Well, here we are… 50 days until Lifehouse Newport News officially launches on Sunday, September 17 at the Regal Theaters in Kiln Creek. When my family and I embarked on this journey in October of 2016, there were a lot of unknowns…
How would we raise money to plant a church? How would we recruit a launch team? Where in the world would we have church at? Are we ready for this?
From October 2016 until this point, we have seen God’s goodness and faithfulness in so many ways. Churches, individuals, and church planting networks have come along side of us and given generously to Lifehouse Newport News. Through relationships and the beauty of social media, we have recruited over 50 adults (and counting) to our launch team. Hundreds of people throughout the world are praying for us. We have found an incredible location to meet at - Regal Theaters in Kiln Creek. And, Kristen and I completed the church planting residency program through the Lifehouse Network.
So. Much. Goodness.
But, there is still a lot of work to do. Over the next 50 days we will be having launch team meetings, visiting other churches that meet in movie theaters, doing prayer walks, robust marketing, buying and assembling all of our equipment, as well as planning through the end of 2017 for our upcoming sermon series, Life Groups, and outreaches.
There’s still plenty of opportunity for anybody to jump on board and help Lifehouse Newport News launch. Here are a few ways:
1) You can join our launch team. What is the launch team? It's a team of people who say we will pray, serve, and give to help this church off the ground. There’s a place for you no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you are in your walk with God. Go to www.theaterchurchNN.com for more info.
2) You can give financially. Currently, we have come up short on our launch budget goal, but there’s still time. To give and to see life change happen, you can go to www.givetolifehouse.com and follow the simple instructions. All monetary donations are tax deductible.
3) You can participate in the Lifehouse Newport News ONLINE Church Shower. Just as a baby shower helps new parents start their journey into parenthood, this ONLINE church shower will help us start our journey of planting Lifehouse Newport News. We have made a wish list on Amazon that has items needed for the different environments of Lifehouse Newport News. Everything from children, to office equipment, to hospitality, and more. There are items for every budget and every purchase makes a HUGE difference. You can access the list HERE.
For those of you reading who have partnered with us in any way… by prayer, giving financially, attending a fundraiser or offering kind, encouraging words, we want to say THANK YOU. We look forward to sharing what God does in and through Lifehouse Newport News with you in the future. We invite you to join on a Sunday morning once we launch to see first hand how you’ve made Lifehouse Newport News possible. Until then, we pray God’s blessing on you, your family, and church.
- Pastor John Ware