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Commercial And Residential Cleaners That Contain Surfactants

Our property manager recently hired a cleaning agency to care for one of our properties. As our congregation grows, so do the responsibilities involved with keeping the property clean and tidy. We gathered as a group to thoroughly clean the place before having them come in. During this time, we had some very interesting conversations that eventually led to us asking “what chemicals are in these cleaning supplies”? Most of us would opt in to using Green Cleaning Supplies next time around, but some that have used those in the past said they are not always best for getting grit and grime from worn out floor boards, countertops, and highly trafficked areas. Whatever the case may be, we decided to create a post about chemical surfactants in cleaning solutions so that our members could gain a better understanding about the cleaning supplies they use when scrubbing the church floors, to the floors in their very own homes.

We All Need To Clean

When it comes to cleaning, you most likely have tons of different supplies. But did you know that many of them probably contain surfactants? In fact, nearly all commercial cleaning products contain this chemical. Surfactants are found in many common household cleaners used today. The reason for this is due to its powerful impacts. It is used for decreasing surface tension of water, making it spread much more uniformly. This ultimately results in more efficient and quicker removal of stubborn dirt, grease, and stains.

Even with the noted benefits, surfactants are considered very toxic and can pose some serious health threats when there is high exposure. Whether you are washing your dishes, doing laundry, or even cleaning your face, you may be exposing yourself to surfactants. Though dangerous in abundance, it is generally safe with the current level of restricted usage. To be more informed about what you are exhibiting yourself to, take a look at the labels on some of these conventional cleaning products to see if they contain surfactant or not.


Surfactants play an important role here.  It allows the detergent to mix correctly with the water, helping the cleaning components to get rid of dirt and stains from the clothing. Without surfactants, the soap would just roll off of the water instead of mixing, making the cleaning process extremely difficult. Stains are hard to remove from clothing and carpeting, but with the help of chemical surfactants, your church clothes will always look clean and proper for Sunday morning.

Fabric Softeners

Another laundry product that commonly contains surfactants is fabric softeners. This chemical allows for the sheets to successfully remove the static clinging of the clothing while still providing a plumping and softening result. If you use softener, then you know how necessary it is to have this in your wash load, or while drying.

Dishwashing Liquids

Similar to detergent, without surfactants, your dishwashing soap would not mix with the water well.  This chemical assists the liquid to clean dishes by breaking down the grime on them and dissolving any associated fat and oils. When we have church gatherings, we often use chafing dishes, and these easily accumulate grease. If they are not washed properly, the next time they are used for baking, the leftover foods will bake into the pan, making it almost impossible to scrub out. Having a good detergent to properly wash industrial pots and pans will make future cooking efforts much more pleasant.

Shampoo and Conditioner 

The foaming reaction you get with shampoo and conditioner when mixed with water is a result of surfactants. These foamy suds help loosen up the hair oils and dirt, making it effortless for it to be washed away during rinsing. If you have ever jumped in the shower, rinsed your hair, but did not use shampoo, you can tell when you get out. For those of you that don’t wash your hair before church, those of us sitting behind you tend to notice these things. I’m not sure if these surfactants are present in natural shampoo and conditioners.

Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Moving into your bathroom, do not be surprised to see that your toilet bowl cleaners contain surfactants as well. Most toilet bowl cleaners, such as Cling and Lysol use nonionic surfactants to get those stubborn stains and grime out. Products like Lysol use non ionic cleaners as part of their chemical makeup, making them powerful solutions for deep cleaning. The toilet bowl is one of the most used appliances in the home, and should be washed weekly at the least. Commercial properties need to wash toilets more frequently because of the heavy traffic they receive. The church is a prime example. Our congregation has three meeting times on Sunday, and there are typically one hundred or more people here. If you multiply that by three meetings, there is the potential that three hundred people use the restrooms throughout the day. This is definitely something that needs to be cleaned daily.

Shaving Cream

One of the significant skin products that contain surfactants is shaving cream. Surfactants in shaving cream help decrease skin irritation.  It allows for the razor to smoothly remove hair by reducing the friction from the blade. Another one to note, that if you have shaved without a proper lather, you can definitely feel the uncomfortable difference between shaving with and shaving without.


Surfactants are a powerful cleaning chemical that is used strategically to make your cleaning experience much more efficient. From sprays, glass cleaners, hand cleaners, industrial hand cleaners, and even toothpaste, inevitably there will be something in your household that has surfactant as an ingredient. Though they are generally safe when exposed in low dosages, always make sure to follow the instructions on the product packaging and never use more than required to minimize risks.

The Value in Hiring a Media Buying Agency

You need ad space, there are now professionals who will buy it for you. If you’re currently weighing up the pros and cons of hiring a media buying agency, allow us to discuss the benefits of doing so! You can learn more about media planning and buying, the process involved, and the added value to your overall marketing efforts by checking out some of the other resources we have provided here. Continue reading to learn more about the value in outsourcing this process to a media buying professional. 

Smart Budget Decisions 

When you only have a certain amount in your budget, it’s important you don’t waste a single dollar. Fortunately, the very best media buyers will research and ensure you get the ad space you need to achieve your goals. Since they know all the different outlets, their experience will help them create a strategy that works for YOU. 

Too often, we make decisions based on emotion whether it’s our favorite station or magazine. Thankfully, a media buying agency will only make decisions based on your strategy and getting results. With this, your brand gets in front of the right eyes and you get the best return for your advertising investment. 

Experience and Negotiating Power

Although this sounds obvious, you can’t underestimate the experience of media buying agencies when pushing for ad space. We’ve discovered the access they have to different outlets, but even simple things like understanding the industry lingo can come in handy. With media buying, there’s all sorts of terminology that can cause problems when going it alone. 

Elsewhere, this experience will be useful when it comes to negotiating. Rather than making mistakes and paying more than necessary, the agency will know exactly the questions to ask and how to save those precious pennies. For media outlets, they would much rather deal with you than a buying agency because they can squeeze more money from you. 

Ease the Workload 

Let’s face it, we all have enough on our plate. By outsourcing this work to a media buying agency, you enjoy their expert help while also taking a task off of your mind. Suddenly, you have more time to put towards other jobs. 

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning the soliciting calls you receive when dealing with stations directly. The more contact information you put out into the world, the more calls you’ll get from people wanting your money. Why not get an agent and allow them to deal with all the calls, scheduling, and negotiating?

Ad Efficiency 

As we all know by now, there are good times and bad times to advertise. When going directly, there’s a high chance that your ads will get the poor time slots. Whether it’s on the radio or online, companies need to fill the full 24 hours. With one wrong move, your ad is playing in the middle of the night and you don’t benefit at all. 

Luckily, a buying agent will be aware of this problem and they will battle to get your ad into the best locations and at the best times. With this, you get more exposure and your time is spent taking calls from new clients rather than wondering where it all went wrong. 

Return on Investment 

All in all, you get a great return on investment for a number of reasons. Not only is the agency literally making your money go further, you’re freeing your own time for more important tasks like managing your business and finances. After hiring a media buying agency, plenty of business owners and managers have commented on the additional work they have managed to complete as a result. 

Today, there are many wonderful media buying agencies so feel free to peruse the market and speak with different services. Soon enough, you’ll find one that matches your own ambitions both now and long into the future!

