AS I OBSERVE THE WORLD AROUND ME, I SEE ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS. I THINK ABOUT EVERYONE WHOM GOD SENT MY WAY TO HELP CHANGE MY LIFE AND I WANT TO “PAY IT FORWARD” TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD. SO, I JOIN WITH OTHERS TO CREATE A MULTICULTURAL GATHERING OF COMMITTED PEOPLE TO SHARE THE LOVE OF CHRIST, TO DO CHURCH DIFFERENTLY.
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The endless opportunities I see around me to make a difference in othersâ€™ lives are my VISION for change. Giving back what was given to me just makes sense; so I CONNECT with others to strengthen my efforts and expand my resources. Together we are diverse, committed and generous.
TO MAKE AN IMPACT Together we make an IMPACT.
IS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OTHERS' OTHERS LIVES THROUGH CHRIST.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR For seven years Impact Church has peered through windows of opportunity that seemed impossible for us to attain. As we celebrate the opening of our ﬁrst permanent space, we do so with more than a sense of accomplishment. We rejoice knowing that God has even more amazing dreams to fulﬁll through us along this faith journey. More than challenging, our path to this time in the life of Impact has been incredibly exciting and rewarding. 2323 Sylvan Road is more than just a building; it is a place where even more lives can be changed in ways beyond what we’ve ever imagined.
Impactor [noun]: A member or attendee. One who sparks change through Christ.
So, thank you for your love, prayers and dedication to the vision and work of Impact Church. We could not have made it to this point without you and God. Many people have asked me, “Olu, what do you need? How can we help you celebrate?” My answer is the same as it was in 2007. Continue to pray for us. Hold us in your hearts. Join us for our worship experiences, connection groups, community outreach events, and generously share your ﬁnancial support. With all of that and our faith in God, Impact will continue to do church diﬀerently, help change the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Celebrating with you, Olu
I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I AM AN IMPACTOR. I RENEW MY CONNECTION TO GOD AND OTHERS. Impacting the world can seem daunting, impossible to achieve. Yet we’ve learned, without a doubt, that with God, all things are possible. With God, we are water-walkers, and many of our accomplishments defy logic and laws of nature. A-MAZING! This is how we know we can make a diﬀerence in the world—we’ve seen it over and over and over again. From two successful mission trips to Haiti to over $50K given in scholarship money through Impact Give Back to connecting with thousands of people through Connection Groups—walking the growth journey with this church proves that linking our individual dreams will always have an incredible impact on our community. People’s lives are literally changed before our eyes, and for that, we are extremely honored, humbled and grateful. During Renew | The Celebration Experience, Impact Church rekindles its vision, expanding its capacity to inspire us all to reconnect with God and to feel God’s inﬂuence in and on our lives. As a result, people will grow in the conﬁdence that they are an integral part of making an impact in the world around us. More than an event, this experience is a pathway toward transformation shared by Impactors from across diverse cultures, groups and disciplines. What connects us is the knowledge that focused, dedicated action produces incredible results. The eﬀect is awesome. With this community of believers, we know each moment builds on the last, creating an amazing journey of discovery. Prepare to learn, grow and renew.
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FOR THIS MOMENTOUS COLLECTION OF POWERFUL CHANGE AGENTS. We are the water-walkers, catalysts, influencers, creators and guides who faithfully make significant differences in our own lives, the lives of others, our communities and the world.
First Impact Church Worship Experience - Peering through the windows of Brown Middle School, Olu saw the school’s auditorium as the perfect beginning for a multi-cultural gathering of people who would be committed to sharing the love of Christ with the world. Impact Church has been committed to one thing: building and creating a multi-cultural gathering of people who are committed to sharing the love of Christ with the world. This month Impact also held the first Connection Group for attendees.
IGB gives $29K for emergency assistance, homeless ministry. and local schools
IGB gives over $20K to local schools and campus ministries.
Impact reaches its first 1,000 attendees in Worship.
Impact begins annual Homeless Outreach Projectpreparing and providing sleeping bags and toiletries for the Atlanta homeless.
Impact expands…Impact launches its second worship experience with “Your Season Premiere: S2” at 12 noon.
First Impact Give Back (IGB) $8K to Brown Middle School.
Impact publishes first book: Zero to 80, a collection of innovative ideas to accelerate church growth.
Itâ€™s official! Impact is constituted as a United Methodist Church.
Impact hosts iPraise in the Park, its first outdoor worship experience at Centennial Olympic Park.
Impact temporarily moves to the Georgia World Congress Center while Brown Middle School undergoes renovations.
First Impact Kidz worship experience. NxT-G launched its first worship experience with over 50 children in attendance.
Impact partners with North GA UMC Conference Emergency Disaster Relief to assist with those affected by tornado in Griffin, GA.
Featured on CNN.com for using social media in worship.
Impact begins annual community outreach project and partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Impact’s Building Search Team identifies 2323 Sylvan Road, East Point Georgia. A team of more than 20 dedicated Impactors spent more than 60 months searching for the perfect new location. Thanks to all of their hard work, Impact will have a new home.
