Here’s a look at what He’s doing through Dayspring UMC.
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One of the most exciting parts of 2016 at Dayspring was the opportunity to clarify our church’s identity and direction. We couldn’t help ourselves: we had to share it again as we celebrate the mission that God placed on our hearts and look forward to God’s future for Dayspring.
We pray that you are as excited as we are about what this means for our future!
Dayspring has an incredible opportunity to introduce our neighbors to the power of Christian community and decrease the number of spiritually disconnected people in the “Dayspring Diamond”.
In the next 7 years (2023), we will focus on reducing the number of spiritually disconnected people within the “Dayspring Diamond” by 15%, with a special emphasis on introducing young families to a
Christ-filled life within Christian community.
Nearly one out of three households within the “Dayspring Diamond” (South Loop 323-Flint-Bullard-Whitehouse) is completely disconnected from a church home, and 3 out of 5 people attend church once a month or less! While many of our neighbors come from “churched” backgrounds, they no longer identify with or invest in a vital faith-life.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
• Partnership Development
• Groups Development
• Leadership Development
• Campus Development
We also see that 70% of the population in the “Dayspring Diamond” is younger than 50 years old, primarily consisting of families with young children (including single/divorced parents) who have never experienced the transforming power of the Body of Christ.
We see a day in which families in the “Dayspring Diamond” are healthier and more stable because of God’s work through us.
Every person deserves the opportunity to be invited and welcomed into the family of God! We believe God uniquely positioned Dayspring to move the needle and make a measurable impact in the lives of spiritually disconnected people that live in our “backyard.”
We see a day in which every individual in worship at Dayspring would identify one person per quarter,
pray for them and invite them into a Christ-filled life within a Christian community
(at Dayspring or any other church).
Sunday morning worship is the heart-beat of our community – it’s where we connect with each other and with God! Our staff works with a team of about 50 volunteers every Sunday morning to create an experiential setting in which every person who walks through our doors will have the opportunity to encounter Christ. In 2016, we continued to reach beyond our walls by introducing video! Dayspring now hosts LIVE Online Worship experiences for those who can’t make it to Dayspring on Sunday mornings. Dayspringumc.tv is also a window into the work of God at Dayspring for those that have never been. Whether someone joins us for Online Worship or at Dayspring, Sunday morning is the “front door” for people coming to church for the first time (or the first time in a long time)! We can’t wait to see what God has in store for 2017!
Dayspring took a major step toward becoming a “church of small groups” in 2016. Almost half of our community became actively involved in one of 25 groups last year! The growth of our Groups is a testimony to both the work of the Holy Spirit and to our basic needs to Connect, Grow and Love. As we move into 2017, we’re as passionate as ever about creating more opportunities for people in and around our congregation to experience the gift of Christian community! If you haven’t had an opportunity to find the right Group for you, contact Pete Aubin now!
Dayspring Kids helped over 425 kids connect to God on Sunday mornings and grow in their faith by participating in worship. More than 60 volunteers gave their time throughout the year to invest in the next generation on Sunday mornings. In the month of July, 125 kids participated in VBS and over 80 volunteers helped make the week a success!
Due to a growing number of kids on Sunday mornings, we added an additional Edge class (4th and 5th grade students) at the 11:00 service and renovated our nursery to accommodate more babies.
The children’s ministry reached outside of our church walls by participating in several mission opportunities. The children made cards and gifts for military personnel, imprisoned believers, homeless men and women in Tyler, residents at Meadow Lake Senior Living Center, and Compassion-sponsored children.
We are excited about the new opportunities that are ahead in 2017. We hope to invest in the children within our church walls as well as reach those who do not have a church home and assist parents in teaching their faith to their kids.
Dayspring Student Ministries (DSM) meets each Sunday night to share a meal, play games, connect with each other and grow in their faith small groups. Our weekly attendance continued to grow in 2016, with an average of 50-60 students! We also added two new members to DSM’s staff this year as well: Susan Stair (guiding our small groups) and Chad King (guiding our missional opportunities)
DSM is committed to creating opportunities for our students to experience servant-leadership. DSM led two week-long local mission camps last summer. 24 high school students from Dayspring partnered with students from 3 other churches to build wheelchair ramps, repair porches, replace flooring and clean yards at more than 25 homes in Crockett Texas. DSM’s middle school students stayed local by serving within the Dayspring Diamond. 60 students and 12 adults prepared meals at East Texas Food Bank, painted the Whitehouse food pantry, served meals at the Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church food pantry, replaced steps to a porch, built 3 wheel chair ramps, painted another wheel chair ramp, and completed yard work on more than 6 homes.
Several Tyler communities were impacted by Dayspring this year through strategic partnerships included Shiloh Pines Mobile Home Park, Jack Elementary School and Meadow Lake Senior Living Center. 40 volunteers have invested over 125 hours at Jack Elementary by helping with the carpool line, mentoring students, hosting events for the teachers and more. 5 volunteers gave their time each week to invest in over 25 kids at Shiloh Pines by providing games, snacks and Bible lessons. 6 volunteers spend about an hour a week (since September) at the Meadow Lake Senior Living Center visiting with over 70 residents.
Over 75 people volunteered at the East Texas Food Bank and made over 15,000 meals along with several different projects; such as packing meals for seniors, backpacks of food that go home over the weekend for children that are in the state food program at school, bagged beans and rice. Our Helping Hands group of 15 members even helped with 5 service projects around the diamond over 11 days.
The Living Water International partnership through Advent Conspiracy this year raised over $35,000 towards building 7 wells in communities across the globe.
2016 was a good financial year for Dayspring. While a difficult economy and an election year created financial uncertainty within our community, we are blessed to have the resources to absorb a small deficit. Dayspring’s Finance Committee and staff worked together to develop a 2017 budget that will position us for greater financial success in the coming year.
We continue to trust in God’s provision, even as we plan wisely and strategically for the future!