This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will continue his Christmas sermon series.  This week’s sermon is entitled What Gifts Did The Magi Give?  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having curry.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
It’s time to deliver your second food box to “your” family.  We will provide a turkey for you tomorrow to add to your box.  If you didn’t get a box, we still have boxes at the church.  
 
Even though our 40 day Season of Service has ended, keep looking for ways to serve others and to establish relationships with people.  
 
Please bring individually packaged toiletry items for those in need and if you have a gently used winter coat that you are not using, consider donating it to TAF and we will distribute them to those in need.  
 
Many of you may remember Esther Conze from the Kernersville SDA Church.  She passed away this week.  Her memorial service will be December 27 at 1:00pm at the East Market Street SDA Church (1804 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401).  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Consider making a special year-end donation to the church budget to help us fulfill our mission.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


Moving past your “Almost”

Our lives can be full of “almost.” Sometimes we almost share Jesus with someone. We almost reach out to someone, who is hurting. We almost pray for someone. We almost care for someone in need. We almost tell someone that we love them.

Consider this: What if this week you trusted Jesus with your “almost?”

Imagine what great things we could accomplish if we turned on the heat adding one more degree to push past our “almost.”

 
Time to leave “almost” behind.  
 
#TAF4ALL 


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Our guest speaker will be Javier Diaz.  Javier is a member of the Ministerial Department of the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  He will be speaking for our main service and then will have a workshop after lunch on reaching the next generation through healthy churches.  Please stay for the workshop as we continue to prepare for Roger Hernandez’s series in March 2018.  Join us for lunch as we are having baked potatoes and chili.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
What have you done during our 40 day Season of Service?  If you can’t answer that question, it’s not too late.  Get busy!
 
Please bring individually packaged toiletry items that we can give to the homeless and needy in our community.  If you have any gently used winter coats that you are not using, consider donating them to TAF and we will distribute them this winter.  
 
If you shop online and want to support TCA at the same time, go to schoolstore.com and select Tri-City Christian Academy.  A percentage of your purchases will go to help TCA.
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Consider making a special year-end donation to the church budget to help us fulfill our mission.  Together we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.
  Matt Stockdale will begin a Christmas sermon series tomorrow.  This week’s sermon is entitled The Sign of the Season.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having lasagna.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  Last month we were able to provide 868 meals to the hungry in our community through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.  Every check-in this month will again support Second Harvest Food Bank.
 
Irene Tise (a long time member of the Kernersville SDA Church) passed away this past week.  The viewing will be held 
Sunday, December 3 at 1:00pm at the Kernersville SDA Church.  The service will follow immediately at 2:00pm
 which will then be followed by the internment.  A time to visit with her family and friends will follow the internment.  Let’s keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.  
 
We hope you’ve been intentional in building relationships and helping others during our 40 day Season of Service.  
 
The annual Christmas program at TCA will be tomorrow at 3:30pm.  Come out and support our students at TCA.  
 
If you shop online and want to support TCA at the same time, go to schoolstore.com and select Tri-City Christian Academy.  A percentage of your purchases will go to help TCA.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.
 
Our breakfast, Sabbath Schools and fellowship will begin at 10:15am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will continue his sermon series — Naming Your Life.  This week’s sermon is entitled Your Name and Your Calling.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having lasagna.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF donates money for each check-in to worthwhile community service projects.
 
The end of summer is quickly approaching.  That means the beginning of a new school year is right around the corner.  We are collecting school supplies and backpacks this August for needy children in our community.  Please buy a new backpack and fill it with school supplies (see attached document for suggestions) and bring it to church during the month of August.  Consider filling one for both a boy and a girl (or as many as you want).  We will make sure they are delivered to needy children in our community.  Wendy Eglinger told me this morning that Aldi has backpacks for only $6.99.  She bought 20 of them and will bring them to church tomorrow to distribute to save you a step.  Thanks Wendy!!  
 
TAF will be starting an Adventurer Club this fall.  Registration will be held August 29 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm at the Outreach Center.  Please see Russell or Olivia Worthen if you have any questions.  
 
Make sure you visit our website to stay up to date on what is happening at TAF.  You can also download our mobile app for additional information.  
 
Please continue to support TAF financially and prayerfully consider increasing your support as we move forward and expand our mission — to present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  You can now make donations through both our website and our mobile app.  You can choose to use the AdventistGiving platform (which requires registration) or a new, easier to use platform (which does not require registration).  You can also financially benefit TAF by using AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and designating TAF as your preferred charity.  The TAF Outreach Center is going to provide many opportunities to reach the community.  Please consider making a special donation to help defray the renovation costs.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!
 


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Sabbath Schools and fellowship will begin at 10:15am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Our praise team will be taking over our service this weekend — you won’t want to miss this!  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having lasagna.  
 
Each Facebook check-in this month will provide 14 meals for needy school-aged children this summer through Second Harvest Food Bank.  We provided 1652 meals last month!!  Let’s try and top that this month.  
 
