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But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. – 2 Corinthians 2:14
A lot of folks have been asking me, “Charlie what’s going on with the church plant?”
WE ARE MOVING AND GROOVING! So much been happening over the past few months and things are beginning to move quickly. We are most excited about the fact that YOU, our generous partners and supporters, can now give directly to Epiphany Church of Baltimore. Some have you have been on this church planting journey with me for a long time and some of you have become part of our team in recent days, either way, we are excited about what God is doing.
Since we began the process of planting, and even entering the residency we have been receiving generous financial gifts and donations from our friends, family and supporting churches, and to this point all your gifts have been routed through Epiphany Fellowship Church of Camden. Well today, rather than routing your giving through Epiphany Fellowship of Camden, you are now able to give directly to Epiphany Church in Baltimore. We are official!
Keep Rolling With Us!
We are asking all our supporters to move your financial giving from Epiphany Fellowship Church of Camden, over to Epiphany Church of Baltimore. In an effort to keep things simple, you can CLICK HERE to give, or go to our website,www.epiphanybmore.com and get set up. You can set up one time gifts, create an account, or start monthly scheduled giving. At the end of the year we will send you your giving receipt for your tax deductible donations. We welcome you to try our new and direct online giving resources and any questions you might have.
We Are Official
Starting a church requires a lot of behind the scenes stuff. Thanks to your generous contributions, to this point we have been able to:
1) Meet new people, ministry leaders, and form new partnerships in the city of Baltimore.
2) Lock in with a local church in Baltimore who will serve as our launching pad and hub of core group activity
3) Pastor Charlie has going through assessments with different networks
4) Plan for our first outreach this fall
From a legal side we have been able to:
1) Make Epiphany Church of Baltimore a legally recognized church (non-profit) in the state of Maryland, and apply for 501(c)(3)
2) Open a bank account and set up payroll
3) Develop systems of accountability for finances and have software for budgets
4) Open online giving options
5) Finish all of the government requested policies and procedures (100 pages of policies including children safety, staff budgets, social media, finances, ect.)
6) Finalize the board of directors and have a few meetings voting on the necessary policies
To say the least we have been busy, but the Lord has been gracious.
As you may know, our calling to plant a church has been a long journey unfolded by God every step of the way. In 2008 I felt the call of God to become a missionary to “my kinsman according to the flesh” (Rom. 9:3) in the hood. At that point I had no idea what it meant to plant a church and where we would ultimately land as a family or a ministry.
It was after an extensive day in Baltimore, MD, late 2015, that Erin and I felt the call of God to root ourselves in the city of Baltimore. So many issues from poverty, violence, blight and decadence to abandonment, hopelessness, and hatred plague Baltimore. It looks like a hopeless situation. Continue reading “Epiphany Church Baltimore”
“I was a stranger, and you welcomed me, I was naked, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you visited me, I was in prison, and you came to me.” – Matthew 25:36
A few weeks ago we were invited to serve a group of young men and women who were working hard to overcome the troubles in their lives. A dear friend of the ministry, Chuck Davies, asked us to share a few words on Experiencing Jesus. Driving onto what seemed like an abandoned military based tucked in the woods of Maryland, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of separation from the world. Dilapidated buildings and rusted out Humvees were on every side as I looked out the window. This, I said to myself, is no man’s land. But this is also where we would have the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus to a group of troubled teens.
In light of our bleak and disconnected setting, I felt it most appropriate to share a brief devotion on the reconciling power of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2 is a reminder to believers of our once far off and helpless condition. But Paul reminds the saints that Jesus was ripped apart so that we could be reconciled to God and Jesus also came and preached peace to those who were outsiders making them family.
This is a beautiful truth in light of those whom I was speaking over. These were young men and young women who the world has pushed aside. Their families have abandoned many of the children in the room. Institutions that should have taught them skills and the basics of knowledge in the world have deemed them unteachable and unreachable. In light of their physical distance from the world and their social distance from society, Jesus comes near to them. Seeing their eyes light up as the Scriptures were explained brings tears to my eyes even now.
This is why we go to boot camps for troubled youth and why we are working to plant a church in Baltimore. Jesus came near to those whom the world had cast off and marginalized. Jesus was torn in pieces so that outcast could become family. And Jesus preached peace so that we could be called, “children of God.”
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