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This is it! The weekend is finally here. We begin our weekly Sunday morning worship services this Sunday, July 5th. We couldn’t be more excited, anxious, thrilled, jittery, curious, and in wonder of what God is going to do this weekend. But before we get to Sunday morning, we have incredible outreach opportunity tomorrow, July 4th.

This city of Leesburg is hosting its 25th annual 4th of July Festival at the Ida Lee Park & Recreation Center (scroll down to the bottom of the linked page and you will see our church plant listed as one of the event sponsors). Over 10,000 attendees are expected to be at this year’s event. Rising Church has the opportunity to be an event sponsor for the festival which will give us great exposure to our community the day before we launch our weekly worship services.

Did I mention that we are hosting our weekly worship gathering at the Ida Lee Recreation Center?

That’s right! On the eve of our weekly launch, over 10,000 people will be celebrating the 4th of July on the same campus/facility that we will be hosting our worship services starting the very next morning. We are going to do everything we can to maximize this opportunity at the 4th of July Festival. We have 2,000 sunglasses that are imprinted with our church name and website that we will be passing out at our booth. The plan is, as we give out the sunglasses, to share with people the time and place of our weekly worship service and to take that opportunity to pray for/with them. It’s a simple enough plan that it just might work!

Rising Church sunglasses

Here are specific ways that you can pray for us:

  • that God would use our fun giveaway of 2,000 sunglasses to be great conversation starters with festival attendees.
  • for the hearts of the people to be receptive as we share with them about our church plant
  • that people would open up and allow us to pray for them
  • and that God would overwhelm us by the response of people who will show up to our Sunday morning worship services in the weeks and months to come

We are so excited and marveling at the opportunity God has given us to minister to people at the 4th of July festival on the same campus that we will be hosting our weekly worship service. God is bringing 10,000+ people to the doorstep of our gathering place the day before we begin worshiping together weekly. Praise God! We are praying He uses this weekend for amazing and wonderful things!

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