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I can’t tell you how excited I am to not only see what God is doing in The Connection Church family, but also to be a part of leading this dynamic movement that is transforming lives. Without a doubt, we have gone to the next level when it comes to our generosity. Because of the ownership that people are taking and their spiritual growth, many people are ready to make an even bigger step to propel us forward in our BIG mission of connecting people with God.

God is opening doors for us as we look ahead to purchasing our own property, which will be a place where we can have a home base to make a greater impact on our community and world. We are committed to raising $250,000 as a down payment for our first land purchase in the Kyle/Buda area. Right now, we’re over halfway there, and if each person who has been positively affected by the ministries of The Connection Church will prayerfully give “over and above” your regular tithes and offerings, we will be able to quickly reach our goal.

On Easter Weekend, we’ll receive The Easter Offering during each of our 4 services which will be used towards this goal so we can have a permanent home base from which to reach our area and our world for Jesus. We’re encouraging everyone to come prepared to give on that weekend using the special envelopes we have provided or through the many electronic giving options we have available, including our online option available here.

Because of your radical generosity, we’re excited that God is using us to make a difference around the world! There’s nothing more important that we could be doing than advancing God’s kingdom! I am so proud of our church and optimistic about our future!

easter-web-bannerThe Big MO is growing as we gear up for the BIGGEST weekend of the year at The Connection Church! Here’s what we know:

  • More people will be with us than ever before in our history!
  • More people will commit their life to Jesus than any other weekend this year!
  • 100s of people will have the best day of their lives because it will be the day their eternity is changed!

I know that God wants to impact many lives through us on Easter Weekend. Here’s how we plan to do just that:

On Easter Weekend, we’ll be offering 4 Celebration Service times:

  • Saturday, April 19th at 5:30pm
  • Sunday, April 20th at 9am, 10:30am & Noon

The first thing you’re going to want to do is to help us spread the word and INVITE, INVITE, INVITE. This Sunday, we’re cleaning rear windshields and shoe-polishing them with our Easter website. Click here to print out your form to bring with you this week. You can also promote on social media through your posts. And, of course, a personal invitation can’t be beat. Who do you know that you will bring with you?

We have a website called ConnectionEaster.com where you can reserve your FREE tickets. The reasons we’re doing tickets are:

  • Create anticipation for the BIG day
  • Help people plan ahead for which service they will be attending
  • Keep the attendance distributed as evenly as possible

If you’re a regular attender, you can help out in a BIG way by NOT attending at the 10:30 service. Just this past Sunday, we were full in that service time to over the comfortable capacity, so we’re expecting Easter to fill up at 10:30 with our guests. You can, of course, help out by serving during the 10:30 time. We call it making a missionary move and attending one of the 3 other available times.

You can also help us create an environment that gives people the best possible opportunity to connect with Christ by serving in 1 or 2 other service times. If you’re not already serving on a team, click here to let us know you want to step up to the plate.

We will be giving all of our volunteers a FREE t-shirt to wear on Easter Weekend that you can pick up on Sunday, April 13th.

Finally, we want to work like it all depends on us and PRAY like it all depends on God. So be sure to be taking time every day to pray for Easter Weekend at The Connection Church!

A New Year’s Letter

December 30, 2013

2014-happy-new-yearGod is so good! He’s done so many great things for us in 2013! Like Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “God can do ANYTHING!”

As a church we’ve seen a TON of great things happen this year like:

  • Over 2000 people heard the Gospel at our Christmas services!
  • 93 people went public with their faith in Jesus through baptism!
  • Provided Christmas gifts for 70 children in need in our community!
  • Over 300 people put their faith and trust in Jesus and their eternities are forever changed!
  • Adopted the Agua Zarca village in Guatemala and provided them 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. We are still short of our budget goal for the year. 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. Yesterday, I was challenged to make my last gift of the year and my first gift of the year to God. I think that’s a great idea!

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 we take time to ask God, “What do you want me to give?”

We refuse to just play it safe and simply survive. We want to finish strong so we can start ministering strong in 2014!

You can join me by:

  1. Asking God, “Is there anything more You want me to give financially this year?”
  2. Giving a one-time offering by December 31, 2013
  3. Asking God to bless your gift so many lives will be touched

When you give before midnight on December 31st, 2013, your contribution can be counted with your 2013 Charitable Giving record for tax purposes.

Here’s how you can give:

  1. Give online by clicking here
  2. Text any amount to (512) 400-2735 to begin your gift
  3. 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, 2013.

I’m pumped about 2014 & all we’ll be able to see and accomplish together!

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This is what it’s all about! 5 people went public with their faith last Sunday! It never gets old!

Weekly Rewind: Why Am I Here?

September 10, 2013
  • Our Fall Kick-Off Sunday was truly incredible!
  • There were 1250 people who celebrated with us on Sunday and 27 first-time guest cards were turned in. And that was without a mailer! So, our Connectors are out there spreading the word and bringing people! Way to go!!!
  • We celebrated our 9-year birthday as a church family with a birthday cake. The people of The Connection Church and the goodness of God have made it a joy to lead our church through these 9 years. It’s important to stop and celebrate what God has done in the past. But, keep your fork, because the best is still in our future!
  • If you attended the Noon service, you actually got to eat the birthday cake! Since the 10:30 is so full, it will really help for you to come to the 9am or the Noon service to make more room for our guests.
  • Did you see the new custom video game console that Alex and Rene built called “The Sector” in our kids area? Wow! It’s so cool, I’m thinking about adding our Giving Kiosk to it so people can give as they play!!! :)
  • I was very pumped about the College Connection BBQ lunch on Sunday. They had 11 young adults show up, many from Texas State. They also started to discuss the Explore God group material. It went so well that we’re going to do it again this Sunday at Noon in the office. All young adults, out of high school to 23 are invited.
  • We kicked off Explore God along with 345 other churches in the Austin area. There’s tremendous power when God’s Church stands together! The first message was about the question, “Why Am I Here?” You can listen to it here or on the free mobile app for your phone.
  • We did a Live Text Survey during the service asking if you know your purpose and are you living it out. It was helpful to get a good feel of the pulse of the room. We plan on doing that interactive survey in each of the messages during this series.
  • We ended the day with Group Scoop, kicking off the new semester of our Connection Groups. If you still haven’t joined a group, you can go here to find one. Or download this Groups Guide and give them a call or email.
  • Here are some of my favorite pics from Sunday. You can see more of them on our Flickr page.