Many have asked a similar question recently: "How is the transition going?"
This verse sums it up.
"Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers (and sisters) dwell in unity."
We are experiencing a great time of growth and tremendous unity because of what God is doing.
We'll be baptizing eight people (or more) in the next two weeks. We've seen some
great Sundays in terms of attendance and lots of new faces coming to see what Jesus is up to. We are in a season of growth. But... it has its challenges.
Growth is hard.
Whether it's personal growth or church growth, it usually requires doing new things. Every church has visitors. Turning visitors into vital parts of the body of Christ is hard work.
Growth is expensive.
This year has already been (by far) our most expensive year on record, but it has also been our most fruitful.Getting the campus in shape took some faith-stretching expenditures, but we are excited to see God's reward.
So if you are wondering - "How can I make a difference during this time of growth?" Here are two very simple suggestions:
First, go out of your way this Sunday to greet 3-4 faces you don't personally know.
Thank them for coming. If you really want to bless them, invite them to your small group
. If new people don't get connected into a small group within a couple months, odds are they won't stick around.
Second, stay faithful to the Lord with your generosity.
Thank you to those of you who support what Jesus is doing at City Church with your finances. The bottom line is that we have never faced a time of greater need than today. To those of you who aren't yet involved in giving, try it out!
Remember how I said growth is hard?
It is! It requires stepping out of our comfort zones, sacrificing from our own resources, and stretching ourselves into the unknown. However, this is the journey of a disciples. So help us grow. Get to know some new people. Welcome them into your life. Keep supporting. We are all working for Jesus' highest glory and the growth of His Kingdom!
Nathan Kress (from iCarly) will be at City Church this Sunday!
This Sunday we are proud to welcome our youth pastor Kevin's brother Nathan Kress to City Church! Some of you (or your kids) might know him from Nickelodeon's hit TV show iCarly.
Here's what to expect: Kevin will interview his brother for about 10-15 minutes during the service. Immediately after the service, Nathan will be available in the Community Center for a meet and greet and as many photos as time allows.
Bring friends with "tweens." The 10-15 year olds today likely are probably almost all familiar with him and would be thrilled at the chance to hear him and possibly even take a picture together.
On a side note... Kevin's youth group had 21 kids last Monday night. Eight months ago there were less than a handful. Way to go Kevin + Rescue Youth Crew! We are so proud of you. We are praying that Kevin's brother will draw more teenagers to get connected on Monday nights at 7:07pm.
Small Group Sign-Ups Are Happening NOW!
We now have 14 small groups starting this Sunday September 21st. Join the "hub" of City Church by getting plugged into a small group that works for you. Check out the available groups here. You can sign up for a group right now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on Sunday at the info table.