Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
This Easter PCC will celebrate our first-ever Good Friday "come and go" communion. The communion will be held at the church auditorium from 5 to 7pm. Whether you come alone, come with friends or with your family - you will have the opportunity to remember the greatest sacrifice of all - the death of our Savior Jesus Christ for our sins.
Here a few tips on how to make the most out of this communion service:
1. Come at a convenient time for you and your family. We will have 6 communion tables at the front of the auditorium where you and your friends or family will be personally served by our pastors, elders and staff. It's going to be a unique and special time of worship.
2. Upon entering the auditorium, take a few moments to reflect on your relationship with Christ, what He's done for you, and to simply inspect your soul. You can spend some time listening to the spiritual music that will be playing, enjoy the candlelight atmosphere and prayerfully contemplate.
3. The Apostle Paul refers to the communion cup as a cup of blessing. Spend some time giving thanks to God on Good Friday through Easter for the many blessings in your life. Try to list 100 blessings in 3 days. Think of everything - nothing is too small to give God thanks.
4. Go out to dinner with friends and family before/after communion and talk about what you are thankful for this Easter season.
5. Make a commitment to pray for and invite your friends to Easter Services at PCC. If you sense the need God's help and grace in their lives - be the one to make a bold move and invite them. If you are worried they might say no, that's okay. Never say someone's "no" for them.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Beginning Palm Sunday, April 5th, at 9pm, the PCC church family is going to read through the entire Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book until we are done. That's right - we are going to read 24/7 until we have read through the entire Bible.
#1 - Because Together Is Better: This will give the entire church family an opportunity to participate in the dedication of our new church facility. We had an amazing grand opening, but this is the real dedication - the reading of God's Word.
#2 - Because The Word of God is Powerful: We are going to set up a desk on the stage in the auditorium and place on it a Bible and a microphone. One by one we will sit at the desk and read the Word for one hour increments. The only thing that can change a human heart is the Word of God which is alive and active and never returns void. So we are going to saturate every square foot of that building with God's truth. From that moment forward, including our Easter Celebration, the building will be covered in God's presence and His Word.
SO, here are a few tips to get involved:
Call the church office to sign up for your one hour time slot. 570-839-3459
There will be security at the church 24/7 so you will not be alone.
Come 15 minutes prior to your session so you can sit in the auditorium and listen to the other reader and pray for the church and our upcoming outreaches.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Service at 12:30PM
To accommodate our growing church family, we will add a third service on Sunday morning. Our new service schedule will begin on Palm Sunday, April 5th with services at 9am, 10:45am and 12:30pm.
Here's the deal: the majority of people who don't regularly attend church will most likely come to the 10:45am service, which is already our largest service. We need 300 regular attenders at PCC that currently attend the 10:45am service to commit to attending either the 9am or 12:30pm service for the next 6 months in order to free up seats for people who don't know Jesus.
I know this might seem like a lot to ask, but it's really nothing compared to the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross. Or, think of those believers living in countries where it is illegal to even convene a church service in public. They are actually thrown in jail for their faith and consider it an honor to serve Christ.
So, now that I've officially removed any excuses and made you feel thoroughly guilty (a lesson I learned from my mother / sorry mom) please help us reach more people for Jesus by making the service switch. God will reward you for it!
BTW - we will have special musical guests "Urbane Gospel Choir" with us on Palm Sunday in each of the three services - you don't want to miss it.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
At PCC we go to great lengths to reach those who are far from God with the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ. For many of us, that means purposefully building relationships with people who don't know God and inviting them to church so they can experience the life God really intended them to live.
We simply are willing to become a trusted friend for the sake of eternity.
Because of the power of the resurrection, people are more likely to be open to your invitation at Easter than at any other time of the year. Who of your relatives, neighbors, and co-workers do you want to see come to Christ this Easter?
For those PCC blog readers, let me encourage you to ask God to show you who to invite? Respond with boldness and hand out the invest/invite cards available at the kiosk in the lobby or in your program. Bring a friend to one of our three weekened services - 9am, 10:45am, and 12:30pm. Better yet, bring a different friend to each of our three services. And let's pray that hundres will commit their lives to Christ this Easter!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Last night they had over 200 show up for the service and better yet - 30 students made a commitment to follow Christ.
Go God and Underground Fellowship!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Also, my friend and coach, Nelson Searcy, will be in Baltimore for 3 big events on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (March 17 and 18). On March 17 he's doing the One Day Launch Conference and on March 18 he'll be leading the Evangelism Seminar in the morning and The Stewardship Seminar in the afternoon. Scrap your schedule and GO!
