Thursday, August 27, 2015

Town Center

A New Series Connecting Our New Name & Our Mission

We took the big step of changing the name of our congregation. We committed to launching a new identity in the community of Mooresville and surrounding areas. We decided to call ourselves...


Now comes the hard up to our name

What does it mean to be at the center of life and activity in our town? What will it take to actually BE a source of life and connection for the people God has called us to reach? Can we really be like a well of fresh water, drawing people in and offering them the life Jesus spoke of? Can we really be the place where connection in safe, healthy, authentic relationships can happen?

We believe the answer is YES!

Join us as we take a fresh look at the mission and vision God has given us in light of our new name.

Sept 13 - More than a Name...An Identity!
Sept 20 - What Will We Do?
Sept 27 - How Can I Be a Part?

Will you help us become Town Center Church?

Friday, July 31, 2015

GO July - By Crystal Rogers

God calls us to serve. It's written all throughout the Bible. "It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others." (Ephesians 2:10 LB)

"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45  NIV) "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." (Galatians 5:13 NIV)

What God told Jeremiah is also true for all of us: "Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work." (Jeremiah 1:5a NCV) We weren't made to just sit around and watch others serve us or watch others serve those around us. God made each and every one of us to do a special work, not just our pastors and governing Board members. It includes you, me, our children, our parents, and even our grandparents. If we aren't serving others, then we aren't doing what God called us to do.

Over the past month, it was incredible to see how many people from Mooresville Church of God were out serving in our community! If you didn't get the opportunity to join any of the groups this time, you missed out and you should be first in line next time!

Levi Rennick, one of our summer interns, led a group down to our neighborhood Laundromat to spend some time talking to our neighbors and asking about how we could pray for them. Not only did they have the opportunity to interact with some of our neighbors, they even had some extra time to help scrub the Laundromat – a.k.a. manual labor.

  Meghan Jackson, our other summer intern, led a fantastic group of ladies at Meadow Lakes! These young women pampered the elderly women in the memory ward each week. They painted nails, put makeup on them and did crafts over the four weeks of service. The best part about this event was that these young ladies were challenged to reach outside of their comfort zone and try something new! Each week these young ladies were excited to go back and share God's love with those women at Meadow Lakes. "I believe that it was great for our students to interact with people who are older than themselves that they do not know. I also believe we made an impact with the nurses and the activity leaders at the nursing home just knowing we were coming to be there and helping them by giving them a break as well," Pastor Kim Schuessler.

Brittani Bentley organized a group to participate at the Farmer's Market in downtown Mooresville on Tuesday nights for the month of July. This group of volunteers provided free homemade goods to our community. The Farmer's Market provided an opportunity for members of our church to let people know about how they can help others or get help themselves when they need assistance. "As a church, we were able to let people know who we are and where we are located," Pastor Kim.

"It was all about relationships for me. We met so many that needed help or wanted a new church," Brittani Bentley said. This was a great opportunity to invite new families to our church!

Vanessa True helped to organize a large group of children and young adults to do a lot of manual labor at two of Mooresville's elementary schools: Neil Armstrong and Newby. Both schools had large piles of mulch that needed to be placed in flower beds and playgrounds. The school crew also helped pick up trash, pull weeds, cut down some dead trees and branches, and paint some curbs to get the schools ready for the start of a new year. Last, but not least, this crew finished their month by doing a prayer walk around the school grounds praying for the students and teachers as they begin a fresh new year.

I led a group in organizing dinner and an ice cream social for both the Mooresville Police Department and Fire Department crews. These men and women put their lives on the line for each and every person in our community, some even in our neighboring communities. Providing these men and women dinner and ice cream was the least we could do. Not only did we get to share a meal and ice cream with them, we actually had time to sit down and get to know them. Building these relationships is priceless! Not only did the adults enjoy this time of sharing with the police and fire department staff, but some young children experienced some really cool things like touring the police and fire stations, and even getting to set in the fire truck!

Monday, June 8, 2015

He Restores My Soul - Crystal Rogers

 Most of us live busy lives – rushing to work, getting the children off to school, after school sports practices and competitions, birthday parties, cookouts, family gatherings, etc. – and vacations are always longed for. It takes forever for the time to come for our vacation to get here. And then, Bam! The week of vacation is here and gone and it seems like it only lasted a couple of days. That's what just happened to me. Our week of vacation (in Port Charlotte, Florida area) came and went way too fast.

