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Happy Birthday to The Daniel Plan! by Shellie Loughry

Yes! THE PLACE Daniel Plan was born at the end of April 2014! It is 1 year old now and started out strong, remained strong, and is now stronger than ever!

During the last year we have seen many life changes being made, some small and some HUGE! But that is the glory of The Daniel you do not have to change over night, you can start out with baby steps making simple little changes or you can take it by storm and make changes by leaps and bounds! It is all up to each individual!

The Daniel Plan was sparked at THE PLACE by one individual that wanted to make one little change in their life, and that was to become healthy. That individuals spark to change spread like wildfire to others who all wanted the same thing, to become healthy, and that my friends is how The Daniel Plan at THE PLACE was born and still sparking others from all around THE PLACE Church and in our community!

The funny thing is that is pretty much how it all started with Pastor Rick Warren and his congregation! Check out his story:

During an afternoon of baptizing over 800 people, Pastor Rick Warren realized it was time for change. He told his congregation he needed to lose weight and asked if anyone wanted to join him. He thought maybe 200 people would sign up, instead he witnessed a movement unfold as 15,000 people lost over 260,000 pounds in the first year. With assistance from medical and fitness experts, Pastor Rick and thousands of people began a journey to transform their lives.

Here’s the secret sauce: The Daniel Plan is designed to be done in a supportive community relying on God’s instruction for living.

Amazing Story by Rick Warren author of The Daniel Plan! Although THE PLACE is a much smaller church than Rick Warrens church, it is wonderful to know that we have very similar stories! Read more here!

THE PLACE Daniel Plan just wrapped up their 4th Season! Yes! What an amazing season this has been! We have several people that have lost weight, become far more healthier than they could ever imagine, and have accomplished things that they never thought possible!

The Daniel Plan is even more than all that, it is also about the friendships that are made and the happiness that is shared when one accomplishes something, or the tears that are shed when one needs love and support.

During this 4th season of The Daniel Plan there are two major accomplishments we would like to share with you and here they are!

‘Guess what I have lost over 50 lbs!’ Congratulations Craig Melfi you are an amazing inspiration to each of us!

‘Oh My Goodness I DID IT! I ran my first 5K and did it in 38:28 minutes, my goal was under 40 minutes and I  finished 82 in a pack 168, at a pace of 12:23! This was a major ceiling buster for me. As Pastor Greg has said ‘the high is the doing of it.’ Boy do I have a high! I must say I thank GOD for being there and providing friends like Craig, and Pastor Greg, and the Daniel Plan friends. WE all say it but in my case it’s true IF I CAN DO IT…. SO CAN YOU! So get off the side lines and come join us, the pain is overcome by the joy and high you WILL recieve!’ Wow Congratulations Roy Fegley! You are Amazing!

So as you can see the Daniel Plan is going strong. It did wrap up a 4th Season and will be starting Season 5 very soon! Ask yourself am I ready to make a change and am I ready to accomplish something amazing! If you are then please stop by the Information Center and we would love to get you started on your journey to great health.

Remember you can do all things through Christ who will strengthen you! Welcome to The Daniel Plan!



We are happy to announce The Daniel Plan is starting up again on Saturday, March 7th at 5:30 pm at The Place 4 Kids and facilitated by Craig Melfi and Roy Fegley. If you are interested in checking out The Daniel Plan please feel free to just stop in and see what it is all about at 881 W. America St. right next door to The Place Church.

The Daniel Plan has changed many lives in one way or another. It all depends on the individual and how they wish to apply the plan to their life. Some people make instantaneous change and some take baby steps, it all depends on them! This is a 6 week program geared up to get you started on a healthier you!

Here is what few of our Daniel Plan Alumni has to say:

“When I started the Daniel Plan one year ago I was skeptical as to whether this diet would work, as for I become disinterested in things quickly, until I read the book The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier You. Then I was hooked. It has great recipes, and basically easy to follow. If you’re hungry, you are not eating enough! I discovered this is not a diet, it is a plan, also it’s a walk with God. Making friends in the group I believe has helped my faith in a lot of things. I have lost 81 pounds to date and still am doing The Daniel Plan today! Join, Commit, and Succeed!” What an amazing testimony by James Loughry!

“I learned that it if you ask God for help with trying to be and get healthy he will show a strength you never know you had. Also that doing it with friends is easier than alone.” Thank you Craig Melfi!

Jayne Hellier says, “Knowing God is with us and sharing reasons for past struggles and how to stay focused is so helpful to success!”

Carroll Pulis has a great point here she says, “Having an accountability partner is really important to keep on track.”

I learned what God had to say about taking care of my body and by choosing a healthy lifestyle you actually honoring Him. Also that when you make healthy choices you feel better and can be more effective in every area of your life so you can be the person and live the life that God wants for you!” this is a fabulous testimony from Michal Combs!

