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Seasons in God & Small Group Update

Dear Church Family and Friends,

The Summer is almost over! Next week our children return to school! The seasons are about to change. The days will begin to shorten, the heat will subside and the colors of fall will begin to replace the green leaves on the trees. Some of us (I am included) are looking forward to cooler temperatures and routine of fall. The change of season is a welcome change. Of course there are some die hard summer fans but the change of seasons is necessary. Just like the seasons of the year are necessary there are also seasons in our life with God.

There are seasons of life and seasons in our life in God. During the summer seasons of our life in God we experience extraordinary prosperity and purpose. During these times there is momentum and little effort is needed to move ahead spiritually. We experience a high level of prosperity and peace. During these times we are full of gratitude and worship is easy. There are other times in our lives where it becomes more difficult. During other seasons we experience a change in the spiritual climate. Things that used to be easy may become more difficult. The blessings and purposes of God are still present, but it just seems that we need more encouragement and insight from God to make our way forward. It is also during these periods that great growth and transformation occur.

Jesus described the Christian life using illustrations drawn from nature. He said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener…If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit… every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1,5,2) In this verse and many others we discern that difficulty in our lives is not always caused by the Devil. It appears that God Himself does some pruning, not to destroy us, but so that we will become more mature and fruitful.

During these time of pruning the bible proposes the powerful discipline of perseverance. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4) According to this passage “trials of many kinds” is not an alarming condition calling for spiritual warfare but a season of life that God has designed to bring us into maturity and fruitfulness. Perseverance is defined as, “Continuing to do what God has called you to do until he calls you to do something else.” A sense of success may or may not be included in the process of perseverance. Often it is not.

I believe God is calling us to persevere in the call of God. As we move forward together into a season of deepening relationship with God and reaching out in love to others I believe that success in this process will require perseverance. We sense the calling of God during this season for outreach and mutual care in our home groups. Participation in a home group will be enjoyable but it also will require perseverance.

We also will be offering our “Deeper with God” course which is the next in the series after Hearing God’s Voice. This class will meet every Thursday for eight weeks starting September 13th. The location for this class is C-HOP at 115 10th St. N.W. Charlottesville. Please register for this class using the sign up sheet in the entry area.

At this point in time we are still looking for some basic leadership for our church. We need a keyboard player for the worship team, an administrative assistant, a children’s ministry assistant and a worship leader intern. These are just the basic leadership needs that we require to continue to function as a congregation. Please pray and discern if God is calling you to serve in one of these ways. Experience and skill is optional! God will enable who He calls. He also will provide the time and energy in obedience to His direction.

We will be postponing the announcements of our home groups until next Sunday. The process of equipping and unifying home group leadership is still in process. I apologize for the delay. As someone who has been leading small groups for the past 31 years I have discovered that obtaining unity of purpose and direction among leadership is key to success. At this point, we are still in a the process of working this out. Hopefully we will be able to announce our home groups and leaders next Sunday.

See you Sunday!

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Family Meeting Report & Vision

Dear Church Family and Friends,

This past Sunday we had our mid-year family meeting. I am grateful for those who were able to attend for this important event in the life of our church. The bottom line from the meeting: It seems that we are truly at a crossroads in the life of our church.

After our carry-in lunch we opened with prayer and I gave a report about the first six months of our new focus at RCC. When I became pastor in January of this year I began to share a vision for doing church called: Presence Based Community. During the past 6 months the focus of our Sunday morning services and classes have been on becoming a body of believers who live in intimate communion with the Spirit of God. The four activities of this vision  are: 1. Maintaining an attitude of yieldedness toward God. 2. Giving our attention to abiding in God by worship and waiting on Him. The result of abiding in God is in a multiplication of the fruits of the Spirit. 3. Partnering with God to manifest His presence by the gifts of the Spirit. This is mutual ministry for the spiritual care and upbuilding of the church. 4. Finally, that as we walk in the plans of God as He directs that we participate in the revelation of His Kingdom -His loving reign on the earth.

