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Catholic Church Tortures 30000 Kids in Ireland Residential Schools: STOLEN LIVES DOCUMENTARY 1/3

[DOCUMENTARY] STOLEN LIVES: WE WERE ONLY CHILDREN. Stolen Lives is a three part series based on the experiences of thousands of young children who suffered various forms of abuse in Ireland’s industrial schools. The first episode, Our Boy’s Stories, focuses on the boys from four of Ireland’s industrial schools. In the second, We Were Only Children, four women describe their horrific ordeal and in the third, Philomena’s Story, Philomena Byrne recounts with incredible lucidity the horrific legacy of the industrial school scheme. The Catholic Church managed to get away with the mass torture of over 30000 children in these religious boarding schools adminstrated by the Christian Brothers and Sisters of Mercy amongst 18 other religious order of the corrupt Catholic Church. This organized crime scheme called “Residential Schools” is something that the Catholic Church managed to implement in many countries including Ireland, Canada, Australia, UK, USA, and more. They worked hand in hand with the state in order to fill as many stolen children into these religious institutions, falsely call the kids “orphans” or “wards of the state” and then collect substantial profits from the government per child per day. The more children, the more money. They starved the children to save even more money and fill their pockets with dishonest gains. This organized crime scheme meant that each priest, nun and school official silenced the daily crimes committed against the children, the labor

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Montevallo will hold an Open House on …
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Early Music Michigan is making a musical pilgrimage to Spain’s Golden Age
Early Music Michigan will celebrate the music of that period with its concert “Beloved that Pilgrimage: Music of the Spanish Golden Age” featuring the music of Cristobal de Morales, Alonso Lobo and Orlando de Lassus at 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
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Interview: Theology Professor tells about cell groups and Sunday schools in Southern Baptist Church by Peter Menkin

Interview: Theology Professor tells about cell groups and Sunday schools in Southern Baptist Church by Peter Menkin

