New Life Republic was only in ‘true’ operation for four months, but we were busy! Truthfully, this church has been in existence for well over a year before we launched. We were in the community and making connections… already fulfilling our core values and mission well before our doors opened for our first service. We are so blessed to be in the Republic community and be a part of the wonderful things that are already going on.
Our mission and core values are the things we line up what we do to evaluate if we are following the beat of this church’s heart. It’s who we are!
Mission: BUILD COMMUNITY
– WELL – As a church we commit to go to people and not expect them to come to us.
– STORIES – As a church we commit to tell the stories of those whose lives have been transformed by the Gospel.
– FEET – As a church we commit to roll up our sleeves and serve each other.
- In January we partnered with McCulloch Elementary and began painting their upstairs (4th and 5th grade) areas as a part of a renovation projection to improve the interior of the school.
- We served and purchased concessions for the Republic Elementary PTO event at Skateland.
- We finished painting the entire upstairs of McCulloch Elementary School.
- We took handcrafted gifts, treats and handwritten notes to the teaching staff at McCulloch.
- Participated in the annual Chamber of Commerce Expo.
- Helped clean and load furniture for city clean up day for elderly couples.
- Read to every student at McCulloch right before Summer break.
- Had our first community group meetings for the men’s group, women’s group, and Silver’s family group.
- Announced the core leadership team responsible for launching the church plant.
- Pick up trash along side the highway.
- Sent volunteers for Tough Mudder (Parks and Rec) event
JULY – AUGUST
- Community groups continued to meet. Women’s group doubled in size.
- Church plant launch preparations well underway.
- Gave away 1200 bottles of water, 800 bottles of vitamin water, and hundreds of snacks at Kiwanis Fall Festival.
- Provided enough volunteers to nearly run the entire inflatable area at the annual fireworks show.
- Ice Cream Social
- 6 Baptized, and 2 accepted Christ!
- Press Start launched.
- Women’s group doubled in size…. again.
- Sent volunteers to Marionville Apple Days
- Kickball Night
- Adventures with Sort-Of Deputy Luke
- Gave away 3000 bottles of water at Pumpkin Days.
- We honored our police officers and firefighters in service and with treats.
- Served the Republic Booster Club at concessions.
- Kid’s Costume Parade
- Served over 150 hot dogs, gave away 42lbs of candy, and 130 gift cards passed out to community at Neighborhood Block Party.
- Served lunch to all staff and facility at McCulloch on conferences week.
- Started 6 community groups with 61 unique sign ups.
- Giant Potluck for Thanksgiving
- 2nd highest attendance since launch.
- Handed out tons of free hot chocolate and candy at the Christmas Parade.
- Hired the best Kid’s Pastor ever!
- Changed service time for winter.
- Women’s Christmas Party and Men’s Game Night
- iX Christmas Series
- Root Beer Float Sunday
- State of the Union Address
- Announcement of Relocation Coming in 2018.
- Launch of Capital Giving Campaign – Building Community
- Christmas Unplugged Service at Island Greene Golf Club
- Sonic and Cookie Run for McCulloch Staff before Christmas Break.
- New Year’s Eve Sabbath
- Collected an entire Christmas for a family in need.
- Collected clothing and raised $400 cash for Feuerborn family.
- Care packages to police, fire department, and teachers.
- Donuts to volunteers at People Helping People for adopted families.
WOW! Whew… and that’s the condensed list! We’ve been busy, but we are living the dream. This is what we were launched to do.
This year, we’ve also on-boarded 37 new volunteers, 15 new partners, 12 new financial contributors, and experienced God’s hand in 4 salvations, 7 rededication’s, 6 water baptisms, 27 Press Start grads, and 61 people in community groups. Our average attendance for weekly services is double the national average for a church our age, and we’ve run in the black over $7,000 in our first three months of operation.
God has been good to us!
So for 2018… what does this new year hold for New Life Republic?
Someone walked up to me and said something that really resonated with my heart in regards to 2018… “God is rolling up his sleeves.” I believe that he is posturing us for the great things He wants to do in and through us this next year. We will be relocating early in 2018 to our own facility, but this is just one piece to the puzzle. The first few months will be focused on continuing our work in the community through living out our mission, as well as getting moved into our new place!
In the months following that we will look to do the following things well:
- Focus on prayer
- Add community groups
- Provide a large summer activity for kid’s and student ministries
- In appropriate timing, add a Sunday morning worship service
- Continue to develop systems to raise up leaders
We will reveal our theme for 2018 on our first service on January 7th, 2018. Our theme fits perfectly with our mission and core values and will be a key focus for us as a church, both individually and as a community.
Thank you for all you do to make New Life Republic a great place to be in church community! I love being your pastor.