A lot has happened for us here at Ascent since the last newsletter in April. I am excited to share some of the praise reports and prayer request for this upcoming month. Time is moving so fast and my task list seems to be ever growing as we approach launch Sunday on September 15th. These newsletters are great for me, because it forces me to slow down and reflect upon how God has provided for us!
You would think I would learn to quit worrying after seeing God continually take our request and turn them into praises, but I so easily forget! I pray that you would take time to reflect upon all that God has done for you recently also. With that said, here are the May praises and request.
1. We have had two amazing interest meetings.
On April 14th we hosted our first interest meeting and God blew me away! It was our first public event for Ascent and I wondered in my heart if anyone would show up - boy did they! We had 87 people attend our first meeting and then on May 5th we had about the same amount come out for our second. The best part is that our team has grown to over 40 adults! God is doing something big in and through Ascent. I am just glad that He lets me play a small part in it all.
2. We have OFFICIALLY secured our meeting location.
In March, I told you that we had tentatively secured the Woodward Event Center for our meeting location. I can now say definitively that we have secured our location. I signed a contract earlier this month with the Event Center. This is a huge praise report! One of the most scary parts of this journey was trying to find a place that was a good fit for us and affordable. God gave us exactly what we prayed for. We will be launching weekly services at the Woodward Event Center on September 15th at 9:30am and 11am. If you live in the area or want to be a part of our launch we would love to see you there!
3. We have found a worship leader!
As we got closer to the summer months I was starting to get nervous that I was going to be the worship leader for Ascent and that would of been a disaster for everyone involved! I tried everything in my power to find a leader for our worship ministry and kept running into dead ends along the way. Every time I felt like I had a good idea it fell flat. The people I thought would be perfect ranged from non-interested to just flat out non-responsive. I was getting discouraged and then God showed up. There is a pastor who receives these newsletters and prays for Ascent who just happened to tell another pastor about us who just happened to know a worship leader that just happened to be moving to the area and just happened to be looking for a church to be a part of. :) It is safe to say with that many coincidences that God was moving in a powerful way for us!
I am excited to announce that Jennifer and Chad Blocker along with their three daughters are going to be a part of Ascent Church. We are beyond excited to have Jennifer as our worship leader. I was reminded through this process that all good things come in God’s timing! I want give a special thanks to pastor Nathan Howard for supporting, praying and telling others about our ministry - I also want to thank Duncan Blackwell for connecting us with Jennifer and Chad even though he had never even met me! God is good my friends.