Big Week

So, there's a lot happening in the next seven days.  Here's just a quick run down of things to expect by around this time next week:

Location We'll be announcing our location! The Presbytery of Barrie meets Tuesday night at Trinity and should indicate whether or not it will recommend acceptance of Connexus' offer to purchase the current Trinity facility.  Watch this blog late Tuesday night for an update.  Either way, we're good to go and ready to launch either in Oro or in Barrie and Orillia in December.

Logo  This week we'll select the final Connexus logo and slogan.
And we'll make the process a bit interactive. The current logo, font and image is something we  put together to get us started.  I must confess, we've grown fond of it, especially the orange chair, but we never intended it to be permanent.  (Just so you know, we're going to try to buy an orange chair just like it off e-bay or something.  if you've got one in your basement, let us know.  We want it for opening day!)  Our regular bloggers will get a sneak peek at our two final logo candidates tomorrow and Wednesday and will have an opportunity to feedback on what you think.  We need to get the new logo finalized by the end of day Wednesday so we can have it ready in final form for our December launch.

Connecting Personally  We'll be preparing for our two important information meetings on Saturday, October 20th at 10:00 a.m. in Barrie and on Saturday, October 27th at
10:00 a.m. in Orillia.  That's where we can get up close and personal to chat about Connexus face to face.  Both meetings happen in the respective Galaxy
Cinemas in each city (each is a repeat of the other — the two locations and dates help us accommodate numbers and people's schedules).  Many of you have received personal invites to these meetings, but if you haven't, consider yourself invited (our mailing list is not flawless). These meetings are your chance to hear the
vision in detail, to sign up to help and to meet other like-minded
Connexus supporters who want to be part of a community that is passionate about fueling relevant
environments that lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus.  Please mark these dates today.

Donations We should open a bank account to receive donations.  So many of you are anxious to give, and we appreciate it!  In fact, we've already received close to $40,000 we can't cash yet.  But that should change this week.  Thanks!  It's going to take all of us to launch Connexus.

Incorporation Our articles of incorporation should be finalized with Industry Canada, and our application for charitable status will then follow. 

Midweek Space. If we go mobile, then we'll also be finalizing space for student ministry, KidStuf and even staff offices and meeting space.

As we get closer and closer to launch, we are very grateful for your prayers and encouragement and questions. I'm grateful for how many of you have already expressed your excitement about being part of this exciting opening chapter God is writing in the life of Connexus and our community.



  1. Rob Ward says, October 8, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Location We'll be announcing our location! The Presbytery of Barrie meets Tuesday night at Trinity and should indicate whether or not it will recommend acceptance of Connexus' offer to purchase the current Trinity facility. Watch this blog late Tuesday night for an update. Either way, we're good to go and ready to launch either in Oro or in Barrie and Orillia in December

    Dear Blog: It is my understanding that this issue is not the one that was deferred by Presbytery last month and therefore is not what will be discussed by the Barrie Presbytery Tuesday night. The issue is whether or not to dissolve the congregation. The purchase is a matter for the national church to decide.

  2. Carey Nieuwhof says, October 8, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Rob. Thanks for the note. Technically, you are correct, but in a few respects it's a little more interwoven than that.

    Over two months ago, the Presbytery executive team special committee and the national church received a written offer to purchase Trinity. The executive team asked the Trinity congregation to vote on whether to dissolve Trinity, which we did back in August (97.6% in favour). At the Presbytery meeting in September, Patrick Voo and I moved the dissolution of Trinity which was, as you correctly pointed out, deferred by the Presbytery. However, if and when the motion to dissolve Trinity is passed, it would be entirely in order for the Presbytery to bring forward our offer to purchase Trinity that night, as it has been official Presbytery correspondence for several months and both the national church and presbytery have had time to review it. We even had an appraisal done at the denomination's request.

    Naturally, what the Presbytery does with it is truly up to them. We will see an indication of that tomorrow night.

  3. Carey Nieuwhof says, October 9, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Ironically, I was reading my Presbytery minutes this afternoon, and last month after the decision to defer Trinity's request to dissolve Trinity, the Presbytery decided in a single meeting to amalgamate two other churches, approve their assets for sale and approach the national church to use the assets locally. All in one meeting. So I think that puts to bed the notion once and for all that our time line was undoable.

  4. Moms4tne says, October 10, 2007 at 12:14 am

    I'm still waiting . . . I wasn't able to attend tonight's meeting at Trinity and had hoped to see the update Carey promised . . . but, alas, nothing and it's past midnight. I hope, in the end, Jesus won out and the Kingdom is furthered for His Glory!

  5. Michael Creasor says, October 10, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    I completed the survey and said that I liked the blocks logo, I personally found it more inviting. However, Connexus is not trying to attract me, they are hoping to attract people who don't go to church. So I went around my office and asked my co-workers what they thought.

    All six felt like the X logo was more fresh, relevant, and cutting edge. Someone mentioned that the X was appealing to the GenX generation. Another girl said that it looked like the X was xing out something and that appealed to her. Most of these people are people who don't go to church, who will be the people we are trying to reach as the multi-site vision develops.

    I also asked my eleven year old daughter last night and she likes the X logo.

    Thanks for the opportunity to provide the input and for all the info that you have given.

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