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Finish 2014 Strong

December 30, 2014

God is so good! He’s done so many great things for us in 2014! Like Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “God can do ANYTHING!”

We’ve seen a TON of great things happen this year through The Connection Church like:

  • Celebrated 10 PHENOMENAL YEARS of POWERFUL ministry!
  • Over 2000 people heard the Gospel at our Christmas services!
  • 120 people went public with their faith in Jesus through baptism!
  • Started a new 4th service time on Saturday nights!
  • Provided Christmas gifts for 40 children in need in our community!
  • Over 375 people put their faith and trust in Jesus and their eternities are forever changed!
  • Provided the Agua Zarca village in Guatemala with needed supplies and food for the entire year!

The list could go on and on, and while there has been a lot of good, it hasn’t been without challenges. Specifically, our financial growth hasn’t kept up with our people growth. Currently, we are $5,270 short of our budget goal for the month. But it’s not too late!

As we get ready to wrap up another amazing year at The Connection Church, we have one last opportunity to make a big difference. Every year we depend on a very strong financial close. Not only does this let us end strong (and in the black), more importantly, it puts us in the position to move forward with strong momentum as we get ready to take some huge steps of faith in the year ahead.

Most people think their gift will be insignificant and not help all that much. That idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Powerful things happen when each of us takes time to ask God, “What do you want me to give this year-end?”

We refuse to just play it safe and simply survive. We want to finish strong so we can start ministering strong in 2015!

Would you consider being a part of this move of God by:

  1. Asking God, “Is there anything You want me to give financially this year?”
  2. Giving a one-time offering by December 31, 2014
  3. Asking God to bless your gift so many lives will be touched

When you give before midnight on December 31st, 2014, your contribution can be counted with your 2014 Charitable Giving record for tax purposes.

Here’s how you can give:

  1. Give online by clicking here.
  2. Give through the mail – Send your offering to: The Connection Church, PO Box 2225, Kyle, TX 78640. Remember to make sure it is postmarked by December 31, 2014.

I’m pumped about 2015 & all we’ll be able to see and accomplish!

What if an incredible miracle happened this weekend? What if you could be a part of making it happen?

For the last few months, we’ve talked a lot about The BIG 10. This Vision Journey is all about our conviction and calling as a church family to do whatever it takes to change lives in Hays County and beyond. We’ve laid out three key objectives for the next two years that fire me up, because I know we’ll make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in many lives for eternity.Belter Baptism small

Here’s what we purpose to do:

  • Feed the 50+ children in the Guatemalan village of Agua Zarca every school day to make sure they have a nutritious meal and know they matter to God
  • Secure land for our future campus
  • Expand our current facilities to allow for immediate growth

This weekend, December 13-14, we’ll be bringing our First & Best Offering for The BIG 10 in each of our four Celebration Services. This will be the most significant weekend in our 10 year history and will greatly determine our next phase of effectiveness for the future. We’re encouraging everyone to come prepared to be a part of this offering. I am confident that if everyone does their part and gives as they’re led by God, we will meet our God-sized goal of $200,000.

If you’re going to be out of town this weekend, or if you’d like to take the lead and donate now, you can do that online. It’s safe, secure and simple to use. Just visit TCC.SECUREGIVE.COM. It even works on your mobile device.

God has given us the greatest mission ever and we’re blessed to join Him in reaching our world for Christ and advancing the Good News! Please pray about how God would have you make a big impact for Him in our community and around the world.

I hope you’ll join me and many others in making our lives count for eternity.

You can learn more about the objectives and get more information at YourBigTen.com

commitmentcardThis weekend is the end of our Vision Series The BIG 10! We’re wrapping up this series by celebrating what God is doing and bringing our Commitment Cards with our intentions for our two-year over-and-above giving so we can purchase land for our own campus. This will enable us to impact our community in an even greater way with the Good News of Jesus.

How can you be a part of such a BIG step?

  • Thank God for what He has given you.
  • Ask God How much He wants you to commit.
  • Be obedient to give as God leads you.
  • Be ready to receive the blessings that only He can give.

Plan to be a part of this Commitment Weekend by being with us, and let’s join together to give generously to this BIG vision. Then, let’s watch what God will do!

Countdown to The Big Ten

October 30, 2014

In our first 10 years, God has done great things through our church family. Now we’re reaching over 1200 people every week in our mission to connect people to a real relationship with God and others. As much as we’re celebrating what God has done during these ten years, we’re even more excited to imagine what we believe He will do in the next ten years. We are confident that God has even BIGGER plans for us to change lives in South Central Texas.

We believe the local church is the hope of the world and are ready to step out in BIG ways to see God’s VISION become a reality. This week, we’re kicking off a new Vision Journey called The BIG 10. We’re putting a stake in the ground, looking forward to our next big steps that we’ll be taking together. In this new series, we’ll be walking through the Old Testament book of Nehemiah to discover from God’s Word how your life can be a part of God’s Big plans.

As we move forward through The BIG 10 vision journey, we have an incredible opportunity ahead of us. It’s the chance to know God more intimately, and see thousands of lives changed. This will be a blessing for all of us as we follow hard after God together.

You can find out more about what’s happening at YourBigTen.com. I look forward to seeing you this weekend to get in on what God wants to do next as we get ready for The BIG 10!

For my first 16 years of ministry, I felt a sort of holy discontent. Don’t get me wrong, I was a part of some good churches with great people where the Bible was being taught and good things were happening. But I couldn’t help but think there was something more.

That something more turned out to be the place God led me and my family in 2004 when He opened the door for a new kind of church to start in Hays County called The Connection Church. At that time, we couldn’t have imagined the ways lives would be changed over the first 10 years. All we knew was that we were being called to create a place where anyone was welcome to explore their faith in a judgment free zone. And the crazy thing that happened is that so many people have found that life is better, fuller, richer, and deeper with Jesus.

The first ten years have been incredible! So many people have joined us on this journey to make it possible, many of those are still walking with us today. Just this year alone, 105 people have gone public with their faith through baptism! Yes, it hasn’t been without challenges and heartaches, but for the most part it’s been a blast!

This week, we had a big birthday bash to celebrate 10 years of impact. It was a chance say thanks to God for His hand on us and His work through us. You can see all this pics we took in our Flickr site. I want to say a huge THANKS! to the many committed people, especially our outstanding staff, that give everything they have to see our God-given vision become a reality!

Here’s the best part: I truly believe we’re just getting started. The first decade has been a time to lay a foundation for what is happening next. Make no mistake: The best is still in front of us! I hope you will be a part of the next 10 years. They’re going to be phenomenal!!!