Before I dive into the weekend, let me remind you that we have a Sling and Stone concert tonight at the Hazel Dell Campus. You can get directions at www.coffeechurch.com. It’s at 7 pm! We aren’t providing childcare tonight, but kids are welcome.
So many great things to catch you up on!
First off, our kids got back from camp and had an amazing time with each other and with Jesus. We are so grateful to our leaders for taking a week of their lives to invest in our children. I could not be more excited about what my kids experience and take with them after a week of camp. And a HUGE thank you for all of you who gave scholarships and work opportunities to help us get over 61 people to camp from the hearing church this year. What a blessing!
Our Deaf Church is at camp this week, so please be praying for them as well! After this camp, we are all done with camps for the summer. What a year!
It was birthday on Friday! I’m 39 and loving life! I look forward to the next year with great expectancy.
We are incrementally in the process of merging our two campuses into one. This is a big undertaking as we strategize selling property, an alternate location in the middle for our youth ministries and staff shifts to rethink roles that are no longer needed and new roles to accommodate a church of over 300 people. Honestly, I’m having a blast watching God work in all of this…not always easy, but His hand is heavy on our lives right now and I know it. There is a new peace, a new determination, and a new resolve in our hearts.
Feel free to ask us ANY question you need to. We will be having all-church meetings as we go, but in the meantime, we don’t mind the questions.
Our youth ministries will begin the merge process in late August. Rather than acclimating our new 6th graders into two separate youth ministries, we are working on a better case scenario of them starting together to alleviate one more transition. All of our youth went to camp together and did activities together this summer, so they are well-acquainted at this juncture. We’ll keep you posted on the details as we have them.
Sunday was something special. At Battle Ground, Mark closed up our I am New series, which was such a clear look at who we are in Christ. To truly understand who Jesus has created us to be, we MUST be Bible readers.
I’ve challenged you to read Romans a couple of weeks ago. My next challenge for you is to read Acts. Good luck! It’s a fun one!
Over at Hazel Dell we kicked off Testify with guest speaker Roberto Brizuela. What a gift that man is to our church! He is a mighty prayer warrior who is intimately connected to the Holy Spirit. He shared stories of the faithfulness of God in his own life, and I cannot really describe the heavy presence of Jesus in that room. It was literally like a blanket on my heart.
God is taking North Creek on a journey. My prayer is that with humble hearts, you will come with us.
2 Chronicles 7:14New International Version (NIV)
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.