Category Archives: Ministerial

Where Have All the Posts Gone?

Since the start of our deputation in 2010, it has been one of my goals to not just maintain but to develop relationships with our supporters—you. A big part of that involves keeping you informed, and this blog has been one of the primary means to that end. However, it’s been three months since I’ve written anything here and you may have started wondering, “Where have all the posts gone?” (Or maybe not. Who knows.) Some changes have been made, but you can still continue to keep up with all that God is doing in our lives and in the ministry here in Provo, Utah. Let me explain how.

1.  Bookmark our Supporters Page. (Note: this is not a mobile site and not available on mobile devices.) This “secret” page on our church’s website will serve as your dashboard to our ministry.

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2.  Like New Morning Church on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. I usually post something relevant to our ministry (links to articles, quotes, photos, Bible verses, etc.) once a day. (You can also find me personally on Facebook and Twitter.)

3.  Sign up for weekly email updates here. These go out every Saturday and include a link to the previous week’s sermon, teasers from future messages, and reminders about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. While they are written with our own community in mind, they are a good way for you to stay informed about New Morning as well.

4.  Listen to messages from New Morning’s pulpit. You’ll see the “Sermons” button in the menu bar near the top of the Supporters Page. All of the messages at New Morning are recorded, including guests speakers, and uploaded on Monday.

5.  Visit the new blog here and subscribe using the “Follow by Email” option on the right. 

A New Morning

Here’s the first big change: I will no longer be posting at Instead, I will be writing on our church’s blog, A New Morning. This is a blog that rejoices in God’s mercy and the promise of a fresh start each day (cf. Lamentations 3:22, 23). While it will have less personal material, you can expect encouraging and thought provoking posts related to prayer, sermons series, current events, and Bible doctrine.

6.  Subscribe to our newsletter by filling our the form here. Be sure to include your mailing address. If you have given financially at any point in the past, you should already receive a copy to be displayed or distributed as you see fit. Here’s the second big change: per new Faith Missions policies, starting in January 2015, our newsletter will be mailed out quarterly instead of bimonthly. The latest issue will be available on our Supporters Page under the “Download” section at the bottom. Our most recent newsletter is from September/October 2014 and our next one will come out in January 2015.

Thank you for your continued prayers, encouragement, and financial support!

The Good and the Frustrating from Recent Outreach

Though there is still plenty on calendar, I wanted to share some highlights—both the good and the frustrating—from our outreach endeavors so far this summer.

The Good

  • New volunteers. While we’ve had some extra help from our intern, Hannah, and our friends Ed and Rachel, I am excited that we have engaged new volunteers right here from New Morning. During the Provo Farmers Market we had two new volunteers, including a man that has been attending our services for two years.
  • Positive feedback. During the Farmers Market, a woman thanked us for taking care of the flower bed in Cherry Hill Park. She said she walks by it every morning. That sort of name recognition is one of the reasons we decided to participate in the Adopt-a-Spot program.
  • Successful followup. Through phone calls, emails, and letters, we were able to contact everyone that stopped by our booth during the Freedom Festival, thank them for entering our drawing, and invite them again to church.
  • Record attendance. Yesterday we conducted our third monthly worship service at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab with a record attendance of nineteen.

The Frustrating

  • Unattractive giveaway. In anticipation of the Farmers Market, we ordered several hundred canvas tote bags with our logo and web address on them. However, no one here wants a tote bag from a non-LDS church. I offered one to a lady passing our booth whose arms were full of produce. She looked at it, smirked, and declined.
  • Stolen property. Since the Farmers Market, all of the signs in our adopted flower bed that read “This Spot Has Been Adopted by New Morning Church” have been stolen.
  • Bad location. Our booth during the Freedom Festival was in the last space on a dead end alley. This drastically cut our interaction with people and we only collected a fourth of the contact information we have gathered in previous years.

“Continue in Prayer” (June 2014)

Yesterday was New Morning Church’s second “5th Sunday Prayer and Communion Service”. For those that couldn’t make it, or who simply want to “continue in prayer” (Colossians 4:2) this week, here are the prompts used during the service with the corresponding verses that were read:

  • Pray that God would open the eyes of our lost family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors to the truth of His Word (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4).
  • Pray that our family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors would be willing to listen to the truth when it is shared (cf. Matthew 13:15).
  • Pray that every believer would recognize his or her responsibility to share the truth, and ask for specific opportunities for you to to do so this week (cf. Matthew 9:38).

Also, leading up to this service we used social media to solicit prayer requests. Each need was shared, the individual’s state of residence given in place of his or her name, and someone volunteered to pray. Everyone enjoyed this unique component and we prayed for needs in UT, TX, VA, and NC.

Join us for out next “5th Sunday Prayer and Communion Service” on Sunday, August 31, 2014!

#winawiiprovo [Contest]

Next weekend New Morning Church will set up a booth at America’s Freedom Festival. We’ll be giving away books, Bibles, tote bags, and church invitations, as well as holding a drawing for a brand new Nintendo Wii U! Unlike in the past, this year we are allowing multiple entries to help increase the odds of winning with our #winawiiprovo contest. See the official rules below and good luck!Wii U

  1. The contest is open to everyone—you don’t have to have attended New Morning before, or even live in Provo—and runs from now until 8pm on Saturday, July 5.
  2. Stop by our booth any time during the festival (Friday, July 3 through Saturday, July 5, 10am to 8pm each day) to enter in person. We are limiting the physical entry forms to one per person.
  3. Visit anytime between now and the end of the contest and click the Sermons tab near the top of the page.
  4. Click the small “s” icon immediately to the left of any one of the sermon titles. This will take you to that message’s SermonAudio page.
  5. Share the message using the Facebook “share” and Twitter “tweet” buttons, making sure to insert #winawiiprovo before posting. We will use the hashtag to track entries.
  6. One message can be shared on each social network per day. You cannot share the same message more than once. For each shared message, your name will be added to the drawing.
  7. The drawing will be made and the winner contacted on Monday, July 7.