Archive for July, 2011

New Church at the Movies

July 29, 2011 Leave a comment

This Sunday, at New Church, we’re kicking off our latest teaching series called New Church at the Movies.  We’re going to spend the next 4 Sundays searching for the truth in some of Holywood’s biggest movies.  We’ll take a look at their story lines and see what the Bible has to say about these specific topics.

If you’re in the Winston-Salem area, we would be honored if you would join us for our worship experience.  We meet at the Robinhood Road Family YMCA, 3474 Robinhood Rd. at 10:00 AM.  We hope to see you at the movies!

T. J.

Categories: Church, Culture, Growth, Videos

Remember as a Reminder

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Last Sunday’s worship experience was another milestone for New Church.  We observed the ordinance of communion for the first time, and it was a special time of reflection on what Jesus did for us through the shedding of his blood and through his death.

Many people view Christ’s death as something to be sad about, but the only way for us to have a relationship with God is by placing our faith in what Jesus accomplished through his death and resurrection.  Instead of being sad, we should be grateful.  We should take time to remember why he died and allow that to remind us why we live.

You can click HERE to listen to Sunday’s message, entitled “remeber,” and you can click HERE to listen to the message from the last week of The Essential James teaching series, entitled “The Forever Filter.”

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Milestones

Volunteer Leader of the Week: Ryan Childers

July 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Ryan Childers is New Church’s most recent Volunteer Leader of the Week.  Ryan moved to Winston-Salem from Las Vegas a few months ago to be a part of what God is doing in, and through, New Church for his glory.

Ryan volunteers as a small group leader and as the assistant to the storyteller in our Newkidz (K5-5th grade) environment.  He also helps with the set-up and tear down of our main worship environment each week.

Although Ryan hasn’t been at New Church for long, he’s made a huge impact through his willingness to get involved.  Ryan, it’s an honor to serve Jesus alongside you, and I’m grateful for your hard work each weekend.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Leadership


July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

This Sunday at New Church will be a special time as we gather together to participate in our first ever communion worship experience.

I will be teaching what our church believes about communion as I answer a few frequently asked questions related to this ordinance—questions like: What’s the purpose of communion?  Who should participate in communion?  How should we approach communion?

So, if you are in the Winston-Salem area this weekend, we would be honored to have you as our guest at New Church for this unique worship experience.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Milestones

Word Fires

July 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Last Sunday was the 3rd week of our current series, The Essential James.  Joshua Black shared, from James 3, how we have the potential to do a lot of damage by setting peoples’ lives on fire with our tongues.

The good news is that our words can also bring healing and encouragement when we allow God to work in, and through, us.  Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue can bring death or life…”  The choice is ours, but one thing is certain—God is serious about our words, and we should be too.

You can click HERE to listen to last Sunday’s message.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Leadership

Volunteer Leader Spotlight: Kent Bennett

July 11, 2011 Leave a comment

This week’s Volunteer Leader Spotlight is focused on Kent Bennett.  Kent is a Community Relations Support Specialist for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and one of the funniest dudes I know.  If you like to laugh on a continual basis, follow Kent on Twitter.

Kent works with our Tech Team on Sundays and helps with our Saturday set-up, when his schedule permits.  I asked Kent two simple questions, and he was kind enough to answer them.  You can read his responses below:

Why New Church?
I was still relatively new to Winston-Salem and was searching for a new church. I had visited some area churches but hadn’t really found one that I could connect with. When the post card came announcing “Grand Freaking Opening!!” I thought to myself, this could be the one.  The notion of it being “church…just different” I think, really appeals to a lot of people. It’s a church where a person, no matter where they are in their relationship with God, can feel really comfortable and grow spiritually with other people who know they aren’t perfect but can still lift each other up while they worship God.
Why Volunteer?
I volunteer at New Church because once I realized that it was a church where I felt like I could really grow, I wanted to become invested in it to make sure that others had an opportunity to have the same kind of experience. Voulnteering at New Church has introduced me to other great people who want others to know the joy Christ can bring both inside and outside of church.

Kent, I’m really glad our Grand Freaking Opening post card didn’t scare you away.  I appreciate all you do, and it is an honor to serve Jesus along side you at New Church!
T. J.
Categories: Church, Growth, Leadership

My Favorite Person in the World

July 8, 2011 3 comments

Today is my wife Wendy’s birthday.  She is my favorite person in the world, and below are just a few of the reasons why (addressed to her):

  • You love Jesus more than anything else in this world.
  • You are the closest example I know of to the type of woman the Bible describes in Proverbs 31.
  • You are a dedicated wife to me and a caring and loving mother to our girls.
  • You gave up your dream home and the opportunity to live near your family in order to move to Winston-Salem and help me start New Church.
  • You care about people more than things.
  • You are beautiful, fun, and your smile brightens a room.
  • You laugh at my jokes.

Those are just a few of the reasons my wife is my favorite person in the world.  There are more, but those will remain private.

Happy Birthday, Wendy!  I love you with all of my heart, and I am so grateful to God for giving you to me!

T. J.

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