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Pennsylvania church tells community "Nothing's Too Hard for God"

Heart-wrenching loneliness. Paralyzing fear. Devastating illness. Sometimes the weight of life's circumstances can feel impossible to bear. But the Assemblies of God's latest media campaign is helping churches tell their communities, "Nothing's Too Hard for God."

Pastor Norman Lawrence of Millersburg (Pennsylvania) Assembly of God recognized the potential the NTHFG media campaign, which centers around eight powerful testimonies, had for sharing hope and getting the word out about the church.

"I think there are a lot people out there that believe there are things God can't do," Lawrence says. "And this [message] really cuts to the chase. And I think the topics - fear, relationship, finances - everyone could relate to something. People need to know that nothing is too hard for God."

Commercials, billboards, print ads and small group discussion DVDs are among the many components of the campaign. Millersburg Assembly made use of many of the available items, including the television commercials.

"The video content on the advertisements was tremendous," Lawrence says. "We used those for our local cable broadcast and it was nice to be able to put our tag on the end of the commercials and customize it for our use." Lawrence says that overall, customizing the various materials to suit Millersburg Assembly's needs was very easy.

Drawing on the relevant themes of each testimony, Lawrence presented an eight-week 'Nothing's Too Hard for God' sermon series.

Prior to and during the sermon series, the Millersburg Assembly of God Web site also incorporated the NTHFG theme. Lawrence posted summaries of each testimony, along with links to the videos on the national NTHFG Web site. A NTHFG Web banner and link is still on the Millersburg home page.

Although the sermon series may be finished, Lawrence is still letting the community know that nothing's too hard for God.

"We've taken the logo from 'Nothing's Too Hard for God' and we're going to continue to incorporate that into our Yellow Pages ad," Lawrence reports. "We just want to continue to keep that [message] in front of them. It takes repetition."

Lawrence also plans on ordering more of the NTHFG yard signs, which he says were the most effective tool in drawing people to Millersburg Assembly. Several new families started attending the church after seeing the signs in church members' yards. Since October, church attendance at Millersburg Assembly has risen by 15 to 20 percent with a steady flow of first-time visitors.

To learn more about the Nothing's Too Hard for God media campaign, see http://nothingstoohardforgodcampaign.ag.org/.