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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.

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.

 

 

bad drivers

December 27, 2011 — Leave a comment

It’s easy to spot a bad driver in Santa Rosa.

Volunteers, Thank You

December 17, 2011 — Leave a comment

Volunteers, thanks for being a part of our mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ at New Vintage Church.

Serving Santa Rosa

December 12, 2011 — Leave a comment

Two Saturdays ago, my community group served at a thrift store run by the Gospel Redwood Mission here in Santa Rosa, Ca.
We did yard work, cleaning, moved furniture, separated clothes and rewired a weed-wacker.



One of the couples from our group brought their daughter Emily.
She found a leather jacket and showed us her Michael Jackson moves.

When’s the last time you served?
What did you do?

Today I got an email from Andy to the New Vintage Church staff and board.
In the email Andy asks us all to take an hour and watch this video.
He then asks us to email our take-aways.
I’m taking it one step further…
I’m giving you my take-aways as well.

1. God really does grow his church, despite the people running it (hahaha)
2. It’s good to hold new Christians to a high standard of living
3. Men need stones.
4. Even during rapid growth, a ton of the SAME people are working day-in and day-out to make sure it runs
5. Despite rapid growth, without boundaries in the lives of those leading the church – anger, resentment, and depression can live in their hearts
6. When they gained traction, Mark grabbed every “Godly, hard-working, Jesus-loving” man he could find to be a leader
7. “I remember sitting in a room with the Elders, praying for God to give us direction — and none of us were sure about what we were about to do (video teaching), but it was pretty much our only option and we did it, and we kept growing” – one of the Pastors
8. From the beginning Mark had clarity on the four things he would pursue and that drove the direction of Mars Hill
– Marry Grace (personal)
– Preach the Bible
– Train Men
– Plant Churches
9. “The last thing to be saved is a person’s wallet ” – Mark Driscoll closes with a challenge to his church, to be generous

Josiah went to the part today.
He’s the one in the black shirt.

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Again, you’re welcome.

Seth Naumann is on location discovering who exactly attends New Vintage church (newvintage.org). The working title of this project was “Awkward Moments with Seth.” Watch to find out why.

In this episode Seth eats candy, chips, tries to solve a rubix cube and speaks with Marshall Mello at W Real Estate. (P.S. that’s really his name, awesome right?)

Enjoy.

Seth Naumann is on location discovering who exactly attends New Vintage church (newvintage.org). The working title of this project was “Awkward Moments with Seth.” Watch to find out why.

In this episode Seth looks for “snow tires” for his camry. Jeff at Big O Tires on 4th Street in Santa Rosa, Ca helps him find on