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While the northern New Jersey communities of Liquid Church members are just getting back on their feet after Superstorm Sandy, plans are in full motion at the church to prepare, deliver and host #SandyThanksgiving meals to thousands of families by the Jersey Shore. The impact of Superstorm Sandy was catastrophic in New Jersey, with up to $6 Billion in damages according to the catastrophe modeler group Eqecat Inc. Thousands still remain powerless, homeless and distraught in the Long Beach Island – Atlantic City, region alone. Truckloads of relief supplies are being collected at all three campus locations of Liquid Church to transport and distribute along with the #SandyThanksgiving meals November 22 and 23. Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor at Liquid Church said, “Amidst all of the devastation and challenges Sandy has brought, we want to be there physically with the families of the Jersey shore this Thanksgiving in order to bring hope to those that need it most right now.” Jugs of water and canned goods are being collected at all three campuses during Sunday worship services in Morristown, New Brunswick, and Nutley. Individuals can also donate to the relief efforts at www.SandyThanksgiving.com. Distribution of supplies are being carried out in partnership with Shore Fellowship Church, local to the Atlantic City and Long Beach Island, NJ affected areas. The Morristown-based Christian church is also coordinating support from communities and organizations outside of NJ for the #SandyThanksgiving project. The outreach coordination leaders are asking churches across the country to consider taking up a special offering for the NJ shore victims on the upcoming Sundays – November 11 or 18. Details of how churches and other organizations can join the support efforts are available at: www.SandyThanksgiving.com. Church leaders are able to download multimedia materials such as video clips, bulletin inserts, slide graphics, and music to help conduct special offerings during church services. ABOUT LIQUID CHURCH Liquid Church is one of NJ’s fastest-growing Christian churches. Founded in 2001 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, the church’s vision is to “take church to the people” with campuses in Morristown, New Brunswick, and Nutley. Nearly 2,500 people experience Liquid’s worship services each weekend in New Jersey and around the globe through Church Online. As a part of its global outreach Liquid provides clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor with dozens of completed projects in Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Haiti and El Salvador. More details are available at: http://www.LiquidChurch.com (Media Contact: Rich Birch – rich@liquidchurch 908-312-0003 or Kenny Jahng – kenny@liquidchurch.com 973-500-8536)  
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Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of Liquid Church, will lead live polling via text messaging at all locations where Liquid Church holds worship services in New Jersey. With the Presidential elections approaching, many individuals including the nearly 2,500 evangelical Christian attendees of the church, must decide how they are to engage in politics of the public square. The 4-week series of Sunday services this September will be focused on moving beyond the polarizing political rhetoric found in today’s news media. “Growing up, I was told never to discuss three issues in polite company – politics, sex, and religion. But this Sunday, we’re going to hit at least two… with the potential for all three!” laughed Lucas. During worship services, Lucas will invite the entire congregation to use their cell phones to text in their vote on various questions presented including: – Can a Christian vote for a Mormon? – How would Jesus handle hot-button issues such as gay marriage & immigration? – Is the next generation of Christians moving beyond the Culture Wars? – Do you have faith in God or Government? Live results will be displayed on screens as all the results are tallied in real-time. “Typically, the pulpit is used to tell church members exactly how to vote. This time, we’re going to flip the equation and use it to give voice to our people,” Lucas explained. The sermon messages will attempt to bridge the often polarizing worlds of politics and religion. “The Bible tells us to pray for all our leaders– and that includes our Republican Governor and our Democrat President,” noted Lucas. “I’m hoping the Scriptures can lead us to bridge the partisan divide and find faith for the future of our country.” SOURCE Great idea or not?  Would you do this in YOUR church if you could? Todd
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