Let me again start by saying thank you for all of your prayers and support as we grow closer to the launch of Ephesus Church in Uptown Charlotte. This past weekend Adam and the team did an incredible job of leading Grace Covenant in worship with an Ephesus flair. I appreciate Adam’s heart as he truly leads worship, it’s going to be good stuff every week at Ephesus. Also, there was again a great response in support of Ephesus and the vision to reach into Charlotte. Many of you are getting this email for the first time as a part of that. Currently, I am in Christiansburg, VA for a few days away working on my sermon planning. I’m excited about what God is directing as I prepare for the first few months of Ephesus. It has been a great time away for me to breath a little bit and get focused on what’s ahead.
Just for everyone’s information, we are in the final stages of approval from our denomination for a new church. Today and tomorrow are the last meetings for our approval and everything is on track. Also, our lease must also be approved through the denomination and that is happening today. Just in time for our first meeting in the building this Sunday!
Schedule of events going forward:
Planning and prep:
Feb. 3rd 3-5pm –First walkthrough in the building for team. We will spend time working through the space as well as hard core prayer over everything in the building. The goal is to be done by 5pm so everyone can enjoy the Super Bowl. We will not have childcare available for this meeting
Feb 10th 5-7pm-Begin set up and teardown run-through’s in the building. I would ask everyone involved be at this meeting so we can organize and plan for how we will efficiently accomplish our set up and tear down each week. Right now we will not have childcare available for this meeting, but it may be able to be arranged.
Feb 17th 5-7pm-Continue set up and teardown rehearsals. We will also strategize the stART Gathering. Right now we will not have childcare available for this meeting, but it may be able to be arranged.
Feb 24th 7-10pm- stART Art and Music Gathering. This is our welcoming event to the community. I would ask everyone able to attend. Please make the effort to be a part of this. There is something to be said to having a “critical mass” of people at events like these that make others feel like “something is happenin.” We would also just like to be welcoming to all that are seeing what Ephesus is all about. Remember our vision is to be open to people of all backgrounds and styles. Children are welcome at stART but there will not be childcare.
March 2nd 6pm- First Ephesus service. This will be considered a “mock service” as we work through any kinks that may arise, but it will be a public service as well. We want to have our teams in place and ready to go. Our children’s ministry will also be functioning at this service. Please invite anyone you may know to this service as we seek to become a vibrant part of the Charlotte community. We will be producing quality flyers to use as invitations to promote our launch as well. I don’t anticipate us doing a mass mailing so word of mouth, grassroots advertising is our plan and that is going to take all of you helping with that!
March 23rd 6pm- Official launch of Ephesus.
Several other happenings that do not yet have a specific date
stART Street Teams: Leading up to stART we will be sending out street teams to the strategic neighborhoods and businesses around Uptown. We need outgoing folks to help with this. Please let me or Adam (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you want to help with this. We will be going out several times before stART happens.
Prayer at Grace Covenant: Pastor Farrell and the leadership at Grace would like to pray over the entire group of people going out to launch Ephesus. This includes folks specifically working in different areas and also those that are just going be a part of the church, so we’ll have a huge group on stage! It will happen on a Sunday morning in either late February or early March. I will send out more specific details soon.
God is moving and bringing together many different kinds of people from all over Charlotte. He is also releasing the resources we need to see this happen well. I would ask that you continue to pray for Ephesus, there is still much left to do, and my heart continues to be drawn to ask God for those strategic relationships around the urban center of Charlotte. I would ask you to do the same. As always, if you have any questions please let me know at email@example.com and remember our website is ephesuschurch.tv <http://ephesuschurch.tv/> and on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/> at Ephesus Church Charlotte <http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=15650700002> .
See you this Sunday at 219 S Brevard Street, Charlotte, NC 28202!!!
Ephesus Church, Uptown Charlotte