Connect to reFresh Church in 2017 Activities are ramping up for reFresh Church. In December, volunteers gathered to build a parade float and gave away 1,000 Ghirardelli chocolate squares and 5,000 pieces of candy in the Priceville Christmas Parade. On New Year’s Eve we’ll gather for our first Kindness Project in Priceville. And in February, we’ll begin connecting and equipping those who are interested in helping launch reFresh Church in 2017. Read more in this December’s notes…
1. Kindness Projects One of the core values of reFresh Church is kindness. I’ve heard it said the two most influential kinds of people in your life, in my life, in anyone’s life, are those who hurt you deeply or love you extravagantly. The Bible says,
“Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? … Can't you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” -Romans 2:4 (NLT)
We want to be inspirational because the extravagant love of Jesus we share. To be the church that refreshes our community with God’s love! The church that others will see, experience, and know that God loves them. We’ll use our actions and words as a paintbrush on the canvas of our lives to create a picture of peace and kindness that is bigger than merely surviving in an evil world. One of the ways we share God’s love is by stepping into our community to illustrate God’s love with acts of kindness for anyone and everyone. A cold coke to drivers sitting in traffic on a hot day. Candy bars to retail staff. Bottled water to parents waiting on Football practice to end. Each gesture with a simple card which reads, “God loves you, no strings attached!”
As a new church in Priceville, AL, reFresh Church began illustrating God’s love at the annual Christmas parade on Saturday 12/10. Twenty-one folks helped prepare and share 5,000 pieces of candy to kids and 1,000 Ghirardelli chocolate squares to moms and dads along the parade route.
Our next kindness project is on New Year’s Eve 12/31, 11:30am to give away free Confetti Party Poppers for folks to enjoy at New Year’s celebrations that evening. See Save the Dates for more info.
2. Save the Dates
Kindness Project: Party Popper Giveaway
December 31, Saturday, 11:30a – 12:30p
Wearing our bright reFresh green shirts—we have new shirts if you haven’t gotten one yet—we’ll give away free Confetti Party Poppers.
Parents & kids will give to store staff and folks in the parking lot. Adults will give to cars stopped at the nearby intersection. These are fun items for our neighbors to enjoy at their New Year’s celebrations that evening. Each with a card that reads, “God loves you…no strings attached”. Gather by 11:30am in the parking lot next to Priceville Foodland. Afterwards, we’ll head to Dairy Queen for a bite to eat or a treat. Open for all who want to help reFresh illustrate God's love in Priveville. Questions or confirm to Pastor Chris (chris@reFreshPriceville.com, 256-318-6601).
Experience, Equip, and Connect: February Sundays February 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th
In February, reFresh Church will gather each Sunday to experience, equip, and connect those who’ll help launch God’s awesome new church in Priceville, AL.
One Sunday we’ll travel to a regional church similar to our style to learn from what they are doing. Another Sunday we’ll gather in one of our homes to equip and pray towards the work we are undertaking. On another Sunday we’ll go into our community for a kindness project to illustrate God’s love. And on a fourth Sunday we’ll meet at a gathering spot for fun and equipping.
Feb 5th – Worship at a regional church
Feb 12th – Equip & Pray
Feb 19th – Kindness Project
Feb 26th – Equip & Fellowship
Childcare is available if requested ahead of time.
Great for all who may be interested in helping launch or attend reFresh Church in Priceville.
Questions or confirm via email or text Pastor Chris (chris@reFreshPriceville.com, 256-318-6601).
Launch Pad Training
February 10-11, Friday & Saturday
at Gardendale - Mt. Vernon UMC, 805 Crest Drive, Gardendale, AL 35071
This training provides new church leaders and teams with the tools to plan their ministries for the first 6 months. Subjects covered include LaunchPad training, team building and recruitment, marketing your ministry, discipleship and small group creation, evangelism, and how to discern and deploy your team according to each person’s spiritual gifts. For those “all-in” and those still “investigating” if they’ll help launch reFresh Church. $25 course cost includes dinner, light breakfast, and lunch.
Open for all who want to help launch reFresh Church in Priceville.
Got questions or ready to come along, email or text Pastor Chris (chris@reFreshPriceville.com, 256-318-6601) or Farra.
3. Our Vision
reFresh Church exists to inspire new and fully devoted followers of Jesus who refresh our communities with God’s love. Through an unforgettable church that unchurched people will love to attend, we’ll inspire a journey to worship Jesus with excitement, serve God & others meaningfully, grow deep spiritually and with one another, and reach out with kindness locally & globally, all to inspire other new and fully devoted followers of Jesus. We’re a rockin’, fun, welcoming, kind, uplifting, Biblical, prayerful, creative, and purposeful team. Our style is specifically for real people with real stories—no perfect people allowed.