“Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.”
Exodus 2:23

Dear Via Family,

This past Sunday night, 35 people were in our chapel working through the Merge process. There is something that makes my heart swell as a pastor when I see God bringing people into our congregation that do not want to be spectators but rather work to be participants. These are great folks who are in love with Via and what they sense Jesus doing among us. God is building His church! We love these people already!

Also, this Sunday many of you participated in a survey to help us with discipleship related to our vocations and stations of life. The results were very interesting (see below).


This Weekend
I cannot wait to kick off our new series that will take us through the major themes of Exodus. In preparation for this weekend’s sermon, please read Exodus chapters 1 and 2. It will help you to see the bigger picture of this great book while we worship together.

Third Sunday: “Does Our Work Matter?”
Work is one thing to which you will give a majority of your life. Work and faith are often two areas of life that can tend to be very separate compartments.  This Sunday night at 6pm in the Chapel, we will discuss the biblical significance of our work and how our work really does matter. You may be surprised to discover the ways in which God works through you in your work! Come and discover how our God actually points to his restoration of creation through your work.


Vocation Survey
This last Sunday, we asked you to fill out a survey related to our faith and the various stations of life that God has given to us. Thank you for your participation.

For those of you who did not get a chance to fill out the survey, please take some time to do so. The links are below to both the Vocation Connect and the Vocation Survey.
Vocation Connect (Part 1 of 2)
Vocation Survey (Part 2 of 2)

Results
We will be discussing some of the results of the Vocation Survey at our Third Sunday event this Sunday called “Does Our Work Matter?”.  One question we found very interesting was:

How often would you say that you encounter situations that test your faith at work?
48.9% said “frequently”
37.7% said “occasionally”
11.7% said “rarely”
1.7% said “never”

This shows us that we really need a strong view of how our faith integrates with our vocation. Come out this Sunday night to learn more about this question and others from the survey.


Hope Summit
If you did not attend a Hope Summit in 2016, please attend on Sunday, January 22 at 6pm. God has put a huge and compelling vision and goal on our hearts for 2017-2018 for Via Church – and as you are a part of Via, I want you to hear about them. Everyone is invited, but this Hope Summit is especially for those that:

  • have returned to Via for the winter months.
  • were unable to attend a summit in 2016.
  • have questions about Hope Initiative and our future plans as a congregation.

This night will be inspiring - you will love it!  Thanks in advance for making this a high priority. Here is the link for more information:    Hope initiative

It’s all about Jesus,
Rick