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Jun 18

Love, INC Up and Comings

As one of our Local Mission Strategic Partners, Love INC (in the Name of Christ) helps mobilize the local church and her groom’s resources of time, talent, and treasure to love the materially poor of Albuquerque, with an eye for spiritual poverty that can only be addressed with the gospel.
Check out these great ways to get plugged in this summer and fall:
Fellowship Training:
Tuesday, June 17th 10 am – noon
Love INC office 8011 Central NE, 87108
Do you like to help by visiting people in their homes?
Love INC training includes: Love INC information Process of visiting people in need (our Neighbors). We want to see and hear what is going on so that churches are better able to meet legitimate needs.
Declutter and Donate:
Be intentional with your time and declutter your home this summer and share with those who are less fortunate.
Call 255.5683 to schedule a large item pick up or bring small items to our office/thrift store located at 8011 Central NE.
Unused Jewelry:
Love INC collects jewelry every year to resell as a fundraiser called the “Bling Show!” We need churches to host a jewelry drop box and collect jewelry.
This year’s event will be at New Covenant Church located on Paseo Del Norte on Friday evening October 17th and Saturday morning October 18th.  Please e-mail if you can help.
Love INC has become a community shopper with Smith’s. If you register your card, we can get a percentage of your purchases as a donation to our organization.
2. Create an account.
3. Link to Community Rewards Program.
4. Love INC’s number is 15536.
Thrift store: Sorting, cleaning, pricing & cashiering
Clearinghouse: Answering phones & visiting people in their homes
Administration: Working databases & special projects
Fundraising: Helping with “Bling Show” by collecting, sorting, and pricing jewelry.
Many of our faithful volunteers are going to be gone this summer (especially in June), and more volunteers are needed for morning, afternoon or all day shifts.
How to get started:
1. E-mail to let us know you want to volunteer with your preferred day, time, choice of volunteer position, and your phone number.
2. We will call you and schedule a volunteer orientation and interview to determine the best opportunity for you.
3. Start volunteering!
Become a Money and Me Trainer:
Next Money & ME Train the Trainer
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Love INC Office

Mar 18

Business as Mission (BAM) – Come and Join the Conversation


The SNAP team is partnering with 16:15 to have a Business as Mission (BAM) lunch on Friday, April 19th (11:30 to 1PM), and/or a BAM workshop on Saturday the 20th (9AM to 3:30 PM).

If you are business minded, please consider coming (especially on the 20th) in order to join the conversation BAM 2about how the SNAP team can use Business as Mission in the field.

Here is the outline for Saturday the 20th:

  • 9AM to 12PM – 3 sessions covering BAM foundations (Biblical/Historical – why? and what? of BAM)
  • 12PM-130PM – Lunch break
  • 1:30-3:30PM – 2 sessions BAM practice (The How? from general to specific for SNAP including “what’s next”)

The lunch on Friday and workshop on Saturday are independent, but complimentary.  The Friday lunch is community wide and will be very general about BAM.  The Saturday workshop is really designed for DSC (and SNAP especially).  If you had to pick one or the other, I’d say shoot for joining us on Saturday to help get an idea of what BAM is and help contribute to the conversation.

No need to register for Saturday (just come), but if you want to come Friday, you do need to register.

BAM April 2013

Jan 31

Ambassadors for Christ (Part 3) – “Christ died to break the back of our self-absorbed idolatry.”

2013 | by Clint | Category: Local,Training

This is part 3 of 3 from Paul Tripp’s Ambassador blog posts.  See part 1 here and part 2 here.

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

An appeal is an argument or a plea. God is using you – the ambassador – to appeal for something in the life of another. Certainly, this has an evangelistic application, yet Paul is writing to Christians and saying, “Be reconciled to God.” Something more than evangelism is in view here.

Look back to verse 15: “And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

What is the purpose of the cross? Paul would say that it’s not just an eternity in heaven, but also the recapturing of people’s hearts to serve God alone. Our sin causes us to be incredibly self-absorbed, reducing us to idolatrous worshipers of self.

Christ died to break the back of our self-absorbed idolatry. The focus of Christ’s work is to deliver us from our bondage to ourselves! Why do believers need to be reconciled to God? Because as long as sin indwells us, we’ll tend to wander away from the worship of the Lord to serve ourselves.

God is intent on owning our hearts unchallenged. His goal is that our lives would be shaped by our worship of him and nothing else. He has sent us as his ambassadors to make his appeal for people’s hearts.


And don’t forget, our yearly Ambassador Training continues this winter starting this Sunday (February 3rd – see below for details):

Local Missions Pastor Tim Ragsdale writes the following:

How is it possible that more people than ever (percentage) have personal pro-life convictions and that more people than ever (percentage) are pro-abortion rights? What does this growing dissonance tell you about our culture’s post-everything (post-post-modern) way of thinking?

How do we as ambassadors for Christ faithfully and wisely articulate the Gospel to such a culture?

Start planning now to attend the Ambassador series to get equipped!  Feb 3 – Amb IV “Ambassadors Assembled” (Preview/condensed 4 weeks)

While Amb I, II, and III (Knowledge, Wisdom, and Character) focus more on the individual ambassador, Amb IV focuses on the corporate nature of our ambassadorship–our need for one another, the marks of a healthy church. This should be an excellent preparation for Clarus!

You don’t need to have taken I, II, and III, and you can help greatly in the development of IV (into a full 9 week class) by participating in this preview.  Mar 17 – Amb I — (Knowledge of an Ambassador – 10 weeks)

We start the series over with an overview of the series and then dive into what an ambassador of Christ needs to know. Repeating these classes is a great idea because you get a lot of information thrown at you.

Questions? Email local missions pastor Tim Ragsdale at: