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Archive for the 'FEW Conference' Category

2016 NC Family Encouragement Weekend

Posted by The Neely Team

Apr

5

How do you summarize a weekend such as the NC FEW was? It’s hard. The Lord was merciful in the way He allowed each detail to play out (especially since some of us were very preoccupied with other things that had happened that week…). Sweet fellowship with other believers, motivating messages, encouraging testimonies, invigorating play time, delectable food, award winning smiles, uplifting prayer time, unity of hearts… the Lord truly blessed. Each year, we Neelys ask ourselves, “Why do we host the conference?” Every year the answer is the same: “Because we need the encouragement!” And every year, the result is the same…we are encouraged. Praise be to the Lord, Who is the Source of our encouragement.

Fellowship!

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Meal time!

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Children’s Hour!

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Sessions!

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Discipleship playtime!

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Music!

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Clean up!

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May we each continue to look to the Lord for guidance and joy as we strive to stay the course by His grace!



2015 WV FEW Conference

Posted by The Neely Team

Jul

14

One of the joyous trips we were blessed to take in the month of June was to the beautiful state of West Virginia… and what a thrill it was to participate in the 2015 WV FEW Conference while we were there!

The LORD is so faithful, sending encouragement and strengthening for the race of life just when it is needed. The opportunity to jump in and serve, hear sound, biblical teaching, fellowship with dear, like-hearted families, and so much more, left us all tremendously uplifted.

We apologize for the long delay, but here are some photos at last! Smile

~ Reminders to fervently seek Jesus Christ above all else; to focus mind, affection, and delight upon Him and His Word; to rejoice in all things; to view each irritation as an invitation for communion with the Most High; to depend upon the power of the LORD to live each moment for His glory…

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~ The children’s hour was, once again, a hilarious opportunity to learn the importance of gratitude in the midst of every circumstance of life…

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In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thess. 5:18

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~ The blessing of many, many little ones… the future leaders of families, churches, and our nation…

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…suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Mark 10:14

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~ Discipleship game time…

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…inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matt. 25:40

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~ Fellowship… and a final “FEW” random shots…

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And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17

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2015 NC FEW Conference | Part 5

Posted by The Neely Team

Mar

31

A “FEW” final shots…

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May the LORD Find Us Faithful
Mac Lynch

God hath not given us the spirit of fear,
But has given us the strength to obey.
With power and sound mind, with love, the unfailing kind,
O be not ashamed of His way.

No man that seeketh after things of this life
Is a soldier who passes the test.
Be faithful, be working, be running, be serving,
Be searching His Word for His best.

Living or dying, may honor be Thine,
From this wretched life You loved and forgave.
A life that is on fire, be only our heart’s desire.
Be faithful from now to the grave.

Refrain:

May the LORD find us faithful.
May His Word be our banner held high.
May the LORD find us faithful
Every day, though we live, though we die.

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2015 NC FEW Conference | Part 4

Posted by The Neely Team

Mar

31

Discipleship game time – a great chance for the little ones to release their wiggles and for the older ones to invest into their lives! Such sweet memories are made.

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2015 NC FEW Conference | Part 3

Posted by The Neely Team

Mar

31

Music – what a blessing to see so many young ones using their gifts for the glory of God!

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Meals – the joy of fellowshipping together around delicious food!

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2015 NC FEW Conference | Part 2

Posted by The Neely Team

Mar

31

Sessions – a time to hear from the LORD through the preaching and teaching of His Word

“Living in Jesus’ Name”

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“The Journey of Love” (Ladies’ session)

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Young People’s Testimonies – “An Attitude of Gratitude”

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Children’s Session – “In EVERYTHING Give Thanks!”

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Chalk Talk – “Eagles and Expectations”

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2015 NC FEW Conference | Part 1

Posted by The Neely Team

Mar

30

We are often asked, “What is a Family Encouragement Weekend?”

In our culture today, many families feel alone in the walk of life to which the LORD has called them.

Many feel discouraged about a lack of likeminded fellowship.

Many wonder if following the commands, principles, and patterns of Scripture for home and family life is really worth the sacrifice it involves.

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In short, a Family Encouragement Weekend (FEW Conference) it is a weekend conference organized with the simple goal of encouraging families who are seeking to follow a Biblical pattern of family life.

Because… we all need encouragement. We all need strengthening in the race we call the Christian life. We all need reminders that Christ, Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling (2 Tim. 1:9), is indeed faithful and has promised to bring to completion the good work that He has begun (Phil. 1:6).

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And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17

What a true joy it was to participate in the NC FEW Conference earlier this month! The LORD’s hand of blessing was abundantly evident, and for that our hearts are filled with gratitude.

Throughout the course of the weekend, whether in teaching from the Word, family prayer times, character-building activities, or fellowship together, a spirit of oneness in Christ was beautifully seen.

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In the forthcoming series of posts, we hope to give you a little glimpse of the joyous time the LORD granted us together. May He receive all glory and praise, because He alone is worthy!

 

For information regarding the WV FEW Conference coming up this summer, please contact us.