We talked by phone of the design of the Southern Baptist Church, and I note that it is comprised of more classroom and educational setting than worship space. That isn’t to say worship space is small. We also talked about cell groups, a recent phenomenon of Sunday school where people gather to study scripture and other related Church matters in a small group, sometimes in a home setting.   Will you tell me something of the beginnings of this “movement” in the Southern Baptist Church, and how it has grasped the imagination of Church goers?   Southern Baptists were formed in 1845 around values of winning souls, educating and training members for effective Christian living and service in the US and around the world. In 1909, a man named Arthur Flake was recruited from Mississippi to work for the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville. At that time, there were about a million persons in Southern Baptist Sunday schools. In forty years, that number would grow to six million and well beyond. Some of this growth was due to a book Flake wrote entitled How to Build a Standard Sunday School, which was studied by over a million Southern Baptist workers. This book taught Flake’s famous five-fold formula for Sunday school growth:   1) Know the possibilities, 2) Enlarge the organization, 3) Enlist and train leaders, 4) Expand the space, and 5) Go after the people. Southern Baptist pastors often recited the Flake mantra that “the formula works only if you work the formula!”         Who came up with the Cell Sunday School, or small group, and how have Sunday School students of various ages responded to this?   Can you tell us where in the Bay Area or even California or the U.S. where this is more popular, and something of the character of the Southern Baptist Church that takes this methodology of direction.   (I know, methodology is a big word, so if you want to provide an example to help take it out of the professional level that only the Sunday School teacher really grasps, please do. Or do most Southern Baptists grasp this Small Group or Cell Group Sunday School method today?)   Southern Baptist innovative pastor Ralph Neighbour Jr. first brought cell groups to the attention of SBC churches. He studied the tremendous growth of cell group churches in Korean and published a book called “Where Do we Go from Here?” He later backed away from the argumentative tone of the book, which really argued that cell groups and Sunday school were incompatible in the same church. His book lays out the principles and best practices for starting and multiplying cell churches.    The attraction for Southern Baptists for the cell or small group method has been fourfold. First, Southern Baptists are pragmatists and love to look into if not imitate what’s successful. It’s hard to argue with the success of the Yoida Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea with its near 800,000 well disciple members.   That church is based on cell groups.   Second, Baptists love what’s biblical. They want to be “New Testament churches.” The cell group or house church appears to be the norm for the spread of Christianity in the first century through the ministry of the apostles and other early missionaries.   Cell groups look more like those New Testament house churches than do Sunday School classes on church property, so many SBC churches are moving in that direction.  Third, buildings cost so it is more cost effective and less limiting to growth to simply have cells meet in homes.    Fourth, people wanting to explore Christianity are thought to be more comfortable in a home of a friend as opposed to a classroom on church property. So many SBC leaders believe that cell or small groups meeting in homes is the better way of reaching new people with the gospel.         The education of a Southern Baptist starts in the baby years, and goes through childhood to adulthood, a Discipleship program of some magnitude in conception, and thought out in a curriculum and almost systematic consideration for periods of human development. So I understand in my conversations with various people in the Church who are knowledgeable in the training and education of members, including the education of ministers. You educate ministers at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary located just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley.   As one knowledgeable in such, will you talk a little in this email correspondence about how this helps to make Southern Baptists the “Sunday School Church,” and talk a little of the emphasis for each age range in what they study or look to learn about. Please say something of the Biblical imperative, and the evangelical imperative of the Southern Baptist, if you will.   Southern Baptists (SBs) made their Sunday Schools a center for both evangelism and discipleship and built their campuses accordingly with educational space for all ages equal to or greater than worship space.    To assist  this focus of the churches, the Baptist Sunday School Board (now called LifeWay Resources) publishes age-graded Bible teaching literature organized around a cyclical curriculum to cover the sixty-six books of the Bible over a five year period.    SBs were and are serious about sharing the gospel and its implications through the Sunday school and small groups. Most Sunday school leaders are trained to be aware of developmental issues at the formative stages of human development and how the gospel and knowledge of Scripture is best acquired and applied at that stage.    Churches receive coaching and training from their local or state networks called associations at the area level and conventions of churches at the state level. Most of these training events are led by women and men trained in education ministry and human development at one of the many Southern Baptist colleges or six Southern Baptist seminaries for graduate theological education and ministry training.   Most Southern Baptist pastors have a “heart for souls” meaning that they believe God’s Spirit works in the hearts of persons who receive a clear presentation of God’s love and so are drawn into a personal and enduring walk with God.    SBs believe that the mission of Jesus as God’s Son was to remove any barrier to relationship with the holy and loving God through His sacrifice on the cross outside Jerusalem 2000 years ago. It is the Spirit’s work to make that event current as conviction and commitment in lives today.    Southern Baptists are the most self-critical when it comes to whether or not people are being baptized and new churches are being started.         How can a baby go to Sunday School, or a small child? What does this mean for the baby or child?   Infants and young children go to Sunday School as brought by their parents. They learn experientially that church is a safe, loving and interesting environment. They hear music and songs of Jesus and this lays down a rich positive affective memory for their later development as they become more abstract thinkers and are able to read and learn in primary school.         The Sunday school is a large part of Christian life in the Southern Baptist Church. Please let us know why is there so much time spent on Biblical study, and how does a child get to be introduced to the Bible? Can you tell us what you tell the Sunday school Ministers what it is in Christian formation that is key to Sunday school for adult disciples and young people. Tell us, too, what is new in the life of young people in their Christian education. I understand from what I’ve been told this can mean going into the world in a missionary way to help others. What is the lesson here, and what is the need for this for a member in his religious life as a member of the Church?   One of the more interesting changes that is occurring in Sunday School and small group ministry among SBs is the movement, from students to adults, to practice “what we preach” by going on mission locally, regionally, nationally or internationally to show and share the good news.    Teenagers, college students and committed adult adults in many SBC churches regularly build homes and churches, aid at disaster relief sites, conduct training conferences related to health, life and Scripture, and conduct soccer and basketball camps.   This has become so effective that 80% of all meals cooked at Red Cross Disaster Sites are cooked by Southern Baptist volunteers. In preparation for these mission events, the volunteers are trained in personal spiritual formation.    Often called “having a quiet time,” SBs are taught and exhorted to spend time with and for God each day. Many practice the spiritual rule of well known SB evangelist, Billy Graham, “fifteen minutes a day to listen to God (read the Bible), fifteen minutes to talk with God (prayer) and fifteen minutes a day to talk with people about God (gospel evangelism).   Because SBs believe in regenerate church membership (you must have been converted to be a member) and in priesthood of the believers (all members are ministers together), pew sitting in not enough. And the key instrument for mobilizing the members into ministry has been the Sunday school.       What is the role of the Sunday School teacher or staff member in the experience of practicing what is preached?   Church leaders, whether Sunday School teachers or staff members, are the early adapters and eager interpreters of the Sunday sermons. Sometimes the subject of discussion during Sunday School is the sermon. In those instances the teacher leads the members in thinking through the

