September 9, 2018

Fake News

Father,  

When I put a few quarters in the vending machine, I expect my prize to fall immediately into the bin so I can grab it. I confess and agree with you -- sometimes I’ve treated you like a vending machine. I have talked to you, done things for you, or done things for others expecting you to drop a reward into my hands. Worse, I’ve measured your love for me by how much of what I want you give to me. And even worse, I’ve believed the lie that you don’t love me when things don’t go the way I want and when your answer to me isn’t, “Yes.” I have also judged others by looking at their difficulties and concluding that their challenges are the result of problems in their relationship with you or a lack of faith in their heart.

God, I’m so sorry I’ve hurt and offended you. These things I’ve done grieve my heart, so I turn from them and ask you to help me stay far from these temptations. Help me instead to treat you like my loving parent, like my hero, and like my best friend.

Help me to accept your “yes” humbly, your “maybe” peacefully, and your “no” trustingly.

I want to know that your love for me is the same when your provision of earthly things is plentiful and when it’s meager. I want to rest, knowing your love is deep, constant, and true, no matter whether I’m getting what I want or not. Please help me to recognize the truth when it comes to my ears and help me discern untruth and filter it out before it takes root in my heart. I love you. Thank you for your loving “yes” and your loving “no” when I ask for things -- you know best, and I trust you. In your son’s name I pray, amen.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
— Isaiah 55: 8-9, NIV

The Week of September 2nd 2018

Testimony Sunday

... God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him....  Galatians 1:15-16, NIV

Father, 

Thank you that you have a purpose for me! Not only that, but you planned out my path and you planned every good thing for me to do before I was even conceived. You saw the best in me from the beginning. And you see the best in me now. Even though the enemy has worked to damage, imprison, and even destroy me, you have worked to rescue, redeem, and restore me. You repair my heart. You release me from my chains. You raise me as your own. The world tells me I'm ugly, but you see my beauty. The world tells me I'm worthless, but you treasure me. The world tells me I'm filthy with shame, but you wash me clean. The world tells me I'm powerless, but you see my ability and possibility. Please help me take the words of the world and the thoughts of the enemy captive so that my mind will be clean, sound, and dedicated to you. Help me to know, to believe, and to live in the truth. 

How do you see me, God?

Help me see myself the way you see me. Help me know the way you love me. And then help me see others and love others as you do.  In Jesus' name, amen.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1, NIV

 

The Week of March

Take a moment to read James 3:1-12

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Father, in every area of my life and in every circumstance where I teach, counsel, or guide others, help me to be humble and teachable because I know more is expected of the teacher than the student. I’m learning that my tongue -- the words I speak and the tone in which I speak them -- is the thermometer that reveals the health of my heart. I can’t control my tongue consistently or completely, Lord, but I need to grow and improve because it’s such a powerful part of me. Help me to be aware, be slow to speak, and be intentional about speaking words of life and love.Help me to say to others the things I long to hear. I want to speak on your behalf, not my own. I want my words to be sweet water, not serpent venom. I confess and agree with you that I have used my tongue to curse others and to break people down. Those people bear your image, so I have used my tongue to curse and offend you. I turn from that choice now and ask you to lead me and help me walk in a new direction. I know that what’s in my heart overflows out of my mouth, so in order for my mouth to be a fountain of fresh, living water, I need you to work deeply in my heart and make it a place full of your love. I can’t do this without you. Please create a clean heart in me so that my words give you joy and bring life to those around me.

Amen

 

The Week of March 12th 2018

From Sunday's sermon, "Faith in your heart, is evident through the fruit of your works."

Meditate on this prayer, then listen to Sunday's sermon below...

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"Father, I claim to have faith! Would you please show me one way that my faith has become real and can be seen in something I have done? Thank you for helping me to do that, and thank you for sharing that evidence of my living faith. And now, would you please show me a way I can feed and clothe, encourage and sustain you… by feeding and clothing, encouraging and sustaining those around me? Grow my living faith, please God, by helping me to act and work in love." 

Would you be willing to write down what God shows you about how you are already acting out the faith that is in you? And then write down anything he shows you about what new thing you can do? Does this dovetail at all with what he showed you last week about favoritism, judgment, and mercy?

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thewellchurchkeller1/episodes/2018-03-13T09_23_26-07_00

 

The Week of March 5th 2018

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Yesterday, Pastor Trey continued our sermon series "Faith/Works" from the book of James, on Favoritism. Please take a moment to read James 2:1-12, and reflect on this prayer.

