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Sat

28

Mar

2020

Online Worship Services

Tomorrow morning (3/29) we'll begin an online-only sermon series in partnership with NorthPointe and Parker Ford Church. Pastor DJay Martin will be sharing a teaching called, "Jesus is > Fear". This series is based on the book of Hebrews and calls us to a specific "Let us ..." in response. There will also be a time of worship. Feel free to sing and worship along at home as the lyrics are provided on the screen. Gather all those in our home and come together for a collaborative online worship experience tomorrow morning!

Take a picture of your gathering, if you can, and add it to this shared album. We would love to see all our at-home worship gatherings!

 

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March 29 - "Jesus is > Fear" (DJay Martin) (Sermon Summary) (Service)
April 5 - "Jesus is > Loneliness (David Hakes) (Sermon slides)
April 12 - "Jesus is > Death (Brandon Vining)
April 19 - "Jesus is > Me" (Shannon Vining)

You can find the video for tomorrow on the YouTube channel, "One Church Initiative."

Sat

14

Mar

2020

3/15 Service CANCELLED

What a week it has been, right? Take a deep breath. 

 

I want to update you regarding Daybreak's response to the COVID-19 virus and the recent developments regarding how to handle it and recommended actions. I've been in communication with Daybreak's leaders, other regional church leaders, Bryan Hoke from the BIC, and the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety (including an important conference call this morning for churches). I have made the difficult decision to cancel our Worship Gathering this Sunday (3/15). 

 

We are not fearful or panicked. However, we do want to be wise, and particularly cognizant of how this virus is effecting the most vulnerable among us. In that way, our desire is that this move is a tangible way to love our neighbors by discouraging it's further spread. This is especially important right now in Montgomery County. 

 

Our Church Management Team is monitoring the situation closely and will be in regular communication about how we as church should be responding, both to ensure the safety of all our folks, but also keeping an eye out for opportunities for us to be a blessing in our communities.

 

Community Music School followed the orders from Governor Wolf yesterday to close "all schools, community centers, gyms and entertainment venues, including (YMCAs), theaters, sporting events, concerts, and I am strongly recommending the closure of non-essential retail facilities", They will remain closed with a tentative re-opening date of March 30th. Daybreak still has the opportunity to utilize the building on Sundays if we so choose. 

 

At this point, our hope is that we will resume our normal service next Sunday, March 22nd. But again, I'll keep you posted. 

 

As of right now (as things can change rapidly), this coming Sunday morning, I will be participating in a round table discussion at another local church in Chester County along with a couple of other pastors and regional leaders. This church has cancelled all kids programs and is asking everyone 65 years or older to remain home and it will probably be a small gathering. I am not asking you attend this church but hope to share the video/podcast with you all at the beginning of next week. We will be discussing the situation, what it looks like to respect/submit to the authority over us, how our witness to our community is impacted by how we respond in this instance, best care for the vulnerable around us, and fear versus faith. 

 

Finally, while all of this can feel overwhelming and fearful, I want to encourage you to use this as an opportunity to shine out Jesus' light and love to your neighbors. Here are a few ways you can do that: 

  1. Follow the precautions recommended by the CDC. If you stay healthy, you won't help spread anything. (see these precautions below.)
  2. Pray for and check in on your elderly neighbors or those with chronic illnesses. Can you pick up some groceries or other necessities for them so they don't need to go out? Can you pick up medications for them at the Pharmacy? 
  3. Only buy just what you need. If you need something, go ahead and get it. But don't let fear drive you to stock up on things you don't need that others might. If you have 10 cases of toilet paper at home, you've probably given into fear ...
  4. Check in with one another. If you are concerned about someone, check in with them and see if there's any way you can help out.
  5. My hope and prayer is that we would respond with profound love and grace during this uncertain time, bringing peace where there is anxiety, hope where there is despair and love where there is fear. 

 

If at anytime you have needs, questions, thoughts, need prayer etc... please give me a call. Cell # 610.850.3454 

 

Prayer & blessings,

Dave

 

CDC Recommendations to stay healthy:

  • Practice social distancing (limit unnecessary gatherings with large groups)
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing (If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces (phone, computers, etc.)

 

Wed

01

Jul

2015

Church Picnic & Baptism 2015

 One of our most favorite events of the year at Daybreak is our annual baptism & picnic. This year was no exception! Though cloudy, the weather was cool and dry as we gathered on Tyson’s deck to enjoy delicious picnic food assortments and laid-back conversations. We gave praise to God for His life-changing work in the lives of Linda, Ally, Isaac, & Aidan as we listened to their faith stories and witnessed their public declaration of faith in Christ through the symbol of baptism. Helping people change to become fully devoted followers of Jesus is Daybreak’s mission and that’s what this day was all about! Special thanks to Phil & Judy for again hosting this special gathering! 

Baptism Video - Faith Stories and Immersion

Picnic and Baptism Slideshow

See more pictures on Google Photos

Sun

29

Jun

2014

Church Picnic & Baptism 2014

Baptism is a beautiful outward picture of an inward change and commitment to follow Jesus. Many Daybreak friends and family gathered poolside on this beautiful sunny afternoon to celebrate Andrew and Chastity’s decision to follow Jesus. They shared how God has been working in their hearts and how they are committed to following Him for the rest of their lives! Then they were baptized – a public display and beautiful picture of their changed lives!

The weather was perfect for enjoying the delicious picnic feast and the time catching up with friends.  It was great to see the kids having fun and the dip in the pool was a wonderful way to wind up the day.

 

Thanks to Phil and Judy for hosting the celebration and for all those who attended!

 

-Pastor Dave

More photos on Google Photos.

From the Pastor's Blog

Sun

12

Jan

2014

Good Move!

It was a special weekend at Daybreak as we moved our Sunday service just up the road from Spring-Ford High School to Brooke Elementary. There was contagious excitement and an energizing buzz in the building as we set up, rehearsed, transformed an elementary school into a church, and worshipped at Brooke for the first time. We ended this memorable day by joining hands as we circled our church and community in prayer! We believe the best is yet to come! Daybreak is now entering its 14th year of faithful ministry in the Royersford area. A fresh new feel, new faces, a new year, a new chapter. We look forward to what God has in store for us as we continue our faith journey to shine out Jesus' light. We welcome our new neighbors! Thinking about getting your family back in church? Be sure to give Daybreak a try! Join us!

First Sunday at Brooke Elementary

On this first Sunday in our new location, we began a new sermon series entitled, "All In". The worship band led us in a time of upbeat meaningful worship as we invited God to invade this new space and fill it with His hope and love. A couple of cool changes include the use of a stage and dimmer lighting in the room. The lobby was filled with the hum of conversations as well as the aroma of coffee and sweet refreshments. Many connections were made which is what we are all about! And the best part is ... we get to do it all again next Sunday! See you there! 

Check out photos from the event on  Google Photos!

 

Massive Team Effort = FUN!

Thanks to all our Daybreak friends who gave up a couple of hours on their Saturday to pitch in and help set up, share ideas, organize, and prepare for our Sunday service! It was fun to do work together as a team of people committed to serving Christ & our community in hands-on ways! 

See the team in action, at Google Photos!

From the Pastor's Blog