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An Awesome Week

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This last week, One Hope rolled up its sleeves and sweated together pulling off an amazing team effort. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who rallied together to make it all happen: Justin and Mike’s all–in effort, the UCF table team, the pancake party team, the cookout team, the kids team, the worship & production team, setup / teardown team, safety team, next steps team, and hospitality team. We were hitting on all cylinders and it was beautiful to see. To God be the glory!

“Oh, how wonderful, how pleasing it is when God’s people all come together as one!” - Psalm 133:1 ERV

Our missional challenge is helping move people towards God. This week, as a result of your team efforts, I saw it happen again and again. While that movement in people’s lives may not seem big to us, from afar, it is huge to them. Life change is ministry traction. It is momentum. It is missional success.

“God’s kingdom is like a pine nut that a farmer plants. It is quite small as seeds go, but in the course of years it grows into a huge pine tree, and eagles build nests in it.” - Matthew 13:31-32

I loved seeing One Hope’s flag being planted at UCF with our first ever beginning-of-semester info table. Then, I was so thankful to God as I saw students we met on campus show up at the One Hope Cookout.

One freshman who showed was a prime example. She had just landed at UCF with no spiritual community. But walking by our table on campus, she accepted Sour Patch Kids and an invite to our Cookout. On Sunday, there she was making friends. Wow!

At the end of the Cookout, another student walked up to me to say goodbye. He said, “I have never experienced something like this before. I am never leaving One Hope!”

I felt the excitement Thursday night as a team of 10 served chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes to 200+ UCF Cru students. It was even better to see students I met at the pancake party show up on Sunday.

We have UCF freshman who began calling One Hope home in the summer after an earlier Cru/One Hope pancake party. Several are already serving in on our Kids Team. And on Sunday, they brought new friends with them to the Cookout.

And finally, this week Donna and I had dinner with a couple who visited on Sunday who have been looking for a church. They were blown away by all the people who have talked to them and embraced them.

One Hope, you are special, and people sense it. The One Hope family is infectious. Kudos to you all and go God! Charge on!

Dave

P.S. Have you ever wondered if your job and all you pour into it Monday–Friday really counts for eternity? Then don’t miss this Labor Day Sunday as we study Ephesians 6:5-9 and what it means to have a live a “Godward” worklife.

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Celebrating Summer

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I don’t know about you, but for me this summer truly was “better together.”

In June, July and August, it has been exciting seeing our vision of the One Hope in Jesus advance in our lives and even more so as it touched new lives.

  • During the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality class on Wednesdays, I watched lives being stretched by the gospel in new ways through the conversations around the tables.
  • You could feel the buzz of community getting louder as the crowd grew each Sunday of those going out to eat together.
  • I loved meeting people who started coming on Sundays to One Hope this summer and began discovering the Bible for themselves for the first time.
  • This summer, partners from One Hope witnessed to Muslims in Albania through English language camps helping start new churches there.
  • We also sponsored a new church plant here in Orlando in Lake Nona (Harvest Community Church) launching this fall.
  • All of this just further quickened the pulse of our worship in one gathering as we gave Him the glory for it all.

God is truly at work.  But, where do you sense God is taking us? What is your prayer for this next chapter God has begun writing with us. I encourage you to think and pray about our future and I would love to hear your thoughts.

In August, in our “Following Jesus Together” sermon series, we are studying what the Bible teaches about being a Jesus-centered discipleship community partnered behind a gospel-centered mission.

Aren’t you excited about what is ahead? I am.

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