For more than a decade our church explored the idea of changing our name. There had been many different motivations and reasons driving that over the years, but we on October 31, 2021 we voted to change our name to reflect our mission.
Why change the name?
We wanted to make who we are as a church clear - the vision and passion that defines us and drives us forward on mission. Namely, the hope we have in Jesus!! We relentlessly proclaim this hope every Sunday, and we wanted our name to reflect that.
Why this name?
Our society is marked by an absence of hope - division, anxiety, hostility, despondency, and fear run rampant. Since the early days of the church, God's people have been marked by hope - both hope for this life and for the life to come. The good news of the gospel is that this hope Jesus offers is based on what he has done; therefore, it is secure and stable. Where darkness seems to reign and suffering is all around us, Romans 5:1-5 describes a progression from suffering to hope that is available for those who trust Jesus’ sacrifice for their righteousness.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5
Paul declares this hope does not disappoint or put us to shame! The truth is everything in life will disappoint us except the hope we have in Jesus. It's more than optimism or positive thinking. It is a reality that's transformational for God’s people and something our world desperately needs to hear.
We invite you to come and join us as we proclaim hope and pursue transformation that can only be found in Jesus!