Replacing The Roof at Our Oklahoma Church

Hi everyone, we are back just in time for the holidays. This winter, we have had storms in multiple states that have caused damage to some of our sister parishes. Arizona had heavy snow and rainfall in the northern parts, and Oklahoma has seen some heavy rains as well. One of our favorite churches in North Dakota also witnesses some damage from heavy snowfall. Some of these old church buildings are falling apart due to age and will need some renovation soon. There are some older church buildings downtown Oklahoma City that are historic and have held up to the outdoor elements over the years. Still, these old churches in the rural areas of Oklahoma are falling victim to heavy rains and bad weather.

Roofing Inspection

We had a roofing inspector out to assess the damage, and it was noted that we needed new support beams, insulation, and also had a roof rat problem. The expenses can quickly accumulate in these old buildings. Water damage to the interior also meant that we had to replace sheetrock in the ceiling and walls in specific areas of the church. The carpeting was old enough that we decided to pull it out and stain the concrete floors for a more manageable surface area should the roof leak again.

No Roofing Connections

Sometimes we have members of the church that have friends or family that hang sheetrock or offer carpeting services in OKC, but we required roofing and insulation services. None of our members had a resource they could recommend. After searching Oklahoma City for a roofing contractor, we stumbled across Salazar Roofing and contacted them. They were straightforward to work with, pricing seemed fair, and the job was completed within our allocated budget, and on time. We were thrilled that the church was back open in just a few weeks, and the workers at Salazar were able to make all the necessary roof repairs needed to prevent water damage in the future.

Update The Flooring

The carpet was ripped out, and the concrete was stained. Members of the church gathered and tore out the sheetrock and prepped the area for the construction crew. There was a general contractor in Oklahoma City that was able to haul the trash away and bring in a team to hang the new sheetrock. We then contacted a commercial painting company to come out and paint the trim on the exterior of the roof, the interior ceiling, and the walls that were replaced.

Happy With The Services

Overall, we were delighted with all the help we received, both from members of the church, and the professional contractors we worked with locally here in Oklahoma City. These old structures are made of tough brick exteriors, but the aged shingled roofing begins to rot, and that’s when unwanted critters can make their way into your attic space. Squirrels, birds, bats, raccoons, and roof rats are common pests in Oklahoma that can invade the attic area of your home or office. Hiring a quality pest control company to exterminate these pests will add to the life expectancy of your structure. These rodents claw and bite their way through wiring, rotten wood, and sheetrock to find food and shelter. You can install pest detouring statues on the roof that might work for a while, but having a solid roof without openings is the best way to prevent these critters from entering your home or office.

Plans For The New Year

We will have some more updates as we head into this new year. 2020 is around the corner, and it will be the start of a new year. We hope to become more consistent with our blogging and email newsletters. If you have not signed up for our newsletters, you can visit our social media page and send me a request. I will add your email to our mail chimp account, so you receive our monthly. Thank you, and happy holidays.

Knowing When And Where To Retire

retirement communities on the East Coast

We have been witnessing a trend lightly with members of our community. When a spouse passes, the other is often left in a financial pinch due to a lack of preparation. This can cause unnecessary financial stress and anxiety. We need to teach our young the importance of saving money and managing it properly so that we can retire happy and healthy. Saving enough to pay for assisted living or a luxury retirement center should be on everyone’s to-do list. To help our younger members think deeply about the reality of getting older, we put this article together for you to read this month. We hope you enjoy it.

Being able to retire as a financial king or queen is very daring and hard to achieve, but it is entirely possible. There are critical steps in setting yourself up for success to retire wealthy.

First, you need a proper retirement plan. Employer-sponsored accounts are great because they are accounts where the company will match your contributions, and this will really help you stock away cash. There are many different retirement plans, so find the one that fits you best and your needs.

Setting goals will also be a significant contributor to saving money. Monthly goals of how much you will spend and save each month are beneficial. You may fail and overspend some months, but that is all part of the process. The younger you start saving, the more you will save.

Start saving early, because if you don’t, it will not work out. Many employers offer 401k plans, which are great ways to save, although some do not like to take this route and feel that a different direction may be better for them.

Financial advisors are one option in saving money and having someone by your side, helping you can be a game-changer for some. They are professionally trained to help each person figure out their needs and expenses.

saving for emergencies during retirement

Prepare yourself for unexpected emergencies. Long-term planning will come with unforeseen surprises that use the money for repair. Lack of preparation can really put a dent in your savings. You can’t avoid all of the rough bumps, but you can prepare so that these setbacks won’t be as significant. Having a fund like this to access during hard times will keep you from tapping into your credit line to bail you out in an emergency.

Your income usually rises as time goes on. You’ll get raises and or change jobs, which will also change your income. Every time your salary increases, the amount you save should too. You will reach your goals a lot quicker if you continue to save more and more.

Have individual budgets for each specific expense. For example, vacations, cars, mortgage, pets, kids, and other costs, so make sure you save money for these everyday expenses and don’t put it all into savings. If you decide to buy a home, this will determine a large part of your spending and saving because of the down payment and mortgages each month.

This is why you need to make sure you are buying a home that is affordable for you and your family. Living a lifestyle paycheck to paycheck will not help you save and will create bad spending habits.

Take advantage of opportunities to save money that you see. When you reach 50, you can increase your contributions to tax-deferred savings plans. Taking advantage of this will result in more considerable savings.

You have to be patient. Patience is hard, but key while going through this process. There are no get rich schemes for most of us; becoming wealthy takes time and patience. Begin saving now, the quicker you get going, the sooner you will begin feeling financially well off.

Retirement may be further away for some, but when it comes, nobody ever mentions having “too much” retirement money. They are probably okay but could always use more. This is why it is crucial to reach your retirement goals and even increase these goals throughout your career.

The right financial advisor can help you reach your long-term financial goals. Keep this in mind when looking for someone to help you set up and manage a retirement account. Remember that retiring wealthy is retiring healthy and will allow you to live out your golden years stress-free and living life.

Chiropractic Care For Youth Sports

chiropractic adjustments for hip and knee injuries.

We have a lot of members with children and school sports is becoming more popular than ever. Some of our churches even put on church sporting retreats and youth activities. Recently, some of our members have enrolled their children into wrestling and we have seen an increase in lower back issues. Contact sports can create long term issues for our children if not treated right and in a timely manner. Here is some more information to consider if you are thinking about enrolling your children into youth sports.

If your child plays sports, you know how healthy it can be for them, it maintain friendships, and generally relieve stress from an otherwise busy lifestyle. Whether it’s soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey, or any athletics, it’s important to find ways to exercise while having fun (regardless of age!). However, there’s one downside to sports; the potential injuries and stress our body sometimes endures. 

Did you know that more professional athletes than ever before are teaming up with chiropractic doctors to keep their body in peak physical condition? There is a sports Chiropractor in Plano, Texas that one of our Plano Church members use and the results have been astonishing. What started as a complementary treatment while recovering from an injury has transformed into something that athletes use for prevention purposes as well as recovery. 

You don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from the brilliant services of a chiropractor. If you do any sort of physical exercise on a regular basis, your body needs to be maintained and this is where an experienced chiropractor comes in. In fact, let’s deal with a misconception that we busted in the introduction…you don’t even need to be injured to benefit from a sports chiropractor.

Keeping the Body Healthy

We’ll talk about injuries in the next section, but we first want to discuss the idea of maintenance. By working with the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors will ensure that the spine is aligned and that you aren’t one stretch away from a serious injury. With a balanced structure and optimized spinal alignment, you might just be able to keep playing sport for longer. Rather than letting your body control your retirement from sport, why not take control yourself and keep having fun for as long as possible?

