Location and Time Change for June 4 Worship Gathering

On June 4 we will wrap up our seven-week series on the Lord's Supper, The Body & The Blood, by gathering with 2 Pillars Near South for a special joint Communion service. This will take the place of our regular worship gathering.

The service will take place in the 2 Pillars Near South auditorium, which means a change of time and location for us. Here are the details:

2 Pillars Church Communion Service

WHO: All are invited to worship with us!
WHERE: 2 Pillars Church–Near South Auditorium (1430 South Street)
WHEN: 10:00 (15 minutes earlier than our usual gathering time)

Spread the word regarding the time and location change.

We hope you will be able to join us on June 4 as we worship together with our brothers and sisters in the Near South as one church! 

Good Friday and Easter Sunday Gathering Details

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors and join us for our Good Friday and Easter Sunday worship gatherings as we remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.  

Details are below. Please pay special attention to times and locations.

We hope to see you there! 

Good Friday Service

 

We will be celebrating Good Friday together with 2 Pillars Near South in a joint service on Friday, April 14th at 6:30pm. The service will be held in the Near South auditorium at 15th and South St.

This will be a family-style gathering, so bring the kids as we worship together as one large, extended family encompassing all of 2 Pillars Church!

Easter Sunday Service

 

Join us in Havelock Park (N 64th St. & Ballard Ave.) for a special Easter morning celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This will be a joint service with our bothers and sisters at Heritage Bible Church.

Cinnamon rolls and coffee will be served at 9:30am. The worship gathering will begin at 10:00am. We'll have extras, but bring a chair along with you if you can. 

In the event of unfavorable weather conditions, check our website, Twitter page, or Facebook page for location change details. Our alternative rain-out location is the Heritage Bible Church worship space at 6400 Cornhusker Hwy. 

Classroom Series: Parenting & Family Discipleship

On Saturday, March 11, 2 Pillars Church will hosting another installment of our “Classroom Series.” The 2 Pillars Church Classroom Series is a series of Saturday morning sessions where we focus on special theological and/or missional-living topics. 

Parenting and Family Discipleship will be the topic of our time together. That’s a broad and expansive topic, but the big idea is to foster an enviroment on March 11th where we can begin dialoging more together on this topic, as a church. The morning will be structured with a combination of teaching and discussion time.

Parents of kids of all ages should feel encouarged to attend and anyone looking over the fence at parenting should feel totally welcomed too.

This event will be jointly held with 2 Pillars Church–Near South in the 2PCNS auditorium (1430 South Street) and is also open to the public.

The class will begin promptly at 8:30am so please plan to arrive before 8:30am to get settled in. We will wrap things up at 11:30am. Click the button below and fill out our contact form to RSVP for the event.

Childcare will be provided for those that request it. All childcare registrations must be received by Monday, March 6th.

Rudolph, Frosty, and the Grinch at the Joyo

On Thursday, December 22 we will be hosting a free showing of three Christmas classics at the Joyo Theatre: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Doors will open at 6:00pm and the first movie will begin at 6:30. Get there early—the first fifty people to arrive will receive free popcorn!

Total runtime for all three shows is approximately 98 minutes. 

Mark your calendar and tell a friend. We hope to see you at the Joyo on the 22nd!

Christmas Weekend Service Schedule

Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, which presents some interesting scheduling questions and challenges—especially for a young church plant like us. 

In a nutshell, we've decided that we WILL gather on Christmas Eve evening. This will be a joint gathering with our brothers and sisters at 2 Pillars Church–Near South in their auditorium.

We WILL NOT be gathering on Christmas Day, however. 

Finally, our gathering on Sunday, January 1 will also be a joint gathering with 2 Pillars Near South, but it will be held at the Joyo as usual.

Here are the details: 

CHRISTMAS EVE GATHERING
Location:
 2 Pillars Church–Near South Auditorium (1430 South Street)
Time: 6:30pm

CHRISTMAS DAY - No Gathering

JANUARY 1
Location: 
Joyo Theatre
Time: 10:15am

If you're in Lincoln, we hope you'll join us on Christmas Eve! 

