Monday, November 1, 2010

Story Church lately...

We're almost 10 months old. I can't even believe it at times. And yet, in other respects I can't hardly remember life apart from this church that I love so much. I seriously can't believe I get to do this. Here are some of the things that have been happening lately:

  • Growth. We've experienced a really fun season lately where we are seeing more and more people each week and more and more who are excited about making Story Church home. We think we'll crack the 100 mark sometime soon!
  • A couple of weeks ago we had some visitors who came because one year ago our launch team (the group that helped get Story Church started) washed their car for free one day. Wow.
  • Baby boom. More like explosion. Not that babies are exploding, but you understand. At some point I will try and count all the babies from this year, but in the last six weeks alone we've had four new babies join the Story Church family.
  • Connection Groups. We've got three groups going now of people that gather throughout the week/month to just hang out and do life together. Love it.
  • Amazing God stories. It's been awesome to see people give their lives to Jesus and watch them begin to be transformed. Never gets old.
  • Baptisms coming soon! Sometime in November we'll be having our first baptisms as a church and I can't stinking wait. So excited to share their stories.
  • Community. I was watching our people yesterday just hang out, talk, love each other - it was amazing. New people were headed to lunch with some of our members, others were sharing coffee and chatting. So proud of who we are becoming.
  • Looking ahead - we are quickly approaching our one year anniversary. WOW. We're going to throw a celebration of epic proportions. It's only the beginning - the best is yet to come!
One of the other things that I love about our community is that in times of difficulty we get to come along side each other and lift each other up. This week my heart is heavy while a couple in our church goes to be with family who lost a baby this week. Please pray with me for Jeff and Sara and their family as they seek to be a source of strength and encouragement this week in the midst of pain, unanswered questions, and difficulty.


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