Friday, April 20, 2018

Discovering Church Membership

Last Saturday, New Venture Christian Fellowship hosted our beloved Discovery I class- Discovering Church Membership.  We had eager church goers who were ready to make a commitment to their church that day.  There were guest speakers, breakfast and lunch served, and plenty of inspiring words.  At the end of the class, the new members received their membership cards and partook in an awesome group photo inside of the worship center. 

The value of Discovery classes at New Venture is quite obvious: Members get to know the staff, they learn about the benefits of church membership, and they discover the importance of getting involved.  Whether it be our Small Groups, Prayer Teams, or greeters, we truly have something for everyone here.  Getting involved in the ministry of New Venture becomes such a rewarding experience for all involved.  There is nothing quite like touching the lives of others- whether it be a simple "hello" and handshake, or becoming heavily involved as a Small Groups Coordinator... the rewards are endless. 

There are some people who attend church whose only interaction with other humans during a seven day period is the one that occurs at their church.  This may sound shocking and hard to believe, but I have actually had people approach me and tell me that personally.  It is our job as followers of Christ to extend our hand out to as many people as possible.  A simple gesture such as a greeting can potentially change lives forever.

I encourage you to get involved in the church.  Our next Discovery class starts soon and I welcome you to invite your friends and neighbors.  You won't regret it!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Going beyond the 4 walls

Spring is in the air!  The beautiful rays in Oceanside are filling up the sky.  It is so great to be in the outdoors these days.

And what better way to seep in the amazing blessings of our Spring weather than to do ministry in the park!  There is so much more to ministry at New Venture that goes far beyond the four walls of the actual New Venture church structure. We have decided to extend our ministry out to actual parks this season! 

On the first Saturday of every month, we will be bringing New Venture church to parks within the community.  There will be live worship music, the message, food, and plenty of kids activities.  This will be a great way to soak up the gorgeous weather while we reach people in a way that is nontraditional to the usual church setting.

We are asking our members that live within the proximity of these parks to invite their own neighbors to these Saturday ministry events in the parks.  Get them excited! Going beyond the walls of the church is a fantastic way to reach the unchurched, or even people who may simply be unfamiliar with New Venture. 

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..." Matthew 28:19. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

2018 Sunrise on the Shore... a BEAUTIFUL SUCCESS

2018 Sunrise on the Shore has come to a finish, as the staff at NV are catching up on sleep, reflecting on the SOS service, and joyfully sharing stories.  The amount of time that we as a team spent preparing for this day is almost immeasurable.  At the end of that day, we were all exhausted.

But the final product:   It was a beautiful success!  There were THOUSANDS of people that showed up.  Even the bleachers at the very top of the stairs were filled with happy faces. The morning started out quite chilly, but that didn't stop the thousands of attendees from enjoying the service.  

The worship team NAILED IT!  The music was so lively and touching.  There were people that could relate to the praise and worship, and you could clearly see thousands of lives being touched.  Clark the Juggler brought smiles and laughs to people's hearts with his very impressive entertainment.  Bill Driscoll shared war stories from his Top Gun pilot days. But the most touching aspect of the entire service was the HUNDREDS of people who made the decision to give their life to our Lord Jesus Christ that morning.  I saw all of the hands go up- we all did- and that is what this is all about!

We even had four people ask to get baptized that morning!  So off we went into the Pacific Ocean, in the chilled morning water, to touch lives and change hearts forever.  It was truly one of the most memorable Sunrise on the Shore services that I have been privileged to be a part of.  This is why we do what we do... it isn't about the entertainment acts, the food, or the beautiful beach views (although those things are a wonderful feature of the service).  It's about changing lives, touching hearts, and thousands of people coming together for one reason- To hear the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  What a beautiful success it was!

Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the SOS and we are already starting our plans!  

Friday, March 30, 2018

He is Risen! New Venture's 29th Annual Sunrise on the Shore

We are two short days away from our 29th Annual Sunrise On The Shore Service.  Where has the time gone?!  This is the most special service of the whole year as we have nearly 6,000 people in attendance at the Oceanside Amphitheater.  There will be breakfast served on the beach and a myriad of entertainment: a world renowned juggler, a dance crew, a Christian rapper, t-shirt launching, contests, giveaways, and much more.

More importantly on this day, we will be celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  There will be a special message and lots of very lively worship to help the get crowd celebrating.  The service at the amphitheater begins at 7:30 am ( a bright and early one!) and ends around 9:15 am.

We will have the same service afterwards at our Cannon Road campus at New Venture's home site.  All of the entertainment acts will trail right behind and we will have a "Round 2" at 10:30 am... so if you can't make it to the early bird service at the amphitheater, I strongly encourage you to meet us at NV Cannon Road at 10:30! 

There is nothing quite like reflecting on this very special occasion with thousands of others who want to hear the message.  And there is also nothing quite like an Easter service at the beach as the warm sun's rays start to warm us up and energize us with the Holy Spirit of the Lord.

Let us not get tangled up in the excitement of all of the entertainment during this special day.  Let us remember what this incredible day is all about.  "He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification". Romans 4:25

Friday, March 2, 2018

Variety in life enhances our experiences

Isn't it funny how wrapped up in our day to day routine we get that whenever there is a slight change, we suddenly feel stressed, anxiety-ridden, or even a little bit out of control?  Well let me tell you this: having a variety in life actually enhances experiences!  

Ecclesiastes 3:1

" There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens"

How very true is that!  And with that said, I am overjoyed to announce that this weekend, we at New Venture get a change of pace and celebration as the world renowned music group, The Katinas, take the stage and lead in anointed worship at both 8:30 and 10:30 am services. 

"Maybe it’s their lush Polynesian harmonies. It could be the warmth of their smiles and their authenticity onstage, offstage and backstage. Sure, there are other bands and artists trending atop the charts at the moment, but while they’ll come and go, the Katinas remain the epitome of class and consistency. "

Whether it’s here in the United States or overseas in France, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, Australia and many more countries, the Katinas’ ministry has touched countless cities for over 25 years.

I look forward to seeing ALL of you here at New Venture, Cannon Road Campus, this Sunday March 4 @ 8:30 and 10:30am.  The Katinas are in the house to shake things up!  Bring a friend (or 3)- YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentines Day is for everyone!

For the first time since 1945, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same date this year. How interesting!  Today I am reminded of how this special day relates to all of us.  Whether you're coupled, an item, long time married, or presently flying solo.... the GREATEST expression of love is God's love that he has for each of us.  Let me give you some wonderful examples.  

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,".  It's hard to imagine ANY of us sacrificing our ONE and ONLY child! But God did it for us! He loved us SO much that he gave his only child.  That is something to keep in mind if you are feeling negative about the thought of being "alone" this Valentines day.  You really are never alone. Remember that verse! 

Or how about 1 John 4:19 which says, "We love because he first loved us,". There is no doubt that all of us need to be reminded of this simple yet POWERFUL verse. We love.... BECAUSE...HE loved us.  And God loves us more than we love him.  What a concept. 

And if you do have a special someone to celebrate today with, I am hoping that you use your time today, with that person, as a  moment to recognize God is a presence in the relationship.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Football season is over, but you can make a difference all year round!

Super Bowl LII was this past Sunday and WOW... what a game! Millions of people from hundreds of countries gathered together to eat, enjoy the game, and just get together for this massive, historical game. Athletic events have a real knack for bringing people together. Even when the Eagles and Patriots fans in your home start the competition between the two different fan groups, it’s the enthusiasm and mutual appreciation for the game that really matters.

Rex Burkhead is the New England Patriots running back. He shares his journey to faith publicly. Before coming to Christ, Burkhead testified regarding the immense draw he felt towards worldly things. He craved success and found himself increasingly drawn toward self-centeredness.

But in an interview, he talked openly about the change he experienced in his heart upon giving his life to Christ, saying that time on the field “was no longer for myself, for those worldly desires and goals” but instead “to give everything to Him [God].” In his own words, going forward he sought to learn how to play “the way Jesus Christ would have played.”

What a powerful testimony from a world-class athlete. It is music to my ears to hear this because as we all know, athletes are very impacting people on today's generation. What they say and do is followed closely by so many fresh minds. It just goes to show that although technically football season is over, you can make a difference to others all year round. This fine athlete is an excellent example of a man, an athlete, and a real disciple of our Lord.

Let us use him as an example for ourselves.  We can share the message of Christ in any setting we are in.  We can create positive change for people by being genuine, helpful, loving... no matter who you are!