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Thank You Patriot Way Participants!

Celebrating our Successful First Annual

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Patriot Way
C.E. 5 Mile Run & 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Ephrata, PA

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Thank you to all of our event participants: runners, walkers, volunteers, business sponsors, sign sponsors & donors! We appreciate your partnership in helping to make our event a huge success.

  • Sponsors: Windsor Christian Academy, Koller Chiropractic, Beers + Hoffman Architecture, Arrow Plumbing & Mechanical, Chikes Orthodontics, WebTek Computer Company, Fulton Elementary School, Four Seasons Produce Inc.
  • Donors: Chester County Run Store, Dairy Queen Ephrata, Dennis Kreitz, Domino’s Ephrata, Four Seasons, Giant Ephrata, Inside Track, Javateas, LA Fitness Lancaster, Planet Fitness Ephrata, Redner’s Ephrata, Sharp Shopper Ephrata, The Historic Smithton Inn, Udder Choice, VFW Ephrata, Weis Markets Ephrata, Wendy’s Ephrata, Ephrata Area Education Foundation
  • Sign Sponsors: Carole Ashby, Dave & Jen Coryell, Nancy Coryell, Robin Greenly, Lori Henne, Nancy Kremm, Colleen Ossman, Mindy Sheaffer, David Simpson, Jon & Karen Stewart, Carla Weitzel
  • Results: click to download PDF file
  • Top Female Winner (video): Sarah Delia
  • Top Male Winner (video): Andrew Fetter
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  • Link to More Photos: in our online album

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 9, 2019

 #5mileCErun  #run4CE

2 Ways How November 10th Could Change Your Life

Saturday November 10, 2018 at 9AM in Ephrata, Pennsylvania a five mile race begins, followed by a one mile walk starting at 9:10am.  “For God and Country” describes why we invite you to invest your time as a runner or your finances as a sponsoring partner in this event. “For God” refers to the sponsoring organization, Christian Endeavor. This ministry is Unleashing Youth for Christ and Church in several U.S. states and thirty countries through its powerful but simple youth development approach. “and Country” explains that a portion of event proceeds directly assist some of the 100 veterans and their families living below the poverty line in the three municipalities covered by the Race (Akron Borough, Ephrata Borough, Ephrata Township). Come race the PATRIOT WAY and make a difference “for God and Country.” Click on the following link for more information or to register for the event: bit.ly/5mileCErun

Golf Deadline Next Week, Register Today

Super Smiles!

Christian Endeavor had our highest attendance at our 5th annual outing in 2017. We have a goal to raise attendance to an all-time high of 80 people this year. And we’re getting close to the registration deadline next week on Thursday, April 26. Please spread the word to golfers you know, and send them our golf page short link: bit.ly/Golf4CE

Friendly competitions in the scramble format include Top Team, Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive. We also have a 50/50 Putting Contest. And don’t miss out on your chance to win a $10,000 hole-in-one prize!

Honeybrook Golf Club caters a super meal each year, just before we give out prizes.

Golf AND Good Eats!

Okay, so we can’t help you with your golf game. Haha! But we do guarantee you will have a super fun day!

Stay out of that sand!

Sign up today! Don’t miss out on the fun. You can register & pay online or mail a form with your check. Individual golfers are also welcome to help fill out incomplete foursomes.

Just sayin’ HI! Hope to see you soon in Honey Brook!

(If you’re unable to attend, would you consider sponsoring a hole for $200, or being a patron at any amount? Details also found on our golf page: http://www.ceworks.faith/support-get-involved/golf-tournament/)

Christmas at the Beach! Adult C.E. Retreat

Feeling the need to get away from it all? Join with other C.E. adults to celebrate “Christmas at the beach” … in May! Learn what is happening in Christian Endeavor in the USA and around the World with an update from director Dr. Dave Coryell. Hear inspiring Bible-based messages by Dr. Kirby Keller. And enjoy Christian musical artists Dawn & Randy Marks. And you don’t want to miss the fun banter between Dawn & emcee Frank Schock. REGISTRATION DEADLINE is MARCH 31, 2018. Basic retreat dates are May 8-10, 2018 with an extended retreat option starting May 7 for additional site-seeing. Click HERE for a flyer and registration form on our site, and video links from previous retreats.

