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His name was Brad. 

I was a junior in high school and we had just moved to Lansing, Michigan from Tampa, Florida and Brad took me under his wing. For two years, Brad came to my football games, invited me out for milkshakes, and even gave me an internship. 

He was the youth minister at my church, so you could argue he was just doing his job, but it felt like more than that. He took extra time to help me through the drama of my high school relationships and to gently coach me on my often-reckless behavior. Most of all he gave me opportunity to lead. He took the risk to let me be responsible for what seemed liked serious projects when I was completely unproven. 

I am guessing that many of us have someone like that in our lives. Maybe it was a coach or teacher who took the time to believe in us. At a workshop two years ago some of us learned that these are call I–C–N–U conversations. It is when someone takes the time to encourage the potential they see in us to do great things. 

Around Christ’s Church we talk a lot about taking next steps, I think a key ingredient to taking these steps is to have someone help us believe that we are capable of next steps. We need people who really believe that we can improve.  

These kind of relationships don’t just happen. They take time and intentionality. I believe the best environment we have for these relationships to grow is in our Community Groups. These are small groups of people that meet regularly for the sole purpose of trying to help each other grow. 

Are you in a group? If you would like to sign-up or just want more info go to our website by clicking here

Much Love,

Jonathan Hentrich
Lead Pastor // Christ's Church Albany
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Fresh Start!
Joining a new group can be tough, especially joining a faith community. Join us this week as we learn from the story of Saul and his issues with be accepted by Christians.

We begin at 10:30 am with the Café and CCKids ready to go and some time to connect (or reconnect) with people before the service begins. We'd love to see you!

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Next Sunday!
Next Sunday we will wrap-up our Fresh Start series as well as have our 5th Sunday Potluck! This is a great Sunday to invite friends.

This time we're going to be featuring soups - which will be champion? Come, bring a friend, and cheer your favorites on!

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Christ’s Church Albany will be sending a team to serve in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala from June 24 to July 1, 2017.  We would love for you to join us!  Team members are asked to commit by the first team planning meeting on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  For additional details, please contact Ashley at
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