Wednesday, January 14, 2009

T-Minus 18 Days to Nicaragua

2009 is off to a hot start, and it is hard to believe that our team will be leaving for Nicaragua in just 18 days.  We will be working with World Hope to construct some pavilions to be used by Missionary Paul Heier and National Pastors who will rotate Discipleship and Medical teams based out of  the city of Teco.  Another exciting announcement is that God has brought Ward Hodges to base his World Hope ministry out of Cornerstone.  Ward's ministry with us was announced last Sunday during our Annual Vision Meeting, and his position will be to strengthen the small groups and missions ministries of our church.  This trip will no doubt be the first of many trips that our church will take with World Hope around the world.  Ward and His wife Amy have a wonderful baby boy named Ethan.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Weekend Reflections

  • I believe our set up team rocks, except that Michael Brown parked the trailer crooked.
  • We had a bunch of people come to the Saturday version of the Vision Meeting
  • The band rocked, and something about a kazoo 
  • The band named themselves 23B after an illustration in Ward's sermon a few week's ago.
  • It was cool to see Saturday nights turn 1 year old...
  • I knew it was a great start when I got to church a few minutes early to see volunteers already at work.
  • I got to spend a few extra minutes in prayer in the truck.
  • People were early for worship, which is rare in FL, I guess they were excited.
  • We had to put out extra seats out in the early service, welcome back snowbirds!
  • Enjoyed preaching about Jonathan and his armor bearer.  Let's go pick a fight!
  • Had a blast in the Vision Meeting sharing what God has done in our midst during 2008.
  • We saw 40% growth last year, and are desperate to do it all over again.
  • We introduced Ward Hodges joining the team to help us kick Small Groups up a notch.
  • We challenged everyone to join the TEAM, and they responded.
  • The last service was literally packed to the wall, we again ran out of chairs.
  • I can't wait to break out the new chairs on February 21st
  • 3 of our people ran in the Disney marathon.... but did not miss church, I love Saturdays!
  • There was a ton of teenagers at church, Seth and Christy are knocking it out of the park!
  • First time guests came up after the service asking where they can get involved, I love that!
  • Crashed on the couch after services with a holy hangover!  Watched football...and Jack Bauer!