Launch Prep Meetings starting THIS SUNDAY!

Grace Fellowship | Newport is in full-on launch-prep mode!  Here's what's happened since the last update:

  • Grace Fellowship | Newport Small Groups kicked off!  There are 9 groups associated with our new campus.  Please pray for these groups, and for those who lead them (we'll have a special time of prayer for them at our upcoming Small Group Leaders' Meeting Monday night).

  • Different Leaders scoped out AMC...and they liked it!  I've been there a ton, but I'm just one man.  There are people who will be overseeing setup/tear-down, praise & worship, children's ministry, audio-visual technology, and more.  Last week, different staff members from the Florence campus went with some core leaders of the Newport campus to take a look at the space from their perspective, given their purview and areas of expertise.  All systems are go!

  • Contract Negotiations are moving right along!  I know, I know...just sign the thing.  We'd love to, and have no reason to believe we won't, but we're continuing to make sure what we sign fits our needs as best as possible.  The good news is there are no causes for concern, no showstoppers, nothing negative or gravely concerning at all.  It's just a back & forth between us and the theater, making sure we're all on the same page about everything.  But seriously...I can't wait 'til we sign the thing.  {;-)
And...(drum roll, please)...what I'm most excited about are the "Prepare to Launch!" meetings that will start THIS SUNDAY, 23-SEP, during 3rd service at the Florence campus.  These important meetings are an opportunity for those of us who are committed to going to prepare to launch.

Are these Forums?

Not really.  They're similar in that we'll have a ton of dialogue.  The important difference is that I'll be presenting new content each and every week that I think is vital for us all to be familiar with as we prepare to get this thing off the ground.  Forums you can attend once, ask your questions, participate in the dialogue, and not really miss anything if you skip the rest.  I promise you'll leave these meetings each & every week with new information, new things to pray about, new things to consider, and new reasons to be even more excited about all that God has in store for us.

Who can go?

Well...anyone can go.  As I think, pray and prepare for each  meeting, I have those of us who are going to the new campus in mind.  Still, if you're on the fence or just wanting to learn more, we'd love to have you there as well.  Stop by for one or all of the meetings.

What information will you cover?

Good pastors plan, but do so in pencil.  I have in front of me (well, a laptop...but that aside...) a legal pad with the different topics, texts & details sketched out.  God may have us spend more or less time in one area than I've planned, or there may be something completely different that rises to the top as we go along that we decide to cover instead (welding, extreme ironing...who knows?)  Instead of typing them out here, hopefully this will wet your appetite enough to cause you to come on Sunday and hear all about where I hope we'll go together in these meetings.  I promise to give full details when we meet this weekend, including a timeline between now and our "soft launch" (yes, we actually have launch dates on the calendar!)  

It will be so great for those of us who are going to Newport to have this time together each week.  It will be a great preview for the full-length feature God has in store for us in the weeks & months ahead.  I made it this far without a movie theater pun, but could resist no longer.

I'm pumped, and I trust you are, too.  Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for praying...and don't you dare stop!


Pastor Peter
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