Monday, March 17, 2008

What a Weekend! What a Church!

What a weekend we had here at Grace Church. It was a truly incredible sight to see. On Friday night, our facility was set up to look as if time had been turned back to the 1950’s for our women’s ‘At The Hop’ event. By the time Saturday morning rolled around, the facility had been transformed into a children’s carnival for our Easter Egg and Candy Hunt. Then, by the time Saturday evening rolled around, everything had again been changed to prepare our facility for our Sunday Morning Worship Services.

To pull off back-to-back-to-back major activities (At the Hop followed by the Easter Egg Hunt followed by our Sunday morning services) in as little as 38 hours is an unbelievable task. But it all happened because the people who make up Grace Church are simply awesome. Everyone pitched in and as a result we had one of the most successful weekends we have ever had when it comes to making contacts and building bridges. Thousands and thousands of people were in our facility and on our campus. Hundreds of these individuals have no church home whatsoever. Now they have had a positive touch which we believe God will use, especially with Easter Sunday fast approaching.

Our Women’s Event on Friday night just can not be described. If you didn’t see it…you would never believe it. And as a result, hundreds upon hundreds of ladies ages 18 and over had one incredible evening of fun as they rubbed shoulders with ladies from Grace Church who are the salt of the earth and light of the world. I loved one lady’s comment when she shared with her friend, “This church isn’t near as Brethren as it once was.” Attendance based on those who registered (obviously, not everyone registers) showed a 20% increase over last year’s Beach Blast. And every one of them, after having such a good time and making so many friends, were personally invited to join us this Easter as well. I think we will be amazed at how many take us up on our invitation and on that morning they will hear the good news that the resurrection of Christ makes it possible for us to enter heaven as we start out new series called, “The WOW Factor: World Of Wonder.”

Saturday morning’s Easter Egg Hunt was equally amazing with probably 4 to 5 times more people on our campus than were here the night before. Both hunts (9am and 11am) included wall to wall kids of all ages with their parents and grandparents. A carnival inside after each hunt produced hours of fun while once again rubbing shoulders with people from Grace Church and seeing that we care enough about our community to reach out and build bridges to them. Once again, every family in attendance was personally invited to join us for Easter. I had several people stop and ask me exactly what time our Easter services were going to be. Folks, listen, I hope you are praying for Easter Sunday. There is no doubt in my mind that God is going to do something really, really, really big!

And then to top the weekend off, we were able to worship the Lord on Sunday morning as we closed out our series, “Helping Those Who Hurt.” What a weekend it was! What a church we have here at Grace! What a God we serve. What a privilege it is for us to meet people where they are and help move them to where God wants them to be!

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