Message from Mark Hoover, Sr Pastor
Good Morning NewSpring,
So much on my mind today, I had to talk to you about some of it. First, this is the final weekend of Valleys. It takes us to the best-known valley in the Bible from Psalm 23. I think you’re going to be deeply touched by what you hear. Next week we begin Heavy Duty, Bolt Down Tight.No doubt about it, this could be the three most important weeks you spend in church! You’ll see what I mean next weekend! And now for some HUGE NEWS… With the dramatic growth we continue to experience at NewSpring, we’re going to OPEN UP A 5th WEEKEND SERVICE! If you regularly attend NewSpring on Sundays, you don’t need an explanation, but I’d like to let you in on what’s leading this step of faith so you can pray for us, and hopefully help.
On recent weekends we’ve seen lines in the parking lot, traffic jams, check-in lines and general crowdedness become more challenging. We actually had two lines overlap each other last weekend. Did you know that we’ve had to close some Adventure Avenue (preschool environments) because we were at capacity?
While these are wonderful signs of a church in the midst of historic and explosive growth, (We have a thousand more attenders than we had this time last year.) we never forget that our main purpose for existing is to help people make an eternal connection with Jesus. While you and I and other committed NewSpringers are good-natured about all these challenges, we can’t afford to forget that they could easily discourage someone taking their first steps toward God.
AND SO… on Palm Sunday (April 1st), we launch OUR 5th weekend service. SUNDAY MORNING TIMES WILL CHANGE TO 8:45, 10:15, and 12:00! Saturday service times will stay the same. More choices to attend… more OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE!
One of those new opportunities to serve will be in KidzWorld. KidzWorld is looking for some people with a passion for NewSpring–people who haven’t yet started volunteering but are ready to take that step of commitment. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of kids and have fun doing it, check out this opportunity. KidzWorld FX happens on Friday, March 9th at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium. KidzWorld FX is an event for the whole family where kids and parents learn about the Big Idea together. This month, you are invited to see what a KidzWorld program is like. Right after the program, the KidzWorld team will be available to answer your questions about volunteering and help you fill out a volunteer application. Studies have shown that only 25% of kids in the Wichita area attend church. We want to change that with your help. Come to FX on March 9th or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about volunteering in KidzWorld.
One special note. This coming Wednesday is First Wednesday (6:30). I’ll be sharing more details, opportunities, we’ll celebrate communion, James will lead us in worship. it’ll be awesome. I’d so love it if you could fit it into your schedule!