CE World Convention 2018 registration website is live!

The registration website for the C.E. World Convention 2018 in San Diego is live now! Raptim Humanitarian Travel is honored to assist you with your preparations to attend the C.E. Convention. Please take time to read through each section of the website before registering. Informational tabs are across the top of the site. Click HERE for info and to register. We hope you can join us this July!

• (Region 1: Europe, Australia and Pacific, Korea, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico)
• (Region 2: South America, India and any other countries from Asia)
• (Region 3: Africa)

Somebody is Watching

Walking alone through your neighborhood at night and suddenly you get that feeling. Strolling from store to store on a shopping trip with some friends and you feel it again. Jogging as the sun rises in the wooded park near your house and once more the hair stands up on your neck. Many times when you experience this sensation there is no one around. Other times, somebody is watching you! This is not a blog to cause worry as Halloween approaches and people scurry to buy pumpkins to carve and candy to distribute. Our media does a fine job in the worry creation department. My purpose is to reflect on a trend I have witnessed in many teenagers and young adults today. Increasingly, there seems to be an attitude that says, “I will do what I want and if others don’t like it . . . IT DOESN’T MATTER TO ME!”

I have heard variations of this phrase such as:

  • I don’t care what they think
  • I can do whatever I want
  • Why should I care what they think?

Contrary to popular opinion, IT DOES MATTER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK!!!!!

Paul writes a letter to mentor Titus as he guides a church. The second chapter of the book that bears Titus’ name specifically begins explaining how people should be taught in order to lead godly lives. Paul addresses older men and women, younger men and women, and finally slaves.  “Slaves” is a word most people tend to avoid. However, slaves were a normal part of New Testament times. Slaves were owned by a master and were subject to this person’s authority. To slaves, Paul gives Titus these words in Titus 2:9-10, “be subject to your masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”

Somebody’s watching!! The principle Paul unveils here connects attitude and actions with a believer’s ability to influence others with an “attractive” gospel. Let me interpret- God is our master and we are all subject to His authority. When people say it doesn’t matter what other people think, they are normally trying to justify their right to do whatever they want to do. The world loves us to have this idea because it moves us toward worshiping ourselves instead of honoring God as our master. People make choices about what to say, eat, wear and do based on whether it feels good to them. Those looking to follow God will humble themselves and consider what people who do not know Christ are thinking. Will those people see something “attractive”? Live your life well and remember . . . Somebody’s Watching!

Golfers Tee It Up At Annual Outing

Christian Endeavor hosted their 5th annual Golf Outing fundraiser at Honeybrook Golf Course on Thursday, May 18. In contrast to the very first golf outing, which was very cold, everyone appreciated a sunny day to enjoy some good competition for a great cause. With the highest attendance yet, participants enjoyed a four-man scramble style tournament where they also took a break before hole 1 for a putting contest. Christian Endeavor has a goal to raise attendance to an all-time high of 80 people next year.

We would like to recognize the generosity of our golf outing sponsors.

Platinum Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Charlie & Esther Popjoy
Gold Sponsor: Mr. Tracy Matthews
Silver Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Walter & Sarah Styer

Partner Sponsors: Sporting the Stars, Everything Printing, Heat4Less

Hole Sponsors: Dr. & Mrs. Dave & Jen Coryell, Mr. & Mrs. Andy & Donna Dittrick, Mr. Robert O. Jones, Dr. & Mrs. Bruce & Linda Rothenberger, Mr. David Simpson, Boardman-Hamilton Company, CIP Solutions, Freddy’s Family Fun Center, Harvey Prescott Insurance, Meschter Insurance, Ryan, Morton & Imms, Windsor Baptist C.E. Youth Group.

Patron Sponsor: Geppert Bros., Inc.

