Grand Opening!

What a great Grand Opening of the new church we had on Sunday!  We had prayed to be at 75% full in both services and lots of new people joined after hearing about the new church forming from being invited, from the postcard they received in the mail, from the half page article in the MyHometown magazine….!  The sermon series of “The Prodigal GOD” is awesome that was kicked off on Sunday.

Hearing about the extravagant God relentlessly pursuing a relationship with each of us is literally amazing!

I can’t wait to hear the second in the series this weekend.

Exciting days of anticipation…..

It has been a busy week….getting ready for the last preview. Many of the things that we thought for sure we would have completed by now….won’t be until next week.  Sometimes I wonder how that is possible…..with all the advance planning we had to get ready for the new church launch.  Well,  everything takes longer than you anticipate. Several people need to be consulted (a good thing….get some good thinking on it…..just takes longer). Things change mid stream because you think of a better way to do it.  Then the searching out of how it can get done or the product you need. This takes time.  

It is still important to follow the dream…..just remembering that the journey is not easy ….IS NOT EASY!  But keeping the vision before you connects you with that greater purpose and the energy that keeps you on track and moves you forward.  It is exciting to see the dream take shape.  I know next week will be really exciting when the worship space is completely transformed.  

Today I picked up the new programs for the Classic Worship service which is beginning this Sunday.  That was a little first….and I took a picture of it….a little celebration and tweeted it!  (if you want to follow me you can find mission launch updates on  Then I received a call from the manufacturer of the backdrop drapping and it was to be complete on the 18th and they finished it late today!  Wow!  That means I don’t have to drive to Los Angeles to pick it up!  Excellent.  

Little by little things are taking form…..that which was just a vague idea, became a dream, and now the outlines are being drawn and soon will be filled in.  It is a process. Sometimes I am impatient…..but mostly I am enjoying the journey.  JOY…that’s a very good place to be.  I have to remember that!

PS.  If you are anywhere near Chula Vista, come and join us for the last preview this Sunday…..choose your preferred style of worship.  Classic Worship at 8:45am and family engaging FAM JAM at 10:45am  Check us out at 1695 Discovery Falls Drive, Chula Vista, Ca 91915.  If you come, I believe you will experience JOY….that deep down sense of satisfaction that doesn’t come from any earthly thing but somewhere deep in your gut (spirit) that tells you there is a God, a BIG God who wants to be know.  And this BIG God knows who you are and somehow, even though you don’t understand it, He loves you and is seeking you out to share some incredible things with you……you specifically!  That is the discovery of JOY…..

Exciting days…. remember them.

“the faintest ink is better than the best memory.” – Annonymous

I have 29 urgent tasks on my electronic “to do” list on my iphone.  I feel like I have those many balls in the air at the same time!  It is exciting. Amidst the business though, I am trying to take in the moments too. A few nights ago I took over the kitchen table (actually, the kitchen table and the dining room table…..good thing we have an island in the kitchen) to begin organizing the many photos I have taken as we prepared for the launch months ago. I am embarrassed to say I sent one set of photos twice to Snapfish to print!  Good thing I take advantage of all their incentives and free prints.

I have a large binder with a system of photos and journaling that I ordered late last year for a supposed photo a day project for a year. (Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking when I ordered that…… actually, I didn’t know it then, but it is perfect for documenting what we are doing leading up to the church launch and the first year……!)

It is good to take time to reflect on the life that seems so often to go whizzing by!  It was especially good to review the  stacks of photos of the launch and previews.  One thing I am aware of…..if you don’t write things down ….everything begins to look alike and the memories of even a month ago become fuzzy. 

Each preview had its unique tasks….I was there late hours….we were setting up on Saturday…… I thought I would NEVER forgot those moments. Now, I look at the photos and I wonder, “what preview was that one? ” or “was the Family Fun Day before the Sports Day….and did that happen before or after the Music Festival?”

Yes, I have entertained the thought that it is just me…..that the grey matter, the brain cells are just dying off at an alarming rate.  That is entirely possible…..(likely?)

But it is also true that it is important to document the moment.  How cool to look back in 5 or 10 years and have it related in detail the cute things your kids say, the extraordinary things that you are involved in (for me…. this church launch)….or just the ordinary days…..the record that you were here.

This is what I so much enjoy about scrapbooking.  The creative part of it is fun….but it’s the story, it’s ALWAYS the story that is important.