My son Caleb played tee ball/coach pitch baseball this past Spring and it was a hoot to watch these little 5 & 6 year old boys play baseball and interact with one another! We were constantly laughing watching these boys play.
There was one little boy that particularly caught my attention (and everyone) each time he rounded third base!
Each child is greeted with the crazy applause of parents, grandparents and other attendees as if it was the seventh game of the world series as they round third base on their way to home plate. One little boy would round third base every time with a huge smile on his face and he would maintain eye contact with the fans in the stands the whole way across home plate. Often, he would actually miss home-plate because he was so focused on the fan support. He was absolutely enthralled with the encouragement from the fans as he made his way down the third-base line to cross home plate.
This is a great picture of how important “community-life” is to the individual Christian as they “run the base paths” of life in the world. We are not meant to live our Christian lives alone. It is the encouragement of others that offer Christ’s strength and support as we travel through life.
Remember that you can run farther when others are watching! That is why you should not neglect being involved with other believers in small groups or teams that serve together.
Here are a few things going on at The Grove this week:
Volunteer Appreciation Night August 28 6:30pm-8:30pm at Lenora Water Park
Make sure you get your reservation in for this fun night for you and your family!
5 year anniversary!
On September 11 we will celebrate an incredible 5 years as Church at the Grove! (Insert applause & cheers) These 5 years have been significant in seeing many people turn to follow Jesus & seeing lives transformed as we have impacted our local community and even touched lives around the world. September 11 will be a big day and we want everyone who calls Church at the Grove home to be there and to bring your family and friends to join you!
Two Services on September 11
We have continued to see our CATGrove family grow and as a result, we need to create more space for new people. On September 11 we will launch with 2 Sunday morning gatherings at 9:30 & 11am. This is to create another opportunity for you to invite your family and friends that you have been praying for and investing in!
Community Groups begin September 11
Our new Community Group semester will begin Sunday September 11! I am convinced that one of the important elements to our growth this past year (God gets the credit, of course) was our Community Groups this past year. We had more groups and more people connected to groups than ever before! Please choose a group over this next month and get connected to other people in the church!
Church at the Grove Social Circle
This coming January we will launch a 2nd location gathering in Social Circle. God has called us since before we ever launched our 1st gathering to be aggressive in ADVANCING the gospel through planting new churches and new locations of CATGrove! I am asking everyone to please pray about being a part of this launch team that will help get this new gathering started. It will be one of the most exciting things you have ever been a part of. Consider making this your campus, consider giving one year or six months to help get Social Circle started. We can’t do without people like you.