Good News Chronicle

The bi-monthly newsletter from Child Evangelism Fellowship® of Fargo/Moorhead - April/May 2023

“How lovely are the feet of those who bring Good News.” – Romans 10:15

You are invited to attend the Dessert Celebration for Child Evangelism Fellowship of Fargo/Moorhead on Thursday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m.. This year we will be sharing around the campfire and celebrating stories of God’s goodness in the ministry.

Each year we end our ministry year with a campfire at Overnight camp.  This is a time of special songs and sharing as kids share how they came to know Jesus as their Savior and how Jesus has worked in their life during the week.  One of the more memorable moments in recent years was after singing the song “10,000 Reasons,”  campers shared all the reasons that they have to give praise to God for what He has done.

 

At our celebration this year, we hope to recreate for our audience this campfire atmosphere.  With a campfire video in the background, we will have a time of worship, testimonies by Tanner Logan, Kaiden Davenport, and Laurie Lind. 

Fan the Flame: CEF Dessert Celebration

For the audience enjoyment, a fun power point of the memories at overnight camp will be shared.   Bethel Pastor Jonas Bundy will be hosting the evening and wrapping up the evening with a challenge.

Along with the music, the evening will also feature delicious dessert, a testimonies and an update from director Doug Sikkink.  Don’t forget to check out our silent auction at:  www.ceffm.org/silentauction

The silent auction and fellowship time will begin at 6:00 p.m. Dessert will be served at 6:30, and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The celebration is being held at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, which is located at 2702 30th Avenue South in Fargo.  RSVP to your table host or to Shari Wagner at 701-318-0458 or Shari@ceffm.org.  No tickets necessary, but a freewill offering will be taken.  Childcare is provided at no charge with a reservation ahead of time.  Join us to hear our passion for making a difference for Christ in the F-M area.

Check out our silent auction items at www.ceffm.org/silentauction

 

Director’s Corner: God’s Sovereignty

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today (ESV) – Genesis 50:22

This verse, spoken by Joseph, tells us how God’s sovereignty used the evil done to Joseph to bring about God’s plan of good to save his family.  For Good News Club this fall, our Good News Clubs will be focusing on life of Joseph through the action-packed series entitled, “God’s Sovereignty: The Life of Joseph.”  

In this series, children will learn about how the Sovereign God is able to fulfill His promises even through difficult times.   Children will be asked to consider how Joseph faced being sold into slavery, being falsely accused and being forgotten while he was in prison, led to rise to being 2nd in power in Egypt, shows God’s incredible faithfulness through all this and how we can respond with His patience and perseverance to build the character that he need to work in us.  They will learn through Philippians 1:6 how God has began a good work in us and “will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (ESV).”  

We invited you to join us this year as volunteers are still needed in several  of our clubs.  We need to both teachers and assistants for just one day a week (no club when school is not in session).  No experience needed, but a love for Jesus and kids are a must.   Please contact Doug at 701-200-4865 or email at: doug@ceffm.org

Finally, be in prayer that the kids would understand God’s sovereignty in the midst of hard times.

Doug Sikkink

 

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Prayer Calendar

October 2023

1-Pray that God will raise up more teachers and helpers to fully staff Good News Clubs.

2-Pray that God will provide what is needed for Good News Clubs at each of the area schools.

3-Pray that God would give us wisdom as we make future ministry plans.

4-Praise God for His faithfulness in meeting our needs.

5-Pray for the Dessert Celebration taking place on October 12.

6-Pray that God will bless the CEF staff and guide them in their ministry.

7-Pray that God will provide sufficient finances for ministry.

8-Pray that the people who attend the Dessert Celebration will understand what we do and want to help us guide kids to Jesus.

9-Pray that many people will attend the Dessert Celebration and support the ministry.

10-Praise God for using us to further His kingdom.

11-Pray that people will have fun bidding and bid generously on our silent auction items.

12-Pray that we will glorify God tonight at our Dessert Celebration.

13-Praise God for committee member, Karen.  Pray that she will be blessed.

14-Praise God for committee member, Jay.  Pray that he will be blessed.

15-Praise God for committee member, Cheryl.  Pray that she will be blessed.

16-Praise God for committee member, Joe.  Pray that he will be blessed.

17-Praise God for committee member, Sherry.  Pray that she will be blessed.

18-Praise God for committee member, Tyler.  Pray that he will be blessed.

19- Praise God for committee member, Darren.  Pray that he will be blessed.

20- Pray for Director, Doug and for his family, that God will bless and protect them.

21- Pray for Director of Advancement, Shari and her family, that God will bless and protect them.

22-Pray for the CEF chapters around the state to minister to many children.

23-Praise God for all the volunteers and their work for our ministry!

24-Pray that the kids who come to Good News Clubs will understand how much God loves them.

25-Pray that the kids will be safe as they travel in the bus to another school for GNC.

26-Pray that the teachers will show the kids who Jesus is.

27-Pray for the teachers to have excitement and joy as they teach.

28-Pray that God will draw many kids to Him through GNC.

29-Thank the Lord for the freedom to meet publicly and worship.

30-Pray for our pastors to hear from God and follow His voice.

31-Praise God for His sacrificial love for us.

November 2023

1-Pray for Director, Doug, to have energy and joy as he works.

2-Pray for State board and staff to be obedient to God in all they do.

3-Pray for Director of Advancement, Shari, to serve with joy and enthusiasm.

4-Praise God for drawing kids to Him through Good News Club.

5-Pray that we will have sensitivity as we minister to other cultures.

6-Thank God for the kids who are coming to GNC.

7-Pray that God would help the kids coming to GNC be bold in inviting their friends.

8-Pray that the GNC teachers and helpers will have great joy and love for the kids.

9-Pray for more teachers and helpers to teach GNC.

10-Pray for the staff at schools where we have GNCs to be glad we are in the building.

11-Pray many kids would be able to come to GNC.

12-Thank God for the schoolteachers that let us use their room to have GNC in.

13-Pray for interim State Director Ben to have wisdom as he serves.

14-Pray for a permanent State Director to be hired.

15-Pray that the local Directors around the state will serve with joy.

16-Pray for CEF as a worldwide organization to continue its work to reach kids with the gospel of Christ.

17-Pray for the churches in our area to build strong partnerships with us as we support each other in our missions to share Jesus.

18-Praise for the finances that God has provided for us to minister to kids in our area.

19-Pray for God’s love for the lost world to shine through us in everything we do.

20-Pray that kids would understand their sin & need for a Savior.

21-Pray that God will use CEF in our state to draw many kids to Him.

22-Pray for our pastors to hear from God and follow His voice.

23-Pray for strong local churches that preach God’s Word.

24-Pray for our churches to be filled with people who have a hunger to serve.

25-Ask God to show us His will for the future of the ministry.

26-Pray that our committee members will have wisdom and direction.

27-Pray for Karen and Joe to have wisdom as they serve.

28-Pray for Tyler and Cheryl to have wisdom as they serve.

29-Pray for Sherry and Darren to have wisdom and discernment as they serve.

30-Pray for Jay to have wisdom and discernment as he serves.

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