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We're moving forward!

This morning we did this song for the first time in worship in our church, and I just love it.  It characterizes just where so many are at personally in their lives, and also where we are as a church.  "What a moment you have brought me to, such a freedom, I have found in You, You're the healer, who makes all things new.  I'm not going back, I'm moving ahead, I'm here to declare to You my past is over!  You make all things new, yes You make all things new, and I will follow You, forward!"  



Well this morning the big announcement was made.  On the weekend of January 31, 2010, we will officially become Celebration Church!  This morning we not only announced the new name but we also released our official core values and focused on our capital campaign for renovations of the facilities.  Our entire leadership team has already pre-pledged to this cause and stepped up to demonstrate to the congregation our commitment.  

The congregation was VERY excited.  To illustrate what a different type of church we are (and I'm sure a few of you more traditional folks might not agree with this -- to each his own) but when the announcement was made, "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang came on and the church jumped up and started dancing to it.  My son Jordan ran to the front where I was sitting and danced with me.  He even did the "worm" at one point at the end.  :)  Seriously.  At the end after the pledge cards were passed out for the capital campaign, we did the song, "Moving Forward" again and then when the people were dismissed, they did Celebration, the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle.  (Yes, in the sanctuary...like I said we're a very unique church.  This is one reason we have made our new name CELEBRATION CHURCH.  We do it in a big way and we have fun together.  By the way, Larry's message today was about Jesus' first miracle being at a wedding celebration!  

 I have more VERY SPECIAL news to report from today but it deserves it's own post.  It's about what the church unveiled this morning for Larry and I for Pastor Appreciation.  They gave us an AMAZING GIFT.  So I will post a little later with this in between getting ready for our "Holy Roller Night" tonight.  What is this? It's when we rent a local skating rink and invite all of our friends and we skate mostly to 70's and 80's music and have a blast.  At least half the people come in costume.  Again, we are.........celebrating!    I can't wait to blog later about the special surprise the church did for Larry and I.  Keep checking back. 

Celebration Church is on it's way!  Moving forward...a little over 90 days to the miracle.

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Anonymous said…
How exciting my friend! Rev. A

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