We’re Relaunching

We are overjoyed to announce that LOFT will be reopening our doors this Sunday, May 23rd, for in-person worship! In this email, you’ll find all of the information you need about how to attend and what to expect this Sunday.

There will be two services:
9:30 AM: in-person or watch on YouTube
11:00 AM: in-person or join on Zoom

In-person worship is limited to 15% of our building capacity for the time being, so pre-registration is required to attend. Each week, spots will be available first to one of our community groups, with remaining spots open to everyone on Wednesday.

How do I register?
You can register on our events page or by using the Church Center app. You will need to register each person in your household, including children.

What is the plan for kids?
Nursery and Kids Church remain closed, but children are welcome to attend in-person worship! There will be a worship bag with activities to help your kids engage with the service, as well as a pre-recorded lesson on our YouTube page.

Are masks required?
Yes. Masks are required for all adults and children (2 and up).

What other safety precautions are being taken?
Households will be seated in our sanctuary at least 6 feet apart. We have an air purifier and will clean the sanctuary between each service.

What can I expect when I arrive?
Doors will open for worship 15 minutes before the service. An usher will greet you at the main door (with communion elements and kids’ worship bags) and direct you to the sanctuary, where you will be escorted to your seat. During worship, only the side door to the restrooms will be available for exit and reentry. After worship, you will be dismissed by household through the side door to exit down the hallway and the west door to the parking lot.

We cannot wait to worship with you in person, and hope to see you this Sunday!

10th Anniversary Celebration

Join us as we celebrate LOFT’s 10 Year Anniversary with a Drive-Thru event on Saturday and a celebration service on Sunday!

Sign up for a time slot on Saturday so we can say “HI!” and send you home with lunch and treats. Please RSVP for everyone in your household so we that we order plenty of food!

Registration Link:  https://loftcitychurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/738851

*please wear masks and stay in your car 🙂

Introducing Travis and Jacquilyn Loyd

We’re excited to announce that Travis and Jacquilyn Loyd has graciously accepted the position of youth pastors of LOFT City Church. They are an answer to prayer and we are excited for what God has in store for our youth under the leadership of the Loyd’s.


We are Travis and Jacquilyn Loyd. We have a beautiful daughter named Lennox, with another baby on the way. We are originally from Claremore, Oklahoma and we moved to the Dallas area two years ago. Travis is a high school teacher and Jacquilyn takes care of the home. We are looking forward to working with the youth, here at LOFT.

Here’s some more fun facts about them from when we did the “Meet the Church Profiles” last year:


We are both from a small town called Verdigris, Oklahoma. (This is 20 minutes Northeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma on the historic Route 66.)


Travis is a high school teacher in Plano ISD. He teaches special education. Jacquilyn is currently a stay at home momma who takes care of Lennox and our home.


We moved here in September 2018 and started coming to LOFT in October 2018. 


Travis: Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28-29)


Jacquilyn: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)


We love to do almost anything outside. This includes going for walks, riding our bikes, fishing, having picnics, and playing with Lennox. Prior to having a baby we played a lot of board games but not so much anymore…Lennox tries to eat the pieces! We both really enjoy reading but very different books.



Story Time: In the Beginning

Introducing Story Time:

On Sundays, at 2 pm we are inviting our children to jump on Zoom and hear our volunteers on our nursery team share stories with the kids.  While the story, discussion questions, and memory verse are geared towards those ages 3-5, you’re all welcome to join us!

Last Week’s Story: In the Beginning

Last week we learned that God made everything and He made it all perfect. He loved us so much and we got to hang out with Him all the time! Our color this week is yellow. Yellow is like gold, like sunshine, like the beautiful, perfect, shiny Heaven, where God lives! God is perfect and we got to be a part of His perfect creation.

