Every year Epicentre has an influx of people in the fall. Students from our APU ministry are back, school has started and people are back from family vacations, a new crop of Fuller students are preparing for their first quarter, and some people are just looking for a new church home. We encourage you to step out and welcome unfamiliar faces, and whether you welcome a first timer or meet someone who has been coming for years, you will help everyone encounter Jesus through the love of His people. To help new folks get connected we have a few special events planned:
- College Meat & Greet 9/3 & 9/10
- Vision & Values Class, Saturday 9/23
- All Church Meat & Greet 9/24
- Community Fair, After church 10/1
Come meet us on the lawn after church for lunch, fun activities, and a chance to connect to ministries and lifegroups.
- Women's Quarterly Event 10/7
Join us for an exciting event focusing on practical cooking ideas, tips and recipes. We will have cooking demonstrations (fast, easy and healthy meals, yummy desserts, instapot!), eating, fellowship and prayer.
Annie Thaichareon has served as the Children's Ministry Director at Epicentre for the last 8 years, seeing our ministry grow from 30 to 120 kids! To build our ministry even further we are looking to hire a new full-time Kingdom Kids Director. Annie will remain on our team as an Assistant Director, focusing on the preschool ages. This will allow her to focus on her areas of gifting while pursuing her passion to see kids know Jesus. Annie is excited about her upcoming role. Here are some of her reflections on the transition;
It has been my joy and privilege to serve as the Children's Ministry Director at Epicentre for the last 8 years. However, over the past couple months God has been speaking to me and made it clear that He has something different in store for me and for Kingdom Kids. I will be stepping down from the position of Children's Ministry Director and Epicentre will seek a new full time Director. I will become the Assistant Director, focusing on the preschool ages, as soon as we can install a new Director. This will allow me to be able to focus on my areas of gifting while pursuing my passion to see kids know Jesus and come alive!
I was looking back through my past journals and found a prophetic word I was given last year. It was a picture of someone building a house: "Building a house is a lot of hard work and labor, but then there is a time to live in the house and enjoy it." As the Kingdom Kids ministry has grown from 20 kids to over 120 kids over these last 8 years, I have rolled up my sleeves, dug in, built, cut, built again, torn down, added on, painted, and polished this house multiple times. I have had to allow God to grow my capacity with each new child, family, added class, building, location, team member, intern, and event. God has been faithful every step along the way. In my facetime God said to me, "Well done, good and faithful servant. It's your time to rest, to let go, and to live in the house and enjoy." God has been showing me that my building phase is over and that it's time for someone else to come and build on to the house and foundation. tepping down is another stretching decision for me, but I believe and trust that God will continue to expand the tent pegs of Kingdom Kids and that it's not up to me or any one person. “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it.” (Psalm 127:1a AMP). Kingdom Kids was and is God’s idea in the first place and He has taught me to hold it loosely. This new role for me is part of God’s unfolding story in my life and in the Kingdom Kids ministry and I look forward with excitement to what God has ahead.
Our Fall DSchool launched earlier this month with nine students. We will be taking the next five months to delve deeper into their relationship with God and get equipped to be world changers. Pray for them as they go on the kickoff retreat this weekend. Our next Dschool will launch in February meeting Sunday afternoons and one Saturday a month. For more information, check out epicentre.church/dschool.