Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A Wonderful Birthday!

Friends at churchLast week was filled with lots of emotions as we got ready to have our Grand Opening Celebration at New Life Robinwood. On Sunday morning, joy was definitely the order of the day. Everywhere you looked there was another smiling face.We kicked off the day with the baptism of Steve Ticen. It was so neat to hear his testimony of God's grace in his life. Someone said, "That's the happiest I've ever seen Steve." Another person commented that his testimony made a clear statement that New Life Church was a place where broken people can come and find healing and new life. On that note, we saw a lot of first time visitors on Sunday. Above, you can see John Parker greeting few of them.

About 160 people celebrated in song and the teaching of God's word from Acts 1:1-3. You can listen to Pastor Nathan's sermon online at www.newlifenw.com.

One of the most powerful moments in the service was when we played the video of birthday greetings from New Life Riverfalls. About half of the crowd was people who formerly attendedA meal among friends New Life Riverfalls. You can see a few of them in the picture to the right.It was so special for all us former Riverfalls atttenders to feel so loved on this important day. Finally, we ended the service with what we do best.... eating! Seriously, it was a lot of fun to "break bread together". About 110 people stayed for the lunch. Below you can see some of us wading our way through the spread of great food.Good Food Good Friends
In all, the day was a ton of fun! Thank you for helping to make it all possible. Please continue to pray for us as we seek to be a church community that treasures and honors God. Also, please be in prayer about when and where God would have us do another Grand Opening in another location to see more people find new life in Jesus Christ.

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