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This last week we began weekly meetings for Mill City Church.  We meet every Sunday night at 6pm at Grace Presbyterian Church at 300 Whedbee Street.  We are so grateful to Pastor Scott Lowe and his wonderful congregation for their willingness and generosity to provide us with this beautiful space.

We are referring to these meetings as LIFT meetings, primarily because I don’t want to call them LAUNCH meetings.  The reason is that I don’t like the word “launch”. It conjures up images in my mind of a bunch of people building a pad upon which to set a rocket before a huge countdown that leads to pushing a big red button to propel it into space. LIFT on the other hand, like in the case of an airplane, is about the push and necessary resistance it needs to get off the ground and ultimately stay in flight.

LIFT: the act or process of rising, to project, to support,

to assist, to elevate, to soar.

With LIFT there isn’t a countdown but instead a gaining of speed.  It starts with a slow taxi followed by a rumble down a runway (sometimes even a bit of an uncomfortable rumble) before almost heaving itself off the ground. It’s less of an event and more of a process.

I don’t see the meetings we are having and the relationships that are developing as only necessary for a take off, but rather as the fuel necessary to create LIFT for take off AND flight.

Relationships and community are the context in which transformation happens in and through us. If we are going to be a church that is about being and making disciples then what is happening now is as important as when we start having a children’s ministry or meet on a Sunday morning.  It is these relationships, grounded in love and centered on Christ that will be the fuel.

The Spirit of God is the One who will ultimately give LIFT to this church.  May we participate with Him as we move forward in the days ahead.

For His fame,


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