A Note from the Board of Elders

Hey Accessibles,

Many of you have supported Rich and Stephanie Barrett and their family in very concrete ways since we discovered that Rich is fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma. You’ve provided meals, given donations, and offered all kinds of help. Rich and Stephanie have never felt so loved, and we’re grateful to be a part of leading this group of people who know how to BE the church!

If you haven’t joined in supporting the Barretts, now would be a great time to help. Treatment expenses will run $200,000, and the Barretts will be responsible for about $20,000 of that. The medical bills are adding up, and we want to do all we can to relieve the Barretts’ financial strain.

The best way we can support the Barretts financially is by sending gifts to the Barrett Medical Fund. Gifts can be mailed to:

Barrett Medical Fund
c/o Sterling Wealth Advisors
8201 Peters Road, Suite 1000
Plantation, FL 33324

If you are interested in making a large gift and would like to know about how your gift can be tax deductible, contact Tim Stokes for options.… Read the rest

Posted January 31, 2013

This Sunday: “The Chase”

chase_LOGO-webIt starts the day we are born. We want it from our parents. We want it from our friends and teachers. It continues throughout life, and it can send us on an endless pursuit.

What is it? Why is it? What are we really looking for?

John Woodall explores these questions in this new two-part message series, The Chase, which kicks off this Sunday. We’ll see you at church!… Read the rest

Posted January 28, 2013

Health Update from Rich

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and encouragement as we fight cancer.

That’s an interesting phrase, isn’t it? “Fighting cancer.” It’s one I’ve honestly wondered about over the years, only to learn how real the mental battle is. My respect for those of you who have gone before me in this fight is huge!

Good news!
A recent PET scan shows “no hyper-metabolic activity.” This means that the cancer has retreated from the chemotherapy and, as far as a PET scan can reveal, is no longer active in my body. This is a great answer to prayer! We will continue chemotherapy through the end of April to insure that any cancer that isn’t showing up on the PET gets wiped out, as well.

Not-so-good news.
A recent pulmonary function test shows that the “diffusing capacity” of my lungs has dropped about 35% in the past two months, and my breathing has become more labored. Bleomycin is one of the four drugs in my chemo cocktail, and can sometimes be toxic to the lungs.… Read the rest

Posted January 18, 2013

New Series: “Five Faith Catalysts”

5faith_webSpiritual growth doesn’t follow a recipe: Add a dash of prayer here. Two tablespoons of Bible knowledge there. Follow that with three quarts of regular church attendance. Voila . . . FAITH!

That’s really not how it works. Life is too messy for us to believe that there’s a simple formula for faith. Then how does our faith grow? How do we get to the point of completely trusting God with every facet of our lives?

In this series, “Five Faith Catalysts,” Andy Stanley will unpack five key catalysts for our faith and spiritual growth. The two-part series starts this Sunday, January 20. We’ll see you at church!… Read the rest

Posted January 15, 2013

This Sunday: “An Ounce of Prevention”

AnOunceOfPrevention_KeyArtWhat do our waistlines and our wallets have in common?

Our giving habits share a pattern with our health habits. And in both cases, there’s a better option out there.

In this message, Rich Barrett will challenge us to adopt a superior habit of giving. The difference we can make by doing so in the year is immeasurable.

Don’t miss it! We’ll see you at church!… Read the rest

Posted January 11, 2013