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This is the weekly update about what is happening with the Antioch Movement.
The Antioch Movement
Happy new year! I trust that your Christmas season was remarkable. I know that ours was. With Christmas and New Year falling on a Sunday it felt different than usual. Our family really enjoyed the break in the routine and having some time to be with one another. My highlight was traveling to Baltimore, MD with the kids to spend a couple of days with my brother and his family. 

Since I last wrote there have been so many things happening! So much so that I've felt quite under the pile as we entered into a busy Christmas season. In the middle of December a family in our neighborhood lost their home to a fire. It was a scary night but Antioch rallied the neighborhood to help the family. I was deeply touched by a Facebook post from a neighbor who shared one of our requests. She said, "This is our neighborhood's pastor..." I wept. Those five words most clearly describe what we've been trying to build with Antioch. A church in the neighborhood. A church that is so tied to the neighborhoods that even people who aren't a part of it sense a connection to us. 

For Thanksgiving and Christmas we served three families by providing meals for their holiday celebrations. It was so much fun to see our congregation provide so generously. We also did our second annual "Christmas for Cops." This is where we drop of food on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to our local police station so that the men and women who protect us and are separated from their families can have a bit of Christmas cheer. 

Christmas Eve we celebrated our first Christmas Eve service as a congregation. We did it in partnership with St. Matthews United Methodist Church. This is the church that we have our Worship Community at on the first and third Sundays of the month. It was an amazingly powerful time of worship with the two congregations coming together for prayer, readings, preaching, and communion. 

As we look to the New Year we are anticipating great things from God! We are hoping to launch a third Missional Community in a third neighborhood and we are preparing to launch new discipleship huddles. God continues to be at work and doing great things!

Please pray for me. I hurt my back New Years Eve and it is healing slowly. It's been very frustrating to have to slow down and not do many of the things that I want to be doing. Pray for Doubt on Tap as we start up tomorrow night after being off for the holidays. Ask God to continue to bring new people and open rich conversations. Pray for the family who lost their home in the fire. It will be months before things return to normal for them. Pray for the Antioch Movement that we would multiply our lives in those around us and that God would expand his kingdom through our faithful presence. 

Doubt On Tap

Doubt on Tap - Depot Town: Tuesdays at 8 pm at the Woodstone Grill
Doubt on Tap - Downtown: One Wednesday a month at 8 pm at the Ypsi Ale House
Doubt on Tap - Brighton: Thursdays at 8 pm at the Brewery Becker
Doubt on Tap - Jackson: Thursdays at 8 pm


Join us!

You can get all the information at http://facebook.com/doubtontap

Writing

Pastor Dan writes regularly at The Rev. You can also follow along with his random thoughts on Facebook.

Prayer Requests

Please pray for God to bring revival to Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County and beyond. 

Please pray for God to make us into a multiplying movement by making disciples.

Please pray for God to draw those far from him to himself. 
 
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