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August 2016

A Great Start to our Second Year

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When we started Compass last August 2015, it was basically me (Jim) and Nicholas (with the support of our Lead Pastor and Leadership Team) who were all in with the vision for a church community for young adults.

But, God blessed us with all the musicians from Sunday’s second service team jumping in and being willing to provide the worship band for Compass on Wednesday nights. We then added a couple of people who were willing to make and serve desserts (thanks Tom, Audra, Mike, and Jane!) and couple of young adults who were willing to be hosts for the service, did lots of promotions on social media, made lots of personal invites, and spread the word and launched on Aug 26 with 60 people at our fist gathering!

This year we’re beginning the year with a solid core of 40 people who have been attending Compass over the summer out in the Garage and almost 20 people (in addition to the musicians) who are now taking on various roles and responsibilities to make Compass a great experience.

Plus! We were on campus at BSU to do some “tabling”. We got to setup a table in a central location on campus (Lower Hobson Memorial Union, Lakeside) for three days and pass out info cards about Compass, talk to people, and make some new contacts. We had some great conversations, met some great people, and now have 50 new names and phone numbers! We don’t plan to pester these people at all. We just want to give them a chance to know what Compass is and the great opportunity they have to come out and join a healthy community of young adults who want to develop their faith and live it out in meaningful ways.

Additionally, we got to hold the first Compass of the new school year right on campus in the Crying Wolf Room. It was great to have the band back with us after giving them a three week break and we had a great turn out of somewhere between 50 & 60 people.

We’re excited to start up again back in the main auditorium and courtyard at the church next Wednesday, August 31st! It’s gonna be PIE NIGHT! Hope to see ya then!

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For three weeks in August, we took a break from our normal weekly routine of worship, teaching, groups, and desserts. In it’s place, we took time to talk about who we are and what we’re about. And, we took time to talk about the role that we can all play in building this community.

We called it Focus Month. Our primary focus as a Christian community is to help others return to relationship with God, our heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). But it begins with Christ’s Greatest Commandment for us as his followers, which is to love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-40). And, it culminates with his final command to us (known as the Great Commission), to make new disciples (those who trust and follow his teachings).

We do this together. As we love and care for each other, we help each other learn what it means to be in relationship with God, to follow Christ, and to make new disciples. As we work together, we play different roles according to our giftedness and calling (our sense of what God is asking each of us to do).

The Apostle Paul (an apostle is someone who is sent out by Christ to teach others) explains to us in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, that the role of the Pastor is to equip Christians, which means to teach, train, mobilize, and set them up for success in life, faith, and for the work of ministry (loving others and helping them love God). Each Christian must find and serve in their role for the good of God’s mission to bring people back to him and to love and care for each other.

That’s who we are and what we’re about.

Now, we do it together.