A Personal Note From Rich Barrett

As you might have learned this week through the ever-amazing grapevine, I was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Here’s a Wikipedia link.

Hodgkins has a great survival rate (80%). I’m young (no snickering!), healthy, and a good candidate for an aggressive treatment regimen.

I will require six months of chemotherapy, and we’re not wasting any time. Friday I had a port installed in my chest, and chemo begins Tuesday morning. Chemo will be administered every other Tuesday and will hopefully wrap up mid-May.

We absolutely love our oncologist and the caregivers at our treatment center. We believe God orchestrated these relationships, and we can’t wait to see how they develop!

The Access staff and elders have responded wonderfully and are ready to rise up and fill any gaps in my ability to perform at 100% in the coming months. My oncologist believes that I’ll still have a very active work life.

We so appreciate all of the offers to provide meals and other practical help.… Read the rest

Posted November 5, 2012

UpStreet Project: Operation Christmas Child

UpStreet Parents,

We’re excited to announce that UpStreet will send shoeboxes filled with gifts and needed items around the world to needy children through Operation Christmas Child. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to practice November’s “Big Idea” of Service—seeing a need and doing something about it.

We’ll begin collecting items to fill our boxes from now until November 11, and we’ll pack the boxes during small-group time November 18. Below is a list of items by grade that we’re collecting. To help cover the cost of shipping, we are asking that each child bring $2 along with their item(s).

Click here for a list of items we’re collecting by grade.Read the rest

Posted October 26, 2012

New Series: Recovery Road

So how’s that 401k looking these days?

How ’bout your personal positivity index?

Thinking about firing off an email or two to your congressional representative? Already did? Didn’t hear back?

If you are like most Americans, you’re wondering what in the heck is going on in Washington. And you’re probably wondering what you’re supposed to do while you wait for somebody to fix things.

Well, we’ve got an idea.

What if we don’t wait around for somebody else to fix things? What if we go ahead and start fixing it ourselves?

Some of us are naïve enough to think that if we get that “We the People” thing cranked up, we just might be able to get this country on the road to recovery.

Sound like a good idea?

Then join us Sunday at Access Church as we kick off this six-part series, Recovery Road, with Andy Stanley. Watch the video on the right for a quick preview.… Read the rest

Posted September 24, 2012

New Series: Time of Your Life

What time is it?
Where did all the time go?
Does time really fly when you’re having fun?

Maybe we think about time so much because there never seems to be enough of it.

Maybe there’s only one question we need to ask: What am I doing with my time?

Simple question? Easy answer? It’s time you found out. Join us Sunday at Access Church as we kick off this five-part series with Andy Stanley. Watch the video on the right for a quick preview. Don’t waste another second!… Read the rest
Posted July 3, 2012

“The Other Side of Freedom”

Give me liberty or give me death.
Let freedom ring.
Free at last.

These are the echoes of a nation figuring out freedom. From the beginning, the need for and the inalienable right to freedom have shaped our nation’s path.

Freedom can have a high price and a darker side, but maybe the balance is in God’s Word.

Join us Sunday for this message by Andy Stanley. We’ll see you there!… Read the rest

Posted June 26, 2012

This Sunday: “Surprise Party” Kicks Off

Have you ever had a Surprise Party thrown for you? Have you ever thrown one for someone else?

Your Heavenly Father wants to throw one for you, and you might be surprised by the reason why!

Join us Sunday, June 10, for the kick off of this three-part series with Clay Scroggins, Rich Barrett, and Joel Thomas. We’ll see you there!… Read the rest

Posted June 5, 2012

New Series: “Guardrails”

Guardrails: a system designed to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off-limit areas. They’re everywhere, but they don’t really get much attention until somebody hits one. And then, more often than not, they’re a lifesaver.

Ever wonder what it would be like to have guardrails in other areas of your life? Your friendships? Your finances? Your marriage?

Maybe your greatest regret could have been avoided if you had established guardrails.

In this six-part series, Andy Stanley challenges us to stop flirting with disaster and establish some personal guardrails.

