So Much To Be Thankful For – Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013 to You and Your Family

Thanksgiving 2013 is Thursday, the 28th of November! And I think most of us can honestly say that we have been truly blessed, and have so very much to be thankful for.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving 2013 let us, however, remember the less fortunate neighbors in our communities.

Below you will find a continuation of the list of Turkey Giveaways and free Thanksgiving Dinners that we began in last week’s blog post on kennethlillard.com, Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

Please feel free to add to this list any turkey giveaways or free Thanksgiving meals you may know of, so that everyone may enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

Happy Thanksgiving 2013! May God Bless You Richly! 

Free Thanksgiving Dinners and Giveaways in Flint on Tap for the Public This Week – Mlive.com

Free Thanksgiving Meals to be Served Up in Portage, Paw Paw and Elsewhere in Kalamazoo Area – Mlive

Free Thanksgiving Meals Available at South Side Locales – DNAinfo Chicago

Free Thanksgiving Meals Offered – Allentown City/ Lancaster County, PA – Examiner.com

Free Thanksgiving Meals in Myrtle Beach Area – activerain.com

Give Or Receive This Thanksgiving/ Muncie, Indiana – The Star Press

Grace Church Offering Thanksgiving Dinners/ Mt. Washington – South Pittsburg Reporter

Community Groups Set Table for Thanksgiving Cheer – Sentinel And Enterprise

Free Thanksgiving Dinners Offered Throughout Community – WCTV.TV

58th Annual Goodwill Industries Thanksgiving Dinner and Family Action Fair – HealthCare Access

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner MD Events – Events.MDpennysaver.com

All Invited to Community Thanksgiving – Times-Herald.com

Free Thanksgiving Meals – Indystar.com

Thanksgiving Goal: Turkey @ Every Table – Capital Area Food Bank

DC Councilmember Jim Graham to Give Away Turkeys – WP Post Local

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed

Kenneth Lillard

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Facebook and Today’s Church

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Is your church on Facebook?

Chances are many of your church members already are on Facebook – posting updates, commenting on messages, ‘liking’ posts, and otherwise engaging with others online. You may well be reading this post on Facebook right now. And while many may feel Facebook is a complete and total waste of time, there are actually many very good reasons for you to be on Facebook, as evidenced by the many churches and ministries that are already there.

There are over 1 Billion, with a B, people on Facebook today! It is the world’s most popular social networking platform. Facebook is where the people are. Digital technology has empowered everyday people to connect and interact online, and they are doing so at a rapidly increasing rate.  Facebook has emerged as the most popular social network on the planet, and it’s still growing.  Having a presence on FB is a great way for your church to connect with the very people you’re trying to reach.

Being on Facebook is a great way to introduce people to your church. In fact, Facebook, for many, has replaced the Yellow Pages as the go-to source for seeking out churches to visit in new communities.

For pastors, a personal Facebook page provides a great opportunity to be an ‘online shepherd’, and to stay connected with your congregation  beyond the Sunday service. By establishing a Facebook Church Page you can conduct vital outreach beyond the four walls of your church and immediate community. It enables you to share your church’s message with many people who otherwise may never hear of you. From your Church’s FB page you can also direct others to your church’s website, where they can access more specific information about your ministry’s vision and mission.

While many may complain about the negative things some people post on Facebook, by being online, you can serve as an example of a positive role model of good online behavior and character.  Finally, your intentional presence online can help to fulfill the Great Commission, Jesus’ final instructions to the disciples while still physically here.

My recent book, SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY Sharing the Gospel in the Digital Age, points out ‘100 Ways to Use Facebook to Help Grow a Ministry’ (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes). In addition, here are some links to more information on how Facebook might benefit your church:

Btw, to stay up-to-the-minute on the latest developments in ‘church social media’ be sure to check out SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS for daily updates.

How is your church positively using your Facebook to share Christ’s gospel?

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

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The Best of ‘SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS’ – SUMMER 2013 EDITION

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Can you believe it? It’s Labor Day Weekend 2013 already! Where have all the sun-drenched days of summer gone? The  autumn leaves of red and gold will soon be swirling in the air. To mark the occasion, we have assembled a special souvenir of the awesome Summer of 2013 that we hope will bless you, and remind you of those much-too-soon-departed, wonderful days of summer!

It has been an especially rich and exciting summer at our companion publication, SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS.  For each of the past 90 days, SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS has offered its readers the best church social media news this summer, packed with information, videos, and photos of the latest, most-talked-about and interesting developments in the faith, social media, and technology space. (Click on the Archives icon to check out previous issues!)

Faith Based Media 2.0 is a faith-based journal of information, innovation, and inspiration. It is designed to creatively share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through social media and web 2.0 technologies. We’re always so excited to share the most exciting things happening over at SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS with our loyal readers.

So, we’ve teamed-up and pulled together this summer’s top inspirational stories, chats, podcasts, and thought-provoking opinion pieces from the June, July, and August 2013 editions of SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS.

As we say goodbye to the halcyon days of summer and eagerly anticipate Autumn 2013, we’re happy to present this unique, special edition of the VERY BEST of ‘SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS – SUMMER 2013 EDITION’. Enjoy!

What church social media blog posts, podcasts, or articles were you excited about this summer? Please share them here with our readers and become a part of this, our special, SUMMER 2013 EDITION. Btw, to get your day started right with an on-time word of inspiration and encouragement, be sure to check out FAITH and DEVOTION DAILY.  Much Love & Appreciation!

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

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The Best of ‘SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS’ – June 2013

SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS is a daily online publication which brings you the very best information from across the Internet on all the latest developments, news, and views in the social media, faith, and technology space.

