My husband and I moved to Eau Claire for work, and didn't know anyone else in the area. We were traveling to Menomonie every Sunday to attend church with his family. We just didn't feel like we were supposed to be going there, and we also weren't paying attention like we should have been. I was invited to Renew and said that we would come check it out just to be nice, with no intention of actually ever coming. About a month and a half after that, my husband and I got into a discussion about why we were going to church, what it meant to us, and if or how we apply it to our lives. We were running late that day so we decided to try Renew because we could still make that service. Pastor Jamie spoke that day on the exact topic of our discussion that morning: why are you coming to church, what does it mean to you, and how are you applying it. We felt like we were supposed to be there.
After attending Renew a few times, we started getting connected to people. We felt like we finally had the community we were longing for. We felt at peace for the first time since we moved to Eau Claire that we were meant to be here, that God had a purpose for us. Our lives have been changed because of the relationships we have made. We're so thankful for the ways we've already seen God work. We can't wait to see what else He has in store for us and Renew!
Tommy and Riley Thompson