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Well, it's official. Our house in NC closes today and the Scotts are now officially moved to Florida! Wahoo! We are so excited about this next chapter of our lives as part of what God is doing through the One Hope family.

A nearly full moving semi convicted me of something I need to confess: we have way too much stuff. My heart has static electricity. It has become attached to a lot of lint. This hit me when I realized that Donna and I are currently living happily without our stuff in a "Tiny House" (a 300 sq. ft. in-law studio). The irony is our belongings in storage take up over twice that space. When we move from storage into our new house, I am going to exercise the spiritual discipline of simplicity, de-stuffing as we unpack. Pray for my repentance from a consuming heart that loves to say "Oh, I should keep that…you never know, I might need it."

Donna has already begun ministering full-time with Cru on the UCF staff team discipling college students and mobilizing them to disciple high school students at University High School, off Rouse near the YMCA. Pray for her and the women God wants to reach through her.

As I have begun this new role as your Lead Pastor, I have been asking: "What is the bottom line for me and for us as a church?" To me, it comes down to being and making disciples.

That is why at 6:45 am every Sunday morning, a team of you begins setting up chairs. You care. You are not doing church chores; you know you are growing the kingdom of God. The hospitality team makes coffee so someone coming to church for the first time will feel more at home. Greeters are our front door missionaries. Group leaders invest multiple hours a week because community is the lifeblood of discipleship.

That is why when I serve in kids on May 6 instead of preaching, I will not be doing childcare; I will be discipling children in the bible. I could use an extra hour of sleep that Sunday but I ask to do setup that same day as well because my question is not "How little can I do as a volunteer/member/pastor?" Instead my prayer is, "God I want to give you my all and I pray that you will use my feeble, flawed service by grace to make a difference in someone else's life."

That is why Donna and I tore up our roots in NC and came to join you. That is why we consider it a blessing to roll up our sleeves alongside you. That is why I am passionate about what I do.

That is also why I encourage you to remind yourself WHY we are doing this.

Put simply: it matters.

Thank you for the privilege!

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Celebrating & Looking Ahead

What incredible worship experiences we had together this Good Friday and Easter!

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard- from cleaning the YMCA, to all the extra work setting up, to all the work by the Worship Team, Hospitality, and those who served with One Hope Kids! Thanks also to the Staff without whom none of it would have been possible: Mike, Justin, Cassie, Torry and Katie.

Let’s pray for those whose hearts might have been touched by God’s Spirit for the first time, that they would keep taking steps towards the risen Christ.

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” -Matthew 25:40

I had a brain tumor when I was in first grade (I know—it explains a lot). My first grade Sunday School teacher’s name was Mrs. Wies. She taught our class faithfully every week. Unlike almost all my other teachers in my childhood, I remember her name because she came to visit me in the hospital. I remember how, when I got home to recuperate, she brought me a box full of presents so I would have one small toy to open and brighten each day. She made me feel loved. It was the year I made my public profession of faith. She invested spiritually in me though she never knew the end of the story.

Our ministry of discipleship at One Hope begins with our children. Investing in their hearts’ journey matters. Thank you to the many of you who have recently joined Donna and me as team members with One Hope Kids. But we are not yet fully staffed. This means that if I was a first grader coming to One Hope, I would not have the same teacher each week and would not have the relationship with a teacher Mrs. Wies had with me.

Will you be a Mrs. Weis? You can be married or single, a student or grandparent. It’s all about love, not special gifting. The only thing kids care about is love!

Contact Cassie Matthews, our Kids Director, to get started. She will train you and guide you through the whole process of serving.

For parents with kids, teaching in One Hope Kids is a way we minister to one another’s families. The expectation is for both regularly attending parents to serve at least one service, one Sunday per month. We come together in church community not as Christian consumers but as serving disciples. Service is part of our own discipleship.

I see this heart in all the currently committed volunteers at One Hope. I am not asking the few to carry a heavier load. So many do so much already. Thank you for your investment in God’s kingdom!

For others, commitment to regular service is a needed uncomfortable step of growth in your walk with God. I encourage you to make the investment in the next generation just as Mrs. Weis did for me.

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