May 19, 2016
Dear Church Family,
Welcome to the beginning!
Our church made history last Sunday. With separate votes at our Broadway and Attridge locations, the members of Forest Grove Community Church strongly endorsed council’s recommendation to launch a third site.
We could have chosen a comfortable way or an easy way. Instead, I believe we have chosen a path of faith and a conviction of God’s collective leading to start a brand new congregation in the north end of Saskatoon. I am excited for what God has in store for us.
Our journey to this milestone began back in 2010 when we made a faith step to become a multi-site church – one church in multiple locations. For the past six years it has been exciting to see The Gathering at Broadway grow into a healthy, vibrant congregation.
During that time we discerned and waited for God’s leading on the next site. We now have the opportunity to multiply again at the existing Living Hope Church location at 102 Goerzen Street in Silverwood Heights.
The current congregation at Living Hope is ending well with a concluding celebration service on June 12 at 2 p.m. I am looking forward to sharing that time with them and encourage you to pray for the end of a chapter and the mixed emotions that these people are facing.
During a time of dormancy at that location, we will carefully prepare for a completely new work. Please also pray specifically and fervently for the following items during this important period:
- We want people to commit themselves to this new congregation. Is God inviting you to be one of them?
- The further refining of our common vision, mission, values and structure for this specific location and how they will be uniquely expressed.
- We need wisdom in selecting a search committee to hire a new pastor to lead this congregation. Pray also for clarity on who God would lead to this position.
- We need to discern the appropriate time to launch the new congregation in late fall or early next year.
I am encouraged that people have already indicated interest in joining this new congregation. I am also encouraged by the gifted pastoral candidates who have expressed interest in the Broadway position, and we are confident that we will have a similar response for the new Silverwood Heights location (north site) as well.
There is much work to be done but I find comfort and conviction in Jesus’ promise (and the reality) that we have the power of the Holy Spirit to be witnesses, telling people about Jesus everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
We truly are a covenant community that loves God, disciples one another and reaches out from the river to the ends of the earth.
Welcome to a new beginning for our church.
Bruce Enns, Lead Pastor
Forest Grove Community Church