Journey Community Church Newsletter
November 22, 2010
For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
A Note from Rod and Gay

future home of Journey

by Brian Jones

Just before we moved from Ohio to Philadelphia, the church we had planted had grown enough to need to raise money to build our own permanent building. Two years earlier I honestly didn't think we were going to survive. Instead, by God's grace, we began to grow, and over time the church flourished and became a beautiful community of Jesus' followers. Along the way we added staff, bought eleven acres of land, and were ready to impact the community in an even greater way. The only thing that stood in the way was money for a new building.

With the help of an outside consultant, we decided to run a fund-raising campaign that would end with a large banquet where financial pledges would be collected and announced. Committees were formed. Flyers were distributed. I preached for weeks about stewardship and how this building would enable us to reach more people with the message of Jesus. Commitment forms were passed out. The atmosphere in our church was euphoric.

The banquet was held in one of the nicest hotels in Dayton. Everyone dressed up. The meal was catered, and the worship team from a sister congregation came and sang. It was quite an event.

I had instructed the ushers to seat any latecomers to the banquet at my table, but I was surprised when a man our church had helped move off the streets walked into the banquet hall with his entire halfway house. Of course he was welcome, but I thought maybe he had misunderstood the purpose of the meeting. In the announcements that morning, had he heard the phrase "free meal" and stopped listening after that?

The group was a sight to behold. The former homeless man, Pete, was wearing a suit jacket, but his pants were ripped and stained. His tie was bunched around his neck in a knot. Pete was flanked by his girlfriend who, when she laughed, cackled so loudly that everyone in the banquet hall turned and looked. When she smiled, you could see the food lodged in between her teeth. To Pete's left was another friend, who sat down and said, "I'm glad Pete told us about this free meal." (I thought to myself, This meal's not free!)

At the end of the evening, the campaign chairman came forward and said, "This is the moment we've all worked toward these last four months. Inside this envelope are our campaign commitments!" I happened to look over at Pete, who was bouncing in his seat the way a five-year

old does when he is seconds away from being handed a present he's wanted for months.

For some reason, right at that moment, instead of turning my eyes back toward the campaign chairman, I kept staring at Pete. The envelope was opened, the commitment total was announced, and in what seemed like slow motion, Pete shot out of his chair and screamed with everyone else in the room, "We did it! We did it! We did it!"

I was immediately mobbed by other people in the congregation, who were all ecstatic. I got up and hugged everyone on the committee, the speaker, and anyone else I saw. After the celebration calmed, Pete wiped a tear out of the corner of his eye, laid a huge bear hug on me, and said, "We did it, big guy. We did it. I just knew we'd do it."

That's when it hit me.

The reason God had moved my family to Ohio to start a new church was more than that building. Maybe all the pain of the early years of planting that church-all the heartache, all the discouragement, all the days I yelled out to God and begged him to let me quit-maybe all of that had a point to it. Maybe God had a reason behind everything that happened to me those first two years, and maybe that reason was standing right in front of me.

My brother Steve sent me this article just a few days ago to encourage me. He knows that I am concerned about the building project and the needed loan to make the whole building useful for ministry to the kids of Fernley. Our offerings are picking up month by month but it still is not enough to build out our facility. Our facility is not big enough without the 4800 s.f. of currently un-useable space. So we need to make it useable which is why we are applying for a loan. The loan company usually does not loan to a church less than 4 years old and especially for a rented facility. We don't have any other choice. This building is the only building in town that can house us. We are running close to 200 with 30-40 kids each week in our nursery and children's church. In the summer we put them outside in tents but now that is no longer possible because it is too cold. These are all good problems to have when you are a new church, but they are problems nonetheless.

So with all that being said...I need to remember what this is all about. Like Brian Jones, it is easy to get caught up in the building, fundraising and leading a church and lose track of why we are here. Journey Community Church is here to lead lost people in Fernley to Jesus. Our goal is to make Fernley, Nevada that hardest place in the world to go to hell from. We are here to reach the kids, children and teens, with opportunities for learning, mentoring, and fellowship. To teach them that Christ Jesus loves them and they are never alone. We want to make all the meth labs lose their customers to Jesus. We want to provide skate parks, after school activities, and someday a gymnasium for the kids to be loved and learn how to love others. That is what this church is about. We are about leading imperfect people to the perfect God.

Thanks Steve and thanks Brian for the reminder.

God Bless,
Rod & Gay
****UPDATE***** We have received news that the loan of $100,000.00 has been denied. We are still praying for God to provide a way for us to proceed with plans for the buildout. Please continue to keep this in your prayers...we feel that where God has called He will provide a way!!

Church office address:
Journey Community Church
3307 Hwy 50A
Fernley, NV
Phone # 775-980-6600
Yep....that's a horse in our parking lot...Our new friend, Rod, rides in on his horse!They come in cars and on horses!!

