Easter Weekend Recap (4/5)
Fri, 5 Apr 2013
Before I give you the information for this weekend, I want to give you a report on Easter. Turns out that Easter 2013 was the greatest weekend, from the standpoint of attendance, in the history of our church. What at wonderful celebration of our Lord's resurrection we all experienced!Our Middle School and High School departments (The Crew & The Gathering) produced the best “Nite Before” event ever. The very conservative count on that event is - 2,675
The Adult Attendance in the four Easter Services was - 7,785
Our Children’s Attendance for all four services was - 1,090
The International Churches’ adult attendance was - 1,456
The International Children’s attendance was - 111
FOR A TOTAL RECORD ATTENDANCE OF - 13,117
This milestone in Shadow Mountain’s history was the result of hundreds of you working so hard to see that we exposed as many people as possible to the message of the Resurrected Christ. For all of you who went out of your way to ride the shuttle, and invite your friends, and serve in the nursery, and teach the children, and work at the “Nite Before” event, and usher, and sing in the choir, and work in the parking lot, and drive the shuttle busses, and do all the clean-up that was done in the RAC and on the campus, and so many other things that are too numerous to mention- Thank you. This was a wonderful thing to behold and experience, and I know God was honored by your faithful service to His name. Thank You!
This weekend, I will be giving the dedicatory address at the Grand Opening of the 130 million dollar First Baptist Church of Dallas. This is the largest building project in modern church history, and it is something to behold. My friend, Robert Jeffress, is the pastor of the church, and over one year ago he asked me to do this. I believed then, and do now, that this is something God wants me to do, and I would like to ask you to do two things:
- Pray for me that I will glorify the Lord and encourage the people who will be in attendance at this event.
- Make a special effort to be present at Shadow Mountain this weekend.
We have a great weekend planned, and please do not use my assignment in Dallas to stay away from church. Make a special effort to be present and encourage one another. Ron Walters, one of our favorite guest speakers, will be bringing the weekend message Saturday at 5 and Sunday morning at 9:00 and 10:45, and here is what he will be sharing:
“It may be the most profound statement in all of scripture. And yet, in my Bible this truth is translated in just three little words: “[He] emptied Himself.” This phrase from Philippians 2 refers to Christ when He left heaven 2,000 years ago and entered time and space. And, in doing so, “He emptied Himself.” But what did He empty Himself of? Did He cease being God? Did He forego His divinity? Or was it something else He gave up in order to save us? The answers to these questions will explain what it cost God to redeem mankind, and why He was willing to pay it. It may be the most impactful truth you’ll ever hear. And I can’t wait to share it with you!”
As many of you know, last year, I was privileged to be the chairman for the National Day of Prayer. At the event, which was held in Washington, DC, the Azusa Pacific College Men’s Chorale was the special music. Donna & I were so blessed by what they did at that event that we invited them on the spot to come to Shadow Mountain. I want to encourage you to come back on Sunday evening at 6:00 for their concert. They will be a huge blessing to you as well. Here’s a little more information about them:
"Celebrating their 40th anniversary, APU Men’s Chorale, under the direction of Harold Clousing, M.A., has been an admired choral ensemble in the School of Music for decades. Comprised of men from all disciplines and majors offered at APU, this 100-voice ensemble performs regularly at churches, schools, and civic organizations. Their repertoire represents many musical styles, including traditional men’s choral music, spirituals, jazz arrangements, hymns, folk songs, and contemporary Christian music. The ensemble regularly performs newly commissioned works by APU faculty, students, and contemporary composers, and appears in concert throughout the year."
So there you have it! What God has done! What God is doing! And What God will do if we just keep trusting Him!
Love from your Pastor,