Family Fun Day – Celebrating Fathers

FREE for the Whole Community!

Join us for a Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 16 at Renew Church at the Kittery Outlets. This is a great time that will be completely free for everyone in the community, and also doubles as a moment to celebrate Father’s Day. We’ll have a bouncy house, cotton candy, snow cones, games, and food available for purchase from Pink’s Lobster Truck. Time of event is 1:00pm-3:45pm; then join us for our 4pm service.

The Plocinski Family


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Renew Church
At The Kittery Outlets
318 US Route 1
(The former Bose outlet
next to Yankee Candle.)


New location with start date of July 1st

(Old Gymboree location in Kittery Premium Outlets next to Columbia Sportswear)
Service Time 10am starting Sunday, July 7th

Easter Service 2019

You’re invited!

Join us at 10:00am for an Easter Morning Service at our new location! Starting Sunday, April 28, join us at 4pm for “Coffee at Renew” – an informal Sunday afternoon gathering with music and an inspiring message.


Renew Community Church
At The Kittery Outlets
318 US Route 1
(The former Bose outlet
next to Yankee Candle.)

Got the Holiday Blues yet?

It’s that time of year…whether your ready for it or not.

The holidays are upon us but for so many people it won’t be a time of celebrate. While the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, unrealistic expectations, whether from ourselves, our friends…and definitely the culture in which we live – force upon us all a “Cookie cutter” mold as to what type of temperament/personality we should have at the holidays. Life is too complicated, and pain and disappointment go too deep, and last too long, for us all to somehow become “Buddie” the elf every holiday season!

So what are we supposed to do? How do we bare one more holiday season that we’d rather forget and just get on with another lack-luster new year? If any of these sentiments ring true with you, remember, you are a significant and unique person who has much value because you were created for a purpose by a God who does not make mistakes! Forget about all that the holiday season brings that we’d rather forget, and cherish that basic Christmas message that in the birth of Jesus we have God coming in the flesh on a divine rescue mission precisely because He LOVES….YOU. Yes, this holiday season don’t cover up all you’re actually struggling with. Don’t “grin and bear” just one more holiday season. Rather, let this be the holiday season that marks a positive and lasting change in your life by simply focusing on God becoming flesh out of love for you, and His heart of compassion that sees all the pain your dealing with. Yes, He really does see it.

Yes, even though you probably have many questions about this (how does God exist if evil does, etc.), remember not to ignore the message of Christmas. And another helpful tool for the holidays…..don’t go through it alone! Reach out to a family member, a faithful friend (hope you have one in me) or a counselor, and let them know what you’re really going through this holiday season.

For those of you who know me, and those of you who don’t but will see this blog boosted throughout FB, I would love to be here this holiday season and offer you some real hope that will get you through feeling just a little more hopeful. After all, that is the basic message of Christmas – HOPE. Hope born in the form of that little child.

So if you just can’t bear putting on your “Buddie” the Elf personality this Christmas season, will you take just a minute, reach out to me, and let me know how I can pray for you this holiday season? You can reach out to me at this helpful link http://renewchurch.me/prayer/ (of course, if you’re my personal friend, then you can call my cell and we will hang out and talk). But to all, please reach out with where you’re at this holiday season, and let me be praying for you. In all of our hurt and questioning about God and if He hears our prayers, simply let me do it for you this holiday season. Consider it my Christmas gift offer to you!  Oh yeah, I’d love for you to include your name when you shoot me your request so I can pray specifically to God for you, but if your inclined to not submit your prayer, then leave it empty and shoot the request over.

If it seems too unrealistic with where you are at to wish you a holiday season rich in love, friendship and happiness….and a similar new year to boot, then I hope you have at least a holiday season with just a little bit more simplicity, love and hope in it.

Signed,

Not feeling like Buddie either (Ron)

Fall Family Fellowship 2018

You’re invited!

