Growing Pains

More than once around 13-14 years of age, I woke up in the middle of the night complaining of pains in my legs. Two of my dad’s older siblings were diagnosed as teenagers with Muscular Dystrophy, so that probably gives you a hint as to the extent of my alarm. Dad, and our family doctor, relieved my worry after the first occurrence, but every time the pains returned I would rouse my dad from his sleep to hear his reassuring words, “You’re having growing pains.”

Growing pains meant soon my shirt would be too tight, jeans too short and shoes too small.

Church family, once again we are having growing pains. Thanks be to God!

9:30 and 11am worship is full to overflowing. Every Sunday, the Children’s area and the Crossing are like I-35 during rush hour. Young and old are accepting Jesus as their Savior and Lord and being baptized. Every weekend guests pour through our doors who are seeking a relationship with God, a church home where they can be real and experience God’s healing grace. Thanks be to God! In the past year we have seen a 40% surge in worship attendance.

Can you say “growing pains”!

Your Session and staff are developing short and long-range vision plans to make room for what God wants to do in our midst. In the meantime, we are inviting you to partner with us to provide immediate crowd relief and increase our physical space capacity to more comfortably minister to those God is bringing into the Pathway Family.

By January 1st, the goal is for one of our worship services to be streamed live on the internet in its entirety. Besides expanding our reach, it will allow us to deliver with excellence into the Sanctuary what is happening in the ARC. We also want to create Worship Space in the Crossing.

By January 1st, the goal is to expand The Quest, Children’s hall, into the wing now occupied by the Fine Arts Academy, Choir, Family Ministries Team and staff offices. To accommodate this expansion, the choir will relocate to the Worship room next to the Sanctuary, some staff offices will move to newly leased space in the strip center that also houses Care Ministries.

We have grown beyond our capacity to host the Thanksgiving Blowout in the ARC and there is no cost feasible available, or space nearby; so we are suspending the Blowout at least for 2016. Plans are in the works to have an outdoor all church gathering in 2017 when the weather is optimum. Elder and Deacon Elections will most likely take place late November, after or as a part of weekend worship.

Our parking lot overflows, so we are examining how to quickly create more parking space on the 5.23 acres across the street from the Care Ministries office and be more time efficient between worship services for parking regress and egress.

Growing pains, as a teenager, in a family or church always require challenging adjustments. I am proud to be a part of a church body who over the years have willingly and joyfully accepted the challenge. And once more, let’s all thank God for expanding our vision of what it looks like to share the transforming love and grace of Jesus Christ with as many people as we can!

Rick

Connecting people to people and people to God.”

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