- 76 people today. We’re holding steady.
- I’ve got 30 people signed up to help for the Egg Drop. That’s a good proportion of our adults.
- We talked about being missionaries to our city. Jesus brought the gospel to his people first. If we aren’t doing anything to reach our city, we have no business taking the gospel anywhere else…in my opinion.
- In Acts 1:8 Jesus says that we will be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth. I believe he was giving us priorities here: our city first, our region next, and then the nations.
- Next week we’re talking about reaching our region by planting churches. Can’t wait! I’ve been praying for church planting strategies and I think God may be birthing something that is a little different than we’re used to. Maybe I’ll share it on Sunday.
- I invited Pam Herbst from the Missoula 3:16 Rescue Mission to share their vision and opportunities for volunteers. What a great organization! They minister to the homeless and those with addictions. I just about cried when she shared the rat story. You’ll have to check on future blogs for this one, because it’s worth retelling.
- Also shared about the Missoula Food Bank and all the good things they’re doing for our community. The church needs to quit the “Us vs Them” mentality when it comes to nonprofits and just come alongside them and help anyway we can.
- BTW, you can go to our website and click on “Investing” and then “In Missoula” to find a huge list of nonprofits to partner with.
- We ended the service doing “God of this City” by Chris Tomlin. Powerful song as a prayer and proclamation.
- Men’s campout this Friday at Lolo Hot Springs! I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the guys in my wall tent.
- 1st Annual Missoula Egg Drop is less than 2 weeks away. I’m excited and afraid at the same time!
- Had a blast today. My sister and brother-in-law were visiting us this weekend from Washington, so I asked Peter to play the drums today. He rocked!
- We also added Diane on the congas today. That adds a nice sound. Overall, it was a great experience playing together with everyone.
- We did our first hymn today! I have nothing against hymns. In fact I really love doing some of the classics with a more current sound.
- 74 people today. Our setup and breakdown is going so fast these days because of all the new help. Thanks everyone!
- Less than 3 weeks until the egg drop! We recruited lots of help today at our Egg Drop Committee meeting right after the service. Amazingly, every single person stayed for the meeting! I think I might have forgotten to dismiss them. Oh well, it worked out great for me!
- We wrapped up the service with a video put to Chris Tomlin’s song, “God of this City”. What a powerful song. RCC, if we make that song our prayer and our prophetic proclamation, I am certain that God will use us to reach this city for Him!
- We’re going to sing that song next week. Can’t wait!
- We had about 60 people today. It was great to have Jeb and Abby visit today. They’re planting Overflow Christian Center here in Missoula. Thanks for stopping by!
- There have been about 10 new church plants in Missoula in the last year. God’s up to something here. We’re going to invite them all over to our house for a little shindig.
- It was also nice to have our friends Dale and Marilyn from Lewiston come over and stay with us. Thanks guys!
- Worship was good. Several of us spent Fri and Sat night worshipping with Sean Feucht over at Midtown Church. Seems like some of that might have spilled over onto Sun morning.
- I knocked the state flag pole over and broke the eagle’s wing off that was on top. Do I have to burn the flag now, or do I need to be cleansed or something? At a minimum I’m going to fix the broken wing.
- I spoke on being shaped to serve.
- I admitted to the whole church that I tried to lead worship once using a harmonica. My point was I had the heart to do it, but not the gift or ability. For that matter, I don’t know who has the ability to lead worship with a harmonica. It’s really hard to sing and play at the same time.
- I think Hugh Laybourn could pull it off.
- That’s all!
We’ve got the website up for the 1st Annual Missoula Egg Drop! This is fixing to be the biggest Easter event Missoula has ever seen! It’s amazing how good God is. The other day I sat down with Andrea and told her that I had to make a crucial decision about moving forward, even though we didn’t have the money to do it. We stopped and prayed and felt like God said “Go”. I took a huge risk. Today we got a $3000 donation that put us over the top! As a matter of fact, it’s going to be even bigger than we first dreamed. Go God!
In addition to being an awesome event for the community, we are partnering with the Missoula Food Bank and asking everyone who comes to bring a food donation. We’re going to have a blast and fight hunger at the same time. Doesn’t get any better than that, does it?
It’s crazy how many people already know about the egg drop. I’ve got people calling me, sending me emails, and I even got a fax today. Who woulda thunk it? It’s going to be bigger than I thought. No, actually I really thought that God was going to make this big. From the start it was way bigger than anything I could have pulled off. More money, more people, more everything than we’ve got. That’s a great place to be. Those are perfect conditions for God to do something big. Something bigger than me, our team, or RCC. A perfect storm if you will. It’s going to take God and the rest of the community to do this. How cool is that?!
We met with the pilot and his crew at the fairground today. We also met with our planner, Brandy Greer of Wahooparty.com who is organizing this whole shindig. The site is even better than we first imagined. We mapped it all out and planned the event on paper. Amazing. Did I mention this is going to be big?
- Preached on Purpose #3 of the Unwasted Life: We were made to become like Jesus.
- It was one of those weeks that was difficult to get my sermon done, but I think it turned out alright. It probably didn’t help that I went fishing on Friday.
- I played electric guitar on the worship team today. Nobody complained, so I’ll assume it sounded okay. At least I enjoyed it.
- 55 people today. I can’t seem to figure out attendance. If I were analyzing our church population the way I used to analyze wildlife populations, I’d write it off to chaos theory. There’s just no predicting it!
- We had our communion meal today, which I’ve come to seriously look forward to. Why is it that all the good recipes are busted out at church potlucks?
- We talked about our 1st Annual Easter Egg Drop today. This is fixin’ to be the biggest Easter event Missoula has ever seen!