During the past 6 months I have been teaching about what it means to be a presence based community. There are specific activities that enable us to draw close to the presence of God. We have been giving time to these activities on Sunday. Being able to hear what God is saying is essential so we offered a course of study that emphasized “abiding” called “Hearing God’s Voice.” We also promoted several prayer group opportunities each week and opened the church on Thursdays to promote participation in prayer. To gauge the interest and the progress in transition to this focus Bob and I have been tabulating the results from feedback forms to measure the response of members.

From the feedback forms it seems that there are concerns about the new direction. It seems that one third of our group is expressing interest in returning to a more traditional church structure. Another third that are passionate about continuing with the new direction. The remaining number of people either did not respond to the survey or do not have a strong opinion. At the family meeting I shared that some people are expressing concerns about the length of worship and waiting time on Sunday morning. These same folks also suggested that we shorten the service overall to make it more seeker sensitive. I shared that a move in this direction is a step away from our new priority on “abiding in Him” by means of worship and prayer. In giving this feedback some good consideration, I believe that perhaps there are some ways that we can make our worship and waiting periods more accessible for those who are not used to meditation and prayer.

From the majority of people there were positive responses about the past 6 months. The Hearing God’s Voice Class seemed to be the high point of the first half of the year for many. Many expressed affirmation for the content of the Sunday messages as well. Many expressed affirmation for the quality of worship and most like our extended worship time. A few expressed gratitude for the time of waiting following the worship. Many people expressed that they were growing in their relationship and intimacy with God as a result of our meetings.

There is a lot of excitement about starting our home groups. It looks like 95% of those who sent in feedback forms are planning on participating in small groups in September.

On Sunday morning, August 19th we will be opening the home group ministry for everyone. At this time, we will announce the leaders for the small groups, where they will be meeting, how often they will be meeting and what the groups will be focusing on. Between now and then I will be meeting or talking with the potential group leaders to find out their details. After August 19th all members will be invited to visit any or all of the groups that they are interested in. It won’t be until later in September or the first of October that you will be asked to settle on ONE group as your primary home group. At the meeting we decided that – for now – we want to give our primary attention to the start of this small groups rather than giving our attention to a lot of other initiatives.

Other plans for the fall include our Deeper with God course starting the 3rd Thursday in September. That class will meet in at the C’ville House of Prayer on 10th St. We also mentioned that we will be working on developing a Family life and and Marriage course as well as a Financial Management course. We may roll out one of both of these classes in the Spring of 2019.

The biggest area of concern seems to be on friendship and connection among members in our fellowship. On the feedback forms this time there were a number of people who said that they don’t have any friends at RCC or that it is difficult to make friends at RCC. It seems that we are a very diverse group and that many people are quite busy with work, family or with friends outside of the church family. I shared that responding to this concern will be our leadership focus for discernment over the next weeks and months. It was suggested that the small group ministry might address this concern. It is true that commitment to a small group where people are able to intimately share their lives with each other is a real source of friendship and encouragement. As we move into the fall it is important that everyone in our church grow in friendship with other members in the body of Christ.

The second commandment is to love one another as we love ourselves. This means that we must give specific attention to reaching out to create loving and interactive friendships within the body of Christ. The truth is that if we (as members of the Body of Christ) are not friends first, we are unable to love one another as Jesus loved us. Walking in parallel existence without the benefit of intimate friendships will most definitely cause our fellowship to fail. To be clear, friendships among members is an essential part of a presence based community. Being present for each other is the glue that holds us together and makes it possible for us to walk in unity.

I would like to encourage everyone in our fellowship to reach out to someone that you don’t know very well. Perhaps ask them to meet you for coffee or invite them to your home for dinner. Friendship is the foundation for fellowship in the body of Christ.

