A City Church Update

A City Church Update

IMG_0121This God-His way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.

For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?

Psalm 18:30-31 (ESV)

It is hard to believe that City Church has been meeting for public worship for six weeks! Things have been going very well and we are encouraged. From the early stages of our vision planning to the present day, it has been our goal to plant a church that produces a “different kind of people who celebrate the City.” We have summarized this goal in the catchphrase,

City Church-For the Gospel and the City.

Here are a few things for which we are thankful:

  • Spiritual growth: The Gospel continues to expose our desperate need for the grace of God in every aspect of our lives-relationships, work, family, school.
  • The opportunity to BE the church: Because every member of City Church desperately needs grace, God is giving us opportunities to show it to each other in our discipleship efforts. Families are struggling financially, longing to have children, desiring friendship, and the people of God are doing the work of ministry to each other!
  • The City: We count it a privilege to live and serve in York City. City Church has been warmly received into the community by our neighbors, city churches, local businesses, and representatives of the local government. One recent highlight was the opportunity to field a kickball team to play in a downtown tournament at Sovereign Bank Stadium!
  • Visitors: We have been blessed to have a steady stream of visitors from families who live, work and go to school in the City. These families have been diverse ethnically, socio-economically, and generationally.
  • YMCA: City Church has been exceedingly blessed to have the YMCA as a host to our ministry. They have bent over backward to be hospitable to us.
  • Our Supporters: City Church would not be possible without God moving the hearts of individuals and churches to give financially and to pray.

I have been preaching through the book of Revelation in a series titled, “Hope for the Church and the City.” While Revelation may not seem like a logical book to study in a church plant, the recurring theme of hope is desperately needed in York City and in our own hearts. We would sincerely appreciate if you would pray for the following three things:

  1. That God would fill our hearts with Gospel-filled hope and make us a different kind of people.
  2. That as we celebrate the City, God would use City Church to give Gospel-filled hope to the men, women, and children of York City.
  3. That God would fund the estimated $60,000 gap we are projecting for 2010.
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