Join us for a Fall Fellowship on Sunday, October 7th at the home of the Plocinski Family. This is a simple fellowship event that will begin at 4pm. There will be a short time when we gather for a brief introduction into who Renew Community Church hopes to become as well as a short preview on our first study together. You won’t want to miss this great time of hanging out, enjoying a meal together and learning how to find your place in something meaningful.

The Plocinski Family


The Plocinski’s
2 Ledgewood Drive
York, ME 03909
(Just off of Rt. 103)


RSVP

Please call Ron and Melissa at home or sign up using the form below.
(207) 337-8340

rsvp

BBQ Fellowship

BBQ Fellowship

BBQ Fellowship

You’re invited!

Join us for a BBQ Fellowship on Saturday, August 4 at the home of the Plocinski Family. This is a simple fellowship event at our home. We start out at 4pm. There will be a short time when we gather inside for a short introduction into a new church we are starting and where your place can be in it.

The Plocinski Family


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The Plocinski’s
2 Ledgewood Drive
York, ME 03909
(Just off of Rt. 103)


RSVP

Please call Ron and Melissa at home or sign up using the form below.
(207) 337-8340

rsvp

BBQ Fellowship

Stake Your Life on This!

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

Life is so crazy, right? This is such a tumultuous world we live in and our meager little lives can seem, well just that – meager. Need a little encouragement in light of that? I do to. We all need to get recharged and refocused in our lives. Let’s face it, on any given day, any given week, any given period of our lives, events and circumstances around us can make us feel rather insignificant. The antidote to that? Well, I think we need something bigger to hold on to rather than the paltry little things we normally settle for. Eager to grasp anything for significance, we often settle for the morsel rather than the mountain.

I recently found such Kilimanjaro-sized significance by meditating once again on that verse above. Wow, what a mountain of significance to be found there for those ready to climb the heights of the wonder of our God, then plumb the depths of its riches for their lives! Won’t you go on this grand expedition with me?

That is, after all, what is intended in that verse. When it says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God,” we are being invited on a quest. A quest that will take us away from the mess of our own lives and refocus us on the One who made us and who wants us to enjoy Him. So stake your life on that! All sound a bit risky? Well, the verse seems to address that potential fear too. That is the point of the verse referencing the faithfulness of God. Because He is faithful, we don’t have to fear the vulnerability of staking our whole identities on Him. I am pretty sure that verse means to say just that! We are truly anchored in life when we stake the claim of our lives on the mountainous faithfulness of our loving God!

Wow, pause and let THAT sink in. What a monumental, life-altering truth. That truth is the death blow to the entire self-help industry out there. Not that they don’t intend good for your life, it just seems its always, well, a temporary good if at all. What does God invite you to? The love and faithfulness of knowing and enjoying him – for a thousand generations! Want a free Bible study lesson at this point? When the verse talks about his love and faithfulness lasting a thousand generations, it does not mean it runs out at a thousand and one generations. No, that is the way God is say His love and faithfulness never run out. A thousand generations is an endless period of time. Being showered constantly with His love and faithfulness never runs out for those who love him and keep his commandments – and Old Testament way of saying making Jesus the King of your life.

Wanna come on this life-changing quest to the heart of God with us? There are two ways to begin. First, you have an open invitation to join us. In fact, we have been so impacted by this truth we are starting a new local church in the Kittery, York and adjacent areas of the Seacoast to proclaim this God far and wide! Come join us at Renew Community Church for our real-life home Bible study fellowship on most Sundays. We are seeking to gather a group of people to go on this quest as we launch a new church in the area. Second, share this blog post far and wide with everyone in your email address book and especially with all your Facebook friends. Please forward this out as we are trying to gather as many people as possible to start this new journey to the heart of God together.

You can contact me here. If this blog post has meant something to you, take the two steps mentioned above and then reach out to me with an email and lets talk!

Weekly Home Fellowship

Weekly Home Fellowship

You’re invited to:

A Weekly Home Fellowship
Date: Most Sundays / limited seating, please RSVP below

Time: 4:00pm
Location: The Plocinski Home

What you can expect:

This is a simple fellowship event at our home. We start at 4:00pm fellowship and a meal, then grow through studying the Bible together, praying and singing together. Child care is provided.

