Stories & Wins

There is nothing more powerful than a changed life. Everyone has a story, and every story matters. We celebrate the WINS that are happening through Celebrate's locations and church plants. God is Good!

Locations

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Local Wins

Celebrate KiDS

  • What an incredible sight it is to see each weekend, an entire shuttle van pull up full of Celebrate KiDS team members. Way to put the guests and others first by keeping the parking spots open for them. When you do this, you are telling them that they matter, they are important to you and is such a welcome. Way to go KiDS team!
  • A family came one weekend with their children attending for the 1st time. The eldest son told his mom after service that he absolutely loved it. The mom had previously attended 10 years ago but due to a family friend passing away (the Washington high school student who died in a car crash a few months ago) and the love this church showed his family, she felt prompted to return to Celebrate. She even signed up to serve. Loving others is key.
  • Did you know that guests make up their minds about if they will return to church with in the first 10 minutes of their visit? This happens before parents even sit down in the sanctuary. It starts with a very important part of the KiDS team with our Welcome team. The people who are out in the welcome center greeting them, assisting them with check-in and showing them to the environment where they meet the team who will engage them in a further relationship with Jesus.  Another extension to this is a special team member who sends each new guest a handwritten card. This past year there were 475 new kiddos and you are ALL part of that. Every one of you matters and plays a role in the life of each child.
  • How awesome is it to be a part of a multiplication church. Only 1% of churches in this country are multiplying churches. And that’s you. God is moving in such amazing ways and is calling people to ministry all across this church. Currently on our team, Meagan Rhodes is preparing to join the team in Mankato and is getting experiences in different areas in children’s ministry. If this is you, take courage and tell someone about it. Breakthrough in 2020 will happen when we are obedient to God’s call in our lives.

Church Plants
(* denotes churches in pre-launch phase)

Brandon, South Dakota

Celebrate Community Church
John & Dayna Semchenko

Launched September 11, 2016

This month:

  • We had 3 decisions for Christ last month.
  • Bobby Rodriguez and Craig Nelson will be teaching Class 201 and have it scheduled for March 29th.  Excited for this piece to be in place!
  • Ron Curtis, Pat Bertrand, Jane Schultz, and Judy along with big assists from the Sioux Falls Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team have officially kicked off our Tuesday night Celebrate Recovery ministry. They are averaging 16 guests per week. The team is very encouraged with the attendance and energy around this new ministry.
  • Kingdom Kids has continued to grow seeing families with preschool children coming to play and get out of the cold. Chris and Michelle are already dreaming about new ways to reach out to the community.
  • Street Corner Revival is a new ministry started by Joey Clark. He has been receiving a lot of support from the church and community. One person from Brandon, who is an atheist, remarked after seeing the special on Keloland, “that is so cool!”, and is now opening up to spiritual conversations with his coworkers about issues of faith. Here is a link to the Kelo special: https://bit.ly/2SkkzZ7.

Prayer Requests:

  • Continue to pray for our church and leadership as we move ahead with the purchase of property.
  • For the upcoming series “Happily Ever After” that begins this weekend.

Canton, South Dakota

Celebrate Canton
Sheldon & Jo Hovaldt

Launched September 10, 2006

This month:

  • Our church growth has continued. Last month, we averaged 54.5 people per week.
  • We are having children’s ministry in three environments now!

Prayer requests:

  • That people would continue to respond with action to God’s call on their lives, not just lip service, but with action.

Dell Rapids, South Dakota

Quarry Rock Church
Milt & Maddie Borah

Launched September 10, 2006

This month:

  • A family of 4 wants to get baptized.
  • We had a good turnout for our membership class and are excited about the number of people wanting to join the church.
  • Last month, we had 4 people go on mission trips.

Prayer requests:

  • That we continue to reach lost people in Dell Rapids.
  • That our people will see themselves as the pastors as we equip them to reach people for Jesus. 

Fargo, North Dakota

Story Church
Wade & Chelsey Coffey

Launched February 3, 2019

This month:

  • Last month, we had new or returning guests every service we had each weekend.
  • Last month, we focused on prayer and had many report how much God has been moving in their prayer life.

Prayer Requests:

  • For opportunities to where we as a church can be generous to our community and parnerships we are looking toward establishing.
  • As we multiply LIFE Groups.
  • We are working towards having a music team. We are so thankful for the Sioux Falls Celebrate Team for working with us. We pray that people continue to do what they need to practice so this can happen and that God is glorified.

