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Friday, February 27, 2015

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Ministries and Missions

  • Family Circles
  • Men of Vision / Women of Wisdom
  • Missions Work

Family CircleFamily Circles

Are YOU plugged in to a Family Circle? We have many to choose from so find the one closest to you and get plugged in today. For dates and locations of a family circle near you or for more information, contact the church office at 253-472-3600 or click on the Guest Info tab at the top of this page and click on Family Circle.



Family Circle Update

Family Circles are in full swing, if you are in a family circle, contact your family circle leader to find out the dates they will meet.  This is a great time of Fellowship with your church family and hear the Word of God.  If you are not in a Family circle you are missing out.


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Men of Vision

The Men of Vision Prayer Breakfast will be on Saturday, 7 March 2015 at 9:00 a.m

7 February Topic:

How to Survive a Power Failure

Men of Vision

7 February 2015




We know that we have lost great men of God within our church.  Each one of them has touched us in one way or another.  They have planted a seed within our spiritual soul that allows us to seek God more and more, to read the Word of God, and to Live the Word of God.  There are three men that have touched me spiritually and have given me the motivation that I need to seek more about God and what He has in store for me (besides God Himself): Pastor Rick, Pastor Mike, and John Novotny.  Don’t get me wrong you all have been there for me, but these men have all told me that God has something for me, I have been praying and reading Gods Word and waiting for God to shed His light upon me.

  2 Peter 1:3

[Growing in Faith] By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.


Have you ever been in the Word or Praying and the DEVIL decides to rare his head and give your faith in God a power melt down?


Main Theme: If there’s one thing we men love, its power, agree?


     Whether it’s that big Ford F250 pickup truck with duals on the back and as big as an elephant, a big block 454 in your favorite muscle car, a circular saw that can tear through a two-by-four like it was a loaf of French bread, or a 3 wood that can smack a golf ball 200 yards down the fairway, or if you are a quarterback and have the power to control your team, plays, and the power to throw the ball 40-50 yards, but overall having power in your hands is an exhilarating experience.

     But sooner or later, you’re going to experience a power failure. Maybe your marriage will be in trouble. Maybe you'll have to watch one of your parents dying slowly from cancer or Alzheimer’s. Or maybe something will happen at work and you'll lose your job.

     Being powerless is every man’s worst nightmare. We can’t stand watching a bad situation unfold and being unable to do anything about it.

     Since we were little boys, we've been taught that a real man takes charge and makes things happen. He studies the problem, figures out what’s wrong, and then does what it takes to solve it.

     Too bad life doesn't always cooperate with that scenario. You don’t have to be a Christian very long to find out we’re not immune to trouble. In fact, many of us have even more problems than nonbelievers.

     What do you do when you can’t make things right?

    What do you do when you have no power and all you can do is stand on the sidelines and watch?

There’s Watching, Then There’s Watching:

     We tend to take an either/or view of Christianity. We believe that if only we follow Jesus Christ , he'll give us the power to plow through life with nothing stopping us. Or we believe that we’re in the passenger seat, just along for the ride, and that God doesn't need us to do anything.

The truth lies somewhere in-between.


     As we read the Bible, we will see that the great heroes of faith, like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua and Gideon were active. They did their part and learned to get out of the way when it was time for God to do His part.

     They were both doers and watchers, and that’s what we need to be. Yet the kind of watching they did wasn't passive. It was active because of what was going on inside them.

How to Receive God’s Power

     These great men lived out their trust in God. They saw his power working in their lives because they learned how to surrender .

     That’s the key to surviving life’s power failures. The amount of God’s power in our lives is directly proportional to how much we surrender to him. No surrender, no power. Little surrender, little power. Total surrender, unlimited power.

     It’s simple, really. God can’t fill a heart that’s full of itself, and in our pride and arrogance, that’s how we men often are.

     Surrender is scary. It goes against our masculine nature. In every endeavor in life, surrender is a bad thing, but in our relationship with God, surrender is essential.

     We don’t believe this until our lives hit rock bottom, until we get into one of those power failure situations where our own power is worthless.

     Even then, we fight against it. We’re too stubborn to let God take control. Surrender is so distasteful to us that we go through unnecessary misery rather than give in to God. Our pride prolongs our agony, and Satan just loves that.

Stepping Out By Degrees:

      Spiritual growth is gradual.


Ephesians 3:14

“[ Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth ] When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father”.

