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2003 PE Report

Americans find comfort in ‘nesting,’ but connecting is another matter (December 22, 2002)

Viewer discretion advised: Reality-based programs stoop to new low (December 15, 2002)

A/G among fastest growing faith groups (December 8, 2002)

Christians play crucial role in foster care (November 24, 2002)

A/G churches remember with outreaches (November 17, 2002)

Elderly face added woes from credit card debt (November 10, 2002)

PE Kidz News from BGMC (October 27, 2002)

Cyber-evangelists find innovative ways to share gospel (October 20, 2002)

Risks, stigma accompany wearing of tattoos (October 13, 2002)

Women lead on-campus ministries (September 29, 2002)

Tobacco, alcohol, gambling industries find underage Internet client base (September 22, 2002)

Marijuana, cocaine have abusive company: Ecstasy, meth and prescription painkillers (September 15, 2002)

September 11: A day that changed American Christians forever (September 8, 2002)

Congress, courts clash over Internet filtering issue (August 25, 2002)

People with disabilities bless churches (August 18, 2002)

Short-term youth binges can result in long-term habit (August 11, 2002)

Christians aim to preserve traditional marriage (July 28, 2002)

Payback time: Christian volunteers motivated to give back to community (July 21, 2002)

Urban training centers minister
to ever-growing population
(July 14, 2002)

E-mail rumors dupe multitudes, hurt credibility (June 30, 2002)

Not so innocent: PG-13 films increasingly push sex, language limits (June 23, 2002)

Skipping church: Why are some Americans staying home on Sunday? (June 16, 2002)

Fudge fellowship: Pastor's wife treats tavern clientele (June 9, 2002)

Persevering nomadic church finally reaches promised land (May 26, 2002)

Tragedy brings A/G church, community closer to God (May 19, 2002)

Couples find God's calling in adopting, raising children (May 12, 2002)

A/G chaplain ministers to women in maximum-security prison (April 28, 2002)

Youth center offers alternative to teens (April 21, 2002)

A week without television (April 14, 2002)

Technological know-how aids San Jose church outreach (March 31, 2002)

Cincinnati racial reconciliation brings inner peace to inner city (March 24, 2002)

District's fund-raising efforts aid pastors planting churches (March 17, 2002)

GED program an effective ministry (March 10, 2002)

Building relationshipis at heart of women's ministries outreach (February 24, 2002)

Single-minded devotion: Unmarried ranks offer ministry opportunities (February 17, 2002)

Bethany College honors black minister pioneer (February 10, 2002)

A/G quarterback wins Unitas Award (January 27, 2002)

Camp Melody plants song of love in boys' hearts (January 20, 2002)

Pastor breaks giving record after 10 days atop billboard (January 13, 2002)

2001 News Digest stories

2000 News Digest stories


A/G churches remember with outreaches

(November 17, 2002)

From highly publicized to intensely personal, more than 1,500 Assemblies of God churches hosted a variety of memorial services September 11 honoring public servants and remembering victims of last year’s terrorist attacks. The A/G Commission on Evangelism instituted the program to remember victims of the 9/11 tragedy, honor civil servants and as an outreach to non-Christians.

"We believed people would come to memorial services who would never come even to Christmas or Easter services," says A/G Commissioner of Evangelism Randy Hurst in Springfield, Mo.

In the first month after the outreach, 638 churches reported more than 32,000 visitors attended the special services while 280 churches have reported 2,377 salvation decisions. Because of the nature of the memorial services, many invitations to receive Christ as Savior were not done publicly at an altar.

In Texas, more than 150 people attended the First Assembly of God in El Paso to honor military personnel, firefighters, police officers and medical staff who lost their lives helping others a year earlier. The service began with a reading of President Bush’s prayer proclamation and included presentation of the colors, patriotic songs and Scripture reading by a retired fireman.

"When an event happens in the community, it’s the church that should come to the forefront," says Tuuri Sanders, wife of Senior Pastor Phil Sanders. "The church should be leading the culture."

"We held the service in our middle school auditorium so that I would be able to reach more of our community," says Pastor Anthony Baker of Faith Assembly of God in Roaring Spring, Pa. "It was a fantastic outreach for our church. What made it successful were the excellent helps and materials the Evangelism Commission provided."

"We joined with several other churches in our area and had a 9/11 service at the high school football field," says Pastor Fred L. Zumalt Jr., of New Wine Fellowship Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. "There were 4,500 to 5,000 people in attendance, and Jesus was exalted and there was a great sense of unity, patriotism and thanksgiving to God."

"We preached the Cross and the importance of coming to Jesus, the Source of all Hope and Peace, and making Him Lord and Savior," says Pastor Anthony P. Niger of Carthage, N.Y. "We gave everyone an opportunity to make a personal commitment to Jesus."

Hurst says it is possible that the greatest results will be seen in the weeks and months to come as tens of thousands of visitors came to A/G churches. "Contact was made and relationships begun," he says. "A heightened awareness in communities across the country of A/G churches and their ministries will bear fruit that cannot be measured. The hundreds of phone calls, letters and e-mails we’ve received all reflect the passion our A/G pastors have for reaching the lost of their communities."


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