Memory Verse:

In the beginning, God created everything. And It was very, very good.   Genesis 1:31


  • Using only yellow crayons/colored pencils/markers, draw a picture of things God has made. Show what our relationship with God looked like. Keep this picture in a special place because we’re going to use this picture in a few weeks in a very important project! If you want to share it with us, you can take a picture of it and have your mom or dad put the picture in the comments of the video! Or you can show it to us when we start next week’s storytime!
  • Sing the song “He’s got the whole world in his hands” to remember that God has made everything and also takes care of everything
  • This song is especially important right now, when the whole world is facing the same crisis and lots of people are scared. Lots of people have recorded themselves singing this song, to remind us all that God takes care of all of us, that he is perfect and is in control.
  • Watch “Earth” or “Oceans” on Disney+. Look at all the awesome stuff God made and put on this planet! It’s amazing!!
  • Watch Creation Celebration on Right Now Media
  • Draw a picture of your favorite things that God has made.
  • Every day, get together as a family and name things that God has made.


If you missed last week’s lesson, “In the Beginning”, you can watch as Erin Templeton reads the story and our kids interact with the story.

Next Week:

We’ll have story time every Sunday afternoon at 2pm! We can’t wait to see you again next week!  Click on the calendar link below to add this event to your calendar. See you next week!

Update on upcoming gatherings


We will continue to not have services in our facilities until given the OK from our government officials.   As we have said below:

The church is not going anywhere, not packing up and leaving during a crisis. Now is the time more than ever, to be the church. But we have to do that with great wisdom and caution. Not out of fear but out of love for our neighbors. Jesus’ cross was the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:18) and as people of the cross, we pursue how God is calling us to lay down our lives at this moment, that the world might be healed.

Our services will be streamed on our Youtube page each Sunday morning at 1030AM


Dear church family,

We are shifting our Sunday gatherings to live-streaming for the next two weeks beginning this Sunday, March 15th at 10:30 AM. We are also looking at how we can possibly meet for our Missional Community Groups via digital spaces for the next few weeks. We’ve all witnessed as unprecedented events have enveloped not only the digital worlds of our news feeds but now our collective shared spaces like public transportation, college campuses, and now, church gatherings. It is the height of irony that the COVID-19 pandemic has both revealed to us the intricacy with which we are globally interwoven and has, at the same time, called for us to distance ourselves from one another. We belong to one another, or as Jesus said, the greatest commandments are to love God with all of our heart, soul, and strength and to love one another (Matt. 22:27-39).

Love, at this moment takes on three distinct shades.

First, we must cooperate with local health officials who are telling us the best way to care for our neighbors who are elderly or immuno-compromised is to avoid gathering in large groups like that of our Sunday morning gathering. We do this not out of fear, but out of an abundance of love, love that lays down our preferences for our neighbors (Philippians 2:1-11). Love that may save a life.

Second, we must continue to seek one another out, to check in on needs, to buy groceries and supplies for each other. If you are a part of a LOFT City community, that is a great place to start. If you are not, we are here for you.  We have created a Community Response Form for those of you in need and those of you who possibly can help in one way or the other.  Would you take two minutes and fill this out so that we can know how to care for each other at this time.

Third, we must look to the needs of our neighbors. Who around you is going to be hurt by limited access to childcare, who are the food insecure among us? All of these things will only be magnified by the uncertainty of the coming days. We’re working on connecting with local food pantries and other organizations to see how best we can serve. I want to encourage you to continue to give to LOFT as we resource these and other efforts and to maintain our ministry efforts during these chaotic days. We can do much more collectively than we can do individually.

There is no manual for these days. But we don’t need a manual, we have the Holy Spirit, the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). It will be tempting to hang on every refresh of our phones but I want to encourage you towards proper self-care.

First, identify a couple of trusted news sources and discipline yourself to check them once or twice a day and make time to exercise. Don’t repost anything on social media until you have absolutely verified that the source is true.  We don’t need to add to the fear that is out there already.

