Friday, December 26, 2008

No Services This Sunday

Please enjoy this post-Christmas weekend with your family and loved ones! We've given our staff and volunteers the weekend off, but we'll resume on January 4 in the Lazzara Theater of the UNF Fine Arts Center.

Don't miss the launch of a new series, "Go Fish." It's a great set of messages that explore what Jesus meant when he said he would make his disciples "fishers of men."

Oh, and on January 4, keep in mind that with the larger room, we no longer have a 9:00am service. See you at 10:30am!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy your family today as you celebrate the amazing free gift we have been given in Jesus Christ!

Because of him, we have new life that can't be earned or deserved. It's a gift! Amazing.

See you January 4, 10:30am, for the launch of "Go Fish."

Friday, December 19, 2008

Do We Really Act Like This?

Would Starbucks (or any business) be as successful if they acted like the local church?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Not-So-Silent Night

Join Access Church for a different kind of Christmas Eve!

It's going to be a fun service. Lots of fun. In our new room! Oh yeah, and it'll be kinda loud.

Waumba Land will be open for children aged six-weeks to five-years-old. Elementary-aged children are welcome to join us in the 45-minute service.

Andy Stanley & Rich Barrett will be sharing, “Choosing Christmas,” and we invite you to stay after the service for hot chocolate and cookies.

You'll definitely want to be inviting friends. Lots and lots of them. Email them right now and send them a link to this site:

December 24, 5:00pm, at the University of North Florida's Lazzara Theater. See you then!

Friday, December 05, 2008

New Digs!

Access Church has found a new home!

Don't worry, you won't have to learn new directions or parking...we're in the same building we've always been—just in a much nicer room!

Our first service in the Lazzara Theater will be our Christmas Eve Service, "Not-So-Silent Night." (Invite a friend for a different kind of Christmas Eve!)

There will be no services on Sunday, December 28, but we're excited about starting the new year in our new auditorium on January 4 at 10:30am!

The new room is substantially larger than our current room, providing opportunities for growth and allowing us to create environments more like the North Point, Buckhead, and Browns Bridge campuses.

More seats means more opportunities to invite friends to hear the life-changing message of grace and practical, biblical teaching from Andy Stanley, Adam, and myself.

As you look at the picture above, imagine your friend, co-worker, neighbor, or relative sitting there developing an intimate relationship with God—perhaps for the first time! It's a thrilling next step in the growth of Access Church!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Track Spending Online

Walking through the LO$T series together has been rocking some of our worlds! What a timely, relevant series on our personal finances!

From the beginning of this series, we've said that the best way to get "un-lost" is to know where we are—to gain context.

Here are some helpful tools that you can start with right away. Each is an online tool to help you track and categorize spending by syncing in real time with your bank accounts, including debit- and credit-card transactions. Start today knowing where your money is going!
The first of the free utilities, and regularly adding features. I've experienced a 24-48 hour delay in syncing with my bank account, but other than that it's pretty smooth.

Quicken Online
The newest offering in the free category, from the personal finance giant Intuit. I'm guessing there'll be easy upgrade paths to more robust paid options. I'm also guessing Intuit will remind you of those upgrade paths often. But hey, free is free!

My personal favorite, because it takes a different approach. It really mimics the physical envelopes you may have used in the past. Each time you have income, you allocate specific amounts to each envelope (spending category). At any time, you can check to see what remains in each envelope, and envelope balances accrue each month for those items you're saving up for. ($8-$13 per month, depending on length of agreement.)

What do you use? Is there another system you'd recommend? Comment below!