There are many others that have lost weight, changed the way they look at food, and have taken up exercising. But the one thing they all have in common first and foremost is they found a closer relationship with God.

“Many diets and fitness plans use guilt as a motivation, but that never works in the long run. You can guilt yourself into doing anything short-term, but the change will last only as long as the guilt (or fear) does. In contrast, The Daniel Plan is built with love as the motivation: Experiencing God’s unconditional love for you, learning to love him back, learning to love whom God made you to be, and learning to give and receive love from others in a small group setting” from The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier You.

As you can see The Daniel Plan has and is impacting people in our community! Speaking of community The Daniel Plan is open to anyone interested outside of THE PLACE Church! So why not grab a friend and see how the Daniel Plan can effectively impact your life, we hope to see you there!

You’re Invited to a Candlelight Christmas

Christmas Eve Service

Come join THE PLACE as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, in a special candlelight service.

The title of the night is “Storyline” and we will hear how the stories of so many different people tied into the ultimate storyline of God. In the same way that their stories tie in… your story does too. Come on out and see how!

Monday, December 24th

6pm or 8pm

864 West Wickenburg Way

For more information, email the church office at

THE PLACE is Growing by Another 50 seats!

The past year has gone by so fast at THE PLACE. It seems like only yesterday that we had to transform a bowling alley into a church.

THE PLACE before Renovation

Now, a week before Easter, we prepare for the delivery of 50 more chairs, the tearing down of some walls and the construction of others. We are preparing for growth as God continues to bless this beautiful faith community. In the past two weeks, a congregation of only 200 raised over $5,000 to build more space to reach more people. In a selfless expression of love, they put people that they haven’t even met yet above themselves and committed to do whatever it takes to reach them.

In addition to the building, they are also committed to leave the church and go reach people with the good news. They are sponsoring a community picnic inside of a local Trailer Park and simply taking an afternoon to bless over 70 residents for no other reason, except to become the hands and feet of Jesus to them. It is a beautiful picture of grace and love poured out to a community.

As a pastor, I couldn’t be more proud of this incredible faith community that I have the honor of leading. They are truly an inspiration to me and I am a better man for having known them.

Thank you and continue to shine His light!

Pastor Greg

Hiking and Biking ~ 2 Great Upcoming Events at THE PLACE (Photos)

We have two phenomenal events coming up at THE PLACE and we’d love for you to be part of them. The first is only a couple of weeks away, so clear off your Saturday afternoon and plan to head out on a hike!

Vulture Peak

We're Going to the Top

Vulture Peak Hike ~ Saturday, Sep. 25th at 1pm
We will be meeting at 10 Kerkes St. at THE PLACE at 1pm. Then, we’ll be carpooling out to Vulture’s Peak (about a ten minute drive). From there we will be hiking to the peak! The entire hike should take a total of 3 hours and we’ll take plenty of stops along the way. Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes and a desire to see the ‘view from the top’.

To sign up, email Pastor Greg at or call at 928.671.0342.

Abineau Canyon Trail

Abineau Canyon Trail

Mountain Bike Mayhem ~ Monday – Tuesday, Oct. 11th and 12th
Our ‘Mountain Bike Mayhem’ trek is a two-day excursion in the beautiful country of Flagstaff, AZ. In these two days, we will be covering fifty miles of trails and having an amazing time! There is a cost for this trip which includes bike rental, transportation and lodging. For all the dirty details, check out the official blog post here.

To sign up, email Pastor Greg at or call at 928.671.0342.

Well, there you have it! Two fun activities that you can get involved in. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people at THE PLACE and we are truly looking forward to spending some QT together! If you’d like to see our complete calendar, simply check it out here.

See ya there,

Flagstaff Biking Trip ~ October 11-12

THE PLACE is heading up to Flagstaff on October 11-12 to do some biking on the trails. It is going to be an AMAZING time and we’d love to have you!

Abineau Canyon Trail

Abineau Canyon Trail

We’ll be renting some bikes from Absolute Bikes and heading down some amazing trails. The cost for bike rental, transportation and one night in a hotel is $100. We will fill up fast, so secure your spot today by calling Pastor Greg at 928.671.0342 or email at

We will be riding a 27 mile trail by Abineau Canyon the first day. It is described as…

9 miles north of Flagstaff, on the San Francisco Peaks. The highest, most alpine ride in this guide, with views of the Grand Canyon and the north slopes of Humphreys Peak, the highest point on this ride.

Check it out here.

Then, the next day we’ll be heading out to bike an 11 mile trail called Strawberry Crater. It is described as…

14 miles north of Flagstaff, northeast of the San Francisco Peaks. This ride starts in pinyon-juniper forest, then winds through tall stands of ponderosa pines to Strawberry Crater, a steep sided, heavily eroded volcano at the southwest edge of a stark lava flow. The crater and lava flow are interesting to explore on foot.

This is going to be an AMAZING trip that you don’t want to miss! I’ll see ya on the trails!