Yeah, got busy because of a demo at Y-12 today, I forgot to schedule the record. So, unless someone else recorded the Todd and Leslee segment that aired today…
Thanks to Mer for pointing out that it actually aired on Wednesday! So even if I had set it to record on Thursday, I still would have missed it.
Sorry, Mer, you were actually wrong. No PowerPoint/MediaShout didn’t mean round table discussions. Sunday night at Laurel, after we had the 30 minutes or so of singing we got down to business. There were a few main things that were talked about. (Ok, so I started writing this on Monday but didn’t get around to finishing it until Thursday.)
The first was the budget. This year, we are actually really close to the budget. We are about $8 below budget each week. So if 8 of you poor college students would just give $1, Laurel would start making their weekly budget. (How’s that for a guilt trip?) Instead of asking for people to increase their giving, they are asking that people give towards two funds that could really use money. Those are the China Fund and the Auditorium Renovation fund. The China Fund supports Sui Ka Ming and another guy working in Hong Kong. I can’t remember the number that was given, but it seems like it was down to $60,000. Yearly, that fund needs to be about $108,000 I believe was mentioned.
The second item was the preacher selection. We got a status update that didn’t really tell much other than the process is still on going. The attitude of the congregation seems to have changed now. There seems to be a greater number that enjoy the current way preaching is done and are “afraid” to get a pulpit preacher. I’ll say that from what I’ve seen, Laurel is in a weird spot on the Church of Christ spectrum. If you drew a line from left to right that represented ultra-liberal to ultra-conservative, we’d fall somewhere just a little left of the middle. This probably doesn’t help us in our church of Christ preacher selection. A greater majority or preachers probably tend to fall towards one end or the other.
Third item had to do with the auditorium and another church matter. We aren’t going to piece mill it. We are going to do it all at once. We’ll only do it when we have the money, and we’ve been encouraged to give money (earmarked) towards the auditorium renovation. The other matter that Anthony talked about was Laurel is about to select new / reaffirm old elders. Initially Laurel’s plan was to do this every 3 years. Well the last time they were gonna do it, was right after David Jackson left. They were advised that it would probably be too much for the church and to wait until the a preacher was hired and stability has returned. Well… Laurel still doesn’t have a preacher, but it has a surprising amount of stability. So they’ve decided to go ahead and start the elder selection process. During this process, we will be selecting new elders and reaffirming the old elders. The number of elders could increase or decrease. There is no set number of elders limit.
I know its been a while since I last posted. You’re probably also wondering why the heck this post is titled 5568, but that will come later. No doubt, some of ya’ll already know that number means or will figure it out pretty quick.
This last Sunday night I got to participate in a unique worship experience. Unique isn’t really the right word though, because worship like this happens all the time. Another word that came to mind, but also inadequate, was special. Shouldn’t our worship always be special? Unique fits a little better because it definitely wasn’t a worship service like we would have at the CSC or at Laurel.
After lunch with my Mom, sister Katie, and Aunt Ruth I went home and started working on the media for the Fifth Sunday Singing at Laurel. As usual, I was gong to be the person that runs it. While I was working on it, Meredith says she wants to go to Grace Baptist Church because they were doing a live recording for a DVD they are producing. She knew that Zach and I would probably enjoy it, so she invited us along. She also brought her Agape kid, Ashley. Before I could commit to going though, I had to finish up the media for the night and find somebody that could run it. Luckily, the Garton’s would be able to run it. I would just need to run by the church and set it up before meeting up at Mer’s place to head on over to Grace.
I liked that we got to worship and sing songs that we don’t get to sing in the church of Christ. The main reason we don’t get to sing these songs are basically because they either don’t work in an A Capella setting or no one has arranged it as a 4 part harmony song. If you are familiar with christian artists, the songs were either Chris Tomlin songs or Phillips, Craig & Dean songs. There were also a couple of traditional songs.
Coming up in a little over a week is All Campus Worship. For those of you CSC’ers/Laurelites that still read this blog, you should come to it. It is November 10th, from 7:00-10:00 at the John XXIII Catholic Center. A portion of the worship will be A Capella as well.