At the end of our meeting Arlin Martin (chair of our financial advisory team) presented our midyear financial report. He shared that the total income from tithes and offerings is significantly short of our projected budget. He also reported that giving was $5,234.00 short of expenditures and that Faith Promise giving is $1510.00 short as well. What this means is that the church is not receiving enough tithes and offerings to meet our financial obligations. In addition, our plans for an expansion in outreach and ministry will not be possible with the current rate of giving. As a church family it is important to be transparent about this reality. There is some good news in the midst of this gloomy report however. Arlin explained that, thankfully, the church has a small surplus that is able to “cover” this shortfall. He explained that if we are to grow as a church or expand in our ministry to the community that we must experience growth in giving for the next six months. He also said that if we continue to experience a shortfall that there is possibility that we will need to close our doors. While it is difficult to hear, transparency is essential in the Body of Christ and knowing what needs exist allow all of us to respond appropriately.

In response to this report, I would like to say that when a church has a transition in leadership or sets a new direction it often experiences a drop in attendance and giving. Gerald Martin used to say: “Anything that is living will grow!” During the past six months we have been in a transition period. We have been giving primary attention to the proposal of building a core group of people who are committed to a presence based lifestyle. Our goal has been to grow in intimate relationship with Jesus by means of worship, prayer and obedience to the scriptures. Some are making the shift, others are having difficulty. I believe that if the direction is spirit led and if we persist in obedience to call of God that a thriving spiritual community will be the result. As we give primary attention to communion with Jesus, building relationships with each other and reaching out, I believe that we will become an stronger spiritual community. This will be a powerful reality for our community. Our goal is not that to have a church service where people can come to be inspired. Our aim is quite different.  Our church will grow if we can keep our eyes on Jesus to partner with Him to become an authentic Christian community!

Barna statistics show that the traditional church is in America is in a state of crisis. One third of people who used to attend church have stopped going. The #1 reason: they feel that the church is no longer a spiritual community but a religious ritual. Christians are looking for biblical Christianity. A community where God is present and active. They are looking for the presence of Jesus in the lives of believers. These communities DO exist all over the world and in the U.S. and they are very successful and transforming to their communities.

On the converse, many are taking the role of consumer when it comes to spirituality. There has been an explosion of superficiality in “seeker sensitive” type churches. While overall church attendance has decreased in America certain mega churches are swelling with people from smaller churches who are in favor of 70 minute consumer oriented services given in presentation format. Participation is optional at these events. Perhaps small churches are jealous of the success of these program based models.There truly is a lot that can be learned from these mega-church programs but the focus of this kind of church clearly is not on building a Spiritual Community described in the Bible. I know that this statement sounds harsh, but a review of the scriptures reveal that the Early church was a spiritually empowered deeply committed fellowship of believers devoted to seeking God in worship, prayer and active in ministry to one another. The focus of the consumer church is different

At the meeting I stated that we would continue to maintain our focus on building spiritual community. I believe that the focus of our Sunday morning services and our home group ministry will encourage interaction with God, each other and outreach to our community. I believe that at the completion of this transition period that we will find ourselves encouraged and in a position to make an impact in our community. Pre-believers are looking for authentic Christians and true spiritual community. They are attracted to real faith, passion for Jesus, the fruits of the spirit as well as the manifestation of the Spirits presence in the midst of His people.

As we continue in our pilgrimage as a presence based community we will continue to encounter God and then by the Spirits power become more and more engaged in spiritual ministry to one another as well as those in the community. That is how a presence based community functions. With this in mind, things may not get better right away because it takes time to for people to transition from being a consumer to being a participant. It takes time for people to shift their expectations of ministry coming primarily from the pastor, to the ministry that God has for them. It is my hope that more and more people who are interested in encounter with God will come in to fellowship with us. The key to this, in my mind is that they can see that we are walking in unity in what God has called us to be. This will be attractive for the community.