Honorary Hole Sponsors: R-V Industries, Lancaster Bible College, Messiah College, Point University, Union University, Mount Airy Christian Academy, Central Schwenkfelder Church Lansdale, First UMC Ephrata, Grace EC Akron, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, Montgomery Square UMC North Wales, Trinity EC Boyertown.

Prize & Silent Auction Donors: Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, Fensty’s Flea Market, J.O.Y. Bookstore, Schaefferstown, Kramer Portraits, Ozzy’s Family Fun Center, Pep Boy’s Pottstown, Refreshing Mountain Retreat & Adventure Center, Shady Maple Farm Market, Sight & Sound Theaters, Strasburg Railroad Company, Styer Propane, The Swamp Door Antiques, Tom Sturgis Pretzels, U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team, Village Greens Miniature Golf, Waltz Golf Farm, Wimpy & Dee’s Classic Diner. Goody Bag Donors: Bob’s Bread Barn, Freed’s Market, Herr Foods, Inc., Hole-in-One International, Messiah College, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Sharp Shopper, Turkey Hill Dairy.

Special Thanks to Our Great Hosts: Honeybrook Golf Club

Mark your calendar for next year’s Golf Outing • May 17, 2018

Click HERE for team photos (more pics to be added soon)

Rediscovering Grace

Finding agreement points across large cultural demographics requires keen judgment today. A verse almost every human being benefits from remembering is Luke 6:41, “Why do you look at the speak of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” We need more Grace! We see everything wrong with other people but want a free pass every time we fall short. Grace is vanishing from society. Absent from our homes, schools, and work environments; athletic arenas, and roadways; grace has disappeared! (The next several posts will look at rediscovering grace in these places.)

Recently a long-time youth worker friend described his youth group challenge. He found success for several years growing teen disciples by guiding them through the Christian Endeavor tenets, specifically the pledge and practices. These teens graduated and a new student core emerged. About twenty teens normally appear at the church’s weekly youth gathering. He diligently instructed the teens on the C.E. pledge and practices. This group’s defeated reaction toward the pledge over months of training confused him. Why was something so successful with one group having trouble getting off the ground with new students. As I asked questions about the teens, I learned the previous group had been primarily from families connected to the church. Both mother and father lived in most of their homes. Eighteen of the twenty new teens came from divorced homes who were also not “church kids” but came from the surrounding community.

After processing this we realized grace was one reason the C.E. approach stalled. Grace was missing from the new student equation! The previous teens heard the C.E. practices “Pray, Study, Serve, Share, Worship” and accepted a challenge to grow closer to God. The new teens heard the same words and recoiled feeling weighted down by authority and unrealistic expectations. In essence, the first group saw opportunity where the second group experienced what I am calling the vanishing grace syndrome (VGS). The C.E. practices are only what God asks of all believers, so how do we prepare youth for lives as Christ’s disciples?

Traditional youth ministry practices use events and periodic gospel presentations to reach teenagers. Teens with VGS may attend events and listen to “the sinner’s prayer”, but what they are really longing for is authentic relationships over time. They need to absorb the gospel bit by bit gradually moving toward a place where they are prepared to hear more. This will be a place where they are encouraged to “Pray, Study, Serve, Share, and Worship.” Instead of recoiling from something that feels legalistic and wreaking with authoritative overtones, they will embrace a path toward intimacy with the God they are beginning to know.

So in the end youth workers, parents and pastors: reaching many VGS teens (and increasingly many adults are in this camp as well) requires patiently modeling the very grace people do not understand. Then what seems to have vanished, through Holy Spirit power, may become visible to them.

By the way, Christian Endeavor begins its work on the new resource “Grace Encounters” in 2017. Helping people guide VGS teens to embrace grace and take steps toward intimacy with Christ.

20 Seconds at the Gym . . .

Early last week two muscle massed men were working out at the community gym. One man said to the other, “Hey, I just went to that huge church (actually said the name of a local mega-church). It was like a movie theater! Lights, big screens, loud music . . . it had everything except a smoke machine.” Second man, “Yeah, that is better than all the old stuff that doesn’t make any sense. You know, when that church building was built, I was really hoping it would be a movie theater.”

