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Stephen & Sonia Wallace – Serving in Finland

After serving in discipleship and training ministries for more than a decade in Argentina, we have answered God's urgent call to help serve in the nation of Finland. Areas of our ministry include student and youth ministries, partnership with local churches and a teaching ministry. In August we traveled to Germany to attend a week-long training for those involved in student and university ministries across Europe.  It was a joy for us to help represent Finland among the 20+ nations in attendance.  For many students the university represents a season in their life with unique challenges and opportunities.  Not only is it [...]

September 18th, 2018|Categories: Missions, Missions Spotlight|Tags: , , |

Stepping Out To Serve

By Jaleesa Gibson The dictionary defines community as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. This is exactly what I found the first time I stepped out of my comfort zone and volunteered to serve at my first Community Table. As I stood scooping salad out into bowls at the end of the food line, I began to see that this event was about much more than providing food to those in need. The meal was plentiful and 71 families left with full bellies and bags full of groceries but it [...]

June 30th, 2018|Categories: Community, Events|Tags: , |

Egg Hunt 2018

Spring is in the air, and Easter is right around the corner.  We are so pumped to announce that we will be hosting our annual Birdsboro Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 24th at 11am!  It will behind the Birdsboro Fire Department off 1st Street in Birdsboro.  More Info to follow Soon!

February 21st, 2018|Categories: Abundant Life Blog, Community, Events|

Serving With Jesus…When You Have Nothing to Give

Bible Reading - Mark 6:32-44 As we step forward towards Easter, we are reminded how Jesus came, not to be served, but to serve, and give his life for us (Matthew 20:28).  And what a privilege that Jesus invites us to serve WITH him and be His Light to this world.  So what would it be like to actually serve along side of Jesus?  This passage in Mark show us how we need to be ready as we serve alongside the miracle maker!  Here are a few truths to note: Jesus cares about  rest The context of this passage is [...]

February 21st, 2018|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|

Bill & Bethany McClure – Missionaries to Antuqua/Barbuda

Our hearts have been ripped wide open for the people of Antigua and the Caribbean, who typically live in poverty, spiritual darkness and also for the  many who are homeless or prostitutes. We had no idea that this was such an issue, typically you think of the Caribbean and see cruise ships, beaches, resorts! Not a need for God or His love and power... but there is... a HUGE need. After extensive language training in Costa Rica (till August) we will be going to Antigua.   While we are in Antigua, we will be building up the new AG church, [...]

February 13th, 2018|Categories: Abundant Life Blog, Missions, Missions Spotlight|Tags: , |

Community Table – Wonderful Opportunities to Serve!

A few times a year our church provides and serves a hot meal for the bi-weekly “Community Table” held at the local Fire hall. This event is organized by Hopewell Love Inc. and the meals are always followed by a local food bank distribution. Different churches and organizations take turns serving. Last week we had the privilege of serving. Many different people in our church volunteer to contribute parts of the meal, so that we can provide a delicious dinner with drinks, meat, sides, salad, and a variety of desserts. Many people enjoy serving at this event because it gives [...]

January 10th, 2018|Categories: Community, Missions|

Our True Hope Day 24: Good News and Great Joy

Our True Hope Day 24: Good News and Great Joy Bible Reading: Luke 2:8-20 I'll never forget my first mission trip to South America when I was in college.  We met some beautiful people and did some exciting work.  But the lack of American comforts was a shock to us.  Sleeping under mosquito nets, taking cold showers, eating spicy fish for breakfast, and being packed in a van like a sardine to travel (seriously, I know how a sardine in a can feels now).  I remember thinking about all the blessings I had back home that I took [...]

December 24th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 23: God’s Unconventional but Perfect Plan

Our True Hope Day 23: God’s Unconventional but Perfect Plan Bible Reading: Luke 2:1-7 There are many miracles in the Bible that are difficult for the human mind to understand.  Yet there is no greater miracle than our Creator, the Alpha and Omega, the One who always existed……to come in the form of a baby!  This has become a more common passage that is often read at Christmas time, but it is truly far from common! It is unusual and unconventional according to man’s standards.  Let’s look at three very unconventional aspects of this miracle. God’s Perfect Timing [...]