As you start to work with a chiropractor, you’ll notice how everyday tasks are easier too. You can bend down to pick up children, work without excessive back ache, and wake up feeling refreshed (rather than feeling you need another seven hours of sleep!).

Treating Injuries

back adjustments for athletes

If you’re dealing with a specific injury or find that it’s taking longer and longer to recover after a particular event, chiropractic care can help. As you may know, the spine is an essential part of the skeleton. Not only does it serve us so well while playing sport, it’s connected to all sorts of ligaments, discs, nerves, muscles, and more. With poor alignment or a slight issue in the spine, you’re going to feel aches and pains all over the body. 

With chiropractic care, it’s possible to relieve the tension and stress that these tissues experience. When recovering from an injury, you can also provide the environment your body needs to heal. Suddenly, the pain isn’t keeping you awake at night and you take some very serious steps towards recovery. 

In the past, we’ve seen people benefit from chiropractic intervention after ankle sprains, back pain, and all sorts of other ailments. It encourages range of motion, improves blood flow, and helps you to feel better again.

Other Benefits

Elsewhere, you will also enjoy the following; 

  • Improved performance 
  • Non-invasive procedures 
  • No medication 

What’s more, with injury prevention and range of motion in mind, athletic performance can also increase. As you trust your body more, you can take more risks and get that extra performance you need to become a star in your sport. 

Finally, we can’t ignore the fact that chiropractors have a long-term mindset. Rather than simply dealing with short-term injuries and problems, they want to put you in the strongest position for the future too. Now, you’re dealing with existing injuries and preventing them from returning at the same time!

Heavy Rain Shifts Cement Foundation

cracked cement staircase

One of our sister churches in Oklahoma has recently experienced an issue with the cement foundation on the church property. The church structure was built on a minor slope and recently they have experienced a shift with their foundation. It was first noticed last Sunday as members were walking up the cement staircase to the entryway of the church. There were noticeable cracks in the cement stairs, and some members commented that the actual structure looked like it had slightly shifted. After researching these claims further, it became obvious that the cement foundation on the property shifted slightly as the result of a nearby landslide. On the backside of the hill, a river had eroded the hillside and after heavy rains, a large chunk of earth slid to the river bank. While the church was built on the opposite side of the hill, it was still impacted by this massive movement of earth. Landslides aren’t real common in Oklahoma, however, if the conditions are right, there are some risks of landslides as we have recently experienced.

Thankfully nobody was hurt and the mudslide took place late in the evening when the church was empty. There are some plumbing issues that need to be fixed and we will begin calling around to get quotes on plumbing repair and custom concrete work for the Oklahoma City location. If there are any members of the congregation that are on this email list that can repair and stain concrete, you can reply to my email after reading this article. With so many members of the community there in Oklahoma, we should know someone that can provide a quote, or may know someone that can provide a quote for both the plumbing work and the concrete work.

We are always happy to receive your reply emails, so don’t be shy when getting these newsletters. If you know of any family members that might want to receive our emails or read our FMBC Blog, you can provide them with a link directly to the site here, or forward them our emails and they can request to be added to our email list.

Thanks again to all members of our community that continue to support our efforts.

Church Guitar Lessons Phoenix

Hello everyone, thanks for the emails last week. We always appreciate your feedback on the newsletters we email out every month and last month’s replies were awesome. We will keep sending out valuable emails to our members and look forward to helping you all find success through faith and business.

Musical Performance At Church

We wanted to give a shout out to one of our sister churches in Phoenix, Arizona that has recently begun giving guitar lessons in Phoenix to underprivileged children and church members that have expressed an interest in playing in the church band. The church band has grown to a 10 piece band and will have room for growth this winter as they look to grow their orchestral section. This growth may require the Church to remodel if the live stage isn’t able to facilitate the growth of the band.

The church band currently consists of a drummer, lead singer, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist, saxophone, violin, trumpet, harmonica, and keyboard/piano. The instrumentation is heavenly, both figuratively, and literally. They are writing original songs of praise that will be recorded and performed this winter for the holidays. Christmas music is always a hit, having a church band perform these songs for Jesus is just as rewarding for the players as it is the audience.

Taking Music Lessons Through Your Local Church

If you are blessed enough to attend a congregation in Phoenix, then consider yourself lucky, But if you attend a congregation in Phoenix that has a church choir, or church band, consider yourself extremely lucky. Now, we are excited to share that our sister church has begun to offer music lessons to members of the church. Most notably, the head music director will be offering guitar lessons in Phoenix at The Note Room Academy of Music. Students will be able to travel to this private music studio to learn from one of Arizona’s most sought after music instructors. He also teaches at the Conservatory of Recording Arts in Tempe, Arizona when he’s not leading the church band or teaching at the Note Room. Lessons for other musical instruments will soon be made available as soon as he has enough students. If you live in the Phoenix-Metro area and would like to learn more about the program, just reply to the news letter that we sent out and we will get you more information.

Music And The Church

Songs of praise and worship have become a major part of Sunday worship for many religions. The music we play and sing is a message from God, a gift to all of us, and to be able to practice and perform these musical pieces together as an organization is truly a blessing. We look forward to learning more about this program in Phoenix, learning about all the young people that are learning and performing every Sunday, and hearing from you about how your local chapter is using music for worship. Reply to the email and we will feature your story in next months news letter. Thank you for your continued support.

Oklahoma Church Vandalized

Church In Oklahoma Vandalized – Broken Windows Everywhere

Another one of our sister churches has become victim to vandalism in Oklahoma. Windows were broken and graffiti was plastered across the entryway. Fortunately, none of the stained glass was damaged, most of that glass was located high within the structure and out of reach of the vandals.

They will be having a community volunteer day where members of the church will gather to help restore the damage done to the building. There have been local volunteers that have already reached out to help paint the exterior of the church, repair the broken windows, and clean up the debris left behind.

Vandals Continue To Attack Churches In Oklahoma

This isn’t the first time an Oklahoma church has been attacked by vandals. There seems to be a growing trend of people damaging church property in Oklahoma. There was a man in June that was arrested for vandalizing a church in Tulsa. A Muskogee church was vandalized back in January, and now our sister church has experienced a similar problem.

Let God Deal With Vandals

There were not active video cameras on the property recording the incident at the time. This means there is no evidence of the perpetrators, so finding these vandals will be extremely difficult unless someone comes forward and points them out. While we wish we could press charges, we need to leave matters like these in the hands of God to judge. There will be a time when individuals like this will face judgment day and have to answer for their sins. Damaging church property is a violent act directed towards God and his followers, and there will be a price to pay at some point.

Monthly Emails

For those of you that subscribe to our monthly newsletter, we will be active again with that campaign after the summer months. Currently, most of our team is traveling and doing mission work out of state. Fall will mark the return of our team and allow us to focus on creating a larger business networking community for our affiliates and sister churches.

Search Engine Marketing Grows Hobart Church Congregation

Hobart Church Grows With Online Marketing

Church in Tasmania grows membership with digital marketing companyThere is much to be thankful for at a church in Hobart, Tasmania. One of our Australian readers reached out to us with an amazing story about how their congregation was able to greatly increase their membership after a period of dwindling numbers by using a digital marketing technique called SEO. She wanted to share the story of her church with us out of love for her community, but also out of love for our Lord who has guided her to help other Christian communities strengthen their congregation. She wished for her name to remain anonymous, however she did want us to pass along a message for her- “No matter what situation you may be facing in your home, in your community, or within yourself, know that Jesus loves you and will always show you the answers you need. He did just that for our congregation I know He will guide you as well.”

