Good Fr-rr-rr-iday and some Good News

Two things happened in the last 24 hours I just have to share with you.

First, we shot our Good Friday message video today – outside. Why on earth did we pick the coldest day of 2008 to shoot the video?  I haven’t been that cold in years.  In fact, tonight at home six hours later, I’m still cold!  The good news is I’m really excited by the format (we shot it at various locations — all part of the script) and the message.  It’s all about the cross — and reflecting on the cross as I wrote the script earlier this week brought me to tears. 

Why did we shoot our Good Friday message video a month in advance?  We did it so that I could actually preach in two places at once on Good Friday (Barrie and Orillia at 10:00 a.m.). I’m deeply excited by what God might do through the message and the service. I think it could be incredible.  Please pray with us as the day approaches.

Second, I spent Tuesday night with about 20 small group leaders who serve in Waumba Land and UpStreet.  I wish you all could have been there.  We talked about why we don’t do class room environments  for kids at Connexus, and why their role as your child’s small group leader is so pivotal.  We want every child to have someone working with parents to personally help a child trust God in every season of life. The leaders in the room are simply amazing people who every week, carry the best interests of your son or daughter in their hearts.  I left so grateful for that crew!

Thanks to everyone who serves in our children and student ministry environments.  I also left grateful that I somehow get to serve as pastor of this place.  You folks just rock the house!

– Carey

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