Wednesday, November 30, 2016

YEAR END GIVING FOR STRONG BEGINNINGS


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Friends & Family,

This year Shanna and I began the process of planting a new ministry here in the wonderful State of Colorado, reaching the city with hope & love, the love of Christ. Planting new churches has proven to be the best and most effective way to transform a community. It takes lots of sacrifice, hard work and patience. In this journey, Shanna and I need you. 



ReImagine.Church makes the best of our spiritual foundation and traditions while living culturally intelligent enough to embrace the post modern, post Christian and very diverse society all around us. We love our assignment and have faith to believe God is working through us to bring hope and light, and great transformation to our city.

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In raising five children to be the next generation of Christian leaders, we have found our primary calling. We are parents, friends and pastors for sure, but we lead with the heart of a father and mother. For 22 years, Shanna and I have had the blessing of speaking to thousands of children, students, men and women. We see the need for deep discipleship, not just Sunday pew-sitting. See the video below as Shanna, Victoria and Eli are highlighted with friends in our city, working on projects that my team helps to lead. This year we had 1200 volunteers serving the city together. 

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We love adoption, orphan and refugee ministry. We love those who are far from God and who don't see life through our filters. Our focus on disciple-making will deliver dynamic but grounded Sunday services, midweek marriage ministry and inviting small groups all across the city. We are intentionally diverse in race, color, creed, age and stage of life. We love taking care of widows and will make specific efforts to effectively disciple singles, seniors and blended families while creating what we call an open-source leadership team. 

February we begin regular weekly services and small groups with occasional marriage ministry events. We will meet in the evenings for 30 weeks as we build the team and reach out to those far from God. September 2017 we will move to Sunday mornings. Our focus will be on people and networking rather than programs and buildings. We will be a church by the people, for the people. 

To ReImagine is to learn to see and hear God, through Christ, with fresh eyes and ears. We love a balance of God's Word, God's Spirit and God's People, creating life-giving environments with a culture of missions, prayer, family and hope. Our process of disciple-making and multiplication will lead those God sends to us to ReImagine, ReDiscover, ReDefine and ReEngage

To ReImagine means to be upward surrendered, outward reaching, Bible based, a house of prayer for all nations and an Acts chapter 2 family of God. We love passionate worship and young people of all kinds. On this journey we have been given a team of leaders and a core team of volunteers to help build and launch. We plan to carry our own salary through bi-vocational leadership and raise funds for the launch budget. Bringing on staff for worship, children and media ministry all require support. A facility, curriculum, insurance, website, database, equipment, legal status, and all the other logistical costs are coming. The question now is, Will You Help

  ____ Connect with prayer team. (Email & Cell # Required)
  ____ Connect financially. (End of Year Gift)
  ____ Connect financially. (Monthly Auto or by Check)
  ____ Connect as strategic partner. 
              (Host Info. Dinners/Meetings, Build Network)

For online giving, End of Year one time gift or regular monthly support, you can use our SUPPORT tab on the website. www.ReImagine.church

Special Request: Please consider joining our monthly support team. This group pledges a monthly support level of whatever they feel they should invest, $25, $50, $75, $100 or more if possible. They pledge to begin in January 2017 and continue on for 17 months. This will get us to and through "launch" season with help and strength from helpful friends like yourself. There is no pressure, contract or expectation you will do anything but think with your heart of generosity. Help us reach single moms, orphans, the fatherless and hopeless. Join Club 17/17

Give Online @ 
www.ReImagine.church (hit Support)

Give by Mail @
2084 Coldstone Way, Colorado Springs, CO. 80921



Thank You, 
Billy & Shanna Ramsdell
ReImagine.Church
Lead Pastors














Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ReImagine Coat Drive 2016

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RE: 2016 Coat Drive

1. Collect New and Like-New Coats (all sizes & shapes)

2. Bring them to our next group meetings. 

3. Or, take them to Burlington Coat Factory in Chapel Hills Mall for a discount.  

ReImagine Foundations: Recently I had opportunity to visit with a wonderful lady working with the poor and needy in our city. Her agency makes a daily impact on those most needy of help and of hope. By all indicators, even in her attitude, language and focus, she and her agency are being the hands and feet of Jesus. Funny thing, they actually don't claim to be a Christian organization. 

Back Story & Foundations: For years Shanna and I have been working with the poor, being on mission, right here in the U.S. We offer financial help and direct support to those struggling. I think it became a worldview of ours, a value, that established a North Star for our family and ministry. This has not become a business for us, a banner we wave over our head to get attention or even something we try to sell others on. We have adopted internationally, helped refugee families, given money, food, clothing and more to the poor families in our community, for over 22 years. 

Miracle Man: Once, many years ago, while in college, we stumbled onto a sale of coats at Burlington Coat Factory. We literally emptied our pockets and wallets to buy all the jackets we could. We had a mountain of coats. We left the store knowing we had to bless someone trapped in the cold without a good coat. We believed the Bible and the heart of God in us led us in two ways. One, to care for others, period, no strings attached. To care for those in need or struggling, without pomp or circumstance, just an act of love. Second, we believe in sowing seeds of generosity. We believe generosity is an act of spiritual warfare, an act of love and an actual seed sown for future, Godly harvest of blessing and reward. -- Shanna and I giggled as we left Burlington that day, partly because of the joy of spontaneously giving all our money and partly because we did not know where our seeds would yet be sown, we just had a car full of coats and a listening ear. As we talked and tried to hear what God was saying, we remembered a tent near our school that was being used by a traveling evangelist and his family. This was a large party tent, like an old fashioned tent revival. They advertised healing and miracles, but drove an old busted bus with an old busted tent. They were faithful to be out ministering to people, even in the cold. -- This seemed to be our destination. We drove up, gathered our coats and walked into the tent. It was slightly lighted but no one was home. We felt the Miracle Man, as we began to call him and his family could be really good ground to sow these seeds into, and frankly, they looked needy. But, we also knew there would be needy and cold people coming to the tent meetings for help and miracles. Getting prayer and a coat could be an answer to someone's prayers to God. So, we left the large pile of coats on the stage near the podium and ran out laughing. 

Giving was Fun. 
Giving energized our Faith. 
Giving sowed seeds of Generosity. 
Giving blessed Others. 
Giving set a Trajectory of Joy. 
Giving defeats the Devil.
Giving defeats Fear. 
Giving defeats Selfishness.
Giving defeats Materialism. 
Giving is Supernatural. 
Giving is Fun. 

FIFTY COAT CHALLENGE: Burlington Coat Factory and Lutheran Family Services have partnered to do a significant coat drive for those in our city. For a discount, take used coats in to trade for a discount on new coats. Or, collect coats and bring them to our next meetings. We want to get a count on the coats we collect, my hope is, we can collect over 50 coats in the next month. 

BE CREATIVE & HAVE FUN: Be creative, get kids involved, ask neighbors, friends, family and co-workers. The ReImagine Coat Drive of 2016 is now beginning......GO


Billy & Shanna Ramsdell
ReImagine.Church
Lead Pastors

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