We are now in possession of the TAF Outreach Center (500 Americhase Drive, Suites L and M).  We solicit your suggestions in how we can use this facility to further our mission and outreach in the community.  Your help (physical and financial) will be needed as we transform a blank canvas into the TAF Outreach Center.  A lot of hard work, but very exciting times are ahead!!
 
TAF will have an Adventurer Club (for ages 4 to 11) starting this fall.  If you are interested in your children being involved or if you are interested in helping with the Club, please see Russell or Olivia Worthen.  
 
Join one of our small group Bible studies.  Times and locations are listed on our church calendar        (www.triadadventistfellowship.org).  
 
Please continue to support TAF financially and prayerfully consider increasing your support as we move forward with our mission — To present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ. 
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


YOU Can Make a Difference as WE Make a Difference Together

American Christians have been conditioned by our cultural surroundings in many ways, and none is more prominent than our shift from communal thinking to individual thinking. We love inspirational and motivational content that revolves around memyself, and I. That’s why we sell so many books about how I can be successful, how can get rich, and how I can be a better master of my own universe.

The Bible, on the other hand, speaks far more of we than of I. Two thousand years ago, Jesus gathered some ordinary misfits into a little community called the church. He trained them as His disciples, died for their sins, rose again and breathed life into them by sending His Holy Spirit. He commissioned them to go forth into every nation and share the gospel.

We usually interpret that commission individualistically. That’s why we have so many books and courses on how I can witness and share my faith. We think of evangelism as an individual enterprise and the church as merely an afterthought.

I even see a bothersome trend in church planting that encourages planters to hold off on planting a church and just “plant the gospel” and hope a church forms. So planters, without the benefit of a gathering community called the church, are winging it individually and getting discouraged after a year of waiting for fruit.

Bad News For Lone Rangers

The fact is, while God indeed chooses, uses, and blesses people in the fruitful telling of the gospel of Jesus, He does so when those individuals are in healthy community. There is no place in the body of Christ for an unattached part, or in the family of God for an estranged sibling.

Are there exceptions? Only in that God gives some an apostolic, pioneering gift mix and sends them into the completely uncharted waters of the mission field, but historically these individuals have usually had a supportive church back home rooting and praying for them from a distance.

I think people want to hear about how significant their individual contributions to the world can be, but God calls us to carry out His assignments in groups, in communities called churches. In other words, YOU can make a difference in the world as WE make a difference in the world TOGETHER.

If you’re still waiting to become the rockstar at the top of your evangelical bubble, there are two things you need to know.

  1. You can’t do this by yourself.
  2. You shouldn’t do this for yourself.

It’s never been about you, or about me. It’s about Him using us together to reach as many of them as we can before He comes back.

Good News For Eager Believers

This isn’t so much a word of correction as it is a word of encouragement. Have you ever felt helpless as to what to do for a hurting friend? What to say to a lost soul? How to serve an unfortunate person you meet? Here’s a plan: bring them to the community!  The whole family can help!

We often miss out on the beauty of the church because we see the church as a place to show up, or an event to attend, or an institution that needs our allegiance and our money. But what if we really valued the church as a community of people on a mission together to tell the good news of the cross and resurrection of Christ to the rest of the world?

On a practical level, this sometimes means inviting someone to the weekend worship gathering to observe what your faith is all about. When they do come, they see a body of people, witnessing together to the truth about God in Christ.

It may mean involving them in a small group in a home or a coffee shop. And when that happens, you’ll be involving them in an extension of the life of the local body of believers to which you belong.

It could even mean asking them to serve, in the trenches, alongside you and your church as you serve the community. There is a kinship found when we meet the needs of others together, and people who don’t yet know Jesus need to see our love-in-action.

You don’t have to do this alone. And you shouldn’t try. The church, with all of its faults and imperfections, is God’s chosen institution for telling the redemptive story of Jesus and drawing people into life in His Kingdom. We get to do this together, and we’re always better together!

 
 by Brandon Cox


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Sabbath Schools and fellowship will begin at 10:15am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  We will be hearing from Adam and Ariel Taylor and Mark and Thomas Andrews about their recent mission trips.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having burgers and hot dogs.  
 
Each Facebook check-in this month will provide 14 meals for needy school-aged children this summer through Second Harvest Food Bank.  1218 meals have been provided so far this month.  Awesome job!!
 
TAF is looking to start an Adventurer Club (for ages 4 to 11) this fall.  If you are interested in your children being involved or if you are interested in helping with the Club, please see Russell or Olivia Worthen.    
 
Join one of our small group Bible studies.  Time and locations are listed on our church calendar (www.triadadventistfellowship.org
).  
 
Please continue to support TAF financially and prayerfully consider increasing your support as we look to move forward with our mission — To present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Sabbath Schools and fellowship will begin at 10:15am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt will finish his series — The Bloody Bible.  This week’s sermon is Christianity vs. Islam.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having spaghetti.  
Each Facebook check-in this month will provide 14 meals for needy school-aged children this summer through Second Harvest Food Bank.  826 meals have been provided so far this month.  Great job!
 
