This is part of an update that Kyle, my church planting partner wrote. I thought he did a good job describing our work over the last month so I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy!
October and November were busy months that brought new blessings and adventures into our lives. In October, our church began seeking, praying, studying and listening to God and our community in order to select a church name. We wanted something that would connect with God’s mission, our mission and with the community. After a month of praying and listening, we as a church, decided on “River City Christian Community.” We feel like God’s mission through us is to bring the message of God to the city of Wichita, but we do this as a community that we can invite others into living the lifestyle of Christ. Micah and I have been working with a wonderful attorney who has been walking us through all the steps to get incorporated and also getting us in the right direction to receive our 501c3 status.
October we also welcomed a new member to our church, and we have had several different visitors from among our friends and family. We also continued building relationships with some new friends. Kristen and I were able to host a soccer party for the families of Chloe’s soccer team. We grilled up around 60 hotdogs and opened our house for the team to come over and play. We have since gone trick or treating, to a pumpkin patch, ate lunch, played at parks and the girls have been shopping with our new friends. I can’t really share with you on paper the excitement we are all feeling around here as we continue to connect with people who are not in a relationship with God and invite them into our lives. Also in October Micah and I were able to preach at the Riverwalk Church of Christ on their mission Sunday. Micah and I were able to help raise money for several missionaries around the world that are supported by Riverwalk. It was a very blessed day and we received some wonderful feedback from the congregation.
During the month of November, Micah and I sent out fundraising letters and spent time visiting other Churches of Christ here in town to talk about our church and mission. We are currently trying to reach a goal of 20,000 in fund raising, in part to meet our personal needs, but most importantly, to be used to meet the needs of those in our community. At the end of each of our church communion gathering times we spend the last 15-20 minutes talking about what we are currently doing to live on mission, and what opportunities are available for us in the future. We want to make sure that we are being the hands and feet of Christ to those in our community. We as a church continue to partner with Carpenter Place, a local children’s home, helping out where we can and spending time with the girls there. Our church also has a big passion for a ministry called Simple House. Simple house operates from a building downtown that serves the community by providing food and clothing to those in need. Last week I spent some time talking with 2 young girls who have absolutely nothing at this point. We prayed, shared stories, and were able to bless them with some warm clothes, food and place to come back to. Micah and I spent last weekend working with the Delano (a neighborhood in the downtown Wichita area) Association to help with a clothing and food drive. We drove around downtown and picked up donations and meet several local business owners. We were also able to take the clothes and toys from the drive and we are planning to spend time this next week passing them out to the local schools, homeless shelters and at Simple house. We feel strongly about works of justice in our community and we want the good news to be something tangible for everyone.
Thanks for keeping up with us. Keep us in your prayers!