Biblical Perspectives on the Death Penalty

Retain the repeal of the death penalty, or repeal the repeal of the death penalty?  

This is a vote you will cast on November 8th and we want to help you think through this topic via the lens of Scripture.

On Sunday, October 30th, from 4pm-5:30pm in the 2 Pillars Church—Near South auditorium, we will be holding a moderated discussion amongst the three elders of 2 Pillars Church on the death penalty.

Teaser: we don’t all hold the same position!

What we hope you gain from attending this event is:

  1. A vision for what it looks like, as brothers and sisters in Christ, to have a grace-filled dialog about a hot-button topic like this, even when we don’t agree.
  2. A greater sense of your own personal conviction, from Scripture, on how to think about the topic.
  3. A greater sense of being equipped to cast your vote on November 8th with a clear conscience, informed by the Word of God.

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This event is open to the public and childcare will be provided.  To help us plan the best we can for childcare, please complete this form with the number and ages of kiddos that you’d like childcare for.

Women's Retreat - September 16–17

2 Pillars Church–Northeast will be hosting a joint womens' retreat along with 2 Pillars Near South next month and the details are now available.

Here is some information from the women organizing the event:

“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Jesus tells us that when we seek him, we find true rest. Join us for the 2 Pillars 2016 Women’s Retreat as we contemplate what it means to “come to Jesus” and find rest for our souls. We will spend time connecting with each other as well as leaving plenty of time for personal devotion and reflection.

We encourage you to invite a friend and if you register before September 1st, your name will be entered twice into our raffle drawings! We look forward to a quiet and intentional weekend away with you.

The retreat is September 16-17 at Camp Rivercrest in Fremont, NE. The cost is $40/person. For more information or to register, visit this page on the 2 Pillars Near South website: http://2pcnearsouth.com/womens-retreat. Feel free to post in the comments if you have any questions.

Join us for the Havelock Charity Run

Come RUN, Come All!

Once again, 2 Pillars Church will be fielding teams for the annual Havelock Charity Run on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.  This will be the 38th annual Havelock Run, which is hosted each year by the Lincoln Track Club and Pinnacle Bank.  The race starts in front of Pinnacle Bank at 6145 Havelock Avenue, and the runners follow routes of either 3K (1.86 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles) through the streets of northeast Lincoln.

Teams can be made up of four to seven runners, and each team can run either the 3K or the 10K.  For every team that finishes, Pinnacle Bank will donate $50 to one of the United Way charities selected by that team, and $75 if the team finishes with a faster time than Pinnacle Bank’s own running team.  

Last year, on a beautiful cloudy, spitty day, 2 Pillars contributed a 3K and a 10K team and had a great time running for City Impact and Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The festival atmosphere and local volunteer presence was uplifting and provided a fantastic atmosphere to run in (some of us beyond what we thought we were capable of!)  And see how bright, shiny and happy you can be even after running?

Last year, on a beautiful cloudy, spitty day, 2 Pillars contributed a 3K and a 10K team and had a great time running for City Impact and Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The festival atmosphere and local volunteer presence was uplifting and provided a fantastic atmosphere to run in (some of us beyond what we thought we were capable of!)  And see how bright, shiny and happy you can be even after running?

  

This year, we are once again working with 2 Pillars Near South to organize teams, and will also be manning a water station in Mahoney Park (for those of you who opt not to run).  Walkers are also welcome to join the 3K team if you want to participate but would prefer not to run.

Registration is $20 for each runner, $10 for runners ages 13-19. This Includes a t-shirt and a “prize”.  Please comment below or contact Christina Estrada at christina.em.case@gmail.com if you plan on running or would like to volunteer.  You can find race information here, but please wait to register until we’ve sorted teams. (You’ll need to know which team name to register under.)  We’d like to get teams solidified by May 27, so start recruiting your running friends and contact Christina as soon as possible. We’d love to get at least two teams, but we can have more!  

