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    ThuThursdayMarMarch19th2015 Bottles for Babies
    byJoel Derby Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Throughout the Bible we see the importance God places on caring for the needy. In the Old Testament, God gives specific instructions to the Israelites to care for the poor (Deut. 15:11, Lev. 19:9-10). Jesus emphasized caring for those in need throughout his ministry, perhaps most famously in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). And in James we see that caring for orphans and widows is so important that God considers such religion “pure and undefiled” (James 1:27). During the month of April, KSBC will have the opportunity to meet some needs in our community by supporting Matrix Pregnancy Center with their Bottles for Babies campaign.  

    Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center is located on Mezzanine Drive in Lafayette and exists as a Christ-centered organization that offers alternatives to women and men considering abortion. Matrix offers many services to the community including pregnancy testing, counseling, ultrasounds, and educational classes on pregnancy and parenting. They provide many baby necessities such as diapers, clothes, blankets, pre-natal vitamins, and even cribs. They offer these services free of charge in order to nurture positive relationships and show Christ's love to families in need. The Bottles for Babies fundraising campaign is a chance for KSBC to help support Matrix in their ministry.

    On March 29, we will be distributing baby bottles at church to anyone who wants to participate. During the month of April, our job is to fill the bottles as much as possible with spare change, bills, or even checks. In addition to raising money, the bottles are a reminder to pray for Matrix in their mission of protecting the unborn and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. On Sunday, May 3, we will collect all the bottles at church and return them to Matrix. How many bottles can your Care Group or family fill?

    Matrix is a wonderful organization that ministers daily to some of the most needy and vulnerable among us. We should take this opportunity to consider how we are individually and collectively meeting the needs in our church and our community. Are you loving your neighbor as yourself? What are some ways you can serve those less fortunate than yourself?

    If you are interested in learning more about Matrix and what they do or other ways you could help support them, visit their website at www.matrixprc.com or talk to me (Joel) around church.

    ThuThursdayMarMarch12th2015 Meet Samantha!
    byConnections Staff Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    In case you're not aware, Samantha Duncan, our new Administrative Assistant in the church office, began her first week of work on Monday. To help you get acquainted with her and welcome her to the church family, here's a quick Q&A that will introduce her to you:

    Q: Help us get to know you a bit. Where are you from and what have you been up to the past few years?

    A: I moved to Lafayette from Evansville, IN, where I've lived for the past 7 years. I came to know the Lord my freshman year of college at USI, and was so lovingly surrounded by the body that I stayed after graduating. Just recently the Lord has brought me to Kossuth, and I'm excited about this new direction he is leading me in. 

    Q: What are your interests and hobbies? What do you enjoy doing for fun?

    A: I love anything that involves being outside, from playing to pulling weeds. I really enjoy hiking and exploring new places, so moving to a new city is an exciting thing! Music, movies, reading, drawing, dancing, and board games are some of my favorite ways to pass the time, but good coffee and conversation is the best!

    Q: What are some of the reasons that you're excited about joining the Kossuth staff team in this new role?

    A: I'm  incredibly grateful for the way the Lord has so obviously directed and provided for my transition to Kossuth. I have great confidence in Him and peace in His plan. The body at Kossuth has shown me so much hospitality that it feels like I've never left home. The church I came from and the church I find myself in now are filled with his Spirit and people who long to seek out and run after the King, and that makes my heart glad! 

    Q: How can our church family be praying for you as you transition into your new role?

    A: So much has been provided for in big ways, and I'm thankful for the grace I've already been shown. Please pray that in all things I would be diligent to seek the Lord and His Kingdom first, that I could be attentive to the details and needs of the church and a good support to those in leadership.

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