Things have been a little crazy over the past month and I’ve failed to really pause and celebrate the thing God is doing. I know it’s Wednesday…days after Sunday…halfway to the next Sunday…I get it. But I figure better late than never on celebrating how awesome God is.
This past Sunday was Launch Sunday for Fellowship. This is the Sunday that all ages begin the new year in their new age-divided class. It’s an exciting time for the kids and a confusing time for the parents. But here’s what God did on Sunday…
1. 1300+ Kids and 700 FellowShip Kids Volunteers
I’m pretty sure that’s more people than the Polish Army. It was awesome to see families reconnecting after summer schedules, and the energy of the kids was out of this world. While I’m thankful for that many kids getting up and coming to church on a Sunday morning, I’m so much more grateful for the 700 or more volunteers that answered the call to serve. God used them in a tremendous way.
2. 250 Preteens and 70 Preteen Volunteers
It was so much fun to dive into a new year with this group of preteens. They are super blessed because they have 70 leaders that have committed to walking through this phase of life with them. I’m so thankful for the energy of this volunteer team and the time that they’re willing to invest in students.
3. Relationships are Growing (already)
I wasn’t expecting students and leaders to gel and connect so quickly, but it’s happening. It’s like planting a seed and waking the next morning to find a fully bloomed flower! Mentors (what we call Small Group Leaders) are writing cards, sending emails, and making phone calls to connect with their students and encourage them. When we cast the vision for them to do this sort of thing, we were hoping to see results by October or November but it’s already taken flight. God is so good.
4. We Found a Community Group
We moved from Missouri 8 months ago, but we’ve really been transitioning ever since. We were renting a house, selling a house, and hoping to buy a house. It’s an awesome God-story of how all of those worked out. We (My wife and I) knew that we wanted to find a community group once we had purchased a house. We purchased a house in July, and so we met with a new community group in our area this past Sunday night. We had a great time connecting with the other couples. Each couple seemed interested in what God would teach us as we moved forward into forming a group. Dana and I are excited about “doing life” with this group.
There is so much to celebrate as God keeps moving and working.