Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Mind Dump - July 22, 2012

Today was a good day at PCC.  Attendance was back up to normal – up by 100 people. 

The ebbs and flows of summer are what they are.  No need to compete with it, or stress out.  Just go with the flow.

The dinner after service was another big hit.  Four weeks straight… and four weeks of exceptional fellowship.

It was perfect plan for the middle of summer:  With so many people traveling for vacation there was no need to launch a new ministry or initiative.  Instead, we opted to have “dinner on the grounds” for four Sundays in a row.

Here’s why it worked so well:  (1) Everyone is already on-campus on Sunday mornings, so it makes sense to offer an event while they are already there, meaning there was no need to come back for an evening meeting during the week, (2)  Everyone brings their own covered dish which makes the event “cost neutral” for the church, (3)  Friendships are strengthened, (4)  It was simply enjoyable!

We will probably do this again in the month of November – which is when the Holiday season is upon us – and will probably have a Thanksgiving theme for the month.

The sermon series on Elijah has been going very well.  It’s new territory for most people.

Next week we’ll get to the meat of the matter – the showdown on Mt. Carmel.

On a personal note…..

I feel my strength returning.  It’s been a long journey for me, hellish at times, to get my head above water.  But I see light at the end of the tunnel.  If my current upward trend continues, I anticipate being fully recovered in the near future – certainly by fall – and when that happens I will be providing some very strong leadership at PCC.

About three weeks ago I resumed a rigorous workout routine.  It’s been good for me.  My energy level has spiked, I feel better, my appetite has been curbed, and I’m consuming less calories each day.  Practicing this level self-discipline has been good for my mental state too.  Feel like I’m on top of things again.

Ready to take the bull by the horns.

We are contacting a Realtor this week to explore putting our house up for sale.  A sign may be going up in my front yard soon.  Very excited.

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