Ideal Impact, Inc. Surpasses Sales and Revenue Goals in 2009; New Company Helping Churches and Christian Schools Fund Critical Needs

Grapevine, TX (PRWEB) February 2, 2010

By most accounts, 2009 was a risky year to launch a business, not to mention a difficult time to sign new customers, increase staff, or generate a profit. However, this was not the case for Ideal Impact, Inc. (www.idealimpactinc.com) in Grapevine, Texas. Since opening its doors March 2009, the employee-owned company has exceeded its sales goals, financial projections and staffing plan.

According to Wes McDaniel, founder and CEO of Ideal Impact, defying the odds was a result of having a well-defined mission, passionate employees, and good fortune.

“We are incredibly blessed to be so far ahead of our plan in such a short time,” said McDaniel, noting the company doubled initial projections by implementing 14 energy savings contracts worth 0,000 during 2009. “Because our business is to generate funds for use in other budget areas, we have been very successful in our sales efforts.”

Embarking on its goal to generate billion for Christian ministry purposes, Ideal Impact works with churches, Christian schools and faith-related organizations throughout Texas with a minimum annual energy bill of ,000. By implementing a proactive energy efficiency plan, combined with energy education training, they are able to yield surplus funds, obtain needed facility improvements and have a positive environmental impact.

“Today, everyone is facing the challenge of meeting operational, personnel and financial demands,” noted McDaniel, who estimates his company will generate million of savings during the next 20 years from the customers signed in 2009, which include Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), Bill Glass Champions for Life, Harvest Church and School, White’s Chapel United Methodist Church and Covenant Christian Academy. “Most businesses and non-profit organizations don’t realize the substantial dollars that can be easily achieved through energy savings and allocated for other purposes.”

Through a systematic analysis of energy usage, operational equipment and occupant behavior, these organizations can obtain a customized energy plan that addresses both short-term needs and long-term goals. Regardless of size or age of a building, comprehensive or individual energy conservation measures can be implemented that will improve comfort and decrease energy usage:

    HVAC mechanical equipment
    Temperature controls
    Building automation systems
    Electrical service
    Lighting retrofit
    Repair and upgrade
    Energy efficiency training

Most significantly, projects are a positive cash flow from the start with no up front costs or lease-purchase/ loan to repay.

This appealed to the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), which entered into a three-year energy savings agreement in June 2009 for its administration facility in Grapevine, Texas. The 30,000 square foot facility will save ,200 annually and projected savings over a 15-year period is approximately 8,000. In addition, they have already achieved monthly savings of 43 percent of their electric consumption.

“For several years, we have been looking for ways to maximize efficiencies in our energy usage and this is a solution that I believe will provide substantial long-term savings to our ministry,” says Joe Davis, chief financial officer of the SBTC, which has 2,143 affiliated churches throughout the state. “These savings will increase as time goes by and energy costs continue to climb. Putting more dollars into ministry and less into overhead makes perfect sense.”

Moving into 2010, McDaniel plans to increase his staff from 10 to 16, lease additional office space, exceed million in sales before the company’s one-year anniversary in March, and generate approximately 8 million in energy savings for ministry purposes.

“Our momentum continues to get stronger and our sales pipeline longer, so it seems our message is being heard and more importantly, our services and benefits understood.” stated McDaniel.

Founded March 2, 2009, Ideal Impact’s mission is well-defined: to help worship facilities and faith-based organizations reduce energy consumption and create a new revenue source; to help clients use resources wisely and efficiently; and to have a positive impact on the environment.

The company’s corporate office is located at 1133 South Main Street in downtown Grapevine. For more information call (817) 251-8498 or visit www.idealimpactinc.com.

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