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January 9, 2014

Church to start new ministry

Gainesville — Gainesville Westminster Presbyterian Church, deeply entrenched  as part of the  community since 1946, is stepping out in faith by reaching out through a new ministry beginning Jan. 27 entitled “Men’s Accountability Network” (MAN). The ministry is designed to provide encouragement and support to men who aspire to build stronger relationships with God and family.

The MAN program is one of several planned for the church’s outreach ministry under the direction of  pastor Darrell McIntyre.  

   McIntyre said that in today’s world, with ever increasing stress on the family, the MAN ministry is purposed to help men deal with the challenges and temptations of the world while building on their spiritual and personal relationships.

 McIntyre insists that the MAN program is one that crosses denominational lines and that they hope that other Christian men will step forward to participate in the program and have fellowship together.

  “In Proverbs 12:17, it states that ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,’” McIntyre said. “By having accountability partners, to check up on each other and to pray with and for each other, we strive to make a difference in the lives of families in this area.”

  Monthly meetings have been set for 6:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at the church facility on E. Scott Street in Gainesville. During these meetings an open forum to encourage the discussion of issues facing men today will be the primary focus.

 Monthly guided studies may also include reading a proverb each day and listing how each passage impacted  their daily activities, thoughts and relationships, especially with their wives and children. Doctrinal studies will also be discussed.

  “We see this as a positive time to get together as men and help each other in our walk with the Lord,” McIntyre continued. “We believe with the planting of this seed of faith and coming together to strengthen our relationship with God, it will also enable us to become stronger  spiritual leaders within the family unit.”

McIntyre has been pastor at Westminster Presbyterian since 1999 and with children of his own understands the importance of family.

 The new Cooke County Boys and Girls club is planned to be built across the street from the church and McIntyre hopes that additional church activities will help provide stability for kids who may come from broken homes and just need to know that someone loves them.

“Through our ministries, we want to be there for our community and look forward to opening our doors to families that are looking for spiritual fulfillment on their journey,” he said. “We pray that the ‘MAN’ outreach will help a man draw closer to God and in so doing build on a strong and loving relationship with his wife and children.”

For more information on the “MAN” outreach program beginning Jan. 27, contact pastor McIntyre at 940 665 5164 or e-mail at

dgmcintyre 57@yahoo.com.

 

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