Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Birthday, Verve!!!!


Today is Verve's 2nd Birthday! March 14, 2010 was such a crazy, scary, amazing day! It's hard to believe that it's been 2 years. If you've read my past posts, you know that moving here to start Verve was not easy for me. There were many ups and downs. I can finally say that I am so thankful that God brought us here. I can't imagine my life without this church plant (I can't believe I'm actually writing this...). It's really an honor to serve God and reach these super-broken people with the love of God. What an amazing journey!

117 people have been baptized, including my daughter on Monday night!

Sadly, this will be my last post. As you can tell, I haven't been very consistent over the past year. Between my job, going to graduate school, Verve and my family I just don't have the time.

I want you to know that you can contact me anytime at jenniferlantonucci@gmail.com. I have such a love for church planting wives. I want you to know that you are not alone. The church planting journey is so hard, but so worth it! Hang in there! Contact me or another planter wife if you are struggling. Don't try to handle it by yourself! There are plenty of us out there who know exactly how you are feeling.

I want to leave you with this thought...Let's pretend that God is writing a new Bible right now. The New-New Testament. Like the current Bible, it's filled with stories of faithful people who love God and are trying to make a difference for His kingdom. You might be surprised, but your story is written in there. You and your family sacrificed everything and followed God. Like Abraham, you followed God into the unknown, unsure of what to expect, unsure if you would fail or succeed. You loved people enough to leave whatever comfort you knew for the uncertainty of starting a new church. Your faith and obedience has changed lives. People who would not have been in heaven will now be there for eternity...because of you...because of your family...because you started a new church.

Your story would definitely be in the New-New Testament.

Do you know that God brags about you? You make God giggle. God is so proud of you and He loves you so much.

May God bless you on your journey...

Jen

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jewelry for A Cause


Verve is taking on the huge task of raising $25,000 to help build a church/school in Ecuador. This is a super daunting task, especially given our extremely under-whelming offerings. One of our Ververs, Charra Post, started selling Lia Sophia jewelry and is donating her commission to Ecuador. She's having a catalog show this week! Here's the info if you're interested. 30% of everything you buy goes to Ecuador!!!!

The new catalog is out and it's time to start shopping! All of my commission goes toward building a church and school in Ecuador! This month, we have a 2 for 2 special where for every 2 pieces of jewelry you buy, you get 2 additional items at half off! Your cheapest items are always your full price items and your more expensive items are half price!

Just go to my website, www.liasophia.com/charrapost , click on browse jewelry, then type my name, Charra Post, into the Hostess box. Then start shopping!

Thanks!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Free Web Conference for Pastor's Wives!

I just found out about an online conference called JustOne Conference specifically for pastor's wives. Click here for more info.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Awakening


I'm the type of person who can sleep anywhere, anytime. I need at least nine hours of sleep a night to function. I've been known to sleep while in the middle of a conversation, at church, while driving, and on the toilet (yep, I'm good)!

I had a sleep study done a few years ago because I started to worry that something was wrong with me. It turned out that I had a few issues and began taking medicine and wearing a mouth guard while I slept.

All was fine for several years, but we recently started noticing some issues (and by "we" I mean Vince). I started snoring through my mouth guard (think large truck driver), I would kick all night long like a karate champion (think Ralph Macchio) and I started needing naps again (think newborn baby).

I begrudgingly went back for another sleep study. I was quickly diagnosed with sleep apnea. My only option for treatment was to sleep with a CPAP machine...for the rest of my life! Needless to say, I was not happy. (Do yourself a favor and google CPAP machine...it isn't pretty).

The first few nights were HORRIBLE! I felt like I was being smothered under water (think Aqua Man, but without his powers), my entire face was covered by the mask (think Hannibal Lecter), and my nose started bleeding in several places (I'm not even going to ask you to think about that).

Despite all the nastiness, something amazing happened: I immediately woke up each morning and got out of bed!

I'm sure you're thinking, "So what! Everyone wakes up and gets out of bed!" Well, you'd be wrong. I have never just woken up and gotten out of bed. There is lots of snooze-bar-action, there is begging and pleading with my husband and children for 5 MORE MINUTES, there is bribing, there is occasional crying, and lots of falling back asleep.

So, you can understand why waking up and getting out of bed is such a big deal. To wake up and not be tired is simply unfathomable. To actually sing a song before having caffeine inserted into my veins is just absurd. To only sleep-in until 9am on a Saturday is just plain crazy!!! But all these things started happening to me! My life completely changed. I was a new woman!

So here's why I share all these embarrassing details from my bedroom...

Are you sleeping through life? Not physically, but spiritually? I had no idea that life could be lived in such a way. I was always tired and it effected every area of my life. Does your relationship with God need a checkup? Does something in your spiritual life need to change so you can have an active, joyful, peace-filled, intimate relationship with God?

Do you have spiritual sleep apnea? Sleep apnea basically means that your breathing stops or slows down while you're sleeping. Is your relationship with God healthy and vibrant, or stale and lifeless?

Do you need a spiritual awakening? Does something need to change in your life to allow this awakening to occur? What is one step you can take today towards improved health in your relationship with God? I promise it will be worth it!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

You're Not Alone


This week Verve put on a conference for church planters and their spouses. It was so fun to get to hang out with fellow wives and share and encourage one another. All of us struggle in some way or another whether it's with the church, family, jobs, boundaries, time management, guilt, difficulties in marriages, etc. My favorite part was on Tuesday night when the wives got together for a few hours to talk and share their experiences. We laughed hard, we shared struggles and asked for advice. All of us are in different situations, but we share some commonalities. It's refreshing to spend time with people who really understand what you're going through and experiencing on a daily basis.

I guess the main thing I walked away with was that as church planters' wives we are never alone. We may feel alone at times, but there are thousands of women out there who have or are going through exactly what you're going through. The joys and struggles are similar, along with the frustrations and worry. We all desire the same end result...healthy, vibrant churches that bring glory to God.

If you don't know any planter wives please find one in your area. She needs you as much as you need her.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Vault Conference


Do you need an excuse to come to Las Vegas...
Are you thinking about starting a church...
Are you already in the church planting process...
Do you want to know more about church planting...

If you answered YES at least once then you need to come to Vault October 10-12th.

Vault is Verve‘s church planting lab where current and future church planters can learn how to start a church for people who don’t like church. There are lots of books and conferences on church planting, but unfortunately they’re not focused on how to start a church for the unconvinced and cynical. So … we’re doing it. We’ll take you into the vault, sharing principles learned over several effective church plants, and give you practical ideas to vault you into the future.

I'll be leading some special sessions just for the wives...I'd love to hang out with you!

Click here for more info.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Friends in Ministry


Vince forwarded me the following post about friendships in ministry. Hope you enjoy it!

Click here to read it.

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