Lake Andes, South Dakota

Celebrate Lake Andes
Jeff & Alane Todd + Rodd & Tylene Holman

Launched September 10, 2017

This month:

  • Last month, we averaged 12 people each Sunday, and more of the regular attenders are stepping up and serving.
  • We had a funeral for one of the attenders and who was a believer. Many people from the community attended and got to hear the gospel.

Prayer Request:

  •  For Rodd and Tylene to have wisdom in regards to timing of move to Lake Andes.
  • Many of the people are hurting and struggling with addiction.
  • That we would continue to build connections in the community and reach more for Christ.

Omaha, Nebraska

Meadows Church
Monte & Jody Gannon

Launched October 8, 2017

This month:

  • We had our first church plant gathering, where Casey Comstock casted vision regarding Crossover Church launching this Fall in Omaha. 25 people showed up expressing interest in being part of this new movement of God.
  • Last month, we had 21 people commit their lives to Christ and baptized one more person into the family of God
  • We started three new Celebrate Recovery 12 Step Study Groups. The plan was to start two, however so many people signed up it’s now three.

Prayer Requests:

  • For our care ministries, as they’ll be kicking off in full-force over the next few weeks (Celebrate Recovery, Divorce Care, Marriage LIFE Groups).
  • That people will continually surrender all of themselves at the foot of the cross and allow Jesus to infiltrate every area lives. 

Pharr, Texas

Paradise Church
Marv & Deanna Odegaard

Launched November 2006

This month:

  • Attendance has increased each week as we are getting people from other parks. We have had two from Quarry Rock Church in Dell Rapids, SD. Milt Borah (Pastor at Quarry Rock) has a person who attends our service from another park. That couple brought another couple, plus a widow along.
  • Also, two couples from my home town in Sinai, South Dakota are attending.

Prayer Requests:

  • We have several people who are struggling with cancer.

San Rafael, Mexico

Celebrate Community Church
Eliud & Brenda Garza

Launched October 14, 2012

This month:

  • We have seen a 30% growth in our church. Many new people are attending church.
  • Last month, we finished 21 days of prayer and fasting as a church.

Prayer Requests:

  • For us as we start a fund raising campaign to finish our new building. We need to raise $30,000. We want to move into our new building by late fall this year.

Yankton, South Dakota

Celebrate Community Church
Jeff & Alane Todd

Launched April 1 (Easter), 2017

This month:

  • 137 people committed to praying for Yankton every day in 2020. Great stories of some people praying for the first time.
  • We have started our 2nd Financial Peace University class. We are partnering again with two other churches in town.
  • A LIFE Group host had a conversation with someone about tithing for the first time. She said it must have been God because she wasn’t planning on sharing but it “just came out”. 

Prayer Requests:

  • February 7-9th will be our first Prayer and Fasting weekend. Many will fast for the first time. We are seeking God in our lives, our church, and our community. There are several times to gather and pray.
  • February 9th will be launching the “Dream On” church wide campaign. We have several community leaders and ministries that will be joining us throughout this series. Pray that those who have yet to take the step of faith of tithing would be open to God’s call.

Missoula, Montana

Celebrate Community Church
Carman & Stina VanSchaick

Launched May 2019

This month:

  • We started four LIFE Groups in one week. All of them have people that have never attended our church! It’s amazing what God is doing, to think that four months ago we didn’t even have four people in our church.
  • One of our LIFE Groups is already making plans to multiply after meeting for only one week, and they had already been thinking about it before I (Carmen) brought it up.
  • We had 12 first time guests on Super Bowl Sunday.

Prayer Requests:

  • That we do not lose our sense of urgency. There’s always one more to reach for Jesus.

Charleston, South Carolina

The Grove Wesleyan Church
Brittany & Nathan Jolly

Launched October 2019

This month:

  • We have just launched two new LIFE Groups. One is averaging 10 people and the other 19 people.
  • We’re praying that some of these people in these LIFE Groups will become part of our church family, as well as, become teachers and leaders.

Prayer Requests:

  • For health for our family.

Mankato, Minnesota

Celebrate Community Church
David & Jessica Norman

*In pre-launch phase 

This month:

  • We have 3 LIFE Groups forming, 2 in Mankato and 1 in New Ulm.

Prayer Requests:

  • For protection over us, as we start our new jobs and for our sons (Wesley & Jesse). 

North Omaha, Nebraska

Crossover Church
Casey & Amanda Comstock

*In pre-launch phase 

This month:

  • Last month, we had our first gathering. 25 people gathered to hear the vision of multiplication and about the church.
  • 13 people have said “yes” to being a part of our church.

Prayer Requests:

  • For a launch team of 75 people.
  • For leaders to lead Core Groups and Community Groups.
  • For a facility.

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