“I love my church.” It’s been a refrain I’ve oft repeated over the last year and a half to anyone who would listen. I think sometimes we overuse words like “love”, “blessed”, and others, but for this church, at this time, it’s perfectly applicable. Through an interesting set of circumstances, my family — husband Matt and 7 year old twins Ryan and Quinn — made our way to WordServe in early 2016. From the moment we entered the doors, we felt wrapped in the arms of some of the most awesome God-loving people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. Churches are a funny thing, really. It’s often an intangible feeling of why you decide to call one your “home”. But once we attended our first Christmas Eve service, I turned to my husband with tears in my eyes and felt it was just that… home.
A little back story, but way back 10+ years ago, I worked for WordServe’s parent church, Grace Fellowship. I remember distinctly as the leadership there prayed and mulled over name suggestions for this new birthing in Fulshear. And now having been a part of these mission partners for 18 months, I can say with 100% certainty that the name was absolutely God-ordained. This church so perfectly lives out that name — grounded in the Word and committed to service outside ourselves. It is just rare to have so many serve so selflessly, day in, day out, and forever transforming lives in our community. I feel privileged to witness and participate in these acts of service. And honestly, as a parent, nothing beats seeing my children grow and blossom into devoted followers of Jesus. Because of the love and guidance of those who serve so beautifully in WordServe Kids, my children have since both taken the huge step of publicly proclaiming their faith through baptism. Those are moments that I will never forget and I am forever thankful of the examples set by our mission partners to show them exactly what loving God looks like.
I am so excited to experience what God has planned for WordServe and all of the lives that will continue to be transformed both in and outside these walls. It is an honor to worship with you all each Sunday and to do life with you regularly outside of that hour. That is a defining characteristic of a church… living faith out LOUD. Our tagline “Life is Different” is not just a cutesy phrase. It’s truth. Thank you for loving our family well. We are forever changed.
Over the summer, WordServe participated in several activities and projects that built relationships with members of the community and met needs, like FaithFULL Kids and Habitat for Huggins. Though our mission focuses on reaching our own communities for Christ, we believe in the calling we have as Christians to reach the nations for Jesus. From July 26-August 2, a team of servants from WordServe traveled to Honduras with Living Water International to help drill a water well for a community that lacked a source of fresh, clean water. Through meeting a physical need for clean water, the team was able to introduce the community to the source of living water that will never run dry–Jesus Christ. When the team returned, each member shared testimony of how they saw Christ at work during the time in Honduras. In case you missed the Celebration Service, you can check out the videos below:
Chad Yelverton’s Christ Cam
Bill Hogan’s Christ Cam
Jason Zimmerman’s Christ Cam
Kasey Hogan’s Christ Cam
Leslie Wakefield’s Christ Cam
Lisa Harp’s Christ Cam
Marcus Dillon’s Christ Cam
Matt Lewis’ Christ Cam
As you can see, this trip was truly life-changing for all who were involved. If you have questions about the trip, please ask one of team members. If you are interested in going on a short-term mission trip of your own, contact Nolan Donald or Bill Hogan for information about future trips.
A couple of years ago, WordServe Church had the vision that the best way to begin the new year would be to join forces with another local church to celebrate the work God was doing in the community, to encourage one another, and to establish unity as bodies of believers. So, on the first Sunday of 2013, we began what we hoped would be a tradition of worshiping with the Greater Zachery Baptist Church from Fulshear, TX. The service was a beautiful time of fellowship and worship–the music was so rocking that we even blew a breaker and momentarily lost power!
Due to scheduling issues, we were unable to celebrate together on the first Sunday of 2014, but we again joined services on Sunday, July 6 at Shafer Elementary.
Reverend Jackie Gilmore, pastor of Greater Zachery Baptist Church, shared a message from Philippians about joy that was powerfully uplifting. His son and worship leader at Greater Zachery, Torrey Gilmore, joined the WordServe Praise Team by playing keyboard and adding his beautiful voice to the mix. The Greater Zachery choir even made an appearance and blessed us all through song. The service was such a success that WordServe and Greater Zachery are exploring options for coming together again soon. Our time together was also a powerful reminder that while we all have different backgrounds, different traditions, and different styles of worship, we are all children of God and that He is so pleased when his children worship together in unity.
This week, WordServe took another step toward the milestone of purchasing land in the greater Fulshear area that will one day be home to a permanent facility for use in guiding people to grow as joyful servants of Jesus.
WordServe received a check from a widow in Mississippi! This sweet lady (who several years back signed up for our enews) writes:
Dear Nolan & church members,
Good luck and may God bless you as you strive to find land & build a new facility. Your vision sounds wonderful! I hope to send you a gift often.
Forwarding God’s purpose from Mississippi*
When God says that he’ll provide the resources he desires for what he wants to do, he means it! Who knows what all he has in store as we press in to his desire to transform communities one relationship at a time through WordServe!
*Identity withheld for privacy reasons.