The Far And Wide Edition

e Edition November 3

CLC Network Nurtures Inclusive Communities Far and Wide

By Paul R Kopenkoskey

CLC Network235There was a time when it was considered a radical idea for churches and schools to open wide their arms to people with disabilities. Credit ministries like the CLC Network for helping to nurture the conviction people with physical and mental impairments also possess gifts important to schools and churches far and wide.

Since 1979, the Wyoming-based consulting organization, also known as the Christian Learning Center, has come alongside Christian and Catholic Schools and churches to show them how to nurture inclusive communities.

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For Tomlin, "It's All About the Songs"



By Terry DeBoer

Singer-songwriter-worship leader Chris Tomlin is still doing something he calls "chasing the songs around."

It comes from his early days as a relatively unknown singer in his native Texas. As his songs caught on and started being sung in various churches, he would be invited to come and lead congregations in worship. Thus he started "chasing" his songs.

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Author: Vital to Sow Power of Love, Forgiveness in Egypt


by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Brother Nathan 235He was six years old when on a sweltering Friday afternoon in the tiny village of Karya Maghola, Egypt, two men wearing checkered headdresses and dark robes baptized him, his father and two church elders in a hail of bullets. In an instant, Brother Nathan's his life was plunged into a tailspin of grief and rage.

"I was crying when the ambulance came and took my father far away from our home," Brother Nathan said recently.

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Terry's Picks for November


EVENTSWest Michigan Christian News writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area's faith-based arts and entertainment events over the coming month.

Here are three highlights for November:

*Cathedrals Family Reunion

*"The Christmas Schooner" – The holiday-themed stage musical

*Point of Grace and Selah – The inspirational-pop vocal trios

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My wife and I just started your class, and we're determined to get out of debt. At the same time, I'd like to do something to reduce the stress in her life. She's a nurse, and she works three 12-hour night shifts a week. I'm a teacher, and I think we possibly could get by if she cut down to just two nights a week and worked part time. Would this be a good idea?


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Etcetera: Prayer for the City


What: West Michigan Gathering for Worship and Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening
When: Tuesday, November 3 from 7 to 8:30 PM
Where: The 3 Mile Project, 3050 Walkent Drive NW, Grand Rapids.

Our Purpose:


A. Build unity in the body by connecting West Michigan believers

B. Tell the stories that should never go unnoticed

C. Honor our God

If you know of a story that needs to be shared, Contact us!

Final Words:


"If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the leisureliness which ought to characterise the children of God."

Oswald Chambers

"I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance."

Ephesians 1:18





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

With new awards, music artists head to West Michigan

Embracing differences...again

A visit along Tenth Avenue North

He Is

Relevant Docs




Kregel's best selling list for October

Longtime Grand Haven pastor retires November 1

City leader wants tickets voided, bike lane in front of his church removed

Prison ministry and the local church

Calvin Students for Life pray outside abortion clinic, pro-choice group responds

Enrollment down 5.8 percent at Cornerstone University, fewer adults return to classroom



Farther Away:

How God used Billy Graham to influence Fixer Upper family

Praying coach's suspension opens split on religion in school

Man sends partner a text while she waits in abortion clinic which saves unborn child's life




Secret shame - Dan Seaborn

Why just having a doctrinal statement for your church, may not be enough - Clare De Graaf

Have you heard of the Gospel of Judas? - Jeff Carlson





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Upcoming Events

November 7, 
EMPOWERMENT 2016 Euchre Tournament Fundraiser

November 7, 
Craft & Vendor Show

November 9,  Family Support Group For Those Who Have Loved Ones With A Mental Illness

November 13, 
AGENDA2 by Curtis Bowers

November 14, 
Cookie Walk, Crafts & Christmas Delites

November 14, 
His Kids Workshop

November 14,
GriefShare "Surviving The Holidays"

November 15, 
His Kids Workshop

November 19 - December 12,
The Christmas Schooner

November 20, 
The Perrys In Concert

November 20,   Discover Degage

November 23, 
Family Support Group For Those Who Have Loved Ones With A Mental Illness

November 26, 
Thanksgiving Day

December 11, 
The Promise 2:00

December 11, 
The Promise 7:00

December 12, 
The Promise

December 14, 
Family Support Group For Those Who Have Loved Ones With A Mental Illness

December 18, 
The Promise

December 19, 
The Promise

December 25, 
Merry Christmas


January 26, 
Postpartum Depression Prevention Group In Order To Reduce Risk

March 4,
Booth Brothers In Concert



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