Dear Friends, Family and Ministry Partners...
The Chewning Home
As many of you already know, Beth and I have been working towards raising money for our move over the past 45 days. Just yesterday, the last of our fundraising had come in and I am so excited to share that we have hit our goal. I thank Jesus for how he has provided through this. Never in my life have I seen God stir people towards generosity the way we have seen in the past month. So many of you have come along side of us to help this dream of moving into a single family home come true. As of now we have submitted all of the proper information to the bank along with the final check. Our closing is scheduled for this Friday, so please pray that we don't run into any issues.
We sincerely thank you for your love, prayers and financial support. We couldn't be more blessed having friends and family like you in our lives to share this beautiful time.
The month of December was also an incredible month of generosity for Netcast. I want to remind us that Netcast only exists because of you. Netcast exists because a group of people and churches, many who have never been to a service of ours, pooled resources, thought outside of themselves and took a risk on a young kid with little ministry experience and no seminary degree. Many of you sacrificed your own comfort so that a hope in Jesus would be spread throughout the North Shore of greater Boston. Because this is true, from the moment Beth and I left North Carolina to plant Netcast, we committed to do everything in our power to plant a church that modeled the same generosity that was modeled towards Netcast before we existed. And from the day we started, I am proud to say that Netcast has continued to fight for this. We have never let money drive us, or allow a lack-of money to give us an excuse to not minister to those around us. We have done everything we know to model, that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
In December, Netcast was able to give away over $37,000 towards Church Planting nationally and globally, as well as build 2 water wells in Zambia. Originally it was going to be Namibia but recently it was changed to Zambia. If you have a few minutes, please read of our efforts here.
Until all have heard, Matt and Beth
Purchase and Sale:
Last week we had our inspection on the home which came back good except for some minor punch list items. After submitting the list of changes, we have heard back and the builder will be fixing mostly everything so we can potentially have a closing by the end of the year.
We talked to about 5 different banks and today landed on our lender. The good thing is that this bank will service the entire loan for its entire length, is located in Beverly and has a very competitive interest rate. This is helpful on a number of levels. This is a huge blessing for a number of reasons.
We are grateful to Jesus that people have shown interest in helping us with, what should be, our last effort of fundraising for a long time. We are still about $55,000 short of our goal but have 35 days to go. I am both nervous and excited to see how the Lord will provide. Please pray for Beth and I through this time.
Thank You and Birthday Video:
I am so grateful for your partnership with our family. Many of you have prayed faithfully, some of you have encouraged us continually and others have generously given financially. There is no way that Netcast would be who we are without your love. I love the church that God has given me to shepherd and lead. Just last week, I celebrated my 31st birthday and they made me an awesome video.
How to Give:
This is not a closing tactic by any means!! But, many of you have asked for information on how to give and I would hate to rob you of the opportunity. HAHA. All of that info is below.
Until all have heard,
Matt and Beth
Click "Netcast Online Giving" Select "Pastor Support Matt Chewning" Fill out the remaining info and submit it.
I love my job. It is stories like this that get me up in the morning.
I've considered myself a Christian my entire life, but I specifically gave my life to Christ in middle school. I knew I was His, but not with as much certainty as I know now. Growing up in a Christian household, attending church on Sundays, learning what it means to put my faith into action on a daily basis, all contributed to a foundational understanding of what it is that Christ's death on the cross accomplished for my life. When I asked Christ to take over my life, I underestimated His promise of hardship and discipline for those He loves.
Understandably, life presented it's fair share of hardships throughout high school and college. Those hardships enabled doubt to blind me from the reality of Christ's forgiveness. I realize hardships will always be a reality. It's God's way of bringing the focus back to Him. In one sense, being baptized was my way of accepting that reality. I attended the baptism service without intending on being baptized. However, I was consumed by a peace that reassured me it was time I stopped letting doubt paralyze my desire to fully rest in the strength of Jesus Christ. I had no reason to deny any longer what I know to be true about my life. That peace slammed the door on the doubt that has so easily crippled my faith at times, or that has robbed me of an eagerness to serve the One who saved my life. I understand baptism to be an outward expression of what has occurred inwardly; the decision to be baptized was as much of an outward declaration to myself as it was to anyone who witnessed that service. My mom once told me: "Don't forget in the darkness, what you know to be the truth in the light." Being baptized was a way of recognizing and obeying His truth.
Anyone who desires to make much of the name of Jesus Christ, will inevitably face countless moments where worldly desires and faith collide. While wrong decisions are unavoidable, and repercussions of sin ensue, the realization of Grace in my life is an overwhelming catalyst to my ever-growing faith in Jesus Christ. It is perhaps the single best way I can explain why I know that my life it not my own! I know that being baptized solidified a greater appreciation for the grace I so desperately need each and every day.
Ultimately, I hope to be a man who praises God when times are bad, just as much as I do when times are good. The water rushing over my body is a moment I'll forever keep frozen in my mind, which helps me fulfill that goal. That image depicts what Christ's love has done to my heart. It renews my confidence that I'm forgiven, and that He is faithful, even when I am not. I try to hold on to that experience, that moment, as a way of preventing doubt from clouding my mind. Some days I'm better at it than others, but that's the beauty of His grace!
I'm really thankful for the opportunity to be baptized at Netcast. I hope you enjoy your week.
I was terrified and anxious yet full of adrenaline as those words jumped off the pages. Then Lord said, “Don't be afraid, I am calling you to Greater Boston and I will provide.” At that time we owned a new construction home, had 4 kids and never wanted to leave. I remember thinking how crazy it would be to give up such a great job, a great home, great friends and family; to move to one of the most expensive areas in the country. In addition to that I was going to start a church in one of the least reached regions in America. But the Lord was clear; so we went.
That was 3 years ago, and three years later we are still seeing God do amazing things.
Officially Under Contract
As most of you guys know, we have been looking for a house for the past 6 months. Yesterday we put down an offer on a home in Beverly. Today that offer was accepted and we're officially under contract. This is an extremely exciting day for our family. After serving here for 3 years, we are really excited about being in a permanent home that we can call ours.
Please pray that the Lord opens doors so this dream can become a reality. As much as I hate this part of my job, I have to raise a money for a down payment and have a short window of time to do it. I praise God for the people around me who love our family, believe in our calling and desire to see Netcast thrive.
Until all have heard,
Netcast is moving to 2 Services.
After much prayer, planning and discussing; Netcast will be going to two services starting September 22nd. The service times will be 9am and 11am. By committing to launch an additional service, especially with the intent of filling it with new people, this gives us the potential of reaching more people for Jesus than we could with a single service. Simply by adding another option and making more room for visitors, a momentum can be created that we never thought was possible. However, this will take some serious commitment on all of our part. A commitment to plan, a commitment to pray, a commitment to give, and a commitment to serve and a commitment to grow in our unity as a body and a mature as worshipers of Jesus. If our volunteers are unable to increase in number and involvement, then our dreams will slowly grind to a halt. However, I truly believe that the road ahead is filled with excitement and adventure for Netcast.
Although this may be a scary thing for us, we will never settle for being a church that is driven by fear. Rather, I pray that we will consistently be driven by faith.