As summer rushes past us, it seems to have forgotten to take the scorching heat along with it.
But you know what that means, right?
The days of summer relaxation have given way to the return of school bells and bustling hallways.
While we’ve treasured our summer adventures and the memories we’ve created, there’s something reassuring about the return to structure and the rhythm of the school year.
Ian, Seth, and Mila are especially excited as they prepare to reconnect with old friends and make new ones at their new school, Rolling Hills Elementary, just a stone’s throw from our home.
Unfortunately, Rolling Hills won’t be ready for classes until the end of October. So, our trio is temporarily returning to their school from last year, Westpark Elementary, until the new school is ready.
Interestingly, Rolling Hills is also the same school where we’ll soon host weekly gatherings. We plan to kick off these launch gatherings at Westpark on September 10th, and once Rolling Hills opens its doors in October, we’ll transition our gatherings there.
Now, let’s talk about another group of students we’re excited to meet and welcome back – the college students at Texas Christian University (TCU), affectionately known as the Horned Frogs.
After the remarkable success of TCU’s athletic programs last year, they’ve seen a significant uptick in enrollment, transfers, and acceptance rates.
It’s a thrilling time to be in Fort Worth and at TCU, where we have the privilege of sharing the gospel of Jesus with tomorrow’s leaders today.
But our mission isn’t confined to college campuses. We’re also witnessing God’s favor shining brightly in the community and within the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD).
Recently, a pastor friend and I had the pleasure of meeting Marta Plata, the Executive Director of Parent Partnerships at FWISD.
Marta and her dedicated team work tirelessly to strengthen various departments within the district, including Fort Worth After School, Parent Partnerships, Family Resource Center, Adult Education, Health Services, and the Family Action Center.
Being the church, we’ve partnered with Marta’s team to provide pastoral care and staff appreciation lunches.
Together, we’re working to empower families by nurturing relationships that foster sustainable academic achievement through parent engagement, family resources, and school readiness classes.
But that’s not all. Marta also introduced us to John Shearer, the Executive Director of Academy 4.
After a fruitful meeting, we’ve partnered to have members of Mosaic Church Fort Worth trained and actively participating as mentors via Academy 4 during each school year.
If you’re unfamiliar with Academy 4, they offer a platform for connecting, engaging, and uplifting communities to create positive change and inspire hope among fourth graders. Academy 4 has set an ambitious target of mentoring every fourth grader in Fort Worth ISD.
Coming from a sending church that began mentoring a single child, eventually leading to the establishment of Mosaic Mentors and serving multiple schools across the greater Austin area, partnering with Academy 4 is music to our ears and a source of great joy to our hearts.
We are grateful to partner in being the hands and feet of Jesus, changing the lives of students, families, and communities one child at a time, one day at a time.
Lastly, as we eagerly anticipate Launch Sunday and our upcoming weekly gatherings, we hold fast to the belief that we are witnessing the miraculous realization of a dream to advance the kingdom of God here in Fort Worth: Mosaic Church Fort Worth.
Thank you, thank you, and thank you for your continued partnership. Please join us in our daily prayers for God’s presence to shine brightly in our community and on the campuses of Fort Worth as we continue to be the living expression of Jesus’ church.
The stories we’ve shared are just a glimpse of how God is moving through our partnerships to make a profound impact in the lives of Fort Worth residents and beyond.
Once more, thank you, and remember, this is just the beginning of our journey together, making disciples of Jesus.
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown
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P.S.S. Invite a friend, family, coworker, or neighbor to the upcoming events (text for the address):
Food, Fun, Friends, and Family at the Brown’s House
Sunday, Oct. 29th @ 5 pm
Food, Fun, Friends, and Family at the Brown’s House
Sunday, Dec. 10th @ 5 pm
General Prayer Requests & Updates
For evangelism to flourish so communities and campuses in the greater Fort Worth area will be reached, and the lost will see and experience the love of Christ and be drawn to his kingdom.
For signs and wonders to follow the preaching of His Word.
For team unity and laborers to help carry the load.
For finances and provisions.
For fully funded campus missionaries (2 per campus) to help reach the next generation — Texas Christian University (TCU), Dallas Baptist University (DBU), University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Tarrant County College (TCC), Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) and Tarleton State University – Fort Worth (TSU).
Alvin Brown, the Lead Pastor of Mosaic Church Fort Worth, brings over a decade of pastoral ministry experience and more than 20 years of operational and technical leadership expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Mallary, and their three children and contributing as a writer to various media outlets.