Braving the Rain at the Elverson Parade

Last Thursday, our church participated in the Elverson Parade with a Noah’s Ark float!  Len and Ruthie Noble were Mr. and Mrs. Noah as they supervised tigers, monkeys, zebras, butterflies, bees, sheep, cats, dogs, elephants, chickens, frogs, raccoons, foxes, and a cow.  Bob Shirey graciously loaned his trailer, supplied a barn for the construction phase, and pulled the float during the parade.  Our grand vessel won 2nd place in our division. 

In keeping with the parade’s theme of “Down on the Farm”, the following description was submitted to the judges’ booth with help from the Jesus Storybook Bible:

A long time ago, people were mean and violent to each other.  Almost everyone cared only for themselves and they never thought about God.  Sadness was everywhere.  God decided to wash away all the hate. A man named Noah obeyed God by building a big boat and gathering a pair of all the animals in the world into this large ark, like a farm.  God caused it to rain for 40 days and for 40 nights, but he kept Noah, his family, and all the animals in the ark safe. It was down on the farm on the ark.  When the rain stopped, God promised to never destroy the world in the same way again and he gave people a sign of his promise, the rainbow.  At Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, we celebrate that God continues to rescue his people through his Son, Jesus Christ.  For God so loved the world that he aimed his bow at his own heart so that you might have life today.

Vine & Branches Scholarship Seminar

As CEFC has many people currently pursuing higher education or planning to attend college or grad school in the future, the question of how to cover the cost is on many families' minds. The video below is a revised version of a seminar that Jere Scott Bradshaw originally gave at Conestoga Christian School, and we hope it will be helpful to anyone attending college as they prepare for a life of Jesus Christ.

As I prepared for school, my fear about paying for the cost of the education led me to have a sleepless night. “How can I navigate these next years when I can’t even put my head down tonight?” Over the next few years God showed me that I needed more that financial assistance, I needed to know the Gospel better. This video is a summary of what the Lord taught me during my studies outside of the classroom.
— Jere Scott Bradshaw

As you watch the video, you may find the notes in the PDF below to be helpful.

Gospel-Centered Community T-shirts

Over the last two months our young adults had three fundraisers for Twin Valley Fire Department and Good Shepherd’s Fold Orphanage by hosting movie nights in Livingood Park. We have several t-shirts remaining ranging from sizes Child small to Adult 2XL from those events. If you would like a great looking shirt designed by Caleb Stoltzfus, come by the library this Sunday (August 31) where we will have them available for $15.  All money goes directly to the two organizations designated above.

Movie Nights on the Lawn

Most nights when the orange sun sets behind the western horizon, the giggles and laughter of children playing on the jungle gym in Livingood Park dissipate, but for two Fridays in July the night was just beginning because “Movie Nights on the Lawn” was about to start.  The conversations between young adults from Community Evangelical Free Church about having a safe, family friendly event that would benefit two organizations had become a reality.  

On July 11, Clint and Dawson Estes regaled observers, reclining on picnic blankets and folding chairs, with a wide mixture of songs from Coldplay to Simon & Garfunkel.  As the lightning bugs twinkled against the encroaching velvet night, “The Sandlot” projected on to an inflatable screen in the middle of the soccer field.  

On July 25, the songs and wit of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” filled the cool night as guests celebrated Christmas in July.  The combination of Clint Estes on guitar at 8:00 and a singing, dancing frog dressed as Bob Cratchet on screen at 9:00 served to complement the sweet smell of fresh popcorn wafting from the concession stand.  

The Elverson Borough, the Friends of the Twin Valley Fire Department, and Vine & Branches (a ministry of Community Evangelical Free Church) united to provide these free nights out while raising donations for the Twin Valley Fire Department and Good Shepherd’s Fold Orphanage.  

Our local fire department is comprised of 52 active volunteers who go through a minimum of 140 hours of training.  In this year alone, they have responded to over 210 incidents as they serve six townships.  The gracious service of these firemen and firewomen keep taxes down in our area and do so while operating within a 10-year budget.  

In addition to serving the residents of our area, we wanted our community to help another community. Since 1994, Good Shepherd’s Fold (GSF) in Jinja, Uganda has provided a Christian home to orphans and destitute children.  In addition to being a children’s home for 83 residents, a school for 450 students, and a farm to employee locals, GSF also provides medical care for infants and the elderly.  All these activities occur even though the average annual income in Uganda is $455 (1% of the average annual income in the United States).

On August 8, “Movies on the Lawn” will have its final feature film of the summer, The Princess Bride.  Snacks and concessions will go on sale at 7:45 pm.  Chris Burkholder will take to the microphone at 8:00 with guitar in hand.  This family favorite features, as one character says, “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...” and will start at 9:00.  

There is no cost to attend, but donations are welcome.  All proceeds from concessions and “Movies on the Lawn” t-shirts go directly to the Twin Valley Fire Department and Good Shepherd’s Fold Orphanage.  Checks should be made out to “Community Evangelical Free Church” with “Movie Nights” written in the memo line.  

Come on August 8 to watch The Princess Bride under the stars as we support two organizations that serve their communities.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to support these two organizations, you may do so by sending a check to Community Evangelical Free Church, PO Box 299, Elverson, Pennsylvania with the above designation.