The JCBC Staff Blog

Remember the last time JCBC took over Coolray Field?  Well…it’s time to do it again!  Welcome to the 2017 edition of JCBC Night at Gwinnett Braves! Come and join us for a night of fellowship and fun-filled festivities on Monday, June 19! Bring your family, grab a hot dog, sit back and watch some great baseball as the Gwinnett Braves take on the Charlotte Knights! First pitch is at 7:05 PM at Coolray Field – Home of the Gwinnett Braves. (2500 Buford Dr NE, Lawrenceville, GA 30043). How much is it, you ask? Only $5.00 a ticket! What does your 5 bucks get you? ...

Some say that a picture is worth a thousand words.  I believe that to be an understatement. When you simply glance at any one of the Mother’s Day pictures taken at JCBC so many of you have stuffed in your bibles or carefully placed in photo albums, floods of words, thoughts, emotions and memories emerge.  A thousand just won’t do it. To be sure, we will again offer the time honored tradition of Mother’s Day pictures this coming Sunday.  Immediately following worship, our photographers will be on hand in two venues.  For the more traditional approach, gather your family in the courtyard...

As you read this blog, we find ourselves 95 days away from the launch of JCBC’s first ever multi-venue worship experience.  Even now, construction has begun in our Family Life Center to make ready that sacred space for worship (once again). August 6th is coming, and hearts are high with hope! We have made remarkable strides in the last two years as a congregation in discerning the call of God upon us. Together, we have glimpsed the bright future God has prepared, and with courage we have mobilized our faith to take a new and next step together. With 95 days remaining to...

In last week’s blog, I shared a detailed update on the progress being made on a number of fronts as we prepare for the launch of our multi-venue worship experience in August. One of those fronts is the development of a long-range comprehensive marketing strategy for JCBC. As you read this blog, a number of us are engaged in an all-day strategy session to initiate that process. Today, representatives from our Marketing Focus Group, our Pastor’s Council, and our Pastoral Staff are hosting a company called “The A Group” (a.k.a. TAG). TAG is an organization specializing in church marketing strategies. TAG is...

The unmistakable reality is this. God is up to something in us and around us at JCBC! Now, with less than 4 months to the launch of our first ever multi-venue worship experience, I want to update our JCBC family on the exciting progress being made on several fronts. Faith2Next Pledges I trust that you know by now that our goal of $3.2 million in pledges has been reached and surpassed in the most exciting way. At the time of this writing, the total amount pledged is now $3,453,596.00. Take a long hard look at that number. That’s $46,404 shy of $3.5 million in commitments. Put another...

This past Sunday, we celebrated Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem that marked the beginning of the week of His Passion….Holy Week.  Luke tells the story this way: When He came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:  “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”; “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”  He answered, “I...

The point and purpose of Lent, is movement. Lent, as a journey, is a reminder that we are headed somewhere. This season of contemplation and confession, reflection and repentance only matters when we understand that we are in motion, moving redemptively toward the resurrection and renewal of Easter. That is why I want to make sure you, and your family, make plans to attend each of these 6 unique events and services planned during Holy Week. Palm Sunday Celebration On Sunday, April 9th during the 11:00 worship service, our children will call us to worship with our traditional Parade of Palms. In this service, pay...

Missional Saturday is our annual day of deployment to various sites of service. This year over 260 JCBC members participated in serving Meals by Grace, Georgia Developmental Ministries and 7Bridges. Atlanta’s homeless were fed, a home for adults with special needs was improved upon, lunch for three days was packaged for over 300 needy children in Forsyth Country and the first steps were taken on the new farm for Meals by Grace during our day of serving others. If you are interested in becoming a part of any of our missional ministries, just let us know. Below are opportunities for service...

Each summer we have the unique opportunity to minister to the children in our church and community through Vacation Bible School. This year, on June 4 - 7, hundreds of children will come through the doors of our church, hungry to learn about Jesus. For many children, this may be the first time they have heard of the love of God. For some, it will change their course forever and prompt the most important decision of their lives of asking Christ into their hearts. We are shaping the future of our next generation through VBS. What an awesome responsibility we...

Dear JCBC Family, What an exciting week we have had at JCBC! Both of our Faith2Next Church-wide dinners were extremely well attended and well received by our congregation. I am so very grateful to the many volunteers it took to host such a classy event. If you were not able to attend the dinners, you may have missed our newest promotional video for Faith2Next. It features many of our members and demonstrates the growing enthusiasm for this incredible opportunity God has placed before us. I want to urge you to take the time to watch the video in its entirety. When I think about...