Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Territory

God is such a provider. He is always directing our paths. His plans are perfect and his ways are definitely not our own. One of the next steps for The Pathway is beginning a worship service that meets every other month. The problem is, the Methodist Church that has been such a huge blessing to us for meeting space is becoming less and less accessible. That means we have to find a new place to meet consistently. However, the Methodist church was cheap and provided all the chairs, sound, video, etc. that is needed. It even has a nursery that we can rent with all the kids stuff provided. Well, the "plan" was to have our first bi-monthly worship service the last Sunday of August but August was already here and I had no idea where we would meet.

One afternoon everything was going wrong and I was actually kind of frustrated so I went out for a drive. I just started praying as I drove and praying about where God would have us meet. Of course he took me through a couple of obviously closed doors and then brought me to the Temple Theater... a huge meeting space right down town... central to everything. Surely this was too big but I figured I needed to go check. Long story short they have all sorts of meeting space sizes in the Convention Center and we found a room that is perfect for us. It is actually cheaper than the Methodist church and comes with chairs, set-up and clean-up when we're done. It also allows us to stay in the same location as we grow because they have space that can seat hundreds! However-- no sound, video or kids stuff!

Well, why doubt God. Unfortunately one of our church planting network church plants died recently and a couple of weeks ago our church planter strategist asked me if we could use their trailer with sound, screens and kids stuff!!! Since we're not using it on a weekly basis we're still working through the details of possibly sharing it with another plant or exchanging it for something smaller in the future, but either way I've been guaranteed the things we need for our worship service! Praise Jesus! It's just amazing to see how God pieces the puzzle together.

A couple things to pray for...
1) Pray for our first Worship Service on Sunday August 29th
2) Pray for Shannon from last weeks post-- we are still working with her and she has an appointment with the Tacoma Family Justice Center this morning. We are still trying to figure out how to get her to her daughters place in Oregon.
3) Pray for our Community Groups-- 2 are doing awesome, 1 is struggling through infancy and 2 are just struggling!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
(Ephesians 1:3-4 ESV)

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