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Follow-Up Team: August ‘14 Report

Our One Church campaign is in its final months and it has been a huge success. As of June 30, $2,239,274 of the $2,701,853 pledged to One Church has been given (83% of the pledges have been received with 87% of the time elapsed). This is an awesome follow-through on our commitments.

One of our favorite parts of the One Church campaign is that 10% of all we give to the building fund is set aside for missions. A team of nine high school students and eight adults just returned from a 12-day mission trip to Thailand – a portion of which is funded through One Church donations. Individuals pay their own travel expenses on Forest Park mission trips, but medicines, supplies, and missionary support provided by One Church allow teams to make a huge difference as they travel around the world to share the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Our team was able to share with over 800 students using English camps as the tool to open the door as well as a medical clinic that saw around 120 patients, with five people accepting Jesus as their Savior. Praise God! To see our students step out and lead in the worship, in the English camps, and share their faith was just a tremendous blessing. There’s little doubt that our students’ lives were forever changed as a result of this experience, not to mention the Thais whose eternity was changed because of our student team. Thank you, Forest Park, for making this possible.

Work is happening at the Joplin Campus as well. The phase one remodel of the Worship Center is progressing well and should be finished by September 21. The update will provide a better atmosphere for worship and presenting the Gospel to the Joplin area.

Thank you for your support and faithfulness in giving over the last three years. Let’s finish the race strong and continue to give generously as we come to the close of this giving season.

Derek and Sheri Towery on behalf of Your One Church Follow-Up Team,

Jef and Misty Frost (Joplin)
Dexter and Donna Friesen (Carthage)
Derek and Sheri Towery (North)

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2014 Second Quarter Update

A woman who lost her home in the tornado and suffers with health problems, which prevent her from getting back on her feet, came by our WMU House and Mission Joplin. Our volunteers shared the Gospel with her and invited her to Forest Park. She enjoyed our worship service and asked to meet with me explaining that though her father was an atheist, she has studied all the world religions and believes in God, but not that Jesus is the Son of God. She wondered if she would be welcome. I assured her that we love everyone, even those who don’t agree with us, and gave her some books to read. On May 24, she put a note in the offering plate that said:

“Thank you so much for taking the time to teach what I have needed to learn my whole life. It all makes sense now and it is OK within my heart to believe and follow both God and Jesus Christ as the Son of God. I finally understand what my mother tried to teach me but my father kept me from believing. I have had a chance to see it at work in my life on a daily basis.” In June I baptized her.

Through the ministries supported by your giving, we’re seeing many come to know Jesus. Already this year we have passed the 100 baptisms mark (that’s the 11th consecutive year). In addition to what God is doing at Joplin, North and Carthage, our mission teams have seen people in Thailand, Colorado, Texas and Haiti trust the Lord to save them.

God is also using your church to help the next generation know and love the Lord. Our VBS introduced a good number of children to our faith, and some of them prayed to receive Christ. Lives are being changed for eternity through your prayers, giving, and service. Thank you for helping us touch lives for eternity.

I love you,
Pastor John

P.S. Sheri and I love our online giving system. Check it out on our website, forestpark.tv/give.

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Follow-Up Team: April ‘14 Report

As Spring and warmer weather have arrived, we are grateful for the resurgence of life.  The flowers are blooming, and the trees and shrubs are leafing out. Spiritually, we see God renewing lives as well on our Carthage Campus. A couple joined our LifeGroup, not sure whether they would stay. After several weeks, the couple took the courage to share that all their lives they had lived life their way and it hadn’t gotten them anywhere. They both decided they needed to live life God’s way. This couple came to know Jesus as their personal Savior and were baptized. When the challenge came to read through the Bible in a year, they eagerly started the challenge. As they read the Bible, they were blown away by the love God has for them and the world. As a LifeGroup we have seen tremendous spiritual growth in their lives. This Easter Sunday, numerous family members came to the service because they were invited by this couple. Lives are being changed in Carthage all because of your generous giving!

To bring you up to date with One Church:

  • $2,701,853 was pledged and $2,163,949 has been received (80% of the pledged amount has been received).
  • 10% of the One Church receipts help fund missions projects, including trips taken so far this year to Mexico, Haiti, and Arlington, Texas. 
  • The funds we borrowed from our reserves have been completely paid back, allowing us to save for the final One Church projects.

The next One Church project is at the Joplin Campus. Soon, remodeling will start to give the Worship Center a fresh and more attractive worship environment. The new design will appeal to people of all ages and help us reach more people for Christ. 

You can give to One Church online at forestpark.tv/give or use the building fund box on our offering envelopes.

Because of His love,
Dexter and Donna Friesen on behalf of your One Church Follow-Up Team:

Jef and Misty Frost (Joplin)
Dexter and Donna Friesen (Carthage)
Derek and Sheri Towery (North)

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2014 First Quarter Update

On Easter afternoon all three of our campuses joined together at Shoal Creek to witness the baptism of 24 precious souls. Words can’t express how thankful I am for what you are doing for the Lord! Lives are being changed for eternity through your prayers, giving and service. Other highlights of our journey thus far into 2014 include:

  • We purchased rights for our entire church family to access more than 3,500 Bible studies and discipleship resources from the RightNow Media Library. Biblical help for your marital, financial, parental, and spiritual needs is now just a few clicks away. If you haven’t signed up, get us your email address and then accept the invitation from RightNow Media when it arrives in your inbox. This free resource allows you to feed your soul anytime, anywhere.
  • Mission teams to Mexico, Haiti, and Arlington, TX, helped a couple dozen people pray to receive Christ, along with providing medical and construction help.
  • Gifts to One Church, our building campaign, continue strong. See the enclosed letter for more details. I’m very excited about the remodeling of our Worship Center on the Joplin Campus, which is scheduled for this summer!
  • First quarter giving to our general fund was the best ever. Part of that is because of around 100 new families that have started financially supporting the work of Forest Park. We also were blessed by a good number of families responding to “step up” their giving to the next level.

There is so much good happening through God’s work at Forest Park.  From our Children’s Ministry to our missions work to our LifeGroups, God is drawing people to Himself. Thank you for helping us touch lives for eternity.

I love you,
Pastor John

P.S. Sheri and I love our online giving tool. Check it out on our website, forestpark.tv/give.

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That’s a Great Question (December 2013) - “Giving Ladder”

What is "That's a Great Question"?

We're glad you asked! We want to do a better job of communicating what is going on at Forest Park. "That's a Great Question" is a monthly video update where Pastor John will share things he doesn’t have time to talk about during our weekend services. TAGQ will attempt to answer your questions about Forest Park, the Bible, and other important topics.

Thank you for letting God use you to touch so many lives through Forest Park! We'd love to help answer your questions! Please leave your questions and comments below or on one of our Facebook pages.

We also would like to remind you that donations received by midnight on December 31 count toward 2013 contribution credit. Thank you for your support!

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