October 1, 1998: 0 public services of Meadow Spring (official public start date was Oct. 2) October 1, 2017: 985th weekly service of Meadow Spring! These 19 years have been an absolute blast! Next year we are going to celebrate 20 years BIG TIME!! Start planning now to come and party!! Really good offering today. Took a big chunk out of our budget deficit. Still have several thousand dollars to make up - but we are moving in the right direction! I am so proud of this church! Tackled a touch issue - Why do bad things happen to good people? Must have hit home with a lot of people as several have commented how timely it was for them. Forming a "Pastor's Prayer Team". This would be a group of people who make a commitment to pray for me every day and especially on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. Why do I need prayer? It is a real spiritual battle to write messages, lead staff, communicate vision, deliver messages. In the midst of all that, discouragement knocks on my door and it's prayer and support from others that helps me to not open that door. (Yes, I do get discouraged now and then.) When it comes to writing and researching, I need wisdom in choosing teaching series that meet the needs of Meadow and reach those who are foreign to church and Christianity. All of this while I pursue and build a healthy marriage - needing my love for Sandy to stay white hot. If you are interested in being on the prayer team, email or message me. I will make it a point of communicating regularly with you so you know how to pray and what to pray for. Speaking of messages and series - I am so excited for the kick-off of "Who Needs God?" in two weeks. I've never done a series like this and I will be launching into issues and elements that are challenging me and I know will challenge those who come. Week #1 is "Atheist 2.0". Week #2 is "The Gods of the No Testament". Week #3 is "The God Jesus Believes In". Week #4 is "I Do". This series is not something I've come up with on my own. It is based on and inspired by a series Andy Stanley did at his church in Atlanta, Georgia. It is so critical that you do everything you can to invite and bring as many of your friends who don't go to church as possible. They WILL connect with this series! So...who are you praying for, inviting, and bringing? Send them the web site www.meadowspring.org/whoneedsgod Church data base system has upgraded to a new version. Looks totally different so this week I will be spending time getting to know the new system. ... BORING!! I'm also working on my 2018 teaching series plan. I LOVE planning out my series. Right now, I plan on at least one series on marriage, a series based on Daniel (Old Testament), a series which will launch off current movies called "At the Movies", and I plan doing "The Tour 2018". (Got any favorite classic rock songs that have a great message to explore?) Working on various systems...especially the system for following up on those who come to Meadow for the first time. We do a great job with welcoming new guests but we can do better on connecting them to the life of Meadow. Later.