     We don’t go from being a fresh-faced convert to a mature saint in one easy step. If we’re wise, though, we begin to give God opportunities to demonstrate his faithfulness. We step out by degrees. Most of us men are too bullheaded to do it any other way.

     Over the years, we learn that God can be trusted, not only in small things but in life’s worst tragedies as well. This idea of surrender becomes a proven reality in our lives.

Like the Apostle Paul, we discover the true meaning (2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT) “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ..For when I am weak, then I am strong."

     Our Christian faith doesn't guarantee that every tragedy will have a happy ending. But God does promise to pour his power into our lives to the degree that we let him. Once we make that truth our own, it will help us survive every power failure we have to face.


     So let’s keep our power from not failing.  Pastor Rick, Pastor Mike, John Novotny and many other men have touched us in one way or another.  Let us take the divine power of our God and move forward, whether it is with our families, work, or grocery store.  As men we must be strong and help others whose power is failing, lift them up to the Lord and His word…We are Men of Vision…In time like these, God give us Men of Vision.     We believe that it is our duty to endeavor to be Men of Faith, Men of Prayer, Men of Character and Men of Integrity because we help hold up the banner of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel: so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me”.
Ezekiel 3:17 (NLT)

REMEMBER:  GOD FIRST and let’s make sure that we back our Pastor and church.


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Prayer Requests:

Closing Prayer:


 Women of Wisdom

WOMEN'S RETREAT   More to follow soon...



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MISSIONS  (Local * Statewide * Worldwide)
Adoption Ministry
For over twenty-five years New Beginnings Home has been available to help young mothers who have chosen life for their babies.  New Beginnings is a safe haven where unconditional love and friendship are the norm and women can plan what is best for themselves and their babies while having their physical and emotional needs cared for.  A women finding herself pregnant without a strong support base can be frightened, not knowing where to turn.  There are unique challenges to be addressed and there are no easy answers.  Single parenting, adoption, marriage- what is best?  Yet when these options are considered and walked through in a loving Christian environment, each carries a hope and a future for both mom and child.
They are committed to:
* Being founded upon biblical principles.
* Connecting infants and needy children with families in a fair and equitable manner through adoption.
* Educating families to adopt children from other countries and/or children of color or children with physical or emotional needs.
* Serving as advocates to schools, churches, communities, and government.
* Providing support for the adoptive family and birth family through any challenges they may face.

Tacoma Rescue Mission

The Mission was founded in 1912 by the world-renowned evangelist Gipsy Smith.  While his stay in Tacoma was short, he inspired key individuals to carry out this important work in the name of Christ.  The Tacoma Rescue Mission helps all people; including clients, volunteers, donors and staff, to become their best.  They provide emergency services such as shelter and food to the homeless or hurting; offer self-sufficiency programs to help lift a person from poverty and break the chains of addiction; support prevention programs and share their Christian faith.

The Philippines 

 For the second year in a row, Abundant Life Fellowship sent a team on a short term missions trip to the Philippines.  During these three-weeks, our team members ministered through teaching, preaching and worship at numerous churches and a variety of other venues throughout the regions of Luzon and Samar.  God has opened a great door for the Gospel here.  Pray that God will continue to use Abundant Life Fellowship in this outreach, and that He will pour out the finances needed to make future trips fruitful.

Philippines: Steve McKinney

 Pastor Steve McKinney is the son of veteran Asia Pacific A/G Missionaries Everett and Evelyn  McKinney, and has been an evangelist since 1997.  He serves as the Resident Pastor of a new branch of a multi-site Church within the Tabernacle of Faith International organization in Manila.  Pastor Steve has been involved with a ministry team which offers counseling to Call Center workers, and through this approach, is able to lead these overwhelmed young people to Christ.  he previously held credentials with Harvest Christian Center in Chicago and by the Assemblies of God of Indonesia.  he is currently ordained by Tabernacle of Faith International in the Philippines.

Singapore: Everett and Evelyn McKinney  (Assemblies of God Foreign Missions)

Veteran missionaries with the Assemblies of God for nearly 45 years, Everett and Evelyn have taught in Bible Colleges around the world, most recently in India, Singapore, Burma and Samoa, encouraging local pastors as they share the Gospel.  Their multifaceted and exceptionally versatile ministry has enabled them to enter numerous countries and equip spiritual leaders worldwide.

