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Ira talks to Rev. Donald ...
Ira talks to Rev. Donald Sharp, of Faith Tabernacle Church in Chicago.
, who is ... History • Race
A funeral service will be at ...
A funeral service will be at noon Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Locust Grove Mennonite Church, with Pastors Gerald Peachey, Don Sharp and David Aungst officiating.
However, Pastor Don Sharp says that they were following an older paradigm -- one that needed to change.
"We would do something," he
says, chuckling, "and hope the community would come to us."
The desire to change that paradigm is the reason that Stumptown Mennonite Church
began the process of Partnership for Missional Church
Now one year into it, the Stumptown fellowship is beginning to make inroads into the local community to find out where specific needs exist and how the church can create strategic partnerships to meet those needs.
As the congregation has been taking these steps into new territory, Pastor Sharp
says they've drawn both comfort and inspiration from the words of Jesus in Luke 10:1-12.
disciples depart for ministry, Jesus specifically instructs them to take nothing along with them -- no purse, bag, or sandals.
For Pastor Sharp
, those phrases have implications for ministry today.
"Our dream at CVCCS is to someday find a building where we can be a visible presence in the community for all kinds of spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional needs," explains Pastor Sharp
"A place where people can find out where they can go for help."
goes on say that the larger effort in all of this is to work together with these other churches not only to meet human needs, but to be a witness for Jesus Christ.
This morning we had our first ...
This morning we had our first worship service at the Church of God at Baden without our beloved, late Pastor Don Sharp.
This afternoon and evening was his visitation.
Pastor Don has gone home to Jesus.
Anyone who has had any interaction with him knows that he
absolutely loved Jesus.
is now living the realization of his
years of faith.
seeing the awesome glory of our God right now.
waiting to see us all again.
It is such sorrow to have someone we all love so dearly taken from us.
But that sorrow is for us, the living.
Pastor Don would tell us all now that he's doing just fine and we'll be together again in a little while.
was so very good at that.
I pray that Jesus pour out that spirit on us now more than ever.
Pastor Don's testimony was a powerful one.
was a tough, intelligent man who was saved by grace.
Just like me, and I hope, just like you.
heart for the poor, the needy, the shut-ins, the homeless, the dysfunctional, the drug addicts and the hungry was contagious.
This love transformed the Church of God
at Baden into a down and dirty, ministry minded church who sought to love 'the least of these'.
The church will carry on in this ministry.
It is the mission that God has given to us.
We will continue to love people and help them, not because it's what Pastor Don would have wanted.
But it's what God has instructed us all to do (Matthew 25:32-46).
Pastor Don wouldn't want me to write a bunch of flowery stuff that would glorify his life on earth.
would want me to ask you something...
Are you saved?
Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He
was sinless but died on the cross for YOUR sins?
Do you believe that He
was raised from the dead?
The conference has asked Don ...
The conference has asked Don Sharp, pastor of the Stumptown Mennonite Church in Bird in Hand, Pa. to serve as facilitator.