We’ve been praying. Hard. And Faithfully. And after lots of prayer and discussion we’ve decided that the time is quickly approaching for us to begin gathering together on Sunday mornings as New Story Church. This won’t be our official launch, which will still take place in the fall of 2012 (Lord willing), but a time for those who are interested in being a part of New Story Church to begin gathering together on Sunday mornings to sing, pray, hear a message, and get ready for our official launch. We hope to begin gathering in the Spring.
There are many reasons that we are going to do this. Here are three of the biggest ones: 1) We believe with all our hearts that this is what God is leading us to do. A lot of people have prayed really hard about this for a long time. (2) We have a lot of excitement and momentum right now and we want to keep that going. We think the best way to do this is to begin gathering together on Sundays sooner rather than later. (3) We think that it’s important for us to have a presence in the new area as soon as we can. Hillsdale UMC (where we are currently gathering) is an awesome place, but it is quite far away from where New Story Church will be. If we begin gathering in the area where our new church will be, we can start outreach projects, small groups, and worship experiences in the community where we will launch.
Where is this awesome gathering going to take place, you ask? We have no idea yet. Please pray that God will help us find a great place on the 150 Corridor to meet, and if you’re really brave, pray that God will help this great place to have very cheap rent (Ha ha, sort of). Once we find a place, we’ll get it ready and then start gathering together on Sundays. We hope this place can also be a place for us to have small group gatherings, an office, and a waterslide (just kidding about that last part, or am I?).
While you’re praying, thank God for the fantastic early Christmas service we had. Our praise band sounded incredible and there was a wonderful Spirit in the air. So many of you have told me how much you enjoy getting together with other New Story people. This is one of the main reasons we are going to go ahead and start gathering together on Sundays this spring.
I hope all of you have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year. God is going to do incredible things with us in 2012.