 Africa: David and Nadia Johansen

David and Nadia Johansen have invested many years serving the people of North Africa and the Middle East, acting as lights in great spiritual darkness.  The Johansen's work with the Muslim people in these areas, sharing the love of Christ and helping to pioneer churches, with a special emphasis on touching and healing abused women through their "House of Tenderness".  Continue to pray for this work that God will keep them safe in a very tumultuous region, and give them a great harvest for the Kingdom.

 Orphanage- Latvia: Inga Karnishauska

The Gardene, Latvian orphanage is one of over 300 such facilities in Latvia.  It's located 150 miles Northeast of Riga.  Inga Karnishauska is our liaison for the Gardene Orphanage, where hundreds of children are being given an opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ, and receive Him as Savior.  With the financial support from Abundant Life Fellowship, over 40 children received eye surgery, 16 computers were purchased to teach the children to type and 5 sewing machines were acquired to help them get jobs when they come of age.  Abundant Life Fellowship has also provided a variety of clothing donations; which the Latvian children have desperately needed.  Along with serving as liaison for the orphanage, Inga preaches in many Latvian churches and translates sermons from Pastors Rick and Dester for distribution to over 30 pastors monthly.

 Russia / Latvia: Terrence and Jill Hall  (Assemblies of God Foreign Missions)

Since 1993 the Hall's have served on the mission field, primarily in the former Soviet Union, but recently, they have expanded their teaching ministry to such places as Guyana and the Caribbean.  They founded the Latvian Bible College Ministry Center and participated in the planting of many churches throughout this country.  Their first years as missionaries were valuable in language acquisition, cultural understanding, powerful preaching, biblical teaching, and relationship building amongst the Russian church.  Now, the Hall's are once again turning to Latvia, where they have committed to establishing four new churches a year over the next four years.  The heart of their ministry is to serve in the hard-to-reach places where many don't want to go, but where the light of Christ is needed nonetheless. 
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Abundant Life Fellowship School Of The Bible

The Abundant Life Fellowship School of the Bible classes are underway at Abundant Life Fellowship every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room.  Continuing with class about the MINOR PROPHETS (MALACHI).  Make sure to attend.  If you are requesting more information please contact Dr. Steve Allen at 253-472-3600.

   Welcome to the Abundant Life Fellowship web site, we have put together a web site that we hope will guide you closer to the Word of our God and to our church.  We continue to make improvements to the site and will just get better with time.  We appreciate all who have visited the Abundant Life Fellowship site and hope that you tell your friends and relatives to visit as well.  You are welcome to come and visit our church, we encourage all.  Our church family will greet you at the door and you will be filled with Gods worship and His magnificent word according to the Bible.  

Sunday Service

Whether it is contemporary favorites such as Shout to the Lord, or timeless classics like Amazing Grace; come prepared to immerse yourself in a comfortable, spirit filled environment.

Prayer Service: 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs of the church)

Service Time: 10:00 a.m. Kids Express Children's Ministry is provided to children ages 2 thru 6th grade.  The Nursery is also available to children 2 years and younger.


Do you have a teenager that needs Godly influence? The Youth Alive ministry meets every Wednesday night at 7 PM at the church in the Fellowship Hall. There is fun, fellowship, games and preaching every Wednesday night! Why not send your teenager to a place where they will receive Godly influence and hear a radical message from God's Word. Contact Pastor Dana Cummins for more information or you can contact the church office at 253-472-3600.



Major Events & Activities


Honey Fundraiser

The Women of Wisdom is raising funds for the 2015 May Women's Retreat.  Abundant Life Fellowship will be selling raw Honey starting the first week of December.  Honey makes a great gift for the holidays as well as an addition to any Holiday dinner.


We are looking for children to come and join our Kings Kids Preschool and Kindergarten here at Abundant Life Fellowship.  If you are interested in enrolling your child or know of someone needing to enroll their preschoolers or kindergartener please contact the church office at (253) 472-3600.  

Abundant Life Fellowship Weekly Events

  • Abundant Life School of the Bible +

    Come in and learn about the Bible in depth every Monday evening at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Prayer Service +

    Every Sunday Morning is when we pray for the needs of others and your own.  Start time is 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
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Bible Verses

"For the word of God is alive and powerful.  It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires."

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.  He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.  When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given."

LUKE 12:29-31 (NLT)
"And don't be concerned about what to eat and what to drink.  Don't worry about such things.  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need."

ISAIAH 12:4-5 (NLT)
"In that wonderful day you will sing: "Thank the LORD! Praise his name!"Tell the nations what he has done.  Let them know how mighty he is!  Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things.  Make known his praise around the world."

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."