Church Planting

My husband, Rod, and I began this church planting journey in Fernley, Nevada...just 30 minutes from the Reno/Sparks area. We have been in Fernley since the end of January, 2009. This has been a new and exciting adventure for us! Our launch date was September 13, 2009! It was an incredibly exciting service as we had over 200 in attendance! God is sooo awesome!!

I have been married to my college sweetheart, Rod Idle, since 1983 and we have two beautiful children(not so much children anymore). Our daughter, Lyndsay, left her full time ministry in Virginia to serve as our Worship/Youth minister. She is a very gifted young lady and a joy to be around! Our son, Bradley, has moved with us to Nevada from Virginia. He is presently recovering from a brain trauma event caused by a rare migraine condition. We praise God that he is expected to eventually regain all that was lost in the event...and he hopes to resume his third year of college and go into the ministry as soon as he is able. In the meantime, we are so grateful to have him with us as ,even with this, God has enabled him to minister to people in a very unique way.

We have had many unique life experiences, and I am sure many of you have as well. I am looking forward to sharing with you all of what God has taught us and brought us through, and sharing in this new venture as well. I will post pics as time allows and add posts and comments to bring you all up to date on the work here at Journey Community Church. So much has happened since the beginning of this church plant! In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the Grand Beginnings Service September 13, 2009.
...Be sure to scroll all the way down the page to see Journey's more permanent home and the pics of the building and new sign!!!

What???  You'll have to ask to get the story about that guy(Todd Hudson) stripping off his shirt.

We held our services for the first year in the common area of Fernley High School...Journey Kids met in the Cafeteria area and the First Steps Nursery set up each Sunday in the teacher's lounge.  It was a great setup...and we had so many who stepped up and helped set up each and every Sunday we met there!  They were awesome!!!

Journey Kids

First Steps Nursery

We served Starbucks coffee from our local Starbucks in Fernley.  Now that we are in a our own building we are making our own....and we still have home baked goods and donuts every Sunday morning!

Just a pic of everyone almost everyone in the Grand Beginnings Service(other than those in the Children's Ministry areas)....we had over 200 in attendance that Sunday!!  God is good!!

Rod is offering communion...a practice we hold each and every Sunday at Journey...we never tire of being reminded of the sacrifice our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ made for us ... taking the cup, representing His shed blood... and bread, representing His broken body.... Doing this each Sunday helps us to reflect on all He has done both for us and in us!!          
   " While they were eating Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples saying,'take and eat; this is my body.'  Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying,'Drink from it all of you.  This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured for many for the forgiveness of sins.' "     Matthew 26:26-28

Yep...that's my beautiful and gifted daughter, Lyndsay, leading worship!   We are so fortunate that she felt called to help us with this new church plant!!  Oh...and yes that is me on the right...I am just one of the many who serve on the worship team at Journey.  We have been blessed with so many talented is truly humbling to be a part of the great work that God is doing in Fernley, NV!!

It is so exciting to be in our own building! more setting up and tearing down every week!   

When Rod and I first moved to Fernley, on the last day of January 2009, we began to scout out the town for a possible location where Journey could meet and hold services.  From the first time Rod saw this building he knew this was the place God had for us. Just about every morning Rod would go to one of the highest hills around the town of Fernley and pray for the town... then he would drive over to the building and pray in the parking lot many times a week.  He even got to know the owners who were trying to lease the building personally and shared with them his vision...this was a vision God had given him...a vision of ministry being done here...people coming and going...children of Fernley having a place to go to and hang out after school...for tutoring and a snack, needs being met...a place of  Prayer...Worship and activity!    

 I am amazed and humbled to see so much of the vision God had given to my husband that day come to fruition! I am looking forward to experiencing so much more, as God continues to lead this ministry forward to seek and save the lost and to meet needs within this community. 
Thank you Lord for allowing us to take part in the building up of your kingdom!!

                                                                 Easter Sunday 2012

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1 comment:

  1. remembering and praising God!!--Kathy M.


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