17 LO-O-O-O-O-NG WEEKS
17 VE-E-E-E-E-E-E-RY LONG WEEKS
It started on June 3rd and ended last Sunday, August 26th. That comes to 17 weeks. If you have been reading my blog then you probably know what I am referring to. If you have joined me since June 3rd, then let me fill you in.
The church I pastor moved into our current building in October of 2010. We knew when we moved in it was too small, but we had plans. In January of 2011 we received some devastating news that changed our picture drastically. But the people just didn’t quit. We banded together and in less than 14 months we had $15k in the Building Fund. Through a long team process, we finally came up with a doable plan for expansion. We renovated the space we had by flip-flopping the adult/children’s area. Long story short? We began meeting for worship at a local SDA church (they use it on Saturday) one mile from our building. They were great hosts, but after spending 6 years putting up and tearing down; then finally having our own building; putting up and tearing down got old.
This Sunday we start a new chapter. We will be back in our own building. Yeah, excited is the word. We made the necessary change/move. We traded sides and everyone gains. If you are interested you can see the process here. On the 23rd we are planning a Celebration/Open House/Cookout with an invitation to the community that will include a slide show. I hope we can download it onto the website for you to see.
THE GOOD PART? WE DID IT ALL WITH CASH!!
Keep in mind the church is not the building. We do what we can to always bring that point home. We are not into fancy buildings or entertainment. That is not us (also not an indictment against those who do). We want people to know they matter to God and to us. The building is just one place for that to happen. Would you please pray for us this weekend?
My sermon is David’s “Swan Song of Praise” from 2 Samuel 22. Really cool is that Psalm 18 is almost word for word. My emphasis will be on his attitude through his storm. I’m not going to say much more since we all know what it is like to go through storms. No easy answers. Just focusing on the Answer.
Here is the video I plan to use.