On Sunday, we gathered around Craig and Katy Bennett in support of the call of God on their lives to ministry in Waynesboro. God has given Katy a primary ministry at LOVE, INC. in Waynesboro. Both Craig and Katy are feeling called to put down roots in their hometown and connect in fellowship with a local church there! We are so glad that we were given an opportunity to gather around them and bless them! RCC is not just a landing strip it is a launching pad. Even though Craig and Katy will be missed greatly, we bless the call of God. The door is open so we know that we will see them on occasion!

On Sunday at 2:00pm everyone is invited to gather with hundreds of other area believers to walk and pray in the streets of Charlottesville. THIS IS NOT A PROTEST! The state of emergency that has been declared is designed to protect those who will be gathering peacefully. (That is us!) We are excited that Charlottesville is so committed to protecting those who want to gather in peace to pray. Please check out the webpage for this event: https://www.charlottesvilleprayercoalition.com/ Everything that you want to know about the event is on that page from how to prepare for the event to where to park to start the Prayer Walk. Please prepare for walking in hot weather. It is supposed to be 89 decrees and cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. I will need to leave right after the service on Sunday to attend to my responsibilities with the Prayer Walk.

See you Sunday!

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Dear Church Family and Friends,

I just got off the phone with Debbie Jones. It looks like Adalynn and Mathias Testa (Debbie and Randy Jones grandchildren) are OK.

Debbie reported on Sunday that both children were having trouble breathing and that they were being taken to the hospital. They were released late on Sunday. The doctor said that they had some type of virus due to a rash that was present.

By late today both children seemed to be nearly back to normal. Adalynn still has a cough but she is getting better.

Thanks for you prayers!

Blessings,

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Kingdom of God – The Parable of a Loving Father, Luke 15:11-32

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Please bring your completed feedback form with you to church on Sunday!

This coming Sunday we continue our corporate pursuit of God in worship and prayer. Then we will focus on the parable of the Loving Father. Most often this parable about the Kingdom of God is called “The Prodigal Son” but only a portion of the story is about the relationship of a loving father and a wayward son. The last part of the parable is about the relationship of a loving father with jealous son. In any case the focus of the story is not on the son but on the character of the father in the story. From this parable we learn about WHAT the father loves and HOW the father loves. More this Sunday!

God has blessed us in so many ways.  We live in a beautiful and fruitful land. All of us have enough to eat, perhaps too much! Most everyone has a supportive family and good relationships in the church. Even as I am typing this, I am enjoying a weekend family reunion in Laurelville, Pennsylvania surrounded by a wonderful group of extended family.

I would like to encourage you to take some time this week to consider all the blessings that surround your life. It might be an encouraging exercise to write down every blessing that you can think of on a piece of paper. As people abundantly blessed by God it can be easy to assume that the comfort and blessing that we enjoy is due to our good behavior or is a sign of God’s love. Instead of continuous blessing, however, what God has promised something quite different!

Jesus told His disciples: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Did you know that the Bible promises that you will experience trouble? This is not a Bible promise that we put to memory or even consider to be a promise – but it is! Paul described his situation; “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.” 2 Cor. 4:8-11 Paul was a powerful, effective and content believer but he did not enjoy most of the comfort that we do. Most believers don’t understand that abundance is not an expression of God’s love. Believers throughout history have experienced the blessings of God in both plenty and hardship. Paul described his situationl: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Phil 4:12-13

In times of tribulation, believers who have come to rely on abundance as a measure of God’s love may experience disappointment. Comfortable believers often are robbed of the feeling that they need to seek purpose and meaning in God alone. I am convinced that in the days ahead that the church we will need to embrace a deeper humility. We will need to know God truly and find our contentment in His presence.

Enter tribulation. The bible promises that difficult days will come. The promise is also that God will provide more  of his presence and power during this time. It will be a glorious time for the Kingdom of God. Lack of human comfort will lead many to seek out true riches of the presence of God. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said: “store up treasures in heaven.” Jesus said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6:19

As a presence based community we want to walk in the abundance of the presence of God. We want to experience God in times of difficulty and times of plenty in the same measure We are in the process of shifting our affections and God is helping us to make this shift. Making a list and being thankful to God is the first step.

