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Family, friends, and church leaders,

Greetings!  We hope you all are having a great year so far and that you’ve seen the faithfulness of God in your life.  Remember, there are precious promises given to us as His children so that we may experience God in all areas of life.  Our job is to believe His Word, so it can effectively work in our hearts and in our life.  Our prayer is that the rest of your year is filled with God encounters and that you experience the fullness of what He has in store for you.  We’ve been anticipating this newsletter and are excited to update you on 2017 and what we’ve seen God do in and through us here in Chattanooga.

OUR CHURCH

Since our last update, we’ve experienced some very interesting and life giving changes.  By August of 2018, we will have nine babies who are all one year old or younger.  Talk about a “life-change!”  It’s been so fun to see all the new moms and dads, small families multiplying, and the church with such vibrancy from new life!

How humbling and exciting it has been to see who we’ve crossed paths with and those who have opened their hearts to ministry.  We’ve seen people from legalistic church backgrounds, non-believers, a muslim, individuals with gang and drug related pasts, and others looking for something more to this life than what they can see or feel.  The majority of those we are currently reaching are young adults and young families.  However, the Lord has been faithful in bringing the older generation to be a part of our community.  God is a generational God, and we believe He will continue to draw those who desire a young adult movement in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

It’s been two years since God called us to plant this church and over a full year of church ministry in Chattanooga.  We know our journey has just begun and we know the road ahead will be faced with challenges, heartbreaks, and yet, victories and joys.  Through it all, we’re choosing to see God’s faithfulness.

Last year, the Lord gave us 1 Thessalonians 5:24 as our Word to stand upon in both the good and challenging times.  That scripture says, “24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”  We’re excited to announce to you today that God has been faithful to The Rally and has blessed us with a church building…free and clear!!!  We are now the owners of our first church building and could not be more thankful to God!  He has kept His Word and been faithful to provide!

Charity Baptist Church, founded & led by Dr. John Carter, are those we told you of in our last newsletter.  They had been actively praying for God to send a young work into the area they had been planted from the 1990’s, to continue building upon the legacy God had established through them.  It has been an incredible journey, filled with God-moments, fulfilled promises and undeniable breakthroughs that we hope to share in greater detail in the coming months.  Truly, a God story!

After serving Pastor John and Charity Baptist by taking over the church building maintenance, janitorial responsibilities, lawn care, and updates, they felt that it was time to give us the building.  Our team gave of themselves, expecting nothing in return, but only that God’s will would be accomplished and His Church flourish. It was truly a humbling experience to receive such honor to continue the legacy of another’s labor of faith and love.  We are truly thankful to God for Pastor John Carter and Charity Baptist Church for more than they will ever know.  Our prayer is that they would be blessed in their final years beyond measure, find great joy in seeing God’s continual transformation in this area, and experience a grand welcoming home into God’s glorious kingdom for their steadfast devotion to the King!

OUR REQUEST

You all are family, friends, and co-laborers with us in the Lord’s work…all around the world!  Individually and collectively, each one of you mean so much to us.  As we move forward in this new season, there are some challenges we face, and we would ask you to partner with us.  The Apostle Paul makes a statement in Philippians 1:19 wherein he says, “19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ…”  When it comes to the will of God being accomplished, there is a beautiful interaction between God and Man.  This is confirmed with the words of Jesus that we are to pray, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  God is looking for man to partner with Him in what He is doing in the earth.

The church building we were given, is a small historic chapel built in 1967.  It is roughly 6,500 square feet with a Sanctuary and 6 Classrooms. Though it had been owned by three churches prior to us, none had made any major renovations. Thankfully, we were able to transfer the insurance from the previous church into our name.  However, our agent has informed us that if we do not make plans to renovate the building systems, we will lose our insurance coverage due to the deterioration of much of the building from years of neglect.

With that mind, we spent several months in prayer and conducted all sorts of inspections and construction quotes to better acquaint ourselves with what we are dealing with.  From such, we believe the Lord is guiding us into a two phase construction plan. 

Phase I: Basic updates that will make our new home clean, safe and usable for our modern church.  Our financial goal for Phase I is $12,000.  God has already been faithful to provide new flooring, as well as new paint, throughout the Sanctuary and Entryway. 

Phase II: A complete overhaul.  We are working with a few major construction companies, architects and different bankers to formulate a 1-2 year plan, with a projected goal of $200,000.  As plans for phase II begin to solidify, we will send detailed information on how you can partner with us further.

OUR HEARTS

You have our hearts!  Thank you for keeping up with us and making every effort to support us in prayer and provide financially.  We pray The Lord multiplies your sacrifice and that He pours back into you as He promises.  We love you dearly and cannot express in words how much we miss you.  Come visit us!  We’ll show you around our beautiful city.

 

God bless,

 

The Rally

WAYS TO SUPPORT

Thank you for your continual support, both financially and by prayer.  Below are a few ways in which you can invest in The Rally.  Please take time to read through each category and consider how you can be a part of this movement in Chattanooga, TN.  For questions and concern, please email us at info@therallychatt.com.

PHASE I GOAL

Phase I: Basic updates that will make our new home clean, safe and usable for our modern church.  Our financial goal for Phase I is $12,000.  God has already been faithful to provide new flooring, as well as new paint throughout the Sanctuary and Lobby.

CLICK HERE for a breakdown of our master list of needs for Phase 1.

Check out our video montage of the before and after of our new building!

URBAN MISSIONARY

The Urban Missionary Fund is dedicated to supporting Rally leaders whom God has called to devote full-time service to this church plant. Just as support is raised for missionaries around the world, we've found a great need for missionaries here in the U.S.  CLICK HERE to read more on how to support our Urban Missionaries.

HVAC NEED

As summer approaches, we are in desperate need of two new HVAC units.  The downstairs unit works well enough, giving us the ability to keep our sanctuary moderately cool.  However, our upstairs unit where all our children's classrooms are located is no longer working.  After four HVAC quotes, we have found the average cost to be $20,000 for both units.  For more information, please email us at info@therallychatt.com.

AMAZON SMILE

You can donate to The Rally a portion of each purchase you make with Amazon Smile.  Simply go to smile.amazon.com and search "The Rally Chattanooga."  Once you select us as your designated chairty, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to The Rally!  Doing this each time you purchase from Amazon really adds up and is a great benefit to us. For more information, please visit: www.smile.amazon.com

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