Second, adopt some new spiritual practices. I know last week Paul encouraged us to sing Happy Birthday twice as we washed hands, but that got weird for me.  So can I encourage you that as you wash your hands, say the Lord’s Prayer. Read the Gospels. And pray. Pray for:

  • Health care workers
  • Governmental authorities
  • Our neighbors and our fellow citizens that are afraid
  • That there wouldn’t be a lack of food or needed supplies
  • Hourly wage workers and small business owners
  • Those whose childcare evaporates
  • Teachers and Students
  • Pray for the leadership of LOFT City

Third, give. I know it may sound strange in days of scarcity, but we are loaves and fish people. We believe that Jesus can take what little we have and multiply it to bless those around us.  We dwell in the abundance of God and our call is to share that with others.

The church is not going anywhere, not packing up and leaving during a crisis. Now is the time more than ever, to be the church. But we have to do that with great wisdom and caution. Not out of fear but out of love for our neighbors. Jesus’ cross was the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:18) and as people of the cross, we pursue how God is calling us to lay down our lives in this moment, that the world might be healed.

If you have any questions please email info@loftcitychurch.com

Good Reads: A late October 2018 edition

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After a hiatus, we are back and sharing a collection of blogs or articles on topics that are relevant for our church body. We hope it edifies you, makes you think, or teaches you something that you can apply in your life. Here’s to learning and Good Reads!  They are organized by topic, so feel free to skim and find something relevant to you. 


Quit Asking God to Join Your Side:  Eric Geiger:  I need to stop bringing my plans to God and hoping He will bless myagenda. As a parent, I need to stop praying God will help my plans for my kids come to fruition. Because when I became a Christian, those plans aren’t really mine anymore anyway.

15 Scriptures for Your Kids When Dealing with Racism:  If you are like me, you wish by now we would have decided as humans to treat others the way we want to be treated. You wish the next generation would be further along than we are and that racism would be a thing of the past. The reality is kids today are still battling this issue. If your kids have come home in tears after being bullied for their race, here are 15 truths to talk about as a family.

He will hold me fast:  Here’s the story and theology behind a great song. “Paul pressed on. He was diligent. He labored. He applied himself. He strained to endure and increasingly make Jesus his own. But he knew that all his striving and enduring was enabled decisively by the power of Christ, who had made him his own and would certainly hold him fast.”


Do you fight the comparison game?  Are you content with who you are and who you’re becoming? Are you focused on running the race marked uniquely for you? What steps can you take to compare and criticize less? Make a commitment today to become more secure in your own calling and celebrate the Kingdom success of others in the trenches of ministry.

Practical Ministry

The Duties Required by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World:  “With the rise of modern communications technologies, and especially social media, I am convinced we need to diligently apply ourselves to a fresh consideration of all this commandment requires of us.”

10 Simple Ways to Reach Your Neighbors for Jesus:  Most believers will never share the gospel with anyone, and many will never even invite anyone to church. Sometimes, in fact, we overstate the hard work of evangelism, and our folks never even try to reach anyone. Here are some simple ways to start correcting this problem by reaching your neighbors….


Rebuilding Parental Authority:  Parental authority is not about force, or power, or dominance. It is about wise influence. It is about relationship and Christ-like leadership that values the good of those being led. So, instead of becoming more authoritarian with your kids, invest in your relationship with them. Show them you care and are committed to their good. It may not be well received at first, and it may take time. You may need to limit activities, time with their peers, and the multitude of ways your family gets pulled away from each other—but the results are well worth the effort.

3 Ways the Gospel Changes the Way You Apologize: “Christians, of all people in the world, should be the best apologizers. Not because they necessarily have more to apologize for, but because the gospel frees us to apologize rightly, changing our apologies in at least these three ways:”

12 Questions To Ask Ourselves In Conflict:  “Usually our first impulse in conflict is to look at all the ways the other person is wrong. All the ways they hurt us or messed up or all the ways they are thinking incorrectly about an issue. But over the years I have found it helpful to examine myself before focusing on the other person. Here are 12 questions I have found helpful to ask myself when I find myself in conflict:”

Discernment in Marriage:  “Areas that need to change will vary in every marriage. When it comes to our spouse, we must remember that there are things to let go of and things we can not let go of. There are things to be overlooked and things that must not be overlooked. We need wisdom and discernment from God to know the difference.” We sure do, even after 20 years of it!