Monday, March 16, 2009
6:30 - 7:30 - Quiet Time / Devos
7:30 - 8:30 - Personal Planning
8:30 - 10:30 - Strategic Planning with Directional Leadership Team (Direct Reports)
10:30 - 11:00 - All-Staff Meeting (Celebrate the win, Prayer, Church Vital Signs)
11:00 - 1:00 - Pastoral Staff / Logistics (unusually long today b/c of upcoming events)
3:00 - 4:00 - Worship Team Planning
4:00 - 5:00 - FTG Follow Up / Assimilation Planning
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Jesus. Most of us may know the name but not the story. Who was he? What was he born? Why did he live? Why did he die? Most importantly, why did he rise again?
History hast he power to inform and change how we view our present and future. Join us this weekend and discover how His Story can impact your life.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I guess criticism is just par for the course when you are leading a growing church. My goal is to simply outlast my critics.
Well, one of my favorite bloggers, Steven Furtick, posted the following word last week. Steven, who pastors the second fastest growing church in America, says...
In Mark 9:28, the disciples tried to cast out a demon. They were unsuccessful, and thoroughly humiliated.
In Mark 9:38, the disciples came to Jesus tattle-tale-ing about a man who was apparently successfully driving out demons.
He was doing good things. But he wasn’t doing it their way.
This guy wasn’t one of them.
Jesus was quick to correct: Whoever is not against us is for us.
Were the disciples really concerned about correct orthodoxy?
Or were they just jealous because this guy was producing results they were unable to achieve?
Usually, when someone is successfully doing what we’ve unsuccessfully attempted to do, we medicate our failure by complaining to God and others about how they’re not doing it right.
And we sincerely believe our motives are pure. Usually they aren’t.
“Yeah, that church is growing, but what are they doing about discipleship?”
Often a pastor who makes this subversive snide remark about another church isn’t motivated by a pure desire for discipleship. There’s a good chance he’s envious of the numerical gains that seem to elude him year after year.
When a mom critiques another mom, it’s often a reflection of her own frustration with her parenting abilities.
When you find yourself spending more time critiquing the methods and motivations of someone who’s doing a good work for God, check yourself.
You might be masquerading your own insecurity.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
When we wanted to buy 50 acres of land they said "It can't be done. You don't have any money. You don't have many people. There isn't even 50 acres of land for sale in Monroe County. And, by the way, what would a church need 50 acres for in the first place. Who do you think you are?"
Well, one of those naval-gazing, nay-sayers was with us last Sunday morning for the grand opening of our new facility located on a 50-acre plateau in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. He bashfully congratulated me and apologized. I said, no need to apologize, it's a God-thing going on here.
You see, when people tell you that it can't be done - who do you think you are? Tell them, "That's the wrong question. It' not, who do we think we are but who do we think God is that counts." God can do anything. He's a God of miracle. And when He does He gets all the credit. Yeah God.
Monday, March 09, 2009
We broke an all-time record attendance with just shy of 2200 people!
I want to thank all of the staff and volunteers for working so hard and for inviting your friends. PCC you are an amazing church and I am so proud of you.
I can't wait to see what God has in store for our future. This is only the beginning!
PS - I closed the office today to give the staff a rest. Please pray for them. They have been working around the clock to get ready for yesterday. Also, please email them or call them or write them personal notes to thank them for all the ministry they do to help us reach this Mountain for Christ. An authentic thank you goes a long way.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
We've had lots of volunteers working around the clock to put the final touches on the building for all of our guests tomorrow.
I want to thank all of you for serving and inviting your friends and for just making this dream a reality. Also, a special thanks to my staff who have worked tirelessly (ok, maybe they are tired) around the clock to make tomorrow happen.
Please come prayed up tomorrow and expect God to do something great!. It's both an honor and privilege to serve as your pastor. Dave
PS - Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour!
We believe that serving our community is serving Christ.
A life of service is a natural outflow of a life connected to Christ. In the family of God, no one is just a consumer; we each have a distinctive contribution to make. You can offer your unique gifts to make a difference, and as you do—no matter where you serve—you will be serving Christ. PCC offers every member of the family an opportunity to step in and experience the joy of serving, the joy of reflecting God’s goodness to others. As a community, we can accomplish so much more as we work together, mobilizing as a powerful force for good in the Pocono Mountains. Just imagine what we can accomplish…together.
Friday, March 06, 2009
We believe truth matters today and it needs a voice.
