God is Moving in Awesome Ways
Dear Church Family,
As I write this article at the end of the first month of 2015 I am overwhelmed with how God is working in our church family! We have hit the ground running and God is moving in awesome ways.
We have baptized in at least one of our services each week in January! We are ministering from Friday through Sunday each week as UPWARD basketball and cheer and our food pantry are up and running! We are literally reaching out and ministering to well over 1,000 people each weekend through our weekend ministries and worship services! God is so good to us and our church family is amazing in the way in which they are willing to serve!!! I am so thankful for all of you.
Also, God has blessed us in our new worship service format. From January – September of 2014 we averaged 467 people in our combined worship attendance. From October 2014 – January 2015 we have averaged 530 people in our combined worship attendance since adding our third worship service. So, we are averaging 63 more per Sunday for a 13.5% increase in total worship attendance. It is no coincidence that during this time our baptisms have risen as well. I truly believe God is blessing our obedience to be willing to do what it takes to continue to reach out to people with the Gospel message. Thank you for being willing to change and sacrifice to see God do what only He can do!!
We have also kicked off our Sunday night emphasis where adults are learning more about the Gospel, as well as, becoming more familiar with how they can share life more effectively with those in their lives. We had 74 adults for our first Sunday night together. We also kicked off our children’s Easter musical/drama and 54 kids came out and participated. That is amazing! Looking for God to continue to do big things on Sunday nights.
Finally, we have entered into 2015 with a focus on missions like never before. We have added a new strategic partner to help us facilitate international missions. Culture Waves Global is this partner and one of our own church members, Ron Osborne is the founder/president of this great company. This year we are partnering with a few trips that he has to India and possibly China. Some of our members are going to India in March to participate in missions! I could not be more excited. You will being hearing more about these opportunities in the weeks and months to come. We also have a partnership with the North American Mission Board to minister in Detroit, Michigan as well. We will be taking three teams there this year as well. You need to pray about being involved in these mission opportunities. After you pray, find Pastor Bryan and get the details so you can be deployed to go serve in the name of the King of Kings!
You now see why I feel overwhelmed with God’s goodness to us already at the end of the first month of 2015!! I cannot wait to see what else He has in store for us!
I love you and I love being your pastor,