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"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Does Y2K seem like just yesterday, or what? Can you believe ten whole years have passed since then? As we head into a new year and a new decade, take some time to reflect not only on how things have changed (technology alone is mind-boggling!) but how God has changed YOU. How has He changed your bad habits, your fleshly desires, your dreams and aspirations? Then take a moment to thank Him for cleansing you from your messy past and creating in you a clean heart!
Speaking of changes…
FAITHWRITERS GETS A MAKEOVER
Have you checked out FaithWriters' new look? What do you think?
Many of you have asked for a more user-friendly site and FaithWriters has delivered. To keep costs down, site owner, Scott Lindsay, redesigned the site himself (let's hear it for Scott!). An added bonus is the sleek new design! Be sure to take a tour of the site to see everything the new and improved Faithwriters has to offer. While getting used to the new layout may take a minute, we're certain you'll find it easier to navigate, not to mention more pleasant to the eye. If you have any questions or comments about the new design, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE FUTURE OF FAITHWRITERS
Even with the excitement of the new site design, not everything is great in FaithWriters land. Over the past couple of years, we've sent out several notices about the financial state of our site. We've been honest about the fact that although general membership is climbing (well over 46,000 now!), the financial support has plummeted. At one point, the FaithWriters 500 membership had reached an all-time high of almost 750. It has now dwindled to below 660 and that number continues to drop.
You may not be aware of just how much time, energy, and overall manpower it takes to run a site of this magnitude. There are only a handful of people behind the scenes who take on the huge responsibility of keeping FaithWriters afloat. In taking a close look at the whole situation, one thing is clear: Things need to drastically change.
So, with that in mind, we are in the process of implementing a new LEVEL PROGRAM, which will allow members three different levels to choose from, each providing various perks and benefits. The new levels will be labeled: SILVER, GOLD, AND 500 PLATINUM. The SILVER level will be free to all members and include only the minimum features, such as general article posting, general article managment, posting Free Reprints, and using the message boards. The GOLD level will be a few dollars per month and include several nice benefits. The 500 Platinum level will cost $10 (the same price charged now for the 500) and will feature many wonderful benefits, including a few brand new perks (one being a FREE $35 writer's guide) that you'll definitely want to check out!
NOTE: The Critique Circle and Writing Challenge will no longer be free to use. They will be benefits under the Gold Membership and 500 Platinum Membership. You will still be able to view them, but you will not be able to post unless you upgrade. If you have articles on the Critique Circle, you will need to consider upgrading or remove them from your account.
So although some won't understand the decision, the reality is that the Challenge is the most labour intensive service on the site, and we couldn't possibly continue to provide it for free to everyone when FaithWriters is experiencing financial concerns, particularly as we do pay a cash prize at the end of the year to the Best of the Best (and also with the publishing of the books about to kick back in).
In taking a good look at the whole picture, we've recognized the need to set a time-line, or goal, of sorts. If the Platinum-membership level does not reach at least 750 by June 30th, 2010, it will be necessary for us to begin making cuts to the benefits we can offer. And if the number of Platinum members drops to under 500, there will be no other option than for FaithWriters to close its doors for good.
We know this is hard for you to hear and nothing would break our hearts more than to see FaithWriters come to an end. But unfortunately, that is the harsh reality.
Please prayerfully consider partnering with us in keeping FaithWriters alive. If God has put a specific amount on your heart for a one-time donation, it would be very much appreciated. You can make donations here: http://www.faithwriters.com/donations.html. Otherwise, keep watching for more details regarding the new LEVEL PROGRAM, to be implemented no later than January 15.
We also covet your prayers as we do everything we can to turn things around for FaithWriters.com.
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, members were asked to send in their answers to the following question:
WHAT IS ONE GOAL (ONLY 1!) YOU HOPE TO REACH BY THE END OF 2010?
Lots of great answers poured in. Here are just a few:
"This question for me is so profound. When I compare my two lives (my life as a sinner, and my new life as a Christian) it astounds me that I was a sinner for SO LONG. My answer to your question is something which I ponder daily. It is simply this: To be able to stand-up in Christ a much better Christian than I am now. I am HUNGRY to learn the word of God because I've wasted so many years being a sinner and on July 5, 2009 I gave Him my life." – Betty J Lopez
"My goal for 2010 is to get published in some capacity, even if not paid, by the end of the year." - Jo Leatherland
"I hope to have my NaNo entry (since November is now over, it is officially known as my WIP) completed, rewritten, and ready to send off for editing." – Kim Russell
"The desire of my heart is to reach a goal on which I would proudly look back. That the Lord would grant me to achieve more through FaithWriters for His Glory--in my second year as a 500 Club member. Then I may fully rejoice, praising God with all of my might. " Henrietta W. Romman
"My goal by the end of 2010 is to write a book. This has been a goal of mine for many years. I really want to do it in 2010." - Gwendolyn Carter
"My 2010 main goal is to see my husband and all of my children become saved by our Lord Jesus." –Tammy
With Valentines Day in mind, how would you answer the following:
NAME ONE OR TWO ATTRIBUTES YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER.
Please limit responses to 1-2 sentences and email to: email@example.com. Then check the February newsletter to see if your answer was selected to appear.
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING FAITHWRITERS.COM IN 2009. WE APPRECIATE YOU AND PRAY THAT YOUR 2010 WILL BE FILLED WITH BLESSING, PEACE, AND JOY. KEEP WRITING FOR THE KINGDOM!