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Meet Donny and Amy

April 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

Meet Donny and Amy. We showed their story this past Sunday at Two Cities Church. Donny and Amy are a vital part of our team at Two Cities Church. Amy volunteers as a small group leader for 2-year-old kids in Waumba Land and Donny serves on our Service Programming Team running our graphics for the screens.

Enjoy their #WeAreTwoCities story below. [Can’t see the video? Click here.]

“We need a church where people feel comfortable going. Two Cities is that church where anybody can come in and feel like they’re ok being there.” – Amy
“These people care, they want you to be welcome and they want you to be a part of their lives” – Donny

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Meet Chris and Lisa

March 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

Meet Chris and Lisa Hansen. We showed their story this past Sunday at Two Cities Church. Chris and Lisa are a vital part of our team at Two Cities Church. Lisa volunteers as a small group leader for our UpStreet kids and Chris recently took on the role of Guest Services Director. They are open, honest and just trying to follow God’s direction in their lives every day.

Enjoy their #WeAreTwoCities story below. [Can’t see the video? Click here.]

“Who are you investing in?” – Chris
“Two Cities is probably the first church that I’ve been involved with where I felt really comfortable inviting somebody.” – Lisa

Chris and Lisa were looking for a place that they felt God could use them together as a couple.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Two Cities Church.

We love to have a great time with popular music. It’s actually one of our goals to do a popular song every week. We want to be able to connect with anybody who walks in the door right away through music. It’s part of our church-plant culture. This past Sunday was no exception, we played Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips. Enjoy Paul Haugen and Jill Douty singing together during rehearsal before service.

You can play our entire playlist here on Spotify or download them on iTunes.

Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips
This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham
Cornerstone – Hillsong Live
Say Something – A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera

Our next service is March 16 at 5pm, for details click here.

Meet Brian & Michelle Weber. We showed their story this past Sunday at Two Cities Church. After I met them, I went to lunch with Brian to get to know him a little bit because he had shown interest in Two Cities. So we went to Chipotle and it was at that lunch Brian began to test me. He told me everything. I mean everything. He told me about his life, his mistakes, his sins and where he was at with his relationship with Jesus Christ. At the end he said, “So I don’t if you want someone like me to be a part of the church.” I looked at him and said, “Two Cities Church is opt-in. If you want to be involved, all you have to do is opt-in. And we’re all about leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. I’d love to have you guys on our team. It’s up to you.”

After that conversation, Brian and Michelle started coming around to our interest gatherings and information nights. They signed up to serve and now they host a launch group (pre-launch small group) in their home on Tuesdays in Clovis. Enjoy their #WeAreTwoCities story below. [Can’t see the video? Click here.]

“We were struggling to find a church that we felt was home.” – Brian Weber

Just as Two Cities was opt-in for the Webers, it’s opt-in for you too. Let’s connect.

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Ever fought with someone? Like really, fought? As in, really said the harshest things you could think at them only to feel complete desolation of a relationship afterwards? If yes, then Fight Night at Two Cities Church is for you. You may have seen the following Flipagram floating around Instagram or Facebook. That’s because we believe there are two big audiences in Fresno/Clovis that need to be at Fight Night and so we will do whatever it takes to make you aware of this event. Those two audiences are:
1. Christians who aren’t connected to a local church in a way that is helping to grow their relationship with Jesus Christ.
2. People who don’t believe in Jesus.
If either of those descriptions is you or someone you can bring along, come out for Fight Night. I promise, you won’t regret it.

This Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5pm.
808 4th St., Clovis, Ca 93612

We’re having our fourth glimpse (preview) service at Two Cities Church.
RSVP by clicking here to see our Facebook event, or just show up.

We have incredible environments for kids (birth-6th grade), a relevant and engaging service for adults and we genuinely seek to add value to your life. So come on out for #FightNight.
We hope to see you at Fight Night at Two Cities Church.

Two Cities Glimpse Media

November 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

On Nov 17 we had our second service, a glimpse, at Two Cities Church.
We have two events in December coming up.
Check out this Instagram videos and pictures from different people on our Launch Team depicting what went down at the service.
Click here to see videos from Oct 13.

















Also read: What Happened Yesterday? to see what happened at our second glimpse of Two Cities Church.

What happened yesterday?

November 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

It’s time to celebrate what God’s been doing in and through Two Cities Church.

  • Paul Haugen’s brother told a coworker about TCC. That guy came and said to Paul’s brother after, “It was great. Micah was a really good speaker and the music was awesome. I will definitely go back in December.”
  • Thilani Grubel had a mom come back to her after their video testimony played and give her a huge hug. The Grubels’ story seemed to really touch people’s hearts.
  • Micah had several people come up to him after commenting about what a great service it was.
  • Waumba Land doubled in attendance from Glimpse service #1!
  • One man said, “Just want to say how grateful my family and I are for two cities. It is a church for unchurched for sure, but it also is a church we enjoy even though we are “churched.” We wouldn’t have a place to hear from God if you guys didn’t exist.”
  • Several Waumba Land kids were able to retell the story they heard in Large Group!
  • Someone came up to Chris Loach at the connections table after and said, “I think this is where we will be coming now and I can’t wait to bring my niece who’s 22 here.”
  • Someone told Darren Grubel she has been struggling for awhile, but felt home in the first 5 minutes.
  • Tyler (Lisa’s son) came to help us set up yesterday morning. He has been going through a difficult time, and this was a big step!
  • We had over 100 people again, even on a night where there were a lot of other options including the Winter Jam at Save Mart Center.
  • One couple dropped their son Ghavin off in WL for the first time they have left him anywhere, and he did great!
  • One of the young guys in the Loach’s Launch Group brought 3 guys with him from his fraternity and they were really excited after and took home CDs of an Andy Stanley sermon which communicates our vision.
  • Paul and Jenn’s sister in law came with her two girls. Her daughter said to Grace (her cousin) after Waumba Land, “This church is fun! I want to come again.”
  • The guy who drove our trailer said he wants to come back and check it out.
  • We have tapped into a really good group of young musicians who seem to really enjoy playing and want to come back.
  • A mom who had two kids in WL wrote on our Facebook wall, “had the BEST time tonight and can’t wait for more events!” Josiah (my son) was so excited all day for WL. At bedtime he said “When I am bigger I will work at TCC and talk to all the people in the other room like Daddy.” A selfish win, but in all honesty planting this church has been the best thing we could have done for our family. Our kids are seeing God work in real tangible ways and are excited about church and learning about God!

