–>Wow! It's been a pretty overwhelming week. Thanks for your awesome response this morning in Orillia, as 200 people gathered at the Galaxy Cinema for our second launch meeting.
Between the two launch meetings and some leadership meetings we've had over the last two weeks, we've met in person with over 500 people who are committed to being part of the launch. And those are just individual adults we could chat with personally…when we think of the families represented, it's a little overwhelming. Imagine how the time, energy, prayer and resources you are contributing right now could change lives just a few months down the road.
Thank you so much for your prayers, your commitment, your generosity. I think we really are seeing God do something powerful and amazing as we get ready to open relevant environments that will help lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus.
Here's a real quick update..and some opportunities for you to impact what happens next.
- Generosity. Your generosity continues to be amazing. In the last ten days, we have heard from about 80 families who have committed a total of $539,000 in over-and-above giving to the launch of Connexus in the next six months. That is truly unprecedented. What amazes us is that the majority of families have yet to respond. We are just so thankful to God for the way He is opening hearts. Two thoughts. We still need the contributions of everyone to be fully resourced for our launch (and we want you to be in on the blessing by participating). We may see God open up much more for Connexus than we first imagined. So please take those first gifts as an encouragement to all of us do our part. We promise this: your generosity will directly result in opening as much opportunity as possible for people to be led into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through relevant environments. If you want more information on how to give, email us at [email protected]
- Volunteers. We were so encouraged that at the Orillia campus turn out that we are thinking and praying about beginning with two services at Orillia, which would mean that Connexus would open with two services at each campus (8:30 and 10:00 a.m., both locations). The key: volunteers. As your volunteer cards come back in (we gave those out at each launch) we will be able to make a final decision about the number of services we'll offer when we launch in December. If you want to sign up and didn't get a card, email us at [email protected]
- Involvement in November. Connexus only has ONE Sunday off in November (Sunday November 4th). Every other weekend, it's all hands on deck as we train and prepare for the December launches in each city (see the summary for November's timeline here). Make sure you book the time to gather, pray, train and get ready for the launch all November long.
Last point today…we narrowed things down to a final candidate for slogan, but want your input one more time before making a final decision.
Connexus Community Church: Real Life…Simplified.
What do you think? Like the slogan? Can you imagine that slogan being something you could talk to your friends about as a defining characteristic of what Connexus is about? Post your comments this week.
We're getting closer every day to something amazing. Thanks for your incredible response so far.
We are humbled, and deeply excited, by what we see God doing through all of you.