This month is our tenth anniversary! God in His mercy and grace has provided for us and allowed us to serve Him for ten years now, and I am thankful for every moment of that time.
On September 16, 2012, we launched weekly services. I left you last month with God having provided everything we needed to begin services, with the exception of a place to meet. We had been meeting in the Eureka Town Hall, but soon realized it was simply too small to suit our growing needs. So, we began to look for a place to meet. We went to Lakeville, Northfield, and Farmington. Farmington was my last choice. I did not think that God was leading me to begin this church back in Farmington where I had just come out of another church plant, but that was exactly what He was doing. God always knows what is best. The most suitable place that we could find to meet within our budget was the Boeckman Middle School in Farmington. So on September 16, 2012, we launched our weekly public services in Farmington. Leading up to that time there were many attacks on me personally as well as on this work, but God preserved us through those attacks and we grew and were strengthened because of them. God always uses trials and tribulations for our good and His glory. At our first service, there were 65 adults in attendance (not sure how many kids) and I began this church in Romans chapter 1 verse 1.
Doing services at the school meant that we had to haul everything in on Sunday morning, set it up, and then tear it all down after church. Every minute that we were there cost money, so we worked wide open to get it all done. We got in the building at 8:00 a.m., set it all up, service was from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and we were packed up and out the door before noon…every Sunday! As you can imagine, this will eventually wear people out, and that is exactly what began to happen. Once again God provided.
We were in Boeckman Middle School for exactly one year and found another space in the Farmington Strip Mall that allowed us to set up and leave all our stuff up. It wasn’t exactly ideal, but it certainly served its purpose. It was a great relief to not have to work like a dog to set up and tear down every week. Exactly one year to the day, we moved from the Boeckman Middle School to the Farmington Strip Mall.
Sometime in 2014, we began considering a permanent space to meet that we could call our own. Once again God provided just what we needed with the donation of the land where we now meet and the purchase of the existing building that sat on this land. We took down much of the existing building saving what we could to use in the new building and scheduled Morton to come build our church. Morton showed up on June 6, 2016, and began the work. On November 13, 2016, we moved into our new space and had our first worship service.
There were many ups and downs throughout these ten years with many trials and tribulations. Many people have come and gone, but through it all, God remains faithful. I am thankful every day for each of you and the work that God is doing in you and through you. I eagerly look forward to the next ten years and expect that God will continue to work here at The Real Tree Church as we strive to carry out the Great Commission by loving and serving God and by loving and serving one another.
Forever In His Grip,