Synergy Thursdays

Synergy Thursdays

Starting Thursday, November 9, we will be having a new gathering on Thursday nights. This will not be another religious exercise that leaves you wanting, rather, Synergy is a new weekly event that aims to enrich your mind, body and soul.

  • Each week we will incorporate strength training
  • yoga
  • chair massages
  • karaoke
  • and free community meals for the hungry.

A final schedule of events has not been decided on but next Thursday, November 9th we will be having karaoke and strength training.

Once synergy is in full swing it will be designed to enrich your life and be an outreach to our community. Email contact@spiritlifechurch.us for questions and details.

I Am My Brother’s Keeper

I Am My Brothers Keeper

The heroin and opioid epidemic that has attacked our nation and what's more alarming is that much of the problem is due to our very own healthcare and pharmaceutical system. When it comes to this illness we must be diligent and utilize all of the tools at our disposal

Naloxone Training
Join Us Sunday, December 3rd and/or Thursday, November 2 at 4:30 to get free training in Narcan® administration. Sessions are free and who knows, taking that 30-45 minutes of time to learn about this medication may lead to saving a life someday.

That's why Spirit Life Church is partnering with DAWN, a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program, to bring Narcan® to the Piqua area. Our community is suffering and otherwise bright futures are being destroyed by a drug culture that has largely been stigmatized by the media, our cities and even Christians.

No more. There is hope for heroin and we want to be a part of the life-saving solution. No more will we bicker about the merits of saving our fellow human being. Few families have remained untouched by this issue.

Deaths are rising at an alarming rate. Even more disheartening is that an increasing proportion of these deaths are accidental overdoses due to more powerful drugs being used in heroin preparation. In fact, overdose deaths from narcotic drugs has more than doubled in our state since 2012. This is illustrated in the following figure.

Narcotic Deaths on the Rise
Your Humanity Demands Action

No doubt the solution to our nations opioid appetite will be multi-faceted and complex, employing many different points of view and camps of thought and it will require a plurality of people and professionals to solve this dilemma.

The pandemeic of opioid and opiate addiction has grown at an alarming rate over the past decade. Recently Naloxone, a proprietary adrenaline injector similar to an Epipen has joined our box of tools and is proving an effective, life saving treatment for heroin overdoses.

While many criticize these "junkies" evidence overwhelmingly shows that when combined with an appropriate treatment program the use of Naloxone and as a life saving measure, combined with therapy and enrollment in a substance abuse program are extremely effective against this very habit-forming drug.

The story is all too common. Due to misleading pharmaceutical advertisements in the 1990s and early 200s Oxycontin and other narcotic pain killers were touted as safe, effective and non-habit forming.

This is why so many addicts started out as patients. We failed these individuals as a society and it would show a gross lack of moral-responsibility to assume that both the pharmaceutical companies and society at large should not be responsible for helping save lives.

These lives were destroyed by a misrepresentation of the addictive potential of a widely written prescription following relatively routine medical procedures and surgeries.

Lend a Hand

There are lots of ways you can help support our mission. First off, get certified and trained to administer Noloxone to the growing number of heroin and related narcotic ODs.

A Project Dawn representative will be with us on Sunday, December 3, during the normal 11:00 morning gathering time.

Plan to be there so you can be trained in this life saving technology and then volunteer at one of our outreaches and lend a shoulder for the cause: your fellow man

Give online to help support our hot meal program and Naloxone treatment coordination.

On Justice and Society

On the surface, the War for American Independence appears to be an inherently un-Christian event. The Apostle Paul, in Romans 13, seems to leave little room for revolution:

Romans 13
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God. Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

So you see, how even history bares witness to our rebellious and rough start–we revolted against the power that was over us (our sovereign). To say the founding of America was on a wholly Christian foundation, might be stretching it a might. So when people say things that aren’t true, like they are true, that doesn’t make it true.

I’m proud to be an America, home of the free (for some)! I’m not ashamed of our rough beginnings, however, our Founders were on the wrong side of Christianity–with slavery, prejudice, and many other human rights issues. We are all flawed people. They were, we are. If we are going to pass down accurate history, for generations to come, shouldn’t we tell it right?

We don’t actually know to what level the founding fathers walked in Christian faith, as we know it today. They were no doubt greatly influenced by Christianity. But some of their lives were lived well outside the ethics that evangelicals hold. Having extra marital affairs, children out of wedlock, drunkenness, and much more debauchery.

Today’s evangelicals, according to their standards, would not call these men Christian. Today, 241 years since our founding, we seem to look back with rose colored glasses. We are a Christian nation, because we evolved into one, we became one because we worked at it–the gospel took root.

I am glad we are fighting to be a unified nation, under God. It’s been a long hard struggle and Americans have and continue to fight injustice. From heroin to racism, bigotry and beyond–its all our problem.

If we as a nation do not overcome our human injustices and prejudice, we will see missionaries in this nation once again. Bringing the gospel from a far away land, to save the savages. At a time when we appear more interested in devouring one another than engaging in a dialogue with our brothers and sisters across the ideological divide, even the blind know we are headed for the ditch.

Trump can’t make America great again. Only American citizens can! Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world. That’s the first song that always comes to mind from my childhood.

I believe we are standing at the threshold of another great awakening in this country. I pray it’s a full blown revolution. Like our founding fathers, we must revolt against all injustice.

People matter, give another human a chance–you’ll be surprised how much you’ll grow.

– Ps. Ken

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Ken speaks weekly at Spirit Life Church. Visit the Spirit Life Church website to learn more about Ps. Ken and listen to his messages online.

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

In lieu of our traditional Sunday morning service, this year Spirit Life Church will be having Christmas Service on Saturday, December 24th at 5pm

During this special season of love, forgiveness and togetherness, remember to nourish your soul with uplifting music and a challenging talk from our pastor.