[see more stories at WeAreTwoCities.com]

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Q&A: Two Cities Church

November 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

q-and-a

I get questions about Two Cities Church all the time and I know that if one person is asking it, there’s probably at least a few more thinking it. So, here are some of the things that people ask all the time.

Where will you meet? Where do you meet?
When people asked me this, I used to not have an answer, but now I do. We currently meet at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building in Old Town Clovis. 808 4th St., Clovis Ca., 93612.

Will it be loud? Is it loud?
Perfectly loud. If you feel like it’s too loud or not loud enough, you’re probably sitting in the wrong seat for your preference. You can find the seat that sounds the best to you. I’m sure of it.

When will you Launch?
First off, we define “Launch” by having every week services. We plan to be every week by October 2014. It could happen faster, but that’s our target date. So that begs the question, “Why so long?” We will be a self-sustaining church. We want to be able to pay our bills and we want to help the people becoming involved to understand what we’re doing. So our volunteer staff have undergone a ton of training in the culture we’re trying to create. It takes time to birth a church. It’s not instant. It’s labor intensive. Right now we are once-a-month. We hope to hire a Service Programming Director after the new year, that all depends on giving trends, and once we hire that person, we’ll go every 3 weeks. When finances and volunteer numbers allow we’ll go to every other week. Then, finally, every week.

What do you have for my kids?
Waumba Land (Birth-PreK) meets during our main service. It’s awesome, you just have to see it to believe it. We have plans to implement UpStreet (K-6th) as cash and volunteer numbers allow. Right now we have the ability to handle students (7-12 grades) in Student Impact. Student Impact is where students serve, mostly in our Birth-PreK environment called Waumba Land. However, in the future we will have Transit (7-8 grades) and Inside Out (9-12 grades) for students.

I’ve noticed you have something called Launch Groups. What’s the difference between Launch Groups and a Community/Small Group?
Launch Groups are small groups (8-18 people) that meet in homes during the week. During this Pre Launch phase we’ve decided to call them Launch Groups because we spend a lot of time digging into things that are core to what we’re doing at Two Cities Church. We go over our vision, mission and values by watching sermons by Andy Stanley and then talking about them. These are hand-picked messages that we feel are relevant to the lives of the people in our community and church. It’s a no-pressure environment.

Community Groups will be something we launch after we Launch the church. Community Groups are meant to build small communities within the church. A place that no-matter how big the church may get is a place where somebody knows your name and you find accountability, belonging and care. It’s a place to study the Bible and learn to how live out the principles of Jesus.

Who is involved?
An ever-increasing group of people who can’t stand the thought of people they know and love living without a relationship with Jesus. Find out about those people here WeAreTwoCities.com. #WeAreTwoCities

Is this a “youth church”?
I’m not even sure how to respond to this, because I don’t really have a mental category for a “youth church.” What is a church without a variety of ages? Basically, we’re a church for people of all ages, although we have a target range, we target that range because we believe it’s the demographic that is least likely to have interest or time in church… but if they do come, they’ll bring their whole family with them.

What’s your target (age)?
35-year-old Male, married with kids

I know, that sounds crazy specific, but we truly believe that a man in this age holds the keys to his whole family. Of course we’ll appeal to more than that but in a time when we’re trying to make a strategic decision and we’re having trouble making the call, we’ll ask which option a “35-year-old man who is married with kids” would gravitate towards and benefit from the most.

Will you serve communion every week?
No. I grew up in a tradition that celebrates communion every single week and that’s great. You’ve got to understand though, when you’re creating a church that unchurched people (people with no real context for what communion is) it is a strange thing to do in front of them every week. Think of the questions that may arise as someone on stage announces that we’re about to eat the body of Jesus and drink his blood. “Uhhhhhh… what, what, now?!” It also gets a little stale when it’s an every week routine. So we’ve made a strategic decision to reserve communion for special events like Night of Worship

How will you serve the community?
A community typically needs four things to be served well. Great organizations who specialize in the greatest needs, volunteers to serve at those organizations, clothing and food to stock the shelves of those great organizations, and money to run those great organizations. Two Cities Church recognizes our responsibility to help with these needs. Right now we are focusing on building the core of the church and making sure we are self-sustaining. But we have plans to be involved with great local organizations to serve our community. We’ll call it INTERSECT and we’ll choose some local organizations we believe accomplish a part of the mission of Jesus in our community and resource them with goods, volunteers and cash. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 #BeRich

WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS? Comment below and you might just get an answer.

May 2012 Two Cities Church FAQ

Meet Tim & Jill

October 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

Tim and Jill Douty are a part of our launch team at Two Cities Church. They have a one-year-old son named Samuel, aka Sammy. Enjoy their story.

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Meet Mauro & Chelsea

August 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

Mauro and Chelsea DeBenedetto are a part of our launch team at Two Cities Church. I met them just a couple of months ago. They didn’t know anyone on the team and are now they’re very involved. They also just released two singles available on iTunes [read about that here]. Enjoy their story.

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