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Dear friend,

Have you ever considered that the local church is central in God’s plan for the world? That might seem surprising at first, but it’s true. God says in His word that He is now using the church as the unique display of his unparalleled wisdom and glory to all of his creation (Eph 3:10). I don’t know about you, but that sounds like something I want to be a part of for the rest of my life.

Maybe you’ve thought that you and Jesus are getting along just fine without a local church. OK. But it’s Jesus who says that He Himself is building His church (Matt 16:18), and that the church is His cherished Bride (Eph 5:25-27). This may not be the way you’ve always thought of it, but the truth is that we can’t say that we love Jesus, and yet show no love for His people, the church. Here’s how the apostle John put it. “He who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1John 4:20-21).

Jesus says that it’s by our love for each other – the church – that the whole world will know that we are His disciples (John 13:35). God’s word even says that the church is really the new temple where God has chosen to live among His people and receive our worship by the presence of His Spirit (1Peter 2:5). So when you think about the church biblically, the question is not “Why would I want to be a part of a church?” The real question is, “Why would I not want to be part of a local church?”

That’s why we started meeting in 2009, to worship God together on Sunday mornings and to encourage one another to love and obey Jesus Christ in our everyday lives. We want to be a growing display of God’s glory through our love for Jesus Christ, our proclamation of His word, and our love for one another. We want our love for one another to prove that our love for God is real.

God is real, and He has spoken to us in His word, the Bible. He has

told us who He is, who He created us to be, what he expects of us, and how we can be at peace with Him. Since that’s true, we’re convinced that nothing could be more important than gathering with God’s people to listen to Him speaking to us through the preaching and teaching of His word. So every week we gather as a local church to hear God’s word read and preached, to sing songs of praise to Him, to present our requests to him in prayer, and to have real fellowship with each other.

So what are you waiting for, an invitation from the pastor? Here it is: why don’t you come and join us this Sunday morning. Or, if your schedule isn’t open on Sunday but you have a few questions about Jesus, the Bible, or the church, why don’t you just e-mail me (paul.alxndr@gmail.com)? I’d be glad to meet and talk with you.

In the meantime, welcome to our website. Here you’ll find some

information about who we are as a church, what we believe, how we live life together, and how you can both serve and be served among us. Whether you decide to join us or attend somewhere else, we pray that God would show you where to commit yourself to serving God in the fellowship of a particular local church.

Yours,

Paul Alexander

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