Dear friends and family in Christ,
Greetings from Southern California. I pray and hope this letter finds you and your family in the grace of our Lord Jesus.
It has been little over two years since we moved to Irvine, CA for a new church plant project. By the grace and mercy of our God, we are excited and glad to report that there are now three A29 Network churches in Orange County (see the map on page 3). Two pastors, pastor Matt Kyser of the Village Church of Irvine and pastor Nick Bogardus of Cross of Christ church, who serve on the Center Church elder team are now both A29 Network members.
We are praying for the healthy growth and faithful fruit through Center Church and join the other A29 churches as a member to see the gospel of Jesus move strongly in the Orange County in the near future as we continue to make disciples and plant churches to see God’s kingdom advance in Southern California.
On July 12th, 2014, we baptized two young men who became members of Center Church. Their stories and testimonies make everything we do as church eternally worthwhile.
Here’s a brief timeline since the official start of Center Church on September 15th, 2013
September 2013: “Everyday Gospel” sermon series in the gospel of Mark, Acts 29 Orange County Boot Camp
October 2013: Act Like Men Conference
January 2014: “A Praying Life” topical sermon series
February 2014: “A Covenant Life” topical sermon series
March 2014: “What is a Church Member?” topical sermon series
April 2014: “Seeing Jesus in Despicable Me” sermon series in the book of Judges
June 2014: Marriage Conference with Paul Tripp
July 2014: Baptism Party
August 2014: “Gospel Centered Life” anniversary topical sermon series, Fundraising for 2015 & 2016
It is still amazing to see how God guided our family to relocate (or “parachute”) to Irvine and be part of the process of recreating a sense of community in leveraging all of life for the one calling of following Jesus. I look forward to growing as a bi-vocational pastor and missional entrepreneur in developing a gospel-centered church and growing the insurance agency in Orange County that my wife and I operate.
I look forward to modeling everyday discipleship in terms of following Jesus at home, at work, at Center Church in equipping members (21so far) to share the gospel, man to man and multiplying missional communities from 3 to 6 that meet throughout the week. I look forward to seeing babies and more children be part of the church family as well as older couples. I look forward to seeing a diverse group of people (8 different countries of origin, so far) to do life together centered on Christ by obeying the Great Commands and carrying out the Great Commission in Irvine, Orange County and greater Southern California.
List of ways you can help
1. Send us your email address for email updates by one simple step: visit wufoo form – https://centerchurch.wufoo.com/forms/email-update-form/
2. You can give online http://www.centerchurch.org/partner/ or send a check:
14252 Culver Dr. Suite A-408
Irvine, CA 92604
3. Like Center Church, refer friends and family to visit, to come, to give, to serve and to do life together.
Center Church Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/centerchurchirvine
Images below are taken from Acts 29 Network website: