Family and the Next Generation

You have given $72,820.63 towards our goal!  You can GIVE HERE. One of the most important values my parents poured into me was RESPONSIBILITY.  At a very young age I learned I was not only responsible for myself, but I was a member of a family that was working together to build into each other.  Growing up we had responsibilities around the house.  We cleaned, set the table, took out the trash, did the dishes, mowed the lawn etc.  It wasn’t that we had “chores”, WE ALL OWNED our part of the responsibility to make the house run smoothly.  We all had to OWN THE VISION!  This meant sacrifice.

As 217church we are responsible to and for each other.  Countless times in scripture we see Jesus treats his disciples as family.  Paul refers to us as the family as we are “baptized into the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:13) Whatever we do, we must do with the mentality that we are a family, not an institution.


NextGen2014 Josh's Blog“…that you may tell the NEXT GENERATION that this is God!”  Psalm 48:13-14

Last year was an incredible season of investing in the next generation.  Last year through the next generation offering we fully funded our youth and kids ministries. I am thrilled to report they are 150+ students STRONG!  In addition, we gave away over $50,000 to fund our local and global mission partnerships!  You are truly and amazing congregation. SO, what does this mean for us as a church going forward?  It means we all need to step up and GIVE SACRIFICIALLY to make sure the next season of our church is healthy and strong.  As families, we need to ask God for an amount then step out in faith!

4 Parts of the 2014 Next Generation Vision:  GOAL – $100,000

1. Youth & Kids Ministry  – $60,000

The stories are piling up and the lives are being transformed.  Over the last two months we had our largest youth and kids gatherings ever!  We had an incredible 217kids camp and now we want to take it to the next level.  This amount will fully fund every initiative.  The one thing we are most excited about is a trip for 20 young leaders to the Dominican Republic with our 217global missionaries Rick and Tammie Romano.  Our youth will be attending a youth conference and letting God reshape them.

2. Urban Promise Partnership $10,000

Urban Promise is doing an incredible work in the city of Trenton mentoring and investing in the lives of over 100 young people every day.  Last year, we were able to jump start their after school program and now they are healthier than ever!  This year, they are opening up a new site in another part of Trenton and we are on the front lines with them helping them develop these young lives.  Our 217youth ministry has taken responsibility to mentor and pour into their student leaders.Urban Promise Truth Camp


3. 217rebuild Initiative $10,000

This past Sunday we announced we were giving $500.00 to every single mom at 217church, no strings attached.  We are giving away in faith $10,000 to single moms this week!  These single moms work tirelessly to provide for the needs of their children.  Just this Sunday, after we told the congregation this, we received this response card from a single mom:

“I was down to my last $3.47 in my checking account and didn’t know how I was going to pay my utility bill or make it to the end of the month.  God just spoke to me that He is in control.  I love this church family!” 

4. Church Planting: 217church East Windsor – $20,000

Our East Windsor Launch services on January 12 had over 100 people ready to bring the Gospel to this community!  This investment into will go to all our community service initiatives over these next 12 months for this new work!  We have already baptized 1 person and are ready for God to move in a HUGE way through this church plant.  Church planting is a part of our DNA!  We have only been in existence for less than four years and we are already planting and extending the Gospel to a new community.

It’s time to step up, You Can GIVE to the Next Gen Vision Here!  The Next Generation is depending on us.  We are a FAMILY.  The church is the best kept secret in our community

I believe God has already provided!  Time to act.




217church is a multi-site church in Mercer County NJ with small groups for families in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that meets in the Hamilton AMC24 Theater.  Our new East Windsor Campus is meets Sundays at Grace Rogers School at 10:15am.  If you are looking for a church in Mercer County NJ, Middlesex County or Bucks County, PA, don’t miss our weekend services in Hamilton at 9:30 or 11 am! Visit  If you want to be in on the ground floor of a new exciting church plant, contact our East Windsor Campus Pastor Dan Gay at




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  2. MarinaMy journey in becnimog the person I should be was much different. I never had a small moment, I never had an earth shattering moment. I always knew but never let myself be till recently. I knew who I was and what I wanted in a partner ever since I was young and Barbie left Ken for Strawberry Shortcake. I didn’t need a crystal ball, it was right in front of me.At forty I went into counseling, not because I needed medicated or committed(well maybe). It was because something was missing from my life and I had to find it or become an old maid with lots of cats. In taking my journey I had to figure out where to start and so I started back at the beginning. I looked at everyone and everything that helped me get to where I was, everyone and everything but me. So I looked at the environments that influenced me, companionship’s that shared experiences with me,the commitments I made to others, the trials that sometimes made me want to get off this ride and the inspiration I found in others. So in taking this journey I realized I was missing, I was always being and doing what I thought others wanted me to be or do. Now I am who I want to be, what I want to do. Until you allow yourself into your life you can’t live it, you can’t be there for others. In finding me and being me, I am so much more to others.Terri