Leading up to April 9, the #enditmovement, a coalition of seven amazing organizations, is raising awareness for the millions of men, women and children enslaved around the world today. In 161 nations, including the USA, innocent people are trapped in forced labor, bonded servitude and sexual exploitation. Held against their will, used for profit and coerced with violence and threats, most will never see the light of day.
Almost invisible to society as a whole, these men, women and children are hidden from view. In fact, it comes as shocking news to most who hear “there are currently more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history!” Sadly, this statistic is true, but more disheartening is the reality that most people have no clue.
Yet, daily, amazing freedom fighters contend for the freedom for those held captive. These ordinary heroes are helping bring prevention, working with local authorities to investigate crimes, rescuing victims and prosecuting offenders, and restoring those now free.
Of course, there are some who ask, “What good does it do to sit at home on your couch and tweet about slavery? We need action, not people writing on their Facebook pages.”
I think we can all agree that words without actions will not get the job done. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that words don’t matter. According to Gary Haugen, the head of International Justice Mission and a pioneer in the freedom-fight for over fifteen years, “Awareness is doing the work!”
While it may not be helpful to sit on your couch forever, there are some simple things you can do while sitting there (or somewhere else) that will help bring freedom to those enslaved around the world.
So, don’t listen to the naysayers trying to put a damper on your participation in the END IT Movement National Awareness Campaign. Awareness may be the first step, but it’s a vital step in the freedom journey. And, as it turns out, the couch can be a powerful place from which to start the change.
Raise your voice April 9 and until all are free.
Join us for Easter with Passion City Church this Sunday, March 31, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park in Alpharetta. We are excited to host one powerful Easter Celebration at 10:30 AM as we celebrate the life that’s found in Jesus Christ. No tickets are needed. Parking is free. There’s plenty of seating for you to invite your friends and family!
No childcare will be provided, but we will offer an activity pack for kids to engage them during the gathering.
Gates open at 9:30 AM. Main parking is in the A Lot. See you there!
Please note, no gatherings at 515 Garson Drive location.
First we sprang forward, now we are shifting the whole schedule at PCC! Beginning Sunday, March 17, we will be hosting two morning gatherings at 9 AM and 11:15 AM and just one evening option at 5 PM.
Our immediate aim is to accommodate more families in the morning, where we have been running at max capacity in our current morning gathering for a few months now. With the addition of 9 AM we’ll have additional room to grow and serve those connecting with Passion City Church.
Note that Passion Kids will be offered only at 9 and 11:15.
We’ll still be hosting an evening option at 5 PM, with Bloom only for babies thru Pre-K. Passion Students will meet in the Loading Dock at 3 PM.
We know that this shift will require some adjustments for all of us, but we are excited to do whatever we can to do whatever it takes to provides as many people as possible the opportunity to experience what each of us is already experiencing at PCC. Thank you for being flexible and helping carry the spirit and vision of our House.
Speaking of flexibility, it’s likely our schedule will keep morphing and changing as seasons change and more growth occurs. The name of the game in our House is flexibility, born out of an eagerness to serve others as we build a place for God, for people, for the city and for the world.
The biggest challenge with the new shift in gathering times is the condensed changeover between the end of the 9:00 and the 11:15. If you attend the 9:00, which we are hoping many of you will, and you have children in Passion Kids or Bloom, please move quickly at the conclusion of the gathering to pick up your children. It’s important that you collect your children before you visit with friends or check out resources.
As well, we will have more organized flow in the building for those dropping off and picking up children. For the first few weeks we suggest you build in a little extra time and patience, no matter which gathering you plan on attending. If you’re coming to PCC for the first time you can go ahead and register your kids online to expedite your check-in process.
We will also be tweaking our traffic flow in the parking lots and on the streets surrounding 515. Again, please allow extra time and follow directions provided by our officers and Parking Team. A few ways you can help expedite the process is to avoid backing into parking spaces, stay off your cell phone until you’ve exited the property and to park at the deck as your first choice no matter what time you arrive.
As we make the shift we want to give a huge shout out to our amazing Door Holders. These folks serve so eagerly and give so much to provide a great experience for all who come through our doors. It would be fantastic if you’d consider joining them. If so, you can attend one gathering and serve in another, or just go crazy, and serve/attend all three.
