Presbyterian church refocuses as economy sputters

Presbyterian church refocuses as economy sputters
“My main goal in coming to the South Salem Presbyterian Church in August of 2008 as interim minister was to do assessment and revisioning,” The Rev. Ned Beckes told The Ledger while speaking of the many positive changes occurring at “The White Church on the Hill.”
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Kickin’ it with kids: after-school church program offers outdoor, musical activities weekly
Girls and boys poured into a room Thursday, breaking off into small cliques and whispering secrets. But it isn’t a high school cafeteria. It’s Kid’s Club, the after school program at the First United Methodist Church, 400 S. Main St.
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The Best Economy is a Christ-centered Economy

The Best Economy is a Christ-centered Economy

A Christ-centered economy would the richest kind of economy. Practically speaking, Christ-followers must be extravagant spenders and givers, people who, when they see a need, will spend, give and do everything within their power to meet every possible need. Is not dishonesty, deception, stealing, lawlessness and greed the source of all economic strife? Take these things away from our way of life and we will live and work and spend without hindrance. If we follow Christ, He will free our hearts so we might give freely, without a thought to our personal wellbeing. The genius of this design is that living without a thought to our personal wellbeing is the most spiritually healthy lifestyle. Spiritual health paves the way to mental and physical health. The genius of God’s design for us in Christ is that our best life is actually death to self in Christ. If we follow Christ, we will prefer physical death over neglecting that which is good and true and right. This is the fullest possible life. The freest life is to live as Christ commands, even if this leads to our physical demise (I say this to put things in perspective). The pinnacle of human existence is to spend and be spent and eventually die in our Lord’s service. If we are Christ-followers, then our goal in life is to fade completely from the picture so that all eyes might focus on Christ. Yet, sometimes it is necessary to look inward at ourselves and investigate the true quality of our faith. Genuine obedience will begin for us westerners when we acknowledge our lowly spiritual conditions before God. Then, after we are drastically reduced, we will build on God’s clean, spiritual Foundation, who is Christ. Then we will grow up and move outward at whatever pace He decides is best. When this life-race is over, we will find Christ alongside us still, just as He has been all along. by Patrick Roberts

Patrick is an average Christ-seeker. His goal is to turn people to Jesus Christ. site:

CBN News on Church Development in “God’s Economy”

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Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) November 1, 2009

CBN News recently aired a feature on Church Development Services (CDS) titled, “Church Building Company Prospers in God’s Economy.” The coverage put CDS on the map globally; offering hope to churches nationwide that are considering new construction.

CBN News reported that the downward spiral of the economy has put the dream of building or expanding on hold for many. Pat Robertson added that although many have had to close down business due to a bad economy, one construction firm (CDS) has nearly doubled its business during this recession.

The feature used Pine Grove Baptist Church, Petersburg, VA, as an example of what Glen Trematore, Principal, CDS, calls building in “God’s economy.”

Pine Grove needed to expand to accommodate its growing congregation. So, they moved forward on faith, hired CDS to design their church floor plans, and waited to see what God would do.

“We all knew it was God’s will for Pine Grove to expand when they were able to sell their old church at market price despite a depressed economy. They took the risk and looked past the fear, and now God is blessing them,” said Trematore.

Despite the fact that the banking system took a big hit in 2008, many churches are recognizing the value of CDS for their church building design needs. “Banks are recovering from the recession and unable to make the loans they could otherwise make. Our low-cost and creative financing, such as access to private equity, are offering solutions,” said Trematore.

Adding, “Because our church plans originate from a completed project, the costs are already known, giving you complete control of the church design budget. Because our fee structure is fixed, we are motivated to find ways to design a cost-effective building to construct.”

The mission of Church Development Services is to honor God by providing affordable, value added, church building solutions through education and consulting; and by using pre-designed church plans, customized plans, or turn-key solutions to meet the needs of each individual church.

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