Apparently several prominent families within the St. George’s Anglican Church congregation had all moved away from Hobart at around the same time. The church tried several various methods to rebuild and strengthen their community. These strategies included organizing monthly sporting events and family outings such as golfing, youth kickball, bowling nights, and family cookouts. They tried growing membership by hosting youth camp-outs, and also by adding additional times of worship throughout the week. These efforts did help slightly, however, there was still a few too many empty pews on a regular basis. The Australian church was feeling a bit disheartened and took to prayer. They held a mass where the minister of the church asked God for guidance and asked for the light of the Lord to show them the way to salvation. The next week, one of the members of the perish approached the minister of the church with a modern solution to their membership problem. The member had heard that one of their friends increased the amount of foot traffic that was going to their local restaurant by hiring a local SEO company in Hobart. The minister of the church was a bit weary at first but after he heard a bit more about the great results that local restaurant was getting, he decided it was worth a shot. The church began a digital marketing campaign with the intention of growing the online presence of their church through Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

It only took one month before St George’s Anglican Church had a brand new website that looked fresh and lively. Then, only a few months after the beginning of their marketing campaign, they started to see an increase in visitors and membership on Sundays. The congregation had grown in less than a year from needing to fill the pews, to having standing room only.

Here are Faith Marketing Business Consulting we are so happy that our Christian friend and Australian reader decided to share their story with us. It bring great joy and happiness to our hearts to know that the prayers of your church were answered by our Lord God, and that your congregation is now happy and healthy. We also think it’s a great learning moment for all Christians and church leaders alike, that digital marketing can be a useful tool in our efforts to spread the Word of God.

Church Construction Tampa Florida

Rebuilding A House Of Worship

church construction There was a major remodeling operation that took place at one of our sister churches in Tampa, Florida. Members of the local community came together to tear out some dated interior structure that had some mold issues and needed to be renovated. Old sheetrock, ceiling tiles, flooring, and appliances were all replaced during the remodeling efforts. There were also some structural changes that were made internally that added structural support to the building in case of something like Hurricane Michael.

There were 3 weekends in the month of September that were allocated to the renovation efforts and they planned carefully to make sure they had the tools and the resources available each weekend to make the progress needed to complete the project on time. Families from other parts of Florida drove in to offer their assistance, cook food, and bring water.

The construction is only part of the process, the deconstruction of the building is equally involved and requires many helping hands to finish. As one group tore down walls and ripped out carpeting, another group was there picking up all the garbage and scrap material and hauling it into a massive dumpster bin where we filled the dumpster liners with sheetrock, old 2×4’s, carpeting, tile, and outdated appliances. By week 3 they had filled two full dumpster liners and had the building stripped of all the old sheetrock, wiring, plumbing, and structural defects.

Once the building was stripped to its frame, they installed new plumbing and plumbing fixtures, extended a few rooms to support the growth of the congregation, added new lighting, wiring, fixtures, carpeting, a sound system, and recording capabilities.

The church as a facility is now equipped for Sunday service, weddings, holiday events, and is available for rent for special events. Having a community come together and contribute labor during a time of need is truly an act of god. Tampa Florida has some of the tightest Christian communities in Florida and has always shined when it comes to community involvement.

We know that many of the members in this community subscribe to our newsletter and may be reading this soon. On behalf of the congregation, we wanted to thank everyone that donated time, food, and supplies to help get this project finished on time. We also wanted to give a special thanks to the professional construction contractors in Tampa that took the lead on this project and mad it happen, without your expertise, none of this would have happened.

Those of us here look forward to making our visit to Tampa in 2019 as part of our fellowship tour. We will be making a few trips along the coastline and looking forward to meeting many of you there. For those of you providing disaster relief for victims of hurricane Michael, we pray for you and the people you are helping. Your kindness is truly an act of God.

Solar Water Heater Repair

Water Heater At Phoenix Church Needs Repair

solar water heater repair

Well, plumbing seems to be all the fuss recently. If you did not receive our last email there was a plumbing issue at our Toronto Church. When it rains, it pours, and when plumbing leaks, it floods. At least we haven’t witnesses flood waters like Noah did, not sure our man-made structures would survive that kind of flooding. Enough of the jokes, we are in need of a solar water heater repair technician. There have already been multiple emails received from our initial e-blast, but something happened with our mail chimp campaign and we were unable to reach all of our subscribers. I decided to write another post here for you to share among our community of you are fortunate enough to receive the emails.

One of our affiliate properties in Arizona recently experienced an issue with their solar hot water heater. There were some slight leaks identified, but the problem has yet to be resolved. We are contacting you today to see if anyone has a family member or a friend that has knowledge of solar water heaters. We contacted Pacific West Solar and received a very reasonable estimate for the solar water heater repair but wanted to give our faithful flock the opportunity to present this to family and friends so that they can also bid on the repair. We will need the water heater repaired or replaced soon so that they can have warm running water in the bathrooms and in the kitchen area. Food preparations are currently on hold until hot water is available in the kitchens. The Church converted to solar water heaters and haven’t had any issues until now and they are unsure what caused the problem in the first place. The Lord works in mysterious ways and this may be just another situation he is putting us in for a reason. The Church needs solar water heater repair, and there are parts of the world that just need water. It is a luxury that we can warm our waters with natural sun light, maybe this is something we should pray on. That might be the topic of my our next email, stay tuned!

We also have the option of contacting the company that installed solar panels at another house of worship in Phoenix. The leaks from the water heater has created some moisture in the attic area and there are concerns of mold and rodent being attracted to the dark wet environment it could create. So if you know anyone in our community that may have the resources to fix or replace the water heater, please email me back at the address I sent the email from. Thank you so much for being an active part of our spiritually rich community of faith-based marketers. We will continue working with you all to get your congregations to grow and prosper in your local communities. God bless you all.

Unclogging The Church Drains

Toronto Church Experiences Clogged Drains In Service Kitchen

Toronto plumber unclogging drainHello to our Canadian affiliates, if you are here because of the email blast we appreciate you coming here and reading this. We publish fun posts a few times a month about random things going on in our communities and within our affiliate ministries. One of our affiliate Churches in Toronto, Canada has experienced extreme clogging in the drains of their service kitchen. The church is equipped with an industrial kitchen to prepare and serve food to the congregation during service hours. The kitchen is also used to feed homeless in Toronto, Ottawa, and Scarborough. There are quarterly events where the homeless from shelters in Ottawa and Scarborough are bussed in and fed. The size of the facility is enough to feed 100’s of people when everything is working. This week there was a church function and they received complaints of some rancid odors. Upon further investigation it became clear that there was a serious backup in the kitchen drains. It’s an industrial kitchen and it also has floor drains, these were backed up also, creating small puddles of dirty water around the floor. Most of the men and women working the kitchen during ministry hours are older volunteers that have no business trying to unclog drains, and the standing water is an extreme hazard for our elderly brothers and sisters.

