February 28, 2010

Happy 1 Year Southbrook Monroe!

We did it! One year ago today we celebrated the grand opening of Southbrook Monroe. And today we celebrated all that God has done over the last year. We started out with around 50 committed people. Today we average around 150 each week! Here are a few of the highlights:

• 14 people give their lives to Christ.

• Baptized 24 people from Monroe.

• Expanded children’s ministry by adding a nursery and an elementary
wing. Now have The Cove theme for our kids.

• The Closet held 3 shopping days and helped over 700 families giving
away over 20,000 articles of clothing.

• Had our first VBS with 65 kids attending.

• Had a community 4th of July party in the parking lot.

• Helped needy Benton Heights elementary families with backpacks of
school supplies at the beginning of the school year, turkey dinners
for Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts for their children.

• Participated in a walk-a-thon for Crisis Pregnancy and helped raise
needed funds.

• Held church in the park with a fellowship picnic afterwards. Also
had a couple get engaged at the park that day…Mack Johnston and Sadie

• Started 5 new lifegroups!

• Started an ESL class on Thursday nights to reach out to our latino
community. Currently have 6 adults and 6 children attending

• Held a community craft fair.

• Started a student ministry that now meets every Wednesday nights.

• Had 5 of our adult members go on a missions trip to either Peru or
Equador. Had 2 of our youth go on a local missions trip.

• Had a service day where we went out in the community to help at
schools and other churches doing yard work, painting, organizing, etc.

• Started a Wednesday night Bible study class.

• Helped out the Union County Christmas Bureau by opening our church
and offering coffee and conversation while families waited to be seen
at the Bureau.

We kicked off our 4 week series called Impact today. For more about that, click here.

After the service people were challenged to find and join a LifeGroup. I saw a lot of excited LifeGroup leaders meeting and greeting, andinviting people to join their groups. If you're not in a group - then you better get moving!

Stick around - the next month is going to be an amazing adventure! And I can't wait to see what God does over the next year!

February 22, 2010

Let's Go Men!

This past Sunday Glenn Wagner spoke at Southbrook Church. It was a great message. If you're a man and you missed it, then you need to go listen to it right now!

He hit the nail on the head. Men - it's time for you to stand up and lead! God is looking for courageous men who will quit running around like cowards and stand up and lead their wives and their families. It takes a real man to do this.

I hear from women all the time who are sick and tired of waiting for their husbands to step up! Guys - God made you the spiritual leader in your home! If you're not leading, then you are living in sin! If you are making excuses, then you are hiding.

After the service I had a group of ladies come up to me. They are all in a LifeGroup together. Here is what they said: "Guys need to know that we think it's sexy when a man leads his family courageously!" Guys - did you hear that? It's not your looks they are interested in (though I'm sure that doesn't hurt). Women are very attracted to men who lead their families courageously!

So...if you missed it - go watch it here. And then step it up!