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Special Community Event with Guest Speaker Josh Shipp

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On Sunday, November 6th at 6 p.m. in the South Auditorium, Timberline Church will be hosting a community-wide event with guest speaker Josh Shipp and worship with Ascent Project. Mark your calendar now and plan to be inspired by Josh’s message that “every kid is ONE caring adult away from being a success story.”

Josh had a challenging childhood and bounced around in many different foster homes, until he had a handful of caring adults reach out to him. He now strives to pass this knowledge on and be that caring adult for kids like him. Today he is an author, global youth empowerment expert, and acclaimed speaker. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, he is renowned for his documentary TV series (A&E), that followed his ground-breaking work with teens. He is the author of the national bestseller “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination“, and was listed on Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list.

Check out this glimpse into his powerful message. After all, the difference between a statistic and a success story, just might be you.

Orphan Care Weekend – Meet Guest Speaker Mandy Litzke

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During Orphan Care Weekend on November 5th and 6th, come expecting to have your heart touched and accept the challenge to do your part to help care for hurting children in our community and around the world. Because “Everyone Can Do Something.” In addition to two fabulous speakers who have experienced the foster care system personally, there will be guest worship teams and a multitude of tables in the mall filled with practical information to connect you to ministries that make a difference in the lives of foster and adoptive families.

Mandy Litzke will be speaking during the regular weekend services. Her story did not have a happy beginning. After experiencing neglect and abuse before witnessing her mother’s death at the hands of her step-father, she knows firsthand how far God will go to transform bitterness and pain with His grace, hope, and healing. Mandy is the first to tell you she is still on the road to healing and believes everyone is in the process of forever healing from something. However, after seeing what God has done in her own life, she desired to be the voice and tangible vessel of grace for other children in need.

Her husband Dave knew Mandy’s heart and shared in this desire, so they set out to add to their family of two “home-grown” children through adoption.  God quickly showed them that He is always writing a better story than they could ever ask or imagine. The Litzkes now see themselves as soldiers, fighting in the trenches for the army of God as He seeks to “Set the lonely in families” and heals and transforms the lives of vulnerable children.

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Mandy and Dave are currently the parents of 17 children, including 15 “heart-grown” or adopted blessings. They have adopted internationally from eight different countries and eight of their children have special needs ranging from Down Syndrome or Autism to heart defects or Hydrocephaly. Their children range in age from 24 down to eight months.

As you can imagine, life stays busy around their home in Ohio and their 20-foot-long table. Between faith events like church and youth group, school, and extra-curricular sports including Special Olympics, Mandy wears her “soccer mom” hat with pride. As she says: “Our family motto is Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him although we can testify, they are also frightening, fierce, frustrating and down right TOUGH at times.  We considered the cost a long time ago and we concluded…It’s worth the fight and we get to do this. We cannot imagine life any differently.”

Faith in God and a personal relationship with Him is the first and foremost priority in their family.  They aren’t a picture perfect family. (Who is?)  As Mandy says, “We are simply purposeful. We strive to point our children to Christ every day and exemplify Him through every turn and corner, even when we fail as parents. We seek to disciple as we discipline and learn together.”

Don’t miss this year’s Orphan Care Weekend and our main speaker, Mandy Litzke.

Timber-Piggery Fun to Help Cherish Uganda

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During the month of October, Timberkids hopes to raise $3500 to purchase pigs (Timberpigs) for Cherish Uganda. Each child who attends Timberkids has received a cup like the one in the picture. (Think of this like a “piggy bank.”) The kids were asked to fill their cup with change during the month of October and then to bring their cups back to church on the upcoming Orphan Care Weekend (Nov. 5/6).

That weekend the kids will pour the money from their cups into pig troughs that will be placed in the Children’s Ministry area. There will also be live pigs on site that weekend.

This money will be used to greatly expand the current piggery at Cherish and will allow them to sell the pigs on the open market as a way of producing income. This is yet another step forward in helping Cherish to become sustainable while also creating awareness of who Cherish is and why they exist. For more information about the ministry at Cherish Uganda please visit cherishuganda.org.

Orphan Care Weekend 2015

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This coming weekend, November 7 and 8, is the 8th Annual Orphan Care Weekend. The theme this year is “This is My Story” and the featured speaker is Jay Mooney, the Executive Director of COMPACT Family Services (Hillcrest Children’s Home).

Over the last five years, Timberline Church has sent teams to serve at Hillcrest Children’s Home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. (You can read more about sending horses or our past trips in 2013, 2014, and 2015 on the blog.) There will be two teams going in the summer of 2016. One team will be led by nine70 and the other will be a family focused missions trip.

In addition to learning more about the heart and vision behind caring for orphans and children in foster care from our speaker, Kristin Orphan and the Finally Home band will be leading worship. Before and after the services, there will be representatives from various ministries at tables in the mall. Stop by and learn more about these opportunities to get involved and make a difference in the life of a child:

  • Royal Family KIDS Camp
  • Finally Home Foundation
  • AAC Adoption
  • Welcome Child
  • Shilom Children’s Home (El Salvador)
  • Slammin’ Famine
  • Blessed Blankets
  • A Friend 4U
  • Project 1.27

For more information about orphan care ministries at Timberline Church, contact Kari at  kstewart@timberlinechurch.org.