Get ready for a true spiritual encounter in a non-traditional, non-judgmental environment.

Christmas Give

christmas give campaign

As in years before, we will be collecting donations to buy bulk food, toys and clothing to support local children’s charities.

Please bring your donations of toys, clothes and food.

You can also support the Christmas Give Campaign financially by clicking the give button to the right.

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Community Hog Fest

Community Hog Fest

Come join us at Spirit Life Church as we have a community day. Enjoy friends, food, and live music!

There will be a beer garden for adults over twenty one as well as a representative from our life recovery group for those of us who enjoy beer gardens a little too much.

Live music from Darcy Tontonos, fellowship and fun.

50/50 Raffle

One lucky person will get 50% of the entire prize and the other half will go to the church to help fund community events

You will be emailed a receipt with your ticket number which will be entered into the random drawing the number of times you select from the form.

You must be present to win

Tickets

Adults: $8
Includes Fresh BBQ pork sandwich, baked beans, choice of potato salad or macaroni salad, a bag of chips and two cookies.

Children: $5
Includes a hot dog, choice of chips, macaroni and cheese and two cookies.

Gift Basket Raffles

Ohio State Basket
Dimitri’s BBQ Rib Dinner
Family Movie Night Basket
Gift Basket Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6.

For the Kids

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There will be carnival games, jump houses, face painting, cotton candy and a petting zoo

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Talents

The following is a guest blog from Lynne Focht, director of the Children’s Ministry at Spirit Life Church.

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Lately my Facebook feed has links to these quizzes where you discover things about yourself. Like which 80’s TV character you might be, which Taylor Swift album you are, which flower represents you, what your name really means, etc. I like playing these quizzes because I, like so many others, want to know more about myself. But I do also understand that they are pretty much meaningless entertainment.

I already know certain things about myself, good and bad qualities that make up most of my personality. I know that God has given me special talents to use in this life to fulfill my purpose.

1 Peter 4:10
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

What I struggle with is what I assume many others do, which is finding what exactly my purpose is and how to use my talents to serve that purpose. I have always been an undecided sort of person. My sister knew when she was in kindergarten that she wanted to be in the medical field when she grew up. She hasn’t wavered from that goal and is now a successful pharmacist, helping others daily. I remember that my first occupation was going to be a clown because I wanted to make people laugh. After that I wanted to be a police sketch artist, a buyer, a social worker, an interior decorator, a geologist, and an alpaca farmer. My path has never been clear to me. I was undecided my first two years of college, then declared Art Education as a major. I loved it and was very successful. I became a high school teacher for eight years, and then quit to find another path. I found myself at Spirit Life Church.

Many people I know complain about their jobs, their spouses, their houses, and their bad luck in life. We’ve been taught to believe that dissatisfaction is a bad thing, and that we should do everything possible to avoid it. Shove it down. Ignore it. Act like it doesn’t bother us. Take a pill. Put on a smile. Buy something new, or decide that misery is part of “bearing our cross.” But above all, don’t consider that God might be using it to make us uncomfortable so we’ll want to swim in another ocean where our gifts can shine. But it can also be a road sign that He has another purpose for us. So if you’re miserable in your current career or job, (and you have been for a long time), you’ve prayed, sought counsel from others, and you’re still miserable, consider that God may have another plan.

It can be very difficult to break a rut in life. And scary. But in order to grow as a person, we have to change ourselves and our thinking. Oprah said, “There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And it’s how you most truly come alive.”

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Lynne Focht is director of Go!, the children’s ministry at Spirit Life Church. Click here to learn more about Go! Children’s Ministry.

New Music Posted

SLC Worships

If you haven’t checked it out already, head over to the media page at spiritlifechurch.us and check out live recordings of our Sunday morning worship services. Each week our services feature vibrant, live music from a rotating group of extremely talented musicians.

Recently posted services include music from worship leaders Darcy Tontonoz, Jason McIntosh and Cory Kizziar.

Stay tuned for guest musicians and special events coming soon.

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Click here to listen to our music online.

Go! Children’s Ministry Update

Go! Children’s Ministry Update from Lynne Focht for Spring 2014:

The staff and team members of GO! Children’s Ministry are excited to serve your family by providing quality Sunday School classes. Each week we strive to cultivate an environment where your children are safe, happy, and engaged in learning and activities.

“GO!” stands for “loving God, loving Others” and we try to instill these two main principles into everything we do.

Mark your calendars for the following important dates coming up over the coming Spring weeks:

Children’s Ministry Pizza Party (during regular service)
Sunday March 30th

As an incentive for attending Sunday School, the GO! kids have been adding links to a paper chain, with the promise of a pizza party when it reaches the front of the church. They are excited to watch it grow and have been looking forward to the party for some time.

GO Children’s Ministry Meeting
Sunday April 6th

This carry-in meeting will be held in the café following the morning gathering. It is a great opportunity to join our enthusiastic team of volunteers! If you have a heart for kids and can make a once-a-month commitment, you might be just the role model we are looking for! Help make a difference in the life of a GO! kid this season!

Candy Collection
For Easter Sunday Egg Hunt

We are once again planning a spectacular Easter Egg hunt for the children and can use your help in our “Candy Drive.” We would gratefully appreciate your donations of candy or other small trinkets to fill our plastic eggs. We will be able to take donations until April 13th!

You Can Help!

If you are interested in helping with any of the above events, or have any questions or suggestions regarding the children’s department, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Lynne@spiritlifechurch.us or by cell at 937-418-4413.

Thank you for the privilege of looking after your children!

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Go! is the children’s ministry at Spirit Life Church.