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March 4, 2015

The 12 Buck Initiative, Pt. 2

In honor of our 12th birthday as a church, I’m challenging everybody to give 12 extra bucks every Sunday, all month. It’s simple to give. Just text “give 12” to 757.695.3019 and follow the prompts to choose your campus, it matters fund, and enter your credit card information. Everybody can give $12!

Here are the last 6 of 12 reasons you can give 12 bucks:

  • 12 bucks is approximately the price of a 2-hour experience at the movies. I’ve checked and there are no good movies coming out this month!
  • It’s tax refund time! If Uncle Sam gives you 12 bucks, just give it to WEC.
  • Have you tried ebay? It’s easy to make 12 bucks on ebay! List a few items for sale – you won’t miss them and you can give the 12 bucks you make.
  • I bet you have 12 bucks just sitting around your house. Check the console of your car, the change jar in your room, and the cushions of the couch. If all else fails, look in your kid’s piggy bank!
  • “Give 12” is such an easy thing to text to 757.695.3019.
  • If everybody would just give 12 bucks every week, we would eliminate the gap we have in funding our Yorktown expansion project. Just a few bucks will make a huge difference.
March 3, 2015

The 12 Buck Initiative, Pt. 1

In honor of our 12th birthday as a church, I’m challenging everybody to give 12 extra bucks every Sunday, all month. It’s simple to give. Just text “give 12” to 757.695.3019 and follow the prompts to choose your campus, it matters fund, and enter your credit card information. Everybody can give $12!

Here are the first 6 of 12 reasons you can give 12 bucks:

  • Hopefully you’re starting the Daniel Fast…you will save 12 bucks by not eating junk food for 12 days!
  • Speaking of the Daniel Fast, you won’t be spending 12 bucks on sodas, coffee, or other beverages…water is free!
  • With lower gas prices, I bet you’re saving 12 bucks every time you fill up at the pump!
  • It’s our 12th birthday, and everybody gives a birthday gift when they go to a birthday party – make 12 extra bucks your gift to WEC!
  • I just spent 12 bucks at the carwash and now my car is dirty again! Talk about a short-term investment! Giving 12 bucks to WEC is long-term…eternity!
  • One simple phone call to your favorite insurance company and who knows, you might be able to save 12 bucks or more on your car insurance!

Check back tomorrow for the other 6!

March 2, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, we kicked off “TWELVE, the series” as we celebrate 12 years of Waters Edge Church. Here are a few of my favorite quotes.

1. I really do believe that year 12 is going to be our best year as a church that we’re about to experience more of God’s presence, and more of His supernatural power, and experience more of His work, and accomplish more of His mission in this year than in the total 11 years combined before this year.
2. I know some of you, you’re a little bit soft, and you like your little wimpy, hippy Jesus but I’m telling you, I like this bold, brazen, butt kicking, cage fighting, whip snapping, room clearing, WWE Jesus!
3. He has great zeal for people far from God and for the house of God and the house of God today is the local church, and Jesus is passionate about it.
4. I believe that most of what God intends to do in our world and in your life He intends to do it through the local church – that’s how important it is.
5. In honor of our 12th year birthday and to increase your passion for this house, I challenge every single one of you today to participate in a 12-Day Fast.
6. We will write the future for the next 12 years over the next 12 days.
7. Prayer actually brings power to the fast and fast brings power to your prayer!
8. The second thing I’m asking all of us to do…is to pray three specific prayers:

1. Influence With 10,000 People.
2. Fully Funded Vision.
3. A Bolder Church.

9. Give 12 Bucks.
10. So together, let’s make year 12 our best year yet and let’s kick it off with fasting and prayer and giving and watch and see what God might do.

February 26, 2015

Video Update…This Sunday!

February 23, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I really hope that you joined us for the finale of Let’s Talk About Spanx, Baby! If not, watch it now! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. On this stage there are more than 138 combined total marriage years.
2. We Fight Fair
3. Conflict can be the doorway to intimacy.
4. Fight to resolve, not to win.
5. Words Can Speak Louder Than Actions
6. Partner, Not Project
7. It’s not what you say; it’s what you pray.
8. Seek God Together
9. Fight For It
10. I think that’s true for you today, that if you would fight for the relationships God’s given you, that God would fight for you – God wants you to have healthy relationships.

Don’t forget to look up your new service time for next week!

February 18, 2015

Why We’re Changing Service Times

We’re changing our service times beginning March 1st at Waters Edge Church! It has been YEARS since we’ve made a change like this and I am so excited about it. I know change doesn’t come easy for everybody…so I want you to know the top 4 reasons we’re making this change. We’re changing our services times because…

4. It’s our 12th year! Service times will change on the Sunday we kickoff a brand new series celebrating our 12th year as a church. There’s a lot of significance to the number 12 – I’ll be teaching you all about it soon. In the meantime, just know that a change like this can make our 12th year celebration even more exciting!

