I have been incredibly busy lately. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean I have to be really intentional about managing my time, keeping the ULTIMATE things a priority over the IMMEDIATE things, and keeping track of my “to do” list. One of the things I have been wanting to do is sit down at the computer, write down a few things that have been floating around in my head and share a few of them on the blog.
Tonight (Monday night) seemed like a beautiful night to sit outside, play some blues in the headphones, and get some thoughts written down.
As you may have heard, Redemption Church is stepping out in faith and relocating our Sunday morning worship gatherings to the Belvidere Family YMCA (you can read more about that here). While we are excited about the move to the YMCA, we are even more excited about the opportunity to partner with the YMCA to serve our community!
Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19th) was an interesting day in the life and history of Redemption Church. Since our launch on March 15th 2015 we have meet weekly at Belvidere Central Middle School. We have always appreciated the opportunity to rent space at the Middle School. As a brand new, start from scratch church, the Middle School has been home to our weekly worship gatherings since Day One and has served us well. The reason Father’s Day was such an interesting day in the life and the history of Redemption Church is because it was our last Sunday at the Middle School.
As we packed everything up and loaded the trailer for the last time at Central Middle School, it hit me; we are living in the “good old days”. You know how some people reminisce about the past, they tell stories, you know the, “when I was a kid we walked uphill, barefoot, both ways with no shoes” kind of stories. The reality is as we open an exciting new chapter, we also close one. I have a feeling we will be talking about this move in years to come. Eventually what is happening right now, will become the stories we tell. These are the good old days.
Some of my favorite stories are of when God’s people step out in faith, relying fully on His power, protection and provision. I am excited about what God is doing in and through Redemption Church. I am thankful for where we have been and what we have gone through, and at the same time I am excited about what’s next!
A couple closing thoughts:
1. THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of the journey! I am incredibly grateful for the people who have been with us since the beginning. To all of you who have prayed for us, walked with us, financially supported us, cried with us, and celebrated with us, we love you and are incredibly thankful for you! You are difference makers and we thank God for you!
2. Redemption Church, the best is yet come! Planting and Pastoring Redemption Church is one the hardest things I have ever done, and at the same time is a great source of joy. Simply put, I love our church. As I look back over the beginnings of Redemption Church I am certain that God is with us, and that means He is not done with us, and the best is yet to come! Let’s step into the next chapter of ministry with boldness, excitement, and anticipation.
A snapshot of our last Sunday at Central Middle School after we loaded up the trailer.