You Won’t Make It Alone – Five Reasons You Need Good Friends:  “What next steps might you take to cultivate deeper friendships? Identify a few people and plan time to get together, such as a weekly rhythm of coffee or lunch. Reach out to a friend you’ve lost regular contact with. Plunge your conversations below the shallows and into the deeper waters of life. Oxygenate your friendships with affirmation and encouragement. God helping us, let’s make it to our deathbeds without relational regret.”

Good Reads – May 5, 2018

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Every month, we’ll be sharing a collection of blogs or articles on topics that are relevant for our church body. We hope it edifies you, makes you think, or teaches you something that you can apply in your life. Here’s to learning and Good Reads! 


When My Anger Collided with the Goodness of God:

Shortly after my second miscarriage, my heart filled with doubt about the goodness of God. Though I had initially experienced a sense of peace, as I moved forward, I had no desire to be with God.  I tried to read the Word, pray; and spend time with God, but the thought of Him just made my heart sick. I didn’t want Him. Every time I read the Bible, I saw how God had control of fertility, and it made me angry. Though some of these stories ended well, I didn’t know the end of our story. How can I trust God and go to him when he totally uprooted my dream? He seemed distant and unkind in this particular season of my life.


The Importance of Integrity in the Small Things:

A lack of integrity in small things rarely ends with the small things. Please note: I am not suggesting that lying and deceiving others about a race is a small matter, but surely embezzlement and involvement with cocaine are more devastating. And a lack of integrity in so-called minor areas of one’s life typically grows and multiplies to other areas. Here are three common ways a lack of integrity multiplies in someone’s life….

The Humble Leader:

So how can leaders recognize our drift from humility to pride?  Look for entitlement. Entitlement always rises as pride rises. It is impossible to be filled with humility and a sense of entitlement at the same time. Whenever we feel we are owed something, it is because we have forgotten that God is the One who gives all good things.

Practical Ministry

Engaging Culture Well: How to Share Your Faith Critically and Contextually Today:

The message of Christ’s redemptive love and free gift of forgiveness for all has been the force behind centuries of social change. Christians who understand the implications of this gospel can’t help but find ways to apply its principles as they live and work in secular society.  For obvious reasons, however, cultural engagement brings with it unique challenges and complications. Many find themselves wanting to charge in, speak prophetically, criticize openly, and then expect to wait and watch for meaningful change to occur. But as Christians work to identify issues of concern in communities—either our own or those elsewhere—a posture of respect becomes critical.

Trust God With The Spiritual Gifts He Gives:

In our sinful state, our hearts wander into covetousness, comparison, and criticism when it comes to the gifts God gives his people. Instead of seeing what God has graciously given—our spiritual gifts, opportunities, and influence—we often fixate on what he hasn’t given us.


3 Disastrous Dating Mistakes:

One way of learning how to do something is by watching someone else do it poorly.  Consider how Samson went about finding a wife. I once heard a dating talk entitled, “The dos and don’ts of dating.” Unfortunately, in chapters 14–16 of the book of Judges, we find only the don’ts of dating. There are no dos in Samson’s story. He did everything wrongly.

The Power of Saying Sorry:

Apologizing is hard because it goes against our grain. Our natural bent is to think we have it all together and to let our pride insulate us from our faults. But when you say “I am sorry” and you acknowledge that you have done something less than stellar, you have to come face to face with the fact that you don’t have everything down perfectly. It can take it out of you emotionally to have to say “sorry.” It can bring disappointment, not just with how you view yourself, but also in how you think others view you. It can bring friends along with it, so that past failures and mistakes are remembered and cause added torment.

Make It Easy for Your Kids to Love God:

Your children need something more than to be fortified against sin. They need to be inspired toward God. Tell them, with all the confidence that Proverbs 8 warrants of his joyous wisdom across the whole of life. Prove to them, by the very ethos of your home, that the Lord is good. Let them see that faith in you, and the glory of the Lord will be hard for them to resist.

