I hope you and your family had a wonderful Fourth of July. Our festivities started on Sunday and we experienced a great day! Both campuses had food trucks and inflatables and both campuses had a great number of guests. In fact, Oakleaf had the largest number of guests all summer and the largest single service since they began almost three years ago! There is an energy that we get when we are all together and we have opportunities to hang out and visit with people that we don’t always see because of multiple services. We already are looking at more opportunities for similar events in the future.
On Hammond, many of you were able to get a sneak peak of the new building! This coming Sunday, we will have a soft opening of the Connection Plaza. Many volunteers are working this week to get ready. Whether it is working the coffee shop or being a greeter, each position is vital to creating the best guest experience for new comers. I’m excited to see people who have never been involved find a place to serve. One way to get committed to church is having responsibility in making it happen. If you have not signed up yet, you can do so quickly and easily HERE for Hammond campus and HERE for Oakleaf campus.
Vacation Bible School is right around the corner and we are anticipating having hundreds of kids on our campus to teach them about the love of Jesus! If you have not signed up to volunteer, you can sign up HERE. On Monday, there will be a VBS Kickoff Party in the Connections Plaza. This will be a great time to get acquainted with other volunteers and learn how you can best prepare for your responsibilities that week. Remember to pray for our leaders and the children who will be here!
I’ve been so encouraged to hear of several stories of church members who are putting their faith into action. One of our young people saw someone at the park who seemed to fit the age of our Rooted group. He mentioned to her that she should come – and she did! I also heard of a group of ladies in our church who are burdened for widowed women, so they are starting a brand new group in August to minister specifically to them! Remember, God has placed people around you, so that you can bring them to Him. It may just be a simple invitation that gets them to church or it may take years of prayer and prodding, but be on the lookout for who God wants you to influence.
Before I go, check out these videos from Mission of Hope. One is of our Oakleaf group and the other is our student ministry group. So proud of our kids, our leaders and our church. There is nothing like experiencing the mission field first hand to deepen our burden for spreading the gospel. I pray that the same missionary spirit will prevail right here as we seek to impact Northeast Florida with the gospel. Let me challenge you to invest in building a relationship with someone with no strings attached in order to reach them for Christ.