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Grodon attends New Vintage Church.
Here is his story:

Want to be a part of creating a place that a person like Gordon could connect with Jesus, grow in his relationship with him and invite his friends to do the same in Fresno/Clovis, Ca? Be a part of Two Cities Church!

Samuel attends New Vintage Church.
He and his wife Carla are great people.
He has a soft heart and a great story.
Here it is:

Want to be a part of creating a place that a person like Sam could connect with Jesus, grow in his relationship with him and invite his friends to do the same in Fresno/Clovis, Ca? Be a part of Two Cities Church!

Recently, Jade was baptized at New Vintage Church.
Click here to see her baptism story.

She has big faith.
She stood in front of 250 of her peers at her public high school, in Northern California and read a paper she wrote.
She shared the paper with me and I’m sharing it with you.
She wrote the following in response to a writing prompt, “English Journal #27, Describe a moment that has changed you in some way. Tell the story.”

As you read, imagine being a high school student, reading this to your peers.

As I was dunked under the freezing cold water, the last thing I thought about was breathing. I didn’t thrash, or try to find the surface; I just laid there depending on my friend to pull me up and out. I had never thought something like this could be so peaceful; not a sound or sight. Not a worry or care. PEace. I was finally at peace.

Everyone says the initial change occurs when you accept Jesus into your heart, but I feel like the bigger change occurred in me when I was baptized. I accepted Christ into my heart a mere three years ago, and I have been growing in my faith and relationship with the Lord ever since. But when my youth leader dunked me under water, I feel like my entire mindset and perspective on the world changed. For those few seconds that I was under water, I was entirely at peace with myself and the world around me. I had completely forgotten about everything; I had not a worry or care. I was extremely nervous walking up on stage in front of hundreds of people. When I gave my testimony I was scared to death, but I had faith, and I was doing it to declare my love for the Lord. I went in thinking that I would try to look good and happy when I came up and out of the water; that I would smile and maybe tell a joke, but it all slipped my mind when I was underwater. I felt completely still, and I am convinced that God is and has always been with me. I realized that he’s always been there with me, from the time that I was little, and knew nothing of him, to now when I was declaring my faith in front of hundreds. After I was baptized I believe my faith grew even stronger. I began to see his hand in all of creation. Now every time I look out the window or around a room I am astound at all the glory in his work. Every time a Christian song comes on the radio I catch myself singing to it; I just want to belt it out! As much of a believer as I was before, I feel like I understand more now that I’m safe with God and that he has a plan for me. I still have stress, and worry, and all the daily challenges of life, but I think that I look at them differently now’ not as something to break me, but something to build and strengthen me. I aspire to be not perfect, or even close for that matter, but to live my life to the fullest for and with Jesus Christ.

Yep. Jade has big faith.
She’s not done and God’s not done with her.
But she stepped out of the boat to read this to her peers.
Some people said it was really cool and others just think she’s weird.
I think she loves Jesus and Jesus loves her.

When’s the last time you stepped out of the boat?

New Vintage,

Thank you for the past three and half years. Thank you for helping to create a foundation for Josiah for us to build upon. Thank you for modeling how to create environments where unchurched and dechurched people can come, feel welcomed and want to come back. Thank you for accepting us in your family. Thank you for coming to support us today at our lunch. Thank you to those of you who have invested in our new church plant. Thank you for committing to praying for us. We will miss you.

We are around for about a month. So, this isn’t good-bye yet. If you weren’t able to make it to our lunch today, we’d love to share the vision of Two Cities Church with you.

If you’d like to partner with us as we plant this new church in the Fresno/Clovis, Ca area we would love your partnership in the mission of leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!

We are working on a digital giving option, but for now you can send checks payable to Two Cities Church:

Two Cities Church
c/o Micah Foster
1865 Herndon Ave K304
Clovis, Ca 93611

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Here’s a couple of pictures from today’s lunch.

Jade’s Story

May 17, 2012 — 1 Comment

Jade is a student at New Vintage Church.
She serves on Sunday mornings in Waumba Land.
She’s in high school.
She is leading kids into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
She is in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
I find the combination of those statements awesome.

Want to be a part of creating a place that a person like Jade could connect with Jesus, grow in her relationship with him and invite her friends to do the same in Fresno/Clovis, Ca? Be a part of Two Cities Church!

This Sunday at New Vintage Church, after second service, we’re having a party (lunch) and we’re inviting all our Sonoma County friends and church family. It will be in the Warehouse at New Vintage Church. (3300 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa, Ca 95405)

Here’s a link to the Facebook Invite and I’d love it if you’d RSVP!

Here’s what you can expect at the lunch:

  • Free Food
  • Be Encouraged
  • Be Inspired
  • Be Asked to partner with us, by Giving us a one-time gift or pledge a monthly gift for the next 1 or 2 years

If you’re curious about what we’re doing, check out these blog posts:

*Stay tunes because if Erica goes into labor on that day, we will postpone this lunch*

Here’s a little peak into the music at New Vintage Church from today.

If this were in Fresno or Clovis, would you go?
Two Cities Church — coming soon.

