Radial Church Update
I write this as the snow is falling (a lot) and blanketing the ground. There is a sense of hope and wonder as we enter Advent the Advent season and long for Emmanuel--God-with-us! We want to give you an update of where we have seen God with us in the community of Radial Church in the last month and where we are heading in December.
First, while we are talking Advent... We want to extend an invitation to you and yours to join us at The Auricle (600 Cleveland Ave NW Canton, OH) December 8th, at 6:00pm for our Christmas celebration. If you in Northeast Ohio and are free, please invite a friend and join us in celebration of Jesus!
You'll remember that last year our worship team recorded a Christmas EP... well, we want to share it with you if you haven't had the opportunity to listen yet. In the coming weeks we will have the album available for download on noisetrade.com. Check back to www.radialchurch.com for details. Some of last years recording are avaliable at the Brethren Church National Office.
We are so excited to announce that we are in the midst of recording a 5 song EP of original worship songs. The Lord has been moving in a midst of those at Radial, and we are excited to pen songs celebrating His victory that we've been experiencing! Please keep us in prayer as we embark on this endeavor. The album should be available early in the New Year!
Another thing to look forward to in the New Year is the possibility of a NEW location and NEW rhythm to the life of Radial. You'll note that currently we primarily meet weekly in a network of 4 Faith Collectives (with the possibility of a 5th on the way!)... and then gather on the 1st Sunday of the month for a corporate Night of Worship (mostly at Trinity Brethren Church, with the occasional gathering at the Auricle). We've sensed the Lord leading us toward having a space to call our own in the city where there could be both significant Kingdom impact made, as well as a more defined rhythm of gatherings.
This rhythm, once we secure a facility, will be an every-other-week format. In other words, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month we will meet for our corporate Night of Worship... the 2nd and 4th weeks will have everyone meeting for worship, service, study, prayer, and shared life in our Faith Collectives.
Our leadership team will meet for a walk through of a facility called The Martin Center before determining whether or not this is where the Lord has called us to call "home" for our corporate worship gatherings. This facility is a former elementary school which was purchased for the sole function of creating an environment for ministries and non-profits to grow and thrive so that the name of Jesus could be exalted in the city of Canton. This school has a completely remodeled gym, classrooms and nursery, a state of the art sound system and recording studio, dance hall, weight room, arcade and coffee shop, not to mention sweet digs for offices. We've been meeting and visiting The Martin Center and the folks who facilitate it's operations and are so excited about this possibility! Please join us in prayer for it.
Lastly, in a personal email sent out to the MissioPrayer network, I indicated that a number of folks from Radial have come under significant spiritual attack in the last month or so. I would greatly appreciate your prayers lifting up our folks and asking the God of angel armies to defend His flock from the attacks of the enemy. My wife Jamie and I have both been sick for the last two months with no real word in determining what the cause of the illness is. We've been told by a number of doctors that it seems to be viral, but have had no diagnosis. Yet, we are not praying for a diagnosis, but for total and complete healing in Jesus name!
We thank you for your prayers and encouragement!