Recommended Reading

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World by Rosaria Butterfield:

What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically. With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.

Good Reads – April 5, 2018

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Every month, we’ll be sharing a collection of blogs or articles on topics that are relevant for our church body. We hope it edifies you, makes you think, or teaches you something that you can apply in your life. Here’s to learning and Good Reads! 


How the Resurrection Reshapes Success and Regret
If you had definitive proof of an afterlife, how would you respond? If you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, you’d enter another life after you die, what would you do? Would you pull the trigger?


8 Ways To Find Greater Focus
The truth is that while many of us pride ourselves on our ability to multitask, it actually works against us. When it comes to attention and productivity, our brains have a finite amount of mental energy.  While we’re constantly switching rapidly from task to task, every time we switch tasks, it consumes mental energy. As mental energy reduces, so does creativity and productivity.

Practical Ministry

4 Ways Christians Should Share Their Faith That Are Actually Effective

What does evangelism, what does making disciples, look like in our post-Christian, post-modern, post-truth, post-everything world? Put simply, how do we share the Gospel in the age of unbelief?

All About Relationships

6 Reasons Why Raising Generous Kids Will Change the World
Generosity isn’t just about giving money. It’s about sharing what we’ve been given. When we raise kids in this vein, we are raising kids who leave more than they take, give more than they receive, share their faith and meet the needs of others.
Christ-Centered Friendship
Friendship is vital to our growth and endurance as Christians, but friendship is the type of relationship we do not often learn about in the church.

Just for Laughs

How To Argue On The Internet: A Step-By-Step Guide
Satire:As the nation continues to grow more and more polarized, we find ourselves encountering worldviews diametrically opposed to our own day in and day out, especially on the internet. How do we effectively engage with those viewpoints?

Recommended Reading

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place. ($2.24 on Kindle)
Making conscientious choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children. It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. And it’s definitely not just about the kids. – A Must Read for Every Family

Our Vision: Living Our Faith Together (Part 4)

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This is the final part of our four part series on our vision as a church.  What is God calling our church to be? What is God calling those of you who call LOFT City your home church to be?  We believe that God is calling us to be a community that is “Living Our Faith Together.”  At first glance that seems quite simple, but as we been unpacking each of these words, it’s actually  a God-sized vision and we will need the help of God’s Spirit to accomplish.

As we been fleshing out this vision, I pray you been seeing that we aren’t simply interested in having people simply fill our pews, but we are calling for a radical transformation as disciples of Jesus.  If you haven’t read the previous posts, you can check them out here:  Part 1 (Living), Part 2 (Our)Part 3 (Faith).  In this final post, we look at that final word, “Together.”

The dictionary defines “together” as “In harmony and accord. In contact with one another.”

At LOFT City, it is our firm belief that you are called to live in a sense of community. The early church did everything together. The church is more than just people that worship God together, but because of the finished work of Christ, we have been adopted as sons and daughters of God, Christ has become our elder brother, and we are surrounded by family members. It is God’s desire that as a family, we would be willing to give of our lives for each other.

It means relationships. We get this from God. When He created humanity, he designed us for relationship – with Him and one another. It is in the fabric of our being. That is why God calls us to essentially love Him and people. Our challenge is to love like God loved us. The church was never meant to be a bunch of people who sit in chairs, put on masks, and go through the motions. Instead, we are called to be a family where no one stands alone. Because relationships are so important, we seek less “churchy” activities and more friendships with people despite where they are on their spiritual journey.

It means we share. We will seek to share our time, talent, and treasure with others. Generosity will flow out of the grace God gave us. We are to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share. We will be an authentic community who takes on one another’s burdens with a battle cry that “no one stands alone.” This is pleasing to God and a fingerprint of a true disciple.

It means we are transparent. A community that holds each other accountable, encourages each other, and forgives one another. A community that is not isolated and grows stronger when they see authenticity and transparency. A place where we can be honest, without fear of rejection.

It means accountability. We will hold each other accountable in living lives for God’s glory. We will not be satisfied with mediocre faith, but will encourage each other to pursue God in complete surrender.