They were able to sweep the standing water out the back door, but the odor continued to loom and soon some of our worshiping flock felt ill. They shortened worship hours and everyone went home early. One of our church members was a plumber there in Toronto and was able to bring in a snake. The floor drains were backing up onto the floor, while the sink drains were clogged and filling the sinks with dirty water. Both drains needed to be unclogged and serviced but it was more work then our friend was able to take on that day. They then reached out to a guy locally that fixes clogged drains in Toronto, but we didn’t get an answer when they called. They then tried a professional handy man service in Toronto, and they really didn’t have the plumbing tools needed to unclog this type of drain. Eventually they ended up going to a local hardware store in Toronto and renting an industrial style snake. It was motorized and mounted on a rolling cart that made it easy to wheel in and operate. I’m not sure how far in they had to go, but they reached the blockage in the drain pipe and everything immediately drained at the same time. The snake was able to wrap up the clog and pull it out, from what I hear it was a pretty disgusting mix of hair, grease, mop strings, food, and debris. After unclogging such a rats nest of debris, it became apparent that they needed to do a better job of sweeping and mopping before washing food and dirt down into the floor drains. It’s easy to grab the kitchen hose and just rinse everything into the drain, but that created plumbing issues like the one they experienced in Toronto. Lessons learned, for any of our affiliate

Church members that are still reading this and have kitchen operations, sweeping the floors thoroughly before rinsing and mopping is highly suggested. Remember to always keep your kitchens clean and sanitary, the food inspector can show up without notice at anytime and backed up plumbing is a big red flag. Unsanitary waters backing up into sink drains that are used to prepare food could result in a penalty or a fine. Even the dishwashing pit needs to drain properly and have the ability to rinse, wash, and sanitize dish ware during operation hours. Keeping your kitchens clean and functioning properly will keep you from violating any local health codes in your city. If you would like more information about contacting your local health inspector, just reply to the email we sent out that brought you here. Thanks again to all our loyal members for the continued support, we will see you all soon at the convention in 2019. Bye-Bye for now.

Need To Lease Solar Panels For Phoenix Parish

Looking To Lease Solar Panels For The Phoenix Parish

solar panels on church propertyHello everyone, if you are still getting the newsletters please reply back. We had an issue with the email server we were using and want to make sure you are all getting the emails with links to these blog posts. Not to get sidetracked with technical glitches, we wanted to let you all know that we have decided to go solar in a few states where we have operations. Phoenix, Arizona is going to be our first location where we will converting over to solar energy. Next year we may try to do the same in Florida, it will depend on how this first conversion goes. We have yet to commit to a solar system, or a company to buy or lease from. There are advantages to leasing the solar panels that would make sense for us, apparently the leasing companies would be responsible for the maintenance and repair if the solar panels were to get damaged in a storm or vandalized. For us not to have to worry about that would make sense, nor do we want to place that burden on anyone worshipping at the Parish. If any of you have any connections in the Phoenix market for a solar company we would appreciate an email with some contact information. We reached out to this solar lease company and had a great conversation about the process, the amount of solar panels we would need to accommodate our power demands, how the installation process works, and a general timeline for delivery. The gentlemen we spoke with, Greg, is our front-runner for providing us with a solar leasing option, but we wanted to get this out to all of our members to additional references for other solar companies that could offer a competitive bid. We contemplated buying the solar panels, but eventually concluded that the solar leasing options were better for us at this time. If we convert our location to solar, we may purchase the panels outright and just hire a repairman when we need maintenance or repairs. There were also other options we needed to consider, like where we wanted to mount the panels. The roof of the church Parish is pretty steep, and it was suggested that we have ground mounted solar panels built to house the solar panels on the property. We would prefer a rooftop installation to avoid vandalism, but if the roof pitch is too steep to install the solar panels on then we have no choice. Getting a second quote from another solar leasing agency will allow us to ask more questions and see if other offers exist that might suit our needs better. You guys know the scoop, reach out to anyone in the congregation, and in the local community to see if we can find a qualified solar leasing agent to help us secure an affordable solar system and get it installed. Thank you all, and God bless!

Washing Cars For Foster Kids

Saturday Car Wash To Raise Money For Foster Kids

raising money for foster childrenOne of our clients in Oklahoma will be organizing a fund raiser for Foster kids in Oklahoma City. The team of mobile car detailing specialists will be meeting in Oklahoma City in the parking lot of the Eugene Field elementary school on Saturday to set up a mobile detailing station for anyone that want’s to get their vehicles washed and detailed. There are Foster children in the Oklahoma City area that are in need of a home and until they are placed with a family they will need to be cared for above and beyond what the state can provide. Small business like Chase Detailing are doing their part to make sure these members of our community have what they need to succeed at a young age in school and with work. The car wash and detail services will be a donation based service that will allow drivers in the area to stop in for a wash and interior detailing. If the fund raiser is a success on Saturday we will extend the effort to Sunday. In February of 2016 Chase car detailing in OKC and Channel 6 News teamed up in Norman, Oklahoma to raise money for foster kids in the area. Chase Detailing will be providing the same service again in Oklahoma City at the Eugene Field elementary school. Church volunteers are encouraged to head down to the school and donate time to the cause if they are available. The mobile detailing stations will be set up in 3 phases, first will be exterior wash, second will be exterior drying, and third will be interior detailing if the donation exceeds $20 dollars. Any donation can receive a car wash, but only donations that are $20 dollars or more will also receive an interior detailing. Chase Detailing will be providing three professional employees to manage and coordinate the event. All Church volunteers will be there to assist them where assistance is needed. The foster system has a lot of holes in it, there are kids that are being placed in unsuitable homes, being left behind, suffering from abuse, and not getting the attention that they need to grow up into a healthy young adult. By raising money with events like this we can do our part to make sure these children with less opportunity have the tools and resources they need to push forward and find happiness in life. Thank you to everyone that is contributing their time and resources to this cause. We want to give a special thanks to Chase Detailing for their generous donation of man power and supplies to make this all possible. God bless you all.

Remodeling The Church Kitchen

Big Changes Coming To The Church Kitchen

church renovations Exciting news for everyone working at our headquarters, we are remodeling our kitchens to facilitate the upcoming holiday season and our efforts feeding the homeless. The kitchen and and cafeteria will be completely upgraded with cafeteria tables and kitchen upgrades that will allow us to turn out enough food to feed the thousands of homeless that show up to our church to eat. We will be doubling our oven space and stove tops which will allow us to double the amount of food production we will be serving. The dish pit will also be getting a complete overhaul, an upgrade garbage disposal, and a second dishwasher to double the dish-ware that we can clean in a day. The service area is being renovated with granite, this is a major upgrade from the laminate countertops that were there previously. Those countertops were pealing back from years of abuse and needed to be replaced with a natural stone that could hold up to the foot traffic that we experience while we feed the masses. We also needed a durable surface that could withstand the spills and stains that come from the food as people are dishing themselves up. Regardless of the generous gesture, people are careless at the buffet line and slop food onto their plate as if they were plating dog dishes at an animal kennel. Remodeling the kitchen in the church not only allows us to feed the homeless for the holidays, but we can also feed our congregation more thoroughly on Sundays. Adding granite countertops was a great choice we made with the renovation decisions because of the life span of the stone. We anticipate that those countertops will last for 50 years at least and will only need minor maintenance and re-sealing on occasion. We are looking forward to this renovation being complete and hope to be ready to feed the public as soon as October for Halloween. For all of our FMBC members that received this email and are reading this post now you can all donate time around the holidays and help make a difference in our local community,

Partnering With Denver Barbershop To Groom Homeless

Grooming The Homeless With Denver Barbershop

Denver barber grooming homelessSome more exciting news for our readers and our community. If you are here because of the email blast we just sent out, then welcome and thank you for being a part of our little community. If you stumbled across this randomly then we welcome you to sign up for our emails and get involved with all the positive things we are trying to accomplish out there in the world.

