JUMP got off to a great start yesterday, despite our entire area being covered in ice Sunday morning. We heard many stories of broken scrapers, broken wiper blades, one-lane roads, and all-around miserable conditions for getting out to church. I'm glad that we didn't cancel because God was preparing hearts for something special.
The only way to open a series titled "JUMP" is with the band playing the song by Van Halen. Van Halen's probably been played in a Wesleyan Church somewhere before, but we had hoped of adding a twist to it. We were going to have the three sections of the church engaged in a little (okay, big) jumping contest while we video taped them. It may still happen this Sunday. Wear your sneakers!
The worship was awesome yesterday. I really loved Emily Woodworth's rendition of "None Like Jesus" by David Crowder. Very cool.
We introduced a "JUMP Card" that we are using for the series. 2 People indicated that they are jumping in with both feet and prayed to receive Christ!! There were many other cards that came in with people checking off "pray for me, I'm close to jumping in" and "I have decided to recommit my life to Christ". This is why we do what we do. The local church is the hope of the world and there is nothing like the local church when it is working as it should. Give God all the praise.
The Olivet Double Double happens this week!!! The wind ripped our banner off the church Saturday night. 2 identical services, 9:00 and 10:45. Those of you who crawl out of bed early and show up at 9:00 will be a part of history as we celebrate our very first 2-service day! Also, there is a new class meeting in the Fellowship Hall ('big room of eating') @ 10:45. Stephen Woodworth is teaching the class and it is going to be fantastic. (no pressure Dr. W!)
More flooring is going down this week. They are working on the office hallway, copy room, and office entrance.
Good Friday service - this is shaping up to be a 'don't miss' event. 6 P.M. The church should be packed!