Friday's @ 6:45 3403 NW 13 St. Gainesville, Fl. 32609
A letter from Pastor Lem:
"This may not be the kind of intro that you were expecting, but here it goes; if you're scared to get messy or unwilling to acknowledge your own "messiness", then Thrive Life Church probably isn't the place for you. Now, here me out. We love ALL people. Jesus loves ALL people. However, unfortunately there are many other Churches who seem to only open their doors, to those who are "clean". They open their doors to those who've never been divorced...to those who have never been arrested...to those who aren't suffering from any addictions...to those who "fit the bill" of what a Christian should "look like".
I'm not insinuating that those churches don't truly love God, nor am I questioning their salvation, and I'm certainly not saying that our church is superior to theirs. However, I am saying this: as long as I'm privileged enough to serve as pastor of Thrive, our passion and pursuit will forever be to open our doors, our hearts and our lives to everyone that God sends our way, no matter how "dirty or clean" they may appear. Which leads me to my next point. When you're at Thrive, you're in a "no mask zone". People often feel that while they're at church, they have to hide their feelings. They feel as if it would be disrespectful to God, or shameful to others if they discussed, or for that matter, displayed, the hurt, pain, confusion or disappointment that they're currently experiencing. Trust me, I know what that feels like...no bueno. (No i'm not hispanic, but I did take spanish 2 in high school.)
Listen, we want your mess! Each of us here, are only where we are now because of the grace of God, and the love of our members who embraced us all, even at our messiest moments. Trust me, we're still messy, myself included, and you know what, that's ok. God loves us all right where we are. As He continues to mold us into what we're designed to be, we're going to continue reaching out to other messy people, showing them the love and compassion of God. Life gets messy. So do we. I'm so grateful that God understands this, and has provided us with this MESSY CHURCH! Much love to you all! ~ Lem"
Connect. Grow. Thrive.
What's happening at Thrive
1st Monday of each month~ iConnect group - 6:30
Tuesday's ~ Thrive Walk (homeless ministry) - 6:00
2nd & 4th Friday's ~ Small group Bible Study - 6:00-6:30
Friday's ~ Worship Service - 6:45-7:45
We hope you will visit us soon!
Email 3403 NW 13th St. Gainesville, Fl. 32609
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