Compiled by Chris Moon and Jim Nieman
Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., will open its eighth campus this fall.
The new Chapel in the Woods Campus will be near the main Blankenbaker Campus of the megachurch, one of the largest in the Restoration Movement. Chapel in the Woods will be geared for reaching senior adults.
“We’ve built a beautiful facility across the street from our Blankenbaker Campus, and everything from the architecture to the parking lot makes this an incredible facility for our senior adults to connect and worship through hymns and classic worship,” said senior pastor Kyle Idleman. “More importantly, it’s a facility where unchurched and unbelieving seniors can find and follow Jesus.”
The new facility will seat 400 people, the Courier Journal reports. It will be led by longtime Southeast staffer Murphy Belding.
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On Sept. 26, Passion for Planting will offer a new, one-day, virtual training experience called Foundations designed to introduce the foundational strategies, practices, and principles of church planting. P4P’s website says, “Through 15 fast-paced learning sessions, Foundations will equip future planters with practical knowledge, tools, and resources for their church planting journey.” Cost is $29 if you register before by the end of this month, $49 starting Sept. 1.
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An incoming Ozark Christian College freshman opted to collect money for women and children affected by domestic violence rather than hold a college going-away party for herself. Larrisa Steffen is supporting Dove Inc. shelters near her hometown of Moweaqua, Ill. She held her fund-raiser in the parking lot of Moweaqua First Christian Church.
According to the Herald & Review, Steffen was inspired to help out at a recent Christ In Youth Move conference. “Domestic violence is so important to me,” she told the newspaper. “This is my opportunity to get something started.”
Steffen also collected pillows, blankets, basic medications, clothes, toys and diapers for the shelters.
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Christ’s Church in Florida baptized 103 at Mickler’s Beach, southeast of Jacksonville, late Sunday afternoon, starting with three men from the Columbia Correctional Campus. A total of 109 baptisms (beach and non-beach) took place Sunday, lead pastor Jason Cullum shared via Facebook.
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The 20th annual Daybreak Women’s Conference at Harvester Christian Church in St. Charles, Mo., will take place Sept. 27 and 28. Chrystal Evans Hurst, eldest child of Dr. Tony and Lois Evans, will be the featured speaker. Singer/songwriter Laura Story will serve as worship leader. The conference will begin Friday afternoon and end late Saturday afternoon. There will be a number of workshops. A discounted registration is available through next Tuesday, Aug. 27. Learn more here.
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A staffer at Central Church of Christ in Streator, Ill., was given that town’s “Most Neighborly” award.
Jennifer Pastirik is director of involvement and operations at CCC. The town gave her the award, from among 26 nominees, during Streator’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor Week”—a shout-out to the long-running Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood television show.
According to the Times newspaper, Streator was nominated by someone who said the following: “She is always there to lend a hand, an ear or a heart to those in their time of need. From taking children into her home to helping children around the world with her mission work, she surely has a loving, neighborly heart.”
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Christ In Youth helped with a fund-raiser aimed at providing Carl Junction, Mo., with an accessible playground for kids with disabilities. A local group, CJ Power of Play, sponsored a free movie night for families at a sports complex in Carl Junction, and CIY provided a large LED screen to display the film The Greatest Showman. According to FourstatesHomepage, the event also featured food, live music, and bounce houses.
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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Jeremy Affeldt spoke recently at Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado Hills, Calif. He told of a time he fell out of love with baseball and how he mounted a “comeback” from that by reconnecting with his Bible and his “greater purpose,” according to a local newspaper.
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Windsor Road Christian Church was listed as one of the top 10 places for toddler moms to take their children to play in the Champaign/Urbana, Ill., area by chambanamoms.com. “Bonus: This Play space is open on Sunday.”
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