It’s halfway through  Summer 2013 and we’ve pulled together the top inspirational stories, chats, podcasts, and thought-provoking opinion pieces from the June editions of SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS for your information, convenience, and enjoyment.  The following represent the summer’s hottest church social media stories – the Very ‘Best of SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS’ – June 2013:

Are there any June 2013 church social media articles, online chats, podcasts, or posts you would recommend to our readers?

During Summer 2013, stay on top of all the latest SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS by subscribing today!

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Stay Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

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The Best of ‘Social Media and Ministry News’ – May 2013

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The month of May has been another exciting and busy time at SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS, a daily online publication which brings you the very best information from across the web on all the latest developments, news, and views in the social media, faith, and technology space.

Many inspirational stories, chats, thought-provoking podcasts, and insightful opinion pieces have been shared in this month’s editions. Here are some of the very best featured stories:

Which May 2013 social media and ministry articles or blog posts would you recommend to our readers?

Don’t miss any of the latest developments in the church social media space.  Subscribe to SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS!

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

 

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The Best of ‘Social Media and Ministry News’ – April 2013

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The month of April has been a very exciting time at SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS, a daily online publication which keeps you up-to-date on all the best and latest developments in the social media, faith, and technology space.

Many inspirational stories, exciting events, and lots of great information have been shared in this month’s issues. Here are some of ‘The Best’ featured articles from the last 30 days!

90-Hour Bible Reading Marathon – The Christian Post

List of Online Churches – djChuang

Praying for Others … There’s An App – Kye S. Chung

Church Success in the Digital Age – Church Tech Today

Top Digital Tools for Churches [Infographic] – Bill Reichart

Facebook for Churches: Key to Social Media Success – Church Tech Today

The Bible Miniseries Being Made Into Movie – The Christian Post

A Handy Guide to Develop Your Church Communicatons Plan – Church Leaders.com

Responding to Crises & Using Digital Tools for Ministry #chsocm: #ChSocM Chat Transcript: 4/16/13 – ChurchSocMed #chsocm

Pastors Respond to Boston Marathon Bombings – Christianity Today Gleanings

What church social media news would you like to share for April 2013?

I truly appreciate you!

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

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Facebook Fast For Lent?

Did you know that a number of people have chosen to fast from Facebook for Lent? That’s right! They have already gone cold turkey from the world’s largest social network in order to draw closer to God during this period of spiritual preparation for Easter. If you are reading this post on Facebook, I assume you have decided not go that route.

Many have chosen to embark on other types of fasts. In Biblical times, fasting meant subsisting on water alone, or abstaining from rich foods and eating a vegetable only diet, e.g., the Daniel fast (see Daniel 1:8-16).

However, in 2013, we Christians fast, not only from food, but also from television, video games, carbon, electronic devices, media, and social networking – including, of course, Facebook and Twitter.

There is now a vigorous debate going on as to the costs and benefits of going on a social media fast for Lent. While some have chosen to do the social media fast for several days, others have decided to unplug from the social networking grid for the whole 40 days. And many others have refused to fast at all from Facebook, or any other social network, during Lent.

The goal of any Lenten fast (or other Lenten discipline, such as repentance, prayer, study, works of love) is to give up something we’ve become accustomed to, in order to remind ourselves of how we should be dependent on God. “Man does not live by bread alone.” Dueteronomy 8:3.

Believe it or not, some spend more time in the digital world than in the real world! Man does not live by Facebook alone, either. So, here are some of the pros and cons of going on a social networking fast for Lent.

Benefits of unplugging from the social networking grid:

  • You’re not being constantly distracted from focusing on God by a steady barrage of status updates, tweets, likes, RT’s, DM’s, etc.
  • You can get outside more – breathe fresh air and sunshine.
  • Pace of life slows down – you don’t feel so hurried or rushed all the time. Enables you to better focus on Jesus and his meaning in your life.
  • Reclaim valuable time from continual social networking.
  • Sharing everything is not always such a good thing.
  • Decreases tendencies to narcissism and selfishness.
  • Reconnect face-to-face with family, friends, loved-ones, and neighbors.
  • More time available for prayer.
  • More quiet time to meditate on the Word of God.
  • Beneficial to one’s spiritual and relational health.
  • More time to appreciate the hope of God whose “steadfast love endures forever”!

Disadvantages of going on a social media fast:

  • Social media helps you to see and appreciate the hand of God at work in the world.
  • FB helps to deepen community by connecting you to those you care about, as well as others around the globe.
  • Social media helps you to minister, care for, and love your neighbors in  a broader spectrum of ways.
  • Social media is not a distraction from God, but rather reminds you of how truly awesome He is, giving you new reasons to appreciate Him even more.
  • Helps one to grow and develop spiritually, personally and professionally.
  • Social media helps to enrich one’s life through exposure to new knowledge, ideas, and friendships.
  • Social media provides more opportunities to share the Gospel, as well as, serve and minister to others, both locally and globally.

While the debate continues, the important thing to remember during Lent is to stay plugged in to God, drawing closer to Him, and seeking to deepen an understanding  of His purposes in our lives. This can be done whether we’re on Facebook or totally unplugged from the social networking grid!

The following are some reflections on this debate:

How to Give Up Facebook for Lent and Keep Your Friends – CNET

Why I’m Fasting From Facebook This Lent – Becky Garrison

Why I’m Not Giving Up Facebook For Lent – Christ and Pop Culture

Four Lessons From My Lenten Social Media Fast – Robert Talbert

Until next time, remember, you can do all things through Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

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