Monthly Archives: January 2013

You’re Invited

Elizabeth Haney & John Justice’s Blessing and Shower

Saturday, February 16
10:30am – The Palace

Join with us to pray over and bless Elizabeth and John for their upcoming marriage!  You will also have an opportunity send them off with a note of blessing and encouragement.

Elizabeth and John are registered at Bed Bath & Beyond, Dillard’s, Target and Arnetts in Bastrop.


Elder Selection

As a reminder, we are in the midst of our elder selection.  Chris Ramsey, Gary Ratcliff and Brandon McQuillin have been nominated this year and have agreed move forward in the selection process.  I encourage you to be diligent in praying for these men, as well as, the selection process.

Our process is really pretty simple.  On February 10th we will confirm the selection of any of those men who choose to remain a candidate.  In the meantime, if you have any concerns about any of these men, please schedule a time to sit down with them to discuss those concerns.  The result of such a meeting could be that the candidate would choose to withdraw his name from consideration or that you develop a peace about that candidate going forward in the selection process.  However, if neither of those outcomes are achieved, please have a discussion with Adam, Kevin or me and we will make arrangements for you and the candidate to meet again with one or more of the current elders.  It may be that you would like to arrange to meet with any of the candidates simply for the purpose of getting to know them better.  Certainly, feel free to do that as well.  In any event, as I’ve already said, please approach this process prayerfully.

Our goal is to go through the elder selection process annually.  In the next cycle, some number of our existing elders will “rotate off.”  Our process envisions the possibility that an elder who is rotating off could be re-nominated for the immediately upcoming cycle.  Nonetheless, we will move toward being very intentional about having an annual process in which some number of new elders are added and some number of current elders “rotate off.”

If you have questions about the process, please talk to one of the current elders, your small group leader, someone on the leadership team, etc.  If whomever you ask doesn’t know the answer to your question, I have no doubt they will help you find the answer.

This Sunday (2/3/13), I will be teaching on what the Scriptures have to say about the qualifications and function of elders.  Additionally, I will have some resources available if you would like to do any additional personal study on the topic. 

Hope you are having a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing you Sunday! 


You’re Invited

Entertainment Shower for Ryan and Magen Gonzales!
It’s time for food, fun, games and to finally shower the Gonzales’ with giftcards, games, movies and more! We hope you will join us February 2nd @ 2:00 pm at the home of Curtis and Lindsey Eberts.
If you have any questions please contact Lindsey.


In what we refer to as The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), Jesus left His followers with three imperatives.  Namely: 1) Go.  2) Make disciples.  3) Teach them.  In those simple instructions, Jesus set out His plan for spreading the Good News.  

Notice that His plan wasn’t at all passive.  Rather it required action on the part of His followers.  Jesus made that abundantly clear when He said, “Go.”  Don’t sit around waiting.  Take action.  Take initiative.  Go!

But what action are we to take?  Jesus made that clear, as well.  “Make disciples,” He said.  Remember that a disciple was someone who wanted to look, dress, talk, think, act, etc. just like their teacher.  So, Jesus was saying, “You pattern your life after mine then show others how to do the same.”

Finally, Jesus instructed his followers to teach others what they had learned from Him.  The application is that we are to be constantly learning more about Jesus so we can strive to be like Him and then teach others to do the same.

But keep in mind that in the Scriptures this process of going, making disciples and teaching others what Jesus taught was done in community.  That is to say, it all happened through relationships.

Portico Church’s spiritual development emphasis for 2013 is Invest  At it’s essence, Invest is the pursuit of The Great Commission through relationships.  We are going to ask you to invest in two ways.  First, invest in someone and, secondly, be invested in by someone.  We are going to ask you to take investing initiative.  In other words, pursue someone in whom you can invest and pursue someone who can invest in you.  

This coming Sunday night we will have an opportunity to commit to invest in a specific person and be invested in by a specific person.  Please pray diligently this week and ask God to show you who those people should be.  They can be part of Portico Church or not.  It may be one person or several.  Don’t get hung up on those kind of details.  Just ask God, “Who should I invest in and who should I ask to invest in me?”  If God brings some people to mind, consider talking to them about it prior to Sunday.  And, if God doesn’t bring anyone to mind, don’t worry, we will give you some help in getting connected.  Please, though, plan to participate in Invest this year as the benefits are potentially HUGE.  You will grow spiritually.  You will help others grow spiritually.  In that way, we will each become better disciples as we help others do the same.  

The Great Commission is the only plan Christ left us to grow His Kingdom.  It’s about investing.  It’s about relationships.  It’s about obedience to what Jesus has told us to do.  And here is the crazy thing….each and every one of us is qualified to invest and be invested in.  Followers of Jesus are ever in both relationships because Jesus has so decreed.

Got questions about all this?  More information will be available as we gather this coming Sunday night.  Please make plans to attend and please encourage others to be there, as well.

The call to action for Portico Church in 2013 is the call to Invest!  Are you in?




Portico Kiddos and Families!  Join us for fun in the snow at LET IT SNOW!
Saturday, January 26th
11am – 1pm
Impson’s Home

Sign up by January 23 in the Kiddo’s Lobby.
Parents will be notified closer to event of what to bring.

Late Night Musings

It is somewhere between midnight  and dawn and sleep, while advisable and desired in equal measures, eludes me.  So, naturally, it occurred to me that sending some of my vast wisdom into the great chasm of cyberspace was the logical thing to do.  (They say sarcasm is often hard to detect in written communications so here’s a heads-up: If “Randy” and “vast wisdom” are used in the same sentence, it is sarcasm!)

I thought about discussing my hopes and dreams for 2013.  But that seemed so cliche it being the New Year and all.  I also considered sharing some thoughts I’ve gained recently from the Scriptures regarding fear.  However, that would have required more emotional energy and vulnerability than one can easily muster this time of night.  In the final analysis, I’ve opted to share one simple Bible verse with you.

Proverbs 16:31 –  “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.”



The Family Worship Experience

The Portico Church is hosting a one-sunday-a-month Family Worship Experience in January and February!

Families with children age Kindergarten – 5th are invited to join us Sunday, January 20th at 5:00pm in The Loft.



Come be a part of the energetic movement that is The Hub. See what happens when folks gather in the same place for an intense purpose. You did not know this much could get done in such a short time!

Your voice is needed in:
*Syncing Calendar of Events & Activities
*Discussing Triumphs and God’s Workings
*Troubleshooting current needs
*Catching the Vision from the Elders
*Praying for the Kingdom Work

Children are welcome, but no formal childcare will be provided.