John had it right.

At the very end of John's gospel, this is what he writes:

"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."

For about two-thousand years now, followers of Jesus have been overwhelmed by the thought of sharing all the ways God has been working. As I write this update, I find myself with that same struggle. Our stories and updates are only a small part of what God has been doing through Community Church. At the same time, I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

The amazing thing is, whether you realize it or not, God has used you to bring us this far.  Every conversation, connection, prayer, and partnership has played an important part in the early stages of this story God is writing. We are so grateful for your support and partnership and we hope that you're encouraged as you see the ways God has been working.

Lou and Allie

Meet Our New Friends.

After several interviews, many conversations, tons of prayer, and a week-long assessment, we’re excited to announce that we have officially partnered with Orchard Group. 

With all the uncertainty of the church planting process, Orchard provides guidance, support, and accountability to planters seeking to establish new communities of faith. In partnership with Orchard, we’ll have an external oversight team made up of the lead planter (Lou), an Orchard Staff member (Brent Storms), and several other pastors who have experience in church planting and whose churches are invested in the future of Community Church. In addition to this, Orchard will help with the legal side of ministry, the process of establishing partnerships, and oversight of our finances.

“Orchard Group has an exceptional track record of planting churches in cities. Over 95% of churches started by Orchard Group become independently viable. Currently, churches planted by Orchard Group that are under five years old are reaching over 300 people on average; churches five to ten years old are reaching over 600 and churches ten to twenty years old are reaching nearly 1,200.”

BOOTS ON THE GROUND

Though we were the first people that God has led on this journey, we are definitely not the only ones. As time goes on, we are seeing more and more people step out in faith with Community Church.

Before we had publicly shared our decision to start this church, Allie and I had dinner with Nick and Joanne Torcivia, two close friends of ours. That night, we told them we believed that God was leading us to leave our church in Setauket and move to Babylon to start a new one. We were excited to begin this next season of life, but sad to say goodbye to our friends and the church we loved so much.

About a week later, Nick and Joanne invited us to their place for dinner. As we ate, they told us they had been praying and feeling like God was preparing them for a new season of life. With smiles on their faces, (and a baby in Joanne's belly) they told us that they were going to sell their house in Rocky Point and relocate to Babylon to join in this adventure called Community Church.

On April 4th, Nick and Joanne moved into their house in North Babylon. We are so excited for the Torcivias and grateful for their willingness to follow God’s leading.  Keep Nick, Joanne, and the new baby in your prayers. Joanne is due in May!

Nick and Joanne were the first members of a team we now affectionately refer to as the Launch Team.

The Launch Team is made up of those who have bought in to the vision of Community Church and are dedicated to seeing it become a reality.

While we don’t need members of the team to live in Babylon, we do need to be able to count on them to attend LT meetings (once a month until eight weeks from our first service), help community events, and eventually run weekly services.

“Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.”

D.L. Moody

This dream of planting a church began in prayer, it has grown through prayer, and its only chance at becoming a reality is by prayer.
For that reason, we’ve set a goal to reach 1000 hours of prayer before our first service. 

As of April 4, 2019:
3,524 minutes recorded (58.73 hours)

Help us meet our goal!

Whether it's two minutes one time, or twenty minutes every day, we would love for you to join us in this effort.
We have the opportunity to experience the miraculous.

PLEASE PRAY FOR...

The People in Babylon
The Churches in Babylon
The Growth of the Launch Team
A Building / Meeting Location
Continued Financial Provision
Housing for the Pizzichillos in Babylon
Faith, Wisdom, and Patience

YOUR GENEROSITY CHANGES LIVES

The generosity of the people in this community has been overwhelming. We knew from the start that planting a church in Babylon would be impossible without the radical generosity of God’s people, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen through so many of you. We are so grateful for those of you who have given and even adjusted your personal budgets in order to support what God is doing on Long Island.

We have big dreams, and we believe that God’s dreams are even bigger than ours. All of the progress that we’ve made this far can be attributed to God’s provision through the generosity of his people. If you aren’t currently, please pray about the possibility of becoming a financial partner of Community Church. Your generosity will change the lives of those in the community of Babylon.
Below is a chart that we’ve designed to give you a glimpse of the impact that your generosity can have. Each spot represents a monthly partnership If you’d like to help us color this chart, click on a spot.

You can track our progress at communitychurch.net/partner.

AFTER ONE YEAR...

a $50 monthly partnership can provide…
Instruments for the Band
Portable Signage
Equipment for Kids Programs

a $100 monthly partnership can provide…
Kids’ Ministry Curriculum
The Sound Board for the Audio/Visual team
Printed and Digital Marketing Materials

a $250 monthly partnership can provide…
1  Community Event (Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk-or-Treat)
Chairs for Sunday Services
Café Food and Supplies for an Entire Year
a $500 monthly partnership can provide…
1 Ten-Week Community Course on Marriage
1 Ten-Week Community Course on Parenting
1 Ten-Week Community Course on Finance

a $1000 monthly partnership can provide…
An Entire Week of Camp Offered Free to the Kids in the Community
2 Community Courses Open to the Public
The Screens and Projectors for Sunday Services

a $2000 monthly partnership can provide…
1 Staff Member
A Trailer to Store and Transport Our Equipment
Building Rental Fees/ A Portion of a Down Payment for a Building