News From Radial Church

January 8, 2014

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

The new year brings a new opportunity to update you on all the new things happening in our Radial community!

As we noted in our last update, we have officially signed a lease with The Martin Center. This former elementary school building has been converted into a center for ministry in Canton. Located in downtown Canton, Radial will have a permanent office as well a stationary location for our worship services! While our lease has officially begun, we won't host our worship services there until March. This location not only marks a change in "scenery"--but also a change in the rhythm of our church. For the past year, we have met in our house churches (Faith Collectives) weekly, with the exception of the first Sunday of the month to have a Night of Worship with all groups gathered. With a space to call home at The Martin Center, we will meet corporately on the "odd" weeks of the month (1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays at 6:00pm) and in the Faith Collectives on the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month. We trust that a stationary location for our corporate Night of Worship and an every-other-week rhythm will provide new opportunities for growth. This is still a big venture for us, so please be in prayer as we prepare for this new season. Most of all, pray for opportunities for us to connect with the community and share Jesus with them.

Also, we praise God for the sweeping effort, support, and participation in our Bicycle Collective. As you know, we have a "church-on-wheels" that meets every Thursday evening at 8:00 pm and rides through the city on bicycles mounted with trailers carrying coats, blankets, and even a grill for hot food on the spot! At each designated spot we ride, we offer prayer, supplies, and food while we also gather for worship and exploration of Scripture. We praise God that this ministry has grown in participants (both more and more riders as well as folks preparing food for us to take out and donating goods). If you are able to donate new or gently used blankets, hats, gloves, and coats, (or would even care to join us on a ride) we would GREATLY appreciate it! It is remarkable that even with frigid temperatures and heavy snow we meet dozens of people and serve anywhere from 40 to 80 meals to folks on the streets in one night.

Lastly, we are excited to share that the Radial Worship team has been in the studio the last few months recording an album of original worship songs. These songs have been written as a response to the victories that Jesus has been winning in our midst. Honest with our struggles and vibrant in celebration of our King, we believe that these aren't just songs for our congregation, but at the soundtrack to a movement of the Spirit. We are nearly finished tracking the songs and will be releasing the album in late February. We are kicking off this off with a CD Release Party/Show/Night of Worship at The Auricle in Canton on Friday, February 21st at 7:30 pm. We want to extend an invitation to each of you to join us in celebration!

As always, your prayers and partnership in ministry are so GREATLY appreciated!

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