Sep

4

At the end of time, will we receive the crown of righteousness at the hand of our righteous Lord as a reward for loving His appearing? In our day and age, where is the comfort found in I Thessalonians 4: 17-18? “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” In contrast to this, have we simply made ourselves comfortable in our daily lives, enjoying what prosperity brings us and reveling in what the world gives, rather than in what our relationship with Christ gives?

We were once again blessed with the opportunity and immense privilege of assisting to host the sixth annual Virginia Family Encouragement Weekend. While seeking to serve and encourage fellow believers whom the Lord had brought our way, we continually found ourselves being served and encouraged. Is not this what Christianity in its element ought to look like? We rejoice in how  He worked… families and individuals were blessed through fellowship, prayer, sessions, and laughter. Praise the LORD!

 

~ Portraits, a lasting treasure… a FEW of the precious attendees ~

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~ Conference Candids ~

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Aunt & Niece, good friends :-)"...And that's how we stick... Together!"

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~ The Technical Side of Things ~

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“There’s a course that must be finished, there’s a race that must be run.

There’s a mission to accomplish, and a battle to be won!

We’ve been called to take the challenge by God’s might and through His Son;

He will give us grace to complete the race, moving forward, pressing on.

“Toward the hope of our high calling toward the promise we’ve received,

With the strength that we’ve been given, pressing on to victory!

And toward the One who’s run before us, as we lay each weight aside,

‘Til the race is run, ‘til the prize is won, ‘til we reach the finish line, press on!

“There’s a faithful cloud of witnesses who inspire us in our task.

They have fought the fight, they have run the race, they have won the crown at last!

And the lives they’ve lived remind us that though the race at times seems long,

God will give the grace to complete the race, and the courage to press on.

“Toward the hope of our high calling toward the promise we’ve received,

With the strength that we’ve been given, pressing on to victory!

And toward the One who’s run before us, as we lay each weight aside,

‘Til the race is run, ‘til the prize is won, ‘til we reach the finish line,

Press On!”*

Press On!

*by Brigette Smisor Shevy, Copyright 2004 by THE WILDS. All right reserved.



Mar

20

At the end of time, will we receive the crown of righteousness at the hand of our righteous Lord as a reward for loving His appearing? In our day and age, where is the comfort found in I Thessalonians 4: 17-18? “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet them in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” In contrast to this, have we simply made ourselves comfortable in our daily lives, enjoying what prosperity brings us and reveling in what the world gives, rather than in what our relationship with Christ gives?

A couple of weekends ago we were blessed to have the opportunity to host the 2013 NC FEW Conference. It was a blessing and encouragement to be challenged in your relationship with Christ, your family, and others as we were taught from the Word of God and fellowshipped with each other. The goal of the Family Encouragement Weekend was once again played out as many like-minded families joined together in the name of Jesus to encourage each other, learn from one another, and pray together. Praise the Lord!

~ Preparation and Set-up ~

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A beautiful example of a godly marriage. Praise the Lord!"Pretend that you like each other!" "Okay, it's for real." :-)

~ Wonderful and Blessed Fellowship ~

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~ The Ladies’ Tea ~

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~ Discipleship ~

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~ Encouraging and Challenging Sessions ~

Do you love His appearing?Oh, the joys of living in harmony with each other!

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L-R: Musical Moriah, Meditative Micah, Map-happy Molly, Marvelous MaryLou, Merry Mikaela, Max the Middleman and his "edges."What a wonderful testimony of what God can do with two lives committed to His ways and living in complete surrender!

"Be an energy giver!""Share the gospel with those who have never heard."

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Press On!



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“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16

Oh how grateful we are for the Schmechel family and their decision to redeem the time! Driven by a passionate love for Christ and a desire to uplift and edify His Church, they spent weeks and months, which could have all-too-easily been spent for themselves, in planning for and preparing for the first ever NH FEW Conference. So much thought, so much prayer, so much energy was poured out without any anticipation of earthly reward. But as so often happens, the Lord multiplied their efforts and many, many lives were blessed and changed because of their self-sacrifice and service.

We arrived at the Schmechel’s home, Bittersweet Farm, on Thursday evening and were greeted by a peaceful atmosphere and a delicious lasagna dinner! Not only had they done everything to prepare for the conference itself, but they graciously offered to host the entire FEW Team in their lovely farm house! What a time of joy as we got settled and fellowshipped late into the night!

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Hannah -- on loan to the Schmechels for the weekend! We soooo enjoyed getting to know her!!Teamwork!

The conference began Friday afternoon. Oh for words to describe the blessings that unfolded!

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During the weekend, we blessed and encouraged by evidence of family harmony as seen through the interaction of siblings.

Give instructionSpend time togetherShow support and give encouragment

Love unconditionallyShare your heart

Lead in paths of righteousnessEnjoy the journey of life Have fun together!

As always, the fellowship shared was a foretaste of Heaven!

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NH FEW -- can't wait till next year!

Thank you, Schmechel family, for choosing to redeem the precious time that the Lord has given you by spending it for others. Many lives will never be the same for it.

To God be the glory!