When many people think of church, they think of an obligation to be fulfilled and vague memories from their childhood of lifeless services that were filled with words they didn’t understand. We believe that the truth of God found in the Bible matters in your life today—right now. So when we talk about God’s truth, it’s always in words that connect with the issues you face everyday, bringing light and hope. This relevant truth will truly make a difference in your life and the lives of others in the Pocono Mountains, but it needs a voice, someone to declare it and share it. We believe God has called us to give a voice to the truth in His Word.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
1. Pray. Pray for me as I prepare the message. Pray for the staff as they finalize the details for three identical services. Pray for all of our guests who will be attending.
2. Volunteer. Perhaps you haven't signed up to be on a ministry team to serve at the opening weekend. It's not too late! Call the church office today at 570-839-3459 and volunteer to serve.
3. Invite. Invite your friends, co-workers, neighbors, enemies ... invite everyone you know to come and celebrate what God is doing at PCC.
4. Fast. Perhaps you could fast a meal or two and spend that time interceding and praying for PCC. This is a historic moment in the life of our church and we need God's help big time.
5. Attend. Make sure you plan on attending this weekend. Also, many of you who typically attend the 10:45 am service - can you do me a favor? Please attending either the 9am or Noon service in order to free up seats in the second service.
The family of God stretches around the world, across borders, across divides that can bring separation and strife. The power to bridge these divides flows from the love and acceptance we’ve all found in Christ. He accepts us and invites us into His family, and we do the same with every person we meet. At PCC, you’ll feel welcome from the first moment, the first handshake, the first smile. But that’s just the beginning. You’ll discover what family really means at PCC. Family means doing life together, having a place to belong, a place to fit, a place where you’re known and loved. The family of God is represented in all of its richness at PCC—a beautiful patchwork of colors, ages and backgrounds. We’d love for you to add your voice, your heart to the mix. What are you waiting for?
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Every one of us is created to have a relationship with God. We’ve all chosen to try life our way, separate from God and His influence in our lives. God has taken the first step to reconnect with us by sending Jesus Christ as a light into our dark world. Through understanding that a real connection with God is available and taking a step to enter that relationship, we discover what life—full and lasting life—is all about. This is why Pocono Community Church exists: to introduce people to Jesus and help them experience life in a dynamic, ongoing connection with the living God.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
By ADAM McNAUGHTON
Pocono Record Writer
March 03, 2009
There is still some work to do this week before Pocono Community Church is able to celebrate its grand opening this weekend at the new worship center in Coolbaugh Township.
The walls are bare, the parking lot is unpaved and some of the floors still need to be installed. The six-year journey that took the church from small prayer group to more than 1,000 people attending every Sunday will begin a new chapter this coming weekend.
"When we started it was me, my wife, a part-time music director and a bunch of friends," said church pastor David Crosby Jr. "There were a lot of really dedicated people and through God we were able to build the church. This is all to God's credit. It's all very humbling."
The church grew over in its first six years while holding services in the auditorium at Pocono Mountain West High School. Construction began in 2007 on a new 30,000-square-foot church that now stands on Route 611 north of Mount Pocono, south of the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport. On Feb. 4, the church moved to its new home and a grand opening is scheduled for March 8.
The building is large but not ornate, which was part of the plan all along, Crosby said. Instead of decoration, the church has several large projection screens and a live band in the 800-seat auditorium to use technology to make worship entertaining.
"We wanted it to be simple and real contemporary," Crosby said. "We use a lot of screens and modern technology in our services. One of the reasons people don't go to church is because they think it's boring or old. We want our worship to be contemporary and fun."
Live music is a big part of the church's philosophy and Grammy Award-winning gospel group Take 6 will be performing Sunday for the grand opening.
Along with the main auditorium, the church features a large youth ministry center, coffee shop, bookstore and office space. The property still has about 35 acres to expand. But those plans are being left to a higher power for now.
"The Bible says the church grows as God wants it to grow," Crosby said. "We will work at doing our best and leave the rest up to him. It's not all about us and our church, it's about God and what we can do for him."
For more on the church and its grand opening:
Monday, March 02, 2009
This week I will recap the series with some posts that give an overview of each of our values.
Core Value #1: We believe that when people connect with Jesus, things change.
The human soul is created to morph and grow. We aren’t static beings, we develop and change over time. The question is…what are we changing into? When we enter a dynamic relationship with Christ, we will not—we cannot—remain the same. The life of God empowers us, bringing peace and hope we didn’t have before. As we learn to live in this deep connection, we become who God intended us to be: free, secure and loving, the instruments of His presence in this world.