Guest post by Shelby’s own, Don Alsup…
I just returned from a week-long mission trip to Spearfish, South Dakota. It was a life-changing experience. A mission trip is one of those things that I have always wanted to do but never got around to it. Instead of traveling to South America or all the way overseas, I thought that I might start off a little closer to home. As it turned out, there are plenty of mission fields right here in our own country. 90% of the Dakotas are unchurched. When you share the Gospel with one of them, it is likely that they are hearing it for the very first time. My church (Faith Baptist Bartlett, TN) sent a group of 20 volunteers to help Connection Church (Spearfish, SD) host 3 free block parties on three consecutive evenings. We handed out flyers to every home within walking distance of the park and waited for everyone to show up. Over 100 the first night, over 120 the second night and over 160 the third evening. Everyone had a great time, there were plenty of meaningful conversations and a decision for Christ was made at each event. Connection Church has tripled in size over the past 3 years. Much of the growth has come by way of the block party ministry. It was a wonderful time of spiritual growth, and I am so glad that I finally did it. Warning: it’s addictive. Now I am looking forward to going again next year.
Please take time to watch the short video of this recent mission trip to the Dakotas. Perhaps you have considered signing up for one of those summer mission trips at your church but never followed through. We hope that this slide-show (with music) will inspire you to make the commitment. I can tell you from personal experience, you will not regret it.
You will see:
- our trip to Spearfish, SD
- stay at Foothills Community Church (Piedmont, SD)
- meet Steve Warren (only living Pearl Harbor survivor in SD)
- worship with Pastor Steve Hixson at Connection Church (Spearfish)
- road trip to Wyoming to see Devil’s Tower
- morning meeting at the church office
- delivering flyers for the free block party
- lunch at the park
- three block parties in 3 days – serving hundreds
- late night Uno and other games
- road trip to Mount Rushmore
- visit to nearby Belle Fourche (center of the US)
- lighting of the harvest candle
- 3 souls saved
Several hundred Shelby customers and staff recently gathered in San Antonio, TX for ISC 2015, and it was a huge success! Relive some of the finest moments of this year’s conference by watching this brief video. We started with local music and culture provided by an authentic southwestern Mariachi band. Then we proudly introduced ShelbyNext, Shelby Systems’ new fully integrated, cloud-based software solution. Later that morning, keynote speaker Ken Bevel took the stage, and everyone was inspired by his amazing, life-changing testimony. Finally at the Thursday morning general assembly Sidewalk Prophets led us in a wonderful time of worship and praise. Be sure you watch the end of the video to see Shelby customer Erin Stevens as she shows off some of her best dance moves on stage during the concert. And catch a glimpse of the excitement of Orlando, FL in a preview of ISC 2016!.
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Almost 700 Shelby customers and staff recently gathered in San Antonio, TX for ISC 2015, and it was a huge success! What did the Shelby Conference attendees enjoy most about the conference? Watch this short video and find out. They cover everything from new product offerings to presenters to tips and tricks to data migration to networking to praise and worship. Discover why so many Shelby customers love ISC, and then visit www.shelbysystems.com/isc for more details about next year’s conference in Orlando, FL.
You can relive some of the best moments of this year’s conference by watching our upcoming ISC 2015 Highlights podcast. We will post the show on 7/7/2015 here: http://podcast.shelbysystems.com/.
Shelby Cares is a group of volunteers working with Shelby Systems to assist worthy organizations that are making the world a better place through Christian principles. The new Executive Director for JIFF (Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up), Richard Graham, is visiting with us today here at the Shelby World Headquarters. He will explain what JIFF’s goals are, how many youth they have served and how effective they have been, what they have accomplished in the past year, and how you can get involved with JIFF to change a young person’s life forever. Make sure you watch the end of the video to see some of the volunteer work that Shelby Cares is doing this year with JIFF and OMOM (Orange Mound Outreach Ministries).
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Shelby Systems’ new ecosystem of fully integrated, cloud-based solutions, ShelbyNext, is featured on the cover of the June 2015 edition of Christian Computing Magazine.
Please read the opening paragraph from the article below (written by Editor-In-Chief Steve Hewitt).
We have seen many exciting announcements from Shelby Systems over the past 35 years, but some of the most exciting things are taking place right now! As I write this, I am preparing to head to San Antonio to attend and speak at the International Shelby Conference (ISC). On Wednesday morning at ISC, Shelby is expected to announce what some say will be known as the most comprehensive, unified technology platform for churches, ministries and non-profits. Simply put, they call it ShelbyNext. I interviewed Matt Morris, Chief Marketing Officer for Shelby Systems. You will appreciate what he has to share about ShelbyNext. Enjoy!
