Update From Matt & Sammi

11/26/2021

 

Hello Merge Family & Friends!

First off, Happy Thanksgiving! We hope and pray your Thanksgiving was a blessed time with family and friends!

We just wanted to give a quick update on what has been happening with Merge, our location and what we hope the next season looks like as a church family. First off, we cannot thank you enough for the time and energy you have put into supporting, helping with and praying for Merge. It has been beautiful to see each person stand in faith.

So, what’s happening? What’s going on? Why are we not meeting in person yet? The answer to those questions, could take a detailed book to answer. But in short, we are working through some unforeseen conflicts between our space, and what is expected by state and local codes for assemblies. There has been a lot we have learned along the way. As much as we wish we could take everything we know now, and change things, we all know that’s not how it works. We believe in the Sovereign God, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. Nothing shocks Him, surprises Him or catches Him off guard. So, although it has been challenging, I know God knows, and He is in control of it all. As we wait to hear more from different people, and hopefully move forward soon, God isn’t in “pause” mode through Merge City Church.

Most recently, God has been speaking something in this season. Personally (Matt), He has been speaking to me, and asking what it is that defines who I am. My job? My house? My accomplishments? Who and what I know? Ultimately, it all revolves around loving Jesus and Jesus loving me. Loving Jesus in all areas of my life. Loving Jesus as a husband and father. Loving Jesus as a coworker. Loving Jesus as a pastor, as a friend, as a neighbor, as a human being. The same goes for us as a church. We need to ask that question. What is it that defines Merge City Church? I’ll tell you what doesn’t. A location, a building, a space. I cannot wait in till Merge is in the location that God has provided for us to be in. But that space will never be Merge. Merge is us. Merge is you and I. Merge is people who love Jesus, and strive to live a life to serve Him, in spite of everything we bring with it. Merge exists to see people experience the Good News of God’s love in a way that impacts their whole life. 

So, we are in a time of waiting. Waiting on God every day in our walk with Him. Waiting for direction and guidance as we continue to move forward as a church. Waiting for what the next steps are for us to take, to be able to assemble in the space we have been working on. But waiting, doesn’t mean we are pausing or stopping. God wants to continue to use us as a church, wherever we are at. That is exactly what we are going to continue to do. We have much planned as a church, to end the year, and moving into the next. For instance, opportunities for us to partner again this Christmas season, with the NICU at Hillcrest Hospital, and local families in the Mayfield area. We will continue to meet together on Sundays, currently virtually. We have planned times in the coming weeks to gather and just pray together, worship together and serve together. To be the church, together. We are better together. As always, we will communicate when these times are. 

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we want you to know, we are thankful. We are thankful for Jesus, and what He has done for us. We are thankful for Merge, and what God wants to continue to do through us. We are thankful for you, and what you mean to the Kingdom of God. We are thankful for this season, that although challenging, will be monumental in the growth and development of the story that God has written for us together. We love you all! He is good! Let’s keep merging! 

In His Love,

Matt & Sammi

 

P.S. – Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or thoughts.

 


"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!"

Ephesians 3:20-21