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You're Invited

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While eating lunch with someone the other day, I had the privilege of sharing the story of how I became a follower of Jesus Christ. An important part of that story involves a few friends who would not stop inviting me to church. They knew this cool truth: they were inviting me to something much greater than a building or place to fellowship and worship—they  were inviting me to encounter Jesus Christ. Their lives had been radically changed by Jesus, and they wanted me to have the same opportunity.




My life was eternally changed because someone invited me to church.  I also really love my church. These two realities  are constant motivators to invite others to church.


I'm living proof that those two (ok, really three) simple words can  change a person’s life forever. I keep one of our invite cards just below my monitor so that every day I am reminded of one simple but profoundly important opportunity I can engage in each and  every day—inviting people to church. 

I wish I could tell you I acted on every opportunity I have been given to invite friends and even strangers to church, but unfortunately I have not. You might be in the same boat as me. I guess the lunch I had the other day really inspired me to look at this with a fresh perspective as I was telling this person about how Jesus changed my life. 

The good news is: each new day presents brand new opportunities. The great news is: it is really not a hard thing to do. The church is the greatest place I go to each week. Just think with me for a moment about what we get to do at church…worship a truly wonderful and awesome God, share life with incredible and encouraging people, engage God’s holy and inspiring Word, and do something truly meaningful as a family. Believe me, the list could go on, but I will stop there.


I would like to challenge you to stop for a minute as you read this and reflect on what the church is to you and how Jesus has changed your life. As you do that, I pray you, too, will be inspired to be a part of impacting someone else’s life for eternity by simply inviting them to church.


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Thank you for reaching guests

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This past  Sunday, January 24, we launched our first "Reaching Challenge." The purpose:  pay a friendly visit to recent Shandon guests. Open to anyone who'd like to reach out to new guests, the Reaching Challenge is an opportunity to help new folks feel welcomed and noticed and to give them an opportunity to meet other Shandon members and ask questions.

This past Sunday, we gathered at 4pm in the gym for quick instructions and to pick up bags of homemade chocolate chip cookies--after all, you can't visit empty-handed! We've had a lot of guests visit Shandon in recent weeks--an awesome blessing but somewhat of an overwhelming task to visit so many. Our hope was to assemble about 50 volunteers in groups of 2 or 3 with the goal of visiting about 50 homes in total.  

Well, God blew away what we anticipated when 70 people showed up and we were able to visit 82 homes!  What a great afternoon! While some people weren't home and we were only able to leave the gift at the door, we were also able to meet a ton of new people.  When we mentioned we were from Shandon, we received big smiles and thank you's! We had great conversations on doorsteps and porches and  in living rooms.

Would you consider joining us for next month's Reaching Challenge?
It's really quite simple and a lot of fun: meet in the gym at 4pm for brief instructions, to partner with a friend or two, and to pick up your cookies and guest information. Visit guests to  give them a gift bag, tell them thanks for visiting our church, and see if they have any questions.     


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