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Consistent with Paul's analogy of church being like the human body (1 Corinthians 12 - every part/role is vital), worship last Sunday morning resembled the theme of the children's folk classic, Stone Soup. The children brought their bright and energetic musical, Judge Julie Truly at 9:45. Nigel Eastman and our Praise Band brought energy and joy with music at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with guest singer and youth Avery Moore adding her heart-felt voice, and I preached about stewardship. Our worship times and style were upside down. Somehow, by way of the Spirit, this worship soup came together and great was the thanksgiving; we had 850 people in worship. 

That coming together in common cause and celebration as the body of Christ happens again this Sunday. Over 400 people have RSVP'd for one of two grand BBQ meals in our gym at 11 a.m. and noon. But before that happens, EVERYONE is summoned to the cross on the east lawn at 10:45 for a moment of thanksgiving and prayer. We will recall the promise God made to this church 17 years ago at the same spot – a promise God has kept and which we have the privilege to keep with our three-year commitments to Our Home. An announcement will be made of what some 100 families (out of 479) have already committed to this all church effort.  

What will be yours?

Our top goal is $3M so every sacrifice counts; every ingredient that every family adds to this "soup" makes a difference for everyone. So come Sunday to see what's cooking in our kitchen and to keep praying earnestly, "Lord, what do you want to do through me?"

See you at the Celebration Place this Sunday,

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Matt Gaston
Lead Pastor