Photo: Crowds gathered at Arcadia City Church for the snow day!
By Carl Stagner
When the mercury was pushing 110 degrees this summer, Arcadia City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, was dreaming about a winter wonderland. They weren’t going to get it from the sky, however; the last time an inch of snow fell in Phoenix was 1937. They also weren’t planning on a two-hour trek up to Flagstaff high in the mountains north of the Valley of the Sun. But they were thinking about hiring a company that grinds one-ton bags of ice cubes into “snow” as the perfect Christmastime outreach for their community. Continue reading
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Tagged Advent, Arcadia City Church, Arizona, Christmas, Christy Fay, church plant, Cody Bracy, community, Kristen Bracy, Michael Fay, outreach, Phoenix, snow day, winter
Photo: Youth worship at Arizona Youth Camp 2016.
By Carl Stagner
Incredible things happen when churches sacrifice their own agendas and ministry plans to unite under the banner of Christ. Apart from each other, congregations are making great strides to advance the kingdom. But together, they can do what none could accomplish alone. In Arizona, students and youth leaders are setting the example for their older counterparts. Organized youth gatherings had ceased, yet the need for relational connectivity was palpable. The budget for a major production did not exist but, working together, several churches could make a life-changing convention possible. For the past five years, they’ve made it a reality. Continue reading
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Tagged Arcadia City, Arizona, better together, Cody Bracy, Gathering Place, Glendale, Kayla Harden, MCDowell Mountain, Mountain Park, North Hills, Phoenix, relational connectivity, Scottsdale, state youth convention, students, united, unity, West Side, worship, worship band, worship team, youth, youth camp