November 14, 2007
Dear Church Family,
Hi! Awhile back, I participated in a 10K run that included a post-race prize-giveaway as part of the event. A crowd of about 200 people had packed into a room to see who would win a variety of door-prizes and who would be awarded with ribbons for winning their age group. As I surveyed the size of the crowd and the volume of awards to be handed out, I quickly realized that this was going to be a long affair. I was tired, sweaty, and all I wanted to do was go home and shower. I very nearly left.
In the end, however, I chose to stay around. About 20 minutes into the presentation, my name was picked as the winner of a gift certificate to a local restaurant. On my way up to collect the prize, I remember thinking to myself, "I'm glad I didn't miss this!"
Some things in life are worth staying around for. Free latte samples at Starbucks, a batch of fresh baked bread at the store, a field goal attempt to win the game. Moments like these are worth the wait because of what they can add to life.
I believe with all my heart that we are approaching a moment in the life of East Hills that is worth staying around for. As you may know, we are considering significant plans to do a major remodel of our church sanctuary, foyer and balcony. The project that has been proposed is not mere surface treatment- it will transform the look of our worship center for many years to come.
On Sunday afternoon, we will hold an all-church potluck, and at this meeting, we will vote on the scope and cost of this project. If you consider East Hills to be home for you, then you need to be there to have a say in the future of our church. This is NOT a members-only meeting; this is for everyone.
I believe that this project has incredible potential to make our space more versatile, more functional, and perhaps most importantly, more welcoming to unchurched visitors who attend. First-impressions make a huge difference, and we want every visitor to quickly connect with our congregation because of the atmosphere the room creates.
I hope to see you on Sunday. You'll be glad you didn't miss it.