Our God is great! And it has been so evident to us at One City Church that He has been working in the neighborhoods of Northeast Lancaster city long before we showed up!
Our mission at OCC is, As we enjoy God together, we are on mission to ensure that every man, woman and child in Lancaster city has repeated opportunities to hear and see the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly enough that they can make a decision about following Him.
In obedience to His leading, we planned two outreaches where we invited our neighbors to come and enjoy a fun night and a free dinner. Our desire was to bless those who came with a great evening (at minimum), but also to share the gospel of grace with them.
Our July 24th event was called “Music on the Lawn,” because of the large lawn that is part of the property at Christ United Methodist Church where we meet. We had a great time with a good mixture of musical genres – classical piano, 70’s and 80’s pop, Christian contemporary, spoken word, poetry, and hip hop. Over 100 people came out and we received 42 cards information cards from first time visitors!
On August 7th, we hosted a Family Fun Night focused on children. We had a bounce house, dunk tank, relay races, live music (hip hop, Latin, and acoustic/folk) and lots of snow cones! Again the gospel was shared, and children left with a bag of goodies which contained a gospel tract. Well over 100 people came, and we received 31 information cards from first-time visitors.
We are thankful for all of those who came out. Particularly, I am thankful for all of the support that was given by the people of Grace Church. In our first event, we had a good turnout of “Grace folks” who helped to make a crowd and serve in various ways at food tables, doing setup and tear-down, and manning the prayer tent. At the Family Fun Night, the youth of Grace Church came out and served tirelessly so that the kids of Lancaster city could have a fun time. What a blessing to see them rise to the gospel call!
We have a lot of work to do in following up each of these information cards! God is at work. Please keep praying for this team to keep focusing on those who don’t know Christ yet and enjoying God together. Pastor Alec Millen