REACH Community's Grand Opening with Special Guest Anna Donahue

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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.

Just roll with it...

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*.

Connected Family Weekend - June 8-10, 2018 - Regency Hotel, Covington

Connected Family Weekend - June 8-10, 2018 - Regency Hotel, Covington

Growing a Christian family is a spoken goal of most Christian families but often times few of us actually feel like we are succeeding as we once dreamed and desired. Growing a connected family requires clear vision, effective Biblical strategies, time investment, and keeping our priorities as priority. Building community begins in our family!

An open door for a new beginning... Weidner's journey update!

In early 2008 I journeyed to Shanghai to begin seeking the open door to relocate our family to China with the intention of building a work for a life time. By June 2008 we moved to China and to our surprise much of our dreams and ideas came to past much quicker than we had imagined as the Lord accomplished a quick work.  However, by June 2016, that I learned that I would not be able to return to China, for some years, due to my visa renewal being black listed. At this point our whole family moved to Taipei, Taiwan for a season of transition. We had prepared our team and community of this possibility and so when it happened Taiwan made the most sense to us. During this time we began developing a remote system to lead our team in the same time zone, launched different ministries, and began seeking the Lord if we were to stay in Taiwan long term.

By October 2017 Christina and I came to the conclusion that the most sustainable and wisest move was to relocate our family back to our home town where we would have the support needed to continue leading our China ministry and seeking opportunity to engage and build new ministries. 

By the end of December we were able to relocate to Mandeville, LA, secure a home, move all our furniture from Asia and even host Christmas Day for our family. Now we are settling into our new schedule of early morning and late evening meetings leading Shanghai while having the day to plan new adventures ahead.

We are planning to launch a church campus here on the Northshore of NOLA believing the Lord to once again direct our steps and enable us to build another great work on our home soil.

By January 25th we are launching a home group and on Jan. 27th a Saturday worship time. Our heart are for those who are not planted, seeking intentional community, hungry for Jesus, and desiring to REACH the loss with the good news.

It is good to be home, though we feel like foreigners some days, while we miss dearly our team and community in Shanghai. Hoping to connect and make many many new friendships here on good ole US soil.

Check out some of our work at www.Weidnerministries.com

Pastor James (PJ)

The Light Of The World

Jesus is our light and the Light of the World. As believers we are a people who have been "brought out of darkness and into His marvelous light". Why then do we often still live as people of the darkness?

Just Your Average Guy/Girl

Some days we hope and pray that there is more to us than there is, but when we look again into the mirror we realize *we are who we are* and who we are is the called of God, set apart, to go out and get busy with the Lord's work for one more day.