On Sunday, August 5th we will be having our RCC family midyear meeting and fellowship meal. Please plan to stay after the service on Sunday, August 5th for a fellowship meal and a time of sharing and vision for the remainder of the year and beyond. We also will be looking at the process that our congregation has been over the past 6 months. God is moving in our midst! We are excited about what God has been doing! We also want to continue to partner with Jesus as His church in Crozet to reveal His glory and extend His kingdom here.

Street Ministry Training will be offered at on Tuesday, July 31st and Tuesday, July 7th at 7:00pm at 115 10th St. N.W. (Charlottesville House of Prayer) These Street ministry equipping sessions grew out of street ministry that C-HOP was doing weekly last year. This training is not like any other that you may have been a part of. Teams that used this training last year found that 80% of people approached on the street responded positively and received prayer from the teams ministering to them. If you would like to be equipped to do positive and effective street ministry please plan now to attend one or both of these sessions.

The Charlottesville House of Prayer is inviting everyone to join them for worship and prayer at the next 24 Hour City Wide Burn Service Friday, July 27th @ 7:00pm – Saturday, July 28th at 7:00pm at Connect Church on 2080 Lambs Road, Charlottesville. This church building is located right next to Albemarle High School. Every ODD hour will be an hour of worship and every EVEN hour will be an hour of intercessory Prayer. Every revival in history started in a prayer meeting starting with Acts 2:1-ff. Our hope during this service is to encounter God and partner with Him on the earth to reveal His glory and extend His kingdom!

Our “Church in the House” equipping weekend will occur on Saturday, August 4th, 9:30am – 4:00pm. Lunch will be provided on site. This four session course will include very practical teaching in how to host a life-changing small group in your home. Anyone interested in hosting a group is welcome to come. Please RSVP to this email so that I know how many house church packets to make!

See you Sunday!

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Kingdom of God – Parable of the ten maidens, Matt 25:12

Dear Church Family and Friends,

This Sunday we will be collecting the feedback forms that were given out last week. Please bring your completed form with you to church tomorrow!

On Sunday, August 5th we will be having our RCC family midyear meeting and fellowship meal. Please plan to stay after the service on Sunday, August 5th for a fellowship meal and a time of sharing and vision for the remainder of the year and beyond. We also will be looking at the process that our congregation has been over the past 6 months. God is moving in our midst! We are excited about what God has been doing! We also want to continue to partner with Jesus as His church in Crozet to reveal His glory and extend His kingdom here.

The Focus on the Word time this Sunday will be based on the Parable of the Ten Maidens (found in Matt 25:1-12.) This parable is an extremely important parable describing what the Kingdom of God looks like related to days in which we live. Anxiety is the mark of our age, but anxiety is not what God is promoting. There is a spiritual replacement for anxiety and this parable describes how God intends to replace our anxiety with anticipation. Please read Matt 25:1-12 and Luke 12:35-48 (another related parable) if you have a chance before Sunday.

Street Ministry Training will be offered at on Tuesday, July 31st and Tuesday, July 7th at 7:00pm at 115 10th St. N.W. (Charlottesville House of Prayer) These Street ministry equipping sessions grew out of street ministry that C-HOP was doing weekly last year. This training is not like any other that you may have been a part of. Teams that used this training last year found that 80% of people approached on the street responded positively and received prayer from the teams ministering to them. If you would like to be equipped to do positive and effective street ministry please plan now to attend one or both of these sessions.

The Charlottesville House of Prayer is inviting everyone to join them for worship and prayer at the next 24 Hour City Wide Burn Service Friday, July 27th @ 7:00pm – Saturday, July 28th at 7:00pm at Connect Church on 2080 Lambs Road, Charlottesville. This church building is located right next to Albemarle High School. Every ODD hour will be an hour of worship and every EVEN hour will be an hour of intercessory Prayer. Every revival in history started in a prayer meeting starting with Acts 2:1-ff. Our hope during this service is to encounter God and partner with Him on the earth to reveal His glory and extend His kingdom!

