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An Update from Carolyn Renner – February 2019 Prayer Letter

Click the link below to read an update from Carolyn Renner. 

CFBC Fraternity – Walk Worthy Conference – March 2, 2019

CFBC Fraternity – Walk Worthy Conference – March 2, 2019
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.” —Ephesians 4:1

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Walk Worthy is a one-day men’s conference that includes breakfast, lunch, a conference t-shirt, and a free book from Moody Publishers. Prepare to be challenged and encouraged in your walk with ChristNew this year! Panel Discussion: Walking Worthy in the Midst of the #MeToo Movement


Location:  Parkside Church  7100 Pettibone Road  Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Time:  8:30am-3:30pm (Doors open at 7:30am)

Schedule:  8:30am- Conference Begins  8:55am- Ed Stetzer 9:45am- Break 10:20am- James Meeks 11:15am- Lunch Break 12:50pm- Tony Merida 1:45pm- Break  2:15pm- Panel Discussion: Walking Worthy in the Midst of the #MeToo Movement 3:30pm- Conference Concludes
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Two missionary updates in one post!

Please download and read the updates below! 
We hope you enjoy reading these updates! Please pray for our missionaries! 

Women’s Retreat – March 1st – 2nd, 2019

The Women’s Retreat is coming soon! 
See Mrs. Carnovale for more details. You can sign up in the church foyer. 
We hope all of the women can attend the retreat! 
The theme is Survivor. 
When: Fri, March 1, 6pm – Sat, March 2, 8pm
Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland Beachwood, 3775 Park E Dr, Beachwood, OH 44122, USA (map)

From the Kintner’s – Prayer Letter

Dear Church Family: Please read the update from the Kintner’s below. 

One of the jobs I (Paul) have at EBI is to read books that might be considered for translation and publication by EBI. Recently I read “THE FORGOTTEN TRINITY” by James White. An excellent book, I was challenged again by the greatness of His eternal triune nature, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and His natural and moral attributes. The verses above, not only demonstrate the Trinity, but detail the function of the Trinity. The Son intercedes for us; the Father responds to us, and the Spirit works within us. How blessed we are!


                We were blessed over the holidays with the visit of our son Jon and family from North Carolina. The grandkids enjoyed our golf cart, cruising around the village, enjoying the pool, etc. Now we know why our kids purchased a golf cart for us a few months ago! We’re expecting our daughter and family to visit us in a couple of months, so they get their turn behind the wheel.


                We received many Christmas cards expressing love and prayers for us. Your communications also give us occasion to pray for many of you. Your prayers mean much to us. As mentioned previously, Elaine received no relief from the Radio Frequency Ablation last October and was scheduled for a repeat on January 11th. We traveled to Orlando for that appointment and discovered that approval from the Medical Insurance had not been approved, nor requested for the procedure. Consequently, it was re-scheduled for February 4th. Pray that all will go well, and that the procedure would bring relief to Elaine.


                There are many changes at EBI in recent months with new publications, new accounting and distribution procedures, and thankfully personnel to handle these challenges. Therefore, Paul is changing his participation and assisting in the production aspects, shipping, assembling and printing departments. He enjoys a more “hands-on” activity in that area. He will be attending a Christian Counseling conference in Lafayette, Indiana February 11-15. We have attended several of these conferences over the years, and now, they also have training sessions in Spanish. Paul will be taking EBI Counseling literature to this conference. Pray for safety as he drives to the conference, into the cold Midwest region of the US.


                Thank you for your support and prayers. May God richly bless you in this New Year!


In His service,


Paul and Elaine

An Update about Arlene – from the Berg’s

Dear Friends,

Read the prayer letter here: Update on Arlene. 


Attached is an update of how God answered prayer in a very dark time in Arlene’s health. Thank you so much for your love and prayers.


God’s Richest Blessings,


Jeff and Arlene

CFBC Fraternity – Men’s Ministry – A Night of Bowling

Thank you to the men of the CFBC Fraternity that met at Scores Fun Center for a fun night of bowling. 
This was on January 22. We don’t have photographic proof, but Mr. Carnovale had the high score. 
The next CFBC Fraternity event will be at the Walk Worthy Conference on March 2, 2019. 

Awana Schedule for 2018-2019

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From the Dysert’s in Spain

Dear Pastor Doug and everyone at Calvary Fellowship,


Happy New Year! We continue to celebrate Christmas here. How great to get a Christmas card from you all, which was just one of a few this year. It looks like we have another year to look forward to, seeing what God is going to do!


I’m attaching our latest update, which I wrote on December 20th. Since then we had a fun time caroling and passing out Christmas cookies and invitations to come visit us. We will be talking about the Magi again this Sunday as we celebrate their giving gifts to the Christ child on January 6th. We are praying the Lord will send some visitors!


We also had our Christmas party, which was the first time that Rosa and her two daughters,, Luz and Paula got to come. What fun we had! And God is working in our lives, teaching us to know him and love him, and to be ready to give to others. This is Luz’s first Christmas since making a profession of faith and Paula continues to come and listen. 


Thank you for your prayers! As I type my dad is gaining ground but is very weak due to a severe case of pneumonia. He has been in a Cleveland hospital about a week.


Oh! In other news, this Sunday night we are going to get to see 5 people baptized and added to the Love of God Baptist Church. I got to help Zoila regarding salvation a while back (she had been involved with Mormonism), and more recently concerning the importance of baptism. So, it will be exciting to see Zoila and her husband, Jack, be baptized, along with 3 others. 


We also rejoice to hear that the Love of God Baptist Church in Ecuador, which was started by folks that got saved here and moved back in August of 2015, is doing well. God is working in lives there too, which is awesome. 


Thank you for your continued prayers and giving. We are looking forward to the coming year!


