August 11, 2015

Lawrence Ministry Update

August 11, 2015

In January of this year, after months of praying and planning and Sunday night strategy meetings, we began meeting in Lawrence on Sunday mornings as Redemption Hill Church. To this point our primary meeting place has been in our home, an arrangement that has been practical financially and logistically as we got started. But now we have reached the point where we have run into a wonderful and anticipated problem - we need more room!

In Septemeber we will begin meeting on Sunday mornings in the historic Union Pacific Depot just north of Mass Street. This space has ample parking, room for children's ministry and corporate worship, and a beautiful garden area outside for extended fellowship after services. The room we will meet in can seat up to seventy, which is perfect for us. We have had up to fifty people in our home, so this gives us room to grow but will still feel cozy.

This year has been a great time of personal growth for many of us as we have studied through the book of Mark on Sunday mornings, met in two small groups during the week, and really come together as a church family. Each month we set aside one Sunday to bring food and share a meal after worship, which has proven to be a practice that has aided relationships and promoted unity within our body.

We have also been blessed to have a ministry with several individuals and families here in Lawrence. We have faced the difficulty of unexpected death and have been able to serve people facing spiritual, relational and financial crisis. We have also seen the power of the gospel in clearly bringing one young man to saving faith in Jesus. One constant has been the love that this body has shown to people who are in need of truth and grace. Outsiders see it and have been drawn to it. As a pastor I am thankful for the people God has given to this church and the gifts that are present and active within it. I am encouraged to know that the ministry does not all depend on me, because God is using the people He has called and equipped to fulfill His purposes.

We ask you to continue praying for us. The "soil conditions" in Lawrence often seem hard, but we know that God can break up rocky ground and bring about a great harvest. Pray for those who are hearing the gospel and being exposed to the love of Christ within our body. Pray also for perseverance and unity within our body. We know this is not a sprint, but a marathon, and we desire to be both faithful and fruitful in this endeavor. Pray most of all that God would be glorified and that we would rely on Him and seek Him in all we do. "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen." Romans 11:36

In Christ,

JD Summers