Featured on HuffingtonPost. com for using technology in worship.
Impact launches the I Share… We Impact capital campaign with a goal to raise $3 million in three years to build a new, permanent worship space.
Impact adds two new worship experiences—an 8 a.m. for adults and a Noon experience for Impact Kidz.
Impact announces the plans and preparation for the I Share…We Impact capital campaign.
Impact announces to the community the purchase of a new worship space. Impact becomes the official owners of 2323 Sylvan Road East Point, GA 30344.
IGB hosts its annual Angel Tree community outreach - donating over $20K in toys and gifts to children and families in need during the holidays.
Impact sends first group of volunteers on mission trip to Haiti.
Impact hosts its first public/ community property tour at new property in East Point.
Impact partners with the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College for Easter.
As construction continues, Impact schedules the completion of renovations for the summer of 2014.
Impact signs loan to begin construction at its new home in East Point.
Family wins summer attendance incentive program and receives tickets to Walt Disney World.
Hosts sermon series loosely based on popular TV series: SCANDAL.
Pays off mortgage to 2323 Sylvan Road.
Impact moves into new worship space at 2323 Sylvan Road in East Point, GA.
4th and final public/community property tour before move-in.
Easter is hosted for a 3rd year by the MLK Chapel at Morehouse College with over 3,000 in attendance.
Groundbreaking ceremony at 2323 Sylvan Road.
Impact hosts annual Academic Grant Awards for all collegelevel students and Impact launches â€œ23 Ways to Impactâ€? a community outreach initiative to engage with our East Point neighbors.
Impact hosts its annual high school scholarship award for graduating seniors.
A NEW HOME FOR I M PA C T CHURCH
2323 Sylvan Road
STORYTELLERS IMPACT THE
SOUL AND CREATE INSPIRATION... Renew | The Celebration Experience presents an extensive range of speakers and worship leaders. From ministry frontrunners to thought-provoking leaders in the community to talented musical artists, each experience can both quietly encourage reflection as well as boldly move us toward rewarding change. In addition, Olu Brown will be preaching every Sunday in May at all three worship experiences. This event will inspire, energize and activate us. Each voice we hear will be the fuel that God uses to ignite transformation in our hearts and lives. Through our renewal, learning and connecting with God via these speakers and artists, we prepare to make a difference globally.
Founding Pastor, Church of the Resurrection UMC Hamilton founded the CORUMC in 1990. Today the church is one of the largest United Methodist Churches in the United States with an average weekend attendance of 8,600. He has been awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy award and was named one of the “Ten People to Watch in America’s Spiritual Landscape” by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
Wed., May 7 @ 7pm
Senior Pastor, Windsor Village UMC A little over 30 years ago, Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell was assigned to the Windsor Village UMC to serve as senior pastor. Since that time, his Kingdom Building ministry has immensely blessed the church family, and has tremendously altered the social and economic landscape of Houston.
Wed., May 14 @ 7pm
Dr. Claudette Copeland
Co-Founder and Pastor, New Creation Christian Fellowship Dr. Copeland is a founding co-convener of the Women in Ministry Training Conference, (Atlanta,GA 2006), serving aspiring and active women ministers in all seasons of their journey. She is the founder of Claudette Copeland Ministries and serves with her husband as Executive Pastor of the New Creation Christian Fellowship Church.
Wed., May 21 @ 7pm
Bishop Vashti McKenzie
Presiding Bishop, 10th Episcopal District AME Church Currently, Bishop McKenzie is honored to serve as the presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District, which is the entire state of Texas. McKenzie, known for her leadership and service, was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the inaugural Presidentâ€™s Advisory Council of the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Wed., May 28 @ 7pm
...TO CHANGE THE WORLD
AS AN IMPACTOR FOR CHRIST. As we renew our vision, our core mission is to be a prayerful community that operates with compassion, honesty and a concern for economic development as we lead through our service. We strive to be an inspirational place where people are moved to (re)connect with God and each other. We know that through these transformative experiences, we live out the inner and universal truth that we are the change for which weâ€™ve all been waiting. Through Christ, we can and will make a difference.
GOD IS LOVE DOES CHURCH DIFFERENTLY.
Senior Pastor, Windsor Village UMC Wed., May 14 @ 7pm
AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO
SHARING THE LOVE OF CHRIST
WITH THE WORLD.
