Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mercy Hill

Some very good friends of ours are gearing up to plant a new church in Greensboro, called Mercy Hill. Leslie and I would highly encourage you as an individual or as a church to partner with them through both prayer and giving. The following was written by J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church.

- T.C.



We are committed to planting churches for several reasons: First, church planting is the means by which the Great Commission will be fulfilled. The Great Commission then is about more than evangelism; it is incorporation into a covenant community. The Great Commission is not making converts, it is about making disciples, and that can only happen in the context of community. The local church is God’s “plan-A” for the completion of the Great Commission.

Secondly, we need more churches in cities of influence. You might think there are churches on every corner, but consider that in 1900, there were 28 churches for every 10,000 Americans, whereas in 2004, there were only 11 for every 10,000. This weekend, only 17.5% of Americans will attend church. Just to keep pace with population growth, we need to increase the rate at which we are planting churches tenfold!

Finally, we believe the best way to benefit existing churches is to plant new churches. New churches reach people that existing churches otherwise would not, and they help raise the spiritual climate of the entire city. When the water in the harbor rises, all the boats rise.

We are excited to be sending our next church plant to Greensboro, NC. We praise God knowing there are many strong churches in the region already, but we also know that there are many people in Greensboro who will never hear the gospel outside of new churches being planted. Greensboro is a very strategic place, and we are praying for not just a new church there, but a church planting movement.

When it comes to church planting, there are no sure wins. But I want you to know that I believe the combination of Andrew Hopper, the team he is assembling, and their destination is lining up to be as close to a sure bet as anything I have seen. Andrew has been a member of our staff, mentee, and friend of mine for the last 4 years. We believe in sending our best and that is certainly the case here. I believe this will be a win for the Kingdom, The Summit, and could be for your church as well.

I want to invite you to partner with us in this endeavor. Frankly, we won’t be able to do this alone. We would love to partner with you in this, and have you as a part-owner of this exciting new venture.

- J.D. Greear

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Carrigan Farms Hayride

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Today, Mom and I took Judah to Carrigan Farms in Mooresville for a hay ride. This was our first time going back since Thomas and I were married there in 2005. We tried to go get some shots of the quarry but there was an event going on so we couldn't, boo! Anyways, we had a great time on the hay ride and it ended at a pumpkin patch and we each got to pick out our own pumpkin to take home. Judah enjoyed walking around and checking out all the pumpkins. Thanks for a fun day Mom!

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The past few weeks...

We've been in Cherryville for about three weeks now. It's kind of surreal coming back to your home town after having lived away for a while. I'm thoroughly enjoying being back and close to friends and family again. We've been spending lots of time with my parents and Thomas's grandparents and I've gotten to hang out with a few friends from high school. Thomas's sister even came through town and we got to spend a night with her. She had a great time playing with her nephew.

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Aunt Mary

We went to the Homecoming football game one Friday night. It was interesting to go back and experience that with 13 years behind me. 

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Homecoming court girls in their dresses

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Us with our friend Faith

A week ago we had a little scare with Judah. He was climbing on a little chair in the living room and went over the back of it. The result was a split lip, a chipped tooth and a very bruised chin. We ended up driving to Henderson so our good friend and dentist, Dr. Burnham could stitch up his lip and take a look at his teeth. I will be forever grateful for his tender care with Judah.We're blessed to have such good friends who love and support us in so many ways. Well, two stitches later Judah was good to go. Poor guy! I was a nervous wreck over it and am still torn up over his tooth being chipped, but at least it's a baby tooth. I guess boys will do that sort of thing but I can't imagine how I'm going to endure the next 20 years of cuts and bruises! Ahh!

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Judah with his friend Carter, aka the Burnham's grandson

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Stitches on his bottom lip

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Still happy!

On Sunday we visited a church in Cherryville and by the time we made it home for lunch, Judah was worn out! He must have had a lot of fun in the nursery because he fell asleep in his high chair. That's the first time this has happened so we got a good laugh about it.

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Sleepy guy


Judah is learning new things every single day and it's so much fun to watch. I love this age! He has learned how to: say "Shhhh" and put his finger up to his mouth, bark like a dog, pretend to talk on the phone, wash his hair, and my personal favorite, dancing. Check out his moves.


Dancing!

Today Mamere watched Judah while Thomas and I drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville for the day and had a great time walking around downtown. I had a delicious sandwich, called Turkey Day, for lunch. It was carved pieces of turkey breast with a slice of stuffing, cranberry sauce and a side of gravy. YUM.

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Delicious lunch

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Beautiful views
 
It's been a great few weeks. I'm loving every minute of it.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cleveland County Fair

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I had really been looking forward to taking Judah to the Fair this year since he's bigger than he was when we went last year and can now enjoy the rides and food! My mom and dad had been talking about giving him cotton candy for about 6 months so I was happy to oblige them finally! Thus came the family trip to the Cleveland County Fair in Shelby, NC.

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 Mamaw and Papaw

Trying cotton candy for the first time

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Next up it was time to ride some rides. There was a small section of ones that were toddler appropriate as long as someone rode with him. 

Riding the Helicopter


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We had a lot of fun walking around and enjoyed some good food while we were there. Between us we had grilled corn dipped in butter, french fries with vinegar, lemonade, Bridges BBQ sandwiches, a corn dog, funnel cake and a bison burger. A good time was had by all!