Church yesterday was fun! Here’s the highlights:
Well, I preached. That’s not necessarily a highlight for me, but I hope it was for someone else! 🙂 I am challenged by my own point, which is always my goal. If I challenge myself, I figure maybe other people might be motivated as well.
My mother in law sent me this email (names changed):
As we were leaving the church with Kennedy, Jane (John’s friend) was breathlessly coming in. She told us John called her at 10:10 and told her she’d better get over to our church and hear that message! She said she slapped on some make-up and headed over. John said to tell you that the sermon had impacted him greatly and he “hoped he could get up off of his butt and do some impacting others himself!” He also mentioned that he was impressed with the baptisms and especially the fact that we have seven people in Starting Point. He said, “Seven is a lot!” I was motivated, as well! I will be carrying a certain amount of money every week to impact someone. I’m reading the stories on the blog and it will be interesting to listen to the Holy Spirit as he tells me who needs this money.
Our church received a $2000 check from Heritage Church in Hazel Dell this week. They wanted to help us out during the summer months when finances are usually tightest. Finances were tight in June and that will make all of the difference, so THANK YOU to a great church that believes in the Kingdom. We look forward to giving you all of that back in the future…and more!
My daughter along with many of her friends “graduated” from the Little Adventurer’s class yesterday. They got New Testaments, diplomas, and a balloon. Our preschool director, Rachael, is my hero. That’s such a valuable ministry that she does a great job at!
We painted a house on Saturday. It looks awesome! Thanks to Chris Harold for sacrificing his Saturday to help us get that done!
My other daughter came home singing a worship song, “God is Everywhere”. Her little voice filled my house all afternoon. If your kids aren’t regular attenders at a church, I encourage you to work on that area of your family. You can’t give me enough money to trade these precious moments of them encountering God.
Starting Point began again yesterday. We have 5 going through the class. I know I said seven in the 9:00 am service. Two people postponed their involvement until after the summer! I pray that God gives them the answers they are looking for.
Jackson Jackson lead worship yesterday for the first time. He and his team did a great job! We have a wide foundation of leaders in our church. I am convinced that our church will be well known for our ability to use a lot of people in their giftings. Jackson – we’re glad you’re part of that foundation!
We had one of our highest attendances yesterday at 146 (not to mention the 170 people we had last week at the park). Hello. It’s mid-July. Doesn’t church attendance drop in summer? Not when you serve a backwards God!
OK, stop reading my blog and go change the world. And remember…when you do a “good work” this week, go to Facebook (www.facebook.com/northcreek) and leave a note about what you did. Even if it’s just the littlest thing ever. If you’re not on Facebook, comment on my blog and I’ll post it on Facebook for you.
Here’s the list that was in the bulletin yesterday for those of you who do better with digital things…
• play with your kids for an uninterrupted amount of time
• eat dinner at the table
• pray together, let everyone share a need
• hold your own “american idol” with your kids
• take your wife/husband on an impromptu date
• give your wife/husband a day off
• take a surprise vacation with your kids
• encourage a co-worker
• thank your boss
• buy lunch for your “space”
• show up with coffee and donuts
• stand up for someone
• make dinner for your neighbors
• have an open-house dinner for everyone in the neighborhood
• go fix up a “beat up” part of your neighborhood
• babysit for free
• plant a community garden
• smile at a stranger
• tip a little extra
• pay for someone’s groceries anonymously
• buy coffee for the person behind you in line
• pay for the driver behind you in a drive-thru
• give money to whoever needs it/asks for it
• fix a friend/neighbor’s car for free
• give away something of high value to someone in need (a car, a house, etc.)
• donate to an organization in need
• take a step to restore a broken relationship
• pay for someone’s bills
sign up to volunteer or donate more than you normally would…
• in hospice
• at a food shelter
• at a nursing home
• sign up to volunteer once a month in a Sunday ministry
• give your tithe (10% of your income)
• volunteer to clean once a month