We are so thankful that God has been faithful to us this year and that our church has continued to move forward. Let’s all commit to close 2020 strong by bringing our biggest and best offering of the year for this year’s Vision Offering.
This season has been challenging for some people, but others have done very well. I would encourage you if God has been good to you this year, make sure that your giving is a reflection of your gratitude to him for his faithfulness.
We will continue to have our monthly Vision Offering on the first Sunday of each month next year, so those of you that are accustomed to giving to Vision over the course of the year can continue to do so. In addition to bringing your very best Vision Offering, I would also encourage you to participate in that monthly Vision Offering next year using the recurring giving feature on our website. How many of you know—we automate things that are important to us, so if helping to accelerate the Vision of The Life Church and all that God has called us to do is important to you, then this is a great way to prioritize it.
We are amazed and grateful for all God is doing through our church. Thank you for the part you play as we work together to extend our reach and influence our communities. There are so many people waiting to hear the good news of Jesus and that they can move forward in life. Our faith is high and we are confident that our best days are before us.
We’re thankful for the part you play in pushing our vision forward every year. God has done some amazing things in our church during 2020, and we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that we’ve been able to do because of your generosity. Our team put together a special brochure highlighting the year and where we are going in 2021.
We are so excited to add another location to The Life Church family. In early 2021, we will be officially launching The Life Church - Massachusetts. Through a divine relationship with Pastors Emy and Emily Vasquez, we began conversations about what it would look like for their family to join ours. For the last six years, Pastors Emy and Emily have been pastoring an incredible group of people in Leominster, Massachusetts - just outside of the Boston area. After lots of prayer and many conversations, we felt led to team up together. During the beginning months of 2021, they will officially be a part of The Life Church and will become a new region in our expanding family.
We’re excited to come alongside what God has already been doing in Massachusetts and as we continue to expand as a church, we know this means more people making fresh starts with God, taking next steps, and moving forward in life.
We are so thankful for our incredibly gifted and creative worship team that leads us in worship every weekend. We are excited that they are in the process of writing, recording and producing songs that reflect the diverse and spirit-filled sound of our church. These songs will be a blessing for The Life Church family as well as a resource for other churches around the world. We look forward to enjoying our music in our day-to-day lives and sharing these songs that reflect the spirit and unique sound of The Life Church.
In 2020, we expanded nationally by adding the New York location of The Life Church. For ten years, our New York family has been meeting in portable spaces but will now have a place to call their own! This summer, we purchased a 16,500 square foot building that will be the first permanent home for our New York location. Architectural drawings and renovation plans are underway with plans to open for services in 2021. Pastors Wayne and Classy Francis have done an incredible job leading this location and we know that this space will allow them and the New York team to have an even greater impact in the New York area.
Because of COVID-19, we did not officially launch our Downtown Memphis Location in 2020. That has not stopped us from moving forward to start building teams and look for a meeting space. We are continuing this vision initiative into 2021 with plans to launch our 6th Mid-South location in Downtown Memphis.
Our Downtown Campus Pastors, Shaston and Kendal Hunter, have been doing a great job preparing for the launch. Downtown Campus Life Groups have begun, interest nights are scheduled and we can’t wait to see God reach people through our church in another location in the Memphis area.
Watoto is an incredible mission organization in Uganda that cares for and helps raise thousands of orphaned African children. Due to COVID-19, much of their funding for these kids was lost. We have decided to step in as a church and help close that gap in their funding by sponsoring 100 children for 2021. It costs $38 per month to care for, feed, and teach these children, and it’s an honor for our church to be a part of making a difference across the Earth.
Each weekend, we have incredible families who serve one service and attend one service. For kids ages four years through 5th grade, Kids Life is launching a brand new environment called Kids Life Clubhouse. These kids will attend one service in their classroom and join their friends in Kids Life Clubhouse for fresh content, food, games, and a relaxing atmosphere focused on building relationships and having fun. Students in 4th and 5th grade will also participate in a competitive, team-driven leadership development opportunity as part of their Clubhouse experience. It will be an exciting place for kids and a great resource for all of our amazing volunteer and staff parents
God has been moving in a unique way during this season, and as a result, many incredible opportunities have arisen to reach the world in an even greater way. We are praying about and exploring many different potential International Life Church locations. We are excited to share more with you in the future as the details unfold.