Claudette Copeland Co-founder and Pastor, New Creation Christian Fellowship Wed., May 21 @ 7pm
The greatest expression of our faith that we can communicate is love. Love is the essence of God, the core feature of God’s character. Through this love and the inﬂuence it has on our lives, we at Impact Church renew our faith and enthusiasm for sharing God’s gift of love with the world. Sharing love is in everything we do. I Corinthians 13:13 “Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love.” Sometimes our conﬁdence waivers and doubt creeps into our lives, shaking our faith from time to time. God’s love helps us deal with these moments. Bishop Vashti McKenzie While these experiences can be unsettling, at the Presiding endBishop, of the day, they produce strength, courage 10th Episcopal District AMEfor Church and greater hope the future. When we make Wed., May 28 @ 7pm it through challenging times, we are motivated to return to our vision, renew our connection with God and others, and recommit to impacting the world. Connect and celebrate God with us! Open your heart, work through your questions and ﬁnd your place in this unique experience. Make a diﬀerence as only you can.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Wed., May 7 @ 7pm
Founding Pastor, Church of the Resurrection UMC Wed., May 14 @ 7pm
Senior Pastor, Windsor Village UMC Wed., May 21 @ 7pm
Co-founder and Pastor, New Creation Christian Fellowship Wed., May 28 @ 7pm
Bishop Vashti McKenzie
Presiding Bishop, 10th Episcopal District AME Church Sun., June 1
Dedication Sunday 8am Rev. Coy Hinton
District Superintendent for Atlanta-College Park District UMC
10am Bishop Michael Watson Presiding Bishop North Georgia UMC Conference
Noon Rev. Walter Kimbrough Impact Sage
Sat., June 7 @ 12pm
Renew + The Block Party Sun., June 8 @ 8am
Impact Youth Confirmation
For the next generation of Impactors
Special Musical Artists include James Fortune, Darlene McCoy, Ken Ford and Celia Whitler
RENEW + THE BLOCK PARTY SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 12PM-4PM
Our new property inspires our entire Impact community with its potential to touch even more people through dynamic worship, creative children and youth experiences, and social outreach. Impact Church’s dedicated spirit becomes clear via our enthusiasm to become what the world needs: an innovative and relevant gathering of diverse servant leaders determined to help the world renew their connections to God. We extend an open invitation to the entire Metropolitan Atlanta community and beyond to attend our launch event: Renew + The Block Party.
IMPACT YOUTH CONFIRMATION SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 8AM-12PM 8am + 10am: Tolton Pace, Youth Pastor
Noon: Carolyn Poling, Student Ministries Pastor Impact Church is excited to host our ﬁrst Youth Conﬁrmation Event on June 8, 2014. Designed for our next generation of Impactors, the youth conﬁrmation experience provides our youth the opportunity to join the Impact journey of making a diﬀerence through Christ. Having already conﬁrmed their beliefs, this conﬁrmation experience oﬀers adult Impactors the chance to connect with our youth through worship, study and fellowship as we all collectively serve as the change we want to be and create throughout our communities. Continuing to make a diﬀerence through Christ, Maximum Impact middle school students will connect with each other and worship every Sunday at 10am and Noon. Maximum Impact high school students will begin their weekly worship experiences on Wednesday nights beginning on June 11 at 7pm.
IMPACT CHURCH OFFERS THE ULTIMATE RENEW EXPERIENCE
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN On June 8, Impact will provide three winners with the ultimate RENEW experience to help them fully unwind. The package is open to all adult participants over the age of 18. Winners will be selected and notified on Sunday June 15. Good luck! SCAN TO ENTER
i share... we impact I Share...We Impact is our spiritual journey to expand Impactâ€™s ability to realize our mission by better serving Metropolitan Atlanta with a permanent home and community partnerships. The goal of I Share...We Impact is to raise more than $3,000,000. These funds enable the church to continue to allow Impact to expand our vision of being a multi-cultural gathering of people who are committed to sharing the love of Christ with the world.
HOW YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT Besides donating monetarily, there are many ways to get involved and serve here at Impact. You may volunteer with Hospitality, Host Parking, Special Projects, Praise & Worship or even Creative Programming. If you have a specialty, a certain skill or just a slight interest, we have a team for you! Please visit Guest Services in our lobby to learn more about volunteering or contributing to I Share...We Impact.
connections REVEALED: THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS IMPACT CHURCH-WIDE STUDY Three Simple Questions by Bishop Reuben P. Job Who is God? Who Am I? Who Are We Together?
Three Simple Questions is the theme of the church-wide experience in spiritual growth and development to be held in June 2014. It is also an introductory experience for persons who are new to Impact Church and who live in the surrounding community. We ask each Impact attendee to participate in this church-wide initiative by coming to worship, participating in the Spiritual Growth Journey and attending one of the three-day small group experiences. This exploration invites participants to examine what faith means to them and what they believe about God, themselves and their community. We will consider these questions in a fun, interactive and open environment where everyone and all philosophies are welcome, free of judgment. This group is appropriate for life-long churchgoers as well as persons who donâ€™t believe in organized religion and everyone in between. Feel free to invite your friends, neighbors and family members; you do not have to attend or be a member of Impact Church to participate. We cannot promise that we will have the final answers to these questions when we complete the group, but we will have a great time learning and discovering together.
Registration begins Sunday, May 25 after each worship experience. Participants may also sign up online at: www.impactdcd.org. Session dates: Sunday, June 22, 29 and July 6, and Wednesday, June 18, 25 and July 2 Sessions will occur after worship experiences, online and throughout the East Point and Atlanta communities.
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