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We are the church, whether we are gathered or scattered--each one of us, a part of the body of Christ, wherever we go, whatever we do.

So, where can you find us, and what are we doing?

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We’re grateful that so many of you take the time to help us with our Fall Fun Fest outreach event. Lots of you serve with your entire family! One of those families that have volunteered for Fall Fun Fest for many years are the Runions – Dave, Emmy, Grace, Joey & Micah. Last year we started prize giveaways for not just the kids going to this event, but the volunteers, too. Grace was lucky enough to win the grand prize – a $100 gift card to Marcus Theaters! This year that might be you! Sign up to have a blast, and welcome new people to our church.

Joe Carter on "How the Shortage of Young Men in Churches Affects Marriage"

I sense there might be a calling to start a new area/inter-church ministry in this article for someone in our church. You can read some highlights below. For the entire article go here.

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“American churches don’t just have a deficit of men—they have a shortage of unmarried young men. This trend makes it harder for young women to find mates who are spiritually compatible.”

Some congregations, Stone notes, are constrained by sex ratios while most are simply constrained by economies of scale. Churches, especially smaller churches, could work together to find creative ways for young people to find like-minded partners. One way would be to host special joint singles events with other gospel-centered local churches.”

“We must also find ways to ensure that young men are brought into the church and discipled in such a way that they have a biblical view of sexual ethics.”

“Over the past decade, churches in America have begun to better recognize and appreciate that many Christians are called to singleness. But we must not overlook that marriage remains the cultural norm (by age 45, 81 percent of men and 86 percent of women have married at least once). If we want spiritually healthy Christian families in our churches, we should do more to help create the pool of marriageable disciples that make such families possible.”

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