Today in the life of our launch:
Family Stuff: Kendi had a GREAT day today! She was up and playing with her sister and brother and only complained about her stomach during one part of the day. I think she was mainly sleepy though. I hate it, but the medicine really does seem to be working. I hate it because prescription meds seem to cause more problems than they solve these days, and I hate giving her anything that will harm her in any way. I will keep giving her the medicine because it seems she really does need it. In the meantime, I am researching natural remedies to try as well.
We also went to enroll the girls in their new school today (hey, just like Sasha and Malia Obama). It was bittersweet. Bitter because they’ve always gone to school where I’ve worked, and I will miss being such a major part of their education. Sweet because they will be going to a great school where I believe they will be well taken care of. And of course I will be there as much as possible just to make sure. Don’t plan on being one of those annoying parents that get on the teacher’s nerves (I’ve had plenty of those myself). But I will be a tangible, helpful presence. It really does make a difference.
OK, on to the church stuff.
#1-Today I didn’t really do anything with the church. Still finding my place. Our musicians and singers had their first rehearsal. I would love to sing. I haven’t sung in church for years. I’ve been in church since I was born and have always been a part of the choir until the last few years. Here’s why: you had to audition at our last church. I can sing. I really can. Not like the stereotypical black girl saaang. But I can carry a tune quite nicely. But I don’t audition. My nerves get the best of me every time. So I just never did it.
I don’t think people will have to audition at the Courageous Church. For one, at this point we couldn’t afford to turn anyone away, because we need all the help we can get. I’m wondering how others feel about this?
#2- I can’t believe how many people are coming to our launch. I’m not talking about the 600 + that have RSVP’d. I think only half of those will actually show up (that’s typically the rule of thumb when planning for parties and things). I mean the people who are flying from out of town and those pastors who are coming and even bringing their churches. It makes me think two things:
One, I hope we give them a good reason to come. My husband is the ultimate hype man. I on the other hand tend to lean more towards cautious optimism. I’m really nervous about the launch not matching the hype. Not that we should be a circus or entertainment act. I mean this is church, not a rock concert. I just hope it all comes together and gels, and moves people to thought and action for the issues facing our world. Aaaaaand, of course I hope the music is good, people find a place to park, and the children are happy when they leave children’s ministry. I will be praying on these things for the remainder of the week.
Two, I’m hoping there will be people who attend the second week! There will be a lot of visitors on the 11th. Friends, mentors, other supporters. I just hope the bubble doesn’t burst on the 18th. We’ll see!!!
I love my husband though. These things don’t seem to worry him. At least he doesn’t say so. He says what he plans to do on Sunday is preach the gospel. I like that! Keep it stayed on Jesus baby!