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Issue no.

1, September 2009

Join us in thanking God Renewal’s intern, Bailey, to live • First Baptist Rock Hill donating • Matt as he prepares to teach
with them supplies for our weekly service through the book of Acts
for His provision and
• Commitments received so the • J.B. as he gathers a team and
grace in our lives in the Prayer Needs:
team can be established in prepares to teach our
following ways: Greenville • Financial blessing on congregation about worship
supporters to allow them to Confirmation for those
• Cohesion and likemindedness
• Families who sacrificed so we fulfill commitments
with our team interested in committing to
could live with them this
Donated office equipment • Continued financial supporters Renewal Church
summer •
who can provide the needs for a
• Donated sound system • Small groups and leaders as
• Standing Springs Baptist meeting space at the first of the
equipment they begin to meet around the
Church giving a house to the year middle of September
Rogers’ for 6 months and their • Rocky Creek Baptist Church,
• Opportunities to meet and • Space for an office and a
graciousness to us located on Woodruff Road,
engage in conversations and permanent meeting space
• Family from Standing Springs donating a meeting space and
those who are far from Christ
Baptist Church allowing their Sunday morning nursery
workers for our children

We want to publicly thank the Armstrong and


Renewed relationship with Johnston families for allowing us the use of their lake
God house on Lake Norman for this staff retreat! You
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to blessed us with the ability to remove ourselves from
the fellowship, and to the breaking of bread, and to distraction so that we could focus on the task at
prayer.” (Acts 2:42) hand! Thank you!

We recognize that we are young, but as Paul urges


Timothy not to let anyone look down on him How to Give
because of his youth, we want to set an example for “Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone
believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in as he had need.” Acts 2:45
purity (1 Timothy 4;12).
Thank you again for your commitment to give to
To accomplish this purpose, the core team of Renewal Church! See the following information on
Renewal Church, which includes Matt and Sarah how to give:
Rogers, J.B. and Rachelle Usher, Stephen and • Building strong relational bonds with the staff
Christina Rutland, and Bailey Pearson, traveled to and their families • By check
Place a check in he pre-labeled envelope along
Lake Norman, N.C. for our first staff retreat at the • Planning for our first teaching series “Saturate”
during which we will study “The Making of the with a stamp, and mail to Renewal Church
end of August.
Church” (Acts 1-7) in the fall, “The Movement • Online
The study of Scripture and John S. Hammett’s of the Church” (Acts 8-12) in the spring, and Go to www.renewalupstate.com and click on
Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches guided our “The Mission of the Church” (Acts 13-28) in the “Online Giving” at the bottom of the home
discussions as we made decisions concerning fall of 2010 page.
Renewal Church. As a result of our study, we
brainstormed what we were trusting God to do One of the most pressing decisions revolved We are in the process of setting up an automatic draft
through our church during this first year, next year, around the physical location that we would use to for those of you who have asked for it. Look in next
in five years, and in ten years. The outcome was meet in for the fall, but God graciously provided a month’s newsletter for information on how to give
very lofty, but we were reminded of God’s promise meeting space through Rocky Creek Baptist through automatic draft.
to do immeasurably more than we could ask or Church! We will meet each Sunday with those
imagine, and we are trusting Him to be faithful to interested in becoming a part of Renewal Church A few reminders:
this promise for Renewal Church. beginning Sunday, September 13th at 10:45 a.m. at • All gifts are tax deductible
The Storehouse on the campus of Rocky Creek • Please make us aware of any address changes or
We accomplished many of our goals this week such Baptist Church located at 1801 Woodruff Rd. Join changes to your giving so we can make the
as: us in giving thanks to God for His direction and necessary adjustments. Send an email to
• Reviewing the employee handbook and provision! church@renewalupstate.com to update your
establishing job descriptions for each elder or information!
staff position
Renewed Love for Those Far
From God
“...And the Lord added to their number daily those
who were being saved.” Acts 2:47