Together is a hard word.  It means being in situations that might sometimes be uncomfortable.  It means giving of your time, energy and finances because of your love for the church family.    It means that we serve together and share the burden together because that is what families do.  You find places in and outside of the church where you can serve.

I truly believe that as we continue to strive to be a community and individuals that are living our faith together many things will happen.  God will be glorified, we will be united and maturing, and our city will notice.

Living Our Faith Together.  I’m grateful that I get to live out this vision with each of you week in and week out.

Our Vision: Living Our Faith Together (Part 3)

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We been examining why we exist as a church and what God has called us to be.  This blog series has been about examining our vision statement – Living Our Faith Together.

We have been unpacking each of these words and why each word in our vision matters.  If you haven’t read the previous posts in this series, you can check them out here: Part 1 (Living) and Part 2 (Our).  In this post, we are going to look at the third word, “faith.”

FAITH:  One dictionary defines faith as loyalty and allegiance to a person or thing. At LOFT, we are all about Jesus. In him, God became a man, entered our messed-up stories, and completely altered them. He died for us, so that we might live for Him.

As a result of what Jesus did (and is doing), our hope is to be the church that Jesus had in mind. Not some religious institution of self-righteous, judgmental hypocrites, but a movement of love, of messed up, yet growing people who are exploring and following Jesus.

Who are taking our first steps and next steps in living the lives we are meant to live. Who are an authentic community of grace, truth, mission, and meaning. Our style and methods may not be typical, but LOFT is all about, all for, and all because of Jesus. To him, we give our full loyalty and allegiance. Because of that, we strive to be a church that embraces a biblical worldview wherever God places us in life.

We believe in the timeless truths of the ancient Scriptures. We aren’t looking for new teachings or doctrines or a new religion. We aren’t looking to simply memorize and get puffed up in Scripture. We absolutely believe that the Bible is relevant to our lives. And since Jesus said that it was all about him, we recalibrate our lives according to the Scriptures. It is our supreme court and ultimate authority, and no person, teaching, or philosophy is above it.

We figure that if God says that this is His very words to us, it should be a big deal to us. It is in the Bible we discover the truth of the Gospel. It is there that we discover that in Christ, we get what we don’t deserve – we get Jesus and his ever-flowing and overflowing love and forgiveness. And because we get what we don’t deserve, we are free to give that grace to others.

Faith means we follow. Above all, we seek to know, love and follow Jesus in our thoughts, words and actions and every moment we look to Jesus as our Great King and example. Following Jesus is a series of next steps, each resulting in us becoming more like Him.

Faith means we explore. To love God with all our minds means we are to be curious and filled with wonder at what God has revealed, especially in scripture. By regularly reading the Bible, we learn what it means to live the lives we’re meant to live and we are shaped by the very words of God. We also discover more about our Creator and his creation in all realms of learning through story, wisdom, song, nature, imagination, and more. However, our highest authority is our divine conversation with Jesus through the reading of scripture.

Faith means we grow. Growth is a natural by-product of every healthy living thing. This includes people. Since growth comes from God, we will continually fix our eyes on Christ, search our hearts for any cheap substitutes to him, and repent of our sin and place them at the feet of our King. We will seek to live lives of health and wholeness remembering there’s one throne and one source of genuine growth.

Faith means we pray. We will be a people of constant conversation and communion with God. As we live our lives, we will pray without ceasing according to God’s will. We will thank God, worship God, be honest to God, confess our sins to God, listen to God, and always seek opportunities to pray for others. Our hope is to be the go-to people for prayer in our relational networks without making a big show of it.

Faith means we will fight. We will stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves and offer hope to the hopeless. We will fight against injustice and stand with those who are being oppressed. It means that we will fight guilt-based religion by our actions and the Gospel. We agree with scripture and believe for justice to roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. In serving others, we serve Christ. We will never forget that our ultimate mission is to bring good news and be good news to those around us.

Faith.  It is way more than something we do or something we believe.  It’s who we are.