I wanted to share a brief update with you as we jump into fall! Hope you’re having a great week!
I wanted to share a brief update with you as we jump into fall! Hope you’re having a great week!
Dear Journey Family,
Robin and I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and commitment to what God is doing in and through our church family!
Part of the adventure over the past several years has been my personal physical health. Due to the issues I deal with, my body will go through episodes where it presents stroke-like symptoms and then go back to normal. This past Sunday, as I was teaching, my body decided to have an episode, which affected my ability to speak clearly and have good physical coordination on the stage. While I was aware of my struggle, I was not aware of its extent until many hours later. Due to that, we pushed on through the day and saw God do many miraculous things! All glory to Him!
If I knew then, what I now know, I would not have tried to continue teaching throughout the morning. In the absence of that knowledge, I chose to push on and see what God was doing.
At the end of the day, we know that for some reason, every once in a while, something will trigger one of these episodes. While they appear as stroke-like symptoms, there is never any permanent damage visible on any scans or tests. I had scans completed this week and while we are still waiting for the final results, the preliminary results continue to indicate what I communicated above. Our course of action is to continue seeking our doctors input, both locally and through Mayo Clinic, to see if we can figure out the trigger point or a pattern of any sort.
I’m feeling great now, and things seem back to normal. We were already planning on having Adam Barnett teach this Labor Day weekend, so we will stick with that plan and try to give my body a physical break. I will be teaching next weekend, September 7, as we kick off Four Cups, a study on God’s promises in holy communion that will change our lives forever!
We love you, we appreciate you and we are so proud of you! Together, we are seeing cities transformed one life at a time!
Thank you so much for your prayers for Robin and I, and our family! We felt your support as we traveled to the Mayo Clinic and experienced the incredible place that it is! We even ran into some old friends and had a unique opportunity to encourage them on their journey!
While my tumors are still there, we came home with lots of knowledge and options for a bright future! Of course, with that knowledge comes great responsibility, too. Click below for a video update.
Now that it’s summer, I also want to give a shout out to some exciting things that we have going on just for our Journey family!
Come hang out for Sweet Sundays in the Park, at our very own JourneyChurch Park on Sunday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. We have music, games, sports, Life Group hangouts and then Cafe3.20 serves a dessert-of-the-week after the 6:00 PM worship experience! (this Sunday is fudge brownies!!) We also have a new opportunity for your family to win a family prize-of-the-week! Post a family photo to facebook, instragram or twitter with the hashtag #JourneyFamily to be in the drawing for the next family prize! If you post a picture of your family taken at Sweet Sundays in the Park, your name will be in the drawing TWICE! Next week’s prize is a Cafe3.20 and moon-bounce block party!
Another hot topic is Creative Journey’s next album, REMIX. We want YOU to pick the songs that are recreated for the album by making pledges through our Kickstarter campaign. When you contribute, you get to vote for a song and your money goes to the recording and production costs of the record. Click here to contribute and checkout the other cool incentives like a free copy of the record, guitar or voice lessons, and even a block party that includes the Creative Journey Worship team and Cafe 3.20 showing up in your neighborhood! Don’t wait to buy the album in August because we need your help now to complete this project! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1439230937/remix-a-creative-journey-worship-album
If you have kids in preschool and elementary school, make sure to grab a family night plan when you pickup your kiddos on Sunday. The plans are specifically for our study, Jesus Loves the Little Children, and they include tools for you to teach biblical principles at home in fun and creative ways. We know that summer is a different kind of busy, but busy none-the-less, so we hope some of these things are just what your family needs to spend valuable time together soaking up the sun and growing in faith. At JourneyChurch, we are making it One Sweet Summer!
I can’t wait to see you all on Sunday to continue teaching and learning more about our Father’s love for us as His children.
Journey Family –
I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend! I wrote a letter for Pastor Adam to share during worship experiences on Sunday, May 25 and I wanted to post it here for anyone who may have missed it.
First, and foremost, my family and I want to thank all the men and women who have served this great country. It is you who are truly our heroes.
We also want to ask you to pray for us specifically this week. The past several months have been nothing short of miraculous and we continually find ourselves giving God glory. We have been blessed with so much fruitfulness in our lives that it has been easy for me to kind-of ignore the realities of my health challenges.
To that point, and due to the stunning opportunities God continues to give us as family, and a church family, we are submitting to our overseers’ and elders’ requests to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
While the thought of it all is very daunting, please know that we are going out of a desire to affirm everything we already do know about the tumors and to be as aggressive as possible in finding current data, as a whole, in regards to the situation. So we do not go out of a panic, or new-discovered crisis, just out of stewardship of the opportunities God has given us.
