10 whole years ago today…The Yes over the No

10 years ago today we were in revival services at church.

I remember it like it was yesterday…

Jeremy came down and poked his head in the nursery where I was serving. He had a sly grin on his face.

“David from the Summit Church just called and asked me to pray about being their Kids’ Pastor.”

I laughed…out loud!

“You’re a Student Pastor. Not a Kids’ Pastor.”

And we forgot about it. Didn’t pray. Moved on.

Because we were somewhere special. Somewhere sweet. Surrounded by people who had cared for us the past year like we were blood relatives. (Union Grove…we LOVE you!)

And who in the world would move from a place like that?

A week passed and he called back. And Jeremy and I began to figure…huh…maybe we should actually ask God about this.

So we did. Over and over again.

“God, we don’t want to leave. Really. We love these students. Their parents. This staff. We’ve seen You move. We’ve got events planned. Surely this is some kind of test.”

But it wasn’t. And time made it clear. God was calling our family to the Summit Church.

Stephen was 2. I was due with Caleb in 8 weeks. The timing was bad.

We went to Lifeway and purchased a book about Kids’ Ministry. We poured over it like a college textbook.

A few months later we said some hard (really hard) goodbyes. And joined the Summit family.

And holy moly…only God could have known what He was doing!

10 whole years!

It’s been fun and hard and I’ve cried some and we’ve been stretched lots and I love the people here and still love the people at Union Grove.

Too many emotions and grace to even put down.

God has been faithful. He’s changed us. He’s taught us. We’ve gone deep in the Gospel and tried to impact wide.

To all those who journeyed with us before 10 years ago. We love you. And to those who believed in us while we struggled through new town and new ministry. We love you. And to those who still hold our hands and believe in God’s good plans for us. We love you.

What a 10 year ride it has been!

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20,21)

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The week we moved.

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Where has the time gone? (And where did all those kids come from?)

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Not in a million years…but for grace…

I married a Pastor…in Alamance County. Who would have thought?

Jeremy laughs and says, “The prodigal has come home.” It’s true. I can hardly believe it myself.

People here knew me. They knew the elementary me and the high school me (God forbid!). They knew the me before God wrecked me in college. Before grace became more than a word. Before the Gospel “made all things new.”

I giggle at the thought of it. Feel a little shame at the same time. God is just so unpredictable.

But He’s also so faithful. And He changes lives. And gives second chances. And lets the prodigal come home because His Son came here. And grace has changed me. Keeps changing me. I can’t get over how my Abba Father has loved and rewritten. And how He keeps making messy things beautiful.

That’s why our family is here. That’s the message the Gospel begs us to share. That’s why the Summit Church has planted this campus in Alamance County.

Easter is Sunday. And I’m shamelessly inviting ya’ll to our campus. Begging you maybe. Because God’s love and grace has wrecked my life. In beautiful ways. And we are so desperate for you to experience Him too.

No judgment. No condemnation. As you are…

Here’s our campus info.

We are so, so thankful to be here!

” Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (II Corinthians 5:17,18)

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Yep, in the glasses. You’re welcome!!=)

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Oh, high school…

 

Some Big News (No, we’re NOT pregnant!)

Finally!! I haven’t blogged in so long because there’s something I wanted to share. Blab it before it was time. But now I can. Here goes…The Summit Church is planting a campus in Alamance County, and they’ve asked Jeremy to be the Campus Pastor!

Here’s some information you might find beneficial about the Summit’s purpose in planting campuses. Here’s some more information about how the meeting in Alamance County has moved from an Extended City Gathering to a Summit Campus.

And here’s a little backstory on us:

*July 2014-I called Jeremy and said, “Let’s sell our house.” He amazingly said okay.
*November 2014-Our house in Durham sold. We “happened upon” some land in Mebane but felt it was too far for Jeremy to commute daily.
*December 2014-We moved in with my parents (in Alamance County) while waiting for more houses to come on the market.
*March 2015-The Alamance Gathering was starting and Jeremy was the closest Summit Pastor around who could help out.
*May 2015-We bought the land in Mebane and trusted God had a plan.
*July 2015-The Alamance Gathering grew and Jeremy was asked to be the Campus Pastor.
*September 2015-We will move into our new home, and the Alamance Gathering will officially become a Summit Campus.

*Side note-Our new home is about a mile from Hawfield’s Middle School where we presently meet for church. Only God!

Is it bittersweet to leave Brier Creek? Definitely! We’ve been there since 2008. It’s all we know. Most of my closest friends and their families go there. Will we still see them? Of course! Mebane is only about 30 minutes from the Summit’s Brier Creek Campus.

But are we so stinkin’ excited about this? Yes! Could only God have orchestrated these events and this incredible timeline? Yes! Should you come to the Summit Church’s new Alamance Campus if you live in the area? Duh!=) (Our next service is Sunday, August 30 at 5:00 at Hawfields Middle School…Yes, that is a shameless plug!)

Honestly, ya’ll, we are so fired up about this. We are excited to partner with some amazing new friends who love the Lord. We are excited to partner with other ministries in the area and see God change lives. He could. His Gospel is that big. And we are humbled and excited to be a part of what He is doing.

Pray ya’ll…we are desperate for a move of His hand in our new Jerusalem!

photo 2 (29) Esther exploring the “backyard.”

photo 1 (29) This was a week ago. It’s coming along!