I loved having the Hardin family sharing with us this past Sunday! We began a brand new teaching series called “SENT” and Pat, Joy and Kelsey kicked it off updating us on their ministry in Romania. Pat challenged us all to live “SENT”, whether we are sent across the world or sent across the street to our neighbors. The Hardins are here until the first week of June when they will return to Romania. They need to raise additional monthly support for their ministry in Romania and also need to raise $3000 for the airfare to get them back to Romania in June.
We will be taking a group from CATGrove to Romania in late July! I am looking forward to making that trip with Josiah and Abigail!
Community Group training
This past Saturday night we had 34 people attend our Community Group Leadership Exchange! I was so excited to have that many people together to begin the process of preparing for the fall Community Group season. If you are interested in hosting a group in your home OR leading a group please send me an email or give me a call. I am looking forward to connecting so many of the new people that God has brought our way over the last several months. In order for us to continue to grow and reach people in this community, we must facilitate ways for people to connect in meaningful relationships and meaningful responsibility.
I have received several advertisements in the mail and through email notifying me of how we can avoid the summer slump as a church. What is the “Summer Slump”? It is the period of 2 to 3 months during the summer vacation season that tithes, offerings and giving in general goes down in a local church. People are out of town traveling and are not in church to make their normal contributions when the offerings are received. Simply put, when people are not in church they are not giving or making contributions. We are a young church and cannot afford to continue ministry if we incur a “summer slump”. We have printed self-addressed envelopes for people to mail their gifts to the church when they know they are going to be out of town. We also provide on-line giving through our web-site to make it convenient for people to give when they are not at church on Sunday. We can also set up automatic draft withdrawals for those who may be interested in taking advantage of a systematic way to make contributions whether they are at church or not during the summer. We simply rely on the generosity of the people in our faith community to continue to do what God has called us to do in this community and around the world. I would appreciate your help in making sure we have the resources this summer to continue ministry in our community.
We already have 2 summer baptism times planned! If you are ready to take the step of baptism let us know and we will reserve your spot for either June 13 or July 18. We will have a night of food and fellowship for the whole church and pause for our baptism celebration. Call or email us to let us know you are interested in being baptized.
This Sunday is part 2 in our “SENT” series and we will also be recognizing our graduates for this year. If you are a high school or college graduate and would like to participate in the recognition, please let us know so we can include you.
I can’t wait to see you Sunday…..Until then…
Keep praying, keep investing, keep inviting!