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September 15, 2017

Inspirational Message

Dominic Verdell, Pastor of Discipleship and Community Care

As our faith grows, something interesting happens in our hearts. Little by little, our connection to Christ shifts our priorities. Where we once focused mainly on ourselves and our circumstances, we now experience compassion for others, especially when tragedy strikes.

Seeing news reports of people in Texas and Florida struggling after back-to-back hurricanes could be ignored when our community is safe and dry. Yet because of Christ, we wanted to respond and do something to make a difference.

Over the past few weeks, our congregation has acted in amazing ways. In the face of tragedy, we partnered with a local church, Ecclesia Houston, in the center of Houston. Even though Ecclesia is more than 1,200 miles from our day-to-day experience, the compassion of Christ in our hearts moved us to respond by sending more than $12,000 to fuel their work!

I recently visited with Carson Schultz, Executive Pastor at Ecclesia Houston. Listen to our interview via the link below.

Thanks to your generosity, Ecclesia has provided supplies needed for rebuilding, hosted volunteers serving the city, and responded to individual families unable to pay for groceries when everything they own was ruined.

Together we are living out Hebrews 10:23 & 24:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful.
And let us consider how to stir up one another
to love and good works.

Together we have been an encouragement to Ecclesia Houston, empowering them to love their neighbors in Christ’s name – and beautifully serve their community.