FAQ: Two Cities Church
The Big Announcement 

After our BIG ANNOUNCEMNT Erica and I have both had some great conversations. From these conversations there have been several reoccurring questions that I can answer:

  • Q: What Church are you going to?
    A: We’re not going to a church, we’re starting a church. When you plant a church, you start from scratch. There is nothing there previously for you to build upon. It’s from the ground up.
  • Q: Do you have a building?
    A: For us to have a building as a church plant would make us “mortgage broke.” We won’t have regular Sunday services until we build up our core group and launch team. That means we need to get people involved in “The 4 Things” before we create Sunday meetings. Those things are Percentage Giving, Strategic Service, Invest & Invite Other People, and Community Groups.
  • Q: When do you move?
    A: Erica is due with our second child, a girl, on May 22nd. She could pop at any moment. We’re waiting to get through the delivery process and get a couple of weeks under our belt before moving our home.
  • Q: How will you be funded?
    A: We  have to raise the funds by finding people who will support the vision of Two Cities Church through one-time and regular giving. No amount is too small and no amount is too huge. There are no government grants (separation of Church and State). There is no parent organization that will give us large sums of cash.
  • Q: What denomination will you be?
    A: We’re not. Instead of being a denomination, we’ll opt into a couple of partnerships. There are two organizations we are currently in conversation with, North Point Ministries and Growing Healthy Churches.
  • Q: How will you make money to live?
    A:  You don’t go into ministry to be rich, but you still need to provide for your family. My job will consist of building Two Cities Church and social media consulting for other churches [check out my free eBook here]. Erica plans to work with MAG as a Virtual Executive Assistant, part-time, and she has another incredible opportunity that we aren’t prepared to release information about just yet.
  • Q: Do you have a place to life?
    A: Yes, someone has graciously offered us a home to live in very cheaply.
  • Q: Why Fresno/Clovis?
    A: Because we love specific people there and God keeps putting it in our hearts to be near and reach them.

You may have questions too. I’d love to talk. Once we move back I’ll be going to coffee with lots of people and sharing the vision for what we’re doing. But for now, let me leave you with this…

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big announcement.

May 6, 2012 — 16 Comments

Three and half years ago Erica and I moved to Santa Rosa, Ca with our little dog Cooper. We moved for a few reasons.

A picture we took while visiting San Francisco 6 months before we moved to Santa Rosa, Ca.

I was coming out of a difficult situation and wounded.

We knew we needed to get out of town [Fresno/Clovis] to rebuild.
I knew I needed to learn from someone [Andy] who was working in the North Point model.
We knew that one day we would plant a church.
We did not know where.
We did not know how long we would be at New Vintage Church.
We said, “We’ll give it two years.”
Three and half years later we’re making the jump.
We’ve seen incredible moments of life-change.
We’ve been inspired by the stories of people like Chloe, Dennis, Heather, Donna, Jessica, Laura, and Jerry (to name a few).
But the story to put us over the edge was Lori.

We are so grateful to being a part of a place like New Vintage, where people like Lori can come from a completely Atheist background, walk in our doors, find a relationship with Jesus and be completely changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
It’s incredible.
But when we watched her baptism video, all we could think of were the people in Fresno/Clovis that we love.
And the question sparked in our minds… “Who is reaching the people we love in our hometown?”

Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

I’ve heard it said that you plant a church “because you love people.”
Every time I’ve heard that, I’ve thought, “How can you love all people, unless your God?”
But now I understand that statement. It’s not just a general category of “people.”
It’s PEOPLE… as in specific NAMES.
And that’s why we’re planting Two Cities Church. [Facebook / Twitter]

So, Erica, Josiah, Baby Foster and myself are moving back to our hometown.
I realize there are probably tons of questions and I’ll be blogging about this adventure frequently.
Ask away.

P.S. Here’s a little post about when we moved to NVC and why.

 

 

Trust vs. Suspicion

April 26, 2012 — 2 Comments

I just spent the last hour of my life with a man I’ve never met before.
I pulled into the church parking lot from lunch and he was pushing a shopping cart across our property.
He asked to use our restroom to wash his hands.
I let him.
I stood with him while he washed and he said, “You don’t trust me, do you?”
I said, “I don’t know you.”
He said, “Exactly.”

Then he preached for about 40 minutes.
I listened.
I let him tell me how Jesus lived.
I let him tell me that I need to have more faith.
I let him read Psalm 33 to me… the entire chapter.
I let him tell me that the people in our church probably don’t appreciate what we have.
I let him tell me that God would bless me in unbelievable ways.
I let him tell me that my soon-to-be-born daughter would be a blessing to my family as well as lead people to Jesus.
I let him tell me that before I go to bed tonight, I need to be thankful for the blessings God will give me in anticipation of those things.
I let him go a little Mark Driscoll on me.
I let him hug me.

Why did I let him do all that?
I don’t know.
It’s not in my nature to entertain a conversation with a homeless person who smells, who is missing most of his teeth, and who looks like I can only imagine John the Baptizer looked.

By the end I had promised him I’d be thankful for what I have.
I gave him a new bible, because his was stolen.
I gave him the book Crazy Love, by Francis Chan.
I gave him two bottles of water and some mini-cupcakes.
And I felt a sense of unity.

On a normal day, I would not have entertained it.
But this time, I’m glad I did.

Do not forget to show hospitality to [entertain] strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.Hebrews 13:2

This is not the first time I’ve had strangers, who were homeless basically prophecy to me. The first time was when Erica was pregnant with Josiah. She told me that He would be an amazing man of God. This time Erica is pregnant again.

What would you have done?