Please keep us in your constant prayers and especially my kiddos. They have a great support system, and just like us, choose to focus on the positives in our lives instead of the few challenges.
I’ll be here to begin our next study “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” a fresh study that will revolutionize your life, our church, and our cities forever! So bring somebody!
Blessings, have an e3:20 week, and let’s kick-off our best summer ever next Sunday!
I hope you’ve had an incredible week! We are ready for you to join us for Christmas Spectacular starting TONIGHT! It has been amazing to share the simple and most valuable aspects of this season with you throughout the Simply Christmas series and Advent, and I am expecting God to do even greater things as we continue and have over 10,000 people come through our doors this weekend! We have experiences Friday, Saturday and Sunday so that there is plenty of space for everyone to join us.
Continue inviting and praying for those who will attend. Christmas Spectacular is our gift to the community and an opportunity for us to share the Light of the world with thousands of people. All glory to God, I believe the environment He has allowed us to create is the best Christmas environment in Oklahoma! I can’t wait to worship with you, have a blast with you, and see lives transformed! It’s going to be big and I want you, your family and your friends to be there, too!
The next few days are going to be simply spectacular! See you soon!
I feel like I am always saying, “it’s been a crazy few weeks,” and it has been! I am so excited about God’s work through the Elephant series and loved having elephants at our Norman Campus a few weekends ago. It was amazing to see the community that took place before and after discussions about a tough subject.
I appreciate your grace and understanding as I spent time with my family OU/TX weekend. Pastor Adam delivered an incredible, God-breathed message about war, and then again about Ephesians 3 when I unexpectedly caught pneumonia. We will finish up the Elephants series this Sunday. I am going to teach about the God of our pain and how to make sense of the pain we go through .
I’ve been blown away by God’s faithfulness so far this semester as He guides us through JC 1360 and other incredible conversations about being healthy and stewarding His blessings to transform cities. I am privileged to serve a body of believers who appreciate my transparency about the health challenges I walk through. Please remember, I am healthy, but susceptible to sickness just like all of you! My body needs extra rest to heal and I try to steer clear of people who are sick so that I don’t complicate things for my immune system. Although Robin and I have had a tough week of pneumonia and bronchitis, we are on the mend, and trusting in the healing power of God who is providing energy and vision for His Kingdom each and every day.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement! Go to the doctor and rest when you’re feeling ill. It wouldn’t hurt to keep a can of lysol at your fingertips also!
See you Sunday,
First, I want to thank all of you who have so faithfully cared for, prayed for, encouraged, and served our family as we have walked through hell over the past three years! We could not have done it without you!!!
Second, I want to answer the question, “How are you Pastor Clark?” With 100% candor and honesty I can say that I, and we (my family), are okay. We are emotionally worn out from the past few years and are intentionally focusing on staying filled-up spiritually, emotionally and physically. There is no doubt in our minds that God has allowed, not caused, this season in our lives to help us in our effectiveness in ministering to others and proclaiming the Gospel. God is a good, good God!
Third, I want to answer another frequently asked question, “What can we expect as you return?”
As I step back into teaching this weekend, I celebrate that God has allowed me to be a part of such a committed, generous, loving church! You are a family, and a good one! While there are always things we can work on, there are far more things to celebrate. Because of your commitment, we are in the middle of a great move of God! That cannot happen without consistent commitment from the thousands of people who make Journey their home! I am so proud of you! I look forward to the great years we have ahead of us!
Happy July everyone! I hope this season is great for you and your family!
Thank you all for your continued prayers as I recover from my latest saga of health challenges. Last week was miserable, but the past 2 days I have started to feel a little better. I think my greatest frustration right now is my desire to run hard after the opportunities the Lord has given us, and at the same time having to pace myself so my body can experience a full recovery. It is pretty remarkable to think about all the things the enemy has thrown my way over the last 3 years! I am extremely blessed by God’s faithfulness through it all!
Don’t miss the coming weekends in July at JourneyChurch! This weekend my long time friend, mentor, and spiritual father, David Smith will be teaching. David is one of the best leaders I have ever encountered in my life. He, and his wife Linda, are the one’s who created the Family Vision process, including vision retreats. David will be sharing this weekend on one of his Biblical Heroes.
Take a moment in the coming days to give thanks to God for this amazing country we live in! We are so blessed to live in the USA. Happy 4th of July!