I had a lot of time on our drive to and from Florida (16 hours each way) to thank God for all of my blessings and to thank him for his beauty and serenity that I got to experience in my short week of vacation. I got to visit three beautiful beaches with soft white sand, calm clear beautiful water in the Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte Harbour, millions of miraculous sea shells, and tons of other Florida native wildlife (birds of all colors, shapes and sizes, crabs, fish, dolphins, turtles, etc.). While some say they "need" a vacation, I would agree that in my mind, I "needed" this vacation from the normal busy life, but we all know that we really don't "need" vacations, we just want them. 

Pastor John spoke this week about God being our provider. "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19. God…through Jesus…has provided everything we need. Through my faith in Jesus, he provided for me and my family on this vacation. We didn't have a lot of money to spend on a big lavish vacation, but he provided us with shelter, food, good health, beautiful scenery, precious family time together, and a reminder that not only do we need to slow down our lives to allow for enjoyment of ourselves and families, but we need to slow down to experience God and thank him for our blessings and what He does provide for us. He also provided the protection we needed as we traveled.

When Pastor John asked this week what we need that we must trust God to provide? I don't "need" a vacation.  I do need love, patience and forgiveness though. Not only do I need each one of these things from Jesus, I must also give those things to others. Last week, I needed a break from my busy schedule so that I could focus on God and my family more. The more faith we have in God, the less we should need.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Teaching Series!

Beginning Sunday, June 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Do you ever need to be restored? 

Maybe a definition of "restore" would be helpful:
1) Bring back; reinstate.
2) Return someone or something to a former condition
3) Renovate so as to return it to its original condition

What do those definitions stir in your soul? Now, consider the question again, "Do you ever need to be restored?"

Jesus modeled that in the course of following Him we should find times to be restored. To be filled up, refreshed, remade...restored.

This summer we will walk through Psalm 23 and look at many roles that God fills in our lives as He seeks to restore us to the people He intended us to be when He created us!

God our Provider
God our Restorer
God our Guide
God our Protector
God our Shepherd
God our Victory
God our Healer
God our Hope

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

New Teaching Series!

Beginning Sunday, April 12 @ 9:00 & 11:00

There are many headlines in our world today. Some good, some bad, but all tell a story about life in our world. Sometimes it's hard to believe that God is present in it all, but He is. 

Genesis through Revelation tells the grand story of God. But it doesn't stop there. Beyond the scriptural story of God is His ongoing activity and work in and through His people. INCLUDING YOU!

You have a story! How would you tell your story? Maybe something like...

- Who I was
- How I connected to God
- Who I am now
- Who I am becoming

God's story begins "In the beginning God..."

How about you? What's your story?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Easter Teaching Series

All Things New
Beginning Sunday
Mar 22 @ 10:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday, Apr 5
9:00a & 11:00a

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making all things new!” 
Revelation 21:5

God speaks to us about His plan for all of creation and humanity when He says, "I am making all things new!"  It is a promise to His people, to His creation and to each individual person!

Join us this Easter season as we look at how loving God with our heart, soul, mind and strength is one of the key ways that God makes those parts of us new!

Sunday, March 22 - Making Our Mind (Thoughts) & Heart (Feelings) New
Sunday, March 29 - Making Our Strength (Behavior) New
Easter, April 5 - Making Our Soul (Whole Person) New

The most important step in God's restoration plan was sending His Son, Jesus, to live among us, teach us, die in our place and defeat death so that we might be restored to God and to the people He created us to be!  Celebrate that great plan with us on Easter Sunday, April 5 at 9am & 11am!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 Mission & Vision Series

Mission & Vision

Feb 1
10:00 a.m.

Do you want to thrive? Do you want your family to thrive? Do you want your community to thrive?

As a congregation do we want to thrive in accomplishing the mission Jesus gave to His Church?

Listen to what the God says through the Prophet Jeremiah about what it takes to thrive:

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
(Jeremiah 29:4-7)

We believe 2015 is a turning point year! Why? Because our vision is to see these verses come to life through us! To see our community, families and church THRIVE!

Here is the series at a glance:
Feb 1 - Mission: 2MD X 2LV = THRIVE
Feb 8 - Values: 3V
Feb 15 - Vision: 3P
Feb 22 - Vision: 3P
Mar 1 - Strategy: 3G
Mar 8 - GO! Sunday

Join us for this exciting and important teaching series as we strive to THRIVE in 2015!