Dear Church Family,
It is hard to believe how fast this year is moving and that we are at the start of another school year in just a short time. Summer has been amazing for ministry, and I thank God for all that He has done, especially in our children’s and student ministries. Our camps and VBS were full of kids being challenged with the truth of the Gospel! And by God’s grace we have seen kids come to faith in Jesus Christ and follow in baptism. God has been so good to us. But as our kids make their way back to school another season of ministry will begin, as fall approaches, in the life of our church.
Very soon you will hear about an emphasis on our Adult Life Groups. We have On Campus Life Groups still meeting every Sunday during the 9:30 am service. But soon we will have our Off Campus Life Groups beginning on September 12th. Through the season of Covid it was hard on our groups to meet. We found creative ways to keep meeting, but it was challenging. Some people have not been able to meet in their groups at all, some have gotten out of the habit, and now we want to reenergize our groups by promoting our on and off campus groups to try to get as many of our people plugged back into a group as possible.
One of our “core values” is to BELONG. It is very important that we have a group of brothers and sisters in Christ to do life with, and this best happens in the community of a Life Group. We can get to know others, be ministered to, and study God’s Word together. This helps us to truly “Belong” and invest ourselves together in our church family. There will be an information table about our on and off campus Life Groups in our foyer beginning August 8th to help you find a group that will work for you. Please be looking for details about this churchwide emphasis so we can truly “Belong” to our church family together.
One last thing; I want to encourage you to save the date of August 29th for our “Worship on the Lawn” at North Campus. This is a great time for us to fellowship together and invite others to come with you as well. This will be a laid back, enjoyable time of food, fun, fellowship, and worship together. Feel free to bring a picnic meal with you or buy your food from one of the food trucks that will be present. I am already looking forward to this special day!!
I love you and I love being your pastor!!