Building Relationships via Mock Service Take Three

Even though the Newport launch doesn't happen for a few more weeks, several Newport service teams have been extremely busy preparing. In addition to planning meetings and conferences, the main emphasis has been on mock services - where the setup team, AV team, and worship team actually set up at AMC, and worship together as we would on a normal Sunday. 

While there is much that we could say about these times, the most exciting thing for me is the people that I get to serve with and worship with. As a team, we have gotten very comfortable with the location and equipment, but even more important, we have grown as friends as we work side by side. 

I think that is what excites me most about the Newport campus - more than the location or equipment, Grace Fellowship I Newport will offer new ways to build kingdom friendships. One of the most natural ways this will happen (other than small group) is through serving together. 

Not involved in a service area yet? Why not jump in! There are many different areas that you can get plugged in at, with a variety of flexibility in time and commitment. I guarantee that you will meet new people and build deeper friendships in ways that aren't possible otherwise. 

I'm excited for January (soft launch) and February (hard launch)! I can't wait to see everyone at AMC, and look forward to serving the body.

This post is from Andrew Caudill, logistics team leader.  He can be reached at andrewcaudill[at]graceky[dot]org.

Another Take Two Recap: Setup/Teardown

One step at a time in the right direction.

Last Sunday (December 9th), was the second Sunday morning setup.
Andrew Caudill (logistics), Ben Talbert (audio/visual), and Spencer Settles (music), have all been saying that the goal of these Sunday mornings is just to figure out what works and what doesn't.

So we've been spending our time setting up the audio/visual equipment and having the band play, just to get a sense of how things are going to play out and what cord goes where.

It's been really encouraging to see the grace that everyone has been giving to each other, even when things don't go exactly according to plan.  And, we really walked away encouraged this past Sunday that things are sounding and looking great, to God's glory!  We can't wait to open the doors and bring everyone in to experience it all.

Let's keep pursuing and praying for excellence at our Newport campus.

For another recap of the second setup/tear down, check out one from Pastor Peter here.

Picture and post come from music team member Josh Lewis.

Take two!

Our 02-Dec setup/tear-down was a huge success, but you know what they say; practice makes perfect.  That's probably a bit overstated, but practice certainly does make better, and smoother, and faster, and that's what we got to see at our 2nd setup/tear-down this past weekend.

Almost from the moment we arrived, there was a growing sense of camaraderie among the team members.  Although it was only our second crack at it, there was a sense of familiarity with the facility, the staff, and the stuff, that certainly wasn't as prevalent the week before, having only done mock setup/tear-downs at Florence prior to that.  All in all, everything was setup and ready to go in less than half the time it took us the week before.  I like those numbers!  {;-)

As we've read and spoken to different Theater Church gurus, we've all been encouraged to expect the unexpected almost each and every week; some piece of equipment that worked perfectly last Sunday catches the bird flu between then and now; a computer that was lightning fast the last time we use it comes down with SARS of computer viruses.  These things just tend to happen.  This week, we had some sound issues.  I'm sure one week it'll be child check-in, or a jammed cabinet door, or a noxious smell in the room from that was left by a moviegoer the night before.  I know it's only been two weeks, but I've been encouraged with how our team has faced these challenges head-on, worked well with each other, helped each other stay on task until ultimately the problem has been solved.  While we've encountered some bumps in the road, we've gotten to where we've needed to be each week, and it goes better each time.

To some, many of us have "missed worship" these past two weekends.  In one sense, that is true.  We've not been in a worship service in two weeks, but I've enjoyed worshiping in our service with the team that God has assembled.  I don't know the heart and mind of every team member (I hardly trust myself to know my own - Jer. 17:9).  Nonetheless, it's been great to see everyone serving together, working hard, and doing so as unto the Lord with a joyful and grateful disposition.  We look forward to the day that the end of our setup will not be far away from the beginning of a corporate worship service (and that day will be here before we know it).  Until then, we continue to remember the words of Col. 3:23-24 as we serve the Lord and each other in our work:

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ."
~ Colossians 3:23-24

All this makes for one grateful, excited and encouraged Campus Pastor.

Thanks for checking in and praying...and don't you dare stop!


Pastor Peter

First Theater Run-Through Recap

Grace Newport had the first on-site set-up/sound-check/tear-down yesterday morning in the theater! This dry run gave the Logistics, Worship, and AV teams an opportunity to put into practice all that they have been researching and talking about since the idea of a "theater church" was first introduced. It also gave some of the team leaders a chance to tackle technical issues head-on before the launch. Being together, working hard and trusting God to bring together the details was exciting! We had a sweet time of worship together and a short, encouraging message from Pastor Peter. We are eagerly anticipating gathering together to worship in this new space that the Lord has provided.

Post and pictures from Melissa Talbert.

December 3rd Mammoth Meetup

We miss our Newport folks.  There, we said it.  We haven't had a Launch Prep meeting in a bit, so really last-minute, we thought it might be fun to meet up and hang out at a coffee shop in Newport.  Here it is.

When: Monday, December 3rd from 6pm - 8pm
What: Buy your own drinks and/or food and hang out
Where: Mammoth Coffee & Co 515 Monmouth, Newport

It's open-house style, so come and go as you please anytime between 6pm and 8pm.

Mammoth Coffee & Co is keeping it's doors open just for us.  Spread the word.  Bring your friends.  Bring the kids.  Grab a mammoth.

Want to know more about Mammoth?  Check out their Yelp page, or their Facebook page.  Directions, menus and all that there is to know can be found there.
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