For hearts in the heart of Spain,


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A Prayer Letter from the Sorg’s

Download a PRAYER LETTER from the Sorg’s! 
I just returned from a medical team trip the day before yesterday.  God is good.  Read all about our year. As always, enjoy the pictures.
-Jack Sorg

CFBC Fraternity Update – Come out for a fun night of bowling – January 22, 2019 – 6 pm

Join the CFBC Fraternity for a night of bowling at Scores. 
Date: January 22, 2019
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Scores Fun Center in Painesville, OH
Contact the church office for more details. 
All men are invited to join! 
Please sign up in the church foyer so we can reserve plenty of lanes! 

A Christmas Update from the Berg’s

Attached is our Christmas Praise and Prayer.  Thank you so much for your love and prayers. Wishing you a Christmas and New Year filled with the Majestic Wonder and Majesty of our Messiah and Savior!

Love in Messiah Jesus,

Jeff & Arlene

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From the Cogley’s

Please see the attached prayer letter from the Cogley’s:
Thank you for reading! 

A Prayer Request From the Kintner’s

Dear Praying Friends,

                Our prayer for you is that you are rejoicing in the Lord with Thanksgiving and Praise today. We serve a wonderful Savior who abundantly supplies with spiritual blessings each day. We celebrate Thanksgiving every day for His abundant provision and blessing. We joined 100+ people here in the Village Thanksgiving Day for a sumptuous dinner and testimonies of Thanksgiving to the Lord.


                The long awaited notice of our retirement is now approaching. The official date of our retirement is January 31, 2019. This is established protocol with Baptist Mid-Missions due to age factors. This is not a change of relationship, but rather change of status. BMM can continue to receive and receipt support through our account for our use. We can continue our present ministries as we are able as members of the BMM family.


                We are currently working with the administrator of Missionary Services at BMM to develop a support estimate for our retirement. When the process is complete, the Mission will send each of our donors an informational letter about our retirement. We are truly thankful for your continued support and patience as we transition to this new phase in our lives. Our ministry with EBI, and current ministries in the jail and prison will continue.


                Thank you for praying for Elaine. Since October 26th when she had the radio frequency ablation on her back she has not felt much improvement in her pain level. The doctor said it may take 4-6 weeks to feel the full affect. Four weeks have passed with no improvement, and she is to contact the doctor mid-December to report. Then we will see if the process is to be repeated or other treatment considered.


                Paul continues at the EBI office four days a week. The large project of counselling minibooks is completed for now, with plans to produce another eight books early next year. We are presently occupied with processing orders from a Christmas inventory reduction sale while working on development of more new products. Paul is making plans to attend a Hispanic Christian Counselling seminar in Indiana next February where our new materials will be featured.


                May the Lord richly bless you; and thank you again for your prayers and support for our ministry.


In His service,


Paul and Elaine

Christmas Program and Cookie Social

Please come and celebrate our Savior with us on Sunday, Dec. 9th at 5:30 pm. Following the Christmas program we will enjoy a cookie social. 
Children’s Program starts at 5:30 pm. 

Read Carolyn Renner’s letter here

Read an update from Carolyn Renner below: 
Please keep our missionaries in your prayers!

Third quarter update from the Dysert’s

Download the Dysert Prayer Newsletter below: 
Thank you! 

A note from Joy Spieth – October 2018

Please download a newsletter from Joy Spieth below! 
Thank you! 

An update from the Kintner’s

Dear Praying Friends,

                Living here in Maranatha Village is a great blessing, and a great experience in the power of prayer. Each morning, Monday through Friday, people meet in the fellowship hall for a time of prayer for missionaries they support, followed by a devotional from one of the residents. Wednesday night service is dedicated to prayer for residents of the village and family members as well as missionaries. There is a “prayer alert” e-mail system which communicates prayer requests and needs as they occur throughout each day. In a community of residents, age 55 to 100+, there are many needs, and many blessings. We love it here and many of the residents are involved in caregiving, ministry in the jail and prison, CEF classes in local schools, and many other ministries, including EBI. Check it out at or facebook and consider retiring here.

                The month of September has been very full for us, as we fulfilled the ministries mentioned in our last letter. Paul has worked at more manual tasks at EBI in production of the 24,000 minibooks on Counseling Issues. He works the stapler six or seven hours a day when available as well as corresponding with distributors. His trip to Memphis, TN October 19-22 went well as he ministered in a Hispanic church led by a BMM colleague whom he has known since his youth. Tomorrow, October 28thhe will be speaking at a Hispanic church in Seminole, Florida.

                Thank you for praying for Elaine. Yesterday, April 26h, we traveled to Orlando for her appointment for a “Radio Frequency Ablation” on her sciatica. She has been on strong pain medication for a few years, and the pain has increased. This procedure uses extreme heat to ablate, or alleviate the symptoms that signal the brain. It will take several days to see the results. Continue to pray for good results in reducing the pain.

                Elaine continues to visit the local jail twice each month. On Her last visit a lady accepted the Lord. It was also encouraging for her to see again the lady that trusted Christ on her previous visit, and how she had changed in many ways, and was studying her Bible. Elaine will also be teaching the Ladies’ Sunday School class next Sunday as the regular teacher will be absent. Paul is scheduled again this month for a morning devotional in the chapel, and preaching in the Prison November 18th.We are thankful for these opportunities.

                Thank you for your prayers and support which enable us to keep on serving the Lord here. May God richly bless your lives, as He has ours.

In His service,


Paul and Elaine Kintner

Prayer Update from the Vanek’s

Attached is our prayer update.  Thanks for your encouragement and your prayers on our behalf!
In Christ,
Michael, Sherri, Emily, and Benjamin Vanek