Our “Church in the House” equipping weekend will occur on Saturday, August 4th, 9:30am – 4:00pm. Lunch will be provided on site. This four session course will include very practical teaching in how to host a life-changing small group in your home. Anyone interested in hosting a group is welcome to come. Please RSVP to this email so that I know how many house church packets to make!

See you Sunday!

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

The Kingdom of God: The Word

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Please be in prayer for Josh and Juleigh Steppe. On Monday a large tree fell in their yard crushing both of their cars. Praise God that Josh and Juleigh are fine but it looks as though both cars are totaled! Matt Anderson has been in direct contact with Josh and I will be checking in later today to see if their landlord has been able to clear the tree. We thank God that no one was injured! Stay tuned! On Sunday, Matt or I should be able to give an update on the situation.

This Sunday (June 17th) is Father’s Day! We plan to honor our fathers and gather around each to bless and pray for them. God is Father. This is how He has chosen to reveal Himself in relationship to us! His love for us is bold, and strong. He is direct with us and passionately sacrificial. On Sunday, we want to pray that the heart of the God the Father will be manifest in the heart of each father in our church family.

On Sunday July 1st we are going to have our annual “Church in the Park” at Mint Springs Park followed by a picnic lunch and recreation. (Mint Spring park is located at: 6659 Mint Springs Park Road, Crozet, VA 22932.) We were able to reserve the main shelter down near the water! YAY!! We will plan to have our worship service “unplugged” (acoustic style) starting at 10am. Then we will have our picnic lunch followed by games like cornhole, volleyball and of course swimming and fishing in the lake. The shelter that we have reserved is very comfortable but we need chairs! Please bring folding chairs to sit in as well as food to share with others!

This annual “Church in the Park” event is a wonderful opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to meet your church family. Feel free to use the cards in the foyer to invite guests to this event!

We have decided not to have our Family meeting at the July 1st “church in the park” event. We want to make this event “guest friendly!” We will postpone our family meeting until Sunday July 22nd after the service. On July 22nd at our family meeting we will celebrate the six month anniversary of our focus to becoming a presence-based community. Between now and then we want to do some self-evaluation. We will be conducting another survey in order to receive feedback and input for going forward. Please contact me directly if you have any helpful suggestions between now and then!

Our Cell Leaders meeting went well last night. It looks like we will be starting (or restarting) 5 or 6 home groups this fall. If you are interested in hosting a small group in your home there is still time to sign up for our “Church in the House” equipping weekend.

Our “Church in the House” equipping weekend will occur on Saturday, August 4th, 9:30am – 4:00pm. Lunch will be provided on site. This four session course will include very practical teaching in how to host a life-changing small group in your home.

Anyone interested in hosting a group is welcome to come. Please RSVP to this email so that I know how many packets to make!

See you Sunday!

Pastor Jon Quesenberry

The Kingdom of God: Eternal Focus

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Please be in prayer for Russ & Cathe Myers and family. Russ’ brother Jerry passed away on Wednesday. Russ brother was 71 years old and died unexpectedly on Wednesday. The family will be scheduling a memorial in Albuquerque, New Mexico later this summer.

This Sunday will be gathering once again to encounter God and to participate in a corporate expression of the greatest commandment. The weekly gathering of the church for the specific purposes of encountering God in prayer and worship is the cornerstone of biblical christianity. The greatest commandment for both Old and New Covenants is “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Loving God includes listen to Him. Loving God includes giving Him worship and praise. Loving God includes waiting upon Him (abiding and listening) just like we do with family members at family gatherings. This Sunday we will will be gathering to have intimate fellowship with the Lover of our soul – the God of the ages. What a privilege we have to meet face to face in worship with the creator of the universe through the shed blood of Jesus. Encountering God is the primary reason for our gathering because He has promised that whenever 2-3 of us meet in His name, He is there with us! Since He is there with us, our aim is to give our attention to Him.

