Every Sunday night I share with you what we experienced that day and possibly throughout our weekend. I will do that tonight as well but I have to say this weekend showed me a lot about our future.
1st – the servant heart of our launch team is so awesome. I know I've said that before but it just gets better and better. It all started on Friday:
- Our goal Friday was serving one of our core schools, Lumberton Senior High.
- On Friday afternoon at 3:30 a part of our team served the football team what I heard was an incredible supper. We had the opportunity to provide the team devotional during this time as well.
- Friday night started with Team Vertical handling the slammin' concession area… what fun we had! And what great conversations we had… and the orange "Verb" shirts got many compliments as well.
- Friday night ended with us cleaning up the stadium after the game. What a mess!!! That place was trashed (it will make you think twice about leaving peanut shells on the ground ). All I can say is 30 minutes later Team Vertical was on the field, praying for our school and on the way home.
2nd - Saturday Team Vertical handled the parking for the "Chevy to the Levy" Race at Luther Britt Park. The Chevy is one of the biggest event our city has yearly and we were honored to be part. We were there at 8am preparing for the thousands of cars that would stream in and out. The organizer of the event sent out an email and said referring to Vertical Church that we "had the parking area looking and flowing wonderfully." I had someone actually tell me that they overheard a conversation in which someone was stating how good the parking was this year. As my man, Brad Townsend said on Facebook, "if anyone asks why we pick up trash, park cars, sell concessions, just say you're being like Jesus! Phil 2:4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant." Amen.
By the way, people at Chevy also commented that they saw us serving at the game friday night. The orange shirt told the story! The orange shirts were literally seen by perhaps 4 to 5,000 people this weekend!
3rd (and last) our Student Ministry. Wow! Tonight was the 1st gathering of 6th-12th Graders for Vertical Church, titled "Fuse". I am blown away by the potential that I saw in that room. I want these young people to know that I believe in them NOW and that I believe God is on the verge of something amazing in their lives. May we all turn our hearts to Him.
Vertical Church is all about helping people who don't like Church meet God. We will do that by helping believers become passionate about Jesus so they can lead people to Jesus. Remember that this week as you go about your life.
I am honored to lead this journey. I love you all.