Something exciting is coming. Some of you may recall that the launch of our Newburyport campus got delayed a bit due to a transition of leadership. But I am excited to announce that Pastor Paul Nolden is now officially on board and ready to rock and roll! Paul has more than two decades of ministry experience, including a successful church plant in the Chicago area. He is a gifted leader and communicator, and I couldn't be more thrilled that God has sent him our way.
The first step will be to build a core team, drawing on people from our existing congregation. We will begin with 3 informational meetings to discuss the vision for the ministry as well as get input from those interested in helping us launch. These informational meetings will be on June 8 and 15 and July 20 at 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and will be hosted at The Rock Church Amesbury Campus.
Following the informational meetings, we will begin meeting weekly on Thursday evenings beginning August 10 with a meal served from 5:45 until 6:30 (come when you can) and then the Life Group from 6:30-8:00. If you think you might be interested or are just curious you can contact Pastor Paul at 815.303.5446 or firstname.lastname@example.org (or catch him Sunday mornings in Amesbury). I believe God is preparing to do something amazing in this Newburyport campus! I would ask us all to keep Paul and his wife Lisa in your prayers as they help us launch this new location.
Speaking of exciting things, I also wanted to celebrate what amazing successes our Spring Concerts were. We packed the house full for both concerts and had hundreds of unchurched guests come and hear of the good news of Jesus through the gift of music. I want to take a moment to thank everyone involved. I want to thank Beth Soucise for her extraordinary leadership and the entire choir for their commitment and dedication. But I also want to thank some of those unseen heroes. Our hospitality team did an amazing job managing a very full house while making every person feel welcomed. Our audio, video, lighting and computer techs provided great support behind the scenes. Then there were all those who set up, broke down and provided support in a dozen different ways. Most importantly, I want to thank those who stepped out of their comfort zone to invite an unchurched person to experience the love and hope of Jesus Christ We are a congregation full of people with true servant hearts, and I am grateful for everyone of you!
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we continue our series "One Heart and Mind."