First Wednesday & Family Series

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I want to remind you that on Wednesday, May 5, we will have our monthly First Wednesday service beginning at 6:30 pm.  I am really looking forward to having an evening of extended worship, hearing from God’s Word and sharing the Lord’s Supper with all of you.  Let’s fill up the Worship Center with praises as we celebrate what our amazing Savior has done for us!  If you’re not able to join us in person, you can still join us online as we broadcast live on our Internet Campus.

This coming weekend, May 8-9, we will wrap up our life-changing family series, “Help! My Family Is Crazy!” with a special sermon about mothers and the impact they have on their families.   Bring your family and friends and join us as we look at some of the godliest moms in the Scriptures and learn the importance of having a firm foundation.

Can’t wait to see you!

Love,

Pastor Chris

Adding a Third iCampus Service

In case you haven’t heard, the 9 pm iCampus broadcast of Home Invasion was a huge success.  To follow up on that momentum, I sent out some information to get new volunteers plugged in (iCampus administration, prayer, greeters, groups, and missions), and we already have a team of people ready to start a new weekly iCampus service.

The new addition will happen Sunday evenings at 9:00, starting 11/22/09.

I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to impact lives.  I think this time has huge potential (people at home with the kids asleep, people bored and browsing the internet, sharing with family over the holidays, etc.).

In Christ,

Kyle Gilbert
Pastor of Communications
& Internet Campus Pastor

Join the Internet Campus Team

Internet Campus Friends,

OK, here’s the scoop.  People’s lives have been impacted through the Internet Campus, and we want to keep things moving – launching new ministries and adding new service times online. In order to do that, we need some dedicated people to join our team of iCampus volunteers.

Open Volunteer Positions:

  • Online Small Group Leaders – These people will coordinate with the Internet Campus Pastor and our Groups ministry to begin new groups that meet online using webcams and Tokbox.  It may sound a little weird, but it’s going to help people from all over the US get connected into groups.
  • iCampus Chat Greeters – Help us make our chat room a warm and friendly place to be.  Welcome people as they enter the room, and get to know the people who worship online each week.  This group helps to make the chat room a fun place to hang out.
  • Prayer Team – Mature Christians who chat online one-on-one with those who need prayer.
  • iCampus Service Host – People who oversee a service time on the iCampus – moderate the chat room, take attendance, and serve on behalf of  the Internet Campus Pastor.
  • iCampus Missions – A dedicated band of people who help us spread the word about the Internet Campus through Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, and personal invitation.

I’m hoping to launch a 9:00 pm service in the next week or two, so let me know if you’re interested in serving in any of these capacities.

In Christ,

Kyle Gilbert
Internet Campus Pastor
Pastor of Communications

Worship for the Deaf Community

Beginning August 9th, Faith Promise church will add a new video stream to our Internet Campus and will feature American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation as a part of the online interactive experience.

Watch the video announcement below:

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You can find more information here.

The Impact of Church Online

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This post was written by Kyle Gilbert (kylesrandom.com), Pastor of Communications & Internet Campus Pastor at Faith Promise Church.

At the beginning of the year, I imagined the kind of impact Faith Promise could have by launching an online campus.  Today, after just 13 weekends on the Internet Campus, I’m blown away by what God is doing.

Let me share a few stories:

Sharon & George attended Faith Promise Church a few times, but with busy weekends, they hadn’t quite gotten into the habit of coming each week.  One Sunday morning, they were at home, and Sharon decided to check out the Internet Campus.  Once she watched a few minutes of the service and got a glimpse of the message, she knew it was something they needed to experience together.  So Sharon told the family to get ready, and they made it to our Knoxville campus in time for our 11:45 am Sunday service.

Eric serves in the military and was recently deployed overseas.  Despite the geographical separation from his wife and kids, he can share the same worship experience with his family, who attends at our Knoxville campus.  The shared experience helps them to stay emotionally connected through the separation.

Yvonne is a widow who lives out of state and is unable to go to church because of physical disabilities.  She found our iCampus through the recommendation of a friend, and this is what she had to say: “I am blessed to be able to praise and worship God and be a part of a church community in spite of my body’s limitations. My spirit has been set free!”

Robert and his wife normally attend our Knoxville church campus, but due to issues with his Parkinson’s, there were several weeks when he was unable to attend.  Through the Internet Campus, he was able to stay connected and receive personal connection and prayer in the midst of his recovery.

We’ve also had missionaries overseas that connect to our Internet Campus, and people traveling or on vacation often join us online.

Although these names have been changed to protect peoples’ identities, each story represents at least one person whose lives have been touched through Faith Promise’s Internet Campus.

Here are some quotes:

“I attended Faith Promise for over a year, but due to the economy we are no longer able to drive 50 minutes to church. I am so happy that you have started this service! I have missed Faith Promise, and look forward to learning and growing online!”

“I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to hear Pastor and worship with you guys today.  I am home with a sick child, and this allows me to participate!  Thanks again!”

“Thank You! My family and I moved [into the Knoxville area] in November of last year, and we have really been lost since we have been here. We came from a church much like Faith Promise and have not found church home. I just veiwed your service online and know that we will be attending next week without a doubt.”