Monday, June 16, 2008

Boundary Waters Trip Home

Hey its was a long car ride!

Land Update

As many of you were gone yesterday due to Fathers Day, you might now be aware of the status with the land. We have met with the city, and after all the things that they would require us to do, the cost of the land is going to double. Taking a wonderful deal on the property from 700,000 to an estimated 1.5 million. Some of those costs we knew would be coming, such as the build out of Ashworth to a 4 lane road, but others caught us by surprise. After discussing this with our Staff and leadership team we feel like, in the best interest of the church body, to wait on this particular piece of property.

I know many of you have given already to the building fund, and others of you have earmarked money for it. If you still want to give you are more than welcome to give to this campaign. We will put that money aside and pray for the next piece of property. We know that God has something instore for us as a church body. I fully believe in the Sovereignty of God.

I also know that our mission is to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus. We are all about building relationships and encountering God. But we cant be so strapped with a land payment that we can't do ministry. Having property is great, but seeing lives changed is what its all about!

Be praying for our church. Remember, "Lord make us inviting!"

weekend Update

Great weekend with Steven Furtick speaking from Charlotte, NC. He did a great job speaking about Lord Make us Audacious!

At least 3 people rededicated their heart and lives to Jesus this weekend. Awesome.

Dont miss this weekend, with Ed Young, as he speaks about Lord Wake Us Up!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Hy-Vee Triathlon

Totally bummed that the Hy-Vee Tri is now a Dry Tri! No swimming due to all the flooding. So all the swim training.... a wash.

Now its a 10K run, a 40K bike, and then a 5K run...

Running is my least favorite of the events.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Week Away

Spent last week in Northern Minnesota and Canada with my Brother in Law, Daine. Man was it ever great to get a way for a few days without a cell phone or email.

This is a tiny piece of what we had to enjoy everyday. Awesome. I love to camp and canoe.

Gearing up for the next series in July. We were going to go a completely different direction, but I have been reading about the OT prophets a bunch lately. I am so moved by their heart for their city and country.

The story of Hosea and Gomer always moves me so much. Gods undying love, grace, and compassion for people is overwhelming... So we are going to be inviting you to a wedding. The marriage of compassion and heartbreak.

Gods every present love for His creation.

BTW, dont miss this weekends service. The One Prayer series is great. check it out here. Pastor Steven Furctick will be speaking this week, from Elevation church in Charlotte.