April/May 2020

Hello Gentlemen
Greetings to all who receive this message and bless the ones who don’t. The Executive Committee would like to thank those who have been praying for your home churches and Men for Christ leadership. Please continue to pray for guidance in your churches, government, and Men for Christ.
In 1st Corinthians 10:23-24, The Believers Freedom, Paul says “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” Men, as I read this verse I find that even though we have the ability to do whatever we want, it’s not always the wise choice. This is why we should always take everything to the Lord in prayer and petition. Your leadership at Men for Christ continues to meet via Zoom to discuss the business of Men for Christ. Given the current circumstances of Covid-19 and the restrictions by the Governor, we have decided in the best interest of the group that we will cancel the next two meetings. We would like to thank the host churches Mt. Moriah Church in May and Mackville in June. Your Executive Committee will continue to meet monthly via Zoom and discuss and pray on how to move forward over the next couple of months. In closing in Mathew 28:18 and 20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Our Lord tells us no matter the circumstances he is always with us till the very end! Praying for comfort, peace and health to all.
Your brother in Christ, J.R. Donahue, Chairman
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

July 27 Springfield
August 24 Woodlawn, Campbellsville
Sept. 28 Southern Heights
October 26 Campbellsville
Nov. 23 Jamestown

In the past, the title above has been displayed by numerous congregations. However, in our lifetimes it has not been as meaningful as in the past several weeks. Quarantines and “social distancing” have given it a new meaning. With most churches adhering to suggestions to close their doors to physical corporate gatherings, they have been most resourceful in their methods to be the church away from their buildings. Various forms of “social media,” spurned by many in the past, have proved to be great assets for congregations to stay in touch with members and even reach others who were not previously regular attenders. Zoom and Virtual Reality have become valuable partners in sharing the mission of the church outside the building. Although anxious to be together again in worship, let’s pray that we have found a “new normal” for reaching people for Christ. —Charles Young, Past Chairman

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Although Men for Christ was unable to meet in March, two congregations were able to receive Votaw Loans. After applications were reviewed and approved by the Votaw Loan and Executive Committees, the proposals were emailed or sent by regular mail to the membership for approval. All replies received were favorable. Dogwood Christian Church and First Christian Elizabethtown have received their funds. Thanks to those who responded.

Satan: “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shut down business, schools, places of worship and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil”.
Jesus: “I will bring together neighbours, restore the family unit. I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources.”

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11)
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, (Philippians 2:14)
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (I Peter 5:7)
5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5)

23rd PSALM
A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn’t want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her. She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed. The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew. She did this for the whole week. As the two kids walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy ‘s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy, ‘Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?’ Timmy nonchalantly replied, ‘Yeah, I know who she is.’ The little girl said, ‘Well, who is she?’ ‘That’s just Shirley Goodnest, ‘Timmy replied, ‘and her daughter Marcy.’ ‘Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us? ‘Well,’ Timmy explained, ‘every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ‘cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, ‘ Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life’, so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!’ May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.



• REPORT FROM CROSSROADS .—John Parkey, Minister
• In January 2020 we averaged 575 in attendance and had one Sunday over 700.
• We just hired another full-time staff who started first of January. Collin Patterson, who graduated from Cincinnati Christian, will oversee high school ministry and help
with our small groups ministry.
• Our building…new roof is now on and outside facade is framed and ready. All other work will be halted until we get the state to approve and stamp the plans. We had some hang ups along the way so our timeline for completion obviously keeps changing. We originally thought late spring/early summer. Now looks like late summer, early fall for completion.
• In January we launched our first Financial Peace University class
• We also just launched our partnership with a village in Guatemala called El Reparo through an organization called Children’s Hope Chest. This is also a venture with Jeremy Willis and Journey Christian Church. Jeremy and I went down to Guatemala two weeks ago. This is our first Global Missions partnership as a church

Men for Christ Responds to Needs

As stated in our Bylaws, one of our purposes is to provide temporary financial assistance to older established churches. In August, Christ Church of Winchester and Cornerstone Christian Church of Winchester requested assistance for needed improvements to their facilities. To encourage the active participation of members of the congregations, Men for Christ voted to provide matching funds from the General Fund up to $20,000 each toward the cost of improvements. Both congregations are responding to the challenge!