We’re expecting great things and eager to see you Sunday at 9 AM, 11:15 AM and 5 PM.
Church is family and there’s a place for you at PCC.
So if you consider Passion City Church your home, we REALLY want you to take the next step and become a part of a Community Group. These groups provide a place for all of us to belong, connect and grow beyond the Sunday gatherings. You’ll meet new people, be encouraged in your spiritual walk, and find yourself feeling like PCC isn’t such a big church after all. So find a group that meets close to where you live/work, sign up online, and link in with all that Jesus is doing in and through Passion City Church!
PS- If you’ve tried a group and didn’t feel it was a fit, give another group a shot! We feel like there’s a place for you.
Excited to revisit the three anchors of PCC as we delve into our new series, Anchor. We’ll be talking about three of the main values that shape our House– Radical Grace, Extravagant Worship, the Glory of God. Don’t miss it!
Coming January 20, 27, February 3.
Passion 2013 is fast approaching and tens of thousands of college students and 18-25s are staking their places at The Dome. It’s amazing to see the buzz growing as people want to be a part of what God is doing in this generation.
While many have the means to attend, others are struggling to make the finances work. As you may know, for the second year Beth Moore and Living Proof Ministries have generously provided scholarships to make it possible for young ladies who have never been able to attend Passion 2013. This is a huge investment in the next generation.
But what about the guys? Aren’t there men who, with a little financial assistance, would like to be a part of Passion in The Dome?
We are pumped to announce that Passion has received a grant that will now provide scholarships for men who are hoping to be a part of this year’s Passion gathering. Obviously, we are thrilled and grateful for this generous gift and, as a result, are currently making 500 scholarships available to those who qualify.
If you’re a guy, a HS senior or 18-25, get all the info and apply here.
Hope to see you at The Dome!
Louie Giglio and the Passion Team
As the saying goes, “You can leave Africa, but Africa never leaves you!” That’s definitely the way our teams are feeling after two weeks on this beautiful continent hosting four Passion gatherings and our first PCC global trips. Ask anyone who was there and they’ll tell you Africa and her people have a special piece of their hearts.
Thanks to Bryson Vogeltanz (Pastor, Global Engagement) and the leaders of our three teams (Daniel and Anna Armstrong leading a team serving in a township near Potchefstroom, South Africa, Eric and Kristin Hill and their team serving alongside a church in Gulu (Northern Uganda) and Aaron and Beth Fortner serving with their crew in two of the poorest townships outside of Cape Town, South Africa). Through the work of these teams, all of us at Passion City Church were able to extend our hearts to the world and put our arms around the last and least of these that Jesus loves so much.
For us, planning these World Tour dates was a huge challenge. But once we arrived in Africa we sensed the collective power of the church behind us, felt God’s favor in a very special way and were able to invest so much in the lives of over 70,000 people. But, to be honest, each of our lives are forever changed, shaped by the beautiful rhythms of Africa and the way the Jesus Generation is emerging across the land.
That’s not to say both Uganda and South Africa face huge challenges, the do. But what we saw and experienced affirms that Jesus is alive and His people are poised to lead with hope and healing in the days to come.
This trip was a total PCC team effort. Thank you for being a global people, a world-wide church, a praying army and joyful servants to all!
Such a special night in this beautiful city on the Indian Ocean. Our team is amazing…so many of the tweets mention @louiegiglio @christomlin @matt_redman @christynockels @Passion268, but it’s the whole team (staff, production, door holders, band, support) that makes these nights possible– and our entire team is killing it!!
And you are a part of our team! Thanks for praying with/for/over/before/under/behind/beside us, believing for great things for Africa. We are confident the breath of heaven was deposited here tonight and Jesus was lifted high over Durban!
That’s what it felt like looking out across the sports field at Makerere University tonight as the songs of Jesus rose up over Kampala. Over 31,000 young faces, with arms high and shouts echoing for the Risen One! Weather was perfect. Team was amazing, w/ Gulu PCC Global team Door Holding like crazy. What. An. Honor.
A few images w/ more to come next week at PCC!
Night one of our Passion Africa tour is history…and what a special night with the people of Pretoria/Jo’Burg, lifting up the name of Jesus! Thank you to all who are supporting us on this amazing journey. We feel your prayers. And thank you to our friends and leaders in SA, and everyone who came out to Passion Pretoria! A few pics from the night: