Hi all! It has been a while since we posted, but I assure you we are still alive and well and busy, loving Newton and watching God continuously blow our minds through his work at the Gathering!
We have been working on building relationships within our Neighborhood Church group, learning more and more how to lead well and be disciples who make disciples as well as equip others to do the same. We have been busy doing all the things that make up Sunday morning celebrations – setting up and tearing down, working in the sound booth and kids ministries, greeting, documenting worship, events and baptisms through photo and video, and doing our best to connect people to and within the Gathering!
We have been active in our community through volunteering at Caleb’s new school and being visible at local events (applying temporary tattoos to Bethel College students and alumni is strange and fun!).
We have noshed on yummy waffles and burritos at the city’s annual Tastes of Newton event, as well as many other “Yum-Yums,” delicious desserts and meals with our Core Team and church family! We have been frequent park gatherers, play-daters, and spur of the moment girls-night-outers (well, I have been). We have provided meals in times of joy as well as grief, held babies, listened with open ears and had awkward conversations. We have witnessed hearts changed by Jesus, spirits healed and people’s lives flipped upside down because of God’s love for them. We feel so honored by the opportunity to be able to experience this little slice of heaven right here on earth!
We are working toward our vision and one goal: Newton Reborn. A people and their city revived, rebuilt and renewed by Jesus, for his glory.
This Christmas, we have the opportunity to serve our Gathering neighbors right down the block from Norm’s Coffee Bar where we meet each week. We are throwing a huge party for a neighborhood block of 51 homes, and blessing each household with Christmas gifts, hot chocolate, hot panini sandwiches and love without conditions. We will start there, but it is just the beginning!
As always, thank you to everyone who continues to support us through financial gifts, prayer, and kind words of encouragement. God is moving in big ways here in this little city in the heart of Kansas, and it is extremely humbling to know that even ordinary jars of clay like us can be used in big ways too, showing that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
For those who have been considering/praying about how you can get involved, you can always give online by clicking on “Support Us” at the top of the page and following the instructions!
P.S. Can you believe 2014 is almost over? Holy December, Batman!