On My Mind and Heart: Why I’m Thankful for My Church

i_love_my_churchAdventure Christian Church is a wonderful place to pastor.  Today, on Thanksgiving Day, I want to share just a few things for which I am thankful about ACC.  The list is much, much longer than the space here allows, but these things are at the top:

I am thankful that you’ve stuck with me.

It sounds awkward writing it down, but it’s true — I’m thankful that you still allow me to be the pastor at Adventure.  Over the past decade you allowed me to grow as a pastor, leader and man.  I’ve made some mistakes – some bigger than others (we won’t recall them right now though :-).  And, in spite of those mistakes, you stuck with me.  You kept coming.  You loved me when I was not lovable.  You forgave me when I needed forgiveness.  You’ve allowed me to grow as a preacher, teacher and leader.  Thank you!

I am thankful for the people with whom I serve.

The staff and current elders at Adventure are wonderful and I absolutely love serving with them.  All of the staff is great, but Pastor Richard Mosqueda is a true ministry partner.  We joke about how our gifts are so different that God put us together because together we are one good pastor!  But all of the staff and elders are more than just people I go to the office with or make plans and decisions with.  We are Christian brothers and sisters.  We love one another.  We pray for one another.  We care about each other.  That makes coming to “work” each day a real blessing and something for which I am truly grateful.  Thank you!

I am thankful for a church that loves Jesus more than themselves.

So many people have been impacted by Adventure Church.  Nearly 200 people have been baptized since we first started!  That doesn’t happen unless the church members love Jesus more than themselves.  I am grateful that our church is willing to try new things to reach people for the Kingdom, to look past things that don’t really matter like how someone is dressed on Sunday or whether we use a hymnal, and to change our methods to reach people where they are, knowing that God won’t keep them there.  It is a true blessing to be in a church that understands that church is about God and others way more than it is about them.  Thank you!

Happy thanksgiving to all of you!  God bless you and thank you!

On My Mind and Heart: Trunks, Treats, Families and More …

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I love this time of year.  I love it because it’s just cold enough that you have to wear a jacket (or hoodie) but not so cold that you have to shovel snow.  I love it because it’s football season.  I love it because it reminds me of when we started Adventure Church (11 years ago this weekend).  And, I love it when we host our annual Trunk or Treat Event at ACC.

The Adventure Trunk or Treat event is Wednesday, October 28.  It has routinely become one of our largest invitation events of the year.  Last year we had over 500 people attend.  It’s a great time to invite your family and friends and neighbors — especially those who may be a little skeptical about church.

Why is this such a good time to invite people?  Because there is no pressure on them!  This event is all about having fun.  Kids and adults both dress up in goofy costumes, candy is handed out by the bag full, and there are more hot dogs to eat than at a baseball game.  People can tour around the building, meet our pastors and staff, and get a feel for what it would be like to come and visit on a Sunday.  All without having to do anything, say anything, sing anything, read anything or believe anything!  No pressure.

So, who do you need to invite to our Trunk or Treat event?  Post this on your FB page.  Tweet it.  Email it.  Everyone – invite someone!

Peace —

Pastor Buddy

Everyone Invite Someone!

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Easter Sunday, April 20, is approaching soon. Did you know that more than 50% of people say that they would attend church on Easter Sunday if someone just invited them to come. Wow! A simple invite could lead someone to encounter Jesus! It sounds so simple.

I want to challenge EVERYONE TO INVITE SOMEONE to one or more of our Easter events and services. On Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m., our annual Easter Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast is scheduled. (And, it’s going to be great weather!). On Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m., we have a special Good Friday Service planned. And, on Easter Sunday, April 20, there are two worship services from which to choose – one at 9:30 and another at 11 a.m.

Although inviting someone to church is as simple as saying “Hey, would you like to come to church on Easter?”, we’re offering you some tools to make it even easier:

We have two sets of cards you can pick up on Sunday announcing our Easter programming times and events. Both are easy to carry and easy to hand out. Take as many as you want. Hand them to people at work. Hand them to your friends at the ballpark. Leave them for your food server. Give them to your family. Take a walk and give them to your neighbors.

On the Adventure Facebook page you can find easy to copy pictures of our Easter Invitations. Place them on your FB page. Like them. Send them to your friends via email. Tweet them from your Twitter account. Add them to your Linked In page. One simple post and a note from you saying “Come and check out my great church this Easter!” may be all someone needs to decide to visit.

We are sprucing up the building, adding new directional signs, painting, cleaning, etc. so everyone feels comfortable and at ease when they visit. (There is still work to be done btw – our next scheduled work day is Tuesday, April 15 from 9 a.m. until it’s all finished so please plan to come and help paint, do some light carpentry, move furniture, and clean.)

Our website is new and updated. Go to adventureky.org and check it out. Make sure to create a profile and register to receive email updates.

Inviting someone to something at church is just about the easiest thing that we can do as Christians. It costs nothing. It takes very little time and effort. There is no downside. And, it could change someone’s life for eternity. So, who are you planning to invite?

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