Pastor Jay's Mid-Week Memo – Sept. 20, 2023

Dear Church Family,

We are just a little over a week away from our annual Engage Global Celebration – September 29-October 1. It’s hard to believe this is the 10th anniversary of what has become a highlight of the year for our church. It is always a joy to get to see and hear from our partners around the world as we celebrate what God is doing – and as we look forward to the mission opportunities He has for us in the year to come. God is on His mission and we get to be a part of it!

As we anticipate this year’s celebration, and as you make plans to attend, I want to highlight 3 new things I’m truly thrilled about this year:

  1. Prayer walking with Una Baptist Church: As you know, we have been partnering with our friends at Una to help them re-engage their community with the Gospel. This event will be a tangible next step in helping them do just that! Make plans to be at Una on Saturday, September 30 at 9:00am. Teams will receive some brief training, a map and be sent out to prayer walk specific neighborhoods. Those who are unable to walk will pray together at the church. Teams will gather back at Una to celebrate what they experienced, and to pray together for God to continue moving in Una and in the surrounding neighborhoods. I pray this will even help all of us consider how to do the same thing in our neighborhoods!
  2. Pastor JP Beaudry will be preaching Sunday, October 1: Pastor JP and his wife Valerie were with us last year and shared testimony of how God is moving in Quebec City where the overwhelming majority of people are not followers. Pastor JP is the Lead Pastor of our church planting partner there, New Life Church. They are continuing to see God move in incredible ways as nearly 1,000 people are gathering weekly in their church! I’m so glad Pastor JP will be preaching for us in both morning worship services that Sunday!
  3. Mission Lunch for college students with Cory Singleton and Charlie Worthy: After the 11am service, college students will have the opportunity to hear how they can serve on mission in Los Angeles through GenSend, and in Europe through the IMB. You know how God is moving in our college ministry and we want to keep giving students the opportunity to grow in their faith, use their gifts and even explore God’s call on their lives! Cory Singleton coordinates GenSend in Los Angeles and is a long-time friend of mine. Charlie Worthy is a member of our church and is one of our partners serving in student mobilization with the IMB. This will be a great opportunity for our college students!

Of course, we will unveil our 2024 mission opportunities, hear incredible stories of God’s faithfulness and work and have a wonderful time praying together and encouraging our partners. Don’t miss the 10th anniversary of Engage Global Celebration!

I’m looking forward to seeing you tonight at Midweek and this Sunday as we walk thru Nehemiah 4 – talking about how to face opposition in our lives as we follow Jesus. Can’t wait – be here and invite someone to join you!

Until All Hear,
Pastor Jay

Posted by Jay Hardwick