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I Love My Church

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s no secret that I Love My Church!  In fact, I say it a lot on Sundays because I want the people in attendance to know how honored I am to pastor New Church.  

But when I decided to take last Sunday off from preaching, I wanted people to hear it from someone else, so I asked a young leader in our church, who I also consider to be a good friend, Josh Black, to preach a message entitled, “I Love My Church.”

I asked him to talk about the mission of New Church, and he did a great job!  If you would like to listen to and/or download the message from last Sunday, Click Here.

T. J.

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Volunteer Leader of the Week: Daniel Paulk

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Meet Daniel Paulk, our most recent Volunteer Leader of the Week.  Daniel works as an engineer on the weekdays and volunteers on our Host Team on Sundays.  Daniel is married to Samantha, our Groups Director, and together they lead a New Church Group.

I asked Daniel a couple of simple questions about New Church and volunteering.  Here’s what he had to say:

Why New Church?

Samantha and I chose New Church because we were looking for something non-traditional, that we as young adults could fit into and be a part of. We church shopped for a long time, before going to the launch service at New Church, but never found anything that we wanted to be a part of. Once we visited and found out that the core values of the church were in line with our beliefs, we knew right away that we had found the right church for us.

Why Volunteer?

After the first couple of times visiting, I knew that the YMCA where we meet opened at noon, and there was something of a time crunch to get everything put away after church before the Y opened. So I offered to help by putting up chairs and that led to other things, and as I got more comfortable with everyone, I got plugged into more and more things because it felt natural. Simply put, I saw a need and wanted to be able to help.

Thank you for stepping up to meet that need, and other needs since then, Daniel.  I appreciate all that you and Samantha are doing to help us accomplish our vision “…to help people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!”  It’s an honor to serve along side you each week!

T. J.

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Volunteer Leader of the Week: Tara Maxey

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Tara Maxey is this week’s New Church Volunteer Leader of the Week.  Tara is a Recovery Manager for Volvo Financial Services, and on Sundays, she serves in our Newbies (birth – 4 yrs.) environment.

I asked to Tara to share why she is a part of New Church, and why she feels it’s important to volunteer.  Below is what she had to say:

Why New Church?

Because I can wear my Panthers Jersey…  Seriously, I could write a few paragraphs about how God led our family to New Church, but the bottom line is it’s where God wants our family to partner and serve.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering to serve Christ is such a small thing compared to what He has done and continues to do.  By loving the children that come to New Church, I can help show them, and their parents, how much Jesus loves all of us.

Well said, Tara!  Thank you for showing the love of Jesus to the children and parents we serve.  You have been, and continue to be, one of the most selfless individuals I have ever met.  I am extremely grateful for you, and your family, and it is an honor to serve Jesus alongside you each week!

T. J.

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Volunteer Leader of the Week: Robert Maxey

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I am honored to present to you the most recent New Church Volunteer Leader of the Week, Robert Maxey.  Robert is an Associate Auditor at Carter Bank and Trust throughout the week, and on the weekends, he leads on our set-up and tear down teams.  He also serves on our Finance Team.

I asked Robert two simple questions in relation to New Church, and here’s what he had to say:

Why New Church?

I feel God prepared, and led, me and my family to New Church.

Why Volunteer?

At first, I wanted to help New Church because I knew it would be difficult to find volunteers, since it is a “new” church.  Volunteering was a way to show my support for New Church.  It did not take long before just wanting to help turned into a calling and sharing of the vision of New Church.  

I believe God has helped me to understand, no matter your talent level, he has a place for you, and if you offer him your best, he will use your talents.  Since I started volunteering, God has brought wonderful new friends into my family’s life and allowed me to be a part of  62 people accepting his gift of salvation.  What more can be said?

Robert is a tremendous example of what a servant leader should be like.  Robert, I’m so glad God brought your family to New Church, and I’m grateful for your leadership and your support!  It is an honor to serve Jesus alongside you!

T. J.

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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.

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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.
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