Our prayer from the beginning has been that God


would build His church through the sharing of
the gospel and seeing people come to faith in
Jesus. As a result of their newfound faith, they
join the church. Here are a few ways this has
Renewed Relationships With already begun:
Each Other
• Single Mom’s Day
“Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple Meet the Rogers’ Family
courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together
For the next few newsletters, we will introduce the
with glad and sincere hearts.” Acts 2:46
families that make up our core team and then begin to
We have clearly seen God begin the process of give updates from each family on a monthly basis.
building a team of Christ followers in Greenville
Matt and Sarah Rogers lived in South Carolina for
intent on living out the mission of God together.
the majority of their lives and in the upstate of
August 9th, Standing Springs Baptist Church
South Carolina for much of their married life.
honored the Rogers’ family with a Hot Dog and
Homemade Ice Cream Social after their Sunday Matt graduated from Furman University in 2001
evening service. Their graciousness has been with a degree in Psychology. He then went on to
evident in this event, in the tomatoes found on their Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where he
doorstep, and in other goodies that have been given received a Masters in Counseling, and to
anonymously. They also taught us the definition of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where
a “Poundin’” by giving the Rogers’ non-perishables he received a Masters of Divinity. He worked on
to stock their pantry! We are so grateful to them for Renewal Church, in partnership with four two church staffs while in Greenville, and most
their willingness to give and serve! other area churches, was able to provide over recently on a church staff in Clemson, S.C. He has
300 bags of school supplies to single moms to spoken around the state at different churches and
August 15th, the Rogers’ hosted a cookout at their help them prepare for the start of school. We youth events, such as Summersalt, and is passionate
home for everyone interested in becoming part of prayed with each mom and were able to about fulfilling Matthew 28:19 by making disciples
Renewal Church. There were 25-30 college encourage many with the love of Jesus. in Greenville and around the state.
students, single young professionals, couples, and
families with young children who came to eat • Praying in Specific Locations Sarah graduated from North Greenville College in
burgers and play together. We were able to spend 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education. She
time getting to know each other as we built A group of 12 people drove around Mauldin taught middle school for three years and an adult
relationships that we pray will last for years to and Augusta Road in Greenville to stop at G.E.D. class for two years. She now uses her skills
come. Please join us in praying for these specific locations and pray for the as a homemaker primarily and will pursue being a
individuals to have clear direction from the Lord as advancement of the gospel there. We prayed tutor in Greenville.
to whether or not they should join with Renewal. on the Millennium Campus where a number
of corporations are located, on J.L. Mann High Matt and Sarah married in Greenville on August 2,
August 16th, Matt spoke at the morning services of School’s campus, and on the campus of a 2003. Corrie, their first daughter, was born
East North Street Baptist Church in Greenville. HE church on Augusta Road. Please join us in December 26, 2006 and Avery, their second
challenged them with Jesus’ words in John 17 to be praying for these specific locations as well, daughter, was born February 26, 2006.
sent as He was sent. After the service, we were able that God would pave inroads for the gospel.
to spend time with the pastor and his family as well Matt loves to spend fun time with his wife and two
as a few members of the congregation over lunch. • Neighbors and Colleagues girls as well as fishing, college football, and college
We are excited that God is developing relationships basketball (in that order).
One of the most exciting ways we’ve been
not only with those who want to be part of Renewal
able to share the gospel is through Sarah enjoys date nights with Matt, baking with
Church, but also with other churches in the area!
opportunities to tell our neighbors, colleagues, Corrie, making Avery laugh, and a good novel.
and strangers why we’re here. Curiosity
drives most people to ask why so many of us
would move to Mauldin. We are prepared to
answer by telling how Jesus has changed our
lives and how His gospel compels us to take
radical steps of faith to share Him with others!

“The church comes into being not by any human


initiative but in response to a divine call.”
Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches by John S. Hammett