GraceConnect eNews, No. 187, Week of January 16, 2016

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Main Street Church Update

In November of 2015, we shared the story of Josh and Andrea Kuck, who decided to move to Chelsea, Mich. with their family to plant a church. Today’s story is an update on their ministry – enjoy!

At the beginning of 2016, Main Street Church was a small gathering of just a few families (pictured at right), meeting weekly in a living room, praying for God to grow their church. As they prayed, God answered. As the Kuck’s and their fellow believers shared their vision with the community around them, God provided a perfect place for their needs: an old factory building on Main Street, Chelsea, as interest from others in the community started to grow.

They started hosting services once a month in July, in their ultra-modern church building complete with brick walls and concrete floors and high industrial ceilings. As they did so, they prayerfully made plans for building updates, church meeting times, and community outreach.

The Kuck’s have been hard at work reaching out to the community around them, getting the word out about Main Street. They hosted several seasonal events, including a Valentine’s Day party in February, a basketball party in March, a kid’s soccer party in September, and a trick-or-treat party in October. This past December, following a community parade, more than 600 people enjoyed hot chocolate, s’mores, cookies and live music during Main Street's second annual Lights Out event.

“Over the last four months, an average of 45 people attended our once-a-month service,” wrote Kuck this past October in his newsletter. “Our core team is strengthening and God continues to mold our culture and values around His Word.” This past November, as attendance grew, Main Street advanced to two services a month, as well as moving their weekly Bible study to the new church building. However, there are still many changes and transitions ahead as the Kuck’s establish themselves and continue to seek God’s direction.

“As we look towards the future our growth has been steady, however in this rural context our growth is slower than anticipated,” says Kuck, who hopes to launch weekly public services in 2017. “As some of our first-year support begins a natural fade for our second year, our internal giving is not yet to the point of bridging the gap.”

Currently, Kuck plans to prayerfully add to the support systems already in place, as well as looking for supplemental income to free up current and future resources for the church.

“It has been a crazy and exciting year,” Kuck notes. “God is working in and through our church to fulfill the mission He has placed in front of us.  We keep that mission front and center. Nearly every week a new family is coming to check out what we are about. It is humbling to see how He continues to provide us with what we need.”

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Events in the FGBC

January 20-21, 2017   WLS: Principles of Effective Bible Study, Orange, Calif. (WGUSA) 
January 21, 2017   Walk Through The Bible - NT Seminar, Wrightsville, Pa. (SGCC)
January 27-28, 2017   WLS: Women & Scripture (Spanish), Bellflower, Calif. (WGUSA)
January 28, 2017  Connect & Equip SoCal, Regional Mission Conference, Orange, Calif. (EWP)
January 29, 2017   Southern California CE Celebration, Whittier, Calif. (CE)
January 30-February 1, 2017   Southwest Focus Retreat, Lake Hughes, Calif. (FGBC)
February 2, 2017   Youth Ministry Round Table, Norwalk, Calif. (CE)
February 8, 2017 –  Pastorpedia Live, Winona Lake, Ind. (CE)
February 23, 2017   Kid (Min): Summit for Children's Ministry Leaders, Goshen, Ind. (CE)
February 24-25, 2017   WLS: Spiritual Formation (Spanish), Tampa, Fla. (WGUSA)
March 13-15, 2017   South Focus Retreat Haines City, Fla. (FGBC)
March 17, 2017   Day Away - North of 55, Ashland, Ohio (AGBC)
March 17-18, 2017   WLS: Women & Scripture, Roanoke, Va. (WGUSA)
March 25, 2017  Connect & Equip East: Regional Mission Conference, Parkesburg, PA. (EWP)
April 5, 2017   Pastorpedia Live, Winona Lake, Ind. (CE)
April 7-8, 2017   WLS: Spiritual Formation, Frederick, Md. (WGUSA)
April 28, 2017   Heritage Event: Shady Maple Smörgåsbord, East Earl, Pa. (CE)
April 28-30, 2017 –  Hispanic Summit,  Atlanta, Ga. (WGUSA)
April 28, 2017  Heritage Event, East Earl, Pa. (CE)
May 11-17, 2017   National Institute Cross Cultural Youth Min.Module, Philadelphia, Pa. (CE)
May 22-24, 2017   Northwest Focus Retreat, White Pass, Wash. (FGBC)
June 14, 2017   Pastorpedia Live, Winona Lake, Ind. (CE)
June 18 – July 11, 2017   Operation Barnabas (CE)
July 5-9, 2017   StreetWise, Philadelphia, Pa. (CE)
July 18-23, 2017   Momentum Youth Conference, Marion, Ind. (CE)
September 20, 2017   Pastorpedia Live, Winona Lake, Ind. (CE)
November 8, 2017   Pastorpedia Live, Winona Lake, Ind. (CE)

AGBC – Ashland, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church
CE – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
SGCC – Susquehanna Grace Community Church, Wrightsville , Pa.
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA

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