” Samuel and Kaylynn have donated $1,500 so far to Urban Hope. They even have an Urban Hope collection.

Peggy Owens Retires from CE National After 25 Years

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Peggy Owens

On Friday, September 11, The CE National staff held a retirement luncheon in honor of Peggy Owens. After 25 years as materials coordinator, Peggy is leaving CE National. Peggy took care of mailings and ordering materials, but anyone who has been in the CE National offices knows that she has been a helper to this Church Effectiveness ministry in an even greater capacity.

Peggy has a heart for people. She loves God and is a generous servant. She’s a talented singer, pianist, and one of the funniest individuals we know—just ask her!

So is Peggy going to sit back and do nothing now that she is retired? Hardly. Retirement will just give her more time to minister to inmates at the Kosciusko County Jail. Experiences in her life could have made her hardened and bitter, but Peggy chose instead to show the love of Christ and invest herself in others. And what a difference she has made! In 2008, Peggy was recognized with CE National’s highest individual award: The Wall of Honor. (Watch her video.)

Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, said this about Peggy, “Peggy has not just been a faithful worker here at CE; she is an incredible example of being a godly woman. She shares her faith. She disciples people. She gives to people. She is hospitable. She loves to serve. She is faithfully serving at the Kosciusko County Jail EVERY day! She is a servant. I know that as she retires from her work at CE National she will continue to carry on the ministry spirit for many years to come! We will miss her but we thank God for her wonderful spirit of loving God and others.”

Jordan Howerton Band to Perform During Carnival of Hope

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Jordan Howerton Band leading worship at Momentum Youth Conference

Jordan Howerton Band leading worship at Momentum Youth Conference

Every fall Urban Hope puts together the Carnival of Hope–an outreach event where the gospel is clearly presented with an invitation to receive Christ. The main purpose of the event is to cultivate relationships and clearly share the love of Jesus with the people in the Urban Hope neighborhood.

Every fall Urban Hope puts together the Carnival of Hope–an outreach event where the gospel is clearly presented with an invitation to receive Christ. The main purpose of the event is to cultivate relationships and clearly share the love of Jesus with the people in the Urban Hope neighborhood.

Urban Hope expects to see 1,500-2,000 people crowd the streets for this huge outreach event.

The worship band from Momentum Youth Conference, the Jordan Howerton Band, will give a mini-concert and a hip-hop dance team from Liberty University will perform as well. Someone from the neighborhood will also share how God has changed his life.

Follow-up will take place with Bibles, tracks, and materials that Urban Hope will purchase. Previous years have seen people come to know Christ because of this event.

Several outside groups will come to help run the carnival, but Urban Hope also needs funds to cover expenses.

  • Food: $1,500
  • Renting of generators, moon bounces, and cotton candy machines: $1,600
  • Prizes: $3,000
  • Stage, sound systems, etc.: $2,900
  • Carnival games: $900
  • Other expenses: $400

These needs would make great projects for a small group or Sunday School class. God uses the Carnival of Hope in great ways and many ask Christ into their lives.

Please begin praying and thinking about how you can help. If you’d like to contribute or want more information, contact Jason at jason@urbanhope.net.