Our second worship service is in the books! We had 39 people join us, almost all of whom were Hoboken residents. It’s all very exciting, but amidst all the hype about our services, I always need to remember why we're doing this. We're doing this for people like Edgar. I met Edgar at a Chamber of Commerce networking night, and he's preparing for marriage. It's got him thinking about his Christian roots, and how important it is to be connected to the local church. My prayer is that I'll see Edgar and his fiancé one of these Sundays. Who knows what the Lord is up to? Our job is to keep joining Jesus on his mission so we can find out!
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In early February we started a new weekly gathering in Dunellen, NJ. This opportunity came after meeting people at a memorial service I’d officiated who were eager to start a community to pray and learn about God. We will continue our gathering in Dunellen every Saturday at 5:00 pm. Our community in Bernardsville continues to gather weekly gatherings on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. I am training three leaders who by the end of March will be able to lead our weekly gatherings. We also recently had our second life-skill workshop on budgeting where people were encouraged and given tools to prepare and lead a better life. We will have our next workshop sometime in March on how to use a credit card.
In mid-February we held our third monthly worship gathering with 30 in attendance. We will continue our monthly gatherings and find a more centric location for our communities in Bernardsville and Dunellen. Our monthly gatherings are the third Sunday of every month.
I did want to share that I met a woman that worked at one of the delis I frequent in Basking Ridge. She told me she would never come to church and wasn’t interested in religion or God but I continued to visit her and one year later she showed up to one of our weekly gatherings. In our fellowship time, she said to me, “I know I promised that I would never show up, but here I am.”
All I can say is that God is working in her and working in all the people that I build relationships with. I often pray that God guides my conversations and that I have the opportunity to meet new people every day. This woman, as well as the other people that we interact with on a daily basis, are special to God and God wants to use us to show them Jesus. I pray that God continues to use you as you develop and seek relationships with non-believers.
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