Location: Aston Township

People-group: People of Aston

Type: Community-based & Home-based

Contact: Albert Everett  albert@redeemingmercy.org

Description:

PiVO

PiVO is a community committed to turning – turning away from self and the way of self, turning to God and the way of Jesus.

Going for a goal while orienting on the wrong object is a sure-fire way to doom a journey before it begins.

Our lives are journeys, each one designed by God himself.  That’s the good news.

The bad news is that we can’t fully appreciate the life we’ve been given or move beyond the pitfalls and destructive tendencies of our brokenness until we’ve learned to look away from ourselves and orient our lives on the God who made us.

People Vitally Oriented Toward Christ

PiVO is an environment in which a new orientation for life is lived out, displayed and practiced with real people, in real life, in real time.  Living a serving-life together, embracing the way of Jesus, we’re learning to understand, see and focus on our Creator.

No matter where you are in life’s journey, what you have done or what has been done to you, PiVO is a supportive, family-like environment where your story will be heard, your struggle understood and your hope for lasting change can be realized. It is an atmosphere where you’ll find energy and hope to make a striking new beginning.

To pivot means to make a dramatic turn in life.

We who are part of PiVO are making that turn. The result is a radically new life.

  What to expect?

You’ll gather regularly with 8 to 12 others for our local home-gatherings but you’ll also gather in 3rd places like a local diner, a park, the community center, etc. These gatherings outside the home are often opportunities to serve within the community but may also be just for fun and relaxation – to just be together.

Home gatherings always include a family-style meal around the table where we enjoy great food, casual conversation, and dialogue aimed at orienting our spirits back toward God. There is no mental preparation needed, no heavy information to wade through. Each home gathering will find the group discussing a simple story read by one of the participants. The group responds to the story through open dialogue led by a facilitator.

A key to the PiVO lifestyle is learning to serve others as we learn to serve God, so participants are encouraged to serve in a number of ways, both within the gatherings, and in the broader community. Through these opportunities, we’re dedicating ourselves to making a tangible difference in our community.

Old Story New Story is an opportunity for anyone to engage the Creator God and to do so with a few close friends, in an environment of their own choosing. The Story itself is an old story, but it’s message has produced changed lives – a new story – for those who have participated.

Old Story New Story is centered around a 20-part narrative, 20 short stories taken from the pages of the Bible, but written in straightforward, contemporary language. Each narrative brings a portion of the God’s big story into focus, bringing God’s involvement with individuals to light. Each narrative bursts with lessons about the challenges of being human and the hope that relationship with God brings into our daily experience and more.

Taken overall, the Story expresses the truth of who God is, what he has done and what we should do in response.

Old Story New Story can be hosted in the home of one of our leaders, but we prefer to bring the Story to you and your friends, in an environment you prefer. This could be a home or any third-place like an office, a community center, a park or a backyard deck – anywhere people can gather, have a meal together, enjoy casual conversation and take a little time for dialogue.

How does it work?

Contact us and let us know you are interested in hosting a Story of God gathering. Establish a place to meet and an invitation list. A facilitator will follow up with you and discuss how many of the details you are comfortable handling yourself and then we’ll do all we can to take care of everything else.

Once the planning details are handled, our facilitator will join you in your place. The group will enjoy a meal and casual conversation. After dessert, a narrative will be read as your guests follow along. Then the facilitator will lead the gathered group in an open dialogue about the story. Once the dialogue has been concluded, the gathering will be dismissed but further dialogue can continue with anyone that desires to remain.

If you desire to host The Story of God in your location, please contact us today.

At 3 feet 10 inches, Dorothy Jean Montague was shorter than most, even among others living with dwarfism. Throughout her lifetime, she faced a heavy load of physical challenges, but none greater than her confinement to a wheelchair at the age of 42. Intelligent, vibrant and gregarious, she kept her personal battle with fear and discouragement hidden from all but her closest friends and faced the challenges of life with apparent defiance and cheer. Driven by her great faith in Jesus, she committed herself to a lifestyle of loving others who experienced challenges; the small, the weak, the broken and the marginalized.

Sadly, Dorothy Jean was to lose her final physical battle against illness, succumbing to complications brought on by Covid-19. In the final months before her sickness, Dot was searching for creative ways that she might actively enter God’s mission, despite her own limitations.  She determined she would love to serve neighborhood families raising kids with disabilities. Dot wasn’t able to achieve this final goal, but in her memory and honor, we’ve established DJ’s Kids to come alongside these families, loving and serving them in Jesus’ name.

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me

Revelation 3:20