Update- weekly worship services resume Sunday, September 14 at The Grace Church

Hello, everyone:

We hope you’ve had a great summer. We’ve had a great time of recharging, which included some much time “sand and wave therapy” and some time with family and friends.

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend. Grill out. Chill out. Enjoy the people around you.

We will resume weekly worship services at the UCP building on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 10:30 am. Please pass the word along.

We love you and look forward to seeing you then!

Andrew and Cristy

Summer update / Summer sabbatical – next worship service August 31

Hello, everyone!

This weekend we had an awesome time together:

  • The worship team was incredible (thanks, Jon and Jess and crew),
  • We ordained David (who serves as the program director at The Village, overseeing all program and pastoral functions), and
  • I enjoyed teaching you using some basic kitchen props and a Nerf gun! We’ll have the audio on the media site soon.

This week, we begin our summer break, similar to what we did last year- just as we’ve discussed for a few weeks now.

Someone asked me at the end of the service, “Wow! That was amazing! Why stop now, after 3 awesome weeks?!”

My answer was this: We’re not stopping while we’re ahead. Or ending on a good note. Rather, we’re stepping back to rest and rejuvenate. Our church is unique in that we don’t have a service day once year, once a quarter, or even once a month. Due to the nature of the ministries we’ve created, we run 24/7. In the same way that Jesus stepped back from the demands of day to day ministry to recharge, we’re taking a break to go on vacations, plan, and prepare ourselves to come back full throttle!

You are amazing- and we look forward to celebrating together again with you on August 31, 2014. We’ll still meet at the UCP building at 10:30 am.

We love you,

Andrew & Cristy

PS- By the way, that’s Labor Day weekend, so we’ll have plenty of BBQ and pie on hand!

Update, last of April / first of May- new series / Healing, men’s group, and other stuff!

IMG_0034Hello, everyone:

We’ve wrapped the series through the Bible and are about to start something new this weekend! By the way, that’s Carrie to the right. She graduated from The Village in the past week and is getting set to move into her new apartment. She has a great job- and has been drug free for over a year! She’s doing amazing, and I’m so happy that we get to join in the healing process with men and women like her- every single week!

Here are a few updates for you:

1. Jesus the healer. This week we’ll start talking about healing. It’s the one thing that most people went to Jesus for. They didn’t go for a sermon, they didn’t go for a teaching… it was healing that caused the masses to flock to him. As we get ready to take a summer break and head to the beach, relax at the lake… I was thinking that this was the big idea I wanted us to leave with…

2. Awaken. We’ll announce a start time for these classes really soon. They will help you see the basics of grace and find out how you fit into the bigger picture of the of the Kingdom of God. You’ll learn what you’re gifted to do, and how it all works. You’ll see that you carry the presence and power of Heaven with you everywhere you go. All the time.

By the way,  if you’re wanting a “grace review,” I’ve posted some of the key messages on one page on my blog site. Go listen, download, and get recharged.

3. Men’s breakfast. In two weeks, we’ll have a regular time going for you guys. Nothing fancy, just a time to meet up once a week in the middle of the week.

That’s all for now. We look forward to seeing you Sunday when we’ll talk about Jesus the Healer. And I’ll tell you this- somebody is going to get well!

We love you,

Andrew and Cristy

Update, week of 04/13: Bethel-Altanta worship team, Sozo and community outreach went great… Happy Easter!

Amanda, from Bethel Atlanta, leading 04/13

Amanda, from Bethel Atlanta, leading 04/13

Hello, everyone,

What a great week- And what an incredible weekend still to come!

1. We enjoyed having a worship team from Bethel Church- Atlanta, who is affiliated with Bethel Church- Redding with us this past Sunday. Like I mentioned Sunday, I met with one of their pastors a few weeks ago, and he mentioned they had trained teams of leaders (come through their ministry school) but needed places for them to serve. That conversation resulted in us “test driving” a team to see how things might work out.

Things went well. We enjoyed hosting them- and having Amanda, Deon, and Estefan lead us…

The good news is that they- or another team- will be back soon! We’ll give you “fair warning” next time, so you can help spread the word.

Kindness for Kids- 04/12- and some of the volunteer team.

Kindness for Kids- 04/12- and some of the volunteer team.

2. Kindness for Kids, a service project in the Wenonah area (last Saturday, 04/12), was incredible. Blake and Drew and some others pulled the event together to give away toys and meet tangible needs of some of the kids who live in the neighborhood adjacent to where we meet.

3. Sozo was great, too. Brannon and the team led a Saturday session on the 12th, as well as a Tuesday night event this week. To learn how to get involved with Sozo, go to Brannon’s website.

The latest audio from the past few weeks is up. Tomorrow, we’ll step into the next topic in our Winter/Spring series about significant characters in the Bible and land on the most significant One, Jesus Himself…

It’s going to be a great day that involves singing, dancing, and celebrating! We look forward to seeing you. Happy Easter!

We love you,

Andrew and Cristy

Update: week of 03/30: David’s story, Sozo Training, Baby Cooke!, , and Kindness for Kids!

David and heathHello, everyone:

This week we’ll move through further into the Old Testament prophets, just before stepping into the New Testament next week in our ongoing series through the Bible.

If you haven’t heard it yet, I encourage you to go online and listen to David’s story. He spoke to us about Jonah, and about what God has done for him… In both of their stories, we see that you can run… but God always brings you back to Himself. David has an incredible story that ended with the first standing ovation I’ve seen. It was well deserved.

By that way, that’s David in the pic above- he’s the silly one in the background, passing out a graduation certificate to a man who’s recently completed the program at The Village!

Here are a few other updates!

1. Kindness for Kids is in two weeks on April 12, 2014, a great day to get out and serve the neighbors. The Village Street Ministry Team has been collecting toys for kids in need and has a series of neighborhood projects lined up.

They’ve been working closely with the Neighborhood Association President to line up a great morning of reaching out to love others. They’ll hit the streets at East Brownsville Park, this Saturday, 11am to 2pm, for Kindness for Kids. The day will include toy giveaways, face painting, moon bounces, toy giveaways, and hot dogs.

Contact Blake Wilson (blakewooson@yahoo.com) for more info.

2. Sozo training is on the same day, all day… 9 am until 4 pm, at Berney Points Baptist Church’s facility (2250 Blue Ridge Blvd, Hoover, Alabama 35226). 

Contact Brannon Nix for more info (sozobirmingham@hotmail.com)

3. Welcome baby Miriam Mae Cooke to the world! Jason and Heather welcomed her March 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm- on her grandmother’s birthday. She checked in at 20.25 inches and 7 pounds, 4 ounces. And she smiles when she sleeps (true!). Congrats, Cookes!

That’s all for this week!

I look forward to teaching you this Sunday, worshiping with you, and enjoying another week together.

We love you all,

Andrew and Cristy

Updates // week of March 16- Community Service Day (4/12), Baptisms, Audio up

photo 2Hello, everyone:

Here are the updates for the week of March 16!

1. Street ministry opportunity on April 12, 2014, a great day to get out and serve the neighbors. The Village Street Ministry Team has been collecting toys for kids in need and has a series of neighborhood projects lined up.

They’ve been working closely with the Neighborhood Association President to line up a great morning of reaching out to love others. They’ll hit the streets at East Brownsville Park, this Saturday, 11am to 2pm, for Kindness for Kids. The day will include toy giveaways, face painting, moon bounces, toy giveaways, and hot dogs.

Contact Blake Wilson (blakewooson@yahoo.com) for more info.

2. We’ve got the audio up from last week. We’ve been stomping through the Bible for a 13 week series that took us to the exact midpoint this past Sunday when we talked about David’s bread and cheese delivery service

This week we’ll move on to Solomon.

3. Baptisms next Sunday. The 30th is the final Sunday of the month- and that means baptisms. You can sign up this Sunday by completing a communication card- or just show up that day ready to go! Here’s a link to one of our teaching on baptism.

See you this weekend.

We love you all,

Andrew and Cristy

PS- the video announcements from this past Sunday are below.

http://vimeo.com/88460993

Updates, week of 03/2- Aloha, Daylight savings time (Spring forward), Deborah’s message…

Aloha, everyone!

Cristy and I are back after an incredible trip to beautiful Hawaii. We’re glad to be back- but loved our time away and look forward to going back.

Here are a few updates for you this week:

1. This week is Daylight Savings Time / Spring Forward. You can either wake up at 2:00 am, the official time to forward your clock for an hour, or you can just do it before you go to bed.

2. I heard Deborah did an incredible job teaching you all this past week. Her message on Rahab will be up on our media site soon. I’m so grateful for the gifts God has given us in the people who walk with us.

By the way, if you’re a woman and want to meet other women, Deborah leads a study in her home each Tuesday evening.

3. This week we’ll talk about Ruth- an incredible story that talks about the primacy of people in our loves- not positions, not possessions, not even personal opportunities that may come our way. I’m look forward to sharing with you some simple truths I’ve been soaking on as I walked down the lava beaches of Hawaii and as I sat (for seemingly endless hours!) at 35,000 feet.

Plus, we’ve got a few fun things we’ll do during our time together this week, as well.

We love you all,

Andrew and Cristy

PS- I have attached the video from last week’s announcements here: