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"A Five-Week Launch!"
by Tom Goodman
April 20, 2006

The little tyke had worked for months learning to tie his shoes.  His mother had patiently repeated her instructions and his father (not so patiently) had demonstrated how to do it over and over again.

Finally, the day came when the boy worked the strings back and forth, pulled the loops tight, and stared in amazement at his accomplishment.

“Hey!  You did it, son!” the father exclaimed.  “You tied your shoes!  Way to go!”

And then the boy burst into tears.

The father put his arm around him.  “Hey, what’s wrong?  You tied those shoes great!  That was perfect!”

“I know,” the boy sighed loudly as he wiped the tears from his eyes, “But now I’m gonna have to do that every day for the rest of my life!”

After Easter, I understand how the lad feels.  We’ve worked for months to make a successful launch of our two services and two Bible study hours . . . and now we’re gonna have to do it every Sunday!

Wow, what a great Easter Sunday!  My thanks to all of you for your prayers and planning.  Special thanks to all of you who . . .

     . . . took spots in the Prayer Vigil,
     . . . painted walls in the Worship Center,
     . . . installed screens and projectors,
     . . . built and decorated coffee service tables,
     . . . designed stuff for G-Force,
     . . . prepared to teach your lesson,
     . . . rehearsed your parts in choir, orchestra, and praise band,
     . . . invited friends and family to the services, and
     . . . said “yes” when you were enlisted!

In other words, it took a lot of folks doing a lot of things to make Easter Sunday so special.

However, we didn’t do all that work to prepare for just one Sunday.  Easter wasn’t the end of our “launch” into this new Sunday morning format.  It’s the five Sundays from Easter to Mother’s Day that we consider our “launch!”  So, keep on with the good keeping on!  See you for our first week of “The Da Vinci Code Breakers” sermon series this Sunday!

Blessings on all my leadership-partners!


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