Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy

A lot has happened over the last couple months, and in some areas of my life it has me a little off balance -- especially the area of writing.  But I wanted to give you some updates on what is going on here in the work of Christ Fellowship Church.  Here are some highlights:

  • Remodel Progress: The house has been seeing steady progress, and there are now fewer things left to do in Phase 1 than have been done.  I've been so thankful for the leadership of Kenny as he has put in many hours working on this project.  
  • Volunteers Abound: We have had a steady stream of volunteers coming in to help out as well.  We've had two Saturday workdays encompassing jobs around the whole property, and we've seen a lot of clean up and improvement.  People started asking if there were other ways to get involved because they were unable to come on Saturdays. So we started an Adopt-a-job list, and people have been coming in at convenient times for them to work for a couple hours here or there.  In fact, today we had two "new" volunteers that it turns out were the chief volunteers almost 40 years ago when this church started.  Providence has led them back to fellowship with us, and they are getting involved again.  I'm so thankful.
  • My office is in pieces.  We'll be starting Phase 2 which will address offices in the next month or two, but though it's listed at #2 it will probably be that last to be completed.  Currently I'm working from a 6 foot table with no walls which gives me open access to the administrative volunteers that keep this place running.  So overall not bad, just different.
  • Fund Raising: The church did a $10,000 capital campaign that I have so much to write about.  It has been amazing how God has been at work among His church.  I will fill in more of the blanks soon.  I have been telling this story, but need to write it to record the wonder-working power of God.

So that's a little view into a number of things that have been going on.  I'll write more later.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

First Fund Buzz

Last Sunday we launched a capital campaign to fund some projects around the church and parsonage.  I'm so thankful for the way people have responded so far in their maturity of understanding our responsibility to give and participate in the work of God.  The First Fund is a love offering campaign raising $10,000 for various projects related to the transition of moving the church offices out of the parsonage into the basement and care for the parking lot. 

I can't wait to give an update on Sunday, but I'll let you in on a secret. Our volunteer staff was buzzing on Monday when they counted and entered the collection for the week.  We are off to a good start.  Thanks for your faithful participation in the work at Christ Fellowship Church.


Monday, April 8, 2013

A Day With Jesus

Yesterday we started a series called The Circle Maker which is based on a book by the same title written by Pastor Mark Batterson.  I am very excited about this series as I've already had people in the congregation say they have started circling prayer needs in their life.  We are focused on being people of prayer in places of prayer for times of prayer, and this series is going to help us on our journey. 

This morning in my devotional reading I started the gospels, and a verse in John 1 stood out to me. It reads, "He replied, "Come along and see for yourself." They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day.. " --John 1:39 MSG 

It prompted me to think again about what it would be like to spend the day with Jesus.  What would you do if you were spending a day with Jesus?  What would you talk about?  Where would you go?  I want to challenge you to sit down and write about that today in a prayer journal.  This is a great exercise in spiritual discipline, and it can be fun. 


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Transition Update: A New Look

Yesterday I shared about some of the progress being made on the parsonage.  I thought I'd show you the finished product of the wall removal.  Thanks again to David Stevens Contracting for their work on this project.

The carpet, which needs to be replaced will be coming up soon, and cover plates are coming off so that painting can begin.  If you have a roller and brush, let me know.  We'd be glad to include you.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Transition Update: Tearing Down The Walls

Stuff is happening.  Today we have a construction crew doing some light remodeling in the parsonage.  I'm very thankful that my father-in-law and brother-in-law would help us out this way.  Kenny is also prepping the walls for paint by filling in nail holes.

You can keep track of the progress here.  If you want to get involved in helping us with the projects around here that need to be done.  Please contact me at ben@christfellowship.us.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Transition Update: Blair Is Not On My Level

I have a wonderful assistant named Blair, and I appreciate all that she does for me and CFC.  However today I have to say, she is not on my level.  That's right.  She has moved to the basement of the parsonage.  

As part of the transition CFC is moving our offices downstairs this morning we moved the contents of her reception desk, and everything else downstairs.  This move allows us to make best use of space on the church property, and more immediately makes room for some much needed repairs and remodeling in the parsonage.  Since the house has been used as an office for many years now some flooring needs replacement, and the walls need painting.  We are clearing the way for work to be done.  I'll be sharing more about your role in the transition later this week.  Stay tuned!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Transition: Logistics Update

Yesterday my wife and father-in-law were looking through the parsonage to pick paint colors.  Today our resident handyman and remodel project manager, Kenny, came by to look at a few things ahead of the project.  We can use your help if you have some time and any type of skills (even as a go-fer).  There will be painting and flooring projects as well as some other bigger projects like framing and drywall.  More on that later. 

Right now, I'm just looking forward to getting into these projects.  I think something happens in a church when we work together.  We become family.