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#pokelivesmatter?

p-goPokemon is popular; a Clinton is running for president; Tarzan is in theaters. Wait, did we time warp to the 90’s? There is, truly, nothing new under the sun.

If you haven’t been following any of the recent Pokemon news, then you probably think people around you are going crazy. Maybe you thought that anyway. But when strangers in the parking lot stare at their phones trying to capture small creatures…things are #pokecrazy!

Pokemon Go is an app that has exploded world-wide. It recently hit the United States with over 8 million downloads, causing it to be one of the most popular apps of all time. It is based on the Nintendo game that grew into an empire of video games, trading cards, animated television shows, movies, comic books, and toys.

And just when you thought that 18-35 year old had grown out of their #pokeobsession? Nintendo drags them back in!

Now, I don’t particularly care about Pokemon. I don’t have anything against it; I just never got into it. But a lot of people do care…millions of them.

And, for all the faults of the game, here’s a fact: more people from our community than ever are driving into our church parking lot! Of course, they are looking for critters to lasso, but they did drive into the parking lot…and maybe that is a start.

I’m not into entertaining people for the value of entertainment. There are plenty of places to be entertained in this world. The church is called to be something different. And while we can, and should, have fun in the church…our primary role is to bring people to know Christ and live eternally in heaven.

But rather than simply dismissing the #pokemadness, we want to do what we can to reach souls. After all, #pokelivesmatter. That is, to say, the souls of the players matter.

So…come on to the church of Christ at Clover, 6278 Hwy 55E, Clover, SC 29710, and lasso what you can. And we hope you stick around for class and worship as well.

A New Work!

Good news! For the last month and a half, Krista and I have been diligently meeting with a number of congregations in the Lord’s Church. I have had the privilege of speaking at many wonderful congregations as Krista and I have been traveling and meeting brothers and sisters in Christ. After much prayer and diligent study, we are excited to accept the position of pulpit minister with the church of Christ at Clover, SC.

The Clover church is truly a mission field from the ground up. This work began as a church plant under the oversight of the Gold Hill Road church in Fort Mill, which began under the oversight of the Charlotte Avenue church in Rock Hill. After years of planning, Charlotte Avenue’s work paid off with a successful church – Gold Hill Road (Fort Mill). Now, Gold Hill Road is looking to increase the Lord’s church in York County with another new congregation in Clover, SC.

We were drawn to this work by the successful track record of these churches, the work that is still left to be done in York County, and the willingness among the saints at Clover to work and grow the church. Currently, the Clover congregation is meeting in local schools on Sundays and Wednesdays, but we look forward to breaking ground in the next few weeks on a new building. Already averaging an attendance in the 60’s, we look forward to growing the church physically and spiritually as we reach out to the lost, embrace the community, and help those in need.

It is, of course, with a sad heart that we leave our brothers and sisters in Knoxville, TN. We have truly enjoyed our time at the East Tennessee School of Preaching and the Karns congregation, as well as, our home congregation at West End. It was a privilege to be asked to help fill the pulpit over the last year and a half at West End where I was baptized almost six years ago. We are thankful for the encouragement, the spiritual development, and the support this church has given us in our desire to teach and preach the word of God.

Jesus instructs us to go into all the world making disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all things which He has commanded. As we take this step of faith to reach the lost, we ask for your prayers for this great work. May God bless each of us in the work that we do for His Kingdom!