Thank You, Rocky Creek!

by Lee Buford on March 14, 2010

Today is a new day, an exciting day, an emotional day, and a bittersweet day…all in one!

A couple months ago my family and I made the decision to pick up our church roots and follow God’s calling by linking up with Renewal Church, a new church plant here in Greenville. Our home church, Rocky Creek Baptist Church, has been partnering with Renewal throughout the pre-launch season, and has been a tremendous blessing from God throughout the process.

In fact, Renewal has been meeting in the Storehouse at Rocky Creek, the student ministry building behind the church. As a result we have been able to remain in our Sunday school class while attending the Renewal gatherings afterwards. I have been able to continue in my role as co-teacher of the class, my wife has been able to continue working with the children’s’ ministry, and my daughters have been able to remain entrenched in a children’s’ ministry that God has so graciously used to impact the lives of children and families alike at Rocky Creek.

Today, that all changes.

Today we spring forward an hour on the clock. Today Rocky Creek begins a new schedule of service and Sunday school times. And today, Renewal Church holds its first service in our new home, the one and only service we will have prior to our “official” launch service next Sunday. Today is exciting for everyone involved!

Tomorrow, I will post a follow-up more specifically relative to the work and service of Renewal Church here in Greenville. Today I want to say thank you to my dear friends at Rocky Creek who, by God’s grace, have been so instrumental in the growth and spiritual maturation of me and my family.

I’m not going to go into details and specifically thank each and every person…I would only leave someone out if I did. So let me say this:

To Pastor Ken Forrester and the staff, to Keith Burgio and our Sunday school class, and to the brothers and sisters with whom we have served and worshipped alongside over the past few years…THANK YOU and WE LOVE YOU!

Each of you will continue to hold a dear and special place in our hearts, and we will forever be grateful for the opportunity to do life with you. We are also grateful to have the opportunity to continue to partner with you in many ways over the coming weeks, months, and years.

We are excited about what God has in store for us going forward, both individually and as a church, and we anxiously go forth from here to serve His kingdom in this new capacity. We will continue to pray for our brothers and sisters at Rocky Creek, and we would appreciate your prayers for us as well.

At the end of the day, this is not the end at all. This is the beginning, the sunrise, the dawn of a new day for us and for two church families we so dearly love. May God continue to use each of us for His glory and holy purposes going forward.

To Him be the glory!

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Kevin B. Glenn March 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Hey Brother,
It is my prayer that God continues to grow you, your family, and Renewal in the days ahead. I have enjoyed the time we have spent together studying the Word together and getting to know what God has done in our lives. I will pray that this transition helps to build the kingdom and bring God glory. If I can every help pleased nevery hesitate to let me know. Also, the blog is looking good.
Your co-laborer for the Gospel,
Kevin

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Lee Buford March 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Thanks much, Kevin! I appreciate your kind words and all that you have meant to me personally over the past couple years. Your passion for God and His Word are contageous, and He will continue to use you in my life and that of others as well. I certainly look forward to all that God has in store!

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Misty Burgio March 15, 2010 at 1:14 am

It was definitely a different class today without you guys. I have to admit that I hate change but even though I'm bummed personally, I'm happy for you guys and know that you are following what God has for you. We love you guys. I rsvp'd for next week…we wouldn't miss it!

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Lee Buford March 15, 2010 at 4:14 am

Thanks, Misty! You, Keith, and the entire class have meant so much to us…definitely bittersweet to leave such a close group of friends. God has great things in store, and I'm grateful that we will be able to remain connected with you all at every opportunity!

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jeffholder March 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Hey Pal,

You will be missed but I am sure God will use you and you awesome family to further his Kingdom!! Please let me know if I can be of any help.

God Bless,

Jeff

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Lee Buford March 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Thank you, Jeff! We will miss the weekly fellowship for sure, but I look forward to still being involved with you and the rest of the gang as much as we can.

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jeffholder March 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Stay in touch!!

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