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Patti Malott is a very busy lady! In addition to being a long-time ISC teacher and facilitator, Patti is the Executive Director for the Church Co+Op (Church Supplies and Services), Director for the annual Texas Ministry Conference and the President of Upright Ministries. Patti has 22 years of experience in business administration and was inducted into the Church Management Hall of Fame in 2005. Please join us for this brief video interview as Patti discusses the four classes she will be teaching at ISC 2015. You will pick up at least one good tip from each class she discusses during our conversation. Make sure you watch the end of the video for thoughts about the upcoming Shelby Conference and a personal invitation to attend from this accomplished leader. ISC 2015 is coming very soon, but there is still time for you to sign up and join us!.
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The 64th annual National Day of Prayer is expected to have its largest number of participants in over 60 years Thursday as political and religious leaders join local residents in praying for the nation. “We are anticipating the largest day of prayer from coast to coast with more than 43,000 prayer gatherings,” John Bornschein, vice chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and an executive member of the National Prayer Committee, said. “This coming year marks the 64th anniversary of this important day and we fully expect that the president will sign a proclamation as well as all 50 state governors. Already nearly 40 proclamations have been received and counting.”
For this year, the theme of the widely observed Day of Prayer will be “Lord, Hear Our Cry” and is accompanied by the Bible verse 1 Kings 8:28, which reads “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” Bornschein elaborated on the theme, saying it emphasizes “the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men.” “We believe that God can bring about another great awakening in our nation if we humble ourselves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways,” said Bornschein.
Begun in 1952 as an act approved by the U.S. Congress, the National Day of Prayer has been observed for over six decades. Presidents across the political spectrum have signed proclamations in support of the date, calling upon Americans to pray for the benefit of the nation. Bornschein concludes his comments by stating “The Almighty is waiting for Americans to turn back to Him in a posture of prayer and repentance. May we, this day, determine to surrender our ways to Him, giving God the honor He deserves so that, as Psalm 85 states, ‘His glory may dwell in our land.'”
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Few people will argue that attendance in many churches in America is declining. Whether it is due to shifting cultural standards, apathy among Christians, or a younger generation that is suspicious about joining any kind of large organization, the church is working hard to adapt and attract new members. Have you ever wondered about the positive benefits of attending a church service? We here at Shelby Systems recently did some research on that subject and came up with some surprising and encouraging answers. Please feel free to share these documented study results with your pastor, fellow church members, and friends who don’t attend church regularly.
- Church goers are more likely to be married and express a higher satisfaction with life. Church involvement is the most important predictor of marital stability and happiness according to the Heritage Foundation.
- Church attendance boosts the immune system and decreases blood pressure. It may add as many as 2 to 3 years to your life according to the New York Times.
- A 2010 Child Trends review indicates that kids who attend church are less likely to be involved in violence, theft, and vandalism or to struggle with substance abuse problems than their peers.
- Teens with church-going fathers are more likely to say that they enjoy spending time with Dad and that they admire him according to a recent University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.
- According to the Pew Research Center, frequent church goers are happier. Those who attend church services weekly or more, are happier than those who attend less often. Those who seldom or never attend services are the least likely to say they are very happy.
- Church involvement moves people out of poverty. It is also correlated with less depression, more self-esteem, and greater family and marital happiness according to the Heritage Foundation.
- According to the Hartford Institute, church participation leads men to become more engaged husbands and fathers.
- A special report by the National Survey of Children’s Health indicates that church participation by an intact family is associated with a lower risk of developmental and behavioral problems in school age children.
- Here’s a quote from a recent study: “Those who go to church more than once a week enjoy better health than those who attend only once a week. Overall the reduction in mortality attributable to church going is 25%. This is a huge amount in epistemological studies.” Researchers thought that perhaps this was simply due to having strong supportive relationships, but non-church centered groups didn’t experience that same effect.
- Couples who attend church together report being more happily married and are less likely to divorce. Drawing upon three national surveys, University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox found that married church-going Americans across all racial and denominational classifications were more likely to describe themselves as very happy in their marriages than non-church-going respondents.
In addition to worship, fellowship, and finding a higher purpose in life, the admonition in Hebrews 10: 25 includes with it a long list of amazing benefits.
Don’t miss out on all these wonderful blessings. We hope to see you at church this Sunday.
The movie Unbroken tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II prisoner of war survivor who spent 47 days on a raft in the shark-infested waters of the Pacific Ocean. And while the film details much of Zamperini’s life, including his Olympic career as a distance runner, it only shines a light on part of Zamperini’s gripping story. The new documentary Louis Zamperini: Captured By Grace tells the story of life after returning home a hero. Through the power of the Gospel and his experience at the 1949 Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles, Zamperini overcame alcoholism, night terrors and a failing marriage to live a full and joyous Christ-centered life until his passing at age 97, inspiring millions along the way. Don’t miss this amazing interview with Brent Rinehart, Manager of Media for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, detailing the production of this extraordinary film. Make sure you watch the end of the video for final thoughts about the life of Louis Zamperini from Franklin Graham.
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