But there is a breaking point, and it seems to have to do with numerical growth - simply balancing resources and energy and people.
So we've been doing lots of forward planning, some painful rearranging of work methods and priorities and some serious - and often challenging - introspection. We're holding one another accountable, in love. We're acknowledging where folks have been hurt in the past and striving to honor the spirit of fellowship to which we are called.
All that to say this:
We have been leaning into preparation for this next series, which is based on a book about the Holy Spirit by Mark Batterson called Wild Goose Chase. I have heard that there are some misgivings about what is happening here - is Brian simply doing a weekly book report? Are we turning from the Bible and "studying" a book instead?
Because planning services is the bulk of my job at PCC, I can attest to this:
The Wild Goose Chase series is one of the most God-centered, transformational content we've ever explored. At it's core, the study/series/book is founded on the principle that God's spirit changes lives - and that in order to live transformed lives, we must be able to see where God's spirit can and will move in us, through us and with us.
We are prepared and excited. We have been praying. We have been working, hoping our efforts to transform ourselves and our physical surroundings will mirror and inspire the change we pray will come in our spiritual lives.
I hope you'll be there.
A few photos from last night's work follow. And, by the way, if you're interested in being involved in efforts like this, let me know. We'd love to offer others the opportunity to be part of this exciting, creative and life-changing process!
|Debbie and Betty cutting letters...|
|Tony and Keith on the lift...taking a little bit of a risk, I'd say...|
|The view from the back as we struggled to get the right height and angles...|
|Side panels, with paintings by Angie DiNardi...|
|Close up of one of the cages, designed and built by Debbie and Keith Williams|
|A better view|
|My number one helper.|
|Just so you know what it took to make this happen....|