Well today is the 14th birthday of Foothills Community Church! That's right, 14 years ago, on April 12th 1998 (Easter Sunday) Foothills officially launched.
Here's a copy of our first newspaper ad (not very impressive!)
It was an incredible day. After much prayer, planning, preparation, promotion and perspiration we held our first service. 70 People showed up! We were ecstatic.
We didn't have a lot of resources or expertise but we had a vision from God and a heart to reach people! And God showed up. Lives were changed, and a movement began in Seneca, SC.
It's hard to believe it was 14 years ago. I remember on that Easter Sunday wondering if anyone would actually show up. Fortunately they did. And they have continued to show up. Since then we have expanded by opening a second campus in Toccoa, GA, and once again God is growing a church there.
Over the last 14 years we have seen THOUSANDS saved, over a thousand baptized, and countless stories of life-change. But here's the best part..... WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED!! That's right, I believe the best is yet to come!
I want every person who calls Foothills home to strategically build relationships with people who don't know Christ and invite them to come to church with you. I want all of us to live our lives on mission, seeking ways to serve Christ and others.
We are praying about some new opportunities that God is giving us to expand our reach even farther. These are exciting times. I hope to share some incredible news with you in the next couple of months about these opportunities, so stay tuned.
In the meantime let's faithfully support what God is doing at Foothills. If you are reading this and you don't have a church home, I invite you to come and see what all the buzz is about.