If you’re nervous that you don’t have enough time to get in shape for an early-June run, take heart!  The purpose is mainly to have fun, bless the Havelock community, and get some good aerobic exercise in while doing it.  An easy jog or even a walking pace is just fine.  If you do want to take it more seriously and run competitively, here’s a sample 6-week training plan for a 10K.  You can sure search around and find more online.  Either way, we’d love to have you join us!

Easter: The Super Bowl of the Church World?

The following is a post that I wrote for the 2 Pillars Church blog in April 2014.


A friend of mine calls Easter Sunday the “Super Bowl of the church world.”

As with all metaphors, you can’t apply too much pressure or it will inevitably break. That said, the Superbowl reference does a decent job of illustrating the significance of Easter Sunday in a way that is easy to understand.

Superbowl Sunday is the most anticipated, most popular, and most-watched sporting event in the United States—by a long shot. The NFL season is a long road that leads to this single destination.

Similarly, Easter is the most significant, most anticipated day in the church world.

But why?

Surely Easter baskets can’t hold a candle to Christmas trees loaded with presents! So, what makes the Easter celebration of Jesus’ resurrection so significant?

The Resurrection Is a Miraculous Event

My ninth grade biology teacher began our first day of class by directing our attention to a dead frog floating in a jar of formaldehyde. He promised an automatic “A” to anyone who was able to bring the amphibian back to life.

As you have surely guessed, none of us collected on his offer that year. We all had to earn our grade the old fashioned way.

You see, despite all our medical breakthroughs and scientific advancements, humanity hasn’t managed to find an answer to the problem of death. As the saying goes, nothing is certain but death and taxes. Death is the inevitable, inescapable fate that awaits us all.

This is precisely what makes the resurrection of Jesus so extraordinary and miraculous. Following his crucifixion, Jesus was dead. Lifeless. Just like that frog in the jar in my ninth grade biology class.

The story doesn’t end there, however.

Jesus rose again! He rose in victory over death. This resurrection wasn’t metaphorical or figurative. It isn’t a fairy tale we tell our kids. It was actual. It was physical. It happened. Jesus defeated death.

The Resurrection Is Foundational to the Christian Faith

Not only was the resurrection a miraculous event, but it is also foundational to the Christian faith. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul explains:

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:12–14)

Paul is saying here, among other things, that if Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead, then the Christian faith is in vain. It’s worthless. In other words, if you’re a skeptic looking for the most effective way to undermine the Christian faith, then the resurrection is your point of attack. If Christ wasn’t raised from the dead, then Christianity crumbles.

So, on Easter Sunday Christians are celebrating the very event that defines and upholds their faith.

The Resurrection Is Essential for the Christian Life

The resurrection isn’t merely significant for the Christian faith in general, however, but also for the Christian life in particular.

By faith in Jesus, one is united with Him in His resurrection. Jesus’ victory over death and the grave becomes our victory over death and the grave. Jesus victory over sin and Satan becomes our victory over sin and Satan.

This victory allows the Christian to turn from the sin that once enslaved her and walk in joyful obedience to Jesus. It also gives the Christian hope—a hope that will not disappoint. This hope is the ultimate and eternal answer to the universal problem of death. Through faith in Jesus, we look forward to eternal life in Heaven with Him.

Jesus Is Risen

This Sunday at 10:15am, 2 Pillars Church–Northeast will be gathering at the Joyo Theatre to celebrate the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ and we'd love for you to celebrate with us.

Not a Christian? That’s okay. If you would like to hear more about Jesus, His resurrection, and what it could mean for you, then I invite you to join us.

Jesus is risen. He is risen indeed!

What's so 'Good' about Good Friday?

The following is a guest post by Todd Bumgarner, lead pastor at our sending church, 2 Pillars Church–Near South. It originally appeared on the 2 Pillars blog in April 2014. 


Good Friday is the day of the year where Christians remember and celebrate the death of Jesus. Death isn't something that we typically celebrate, so… what is it that is so "good" about Good Friday?

To make sense of this, we need to understand something about sin, something about blood, and something about Jesus.

Sin

The Bible teaches that every single one of us is sinful. This includes you and it includes me. Biblically speaking, however, we're not just considered sinful because we don't do what we should do (sins of omission) and do do what we shouldn't do (sins of commission); rather, we're born sinful. Sin therefore infects every aspect of who we are - our actions, thoughts, emotions - everything.  

Another way to say that is to say: we're not sinful because we sin, we sin because we're sinful.

The Bible further teaches that because of our sinfulness, we are at odds with God and that when we die, if our relationship with God is not repaired, that we will spend eternity apart from God in what the Bible calls hell.

Blood Must Be Shed

When it comes to repairing our relationship with God, the Bible teaches that we are not able to do that in-and-of ourselves because everything we do is tainted by our sinfulness. What that means is that even our best efforts to seek God or please God are not enough to repair the broken relationship with God. Nothing we do can repair it.

Going to church every week can't do it. Reading the Bible every day can't do it. Praying every morning can't do it. Alleviating poverty can't do it. Nothing we do can repair our broken relationship with God.

Instead, the Bible teaches, blood must be shed. In fact, as you read through the Old Testament, that's exactly what the sacrifice system is all about: making atonement. Making atonement is just a fancy way of saying that it is through the sacrifice that God's wrath is removed for an offense against God (sin). More simply: blood must be shed in order for the wrath of God, which we deserve for our sin, to be appeased.

Enter Jesus.

Jesus

The Bible teaches that Jesus came to repair, once for all, the broken relationship between us and God. That God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8). That Jesus, the Son of God, was sent by the love of God the Father to rescue us in our brokenness and to repair our relationship.

When Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday, he put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Having come and having lived the perfect life, he died the perfect death, in our place for our sin. It was the sacrifice to end all sacrifices and he did it for us.

And when we believe and trust in Jesus, this is effective for us. Not only is the wrath of God due to us for our sin appeased, but we are forgiven, redeemed, and restored according to the riches of his grace which he lavishes upon us. When you believe and trust in Jesus, your broken relationship is fully and finally repaired.

That's what is so good about Good Friday. That's why we, as Christians, remember and celebrate this day.  


Celebrate With Us

If you'd like to learn more about Good Friday or simply need a place to remember and celebrate it, we invite you to join us this Friday at 6:30pm for a one-hour worship gathering at the Joyo Theatre in Havelock.

Additionally, the 2 Pillars Near South congregation will be joining us for the evening. This will be the first time that we've worshiped together with our brothers and sisters from the Near South since we were commissioned and sent out prior to our February 28 launch. 

It promises to be a great evening and we'd love for you to join us!

 

Good Friday and Easter

Please join us as we celebrate Good Friday and Easter.  All are welcome!

Our Good Friday gathering will be Friday, March 25, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Joyo.

Our Easter morning gathering will be Sunday, March 27, at 10:15 a.m. at the Joyo.  

If you've never worshiped with us before, here's a little bit of what you can expect from a worship gathering at 2 Pillars.  We will be worshiping "family-style" for both gatherings, so please plan to keep your kiddos with you, as there will not be childcare available. 

Sunday Morning Gathering Time

We recently announced our public launch date, but left you hanging regarding the exact time of our Sunday gatherings. Well, we've finally arrived at a start time: 10:15AM.

We don't have full-time use of the Joyo Theatre, so we'll be setting up and tearing down each Sunday. A 10:15 start will give us enough time to set-up (e.g. sound, kids ministry area) and rehearse a bit before the service as well as tear-down and clean-up after the service.

For more information about our Sunday worship gatherings, check out our Visit page.

The 2PCNE Launch Team and I hope to see you on the 28th—set your alarm clocks accordingly!

Public Launch - February 28

We are thrilled to announce that 2 Pillars Church–Northeast will hold its first-ever public worship service on Sunday, February 28. The gathering will be held at the Joyo Theatre in Havelock which will serve as our new home on Sunday mornings. 

We'll post more information, including the time of our worship gathering, in the coming weeks. Until then, I encourage you to browse our new website and consider subscribing to our blog to receive future updates via email or RSS

Hope to see you on the 28th of February!

 

Update:
We've finally nailed down a start time for our Sunday gatherings.