In November we will be teaming up with a barber that’s similar to Franks Barbershop in Denver to groom the homeless in the downtown Denver area. You can learn more about the types of Barbers we are trying to partner with like this Denver Barbershop here at the Denver Journal. Together we will help groom those in need and prepare them for the upcoming holiday season. Having a haircut, a beard trim, and some clean finger nails can make enjoying Thanksgiving dinner that much more pleasurable. At Faith Marketing Business Consulting we have made it our goal to make a difference in our local communities this holiday season. With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time for us to get involved and start planning for these events. We will also need to get the word out into the homeless communities so that they have ample time to prepare and can find transportation if needed.

We are looking for more businesses to volunteer their time and resources to events like these. We currently have active communities in North Carolina, New York, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Denver Colorado, and Washington State. These local community outreach programs have proved to be effective and continue to support those in need in those areas. We believe by making a difference on a local level we can start making a global impact across the globe and marketing our faith online and on the ground in the communities that need us most. If we can change lives, and change hearts, we may be able to change the way that people look at organized religion. We have seen a decline in attendance across the country in our churches and affiliate churches, and we need to reverse that trend. The little things tend to make a huge difference, and something as simple as grooming the homeless in time for the holidays may be enough to make believers out of them and the communities they are part of.

Texas Parish To Install Storm Shelter

New Storm Shelter Being Installed at Texas Parish

natural disasters

Remodel is underway at one of our Texas locations and will soon be reopen for worship. Many of our friends there had expressed concern over the old brick building and it’s stability during a hurricane or a tornado. Contractors were hired to construct a steel frame on the interior of the building that would prevent any rubble from falling inwards onto worshipers if a storm were to pass through. The steel frame was constructed and reinforced with a steel mesh netting that would act like a net and catch or deflect and brick or debris that fell during a storm. After the interior was rebuilt, they reinforced the brick with more mortar and replaced any old pieces that were broken or cracked. The property sits on an acre of land and had an old barn where chickens had been raised for years, eggs were provided for breakfast before church began for many years but that has long been gone. below ground storm shelterThey reinforced the old barn also with the same steel frame that the Church was rebuilt with and modified some of the wood structure on the exterior. They also installed a below ground storm shelter that is big enough to fit the entire congregation if a hurricane or tornado should pass through. The storm shelter was equipped with battery fed power generators, a refrigerator, radio communications, lights, water, and food rations. There are enough supplies in there to care for the entire congregation for three days. There is an electric door opener that is connected to a powerful winch that will open the door on the shelter even if debris from the barn structure were to crash down on the lid. We are thrilled to say that we are prepared for the next Hurricane Harvey or tornado that may rip through Texas, and are extremely blessed to know that our Texas congregation will be safe in the event of a natural disaster.

The Retirement of Father Allen Switzer

Father Allen Switzer Retires

retired preacher Allen Switzer

We are thankful for all of the faithful God fearing servants that have been a part of our faith based marketing team. Providing skill sets and knowledge to Churches around the world and helping them grow in their local communities and market their churches online has always been our goal. Today we say goodbye to one of the most productive faith based marketers we have ever had the blessing to work with. Father Allen Switzer came to us over 20 years ago as a media specialists. He had connections to various publications and billboard owners throughout the world and was an integral part in the growth of our marketing team. Father Switzer has given his life to the lord and has worshiped him with a fearless belief in everything the Bible teaches. His love for the lord and marketing prowess made him an authentic, informative, and absolute member of our marketing team. Today we lose an irreplaceable component of this faith based project team that will be missed dearly. Father Switzer led missions around the world, provided disaster relief in regions struck by natural disasters, fed the hungry, gave to the poor, and helped over 100 churches around the world market their missions in the local communities that they were built in. In this digital age father Switzer was less technical with computers and internet technology, but was somehow able to pass his knowledge of marketing along to our team of young missionary bloggers to help them create spiritual content for the Churches we serve. We are sad to see him leave, but we are proud to call him a friend, father, and fellow missionary that served gracefully by our sides through the good and bad. He will be traveling a great distance to settle down into a long term retirement center in New York. Father Switzer with live out his amazing life in the comforts of The Amsterdam at Harborside retirement community on Long Island. He will be cared for by the staff located on the property and regularly visited by missionaries visiting our New York Parrish. Together we want to thank father Switzer for his dedication to the team, his love for the community, and his unshakable faith in the lord that inspired us every day to serve our lord and savior and help the Churches around the globe market their churches to the local communities. On behalf of all of us at FMBC we want to say thank you and God Bless you and your new journey through life as you complete your mission in the Long Island retirement community.

Christian Views On Stem Cell Research

How should Christians view stem cell research?

There is a lot of fuss in the world over stem cell research and especially among the Christian community. Churches are speaking out against the research saying it’s unethical and against God’s will. This argument is based on interpretations of scripture, there is nothing in the Bible that states directly that stem cell research is bad. Harvesting embryos for research and then destroying them is another topic all together.

Jesus healsI think if you break this down to the possible discoveries that could be made from the research you will find that it aligns with most Christian values. The end goal here is to help people, save lives, and find cures for those suffering. Sounds like something Jesus would do, doesn’t it? Those that set out to cure disease and help the less fortunate are following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Didn’t Jesus cure a man with leprosy? Wasn’t healing the sick part of his mission? The Bible tells many tales of heroic healing efforts from Jesus and his disciples. There is scripture in the book of Matthew (4:23-24) that clearly emphasizes that a major part of Jesus’ ministry was his healing.

The issue many Christians have with the research is how the stem cells are being harvested. While some believe this process is immoral, others believe that it is needed to move the research forward until we can find other means of harvesting the cells. This research is very promising and has advanced medical science in a new direction that will change the way the world treats and cures diseases.

The moral dilemma is about the harvesting of stem cells from embryos. This process requires a live embryo that will then be destroyed in the process. A live embryo is considered human at the moment of conception. The Bible teaches that human existence begins at conception and the international consensus of embryologists agrees that the beginning stages of life do start at fertilization. Therefore, a human embryo is considered to be 100% human and consists of the 46 chromosomes that living humans are made up of. The actual size of the living organism doesn’t determine if it’s a human or not. Meaning that there is no difference between a microscopic life form and a grown man as far as the Bible is concerned. They are both human.

Because this process literally involves the killing of another human being it is considered to go against God’s will. The potential benefit of the research doesn’t outweigh the fact that humans are dying during the research. Biblically speaking, stem cell research through the harvesting of embryos is unethical and Christians should oppose any such scientific research.

Currently, the moral means of harvesting stem cells comes from adult donors. There are no objections to this from a Christian perspective. adult bone marrow donorThis is something that is done on a volunteer basis by bone marrow transplant donors. This research has proven to be effective in treating cancer, leukemia, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases. These stem cells are harvested from adult donors and are extracted from healthy living bone marrow. There are other process for extracting stem cells from other parts of the body, but bone marrow donors have become the most popular. This research does not cost a human life and is performed on volunteer donors that have a say in the matter.

In conclusion, we find that embryonic research is unethical and goes against Christian values. The harvesting of stem cells from adult donors aligns with Christian values and should be embraced as an opportunity to help save lives.


Church Retreat To Arizona Gym

Summer Camp Retreat to Tucson Arizona

summer camp in Tucson

Our Arizona Parish will be leaving Phoenix for 2 weeks out of the summer for a retreat to Tucson. They will be joining our mission group from Flagstaff for a camp out full of activities and games for kids, and bible study for the adults. There will be meals prepared daily for everyone in attendance. Games will include horse shoes, capture the flag, and a mini olympics for the kids. Camp fires and bible stories will follow every night. For those who want to stay up for roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate can join us by the fire place as we discuss Jesus and self confidence. For the weekend we will be venturing into Tucson so the kids can have a lesson in self defense at this Arizona Gym. Many of our students will be graduating bible school and venturing off to other countries to spread the word of God. It is our opinion that proper self defense and prayer can protect you during times of danger. If the lord doesn’t answer your calling, then at least they will know how to throw an upper cut to get out of a dangerous situation. The lord works in mysterious ways and this is no different. Building that relationship with Jesus is important, but learning to defend yourself could get you out of situations that the good lord might not have time to do. The Tucson retreat will also bring us to the University of Arizona so the kids can get a tour of the school. Some of our bible students will be continuing their education and attending college. We encourage our kids to preach the word of the lord in other countries before attending college. This gives them a chance to learn the value of their bible school teachings and prepare them for a lifetime of sharing the story of Jesus. We will all feel better if our students know the word of Christ and at the same time can throw a kick and a punch if the Devils army attacks. We are excited for our Tucson retreat and attending the annual camping events and learning self defense at the Gym in Tucson.

Defects In Construction Of New Church

New Construction Defects Found In Oklahoma Church

church interior

As many prepare to worship in the comforts of the new church, they are disappointed to find out that there will be yet another delay. Church leaders gathered on the site of the new Church grounds to discuss various matters at hand. To their surprise there were some very serious construction defects in the interior of the Church. The stage area where talks are given and performances are acted out was not level, there were flaws in the sheetrock, and the stained glass windows of Jesus were not installed and sealed properly. We can not give praise to the lord in these kinds of conditions, we have prayed on the matter and decided that we would be wise to hire a defect construction umpire to help us settle this with the contractors. The contractors stated upon visiting the site that the flaws in question was work done by the church members that donated their time to help. This is not the case as stated in the scope of wok contract that the contractor drew up prior to starting the job. If he did defer some of the work to the volunteers he would still be accountable for the outcome  of the project. Church leaders have temporarily halted any further construction and have advised all contractors to stay away from the Church until evidence can be collected for the case. If the Church wins they will be paid back a percentage of the upfront costs and the contract will become void. At that point any local contractor can bid to finish the job. With Summer here there are hopes and prayers going out that this project wraps up before the holiday season. The annual pumpkin carving competition for god’s children will be taking place in October and the Church will need to be ready by then. In November we will be feeding the homeless, and in December we will be having holiday performances throughout the month of December. Hopefully the case resolves early in the trial so that we can proceed with doing God’s work.

Chiropractor Huntersville NC

Faith Mission In Huntersville North Carolina

knocking on doorsWe were out on a mission in Huntersville, North Carolina in April and as we were traveling door to door preaching the word of God, one of our elderly preachers slipped off of a curb and twisted his back muscle. He was in extreme pain and needed an act of God to get him through the day. We finished with our preaching in that neighborhood then proceeded to drive into town. Huntersville was very welcoming to us as it has a large Christian population. It seemed that the local businesses were also owned by Christians which made it nice for fellowship. We found a chiropractic Doctor in Huntersville that specialized in acupuncture treatment as well as back and neck adjustments. We arrived at Doyle Chiropractic and Doctor Geoffrey Doyle took us in immediately and began treatment on preacher Jim. He started with some simple adjustments, then proceeded with some more advanced techniques that really seemed to relieve the pain our preacher was experiencing in his back. After the adjustments were made, preacher Jim was moved into another room where he received acupuncture treatment from some of the staff. We waited for about 45 minutes until they were done and when preacher Jim walked out of that office he looked like a whole new man. Thanks to the staff at Doyle Chiropractic we were able to continue our mission work and preached for the rest of the day. We made it down to the local library and stood outside with christian publications that the local community could have for free. We handed those out for a few hours and then broke for lunch. During lunch, preacher Jim commented that his back pain had almost completely disappeared and he was feeling like another round of mission based preaching on the streets of Huntersville. We ventured back out for the day in Huntersville and some of the surrounding communities including Lake Norman. We handed out all of our religious publications to people in passing, everyone there was very welcoming of our message. God is good, god is great, and giving out religious literature on the streets is a very effective way to market the word of God to community members. The lord is our savior, and today he guided us to a Chiropractor that happened to be father Jim’s savior!

Pest Control Phoenix

Keeping The Phoenix Churches Pest Free

pest control phoenixOur partners in Phoenix have been experiencing an infestation of cockroaches, termites, and scorpions at many of our smaller inner city churches. The churches are funded from donations from our church members. Unfortunately the demographic of most of our church goers is that of struggling families with little money and lots of faith. Arizona has a very large hispanic population and many of those immigrants work for below minimum wage. This makes it hard for an organization that depends on contributions every Sunday. When we were notified of our pest problem, there were concerns that we couldn’t afford to rid ourselves of the problem. We got many bids from various pest control companies in Phoenix, and they all came in pretty competitive but I knew we wouldn’t be capable of affording anything beyond the initial treatment. We needed monthly spraying at the downtown Phoenix location and knew were going to be short on the services. We held a car wash for a few consecutive weekends and raised enough to hire a company that provided the best pest control Phoenix has in the downtown area, plus they had a mobile app that allowed us to schedule our service times from our mobile phones . Most of church security features run from our mobile apps also, so this was convenient for us and it worked. They came in during the week when the church was empty and bombed the place. The fog spray actually flushed out a massive amount of Roaches and you could see them crawling on the walls and floors of the Church. There termites had been eating away at the wood frame structure in the church interior. After the first fogging, they went in and sprayed the baseboards and cracks in the walls and flooring where there may have been additional pests hiding. We mad multiple follow ups throughout the week with minor treatment for the bugs that survived the first wave of pest control. Since the treatment, we haven’t seen any insects in the church. No roaches, few termites, and no scorpions. We have also added sticky strips along the baseboards to capture anything crawling around when we are not around. The termite treatment will continue as long as we can adored to keep paying for it. The church needs to remain termite free and have a healthy structure. It can become a hazard when termites do to much damage to a structure. The pest control services in Phoenix were enough to get us back to square 1 and reset, but we will need to continue with preventative measures to ensure that the roaches stay out and the termites don’t eat through the church walls.

Church Funded Oral Care

Cleaning The Teeth of The Homeless

dental care for homeless

We are proud to announce that we had enough volunteers for the St. Patricks Day event coming up this month on March 17th. There will be volunteers gathering in many states around the United States to offer services to the homeless. Feeding them will be first on the agenda for the day, there will be tents and buffet tables set up with corned beef briskets and roasted potatoes as our hot items, there will be cabbage salad and a corn salad as cold side dishes. After eating all attendees will be encouraged to make their way to the portable showering tents where they can receive a warm shower in a safe clean environment. Once showered, we will be giving out new wardrobes put together from members donated clothing drives across the country. There are enough clothes for everyone, so we are excited to see how well this offering is received.

The next phase of our St. Patricks Day gathering will include haircuts for those in need, a free eye exam, and a free dental checkup from a local dentist in OKC. After all of our clients have received an oral checkup and cleaning, they will all be given an environmentally friendly bag with disposable belongings that will aim to encourage them to improve their situation. Bible study will be held afterward for any of our clients that wish to stay and enjoy an hour of Bible study with the volunteers of the church and members of the community. We are pleased by the number of volunteers that have stepped up and made the pledge to help end homelessness and help end hunger. Our volunteers have not only raised the money needed to provide food, clothes, and oral check-ups for our clients, but they have gone above and beyond finding additional volunteers to work our treatment stations around the country. With the blessing of God, the support of the community, and belief in each other we can help end the cycle of homelessness amongst families and help them make a better future for their loved ones. God bless you all for your ongoing love and support as we spread the will of God across the globe and comfort those in need.

