On Wednesdays in January we wear pink + play in the snow.
But today is Thursday because I didn’t finish this post before I turned into a pumpkin at midnight and we really took these photos on Sunday. Whatcha gonna do?
I already shared how much Cassidy and I enjoyed being snowed in here, but this week has also been filled with some exciting things, and what better way to celebrate than throwing snow like confetti, amiright?! Columbus, you have not disappointed so far!
One exciting thing for us is we have decided on a church home, and we are looking forward to getting involved and learning opportunities to serve and invest in the community we’re in. Rock City Church is a part of the ARC (Associate of Related Churches), which is what itown is a part of as well. It’s non-denominational, but the ARC is overseen by Church of the Highlands in Alabama, and they’re passionate about helping pastors plant churches in the communities where they’re called. If you know us, you know how much of an impact itown Church had, and continues to have, on our lives, so when we were deciding whether or not to move to Columbus, researching ARC churches in the area played a part in our decision. We found this video of Pastor Chad Fisher at Rock City describing “The Church I See.” Hearing and seeing Rock City’s vision made us feel confident in knowing we could have a church home in Columbus because their mission resonated with how we also believe the church should be reaching and investing in its community.
I went through moments of doubt, wondering if I could really feel called to a church I had never been to, but I felt the Holy Spirit press into my spirit that this was God assuring me. I didn’t need to visit a physical building to be confident in where we were called to be, God had already given me the answers I needed. Being humans, as we were preparing to move, we felt strongly Rock City could be home, but we also did want to actually go to a few services before committing outwardly. So, we attended three weekend services, a Christmas Eve service in the middle, and as of this Sunday we can say with bold assurance that this is where we’re supposed to be.
This weekend Rock City will be opening a new building, which we weren’t here to dream for, but there’s a supernatural adoption for us because we did play a part in working toward itown’s new space, opening this spring, plus it’s just cool as part of the body to see the Kingdom furthered and prayers fulfilled. I still hope we get to go back to Indy for that first weekend, but tonight we got to pray over and consecrate the new building with worship for the Rock City Hilliard Campus, and honestly it was so incredible to celebrate with our new church family, as a body of believers, passionate about reaching the lost, where we literally know no one and no one knows us. What a powerful move of the Spirit is happening here in Columbus. I’m continually reminded how God is the same God, regardless of where we are. It’s funny how God moves and works in mysterious ways on our behalf. How He’s always preparing for you and you don’t even know it. How he has a plan and a purpose and a vision for you that is way bigger than you could dream for yourself. I may be going off on a tangent of some other exciting news (I’m not pregnant), but we’ll save that for another day!
Columbus, the Emerys are here for it! And Jesus, we thank you for your clear purpose for us in this new place.