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Chris Philbeck

The Story Begins

This past weekend at MPCC we began our much anticipated new series, “The Story” which will take us from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 over the course of 31 weeks (the actual series is 32 weeks counting this past week's introduction).  To say that I was pleased with the way we began would be a huge understatement.  This past weekend we introduced “The Story” to 3,412 people…that’s infants all the way up to adults.  And it’s important to characterize what happened this way because our entire church is involved in this study.  That means our children and our students are involved along with all of our adults.  What an exciting adventure.

One thing that I was particularly pleased with this past weekend was there were no parking issues (at least that I’m aware of).  The addition of 185 new parking spaces (the first benefit of our God at Work expansion plan) makes a huge difference to the weekend experience.  We did, however, have an extra large crowd at our 10:45 service, which is usually our largest service (1,028 in Worship Center and Chapel Overflow and 166 in the Video Venue).  For those of you who may have felt a bit crowded at 10:45 let me just remind you that we’ve got plenty of room on Saturday nights at 6:00 and there’s still room on Sunday morning at 9:00.  Also, while I know it’s a different kind of experience, we have upgraded the Chapel for overflow.  We have a new projector and a new, much larger, screen that enables you to feel like you’re a part of what’s happening in the Worship Center.  I’ll be honest and say that in the past if you had to use the overflow space it felt like a punishment, but not anymore.  Our new Chapel is a very comfortable place to worship.

So, we’re off to a great start in 2013 and I’m looking forward to see how God uses The Story to challenge all of us to a deeper faith a deeper understanding of His story and a deeper desire to study and know His Word.  And if you missed the introduction it’s not too late for you to be a part or bring a friend.  The introductory message is already available on our Facebook page.  Watch it online and come ready to worship.  I’ve been in ministry for over 32 years and I can honestly say that I’m as excited about what God is doing at MPCC in 2013 as I have ever been.  I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Jesus cares,
Pastor Chris