The Wait is OVER!

stacynewell —  June 22, 2017 — Leave a comment

We are SO happy to announce that June 22, 2017 becomes the day that North Creek Church CLOSED on our new/old facility at 10311 NE Hwy 99.  It has been a crazy NINE year journey with this building and we are quite convinced that Jesus has a plan and purpose for our new home beyond our wildest dreams.  Congratulations to North Creek!

We will now begin a massive renovation to make this building something truly incredible.  Join us on Saturday from 9 am to Noon for the first phase of yardwork.  We need chainsaws and saws as we attack the overgrown bushes!  See you then!

 

This was a weekend to remember!  Let me catch you up….North Creek is about to purchase a building…but not just any building.  A building with profound roots and memories for us as a church….We are buying the first building we rented nine years ago, fondly called “The Bar”.  (Pause and read this story from 6 years ago if you’re not familiar: http://www.stacynewell.com/2011/08/31/standing-on-holy-ground/)  With it also comes the back building which will house our children’s ministry, office space, and the upper auditorium.  We will also be adding a foyer to connect the two buildings and doing a MASSIVE reno as it is in dire need (that may be an understatement).

We were previously there for about five years and now have been gone for four, but my memories of that place are all filled with joy…a joy that marks the best years of ministry for us and a joy I am happy to return to.

On Sunday night we hosted a worship and prayer dedication service in the building.  The weeds are overtaking the lot, the pavement is crumbling, the wooden awnings are all falling under years of rot, there was no fancy lighting, not even a trash can, but only the praise of our people spilling out of the open door and onto the desperate ears of those passing on Hwy 99.  It could not have been more perfect.

This is a full circle journey for us as the last four years away from the bar have been full of challenges and transitions.  We have endured one difficult story after the other, but now…now in the unexpecting story of a surprising Father, we find ourselves standing back at the point where we had been so long ago: full of hope, full of anticipation, full of direction.  In the musty air of a building that has been sitting empty, I could feel my lungs fill with the refreshing breath of God.

We are going home.

 

 

 

In American football, a quarterback kneel, also called taking a knee, genuflect offense, or victory formation occurs when the quarterback immediately kneels to the ground, ending the play on contact, after receiving the snap. It is primarily used to run the clock down, either at the end of the first half or the game itself, in order to preserve a lead or a win. Although it generally results in a loss of a yard and uses up a down, it minimizes the risk of a fumble, which would give the other team a chance at recovering the ball.

 

Eighteen months ago Satan came for our staff team with a vengeance.  Everywhere we turned it was as if the enemy was poised to destroy us with a fierceness I had never experienced or imagined.  We watched as he swallowed up loved ones with sin, and then we watched as that sin ricocheted through other lives like a bullet tearing through flesh.  He came after our children, he came after our family, he came after our friends, he came after our finances… I can vividly remember feeling like the punches were literal and not emotional.  It physically hurt to move, to breathe. Staff meetings were filled with tears.  There wasn’t one of us who didn’t weep in pain over the brokenness of lives and sin. It seemed like every phone call, every appointment was filled with pain.  The team that I love and protect with my all that I have were stripped naked, exposed, and vulnerable.  The war was fierce and the warriors were exhausted.

So we took a knee.  We ended the play.  We just stood still to run down the clock in order to preserve the lead.  The win.  The victory.  We lost some yards, but we did not allow ourselves to fumble in our weakness.  Through it all we knew who would eventually win the game, but in the heat of the battle we knelt to preserve the players.

True players hate stopping the game.  Warriors were made to charge into battle and when one is held back to rest…well, frustration mounts…  Someone who is trained to play the game would rather just play it out with all of the risks, but the best of us understand the value of taking a knee and letting the play end despite the desire to press on.

And in that time of waiting, the sweet, precious King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and VICTOR has been faithful.  As we knelt, He sang over us, met us in our weakness, anointed us with peace, eventually gladness, and hope.  He wiped the tears, waited patiently as we knelt.  It was as if He was unconcerned that the game was still roaring around us.  We were given leeway to wait.  His Word was a balm to the wounds.  His worship became the only soft spot to fall.

What we learned in kneeling became our greatest treasure.  He is our SOURCE, our STRENGTH, and no weapon formed against us will prosper.  NO WEAPON.

And now, after so many months of what seemed like an aching silence of despair, I hear a whisper in my spirit again…“Rise.”

It keeps getting louder and I know that the time is coming for a new season.  A season where the mighty players who took a knee will stand up to finish what was started.  To charge back into battle.  To declare victory.  To win.

Maybe you find yourself in a similar situation where you think that you need to take a knee….to end the play for a bit in order to eventually position yourself to win the game.  Can I tell you that it’s OK?  Not to quit, not to give up, but to posture yourself before the Lord in such a way that you demand His presence, His anointing, His infilling of the Holy Spirit in you.  Fighting to fight isn’t always the answer.  Stopping purposefully to lean into Him, to rely on Him, to allow the game to crash around you while you practice stillness before Him…that is where you will find the power to press on to victory.