It is amazing how listening to people for twenty seconds can provide a different perspective. I think it is fantastic that across God’s church there is room for all kinds of faith expressions. Some of these expressions are steeped in tradition with robes, choirs, candles and organs. Others are more modern with video projectors, lighted stages, bands, and movie theater stadium seating. Two things make these forms work. First is relationships. Organs yesterday, electric guitars today, who knows what the instrument of choice will be in the future.  One thing is certain; it will change!! When it changes, the church will remain in tact through the connections people build with one another. One reason Christian Endeavor works is because this youth discipleship process emphasizes relationships. Relationships are built between adults who coach youth in ministry tasks. Relationships are emphasized through students regularly gathering. Relationship with God is developed through emphasizing the C.E. Practices- Pray, Study, Serve, Share, Worship. Relationships make the church! There has never been a church without a relationship; at least two people are always required!

The second thing making churches work is God’s Word, the Bible. Stop following the Bible’s teaching, or merely suggest the Bible is a book of stories, and uncontrollable conflict ensues. Suddenly you have people ignoring verses that either don’t make sense, challenge them too much, or just disagree with the way people want to live. This is life by chaos. Unity in this environment is impossible. Each person governs life by their own rules. Imagine a gym where every person tried to grab the same set of dumbbells at the same time all claiming equal rights in the moment. Chaos! A church committed to Biblical truth is capable of communion, connection, and calm in the midst of life’s chaos. Teenagers do not see this kind of peace as they look at society at large. They see confusion. They see a world without truth. What we can model to the two men at the gym as well as women in the park and children at the playground is that we, the followers of Christ, have peace. Our peace comes from knowing the Truth. Psalm 119:32 reads, “I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free.” Freedom comes from following truth. Finding relationship in Christ with other followers of that truth is what makes a church. It is a church that all the music, lights, and latest technology will never ever equal.

3 Reasons Your Church Needs Christian Endeavor: Part 3 of 3

Remember throughout this post- “You cannot be more relevant than youth!”  An entire generation has grown up with a “native” mentality when it comes to terms like Smart phones. Pretty soon the term “smart” won’t be necessary. Teens won’t understand that phones were ever “stupid”! Phones, tablets, the latest apps and other tech break throughs seem to be introduced quicker than the average adult can track. It takes a heroic effort by parents and care givers to be remotely in touch let alone relevant. It is a bold statement for Christian Endeavor to say it is Simple, Biblical, and RELEVANT. There are two reasons why C.E. makes this claim.

First, C.E. integrates the attitudes, opinions and efforts of youth into their discipleship journey. You cannot be more relevant than youth! C.E. helps youth serve. Service is specifically channeled through teens being trained to develop and carry out the church’s youth ministry. Adults need to take on an equipping mindset instead of an “its just easier for us to do it” mindset in order to do this. Look at the picture attached above. Inside the mind of most teens is a picture of clueless and out of touch adults. The pictures I’m describing are not always valid but they encompass the true feeling teens have toward many adults. Remember, you cannot be more relevant than youth! Having youth involved with planning and preparation as one component of their discipleship journey allows C.E. youth ministries to be effective while also being relevant.

Second, C.E. provides a structure where adults and youth build meaningful relationships. Adult coaches have the opportunity to get to know youth in the midst of guiding them. You probably know some adults that form relationships with teens easily. These people are rare. Most adults need help. C.E. provides adults a starting point. Teens plan events, chart attendance patterns, develop schedules, teach, lead groups in prayer, all as the watchful eye of an adult coach walks beside them. Adults that coach youth effectively make sure they invest time getting to know the youth outside of the youth ministry tasks. I did this as a youth worker but I also did it as a youth sports coach. Investing time outside of tasks takes relationships deeper. C.E. creates a structure making it easier for teen/adult relationships to be fostered. Relationships are pivotal as 1 Thessalonians 2:8 reminds us, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”

C.E. harnesses the relevance of youth and combines it with meaningful adult relationship. C.E. is Simple, Biblical, and Relevant . . . and is ready to help you and your church build God’s Kingdom!