Prayer Needs
*****Urgent Prayer Request*****
  • continued incoming support for the ongoing needs of the church and community.
  • Pray funds for the build out on the building.
  • Continued and added support as we move forward with the build out.
  • Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate and the highest unemployment in the country...continue prayer in these areas as they directly effect many in the Fernley area as well as some of our families at Journey.
  • Nancy Beni is recovering from back surgery. This will be a long process so please continue in your prayers for healing and encouragement. Noncy plays the keyboard on the Worship Team and she longs to be able to get back to playing.
  • We still have unemployed families in the church.
Ministry News
...........Journey Women's Ministry.............
Small Groups:
Just Like Jesus...Our "Bad Girls" study group is now meeting on Monday nights, 6:30-8:30 at Celeste Hexamer's house. They are studying Max Lucado's, "Just Like Jesus". This is a fun group of ladies and you are more than welcome to join them as they are always welcoming more "bad girls" into the group.

Friday Morning Bible Study group will be meeting from 9:00-11:30 a.m. We will begin meeting December 3rd at my house(Gay Idle). We will be going through the study with Margaret Feinburg's book, "Scouting the Divine...searching for God in wool, wine, and wild honey". After reading the book and doing the study I pray that we will all desire to continue to dig deeper into the depths of God's Word!

Ladies! We took a group of 24 women to the Women of Faith conference in Sacramento this month and had a fantasic time of refreshing, fun, and fellowship!! We have plans to take at least 50 Women of Fernley(not just Journey) to the Women of Faith conference next year, October 14-15, 2011...so ladies mark your calendars and be watching for more info. at the Journey Women's Ministry table on Sunday mornings!!!

...........Journey Student Ministry ............

Lyndsay This past month, JSM took a group of fifteen students to Zephyr Point Retreat Center at Lake Tahoe for our annual Fall Retreat. Our students had such a great time staying in cabins right on the lake. Every morning we'd wake up to a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe and then walk over to our gathering room for morning devotions led by Brad Idle (one of our youth coaches). Students then had opportunity to spend time with God alone while spreading out all over the campus... although most tended towards the docks on the lake. In the evenings we gathered to dig deep into God's Word and learn what it means to know God and to follow God. Several of our students recommitted their lives to following God daily instead of just Sundays and we even had a student give their life to Christ for the first time! It was such an exciting weekend in the life of Journey Student Ministries! Thank you to those who partnered with us financially and prayerfully! God revealed himself to his people and life change took place! Please continue to pray for our students and our leaders and we follow hard after Him.

Check out current activities at www.jsmrocks.com

.............Journey Kids Ministry..............
We have had to put the Route 56(5th & 6th grade) ministry on hold for the time being as we do not yet have the space for another classroom on Sunday mornings. The good news is that we continue to grow...we had 33 kids in Journey Kids (K-5) this past Sunday!!
We will begin Journey Kids Choir practice for Christmas services on Sunday afternoons at 2p.m. Check with Eric for the specific dates. Eric continues to lead in this vital ministry and Jennifer Young has been a great addition to the team! We will be collecting contact information from our JK parents the next few sundays....look for the sign up sheet at the Journey Kids Info/sign in table.
We are still in need of more volunteers in this area. If you are interested in helping out in this vital ministry contact Erik at [email protected]. or Gay at [email protected].

........First Steps Ministry............

First Steps logoI would just like to thank all of our volunteers who keep this ministry running smoothly. We are all excited about the new curriculum that we are using with these precious little ones! It is amazing to see how much they love learning about God and His word!! We are still growing and would love to take the 2-4 year olds into their own classroom! However, in order to do this we still need the space that the build-out on the building will allow! Pray for God to send the resources to make this possible as well as more workers and leaders! If you are interested contact me: Gay Idle, [email protected] or call 980-9308
First Steps
First Steps

One often sees a call only in retrospect. This too is God's design. God often reinforces our faith after we trust him, not before.
Ravi Zacharius

Something To Consider:
If you are considering making a one time contribution to the ministry of Journey Community, you may want to check with your employer to see if your company matches contributions....this would double your efforts and our blessings!!! Just contact Gay and she will let you know how this is taken care of on the receiving end.

Thank you all for your partnership in prayer and support for the amazing work that God is doing beginning in Fernley, NV. We are humbled to be a part of this amazing ministry.

If you would like to make a one time contribution toward this ministry or join in continuing monthly support please see following information:

Make out checks to Stadia. Just write on the memo line: NV-Fernley 4-183. This will insure it goes into the Journey Fernley account.
Mail to: Stadia: New Church Strategies West Region
333 Sunset Boulevard Suite 745
Rocklin, CA 95765
Or... you may now go to our website and use out paypal account! Your continuing monthly support can continue with Stadia and we will continue to receive those payments.

"...I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel..."
Philippians 1:4-5

Gay Idle

[email protected]

Journey Community Church