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Without Vision…

September 17, 2012 — 1 Comment

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Proverbs 29:18

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. MSG

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. KJV

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed are those who heed wisdom’s instruction. TNIV

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. ESV

When people have no clear picture of what could and should be by God’s design, they never really live. What if you could be a part of casting vision for what could and should be? What if God used you to help paint a clear picture of a better way? That’s what we’re striving for at Two Cities Church.

Want to be a part of it? Let’s chat.

Here’s a place we were a part of before moving to our hometown to plant this church. And New Vintage Church carries the same vision. Here’s how they said it:

I was honored to officiate the marriage of Forrest and Christy Harper on July 6, 2012 at the Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, Ca. Forrest and Christy were in our Community Group at New Vintage Church.

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Here’s most of the guys from our Community Group. I miss these guys! (Missing: Joel)

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Below is my second official Father-Daughter dance at a wedding. That was my favorite moment of the wedding.

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Thanks to Forrest and Christy for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day! Have fun on your month long honey moon in Asia.

Lesley’s Story

July 7, 2012 — Leave a comment

Lesley is Nate’s Grandmother.
Lesley attends New Vintage Church in Santa Rosa, Ca.
She serves on the Guest Services team every week.
She is a beacon of joy in that community.
Here is the video that was shown just before I had the pleasure of baptizing her.

If you want to be a part of a community where life-change happens like this, Two Cities Church is coming soon to the Fresno/Clovis area.

For the past three and half years, I was a part of New Vintage Church in Santa Rosa, Ca. I loved it. The kind of ministry that is done there is not like most churches, it’s a new way of being the church. That’s the kind of church we want to create here in our hometown of Fresno/Clovis, Ca. Check out the video promo that was created for New Vintage and let me know if you would like to be a part of a place like that.

Two Cities Church – Coming Soon to the Fresno/Clovis area!

Nate’s Story

July 3, 2012 — 3 Comments

Nate is a high school student in Santa Rosa, Ca.
He attends New Vintage Church.
He volunteers in the Children’s Ministry.
He came to the church a little over a year before this video.
Here’s the story New Vintage showed before I had the honor of baptizing him.

I’m trying to convince Nate to come to Fresno State or Fresno Pacific University so that he can be a part of Two Cities Church during college. 🙂

 

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

Want to stay informed about Two Cities Church?

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

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*