This Sunday Evening we will be at the Columbia Street Landing again, on the beautiful Boguefalaya River from 5:30 - 7:30PM. If you are seeking something more than just your everyday and searching for answers in today’s world then this is the place for you connect with a community that cares.
The wonder of the Christmas story continues to astound and defy our feeble minds. The Christmas story of a Savior coming into this world, from His Glory, is forever one that eludes our ability to grasp by natural means. Jesus left all His glory of heaven to become an embryo, then a baby, to a boy, and finally a man who would die for our sins and saved the entire world.
18 years, four Countries and five children (with another on the way) later we have the opportunity to launch another new Church in our home region. Wow... surreal, exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. After being in Asian for over 15 years, giving birth to 4 of our 5 children in foreign countries, being more yellow on the inside than white on the outside, it is hard to envision what life will be like in America.
Thank you so much for making our Grand Opening a great success!
The facility looked great with the hard work and much effort of many volunteers, thank you!!!
The atmosphere in the house was charged with the presence and love of God. A few people said to me "I could just stay here all day". Another person said "I have gone to church for years but have never felt the presence of God like I have here". These are both amazing testimonies to God's goodness.
"Our main goal is to make space for God to have His way in all we do!"
Pastor Anna Donahue brought an anointed word and powerful altar ministry time. We are grateful to have friends like Anna.
Many old and new friends joined us in this celebration and now we are excited to get many of these folks planted into this family of God.
Week 2 is soon upon us... so let us not stop with telling someone, inviting someone, and bringing someone next week to Church believing Jesus to touch and change their life.
Christina and I would like to visit with you, hear your story, and become a part of your journey. We will be reaching out but ask that you not be shy to do the same. Our personal emails are listed below.
CHECK OUT THE GRAND OPENING VIDEO INTRODUCTION. https://vimeo.com/286096327
For such a time as this,
James & Christina Weidner
Pastors, R.E.A.C.H. Community
Address: 19219 North 4th. Street, Covington, LA, 70433
Office #: 985.327.3070
The past four months have been precious ones since REACH Community's Sunday Gathering was launched. The promise of the Lord's presence when two or more are gathered in HIS Name has been fulfilled faithfully again and again.
As we prepare to move into our new facility the days have been full of painting, hauling lumber, moving boxes and there are more good times to be had. Excitement and expectation are in the air... along with the smell of fresh paint. This Saturday a team of volunteers from the REACH Community will be meeting at the facility for building and cleaning projects to prepare for our Grand Opening.
August 19th we will welcome any and all from the Northshore and Greater New Orleans Community for the Grand Opening of our new facility as we launch into this new season. On August 19th we are planning a 930am reception and dedication followed by our 10am Main Gathering. It will be a special time with our friend and guest speaker Anna Donahue joining us along with greeting videos from other friends.
It's about much more than the four walls of a building. It's a launching point for the mission of REACH Community to grow, bringing hope and light to the people of the Northshore, Greater New Orleans, Louisiana, and the World.
Coming Soon after the Church's Grand Opening we will be launching the REACH Learning Community on Fridays from 9am onwards. This is an intentional time that will include morning chapel and character building, music and theory training, project based learning, peer discussions, and youth connect group.
This Fall EQUIP ministry school will be launching on Wednesday nights beginning with a Biblical Leadership class. Then prayer and revive nights will soon follow in September. If you are seeking intentional community come say hello.
What’s the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon? How about spending it REACHing out to your neighbors and community with the Love of God…
Psalm 37: 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
This is one of those favorite passages for many of us as there is so much packed in there... We all like the idea of God giving us the *desires* of our heart. Of course this truth follows us delighting (being pliable and soft) in God and having those old desires replaced with new Godly desires. Our desires being replaced is a work in progress. We need to have the thinking replaced that something (anything) will solve some or all our problems and/or fill the whole in our heart that only the Holy Spirit can fill. We have been reminded this past few weeks as many suicides have been making headlines. A couple of these were the rich and famous and one was a young person with their entire life in front of them. No matter our situation in life we have to be found *delighting in God* or else the weight of the world will come crashing in upon us. There is no way of getting around this.
Verse 5 says to "commit your way to Him and He will act." One way of defining the word *commit* is *to roll*. I am reminded when I was young of going to the top of leveys, laying down, letting go and rolling down the hill until reaching the flat ground. Once committing to the roll there is no stopping. I knew the ride was going to fun but that it would likely be bumpy and may even hurt some but the adventure and the story was worth it. What a picture of our journey with God. We climb up to His holy hill and just *commit to the roll*. We know it is going to be uncomfortable at times but the reward is well worth it. Let's stop holding back and *just roll with it*.