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Weekly Highlights:

December 20, 2022

Tuesday Weekly Highlights! 

House Worship this Thursday @ Giffones, 6-8 PM

Join us for worship @ the Giffones' this Thursday! All are welcome & an RSVP to Michael would be appreciated. (973-986-9491)

Meal Train for the Webers!

Mike & Ciara are home with their new twins, Harper and Hudson! We would love to support and care for them by helping provide meals for the next 6 weeks. Please sign-up to bring a meal to the Webers here.

Potluck THIS Sunday, Feb 5 @ NOON

Our Collective Gathering is THIS Sunday! We will begin with a potluck lunch at 12 PM, followed by a time of sharing & worship.  Please read Nehemiah 1-4 to prepare for our time together & bring a dish to share.  If you are unable to bring a dish, please plan to help with clean-up!

Malawi Prayer Commitment

As a community we have committed to pray for each farmer that is working with Farming God's Way in Fuleti. Please sign up to commit to pray for 1-3 farmers in Fuleti via this google doc.

Malawi

Reminder that if you are planning on giving a one-time gift for Malawi, please do so by the end of this year!

 

 

Here is the video of Dickson that we tried to watch together, along with the google doc to sign-up to commit to pray for specific farmers! Info on giving financially is below.

 

 

If you haven't yet, please read the letter from Jessie below. 

Dear AOX Family,

 

Fuleti has been a place that we have been investing in for the long term. It has been seven years since we sent a team and have and partnered with Dickson Shuwali with “Farming God’s Way”. We get to celebrate in the many obstacles that have been overcome over the years, including traditional mindsets that have been slowly changing. They especially have much to celebrate in the realm of growing vegetables. The headman has given the farmers his own plot of land near the river to do this and you can see some of the photos of their success! 

 

They have faced floods, droughts, bug infestations, and crop rot - to name of few - and yet continue on! A current obstacle they are figuring out how to overcome is “communal grazing”. In short, there is a village law that allows any animal free access to your fields after harvest. There’s not much grass for livestock. The difficulty is that the farmers Dickson is training use any leftovers from their harvest as ground covering for the next year’s crop. (ex corn stalks) This ground covering provides protection from heat, floods, growing healthy bacteria in the soil. They can’t properly farm without it. And they need to find ways to defend it and protect it when there isn’t a law to do so.

 

Because of the communal grazing occurring, which particularly affects their maize fields, they have asked us for help again with seeds. This may not be the only year they struggle with this, but we want to stand by them in their process. They have asked us to support them with maize and maize seed again this year. They have also asked for vegetable seeds, not because they have failed with the vegetables, but because it is doing so well. They would like to plant more of a variety.

 

We have already asked our church community to pray into what we can each give towards sending out 5 apprentices to work under Dickson. There will also be future conversations about providing a well and clean drinking water for them. For the immediate future, they are in need of food and more seeds (as the planting season already began months ago). They have planted what seeds they had and are just waiting for rain. It’s going to cost $3036 to meet their request for the 70 farmers under Dickson. Please ask the Lord if He would like you to give and if so, how much. We would love to send the money to them by Thanksgiving and give thanks for all the Lord has blessed us with.

 

 You can give via https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/4607413 (please choose Malawi Fund) or on cashapp ($aoxnow) and put “Malawi” in the memo.

 

As you pray about if and what you can give, we invite you to meditate on 2 Corinthians 8:14-15 (below). May the Lord remind and convict us that we are all One Body in Christ, even across national and cultural lines.

 

    At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, 

    so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. 

    The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much

     did not have too much, and the one who gathered little 

     did not have too little.”

 

 

Much thanks,

Jessie Woodard

Recording from 11/27/22

The teaching & word from David & Candise Wade from our November Potluck is available to listen to here.

May 29 Recap from Brad

Please click here to read a recap and clarifying thoughts from Brad about our time discussing simple churches & changes to collective rhythms in this season. You can also access a recording of our time Sunday, May 29 here.  We missed the first few minutes, but most of the discussion is available!

Announcements from Family Brunch - 8/29/21

Ongoing Rhythms

Simple Churches - We have a few groups of 3-12 people that meet weekly or biweekly & have committed to intentionally follow Jesus together, as a small expression of Church.  These groups meet in various homes, parks, etc. & typically include an expression of worship, digging into the Word, and fellowship with each other.

Sunday Mornings - see below for more info! This is not intended to be a Sunday morning service that we encourage everyone in our spiritual family to attend! It is simply one expression of many.

Worship & Prayer Room - The prayer room at the HUB is open for worship & prayer Wednesdays from 7:30-9 AM. We are also committed to hosting quarterly Weekends of Worship & Prayer, along with Monthly Worship Nights!

Monthly Family Brunch - The last Sunday of the Month, we meet at the Hub for brunch, worship, announcements, & a teaching.

Life in the Grove // Equipping - see above for more info! 

Sundays Gatherings

We have been in a season where our emphasis as a church has been in following Jesus in small groups of 3-5 people. While we are continuing to encourage people in this discipline as an integral part of being the church together, we are also looking forward to launching a fresh Sunday morning expression of church that will provide an on-ramp for college students and people from the Grove City community to encounter God together.

Communication Updates

We want to improve the clarity of our communication by providing a consistent place for you to access announcement information. We are maintaining the homepage with a simple new format: Weekly Rhythms (What's happening now), and Mark your Calendar (What's Next).


We will also  be updating this announcements page regularly with items that we discuss in our group gatherings to ensure that everyone has a common and consistent location that they can access to get on the same page. 

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