November 15, 2017 

Prayers for Sutherland, Texas
Jingle Jam "A Christmas Party Big Enough for the Whole Family"
December 6th at 5:45pm
Batman and Penguin are in the house!
Good Wednesday to y'all!
TONIGHT ONLY!  We are dining together with our WOW - Church Family Thanksgiving Dinner!!
At 6pm, we will have a potluck meal with the main course provided by Brad and Corrine Davis.  We need fixin's and you can sign up here:

Mostly - bring yourself!  We will be sharing stories of blessings!

I heard from John Landis today - Firewood Ministry will not be heading up to Royston until December 2nd BUT we have need of getting some wood split as we expect the cold weather to trigger some deliveries in the next week.  Contact John at

A few weeks ago, we had our meeting with Congregational Development and our Vision Team met last night as a follow-up to that.  Please keep us in prayer as we begin to develop planning teams to find a location, identify coffeehouse needs, preschool needs, worship center needs, building/facilities needs and put together a fundraising plan. 

We need everyone's input into our re-branding as we seek a name that helps people know who we are and/or where we are.  Whether "Jackson County" is part of the name or another location-driven thought or it's more in line with who we are missionally - "The Bridge" or "Resurrection Church" or "New Life UMC" or another name that speaks to building bridges or the renewal of life that we seek to be a part of in this place...or something we haven't thought of yet! 

Be in prayer about our future as we move into this new season of life. 

Be in prayer for provision of the resources needed. 

We are looking for 5-10 acres of land that either has a building or is a place we can buy/build on that can house:

* Worship Center that holds 200 or so (and doubles as a venue setting for local events/musicians/speakers)

* Jericho Coffeehouse (a place that's all about "Breaking Walls Down, and Building People Up" - utilizing the walls for local artists to display their work, having an area for local musicians to play, poets to speak, small groups to meet - we want to create what's known as a 'third place' - if our sacred world is a first place and the secular world is a second place, then Jericho becomes a third place, where those two worlds interact). 

* Grow to be You Preschool (with room to grow as it becomes a full-time preschool in the future).

* Office/Ministry/Grow Group/Kitchen space.

* We would love to have enough land/building space to partner tangibly with iServe with warehouse space/office space. 

It's a big dream and will require God's hand to see it through.  Prayer is foundational - please pray!!

Tell everyone about Jingle Jam!  We hope to overflow the place on December 6th!!

Grow to be You is having a "Parent's Night Out" on December 2nd to raise some funds - I know the information is on Facebook but is likely on the website as well - contact Cory Rumbaugh ( for information!

The 20 UMCOR Buckets are delivered - Kaden Westbrook and I took them to Impact Church along with the 107 Hygiene Kits - The UMC is ON IT as there are around 2000 Disaster Relief buckets now being readied to ship!!  Way to go Church!

I hope to see y'all tonight!!  I looked at the sign-up list and there's already:  three bean casserole and roles, squash casserole, sweet potato casserole, garlic green beans, macaroni and cheese, and roles for sides and Apple Harvest Cake, Pumpkin Pie, and Lemon and Pecan Pies on the list!  YUM!

Big blessings upon all of y'all!!
Go God Go!

(Forgot to mention - we realize we have a 'bouncy room' for sound in the Worship Center and we have ordered some acoustic panels to see if that will help us, if we can just figure out how to put them up effectively when they get here...)
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