The Plocinski Family


Location
The home of our church planter
Ron and Melissa Plocinski:
2 Ledgewood Drive
York, ME 03909
(Just off Rt. 103)

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RSVP

Please call Ron and Melissa at home or sign up using the form below.
(207) 337-8340

rsvp

Weekly Home Fellowship

A Message of Hope Born in Bethlehem

Do you like a good story? We all do, don’t we. A good story is hard to resist – isn’t it? Whether it’s movies like Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Hobbit or The Star Wars Saga… There is something captivating about a good story.

Maybe that’s why we are so hooked on certain holiday classics like It’s a Wonderful Life or Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. These are stories that have endured because there is a certain down-to-earth, realness about them.Do you like a good story? We all do, don’t we. A good story is hard to resist – isn’t it? Whether it’s movies like Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Hobbit or The Star Wars Saga… There is something captivating about a good story.

And then there is the story of the birth of JesusIt’s been said that “the Christmas story doesn’t hide us from the harshness of our world. The harshness is an integral part of the story. And this is one of the reasons that this story is so powerful and enduring…The story does not hide us from the existence of the harshness. The story integrates it, showing us that God entered into the harshness of our world in order to change it.

But for now, looking at the Christmas story with a wide lens, just how do you re-tell a story as enduring as this one? Well, I think one way to do it is to attempt to look at it from a different vantage point. Looking at a story from a different vantage point can bring to light different facets of its enduring qualities. We are going to try to do that tonight by looking at one such passage in the Bible – Galatians 4:4-5

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to son-ship.

Now at first glance you won’t see shepherds, Mary and Joseph, wise men, or even a manger! But I think if you look a little more closely, you will. Each of those famous components of this story are all there, imbedded in the first line of that verse. From this verse I want to leave you with one simple Christmas-time reminder from God:

God holds all of human history perfectly in his hand (“the set time”)

God was more than able to keep the newborn infant Jesus safe in the midst of the harsh world he was born into. Barely before he had taken his first look at the world, Jesus was already being hunted by a King who wanted him dead. Then, barely after taking his first breath of life, his father is forced to hurriedly take his family to nearby Egypt. Embedded into the fabric of this Christmas story is God’s promise to take care of us – just as he took care of his son – Jesus. He will take care of us. And that is why there is so much hope centered on that first Christmas day.

We all understand that the holidays are really not a “holly, jolly” time after all. No doubt this past year has been full of disappointments and heartaches in our personal and professional lives. Maybe you’ve struggled to hold down a job or you were passed over for a promotion. Maybe you’ve been dealing with broken relationships characterized by hate and a lack of forgiveness. This is the first complete holiday season I’ve spent without my mother. We lost her to a long battle with Alzheimer’s just four days after Thanksgiving last year. Whatever the source of your hurt and anger, life in this world can just be plane unforgiving….but it is not without meaning.

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” – C.S. Lewis, the Problem of Pain

The pain and suffering that so often characterizes our lives does not need to rob of us our hope for something better. In fact, that is a good one word summary of that first Christmas morn – HOPE. As those wise men from afar looked into the face of Jesus, what they saw was hope. Hope for mankind. Hope for a better future. Hope for a restored relationship with our Creator. You see, you matter to God. You really do! God desires to be so present for you; so involved in your life that He invades human history in a way that changes the course of history itself.

Are you ready for the New Year? Whether you’re ready for it or not, it is just over one week away so I suppose we need to get ready for it! With the new year, there be no short of newspapers, magazines, talk shows and self-help gurus promising your best life now; promising better career success and the like if only you follow their formula. But I promise you this – if you put your hope in Jesus as your Savior then you will have true hope in the New Year.  How do you put your hope in Jesus as your savior? It’s by quietly confessing your sin of unbelief to God and accepting Christ as the payment for your sins. We call this repentance and faith.