Investing In Property For Your Church

Investing in Commercial Real Estate For Your Church

purchasing land for a church

The stock market these days is a roller coaster ride; extreme highs and extreme lows. When investing your hard earned money, it’s difficult to know how to invest to get a positive return on your investment. Love the idea of investing in real estate but you’re not an expert house flipper? Making a commercial real estate purchase, might be a better option for you, and finding a commercial property manager should be next on the agenda. To locate land, build a church, and get people in the door on Sundays is the work of the lord. You just need to do your part by finding the right property, and getting the people to manage it for you in the area you purchase in.

When most people think about investing in real estate, they conjure up images of HGTV stars buying a house, refurbishing it and selling it for an amazing profit—all in record time. In the real world, however, this isn’t always the case, and unless you have some true experience flipping houses, the work and cost involved may actually put you in the red. Purchasing real estate that does not require refurbishment and already has positive cash flow sounds too good to be true. Real estate, though, can be a wildly profitable venture but many people don’t even consider investing in that hidden gem: commercial real estate.  Commercial real estate could be investing in an office building, a warehouse, a retail shop, an apartment building, an industrial building or a mixed use building, one that may combine retail, apartments, and office space, for instance. A church is a great building for these properties also. There are tac benefits to owning land with religious structures on them.

Commercial real estate for churches and churches that are for sale can be an excellent investment because if you find a building with high rental potential, you can make some decent cash flow each month. If that building is in a good area, it’s long-term profit potential will build you equity while you are renting to others. This way you generate cash flow while you are building equity. Unlike residential rental properties, commercial renters are more likely to sign a long term lease, especially if they are using it as a business address. Most companies don’t want to move to make sure potential customers can find them, so it makes sense to rent a space long term. You can purchase a home to rent to renovate and rent to others but then you run the risk of renting to someone who just might destroy all the hard work you put in to fix the home. With commercial real estate, your tenants are less likely to trash the place, especially if it where they have set up their business!  But if you are a church you don’t need to worry about tenants. No phone calls in the middle of the night to come fix something at a residential property; a building maintenance team can handle that task with a commercial property. Plus, commercial space renters often help to maintain the building they are in; no one wants to set up their business in a run-down building, so the likelihood a business renter will treat the property with respect is greater.

Another way commercial real estate is different from residential real estate is the manner in which the value is determined. When a house is put up for sale, comparable neighborhood properties generate the amount a house can potentially sell for, also known as a “comp”. Two 2000 square foot homes in the same neighborhood would be similarly priced, all other things being equal. With a commercial real estate property, the value of the property is based on the amount of rental money it can bring in minus the expenses to maintain it, called the “productive return”. There are very few investments where you can receive monthly cash flow and build equity other than real estate. There are risks, of course, as with any investment, so it is important to work with a commercial real estate broker who knows the area and can give you solid numbers regarding your cash flow and potential equity profit. It’s never a perfect science because no one can predict the future and the bottom could drop out, but history has shown that real estate is one of the best overall investments for your money. When you are investing in a commercial property, you are not only investing in the building itself, but also the land on which it is built, so you will want to work with your broker on an area that shows potential growth. That growth will help the local church expand also.

Many people prefer to invest in the stock market but the drawback is the lack of cash flow. Stocks may be a viable part of your investment strategy, but mixing it up with real estate gives you options you would not have otherwise. While owning a building may sound like a lot of work, you can hire a property management company to handle the day to day issues while you still generate monthly cash flow as the property owner. You may also hire someone to decide to make some upgrades to the building to increase its overall worth in the long run. Owning a commercial property also affords you some tax benefits, like depreciation. If you have owned the building for at least a year, you can be eligible for this particular benefit, even if your building has increased in value. To understand the latest tax laws, it is important to speak with an accountant to understand the available tax advantages to owning a church.

Investing in commercial real estate also gives you options to continue to work at an outside job, while saving the rental income you receive towards your retirement. Or, you could choose to be a full time real estate investor, taking the profits you receive from one building and using them to purchase another building. If you are unable to pay for a building in cash, there are some excellent financing rates available for investors. Before you purchase anything, however, you will want to speak with an accountant and tax attorney to ensure you have the capital or the credit to take on a piece of commercial property.

Many people believe that investing in commercial real estate is only for big time investors, but owning just one small building can be all that you need to establish your financial goals. It takes time and effort to find just the right property, but the potential of cash flow and equity is a compelling reason to explore commercial real estate ownership.

Best Roofing Materials for Coastal Climates

The more churches we build along Florida coast lines, the more familiar we become with what to expect from the elements. Construction materials need to be chosen wisely, as Florida rains and winds can punish a property that isn’t built well. We have learned this the hard way over the years and we want to share our experiences with any of you out there wanting to open a congregation near the sea.

Materials To Use In Coastal Climates

As fascinating as it sounds to live near coastlines with the ocean breeze surrounding the area, certain aspects need to be considered before building a church in a coastal area. Due to the moisture of the climate that comes from the sea and constant exposure to the sun, the material needs to be suitable so that they can withstand sunshine, humidity, and coastal storms. 

Below are some of the best roofing materials you can use on your church. These materials are time tested, can withstand harsh weather conditions, and are affordable options for churches in Tampa, Florida.

Galvanized Steel

Out of all the metal roofing options, galvanized steel comes as a rather low-cost material that lasts up to six decades, if installed correctly and maintained. This material protects against heavy rains, strong winds, and tarnish. Galvanized steel also reflects sunlight, which helps keep the church cool. This can be beneficial during the hot Florida summer months.

As far as roof replacement is concerned, a galvanized steel roof does not require replacement like other materials do. It just needs to be properly installed, and it will last at least as long as your church structure does. Finding a roofing contractor that installs metal roofs in Florida is great place to start if you are considering this as an option. If a metal roof isn’t your thing, continue reading for other solid options.


Slate stone has to be one of the best roofing materials when it comes to coastal climates. It is not only durable enough to sustain the coastal weather conditions, but slate also makes a home look pretty fancy.

A type of roof tile, slate tiles are made in thin sheets from metamorphic rocks and have proved to be resistant against weather conditions such as heavy storms and rains.

As for the durability, slate tiles can last for more than one hundred years, and typically, no repair or replacement is needed. The longevity and resistant nature of this roofing material makes it quite expensive as compared to other roofing types, but it is worth it.

Western Red Cedar

Another beautiful, rustic looking roof material for the coastal climate is the western red cedar, a type of wood that requires less maintenance and provides excellent durability due to its natural resistance toward decay and insect attacks.

An ideal choice for people who are into traditional wooden architecture, western red cedar looks strikingly pleasing to the eye. However, as compared to other roofing materials, the average life-span of western red cedar is thirty to forty years. With proper maintenance, this material can stand up against the harsh coastal climates, and look good while doing it.


Aluminum roofing materials are another favorite of roofing contractors when it comes to choosing the best roofing material for coastal climates. This energy-efficient metal is easy to install, lightweight, and environment-friendly. The durability spans for about fifty years and the sheets look beautiful. They can be painted to any desired color, making it an ideal choice for those who are fond of colorful houses and want quality material at the same time.

Since the roof of a church is as crucial as its foundation, while choosing the roofing material for your church near the coastline, these are some of the materials that roofing contractors suggest. Other roofing materials may be more appealing to you, but these are the materials that have proven they can survive the harsh conditions of the Florida coast.