Each month, we are posting updates from every church to better keep those part of one church more closely connected with those in the other churches. As we grow as a family, these are important moments to celebrate, pray for, and support what Jesus is doing in these communities. These updates will included updates, stories, prayer requests and a little glimpse into the life of the church. We hope these updates are encouraging to you!
Happy March everyone!
This last month has been a jam-packed one! We feel like we’ve been running 100 MPH, but have loved every moment! We are looking forward to some cool moments this coming month.
We are excited to partner with Seed Church for our Good Friday Service, partner with Community Bible Church for a sunrise Easter service to reach out to the community, and after we’re up with the sun, we’ll be hosting our very first Easter service at 10AM in our building in Downtown Ventura. We are hoping to meet lots of new friends this month!
A few highlights:
This past week we had our very first EQUIP (think: Leadership Community), and it was so great getting to share some vision for where we are headed over the next few months, pray together and have our team leads train some of their people! We love these times and are excited for many more!
Welcome To Anthem Lunch
At the end of February we had our first Welcome To Anthem Lunch, and got to share the Anthem story and connect with some epic new folks to our church!
These kinds of times continue to be bearing a ton of fruit!
Intro To Membership
Along with Anthem CAM and TO, we finished up our first round of Intro To Membership, getting to talk life, ministry and belonging to a local church with 30 people!
Membership is a weighty and wonderful commitment. Joining a church is much more than other social club or gathering. Membership at Anthem reflects the biblical command to live life with one another in a way that demonstrates Jesus to this world.
It's so exciting to see so many (this early on) make steps toward greater ownership of what God is calling us to do in Ventura.
Sending Out Of Launch Team Help
We've had a variety of folks come up to Ventura and help us out, filling in some areas of service to aid us in our first season as a church.
We had a group of people who committed to serving in different areas for 6 months from our launch date so we can build some teams.
We are overjoyed (and a little sad) to be sending out some of launch team help back to Anthem CAM or TO.
But, we love that we are sending church, in every sense, so as these folks go back to their home churches, they're going back with a renewed sense of purpose and intentionality. If you see any of them, be sure to ask them about some stories from Ventura!
How you can pray for us and support us
Recently, we sent an email update out to the Anthem family containing a few area we could use some help and prayer. If you didn’t receive that email, click here to view it, but here are a few things you can be praying about for us, and even considering jumping into!
Kids Ministry Volunteers
We're asking for you to consider serving 1 Sunday per month for 6 months (so I’m asking you to come out and serve 6 times) as we continue to grow and train our teams.
We’re praying for 10 people to help in this area.
We’re asking you to consider joining us for 1-2 Sundays per month for 6 months (so 6-12 Sundays total), to worship with us, learn from the bible with us, respond to the gospel message with us, and help form our new culture as a church.
We’re praying for 50 people to help us in this area.
A few things we're praying for:
- 20 Baptisms before the end of the year
- Reproducing to 2 Sunday gatherings by January 2017
- Reproducing from 3 to 6 Community Groups by January 2017
- Begin praying and prepping for our next church plant
We’re praying for 100 people to commit to regularly praying for us.
We have been so encouraged to see some of you pop in to our Sunday gatherings from time to time in Ventura, and continue to pray for you all!
Welcome To Anthem Lunch