Father, it isn’t a question of whether I show favoritism or whether I judge people by their appearance; it’s a question of which groups I do this to. Please open my eyes to it! Please give me the courage to face the truth. Reveal to me the reason which lies inside of me that I favor one group and judge another. Please heal the wound, dispel the fear, and dig up the root of pride so that my judgment and favoritism are starved and die out. Open my eyes to the truth about the people around me -- their value, their hopes and desires, their struggles. Help me to see their lives as precious, just as you do. Help me to engage with those different from me so I can get a new perspective. Please open my ears to the words, attitude, and tone voice I use which reveal my favoritism and judgment of others. You loved me, God, and you didn’t judge me by my physical appearance. Thank you! Help me be more like you. Please show me one way I can genuinely love without favoritism in my home, at work, in traffic, or at the store. I confess -- I agree with you -- that I’m a lawbreaker. I have shown favoritism and have judged those around me. I hand you that sin and I’ll watch to see what you do with it. Thank you for forgiving me and helping me to turn away from this into freedom! Please show me my “neighbor” who needs my love and acceptance today. And please fill my heart with your love, not my finicky, emotion-based, wimpy human love, but rather your real, deep, eternal-minded, action love. Please show me one thing I can do to love that person. God, I need your mercy now, and when I stand before you when my life is done, I’ll want and need it even more. Help me to show your kind of crazy, extravagant mercy to those around me. Let mercy triumph over judgment in my heart! I desperately want to be merciful to my family, my coworkers, my neighbors, and myself. God, help me to hold on to your glory so that I’m not dazzled or disgusted by the people around me. Help me keep my eyes and the eyes of my heart on you and on those you love.

 

May you Love your neighbor as yourself this week because Faith Loves.

Ash Wednesday/ Lent and Easter at The Well

Alice and I recently spent our entire weekend doing a deep cleaning of our home. This intense spring-cleaning included, reorganizing all of our drawers, closets and cabinets while also re-organizing our garage and shed. As you can imagine, this was a grueling ordeal. However, because of the busyness of our lives, we knew that there were some things that needed to be reorganized in our home. That’s kind of what Lent is, it’s a spring-cleaning… but for the soul.  It’s a season of the Christian year, where we focus on getting our souls in order.

What is Lent?  The word Lent, comes from the old English wordLenten which means Spring. It is the forty days before Easter where we prepare our hearts and souls for the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It is a time of prayer, reflection and fasting.

When does Lent begin/end? Lent begins, this year on Wednesday, March 1st (Ash Wednesday) and concludes on Sunday, April 13th (Easter).

Why do we observe Lent? You will notice that the word Lent is not in the bible, nor is there a biblical command that we must participate in Lent. Therefore, it would be easy to conclude that we don’t have to participate in Lent. That would be correct! However, here are a few reasons why The Well Church Keller chooses to observe Lent…

  1. Lent POINTS us back to Jesus.

  2. Lent reminds us of our desperate need for a Jesus.

  3. Lent is a time of fasting. We fast in order to put our stomach where our souls should be.

  4. Lent invites us to reflect on our sinful nature, and our need for forgiveness.

How can we observe Lent? There are many different ways to observe Lent..

  1. Read Lent Books/ Devotionals

  2. Listen to Lenten Music

  3. Fasting and Prayer.

What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras, usually begins with a service where we recognize our mortality, repent of our sins, and return to our loving God. We recognize life as a precious gift from God, and re-turn our lives towards Jesus Christ. We may make resolutions and commit to change our lives over the next forty days so that we might be more like Christ. In an Ash Wednesday service, usually a minister or priest marks the sign of the cross on a person's forehead with ashes.

Why Ashes? In Jewish and Christian history, ashes are a sign of mortality and repentance. Mortality, because when we die, our bodies eventually decompose and we become dust/dirt/ash/whatever. Repentance, because long ago, when people felt remorse for something they did, they would put ashes on their head and wear "sackcloth" (scratchy clothing) to remind them that sin is pretty uncomfortable and leads to a sort of death of the spirit. This was their way of confessing their sins and asking for forgiveness.

Why should I fast? At Jesus' baptism the sky split open, the Spirit of God, which looked like a dove, descended and landed on Jesus, and a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, My Beloved, with whom I am pleased." Afterward, as told in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was sent into the wilderness by the Spirit. Where he fasted and prayed for 40 days. During his time there he was tempted by Satan and found clarity and strength to resist temptation. Afterwards, he was ready to begin his ministry. 

Also, please consider joining us for our Ash Wednesday service, on Wednesday, March 1st, 7:00pm at Christ’s Haven Gymnasium. 

Blessings to you and yours this Season,

Pastor Trey

Speech on the Steps (2017)

Dr King has played a significant role in my life ever since I can remember. In fact, I recall first being introduced to the teachings of Martin in my Elementary school History class. As a result of hearing his message of unity, peace and justice, I decided that Dr. King would be the topic of my 4th grade history project.

 Join us Monday, January 16th from 7:00-8:00PM on the steps of the Keller Town Hall (1100 Bear Creek Pkwy. Keller, TX) for "Speech on the steps" where we will gather to watch the 17 minute "I have a dream" speech and to pray for unity and peace for the city of Keller and surrounding cities, our country and our world. FREE HOT CHOCOLATE!

Learn more about events that we will be hosting in 2017 that promote unity HERE!

Advent 2016

Have you gone into Target or Walmart recently? If Yes, then you know that the Christmas Decorations are out and up everywhere you look. Radio stations are even beginning to transition over to Christmas songs. Whether it feels "too soon" to you or not, the season of Advent is among us. This Sunday, November 27th is the official first day of Advent. 

Since we are a church of people from many different backgrounds, some of you may be unfamiliar with Advent and what it represents. We'd love to share with you the wonderful background and ways to observe Advent to help bring clarity to the questions you might have. Throughout our Advent sermon series, (Which will begin Dec 4th) we hope you have a meaningful Christ-centered season as our hearts prepare Him room.

What is Advent? The word Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus, which means “coming.” Advent is approximately four weeks long, and is best defined as a season of preparing for the celebration of God taking on flesh and “coming” to dwell among us. Also, during this time we look forward to the second coming of Jesus as we celebrate His first coming: Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. It is a time of repentance and abstinence.

Why do we observe Advent? You will notice that the word Advent is not in the bible, nor is there a biblical command that we must participate in Advent. Therefore, it would be easy to conclude that we don’t have to participate in Advent. That would be correct! However, here are a few reasons why The Well Church Keller choses to observe Advent….

1.     Advent POINTS us back to Jesus during a time when everything else is POINTING us away from Jesus.

2.     Advent reminds us of our desperate need of a savior.

3.     Advent is a time of waiting on Jesus. Waiting is a characteristic that our society doesn’t teach us, however it is a trait that we must possess as Christians.

4.     Advent invites us to reflect on Christ’s Incarnation.

5.     Advent is an intentional time this season to read, reflect and meditate on scriptures that remind us of the first and second coming of Jesus.

How can we observe Advent? There are many different ways to observe Advent.

1.     Advent wreaths.

2.     Follow an Advent Calendar. 

3.     Read Advent books/devotionals.

4.     Listen to Advent music.

5.     Fasting and praying.

What’s up with the candles at church? As you probably noticed this Sunday, there was a wreath with 4 purple candles encircling it, and a centered white candle. This is traditionally referred to as an Advent wreath. The four candles represent Hope, Peace, Love and Joy and are lit each subsequent week within Advent. The white candle in the center, which represents Christ, is lit on Christmas day Sunday, December 25th.

Join us at The Well Church Keller, in a season of Waiting, Expectancy, Anticipation, Soul Searching, Fasting, Praying, Preparing and Centering our hearts and minds on the “Adventus” of Jesus. 

Blessings to you and yours this Season,

Pastor Trey

Wellhouse Youth Launch

As many of you know, youth ministry has a very special place in my heart. Before I became a Lead Pastor, I worked in youth ministry for 7+ years. Not to mention, it was as a youth at my childhood church that I fell in love with ministry and it was where God began to plant in my heart, a desire for a life of ministry. One thing I learned in my years in youth ministry, is that youth desperately NEED to not only hear truth from their parents, but from other adults who love Jesus, and love students.

With that being said, we are so excited to launch our WellHouse Youth ministry THIS WEEK. We will be having a Meet N' Greet THIS WEDNESDAY6:30-7:30pm at Bosses Pizza in Keller (201 N. Main Street. Keller, TX. 76248). If your son/ daughter is currently in Middle School (6th-8th grade) or High School (9th-12th grade) we would love for them to join us for this exciting event. We have a team of middle school leaders and high school leaders eager to pour into your youth. 

If you have additional questions about Wellhouse Youth, feel free to contact us at info@thewellchurchkeller.org.

What is Palm Sunday?

What is Palm Sunday? Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent and leads us into Holy Week. This day commemorates Jesus' arrival into Jerusalem, days before he was crucified where believers met him and laid palm branches in his path as a symbol of welcome, victory, and peace, showing great respect. The bible tells us Christ arrived in Jerusalem upon a donkey (Matthew 21:5). This is important as we recognize this sign of humility, instead of arriving on a steed such as those in war. Christ's example of humility was that he "7 emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross," see Philippians 2:5-11.
Easter Sunday, the end of Holy Week, we celebrate the first Easter when Christ rose from the dead and paid the debt for the sins of the world; for yours and for mine. Would you join us March 27th as we celebrate together at The Well Church Keller? Join us this Easter Sunday. Brunch immediately to follow. Christ's Haven 4200 Keller-Haslet Road, Keller, TX 76244.

"So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” John 12:13 ESV

Lent 2016

Alice and I recently spent our entire weekend doing a deep cleaning of our home. This intense spring-cleaning included, reorganizing all of our drawers, closets and cabinets while also re-organizing our garage and shed. As you can imagine, this was a grueling ordeal. However, because of the busyness of our lives, we knew that there were some things that needed to be reorganized in our home. That’s kind of what Lent is, it’s a spring-cleaning… but for the soul.  It’s a season of the Christian year, where we focus on getting our souls in order.

What is Lent?  The word Lent, comes from the old English word Lenten which means Spring. It is the forty days before Easter where we prepare our hearts and souls for the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It is a time of prayer, reflection and fasting.

When does Lent begin/end? Lent begins, this year on Wednesday, February 10th (Ash Wednesday) and concludes on Sunday, March 27th (Easter).

Why do we observe Lent? You will notice that the word Lent is not in the bible, nor is there a biblical command that we must participate in Lent. Therefore, it would be easy to conclude that we don’t have to participate in Lent. That would be correct! However, here are a few reasons why The Well Church Keller chooses to observe Lent…

  1. Lent POINTS us back to Jesus.

  2. Lent reminds us of our desperate need for a Jesus.

  3. Lent is a time of fasting. We fast in order to put our stomach where our souls should be.

  4. Lent invites us to reflect on our sinful nature, and our need for forgiveness.

How can we observe Lent? There are many different ways to observe Lent..

  1. Read Lent Books/ Devotionals

  2. Listen to Lenten Music

  3. Fasting and Prayer.

What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras, usually begins with a service where we recognize our mortality, repent of our sins, and return to our loving God. We recognize life as a precious gift from God, and re-turn our lives towards Jesus Christ. We may make resolutions and commit to change our lives over the next forty days so that we might be more like Christ. In an Ash Wednesday service, usually a minister or priest marks the sign of the cross on a person's forehead with ashes.

 

Why Ashes? In Jewish and Christian history, ashes are a sign of mortality and repentance. Mortality, because when we die, our bodies eventually decompose and we become dust/dirt/ash/whatever. Repentance, because long ago, when people felt remorse for something they did, they would put ashes on their head and wear "sackcloth" (scratchy clothing) to remind them that sin is pretty uncomfortable and leads to a sort of death of the spirit. This was their way of confessing their sins and asking for forgiveness.

 

Why should I fast? At Jesus' baptism the sky split open, the Spirit of God, which looked like a dove, descended and landed on Jesus, and a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, My Beloved, with whom I am pleased." Afterward, as told in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was sent into the wilderness by the Spirit. Where he fasted and prayed for 40 days. During his time there he was tempted by Satan and found clarity and strength to resist temptation. Afterwards, he was ready to begin his ministry. As a church we are participating in a 40-day fast. For more information on fast, click here.

 

Also, please consider joining us for our Ash Wednesday service, on Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00pm at Christ’s Haven Gymnasium. For more information on Ash Wednesday service, click here.

 

Blessings to you and yours this Season,

 

Pastor Trey


 

Speech on the steps (Part 2)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Speech on the Steps

Pictures and blog post by Matt Larseingue

It’s the third Monday in January. Your kids are probably out of school, you might have gotten the day off from work – you definitely aren’t getting any mail. For many of us, a quick glance at the calendar is required to remember that this holiday is Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day.

Holidays are funny in that way. They expose our natural tendency to get wrapped up in the here and now, in the little things that impact our own personal fiefdoms. We tend to focus on the secondary aspects of the occasion rather than taking the time to reflect on the genesis of the holiday.

Christmas is the classic example. There are family visits to facilitate, meals to prepare, activities to plan, gifts to buy and finances to worry over. We lose sight of the “reason for the season.” In my experience, the church has done an admirable job of combating this phenomenon. We are constantly reminded that Christmas is not about lavish, worldly gifts or being the world’s greatest host or hostess, but rather is a time to reflect on God the father sending God the son into the world as the ultimate gift to humanity.

Our need to be reminded of the importance of a holiday isn’t something to be ashamed of, but it should be recognized. We all know the old saying – admitting you have a problem is the first step. We are sinful. We are self-absorbed. But, we have a God-given capacity to be thoughtful, to be reverent, to appreciate the accomplishments of those who came before us.

This is not to say that the life of MLK should be held as equal to that of Jesus. No man has, or ever will, hold a candle to the perfect man. But MLK Day is momentous in its own right. It is a day set aside in remembrance of the many men and women who pushed the world to uphold the principle that all men are equal under God. With Dr. King as their leader, they fought fire with peace, violence with intellect, discrimination with integration.

The non-violent resistance practiced by Dr. King and other civil rights activists serves as one of the strongest examples in the modern era of a Christ-inspired movement ushering in monumental change against great odds. While reflecting on this can remind us of how far we’ve come, it also illuminates how far we’ve left to go.

If you’ve any doubt that there is still work to be done, consider that MLK Day was first proposed shortly after Dr. King’s assassination in 1968 but would not be signed into law until 1983 and was not observed until 1986. Even then, the holiday was not officially observed in all 50 states until 2000. That is sobering.

But, rather than lament the distance we’ve left to go, God calls on us to stand up and surge forward. Let the accomplishments of Dr. King as well as the strides made by those who came before and after him inspire us to do better. Don’t let MLK Day pass by as just another day off. Hold it up as an example of what we can accomplish when we strive to live like Jesus lived – surrounded by and accepting of men and women of varying ethnicities, beliefs, and walks of life. The Well Church at Keller is striving to do just that.

On Monday, January 18, 2016 – MLK Day – the Well Church and the City of Keller collaborated to hold a public viewing of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The Well Church, citizens of Keller and surrounding cities, and Keller City leadership (including the mayor and the chief of police) came together on this near-freezing night to socialize, to celebrate, and to talk about the work that remains to be done.

Pastor Trey Grant challenged those in attendance to consider what their tables look like. Do the people you surround yourself with look the same as you? Do they vote they same as you? Do they believe the same as you? Change is not inevitable. Justice does not prevail without the God-inspired efforts of men to drive it forward. It was Dr. King who said in his Letter from Birmingham Jail:

Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”

Progress is, more often than not, made one small step at a time. Odds are that you cannot walk out of your front door tomorrow and set right all that is wrong with the world, but you can begin. For many of us, a good first step is to consider what our table looks like. Is it diverse? Is it challenging? Is it open?

You don’t have to sell off all of your earthly possessions and move to a third world country in order have an impact or, perhaps more importantly, be impacted. You can make a difference by letting others in. Better yet, don’t just let them in – seek them out and bring them to your table.

Speech at the Steps

Dr King has played a significant role in my life ever since I can remember. In fact, I recall first being introduced to the teachings of Martin in my Elementary school History class. As a result of hearing his message of unity, peace and justice, I decided that Dr. King would be the topic of my 4th grade history project. (below is my actual 4th grade History class video...pretty funny)

When I heard that there was not a MLK event planned for the city of Keller, I immediately called the mayor to pitch the idea of hosting one. Join us Monday, January 18th on the steps of the Keller Town Hall (1100 Bear Creek Pkwy. Keller, TX) for "Speech on the steps" where we will gather to watch the 17 minute "I have a dream" speech and to pray for unity and peace for the city of Keller and surrounding cities, our country and our world. FREE HOT CHOCOLATE!

 

Advent 2015

We launched our first Advent series Sunday November 29th at The Well Church Keller. Since we are a church of people from many different backgrounds, some of you may be unfamiliar with Advent and what it represents. We'd love to share with you, the wonderful background and ways to celebrate Advent to help bring clarity to the questions you might have. Throughout our Advent series, we hope you have a meaningful Christ-centered season as our hearts prepare Him room.

 

What is Advent? The word Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus, which means “coming.” Advent is approximately four weeks long, and is best defined as a season of preparing for the celebration of God taking on flesh and “coming” to dwell among us. Also, during this time we look forward to the second coming of Jesus as we celebrate His first coming: Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. It is a time of repentance and abstinence.

 

Why do we observe Advent? You will notice that the word Advent is not in the bible, nor is there a biblical command that we must participate in Advent. Therefore, it would be easy to conclude that we don’t have to participate in Advent. That would be correct! However, here are a few reasons why The Well Church Keller choses to observe Advent….

1.     Advent POINTS us back to Jesus during a time when everything else is POINTING us away from Jesus.

2.     Advent reminds us of our desperate need of a savior.

3.     Advent is a time of waiting on Jesus. Waiting is a characteristic that our society doesn’t teach us, however it is a trait that we must possess as Christians.

4.     Advent invites us to reflect on Christ’s Incarnation.

5.     Advent is an intentional time this season to read, reflect and meditate on scriptures that remind us of the first and second coming of Jesus.

 

How can we observe Advent? There are many different ways to observe Advent.

1.     Advent wreaths.

2.     Follow an Advent Calendar. (See example below)

3.     Read Advent books/devotionals.

4.     Listen to Advent music.

5.     Fasting and praying.

 

What’s up with the candles at church? As you probably noticed this Sunday, there was a wreath with 4 purple candles encircling it, and a centered white candle. This is traditionally referred to as an Advent wreath. The four candles represent Hope, Peace, Love and Joy and are lit each subsequent week within Advent. The white candle in the center, which represents Christ, is lit on Christmas day (or in our case Sunday, December 27th).

 

Join us at The Well Church Keller, in a season of Waiting, Expectancy, Anticipation, Soul Searching, Fasting, Praying, Preparing and Centering our hearts and minds on the “Adventus” of Jesus. 

Blessings to you and yours this Season,

Pastor Trey

Your Monthly Update (May 17th)

We had a phenomenal Launch Team Meeting yesterday. For those of you who were unable to attend, please join us for our June 14th Launch Team Meeting at The Keller Library.

We began the meeting (as always) with a time of prayer, repentance and communion. Then our pastor spent some time reminding us that we are simply 130 days away from our Launch. Time is flying away...

We then had a time of connection where Bob Robinson led us in an ice breaker game. Then, Darryl Claiborne gave us our financial update. (Click here for a copy of the packet). Darryl also shared the fundraising campaign called, "Make a Ripple!" This campaign is to help The Well, remain in a healthy financial position. We will be having two monthly fundraising meet and greets, where our pastor and family will meet with families/ friends to share the mission/vision of The Well, and then ask them to consider partnering with The Well through prayer and or financial giving.  

 

Following the financial update, Jon Berestecky shared with us our June service opportunity in which we will be helping to meet the needs of some of God's Children in Keller. This event is on Saturday, June 6th from 9-11am (More details to come). After this presentation, Drew Sher shared about the prayer team and how our prayer team will be receiving prayer requests from the team and from our community and someone from the prayer team will be lifting these prayers up on a daily basis.

Following Drew, we broke out into our Launch Teams to continue the process of preparing for the launch of The Well Church Of Keller. remember, its never too late to join the team:) Hope to see you next month! 

A Letter to family and Friends

Dear Family and Friends,

The last three years have been very exciting for Alice and I. Alice gave birth to our three-year-old son, Mason Knox Grant in November of 2011, and in November of 2014 she gave birth to our second child, Hannah Elizabeth Grant. Having two children has been the most beautiful blessing we could ever ask for. As if, parenting two children is not enough, about two years ago God began to put a passion to plant a church in Keller, TX on our hearts.

Keller, TX was voted one of the top five cities to raise a family in America. Keller has grown by 50% over the last 10 years and is estimated to continue to skyrocket over the next 10 years. After much prayer and planning (and with the support of our home church Irving Bible Church), we will be launching a Christ-Centered, Disciple Making, Multi-Ethnic Church in Keller, TX this September; which you are invited to attend. God has been so faithful to us during this entire process; blessed us with people, prayers, resources and even finances to help plant this church. However, church planting is a very expensive process.

Alice and I are asking you to consider making a tax deductible donation to The Well Church of Keller in order to help us purchase some of the equipment we will need in order to launch in September. Please consider sending a check to The Well Church Of Keller. P.O BOX 3034, Grapevine, TX. 76099-3034. You can also give online at http://www.thewellchurchkeller.org/give-1/

The following is a list of items that we will be purchasing soon as a church. Please consider helping us purchase these items. 

Bar Tables (7)$420.00

Parking Cones (15)$135.00

Parking Vests (6)$30.00

2-Way Radio (6)$90.00 DONATED

Sidewalk Sign (5)$510.00

Yard Signs (20)$80.26

Banner Stands (4)$316.00

Ipad Air (2)$1,000.00

Name tag printer (2)$200.00

lanyards/ tags$450.00

Drum shield$300.00

Drums$700.00

Keyboard$700.00

Speakers$6,000.00

Monitor System$1,500.00

Travel Cases$1,200.00

Cables/ Connections$1,000.00

Video Camera$900.00

TV Screens (2)/ stand$1,200.00

Trailer$500.00

Tables for Kids (2)$250.00

Chairs for Kids (10)$250.00

Play Panels (8)$845.00

Truck Wrap$1,700.00

Flag Banners$614.00

On Screen Advertisement$2,800.00

First Time Welcome Packets$500.00

Connection Cards$400.00

Offering Baskets (10)$70.00

Communion Tables (4)$100.00 DONATED

Name Tags (1000)$50.00

Pack N Play (2)$250.00 DONATED

Rug for Kids Min$200.00

High Chair (2)$80.00

Swing for Kids (2)$120.00

Exersaucer (2)$80.00

Chairs (50)$500.00

Trailer$3,000.00

Apple Macbook Pro $2,000.00 DONATED

Trip to Little Rock (Leadership Team) April 25th-26th.

Wow...all we see can say is WOW! We had an amazing time in Little Rock, AR. About half of our Leadership Team journeyed together to Little Rock, Arkansas to meet and observe a Christ Centered, Disciple-Making, Multi-Ethnic, Socio-Economically Diverse Church called, Mosaic Church. Our pastor is being mentored by the Pastor/ Founder of Mosaic Church, Dr. Mark DeYmaz the author of "Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church" and "Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity into your local church."

 

We had the opportunity to set down with the Elders and Pastors on staff at Mosaic Church on Saturday night to answer any leadership level questions we had. We were able to connect our children's director with their children's director, finance team with their, etc. We also had a chance to eat some delicious Arkansas BBQ:) Sunday morning we had another meeting with Mark DeYmaz and the worship pastor to discuss worship service. We were reminded of the importance of celebrating our differences in culture instead of running away from them. Many times churches expect people to "assimilate" into the way they do things, instead of being more "accommodative." After this meeting, we went into the worship services and had the opportunity to observe and participate in the Mosaic Church service. At the end of the message Pastor DeYmaz called us up and the church prayed for The Well Church Keller. We also had a chance to tour the facilities and we also toured the new facility across the street that they will be moving into soon. 

Our pastor also had the privilege of attending the Kainos Conference in Memphis, TN earlier that week. This conference was for church planters, pastors and churches that are, or desire to be multi-ethnic. This conference is led by Bryan Lorritts, another voice in the Multi-Ethnic movement. Some of the conference speakers included Matt Chandler, Derwin Gray, Soong-Chan Rah, Michael Emerson, etc.


Your Monthly Update (April 19th)

We had an amazing meeting last week. For those of you who were unable to attend, here is a quick update. Our pastor had the privilege of meeting with the Mayor of Keller recently over lunch to discuss the mission/ vision and launch of The Well Church Keller. As a result, Mayor Mark Matthews attended our last Launch Team meeting on April 19th in The Keller Library Conference Room, in order to share his vision for Keller, and to thank us for planting such a needed church in this community of Keller. As we listened to the mayor, we were informed that our mission/ vision for Keller, is very much in line with the direction the city is moving. We were also reminded of the need for more Christ-Centered, Multi-Ethnic churches in and around the world. 

We also spent some time discussing the needs for The Well Church Keller with respect to giving, and volunteers. We are in need of approximately $25,000 in order to launch The Well Church Keller in September of this year. We are also in need of about 25+ volunteers in order to be prepared for our Launch on September 13th. As you are praying about your role in the launch of The Well Church Keller, we ask that you consider helping us reach this goal. We concluded by inviting our Launch Team to volunteer in the needed areas listed below.

Set up/Break down team (4-6 people), Parking Lot Team (3-4 people), Greeter Team (8-10 people), Children's Ministry Team (8-16 people), Production Team (3-4 people).

Also, the following is a list of items that we will be purchasing soon in order to Launch big in September. Please consider helping us purchase these items. Click here for a link to GIVE.

Bar Tables (7)$420.00

Parking Cones (15)$135.00

Parking Vests (6)$30.00

2-Way Radio (6)$90.00 DONATED

Sidewalk Sign (5)$510.00

Yard Signs (20)$80.26

Banner Stands (4)$316.00

Ipad Air (2)$1,000.00

Name tag printer (2)$200.00

lanyards/ tags$450.00

Drum shield$300.00

Drums$700.00

Keyboard$700.00

Speakers$6,000.00

Monitor System$1,500.00

Travel Cases$1,200.00

Cables/ Connections$1,000.00

Video Camera$900.00

TV Screens (2)/ stand$1,200.00

Trailer$500.00

Tables for Kids (2)$250.00

Chairs for Kids (10)$250.00

Play Panels (8)$845.00

Truck Wrap$1,700.00

Flag Banners$614.00

On Screen Advertisement$2,800.00

First Time Welcome Packets$500.00

Connection Cards$400.00

Offering Baskets (10)$70.00

Communion Tables (4)$100.00 DONATED

Name Tags (1000)$50.00

Pack N Play (2)$250.00 DONATED

Rug for Kids Min$200.00

High Chair (2)$80.00

Swing for Kids (2)$120.00

Exersaucer (2)$80.00

Chairs (50)$500.00

Trailer$3,000.00

Apple Macbook Pro $2,000.00 DONATED

 

The Well Church Of Keller Monthly Update

God is doing AMAZING things at The Well Church Of Keller

Hello Friends!
 
We had a wonderful March Launch Team Meeting last Sunday. For those who weren't able to join us, we look forward to seeing you April 19th back at the Keller Library! 
Our Pastor, Trey opened up our time speaking on John 15:5 “I am the Vine, you are the branches…Apart from me, you can do nothing!”  He reminded us that we can do all the planning we want (with respect to September 13th our launch date) but if we are not connected to Jesus, (our vine and life source) our efforts will be in vain. He ended by inviting us to the table (for communion) as he does every Team Meeting. 
 
We received an update from Meghan Winston (our Marketing/Outreach Team lead) about our upcoming events. Please note that the city of Keller Parks & Recreation has cancelled this weekend’s Keller Trash & Bash. Therefore, we will not be gathering this Saturday to attend.
 
Darryl Claiborne (our Finance Lead) shared about our ultimate goal of integrity and transparency in the management of our financial wellness at The Well Church. Darryl gave us a financial update for the month end of February 2015. We were reminded that financial gifts to The Well can be given online at http://www.thewellchurchkeller.org/give-1/. Also, any contributions to The Well Church can be sent by mail to: The Well Church Of Keller P.O. Box 3034, Grapevine TX 76099-3034 or through the Sunday offering at Irving Bible Church. Please make donations/checks payable to Irving Bible Church, c/o The Well Church in the memo line. 
 
Darryl also updated us on our Trip to Little Rock Arkansas to visit Mosaic Church. Mosaic Church is a Gospel centered multi-ethnic and economically diverse church. All ages are welcome! We leave Saturday April 25th at 7:45am and will return on Sunday evening, the 26th around 7:30pm. While we're there, we'll connect with each other, meet Pastor Mark DeYmaz (The pastor of Mosaic Church) and their lead team. We'll also get to attend their Sunday service, giving us a glimpse of what might be to come for The Well. Check out their website if you'd like to learn more about the Mosaic Church: www.mosaicchurch.net/who-we-are Please RSVP to Trey ASAP to let us know you are coming! The cost of this event will be $110 (which includes hotel.) This does not include meals, which would be the only other expenses incurred. We have rented SUV's so that we can all ride together (Transportation, including gas is at no charge to you).
 
God is doing some amazing things at The Well Church. Thanks for your support and your prayers. Stay tuned, and connected!

Your Monthly Update

Hello Friends!

We had a wonderful February Launch Meeting last Sunday. For those who weren't able to join us, we look forward to seeing you March 15th at the Keller Library! 

Sunday, we spent some time connecting with one another and preparing for our Launch Service on September 13th. We also toured the Moviehouse & Eatery in Keller, where are services will take place starting in September! What a blessing! While at the Moviehouse, we spent some time thanking God for His provision and praying for the city of Keller, our future members and the souls that will embrace the gospel as a result of God's work thru The Well Church Of Keller. Exciting times ahead... Here are some important highlights and dates to mark on our calendars from our February Meeting:

 

2/15 Meeting Recap:

Our ministry strategy in planting The Well Church is to Attract (Invite guests to The Well, Life of charity)Attach (Life in community), and Adore(Grow in adoration, Life with Christ).

The Well Church of Keller is now on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites! Our Promotional Video has been uploaded to our website, www.thewellchurchkeller.org and is available on our Facebook Page to share. Please Like our Facebook Page, invite your friends to do the same, and RSVP to our 1st Service Event! www.facebook.com/thewellchurchkeller

 

We received our T-Shirts and will have them available for anyone who did not get one at our next meeting Sunday March 15th at the Keller Library Meeting Room.

 

Darryl Claiborne (Finance Lead) shared about our ultimate goal of integrity and transparency in the management of our financial wellness at The Well Church. Darryl went over our 2015 Budget and explained how we plan to manage income and expenses in our lead areas of ministry. We received a financial update for the month end of January 2015 and were reminded that financial gifts to The Well can be given online at http://www.thewellchurchkeller.org/give-1/. Also, any contributions to The Well Church can be sent by mail to: The Well Church Of Keller P.O. Box 3034, Grapevine TX 76099-3034 or through the Sunday offering at Irving Bible Church. Please make donations/checks payable to Irving Bible Church, c/o The Well Church in the memo line.

Meghan Winston (Marketing/Outreach Lead) updated us on social media and upcoming events for The Well. Please mark your calendars for our very 1st service event, The Keller Trash Bash, Saturday March 21st from 8:30am - 1pm! Together, we'll be rolling up our sleeves and helping to pick up trash at Bear Creek Park in Keller. This will be a great opportunity to connect with one another and continue to show our little ones what it looks like to serve our community. Please wear your Well T-Shirts to this event, as our aim is to also connect with the community around us! We'll meet at 8:30am at the Pavillon (400 Bear Creek Park, Keller 76248). The City of Keller will be providing us gloves and trash bags. As a thank-you local businesses will provide a picnic lunch for all who volunteer at 12pm, the closing of the event. You can respond to this event on our Facebook Event Page at http://ow.ly/Ja9tl 

We have our official travel dates to visit and tour Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, a Gospel centered multi-ethnic and economically diverse church. All ages welcome! We leave Saturday April 25th and return on Sunday evening, the 26th. While we're there, we'll meet Pastor Mark DeYmaz and their lead team. We'll also get to attend their Sunday service, giving us a glimpse of what might be to come for The Well. Check out their website if you'd like to learn more about the Mosaic Church: www.mosaicchurch.net/who-we-are Please RSVP to Trey by March 15th to let us know you are coming! This will help us determine our travel accommodations and itinerary.

 

Upcoming Launch Team Meetings & Event Dates:

March 15th - Launch Team Meeting, Keller Library 640 Johnson Rd, Keller 76248

March 21st - Keller Trash Bash & Community Picnic at Bear Creek Park

April 19th - Launch Team Meeting

April 25/26th - Road trip to Mosaic Church of Central AK

May (TBD) - Fundraiser Event

May 17th - Launch Team Meeting

June 14th - Launch Team Meeting

June 28th - Our 1st Sneak Peek Service

July 19th - Launch Team Meeting

July 26th - 2nd Sneak Peek Service

August 16th - Launch Team Meeting

August 30th - 3rd Sneak Peek Service

September 13th - Official Launch Service!

 


It is SO exciting to see God glorified as we use our gifts to serve Him through The Well! Just a reminder, we'll be meeting with our team members in our areas of ministry on March 15th:
Prayer Team (Bob & Carol Robinson): Pray for The Well, leadership, future members and the community in which we minister to.
Finance Team (Darryl Claiborne & Anthony Asibelua): Help develop/execute our budget, fundraising, 5013C status.
Marketing & Outreach Team (Meghan Winston): Help develop/execute our marketing plan (website, social media, etc.) Help plan/execute our attract events in the community, fundraising events.
Production Team (Gabrielle Bodley & Oscar Camacho): Help plan/execute the production aspects of the sneak peek and launch services. (Visit other churches, training at IBC)
Children's Ministry Team (Jill Asibelua): Help develop our children's ministry plan for launch team meetings and launch service. (Research curriculum, visit other churches, put together volunteer team, training at IBC)
Worship Team (Charla Moreno): Lead us into the presence of God through Music. (Practice, visit other churches, research and help choose music)

Hospitality Team (Alice Grant & Francine Walker): help create a welcoming atmosphere for events and meetings. (Food, snacks, beverages, decorations, etc.)

 

If you have anyone who might be interested in joining us, please let me know, I'd love to hear from them. THANK YOU for all that you are doing for The Well! Looking forward to seeing you next month!