3. Later is better (for most people)! We’ve talked to tons of people who prefer a little extra margin in their schedule on Sundays. Shoot, we don’t even need to talk to most people…we can just observe what time they show up. Starting our services a few minutes later might actually help you get here on time.

2. We’re adding 5 minutes to our services. You get 5 more minutes of what you love the most on Sundays, but adding 5 minutes isn’t as easy as you might think. Moving to a 60 minute service means that every service time has to change anyways because we need a certain amount of time between services to clear parking lots and kids environments and to move our volunteers into place.

1. Even service times are easier to remember…which means it’s easier for you to invite! This is our year to reach 10,000 people and I believe this one simple service time change is going to help us do just that!

So, beginning March 1st, here are our new service times:

Hampton: 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM
Newport News: 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM
Williamsburg: 11:30 AM
Yorktown: 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:30 PM & 6:00 PM

February 16, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you braved the weather and joined us for part 2 of Let’s Talk About Spanx, Baby! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Spanx close the gap.
2. There’s a gap between what we experience and what we expect.
3. The #1 gap that all of us would say today that we have in common… the relational gap.
4. As the gap gets wider, the more disconnected you get, and the more dissatisfied you become, and the more discontent you grow.
5. You can’t expect in a relationship what you do not express in your relationship.
6. If you speak to your man like he is your knight in shining armor you might be surprised ‘cause tomorrow he might show up riding a white horse!
7. Fellas, you don’t have to go to Jared if you would just learn to use the right words!
8. Honor marriage and guard sexual intimacy.
9. Give-Save-Live Budget
10. What God wants for you relationally is intimacy. He wants the gap to narrow. You be the Spanx this week to make that happen.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our first Love Weekend – March 20-21!

February 13, 2015

Like A Good Neighbor, God Speaks To Me

I can’t seem to get over a verse that because of time, we had to gloss over in our recent Exodus series. Moses would often go to the tent of meeting and the cloud would descend and Moses would encounter God. The Bible says, “And God spoke with Moses face-to-face, as neighbors speak to one another.” Exodus 33:11 MSG

I’m not sure if you’ve ever had neighborly discussions. There have been a few times in my life where our next-door neighbors were special people and became close friends. There’s nothing quite like a warm summer evening in the backyard, casually chatting across the fence with amazing neighbors! And apparently, that’s how God spoke to Moses!

If God spoke to Moses like a neighbor, He wants to speak to you and me the exact same way. So spend some time listening because after all, like a good neighbor, God is always there!

February 9, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday we started our fun relationship series called “Let’s Talk About Spanx, Baby!” If you missed it, check it out here and get there next Sunday! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Here’s the thing about Spanx, it holds it all together but nobody knows where it goes!
2. This is a series all about Spanx because Spanx hold it all together and this is a series about what holds your relationships together.
3. Beneath the Spanx, here’s what we’re really saying, “I got into this relationship to have a need met.”
4. Having a “meet my needs” attitude always leads to not having my needs met.
5. Selfishness and intimacy cannot co-exist.
6. Here’s how you know if your relationship is deeper than Spanx, this is the Spanx test… In our relationship, whose interests are number one?
7. God often brings others into our lives to meet our needs, but God always brings us into other’s lives to meet their needs.
8. Single People: Stop Looking For The Right Person, And Focus On Becoming The Right Person.
Married people: Stop Asking What Can You Do For Me, And Start Asking What Can I Do For You?
9. See a need, meet a need.
10. This is exactly how Jesus loved you – He put your needs first when you didn’t deserve it.

Married people who are not in a Group – don’t forget to return to your campus on Tuesday at 7PM to continue this conversation!

February 6, 2015

4 Easy Steps!

My friend Shawn told me the other day that his boss from work is coming this Sunday for the first time. When I asked him to tell me about it, he said, “It was easy! As soon as he heard the topic, he said that he and his wife needed that!” There’s never been a better Sunday to invite a friend because there’s never been a more relevant topic than relationships. You have friends who are looking for relationships, disappointed by relationships, or in need of help for their relationships…so why not ask them to join you this Sunday?! Somebody invite somebody!

Here’s all you have to do:

Step 1. Put the topic out there on Facebook and ask, “Does anybody want to join me?”
Step 2a. When someone replies, then setup a time and place to meet. I recommend going to a campus close to them…and picking a time that suits their needs.
Step 2b. If no one replies, then make a personal ask via phone or text or in person. Use the series to create interest or if they have kids, use the kid’s event as an invite opportunity.
Step 3. Text or call them on Saturday night to remind them and secure your plans.
Step 4. Help make their experience incredible by taking them to coffee or lunch afterwards and talking about the experience. Follow-up with an invitation to come back next week!

It’s that simple! Somebody invite somebody!