Sunday, August 23, 2009

Harvest Community Church Grand Opening

Today was a day of celebration! Over 300 people turned out for the grand opening of Harvest Community Church. It was wonderful to have a mix of those who came to personally support friends who are part of our core launch team, as well as new people from the surrounding area who just showed up to check it out. It was truly an uplifting and inspiring day for everyone who has been involved in the preparation phase for this church plant. It brings a smile to my face just to think about the plans that God has in store for Harvest, and ultimately for the people whose lives will be changed there. This is only the beginning...








Wednesday, August 19, 2009

3 Days to Launch!

This Sunday will mark the first official Sunday in the life of Harvest Community Church. Micah accepted a position as Executive Pastor of this new church plant back in May, and we have been privileged to serve alongside a core team of amazing people through the past 3 months in preparation for the start of this new church. We desire to connect to the community in the area surrounding the church, and find ways that we can serve others in order to ultimately reach them for Christ.

Our Vision: Harvest Community Church exists to connect people and to give them an increasingly accurate view of God while moving them to be wholehearted followers of Jesus Christ.

For those who live in the area, we hope you will join us this Sunday! And yes, there will be popcorn. If you can't make it, please pray for our launch and for the people who may attend that have never experienced the love of God for themselves.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Diamondbacks Game


These pictures are a little late in being posted... we enjoyed the Diamondbacks/Pirates game a few weeks ago with the Thompson side of the family. My dad grew up as a Pirates fan, and became a DBacks fan due to living in AZ all these years. He wore shirts for both teams to the game :) We decided to try riding the lightrail to the game, so jumped on at the first stop on the East side, and jumped out a block from the stadium. Eli enjoys riding the "train" (this was his third experience), and it was nice to avoid the traffic, parking, paying for parking, etc. We would definitely take the lightrail again to any downtown Phoenix sporting events. The last time Eli went to a game he was barely two, so he actually sat and watched "some" of this one. You can see from the pic above, he thoroughly enjoyed his hot dog! We traded off taking him on walks to the various play areas around Chase field - he even gave Baxter a high five! Although the DBacks have had better seasons, they did win this game 7-0. Go DBacks!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

FREEBIE!!

Okay, so we have very cool friends and we feel very blessed :) Over the past few days, with our travel time drawing close, we have been thinking through the remaining finances we have yet to raise. I thought about once again highlighting our tshirt sales on our blogs, but I've already done that... not to mention the link sits on the sidebar 24/7. So many friends and family (and even people we don't know) have played a role in helping us bring Mikayla home, whether through prayer, words of encouragement, or financial assistance. In the past I have mentioned an upcoming post about God's provision, and I promise that is still coming... it's just that the story hasn't ended yet, so I wait with eager anticipation knowing full well God will come through and what a testimony it will be share!

Needless to say, within the same 24 hours, two friends contacted me to ask if they could purchase an extra tshirt to do a "freebie" giveaway on their blogs!! This not only meant a couple of extra shirt sales, but also a couple of amazing posts on OTHER people's blogs about our tshirts, and caring for orphans. These posts have led to other posts on blogs of people we have never even talked to before! WOW! So why am I telling you this besides the fact that it is awesome they did it? Well, I want you to have the chance to WIN a FREE tshirt and support the care of orphans at the same time! If you're interested please visit:
  • Stephanie, my beloved friend from college who traveled to India with me where our eyes were opened and hearts were broken to learn what it truly means to be an orphaned child. Go leave a comment on her blog for a chance to win!
  • Megan, my adoption buddy... we have never met in person, but they are preparing to bring a little one home from Ethiopia just like us and would love to have you follow their journey!! Right now, she is hosting "Guess the Referral Date" game... so go play!
  • Oh and if you don't win, but still desire to purchase a shirt, you can always click on the picture of the tshirts in our sidebar to go to the ordering website!
Our prayer is that these tshirts would speak a message, far beyond helping us bring Mikayla home. We pray that as they are worn, others would NOTICE... would ask QUESTIONS... would come to KNOW... and come to CARE. Everyone has a role to play, and the stakes are high. Let us be bold and do our part. The children are counting on us.