Join us this Sunday, April 29, for the kickoff of “Guardrails.” We’ll see you at Access Church!… Read the rest

Posted April 23, 2012

“The Thin Line”

It’s a war. A quiet, raging war. And like any conflict, one side battles the other for dominance, victory, and gain.

But this war is different. It’s not a war between nations, countries, or political parties. No, this war is personal. The battlefield is located inside of you. It’s a struggle that’s been taking place for centuries that, sadly, many of us lose.

Join us at Access Church for “The Thin Line” by John Woodall. We’ll see you Sunday!… Read the rest

Posted April 10, 2012

“Radical Love”

The resurrection of Jesus is the most important event in human history, and yet it may surprise you that it has nothing to do with religion.

The message of Jesus was fueled by a radical new ethic of love. This radical love that Jesus offers is available to us and through us. But, do we truly know it and live it?

April 1 and 8, join us for an Easter series, “Radical Love,” with Andy Stanley. We’ll see you there!… Read the rest

Posted March 26, 2012

This Sunday: “White Flag” Kicks Off

Did you ever run away from home? Maybe you got to the end of the block before turning around and going back. It all seems silly in retrospect, but at the time you had plans. You’d show ‘em what was what.

But your plans always fell apart, didn’t they? You were so focused on what you were running from, not what you were running to, that you found yourself faced with the question, “Now what?” You had to raise the white flag and give up.

In this three-part series, Andy Stanley will walk us through the story of one of the world’s most famous runners—Jonah. From trying to outrun God to wrestling with grace and discipline, we’ll explore the lessons we can all learn when it comes to surrendering.

We’ll see you Sunday!… Read the rest

Posted March 5, 2012

This Sunday: “Going Public”

Originally “baptism” was not a religious concept. But over time baptism has become an exclusively religious idea—one that even rouses deep emotion and controversy.

In this message Andy Stanley unpacks baptism, from its birth with John the Baptist to its modern equivalent. If you are a follower of Christ and baptism is still on your “to-do” list, don’t miss this important message.

We’ll see you Sunday!… Read the rest

Posted February 21, 2012


Success at Access Church is defined by how many of us move from large environments into Community Groups. Community Groups are small groups of six married couples or eight individuals of the same gender.

The Community Group is the best place for sustained life change to occur. In Community Groups, we study God’s Word together and discuss the issues and challenges of life.

We pray together, we care for one another, and we’re missed if we don’t show up.

GroupLink is the way we help people get into Community Groups. It’s coming up Sunday, January 29, at 4:30pm, at Access Church (4911 Losco Rd.).

Click here to register and get directions.

Can’t make it to GroupLink? The success of GroupLink depends on everyone’s participation. The best groups start strong when everyone is present at GroupLink.

If you can’t make it January 29, but want to join a group, contact Rich. Our next GroupLink isn’t until March.… Read the rest

Posted January 13, 2012

January 8 Launch

We are so grateful to God for all who prayed, gave, served, and invited. Our launch in our new building was amazing!

If you weren’t there, be sure to check it out this Sunday at 4911 Losco Rd. Two opportunities to join us: 9:30 and 11:00am. We’ll see you there!


Big Church

Two thousand years ago, a gathering of people in a middle-eastern city began a movement that would circle the globe and leave its mark on individuals and cultures on every continent.
This movement would eventually become known as The Church.
The church is a movement. And it’s still moving.
Whether you consider yourself a church person or not, join us for this seven-part series, Big Church, as Andy Stanley brings life to the story of the local church movement.
We’ll see you Sunday at 4911 Losco Rd. at 9:30 or 11:00am!… Read the rest

An Unexpected Christmas

Shake any family tree, and you never know what kind of people might fall out. Let’s face it—we all have an uncle or a cousin we whisper about behind closed doors. We all have a relative or two we try to avoid at family gatherings. No surprise there.

But here’s something you may not know. Jesus had a few shady characters in his family as well. Actually, he had some relatives that make your most wayward cousin look like a saint.

In An Unexpected Christmas, Andy Stanley introduces us to a few of these colorful characters and the role they play in the Christmas story. Don’t miss this five part series kicking off November 27 at Access Church! We’ll see you there!… Read the rest

Posted November 21, 2011
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