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What I love about…Thrive Church

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  • Our passion for people who have given up on the church

I really love…

  • How welcoming and accepting we are

I love…

  • That we have fun as a church and we love to laugh

I really love…

  • How we clap, cheer, sing and hoot and holler during our Sunday experience

I love…

  • That Thrivers are so excited to invite friends and family to Church

I really love…

  • That our church is passionately in love with Jesus.

I really do love my church!

Every day I am more and more excited about what’s ahead and every day I thank God for giving me the privilege of being the Pastor of Thrive Church. It’s a privilege I do not take lightly and one that I love!

Oh, here is what I loved about today at Thrive

1. I love that a 4th and 5th grader were our hosts for the experience and lead from the front!

2. I love a high schooler read scripture from the front.

3. I love that a team of people were not at Thrive, but were at the traveling homeless shelter.

4. I love that Ethan and Bob (Thrive volunteers) took our trailer to the traveling homeless shelter, packed it up and took it to the next church.

5. I love that we had pictures with Santa at Church. And, we had an indoor snowball fight…wore ugly Christmas sweaters…and showed a super funny video at the very end of our experience.

6. I loved the band! Holy cow they rocked! They did such a great job of leading us in worship.

7. I love how many adults serve on Sunday’s in Thrive Kidz!!

8. I love how many new faces there were at Thrive today!

9. I loved the moment a Thriver pulled me aside and thanked me. Wow, so meaningful.

10. I loved, LOVED, that 7 people trusted in Jesus today at Thrive.

I LOVE MY CHURCH! 

It’s the PERFECT Sunday to check out Thrive Church

Yes, that’s right!!Instagram-Christmas-At-Thrive

Of all the Sunday’s you have thought about checking out Thrive Church

…this is the Perfect Sunday. 

Why? Here’s why…

  • Off the charts fun. Today is our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Sunday. Yeah, the sight seeing alone is going to be awesome!
  • More fun. You can get pictures with Santa. Awesome, right!?! Just you, you and your friends or your family. Doesn’t matter!
  • Great music. Matt Moore and the band have some great music planned for today! Get ready!
  • An indoor (all church) snowball fight. Yeah, you read that right! It’s going to be awesome!
  • Cinnamon rolls. Hungry? I bet you are now.
  • A message about Jesus. You will laugh and it will be understandable!

So, there you go! See, the Perfect Sunday to check out Thrive Church.

You will love it. Your friends will love it. Your family will love it.

What’s holding you back? 

Hope to see you at either 900 or 1015am at Celebration Cinema.

Oh, make sure you’re about 15 minutes early. And, make sure you’re down in theater one 5 minutes before we start at 9 or 1015.

See you Soon!

 

A little bit of Saturday randomness and ramblings…

I can’t believe Christmas is in 4 days. Someone asked me today what I’m getting for my wife and I said, I’ll think about that after I get through Christmas Eve. Hah! Guess that won’t work.

I really LOVED this post by Perry Noble about the Church. He’s so right on and I couldn’t agree more.

I always have great hope for the future, but I’m kind of sad today. It just really breaks my heart when christians are so awful to each other. IMG_3277

I know this is really selfish, but I need chairs in my office for people to sit in and I really like this one.

I gathered together with a group of people at 7am this morning to pray for Thrive Church.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I still can’t believe people would get out of bed to pray outside in the cold weather! So awesome!

My wife continually blows me away. She serves and serves and serves!

I love how much my kids love their church.

I’ve been praying for tomorrow at Thrive all year. Desperately praying God moves in the lives and hearts of everyone who gathers together!

 

3 reasons to invite EVERYONE you know to Thrive this Sunday!

This Sunday is a HUGE day for Thrive Church! Its actually a HUGE day for every Church!

Why? Because people who have given up on church, given up on God or are nominal church attenders are more likely to accept an invitation for this Sunday than pretty much any other Sunday of the year.

So, are you ready to invite your friends and family? Are you ready to invite your neighbors and co-workers?

If you’re still hesitant, here are 3 reasons to invite EVERYONE you know!

3 Reasons to INVITE and BRING

1. Everyone needs Jesus. Capital…E-veryone! Regardless of their past, their background, or their job status…everyone needs Jesus.