If you’d like to continue your pursuit for hope in the new year, I encourage you to check out an upcoming class we will be offering through the York Adult Education at the York Middle School beginning Tuesday evenings in March. You can get some information here https://youtu.be/3zEZoDMb51o

A Seacoast Christmas

You’re invited to:

A Seacoast Christmas
Date: Saturday, December 22 [pending] / limited seating, please RSVP below

Time: 6:00pm
Location: TBA

Can’t wait for Christmas Day? Go aheadwe have an early Christmas gift for you and we’d like you to open it now. Look below to receive our gift to you this Christmas season. A Seacoast Christmas is a free event and all are welcomeIf you would like to volunteer, fill our the RSVP form but also let us know you want to volunteer by placing a note in the Questions box for us.

What you can expect:

This is an event for you! In fact, its our gift to you this Christmas season. No matter your background, beliefs or where you live we hope you come and join us. We hope to offer a wonderful Christmas celebration to help you slow down from all the distracting and draining elements of the holiday season and come and get recharged to truly enjoy the simplicity of Christmas. Because we want you to be comfortable, please dress as simply and comfortably as possible and with the weather in mind. It’s not a fashion show, but our gift to you at Christmas!

The evening will feature a 45-minute Christmas Celebration service featuring a live, multiple instrument band playing traditional Christmas Carols. After a short break at the end of the celebration, you are invited to stay with us for refreshments and a free Christmas movie entitled The Nativity Story. You can even check out the official trailer to the movie here:

We hope you can come and enjoy the entire two part event but if you feel you need to leave just a bit early…feel free to. We are relaxed about that sort of thing! We understand you may have time restraints at the holidays and we want to honor that.

Merry Christmas,
The Plocinski Family


RSVP

Please call Ron and Melissa at home or sign up using the form below.
(207) 337-8340


A Seacoast Christmas

What are you looking for freedom from?

I have been meditating on freedom lately, as I prepare to meet – my wife and I with another dear Christian couple to study the Bible together. We gather regularly, like so many of you do, in hopes of gleaning some practical wisdom for our lives. I may not know much about you; or know you at all, but one thing I think probably describes us all. We are looking for true freedom. Maybe its freedom from addiction. Maybe its freedom from past hurt. Maybe its freedom from unhealthy thoughts that plague your mind. I know each of those circumstances must bring much pain to those who bear those burdens. I certainly don’t want to make light of those situations. In fact, I mean to answer them. I mean to help you truly address them which this next statement.

The Bible describes all of humanity as being in bondage to sin and death.

Fundamentally, we suffer from all other forms of bondage (no matter the arena it appears in) because of this one basic fact that tragically unites all of humanity. The New Testament states is bluntly, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). One thing I have truly come to appreciate about the Bible is its varied and often picturesque way of communicating our origin, our problem, and the remedy. For instance, in one of those picturesque moments, the Bible describes us as, “…you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously lived according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient” (Ephesians 2:1-2). 

We truly feel and experience empathy for those of us who are going through difficult times or feel that they are in bondage to something. We are truly hope for liberation – for freedom. And I wish that for each of you!

So recently I was reading the New Testament book of Romans – chapter 1 verse 17. Though the language might not strike you as endearing, it speaks to true freedom. That big word justified can be simply be read as just as if I’d never sinned. You see, fundamentally, all our bondage traces back to human sin. However, God wants mankind to experience freedom through Jesus Christ. And the good news is that God takes care of everything that needs to be done for us! He sends Jesus to die for our sins. Jesus lives a perfect life and by some miracle God chooses to take his perfection….and give it to us!! So, it is just as if we had never sinned. What awesome news. I hope you come to experience true freedom through Jesus Christ, particularly as the holiday season is coming fast open us.

If you’d like to hear more about this freedom; if you’d like to know how you can conquer addiction and bondage in your own life, let me invite you out to our Home Bible Study at Fellowship that meets Sunday afternoons at my home. You can send us a message through out website at www.renewchurch.me

 

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