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Journey Community Church Newsletter
Fernley,NV 
January 5,2010
For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11
 
  
A Note from Rod and Gay 
 
                            
Snow in Fernley(our backyard)
 Merry Christmas...our tree
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Well the holidays are over and I am looking forward to 2010!  Before I talk about the upcoming year, let me tell you a little about how we ended 2009.  We got a snow storm in December which I was told "never happens".  I seem to bring about weather that "never happens".  The snow is still on the ground which I have been told "it never lasts this long".  It has stayed cold, like in the 20's for the highs to which I have been told "it never stays this cold".  So we have accomplished a lot of things which never should have happened when it comes to the weather.  Glad we could be here

 for all of these "firsts".

      Actually we had some really good things going on here over the past month.  We had our first ever Christmas Eve service this year with 206 in attendance.  That was an awesome hour of singing, communion and fellowship.  I was so excited to see so many people from the church and the community there that evening.  Our attendance has been steady at around 175 with some low attendances the last three weeks due to the holidays and one snow Sunday.  But I am sure we will start picking back up in the new year. 

People have been responding at the invitation time we have every week.  There have been some with need of prayer, some to rededicate their life, and some to give their life to Christ for the first time.  I am excited to see the life change that God is bringing about through the work of the Holy Spirit in Journey Community Church and Fernley.

I preached a message this past Sunday called 10 for '10 which let the congregation know about 10 things coming up in 2010.  It looks like we are going to have to begin looking for a new place to meet because the school has told us that the summer months will be a little difficult to house us.  So one of the things I told the church is that we need to begin to pray and I told them about the warehouse that we began praying about back in March.  We are all praying that God will provide that facility for Journey Community Church. 

The list is as follows:

  1. Volunteer: We have jobs to do in the church
  2. Infiltration: Community Service
  3. Small Groups: 9 new ones in 2010
  4. Usable Facility: New building and office space needed
  5. Additional Staff: By 3rd Quarter
  6. Leadership: Developing now
  7. Increased Attendance: Want to average 250 by year end
  8. Sent Out: Involved in Stadia church plant in Utah and Mission in Mexico
  9. Tithing: We currently give about $10000/month and we need that to increase to $15000/month
  10. Supplication: Prayer is the undergirding for everything we are called to do

The idea is asking people to be visualists for the vision God has laid on our hearts for Journey Community Church.  I want to ask you to be praying about a facility for us.  It would increase our rent dramatically and therefore our giving at the church needs to increase as well.  Pray for the other things too, but it seems to be the facility that is jumping to the top of our priority list.

Finally, Gay and I are asking for your prayers because we have a big year ahead.  Our daughter Lyndsay is getting married in May to Josh Terry, a young man from the church in  Lynday and Josh's engagement pictureAshburn,Va where we last served.

 Also, Gay, Brad and I are moving to a smaller home here in Fernley which will save us money so we can do the things we hoped to do with the church.
 

Thank you all so much for all of your prayers, support and encouragement.  Can you believe that we have been here for almost a year now!  Wow that went fast.  We still have a lot of dreams and hopes for this work and we know that God is working here in Fernley through Journey Community Church.  We love you all and hope that all of your holidays were fantastic.  God bless.

Rod

Don't forget to check out my blog at www.rodidle.blogspot.com.  Gay has a new blog at  www.gayidle-captiveheart.blogspot.com

Take care,
Rod and Gay



Physical Needs  
 
 Permanent Location
While the High School continues to be a wonderful facility for us to use and we are thankful for God's provision, we are still praying for a permanent place to lease.  We know now that it will be difficult to use the facilities at the High School into the summer months...the warehouse is still open for lease so please continue praying...       
 
 
Prayer Needs
Special Prayer Request: For continued incoming support for the ongoing needs of the church and community.
 
The economy in Fernley...high foreclosure and high unemployment rates...many are struggling.  
People: 
 
We have a request from one of our Mom's in the church...her daughter is going through a divorce...be in prayer for her and her 4 small children, and for her estranged husband.
 We have  unemployed families in the church as well as a family in need of a home.
Pray for our families whose young men and women are serving in the military.
 
Small Groups: keep the Hosts and Leaders in your prayers as we begin new studies this month.
 
 
Youth small groups : starting up again after the holidays 
 
Action Items 
 
 Journey Kids Ministry: UPDATE:
  Erik Lundberg has served every Sunday in Journey Kids since our beginning services and we are so thankful for his dedication...however, it would be wonderful to have more volunteers to free him up every so often to enable him to attend Worship services.  We are still in urgent need for more volunteers, especially adult volunteers, for Journey Kids, so if you are interested in helping out in this vital ministry contact Erik at etrucker4christ@yahoo.com
Journey Kids with Team Leader, Erik
 
First Steps Ministry:Update:
We are growing and would love to take the 2-4 year olds into their own classroom! However, in order to do this we will need more volunteers for this ministry.   Pray for God to send us workers and leaders!  If you are interested contact me: Gay Idle, gayidle@att.net or call 980-9308.
 
First Steps NurseryFirst Steps Nursery/Sept. 13
Something To Consider:
If you are considering making a one time contribution to the ministry of Journey Community, you may want to check with your employer to see if your company matches contributions....this would double your efforts and our blessings!!! Just contact Gay and she will let you know how this is taken care of on the receiving end. 
 

 
We must live with people to know their problems and live with God to 'help' solve them.
 
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Thank you all for  your partnership in prayer and support for the amazing work that God is beginning in Fernley, NV.  We are humbled to be a part of this amazing ministry.
 
If you would like to make a one time contribution toward this ministry or join in continuing monthly support please see following information:
 
Make out checks to Stadia. Just write on the memo line:  NV-Fernley 4-183. This will insure it goes into the Journey Fernley account.
Mail to:           Stadia: New Church Strategies West Region
                        333 Sunset Boulevard Suite 745
                        Rocklin, CA 95765
                        916.626.3090
   Or... you may now go to our website and use out paypal account!  Your continuing monthly support can continue with Stadia and we will continue to receive those payments.

"...I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel..." 
Philippians 1:4-5 
 
Blessings,
 
Gay Idle
Journey Community Church