Our next feeding at the shelter will be tomorrow night, May 21.  Please join us as we serve those who are less fortunate.  
 
Join us after church and visit the “TAF Outreach Center.”  God heard our prayers and opened the doors for this to happen.  Great things are coming!  Come dream with us as we explore additional ways to reach our community for Christ.    
 
Join one of our small group Bible studies.  Time and locations are listed on our church calendar (www.triadadventistfellowship.org
).  
 
Tri-City Christian Academy (TCA) will be offering a summer camp.  See the attached flyer and application for more information. 
 
 
Please continue to support TAF financially and prayerfully consider increasing your support as we look to move forward with our mission — To present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!​


3 Things Churches Love that Kill Outreach

All churches love certain things. Some love fellowship, some worship, some prayer. Those are good loves. Some are neutral loves. Some are not. Other churches love their building, their history or their strategy.

Those can be good or bad, depending on what we mean by love and how we value those things. But, some things that churches love hurt their mission and hinder their call. Here are three I’ve observed from my work with thousands of churches.

1. Too many churches love past culture more than their current context.

It’s remarkable, and I’ve said it many times: If the 1950s came back, many churches are ready. (Or the 1600s, or the boomer ’80s, depending on your denomination, I guess.)

There is nothing wrong with the fifties, except we don’t live there anymore. We must love those who live here, now, not yearn for the way things used to be. The cultural sensibilities of the fifties are long past in most of the United States. The values and norms of our current context are drastically different and continue to change. The task of contextualization is paramount to the mission of the church because we are called to understand and speak to those around us in a meaningful way. We can learn much from the Apostle Paul’s example recorded in Acts 17:16-34.

So, a church on mission — in this time and place — engages the people around it. Yes, in some ways, it resembles its context — a biblically faithful church living in its cultural concept. But, if your church loves a past era more than the current mission, it loves the wrong thing.

2. Too many churches love their comfort more than their mission.

The fact is, your church probably needs to be less focused on what makes it happy and more focused on what pleases Jesus. This is an easy trap to fall into because it happens very subtly.

Most churches have worked hard to get to a place where congregational customers are happy — their needs are met. The problem is that we are not called to cater to customers. We are called to equip co-laborers. When we win the affections of those inside our circles, it becomes hard to pull away from the affirmation we receive. Again, this only becomes a problem when the affirmation of those on the inside works to the detriment of our mission to those on the outside. It is a lot easier to settle down with the people who are like us than to reach the foreigner or alien among us.

So, a church does not exist for the comfort of its people. Actually, the Bible reminds us again and again that we are to “provoke one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24), to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2), and more. But, if your church loves its comfort more than caring for others, it loves the wrong thing.
 

3. Too many churches love their traditions more than their children.

How can you tell? They persist in using methods that are not relevant to their own children and grandchildren. Far too often, church leaders, in an effort to protect the traditions of their congregations, draw lines in the sand on nonessential issues.

This is not to say that “tradition” is wrong. It depends on how you define it, but I think most will know what I mean. Christian scholar Jaroslav Pelikan said, “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” Churches that love tradition that way will choose their traditions over their children every time.

Too often, churches allow traditions to hinder their ability to humbly assess their missional effectiveness. Moreover, they allow traditions to trump the future trajectory of their demographic. I know of several young pastors who have been exiled from their local congregations because they didn’t fit the mold of what had always been the ethos of the leadership. Sometimes this is because impatient pastors try and force change too quickly. Other times it’s because settled churches resist change so forcefully.

Undoubtedly, there are always times to defend the traditional stances of essential doctrines in the local church. But we should not have a cultural elitism that hinders passing the torch to a new generation of leaders. If your church loves the way you do church more than your children, it loves the wrong thing.

It’s time to evaluate your church.

Love is good, and everyone wants a loving church. However, loving the wrong things leads you the wrong way. Loving what is good, including our context, Jesus’ mission and the next generation (to name a few things), moves the church in the right direction. The church should be always reforming, that is, humbly looking at itself and assessing its ability to reach people with the good news of Jesus. Sadly, many of the people Jesus devoted His time to would not feel welcome in our churches.

What about your church? What does its posture, behavior, practices and activities communicate to your community? I think all of us want to understand the culture and community we are ministering in so we can communicate the gospel with absolute clarity. To do this, we need to ask ourselves the hard but needed questions.

Who are we reaching?
Are we primarily reaching people who are like us?
Are we primarily reaching people who are already believers?
Are we primarily reaching people who understand Christian subculture and taboos?
What about the people who don’t have a church background?
What about the people who are unfamiliar with Christian beliefs?

What about the people who don’t understand church subculture and behavioral taboos?
To say we are unable to reach the lost because of our traditions or preferences is simply unacceptable and antithetical to the mission of God.
 
Ed Stetzer