Be still and know that HE is God!

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

 

I’m back!  I took a month off of blogging to reset for a while.  It’s been a good fall and we are enjoying watching Jesus change lives and hearts!

First off…the Cubs won the World Series!  My dad has been a fan for his entire life and it’s about the only sports team I can remember watching through my childhood.  He watched the series with his cat named Cubby and agonized as his beloved team fought through some ups and downs.  I could not be more excited for my dad and his precious team.  Miracles do happen.

We had missionaries Jamie and Berly with us last week.  What a blessing that family is to us and the Dominican Republic.  They are some of the hardest workers I know and are a joy to give our missions money to!  If you’d like to give to missions every month, mark Be Present on your online giving or offering envelope.

You can also mark your calendars for January 22 for our next missionary guest, Amy Farley.  Amy’s story is one of both tragedy and triumphing.  You will be changed, so plan on being there!!!!

We are gearing up for our Christmas Service.  Our schedule as a mobile church is different this year, so take note that our service is on FRIDAY night, December 23.  We will not have our regularly scheduled services on Sunday (Christmas) morning.  We will have invite cards out soon so you can tell your friends and family.

Our Deaf Women were at a retreat this weekend and had a great time.  Jesus always changes hearts when we step outside of our regular life and give Him time to work!

510093_154_640036Ladies from our hearing church…Mark you calendars for next March.  We are headed to a Women’s Conference!  Andrea and Rachael are leading it and more information will be coming out soon.  The early registration deadline is December 31, so start asking for this as a Christmas gift! 🙂

We are still in the process of looking for a building!  We trust in God’s timing for just the right situation, so be praying!  In the meantime, Prairie is a great place to be and we are grateful for all that God does in people’s hearts no matter where we are.

And last, but certainly not least….Congrats to Justin and Melissa on the birth of Lucien!  Here is a link to their meal schedule:  MEALS LINK  If you are able to jump in and bless them that would be awesome!  Also, they could use some help this weekend with raking some leaves, so if you can’t cook, but are looking to help, let me know and we’ll get you connected.

We are praying for you!  If you go to our North Creek App, you’ll see a prayer request button.  If you have a need, let us know.  I guarantee you that our pastoral team sees them, prays, and knows that God is working on your behalf!  We love you.

 

 

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SUNDAY was a PARTY!!!!  We had such a great time celebrating ten years as a church.  Thank you for all the love, support, and laughter you have brought to the last decade of our story.  We look forward to the future!

Our older kids in K-5th joined us in the main service, which is always great.  I loved watching them worship and enjoy the service alongside their families.  We had A LOT going on, so it was easy to keep the kids focused this week.

We opened with our very own Marc Roy and his team dancing Hip Hop for us.  If your kids are interested, he teaches all kinds of classes.  You can find him on social media.  Isn’t it cool to see all of the ways that we can give glory to God?  We can’t limit our praise, so give Him WHATEVER you’ve got!

I think that Heaven is going to be OFF THE CHARTS in worship.  I think there will be times of shouting, dancing, playing instruments, art, prayerfully bowing, silence…all sorts of ways to give Him honor.  But one thing will be true…every action will be done with 100% of who we are.  Make sure that is true in your daily life now.  Are you worshiping Him with it ALL?

Mark and I co-preached on Sunday about the Ten Things That Have Anchored Us.  It was FUN!  You can watch the whole sermon here: NC VIMEO  (Video is uploading, check back soon!)  It includes a video about Nate and Jessica Johnson, Nick and Maria Ortiz, a cameo from Troy Jones, a video highlighting all 180 baptisms, and we even gave out a Starbucks card to all the adults and teenagers!  You’ll see that we edited out the highlight video of one of our missionaries.  She is in a highly sensitive country, so we will not be posting anything online that puts her safety in jeopardy.  You can still give to BePresent via our Pushpay app if you’d like to support missions!

We also had the Deaf Church in with us, which I loved.  Jim and James took turns interpreting and deserve an award.  We had so much going on and they were rockstars at keeping up with it all.

We also had a photo booth (see North Creek  – The Coffee Church) with some birthday decorations to get festive!

And THEN we ended the service by dropping 500 balloons graciously blown up by our teenagers.  They will be lightheaded for weeks…

Mark and I were also surprised by our team as they honored us for leading for 10 years.  Thank you so much for that!  Truly, we have the BEST team I could imagine and they deserve the credit.  We wouldn’t want to go on this journey alone!

So, what’s next?  Continuing to live for Him with complete abandon.  No fear, all faith, endless possibilities!  Join us on the adventure!