Tonight I'm posting just to ask you to pray for the Haas family. My family and I have known Bud and Judy for over ten years, and they are very dear to us. Their son Anthony and his wife Holly were made aware part way through their pregnancy that their unborn child had a condition that would keep her from fully developing. The precious baby, Carleigh, was stillborn at 3:49 Saturday morning.
Please pray for our great God's peace, strength and comfort to wrap them up like a warm blanket and hold them tight as they grieve.
Guys, no words are appropriate; we love you and grieve with you.
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."Hebrews 11:1
Well, our first "practice" service is behind us. To be sure, there were a few "bugs" that we're working out this week, but overall, it was a blast! Thank you so much for praying- we now have both liability insurance- and after trying things out this week- a regular "place" to meet! Please keep praying- it's the most powerful thing any of us can do!
Kathy has asked that we join together in praying for her friend Jason's church (Breakthrough) in Juneau, Alaska as they re-launch on Easter Sunday- exciting stuff! (That's a day that should be easy for all of us to focus on!)
And while we're talking about Easter Sunday, I hope you'll be praying for us that day as well because it will be the official launch date for C3! After completing our first Sunday in Memorial Parkway Jr. High, it was clear that the time is right. The facility is really well-suited for our needs, and our core group is ready to take this step. So, we are ordering signs and banners to let folks know where we are, and will be working over the next two weeks to put the finishing touches on all of our essential ministries.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind as we are preparing to take another big step as a church.
Beginning this Sunday, C3 will hold 2 "practice" services in a public venue. This week's will be a "working Sunday." Here's what I mean: We will worship together as usual. Afterwards, the kids will go to have their regular teaching/communion time. The adults will share communion, and then I'll have a short devotional. Afterwards, we'll take a look at our new space, talk about the other ministry areas that we need to put in place, and pray over each area.
I suppose it could be described as part worship service, part ministry fair (if that imagery helps).
We are really excited about this step, because we will soon be able to have an "official" grand opening! With that in mind, here are some things to pray about this week:
Meeting in a public location will necessitate us being much more "portable" than we have been so far. Please pray for this transition, and for wisdom as we purchase new equipment to help facilitate this change and learn how best to pack and transport everything.
Please pray for the core group as we adjust to a new way of "doing church." This larger location will give us opportunities to begin new ministries, and more people places to serve. Please pray that everyone finds their "fit."
Please pray for people in our area who do not yet know the incredible love of Christ, or have a church home. Pray that as we move ahead in the next few weeks, C3 will have opportunities to connect with these folks, begin to build lasting relationships, and share the grace and Truth of the gospel.
Finally, please pray for each leader at C3; that we will make godly decisions, that our lives will be pure before God, and that as we continue to grow as His disciples, we are able to encourage others to come with us.
Thank you so much for choosing to be a Convergence prayer partner! If we can pray for you in any way, please let us know- either here in the comments, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org .