If you have kids, you may remember the time between learning that your family was expecting and the birth of your kid. The moment when the pregnancy was confirmed. When you learned that it was a girl or boy. The preparations for the baby’s room. Those videos…anyone? And then the child was born. You became a parent.
That’s somewhat like starting a new church. Early on, the excitement when we learned about being appointed to lead a brand-new church. We learned about the timeline. About the community. Met awesome people who've decided to come along for the journey. We know more and more each day, but we’re not quite to due date. We don’t have a baby church yet.
We celebrate each milestone of the journey toward a brand-new church. As we take each step, there is assurance in the goodness of God's character.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT)
In the book of Jeremiah, where the people of God were waiting to receive a promise from God, but it had not fully arrived. We see the promise of God for a good future, one filled with hope. But in the days preceding that fulfillment, they were to pray. And God promised to listen! Much of our journey is prayer, planning, preparation, and expectation. I'm grateful for each one of these precious steps.
This month we celebrate the prayers of those who are walking with us towards a brand-new church. We celebrate the heartbeat we hear of a baby church being formed. The preparation for the baby’s room. Like those celebrations for expecting parents, here’s what we praise God for this month at reFresh Church:
1. Tested and purchased amazing sound gear to pursue excellence in worship.
2. Hosted two Informal Worship
3. Gave out our first reFresh tote bag and wristband swag. Have you seen these?
4. Illustrated God’s love at Will Stevens Car Show in Priceville. We got soaked in May’s monsoon, but had a blast!
5. Our Worship band is forming. reFresh Kids are rockin it. Hospitality and setup teams are emerging.
Coming up in June
Kindness Project at Hartselle Sweet Tea Day, June 3rd
Our first Kindness Project in June is at Sweet Tea Saturday in Hartselle. Our Worship band will play an acoustic set. We'll give away reFresh tote bags and wristbands. Kids spin the big wheel for prizes.
-- Since the car show got rained on, we're carrying over our $100 giveaway. For EVERY person at this event who registers for a FREE chance to win $100 Walmart gift card, reFresh will also donate $1 to the Will Steven scholarship fund.
June 11th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Informal worship gathering for anyone curious about a fun and inspiring new church for Priceville. Modern worship music (acoustic for this setting) and a helpful sermon by Pastor Chris. Childcare provided. This pre-launch gathering is at the Priceville Comfort Inn (conference room).
Launch Team meeting
June 11th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Planning meeting for those who are area coordinators and all who are interested in learning how they can help on the launch team in these areas:
Childcare provided. This gathering is at the Priceville Comfort Inn (conference room).
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