If you are old enough to remember the original Monday Night Football, you might also remember commentator “Dandy” Don Meredith. When one team was hopelessly outgunned, Meredith would break into song: “The Party’s Over.” He also spoke of “Big Mo.” He wasn’t referring to the battleship Missouri. He was talking about “momentum.” When a team started firing on all cylinders and seemingly couldn’t be stopped, Dandy Don would say they had “Big Mo” on their side.
It sure feels like we have “Big Mo” on our side at Chapel Hill. Our new ministry house in Port Orchard (‘703,’ it’s called) has energized an already energetic ministry team at our first church plant. Their new Sunday gatherings are generating a lot of excitement and drawing many new people.
As for Gig Harbor, last Sunday we celebrated the 178 kids and 150 leaders who came together for the first Vacation Bible School in three years: Summer Blast. And it WAS a blast!
And that’s just a start. This Sunday, for the first time in 16 months, our 8:30 service will be led by a full choir AND an orchestra. We’ve been blown away by the number of folks who have said they can’t wait to join together to make a joyful noise…again!
We will continue our sermon series “For,” reminding ourselves that God calls us to be “For our city.” That’s what Beyond These Walls is all about. Most of you know that five years ago, we launched a campaign to eliminate the last of our building debt…nearly $8 million at one time… and freeing up $500,000 annually that was going to the bank. But instead of spending that on ourselves, we decided to invest in our community and our region…beyond these walls…that we might bless the place where God has called us to live and minister.
Jeremiah 29:7 admonishes us to “…seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you…” That is exactly what we are doing. In many different ways. I’ll be excited to remind you of some of those initiatives…and I have one big surprise that I think will “blow your minds!” At least…it’s going to make you very happy…and very proud…to be a part of Chapel Hill, a church that is seeking the welfare of its city.
And by the time you walk out, I think you’ll agree with Dandy Don…that we’ve got Big Mo on our side! See you Sunday…and bring a friend!
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