Monthly Archives: March 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!¬† I’m Irish, but if you know how feisty I am, you probably already figured that out! ūüėČ

Church was fun on Sunday.¬† We had great attendance, great worship, and great preaching…all wrapped up in the joy of being with people we deeply love!¬† What more could one ask for?

We also got to welcome our latest addition to our North Creek family.  Congrats to Roy and Alissa on the birth of their new little girl!  She surprised us by coming a bit early, but all is well!  If you want to help with meals, click HERE.

We have a few more babies coming over the next several weeks, so the excitement is still to come.  We love our growing families and are grateful to these young moms and dads!

We had our Annual Business Meeting on Sunday night to let everyone know how 2014 played out.  It was an interesting year as we felt like our ministries thrived and our finances struggled.  We are using the next 21 days to pray and prepare for how God will use that adversity to provide opportunity.  We could not be more excited for the future of North Creek Church and the one thing you can do to help us is to consistently give so that we can better plan for our budget as a body.

We are doing a slight service time adjustment at Hazel Dell…drum roll please…our 11:00 am service is moving to 10:45 am as of THIS Sunday.¬† If that is your service, please plan on getting there early next week to help our service begin strong!

We have Volunteer Training days coming up.¬† It’s for ALL of our volunteers to come and get a clear picture of how and why we do things.¬† Hazel Dell’s is on Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 am.¬† Battle Ground is on Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 am.¬† Plan to be there if you are one of our AMAZING volunteers.

We are gearing up for Easter at Prairie High School.¬† It’s all hands on deck as we prepare, invite people, and pray for our community.¬† Jesus changes everything.¬† He’s so worth serving and so worth telling people about!

Sometimes you need to WAIT on God.¬† We tend to want answers, direction, a perfect plan, and the whole picture, but what I’ve found to be more realistic are long, drawn out days of prayer and more prayer.¬† The answers we seek are very often on the other side of convenience.¬† So, if you are facing the desire to solve something in your life on your schedule, I hope you will consider shelving that desire and waiting for the answer that God has for you.¬† It’s worth the wait.

Well, another week has passed and God is still allowing us to do what we love.  We are blessed!

Enjoy your week and come to church on Sunday!  I like seeing you!

SO many things happening this week:

Three years ago this week we began the process of merging with Maple Grove Church to create North Creek’s second campus in Battle Ground.¬† It has been such a learning experience as we were thrown into turning around a struggling church, adding a deaf church, creating a new leadership infrastructure, starting a youth ministry, starting a worship team, etc.¬† What a wild ride!¬† And along the way we have been blessed with many stories of changed lives!

One year ago this week we started our Battle Ground Youth Ministry!¬† Mat and Janel Marbrey are two of the best blessings that have come out of the last three years!¬† And we are so very grateful for the influx of teenagers that now roam our hallways.¬† There’s nothing better than a church full of teenagers!!!!

Our Hazel Dell Youth Pastor took a small team of people to a youth leader’s conference last week.¬† It happened to be the same conference where God called us to plant a church…good news is that Kris didn’t get asked to do that again! ūüėȬ† I guess that’s good news…maybe more Coffee Churches would be AWESOME!

We also had an incredible Simply Worship on Friday night.¬† God really did some deep work in the hearts and lives of people from our church.¬† God is CHANGING people in our midst!¬† I could not be more excited for how I see Him molding people’s hearts and circumstances.¬† If you are stuck, frustrated, addicted, and struggling…don’t give up!¬† He’s got a plan!

Our Annual Business Meeting is next week to go over the state of the church (Sunday, March 15, 5pm).¬† We had a¬†challenging year financially in 2014, so we have to solve that for 2015.¬† On the flip side, we had a plethora of truly incredible ministry going on, so there’s a juxtaposition of emotions.¬† One thing I know:¬† God is good, He will guide us, and I trust Him. We have a bright future and I can’t wait to see it unfold!

Who are you inviting to Easter?¬† I’m inviting everyone who breathes.

Well, I hope you LOVE your church, because I do.¬† I love the people that I get to meet, I love¬†the¬†hearts to grow¬†in my Growth group, I love the struggles that we have the honor of walking alongside, I love the celebrations, and I love the dreams.¬† I love that we get to serve a God together in unity and make each other more like Him.¬† I love singing worship songs, and I love watching our kids grow up together.¬† I love His Word and I love how it changes the core of who we are.¬† I love when my youth pastor calls weeping over a broken teenager because it means she LOVES them.¬† I love when I see laughter in the foyer, and I love the coffee flowing into so many cups every Sunday.¬† I love that my kids are a part of something greater than themselves and I love when our team fights for what they believe in.¬† I love when we all forgive each other and I love when we mess up.¬† I love your stories and I love those of you who serve faithfully.¬† I love that my heart’s desire is to be at this church a really long time and I love¬†the fact that so many of you feel the same way.¬† I love the idea that I will grow old with you and tell stories about “Once upon a time at North Creek”… and I really love that God lets me do this with my life.¬† WE ARE SO BLESSED¬†to be a part of this crazy, broken thing called “Church”.¬† Isn’t it¬†a¬†beautiful mess?

Be blessed this week.  I know I am!



God is so good!¬† We had a good week at the Coffee Church and we hope you did too!¬† Here’s a few highlights to note:

Our first service at Hazel Dell is getting pretty full!¬† If it works for your family to move to the 11 am service, that would be awesome.¬† We are also tossing around a minor schedule adjustment to help with our “problem”.¬† We like problems like that…

Our El Salvador missions trip team is preparing to leave next month.  If you would like to help them, just write El Salvador team on your offering and we will add it to their account.  We have four adults and six teenagers who are going to do LOTS of ministry over 9 days!  They could use a last minute push in their finances after working so hard to raise money over the last six months.  Also, add that team to your prayer list!

We have a lot going on this month at North Creek!  I wanted to make you aware of some important calendar items:

Simply Worship – March 6 @6:30 pm at Hazel Dell Campus

Join us for an evening of worship and prayer on Friday, March 6.  This is an incredible opportunity to worship, be prayed over and pray for others, take communion, and allow God to work in your heart!  Childcare is provided. 

Annual Business Meeting – March 15 @ 5pm at Hazel Dell Campus

Once a year we have an annual business meeting for our members¬†to let you know about the state of the church.¬†¬†While our ministries seemed to thrive all year and we ended up with record baptisms, 2014 was not an easy year financially for our church.¬† We would like you to come to our annual business meeting so you can better understand the big picture.¬† Your investment into North Creek is vital to¬†our mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus!¬† Childcare is provided.¬†¬†If you’d like to bring a plate of cookies to share, that would be great!¬†

Volunteer Training – March 21 @ 10 am – BOTH Campuses

If you are currently a volunteer or would like to be one, we are¬†having an All Volunteer meeting to¬†go over pertinent details to ministry.¬† Childcare is provided. This is happening at BOTH campuses, so attend your¬†campus’ location.

Kid’s NITRO Conference¬†– March¬†27-28 – $120 for 2nd-5th graders

Our kids will be heading to NITRO again this year!  This is an incredible overnight trip for our kids to worship, learn about Jesus, and get to know friends!  Registration is due March 15, so email and she will send you a registration form.   

Easter Service at Prairie High School РApril 5 @ 10 am

We will be taking our church to Prairie High School for ONE CHURCH on Easter Sunday!  More information and invite cards are coming soon.
Whew!  On that note, I hope you jump into some of these events in order to develop relationships and deepen your walk with Jesus.  We appreciate your involvement, your giving, and your support!  We trust God with this church and look forward to whatever may come!
Be blessed!