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!
We are so grateful to God for he's been doing these past few weeks at Anthem Ventura! We relish and appreciate your prayers, God is doing amazing things here and we are honored to be a part of it!
A new family member!
This past month has been very full for me (Bert) personally, as we welcomed our second son, Truman Wes Alcorn, into the family!
With that, I got to take a little time off to enjoy family, but what is so astonishing to me is the incredible team God has put together here in ventura. I was out for two weeks and our team didn't miss a beat! I love how God provides like that.
For those two Sunday I was out, Steve Scherer one of our apprentice teachers and Community Groups leaders crushed it closing our Nehemiah, and the second week, Rob Patterson, our leadership resident and church planter came and share with us about Vulnerability and the Gospel. Both great messages you can listen to here: anthenventura.org/teaching.
A few weeks after Easter, we presented our first crew of members to the church body! It was an exciting time to talk about what the church is and who we're called to be. This was an exciting time to recognize those who have given themselves to the church and commission them in this journey!
HERE ARE A FEW AREAS TO BE PRAYING FOR:
We truly believe that if anything of significance is going to happen, it will be birthed out of prayer. Please join us in seeking the Lord for a few things.
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
As we are growing, we are excited to see a diversity of people who are joining Anthem, please pray that continues! One of the things I love, is looking out on a Sunday, seeing people young and old, with and without kids, people from different economic background - basically people who wouldn't normally hang out, come together because of the gospel! We love it and want more of it!
In addition, as we grow, we are reaching our capacity with kids and thinking through other possible locations that will enable to serve families better! We love our location in the city, and we believe the Lord has led us here for now, but we are also praying for where God might take us next. Please join us in that prayer!
As we come into the summertime, people tend to travel and be out of town, but we also get a whole lot of visitors! This can be a crazy storm of, well, crazy! Please pray that the Lord will provide extra people to pitch in!