December 23rd, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , |

Our True Hope Day 22: God’s Plan Is Better

Our True Hope Day 22: God's Plan Is Better Bible Reading: Matthew 1:18-25 I am the kind of person who likes to be planned and organized.  It's how God has wired me.  It helps me to be able to accomplish more, and not allow too many responsibilities to overwhelm me (usually).  When a curveball is thrown into my schedule, it can quickly throw me for a loop. The Man With a Plan. From what I read about him, I believe Joseph was a young man who had a plan.  He was trying to take responsibility and establish himself [...]

December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 21: A Humble Beginning

Our True Hope Day 21: A Humble Beginning Bible Reading; Micah 5:2-5 Do you have a few questions you’d like to ask God when you get to heaven? I have some things I wonder about as well. After reading today's passage, I’d love to ask God, “why Bethlehem?” O Little Town of Bethlehem “Beth” “lehem" means in Hebrew "house of bread”. It was the village King David came from (John 7:42).  However, it was a very small, unimportant town compared to many of the other thousands of towns in Judah.  Nothing significant happened in this little [...]

December 21st, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , |

Our True Hope Day 20: Come and See the Light

Our True Hope Day 20: Come and See the Light Bible Reading: John 1:1-9 There is one central theme throughout all of scripture, and it's not right and wrongs, its Jesus. God's rescue plan for humanity through his beloved Son. As we read John 1 today, and celebrate the coming of Jesus, let us remember these extraordinary truths. Jesus always existed. (John 1:2) As we picture Jesus, lying in a manger, or in the loving arms of Mary and Joseph, we struggle to understand that Jesus always existed. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy [...]

December 20th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , |

Our True Hope Day 19: Excited to Give the Gift

Our True Hope Day 19: Excited to Give the Gift Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7 As we are only six days away from Christmas, the wrapping paper and bows have most likely been strewn about.  Some of you might be just as excited to give your gifts to loved ones as you are to receive a gift.   There is such a joyful excitement when you know you have a special gift for someone, and you just can’t wait to give it!  In my house, my children are almost bursting waiting to give the gifts they have chosen for [...]

December 19th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 18: When Faith Brings Freedom

Our True Hope Day 18: When Faith Brings Freedom Bible Reading: Luke 1:57-67 Zechariah was used by God to prophesy of the coming savior, but he had to learn a valuable lesson first. Because he doubted and questioned the angel about the miraculous birth of his son (Luke 1:18), God made Zechariah unable to speak for the full nine months of his wife’s pregnancy! One week after his son was born, all the friends and family gathered to celebrate and assumed the baby would be named after his father as was Jewish tradition. Zechariah used a [...]

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 16: Let Us Sing

Our True Hope Day 16: Let Us Sing Bible Reading: Luke 1:46-56 Music is a gift from God, and almost everyone at some point will sing.  Some might sing along at a concert, while others might sing while they are driving in the car, or in the shower.  Or maybe one might hum when they are in a store and know a familiar song that is playing in the background. We read that when Mary hears the prophetic word from Elizabeth about the son she was carrying, she burst forth in song.  This song was a response to [...]

December 16th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , |

Our True Hope Day 15 – A Spirit Empowered Greeting

Our True Hope Day 15 - A Spirit Empowered Greeting Bible Reading: Luke 1:39-45 Think of the times you visited relatives for the holidays and all the warm greetings that ensued to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, some of whom you hadn’t seen since the last holiday gathering.  Those reunions usually began with hugs, warm welcomes, and lots of questions to catch up with our loved ones. This passage recounts a reunion of two relatives that was nothing like the typical holiday visits we remember.  The angel Gabriel told Mary the very surprising news that her aged relative Elizabeth [...]

December 15th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 14 – Let It Be According To Your Word

Our True Hope Day 14 - Let It Be According To Your Word Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-38 As I read this story about the Angel Gabrial telling Mary the plan of God for her life,  I am once again amazed at the work of God.  This story is not a fairy tale that we hear each Christmas.  This story portrays the kindness of God to foretell his marvelous works to Mary!  My heart longs to be one like Mary,  whom God chooses to use according to his will.  Here are three things to learn about being used by [...]

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , , |