Summer Location Change

There is a particular theme that runs all throughout scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. From the very moment Adam and Eve traveled east from Eden all the way up to the very arrival of the City of God, God’s covenant people find themselves in a season of journey. The inescapable reality for any individual and community following Jesus, is that while we are “home” in our relationship with God, we are “sojourners” in our world.

While we faithfully strive to establish permanence throughout our lives and the life of our church, there are often events that appear in our experience that remind us that eternity still awaits us. As a church, we find ourselves in one of these times once again.

After moving into our downtown location in November of 2016, the overall consensus among the church and leadership was that 235 N. San Joaquin St. was the place God was calling us to put down roots and establish a faithful witness at the downtown core of our city. While this is still the plan, we face a new obstacle to overcome.

The city has identified a number of building safety issues that pertain to emergency exits and other fire safety related issues that will in fact be resolved through the construction process planned for this summer, but are not in compliance as it stands. While we had hoped that we would be issued a temporary occupancy permit to assemble while our developer made efforts to correct the issues, the city is taking a hard stance against us meeting at our current location until the project is completed and the Fire Department can sign off on the citation issues. While 235 N. San Joaquin St. remains our longterm church gathering location, and will remain our administrative headquarters, we have to temporarily move our Sunday gatherings for an estimated two months.

Thankfully, the Lord has been and continues to be in control (Ascension Day reminded us that Jesus is on his throne!). He also has men and women strategically placed throughout the city, living into His Kingdom purposes for their lives. Through the connections of one of our faithful members, the Lord has opened up a space for us to meet for the summer months, so that we can continue to gather for the sake of worship and discipleship. The space being made available will more than fit our Sunday gathering, will be able to house our thriving kids ministry, and will provide adequate parking. On top of all of this, it’s still in the downtown area, and will not create any substantial distance between us and our longterm church building and current church office.

The location is the Teen Impact Center: 725 North El Dorado Street, Stockton, Ca 95202

The move is unfortunately immediate, and we will be gathering for worship at the temporary space beginning June 4th.

In the meantime, we would ask that the church participate in a number of vital ways:

Pray: Pray that the church would remain consistently faithful to the mission of Christ in a season of inconsistency.

Stay connected: We will need to lean on one other in this season, and this will require the faithful presence and participation from every member.

Spread the word: There will inevitably be those who don’t get the news before June 4th. Please inform anyone and everyone that may not otherwise hear. The greatest mode of communication is not our website or social media, but the people of our church.

Cultivate faith: In the testimonies of faith recorded in Hebrews 11, it tells us that these men and women of faith “acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland…they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.” Faith gives us the kind of eternal perspective that is necessary for the journey’s ups and downs.

Insist on thankfulness: Thankfulness in the church, by the gracious hand of God, will determine what sort of experience this is for all of us. Don’t settle for anything less than gratitude in light of who God is and what he continues to do for us.