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EFCFOCUSAPRIL2012Dear EFC,I want to welcome you to the sixth year of Everett FamilyChurch! We are in a new season of ministry and I anticipate FAMILY GATHERINGfresh encounters with God and renewed vision as we strive tobe Jesus with skin in this new year. Thank you for your SATURDAYS AT 5:00pmencouragement and presence in this journey! You’re invited to our Family Gathering where the EFCOver the Labor Day weekend in September I began the EFC Community Groups gather toministry year with a “State of EFC” sermon. In it I shared know Christ through the Holywhat was ahead for our church. Over the summer months of Spirit’s ministry. All ages areprayer I, with the Community Pastors, had a clear sense that welcome to the family worshipwe were to re-commit as a church to living in God’s frontier time and preschool childcare isof faith. We began to trust Him with the impossible and make provided for little ones. Following our family worshipourselves available to share His love in our spheres of there is a breakout time forinfluence. It included a challenge to pray, give generously, elementary-age children andand go on mission someplace outside of our culture. Since middle schoolers.September we have seen His work in some tangible and awe-inspiring ways. We are continuing in our study of the Bible book of Genesis as we meet the source of all things!The latest challenge I have shared with many of you is trying 4:30pm, Prayer time - all are invitedto make sense of our call to be involved on a cross-cultural 5:00pm, Family worshipmission trip. While there are many opportunities to participate 6:00pm, Sermon & children’s breakoutsin an international mission trip, there has not been the right fit 7:00pm, Fellowship & refreshmentsfor EFC just yet. It has been hard to be patient and wait forwhat I sense is the right timing and right place to go. But the where? 11329 23rd Dr. SE, Everett, WA 98208discouragement I was starting to feel several weeks ago hasbeen replaced by excitement as a new opportunity has risento locally “go on mission” in our spheres of influence.The Community Pastors have been in discussion for the past EFC CHURCH PRAYERsix weeks about what we can do to remove hindrances from SATURDAYS @ 4:30-4:50PMpeople connecting with EFC and experiencing the lifechanging work of Jesus Christ. We have made the decision to TUESDAYS @ 6:45-7:45PMmove ahead with changes that will effect the whole church. All invited as we meet at the church building for prayer andThey will disrupt the routine we have become comfortable intercession on behalf of EFC and community beyond. Prayerwith but we all believe that these will result in our reaching requests can be emailed to the Community Pastors or turned into the prayer box at the Family Gatherings.more people with the gospel message!The biggest change will be related to our Family Gatherings,our worship services. We have decided to move to a weekly EFC Management TeamFamily Gathering. This means we will be adjusting the times Dan Bell, Janine Ripley, & Mike Wrightand formats of our Community Groups and more information The Management Team has watched God’s work through thewill come on this. The entire church is invited to join us any generosity of EFC families since September. There have beenand every Saturday for worship, teaching, and fellowship. several signiﬁcant one time gifts given and some have increasedOur hope is this will make it easier for you to invite others to their tithes. It has resulted in a growing surplus since November.attend and make ourselves more available to those looking As we have sought to discern God’s purpose for these funds we have determined to adopt a budget that will support our regularfor a church. Beyond the weekly Gathering we will be expenses, and ofﬁcially include the youth pastor salary, greaterseeking to initiate purposeful conversations with those in our mission support, a raise for Pastor Mike. It is a bold, faith-ﬁlledspheres of influence, serve the marginalized in a new way, step of a $10,000/month budget! we will evaluate this in thepray as a church, improve the children’s ministry, and disciple upcoming months so we encourage you to continue in your generosity and enjoy this sacred act of worship!all ages in a more effective way. Monthly operating budget .....................$10,000Year six will bring fresh opportunities for us to be Jesus with Total Joy Box gifts in February ...............$18,224skin in Everett, Snohomish County, and the world! Total EFC spending this month .................$5,529For His Glory, Pastor Mike Everett Family Church is a non-proﬁt, 501(c)3 organization. Tax Identiﬁcation # 71-1025722 online - everettfamilychurch.org | mail - 2413 98th ST SE, Everett, WA, 98208 | phone - 425 387-1975
P RA X I S YO UTH M I N I S TRY MARCH REWINDNew Horizons Food Service: Our monthly team returned to serving the hungry teens of Seattle this past month. It is a joy to be Jesus with skin in our community!Youth Game Night: O n Fr i d a y, March 23, Praxis students met for a game night at Praxis has been going really well! We are seeing growth the Wright ’s both spiritually and numerically, as we move forward home. The through our study in the book of John. We are gearing up Wr i g h t ’ s for the 30-Hour Famine, a 30 hour juice and water fast graciously designed to help raise money and awareness for global provided hunger. We are also preparing for our ﬁrst ever Youth pizza for the group, which is always a welcome sight, Summer camp! We will be going to Cedar Springs camp and we had copious amounts of carbonated and spending June 29-July 1st having fun, fostering beverages to wash it all down in a glorious night of friendships, and encountering God. Early registration cost is the stuff that makes doctors awake in cold sweats. $110, normal registration is $130, and the cut off date is We played a variety of games including “the family June 1st. Any students going into the 6th grade or higher game”, Whoonu, The Settler’s of Catan (the best are welcome to come, and we strongly game ever, btw), Quirkle and some other ones I can’t encourage bringing a friend. We will also be remember- I was in a pizza coma, don’t judge. - from pursuing fundraising events to help students Pastor Max as posted on the new Praxis blog… attend. Contact Pastor Max at 509/607-6023 http://praxisym.wordpress.com/ or firstname.lastname@example.org. UPCOMING RETREATS Women’s Retreat, April 20 - 22 All women are invited to gather for a weekend of fellowship, prayer, and growth in their relationship with Jesus Christ. The retreat will be happening in a vacationMen’s Retreat: Nine men home on Whidbey Island. Space is limited headed down to Lake to 12 total so contact Pascale, Jenn, or Janine and turn in your $25 deposit to reserve your place. Retreat for an incredible weekend with Pastor Jim Wright who facilitated a Youth Camp, June 29 - July 1 weekend on “Being who The middle and high school youth are welcome to join us for our first EFC Youth Summer Camp! This we are in Christ.” Every is open to those starting 6th grade man shared practical through 12th grade. We will be action steps they are heading to Cedar Springs. Talk to going to be putting into Pastor Max if you have questions or effect in their personal to register. spiritual walk, marriage, and in their parenting. Ultimately, all came back with Family Camp, July 20 - 24 a renewed commitment to walk in the Spirit by This is our sixth annual Family Camp keeping Christ at the center of the “wheel”. and we continue to offer this spiritual retreat for your entire family. Location: Entiat River Family Camp (2.5 hours away) Registration: Register online on our ministries page. Turn in a $50 deposit to hold your spot at camp. Activities: Bible study, worship, water play, games, swimming, river tubing, slide waters and more! online - everettfamilychurch.org | mail - 2413 98th ST SE, Everett, WA, 98208 | phone - 425 387-1975