March 29, 2014

Dwight's Monthly Letter - APRIL 2014

Hello, Spring! You’re probably ready for a complete change in the weather—I know I certainly am. Hopefully April will deliver an incredible spring for all of us in Northeast Ohio. Speaking of incredible, we have some exciting events right around the corner … you’ll want to be sure to check your calendar and save the dates.

Before we get to the upcoming events, I want to introduce one of our newest executive pastors, Darrell Roland, and his wife, Sylvie. They come to us from Lexington, South Carolina. Darrell is fulfilling the role of Executive Director of Ministry and will be overseeing each of the ministries that happen all through our NewPointe campuses. Please be sure to give a warm welcome to the Rolands if you happen to see them at your campus.


Now, get ready to mark your calendar! … 

Easter: Don’t miss our Easter service on Sunday, April 20. I promise it will be fantastic! We’re offering multiple service times at each of our campuses to make it convenient for you to invite your family and friends. For more information on specific service times at your campus, visit http://newpointe.org/easter/.

One of our desires is that we, as Christ-followers, develop a biblical worldview. Each of us has a worldview, but many people—even those who claim to follow Christ—do not have a worldview rooted in biblical truth. Someone with a biblical worldview sees the world as God sees it. With this in mind, I want to invite you and your family to serve at our next Feed My Starving Children event … and experience the change that it will bring to your own worldview.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) – Food Packing Event: This is our second time partnering with this incredible mission organization. We worked with FMSC to secure two packing locations, which will be at our Canton and Dover campuses on May 16 and 17. We will pack meals that will be delivered to children in over 70 countries all over the world. In faith, we have already purchased 400,000 meals at $0.22 each, which means that in addition to packing the meals, we also need to raise the money to cover the cost of each meal—a total of $88,000! This is an “Only God” kind of undertaking!

In order accomplish this, we are asking every person and family to participate in our "Rice & Beans Challenge" week: On Sunday, April 27, each person or family in attendance will receive a “starter kit” filled with rice and beans. Then, for one week, we are asking that you replace as many meals as possible with rice and beans. In your starter kit, you will also find a devotional guide that can be read and discussed during your meals to help you better understand what the Bible says about caring for those in need.

On the following Sunday, May 4, a special offering will be collected. We are asking that you take the money you would have spent on groceries during “Rice & Beans” week and give it toward the "Feed My Starving Children" meals.

This is an ALL NewPointe initiative. What an amazing opportunity for us to reshape the perspective of our families, small groups, and most importantly, our own! I am convinced that by participating in both the Rice & Beans Challenge and the Feed My Starving Children packing event, our worldview will be forever changed. 

Leadercast Holmes County 2014: This event will be held at our Millersburg campus on Friday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This live simulcast is focused on helping to develop better leaders in our communities, businesses, organizations, and homes. Leadercast is sponsored by NewPointe, Grace Church, The Leader’s Edge, Inc., and Graphic Publications. For more information, visit http://www.leadercast.com/location/holmescounty/. 

10 by 20: Continue to pray for 10 by 20 (10 NewPointe campuses by the year 2020). We are working very hard to determine where we believe God wants us to launch our next campuses. God is creating unbelievable opportunities and showing NewPointe great favor in locations up and down I-77. Here is how you can pray: Pray for the right campus pastors … the right groups of people to commit to launch new campuses … that financial needs will be meet … that we will be able to locate the right facilities … and that we will have the support of the people who live in these communities.

Thanks for your ongoing trust, prayers, support, and generosity. Because of you, NewPointe is effectively leading people to realize and reach their full potential in Jesus Christ. I don’t know of a greater investment that any of us can personally make!

I love all of you.

February 28, 2014

Dwight's Monthly Letter - MARCH 2014

In the sports world, the month of March is called March Madness … and it’s arguably one of the greatest months in all of sports. Why? Because so many unpredictable and exciting things happen!

That describes the atmosphere at NewPointe … where so many exciting things are happening right now:
  • Life change is happening at each of our campuses.
  • 10 by 20 is being fulfilled.
  • Our Coshocton Campus just relocated to Coshocton Elementary School and now has room to grow and continue to reach people for Christ. 
God is so good. Thank you to everyone across our NewPointe campuses who made this possible. 

Watch for information and guides for following along during the “40 Days of Prayer and Fasting” starting Monday, March 10. This is a great opportunity for you to lead your family spiritually. It’s about spending intentional time with God through Bible reading, prayer, and fasting. We are excited to be offering children’s and student editions for the first time, in addition to our adult guide, all of which help you understand what fasting is and how it can strengthen your relationship with God. This is a church-wide event and will be an incredible time for each of us personally and for NewPointe. 

RoundTable Workshops are coming in March to every NewPointe campus! A RoundTable is a facilitated conversation about a specific character principle that leads to self-discovery and steps for growth. We all have an arena in life that we find ourselves most involved with or influencing – education, media, marketplace/business, church, arts/entertainment, government, or family. And, we can all grow in values like honesty, listening, patience, and restraint. RoundTables bridge this gap in a non-threatening manner and help us experiencing the progress we desire. I want to encourage you to attend the workshop that best fits your schedule, and check out what they’re all about.