2. Everyone needs a Church home. Again, every man–woman–and child needs a church home. A place to find out about Jesus, learn how to follow Jesus, a place to give, a place to serve and a place to be welcome–accepted and loved!

3. Everyone needs hope. When people gather together on Sundays, they should receive a giant dose of HOPE! The hope of the cross!

So, you have 3 days before Sunday, who are you going to invite and bring to Church?

You’re invited to a Prayer Walk at 7am this Saturday!

That got your attention, didn’t it? 

First of all…a prayer what??

And second of all…at 7am!?!

Third of all…won’t it be cold outside?

I know what you’re thinking…Raitz you are crazy! 

Maybe, but I passionately believe in the power of prayer and I believe in praying big prayers. 

So, I’ve made it a habit to do a prayer walk every Saturday morning!

This week I’m asking you to join me. 

Why?

Because Sunday is an absolutely HUGE day for our Church. Outside of Easter, there may not be a Sunday that people are more willing to accept an invitation to Church.

So, as a Church we are going to pray GIANT prayers and BEG God to move in our Church!

You’re invited.

Just show up at 7am.

Wear warm clothes.

I’ll have a prayer guide if you would like that.

Let’s pray for God to move in such crazy ways that people will ask questions about our church and can only say…’It’s all God’!

See you on Sunday at Celebration Cinema! 

 

A dad, a son and a grandson…One of my favorite moments ever at Thrive

Yesterday was an awesome day. IMG_3302

There was a moment at Thrive that was very special.

I asked my 12 year son, Bobby, and my dad, Bob, to come up and each pray for the Christmas Offering. 

I can’t even begin to tell you the joy I have about serving together in ministry with my family.

My wife loves our Church. My 14, 12, 10 and 6 year old love our church. My parents love our church.

Now, my kids may not always love it. I know that is a very real reality.

But, for the time being, I love my that family serves together at Thrive Church.

My dad is one of our humblest volunteers. You will never hear him complain. His body aches, his back hurts, he knees are bad. And yet, he’s at the church every Sunday morning at 7am to unload and set up church.

One of the things that I will never take for granted is that my childhood was rooted in God. I am so thankful that my parents talked about God, studied God, taught me to pray, taught me to serve and now do the same with their grand kids.

It’s just awesome.

And, to know that my kids get to witness their grand parents help build our church together, yeah, that’s just an honor.

A dream a long time ago

When Bobby was born, it was awesome. To be able to introduce Bobby Raitz to Bob Raitz was a life highlight! Well, not long after that, one of the ladies at our church told me she had a dream about my family.

Honestly, I was a bit skeptical. She told me in her dream she saw my dad teaching dozens of kids. Ok, that part made sense because my dad was my youth pastor. She went on to tell me that saw me teaching hundreds. Ok, again that part made sense. I was a youth pastor and I had been traveling and teaching at camps and retreats.

Then she said…she saw my son teaching thousands.

Wow. I still don’t know what to think about it. But, I will tell you this. I will support whatever path of life any of my kids feels is the one God is calling them too.

But, if God calls them to ministry, man, that would be awesome!

So proud to be Bob Raitz’s son and so proud to be Bobby Raitz’s dad.

What I love about…Thrive Church

What a day! I woke up at 445am and for some reason, I’m still up! That doesn’t happen very often!

I’m still up because my mind and heart is racing from an amazing day.

Here’s the thing…

I LOVE MY CHURCH! What_I_Love_Logo

Today was an amazing! Here is what I love my church…

1. I love that dozens and dozens of people band together every Sunday. Thrive absolutely cannot happen without a ton of people serving together!

2. I love that so many people Facebook about Thrive Church! I really do. It’s so humbling and so cool!

3. I love that kids are loved and taught about Jesus every Sunday. 

4. I love that so many people took time to bake cookies for our Christmas Cookie Sunday!

5. I love how much the Matt Moore band rocked today at Thrive!

6. I love that our church gave $12,080 towards our Christmas Offering! 

7. I love that our students hung out with other churches tonight. 

8. I love that a group of Thrivers are serving at a homeless shelter this week! 

9. I love that 2 people trusted in Jesus this week! 

10. I love that God has given me the privilege of being Thrives Pastor! 

#ILOVEMYCHURCH