Matt Anderson will be bringing the message this Sunday. I am looking forward to hearing what Matt has to share. God has been using Matt in ministry locally and in cooperation with kingdom advance in Cuba. He will be sharing testimony and teaching. The focus for the sharing is: The Kingdom of God: An Eternal Perspective based on Mark 13:1-5.

On Sunday July 1st we are planning on having a church picnic and family meeting. We have reserved a shelter at Mint Springs for that day! Let’s talk about plans for that event on Sunday. Should we have a family meeting and a picnic on the same day? Is the weekend on July 1st open for most families? If we have a picnic, we want to make sure that most people can come!

July 1, 2018 is an important landmark in the life of our church. It will be the midway in our fiscal year and the six month anniversary of our focus on becoming a presence based community. The past six months we have been focusing on Hearing God’s voice, authentic worship, growing in prayer and being led by the Spirit of God as a body of believers. Between now and that meeting we want to do some self-evaluation. We will be conducting another survey in order to receive feedback and input for going forward. Please contact me directly if you have any helpful suggestions between now and then!

In preparation for the launch of our small groups (house church fellowships) we will host a Cell Leadership training course. The first meeting for this is THIS THURSDAY June 14th @ 7:00pm. If you are interested in hosting an in-home small group please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the entryway! We will be setting a schedule for the training at this meeting.

See you Sunday!
Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Fellowship Meal this Sunday! Kingdom of God: The Sower

Dear Church Family and Friends,

This Sunday will be having communion and a fellowship meal after the Service! Please bring a dish (or two) of food to share! Following the meal there will be a Baby Shower for Jensina Printz! Please plan to stay for the meal following our Sunday Service. Our fellowship meals are a great way to get to know other church family members and build unity in the body of Christ!

The Civil Righteousness Conference starts tomorrow (Friday) evening at 7:00 at Connect Church located at 2080 Lambs Road in Charlottesville. The conference lasts through Saturday night. I am so excited about this C-HOP sponsored event. I feel sure that this conference has the potential to change the spiritual environment of our city. The press has been all over this event! I just did an radio interview with Joe Thomas this morning at 8:00am on WCHV (107.5 FM.) This conference will be about transformation and living in the love and power of God. I hope that everyone will feel invited to come for any or all of the event! For more information & registration follow this link: https://www.charlottesvillehop.com/2018-spring-conference

This coming Sunday we will continue our Focus on the Word series: The Kingdom of God. This Sunday we will be taking a look at the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23. If you get an opportunity please read this passage in preparation for Sunday. The Kingdom of God was Jesus primary message. The kingdom of God is even featured in the Lord’s prayer when Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” It seems that the Kingdom of God on the earth was the primary focus of Jesus life and ministry. Because of this, we will make it our primary focus for the next 12 weeks.

Our days for Fasting and Prayer this next month are June 4-8th. This time of fasting and prayer will conclude with a prayer meeting at Marie Marlein’s home on June 8th at 7:00pm. Please note that the church will be open for prayer every Thursday from 8am to 5:00pm as well.

In preparation for the launch of our small groups (house church fellowships) we will host a Cell Leadership training course consisting or 4 sessions starting June 14th @ 7:00pm. If you are interested in hosting an in-home small group please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the entryway!

See you Sunday!
Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Dear Church Family and Friends,

We will be having a fellowship meal after the Service this coming Sunday! Please bring a dish (or two) of food to share! Also feel free to invite your friends and neighbors to come! Sundays when we have a fellowship meal are perfect opportunities for guests to come and experience who we are!

The baby shower for Jensina Printz will be postponed until Sunday, June 3rd. Mother and baby (George William) are doing well, but Jensina is still recovering from surgery and hospitalization! She is recovering nicely but is in need of rest!

