Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Easter Weekend Update

There is only one word to describe the 2007 Easter weekend at Pocono Community Church - AWESOME.

Here's a recap of what God did through PCC:

1. Good Friday Egg Stuffing Party - Over 125 volunteered their time to stuff over 50,000 Easter Eggs with candy and prizes. Small groups and entire families came together at the Pocono Summit Fire Hall to tackle this enormous task. Thank you so much for giving of your time and energy to make the Eggstravaganza such a great success.

2. 2007 Eggstravaganza - Even 20 degree weather in the Pocono's couldn't keep the approximately 4000 people away from the 2007 Easter Eggstravaganza. What an awesome turn out on such a cold day. The petting zoo, huge inflatables, Pocono 500 race car, and lots of games were enjoyed by all the kids and families. What a sight to see the Easter Bunny arrive on the fire truck. Buddy the clown entertained everyone while also sharing the Gospel and the true meaning of Easter. Again, thanks to all the volunteers that came out and braved the weather and made a huge impact for the Kingdom.

3. Easter Sunday Services - This Easter PCC broke it's all-time holiday attendance with about 1400 people in its two services. What's even more exiting is the 60 people who gave their heart to Christ. The music and children's programs were terrific enjoyed by the 200 first-time guests.

I'm so excited about what God is doing at PCC! I look forward to leveraging this great momentum we are experiencing this spring for God's glory.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Getting Ready For Easter

Today I'm putting the final touches on my Easter message. I'm really excited about this new series we are kicking off this weekend called, "Unlikely Heroes." We're going to unpack the entire story of the Bible through the eyes of men and women that God used to reconcile us back to Himself. What we are going to find is that God often times uses the most unlikely, uneducated, and unusual heroes to accomplish his purpose.

Please remember to pray and fast for me and the staff for this weekend. I know many of you are inviting your frieneds and we are working very hard to share Jesus with them this weekend in a way that they will understand how much He loves them and wants to be in relationship with him.

Also, we would love to spend some time with you tomorrow, Good Friday, as we stuff the 50,000 Easter Eggs in preparation for Eggstravaganza on Saturday. We are moving full steam ahead and we won't let a little snow get in our way!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Communion Celebration

During staff meeting this morning I shared from Colossians 1:21-22 that says, "Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation."

Tonight we will be celebrating Communion together as a church family at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Mt. Pocono. I want to encourage everyone to come and give thanks to God for the cross. What a special opportunity to realign our hearts, minds and lives with God through Christ's sacrifice on the cross.

In light of what Christ did for us, says Paul, we should strive to live holy lives. No more playing games with God or each other. Time to take off the old self and to put on Christ. Time to build an entirely new wardrobe that is characterized by peace, love, compassion and kindness. Time to change.