June 27, 2014

Dwight's Monthly Letter - JULY 2014

I want to be the first to wish you a happy Fourth of July. Over the holiday weekend, I trust that you will enjoy some time with family and friends and maybe take in some fantastic fireworks displays too.

Speaking of fireworks … there’s a lot happening in and around NewPointe to really light things up this summer!

First: Baptisms at the Coshocton Campus.
Join me in celebrating, as 10 people at our Coshocton campus publicly declared their faith in Jesus Christ as the forgiver of their sins and leader of their lives.

Second: At the Movies.
We’re kicking off a brand-new series on Sunday, July 6 At the Movies. You won’t want to miss the creativity that goes into this series, so be sure to join us. I promise that it will be unbelievable! Check out http://movies.newpointe.org/.
  • July 6 – 42: The Jackie Robinson Story
  • July 13 – Man of Steel
  • July 20 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • July 27 – The Lego Movie

Third: Community Impact Day (CID).
Join us as we leverage our influence in the local communities. Do you know anyone who could use some help in a practical way? A senior couple who needs some help around the house? A widow who needs a ramp built? The book of James says that this is really what being a Christ-follower is about. CID is a wonderful opportunity not only to teach, but also to be a great example, as you serve alongside your family. Don’t miss it! To sign up, or for more information, visit http://newpointe.org/cid/.

June 2, 2014

Dwight's Monthly Letter - JUNE 2014

Summer is finally here. Can you believe it? I am happy, happy, happy! Even though we’ve had our share of rain, that sun sure feels good!

I want to thank you for making Feed My Starving Children a huge success. We received $115,000, which means we’re able to feed 1,200 children for an entire year—simply incredible! Though we continue to look for ways to influence and impact Northeast Ohio, God has called us to touch the world … and NewPointe is making a big difference. Thanks for your vision, passion, and generosity…it’s what makes NewPointe great, and I’m so proud to be one of your pastors.

I’m sure you’re already making plans for a fun, activity-filled summer. I know summertime is busy, and it will go by in a hurry, but I promise you won’t want to miss out on what’s happening here at NewPointe:

First of all—if you didn’t catch this announcement at church today—we are forming groups in the Wooster and Akron areas to launch campuses 5 and 6 in 2015! NewPointe’s mission is to lead people to realize and reach their full potential in Jesus Christ … and to help us achieve that, our 10 BY 20 vision is to have 10 campuses by the year 2020. If you’re interested in helping with either launch, contact Dave D'Angelo.

Next week, join us for the first of the Life Verse message series. Maps guide us, showing us how to find our way back to places we’ve been and directing us to new places we’re going. With the Bible as our life map, we can turn to it when we need direction. Join us for this 4-week series as we figure out how to use the Bible to effectively direct our lives in the path God has laid out for us.

Eight Days of Hope is a wonderful opportunity to see a part of America that maybe you haven’t, meet some fantastic people, plus be part of a great service project. This major rebuilding effort in Tupelo, Mississippi, this July 11-20 (including 2 travel days), will help the city rebuild from the aftermath of the tornadoes that hit the region this spring. Eight Days of Hope brings together volunteers from across the nation to help rebuild homes—13,710 volunteers have helped to rebuild more than 1,400 homes during their last 10 events! Join NewPointe in offering hope to those in Tupelo this July! Trip registration ends Sunday, June 29.

In every community that we have a campus, we want to be known for our generosity—and Community Impact Day gives us this opportunity! It’s a huge way for us to invest in and impact our communities. CID14 will happen on Sunday, August 3. In place of our regular church services (there will be no church), every person from each of our campuses is invited to go into the local neighborhoods and serve at a NewPointe approved worksite. There are two ways you can impact your community through Community Impact Day: 1) recommend a worksite that’s related to a person, family, business, school, or nursing home that you care deeply about 2) invite people you know who don’t/won’t attend church and ask them to help you help someone else through their participation in CID14 . Let’s each roll up our sleeves and get ready to make a positive difference in our communities—it’s better to give than to receive!

Coming in July is our annual summer message series, At the Movies. You’ll want to be sure to include this in your schedule as we look at what we can learn from the following movies: 42, Superman, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and The Lego Movie. It’s summer fun for the whole family! Attend a Sunday morning service, then hit the lake, do some golfing, or whatever appeals to you … you’ll be glad you did.

As you go about your summer, don’t get so busy that you get sidetracked and lose sight of God. Take a few minutes each day to connect to Him through reading the Bible, praying, and just being still before Him. I promise it will add flavor to your day
and your entire summer!