I want to give each of you a special invitation to attend the Civil Righteousness Conference sponsored by the Charlottesville House of Prayer, June 1-3 at Connect Church in Charlottesville. This is going to be a very special event. Jonathan Tremain Thomas is the nationally known guest speaker for this event! The focus of the weekend is on societal healing and transformation. On August 12th last year, the “Unite the RIght” rallly put Charlottesville on the map along with other cities such as Ferguson, Missouri where racial related violence broke out. In spite of the fact that many in our city would rather forget the events of that day, Charlottesville is now in a unique position. We have an opportunity as a city to experience transformation as a culture to reveal to the world what it looks like when the believers in a city choose to live in true unity and transformation. I believe that this weekend event will serve as a catalyst for this type of transformation. Prophetic ministry is also available when you register for the conference.

For more information or to register for the conference, click on this link: https://www.charlottesvillehop.com/2018-spring-conference

This coming Sunday (in preparation for a series on The Kingdom of God) I feel led to share on; “How to see God.” This title is taken from Hebrews 12:14 “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” At the turn of the 19th century the “Holiness movement” was born in the United States. For over 80 years the topic of holiness was taught from the pulpits of America. Unfortunately since the mid 1980’s the topic of holiness has become extremely unpopular – even taboo. Many mainline denominations now approve, even promote actions that the Bible calls sin. In this post-modern era, there is very little talk about purity, sanctification and holiness that is emphasized in the Bible. A dilemma remains: holiness still seems one of the primary conditions that God considers essential. Will we accept the teachings of scripture and be a holy people or will be choose not to see God (Heb 12:14) and live according to the fThis Sunday we will focus on the Word of God regarding Holiness and discover why it is necessary in order to “see God.” Next week we will begin a series on the Kingdom of God. Please prepare for this series by reading Matthew 24:14-30. We will plan to spend the next 4-5 weeks on this topic!

See you Sunday!
Pastor Jon Quesenberry

Prayer Requests for Myers & Wenger families & New Sunday Series!

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Please be praying for Russ & Cathe Myers and family! Russ’ mother, Isabel, passed away on Wednesday morning. Russ and Cathy left on Thursday to go down to Reedsville, NC to be with Russ’ father, Ralph. Please also pray for Ralph as he is in hospice care and is also not doing very well. Russ has asked if we would pray that God would use he and Cathe to minister life and peace to the family during this challenging time.

Esther Wenger (Ryan Wenger mother) is recovering from open heart surgery this weekend. She had a valve replacement on Monday and is recovering well. Please be in prayer for pain relief and a quick recovery!

Jensina Printz and baby (George William) are home now and doing well. What a miracle! For those of you who may not know, Jensina survived emergency surgery, receiving over 30 units of blood following the birth of a healthy baby on May 2nd. Praise God for His protection and healing power! It is a miracle that she is alive and healthy! Once she has recovered, we look forward to seeing the baby and hearing their testimony!

This coming Sunday we will begin a new series on the Kingdom of God for our focus on the Word time. The Kingdom of God was the one thing that Jesus talked about more than any other topic. Jesus taught us to pray: “Father… Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven..” So what does it mean when we ask God’s kingdom to come to earth? What does the kingdom of God look like? We will focus on these and other questions as we spend the next 4-5 weeks on this topic!

This Sunday we will also have a time of sharing. Several members of the Hearing God’s voice class will be sharing! Our Hearing God’s Voice class is at the halfway point. Several in the class have been sharing how the class has changed their prayer life in positive ways. Also, anyone else who has a testimony will have an opportunity to share.

This Sunday we will also be receiving the Lord’s Supper. From now on we will plan to receive the Lord’s supper every first Sunday of the month.

It is so good to be back and recovered from jet-lag. God is building His church by means of His glorious and precious presence. We gather to meet and commune with a powerful and loving God!

See you Sunday!
Pastor Jon Quesenberry