Next, the answer to the balloon trivia. I found some type of black tape, kinda like skinny duct tape and a stapler. I put staples in the duct tape and wrapped it around a soft ball (not a softball mind you) from the teen room with the staples sticking out. We took turns throwing it at the balloons. When we hit one it popped 95% of the time. Hitting them was the problem. I handed off that solution and started working on another idea. We took a long needle that's made to go in a blow gun and taped it to the top of another balloon. With a very long string we let it drift up to the ceiling and we used it to pop the other balloons. This idea didn't work all the time because the strings hanging on the other balloons played defense on us and tried to keep us from getting a good shot. The two ideas together eventually cleared the sky of Joy balloons.
Church tonight went very well. Jeremy and I broke open the passage where Jesus calms the storm. We asked these questions . . . #1. Is Jesus in your boat. #2. Have you woken him up yet to tell him your problems. #3 Do we have more faith than the disciples. It's funny that we trust God with our happily ever after (eternity), but we don't trust him for the here and now.
We had 3 visitors tonight that we have never been before. One guy is interested in helping us with worship. He plays an absolutely incredible piano, I mean wow! SO GOOD. Another guy offered to help us get door hangers out for our launch. God continues to orchestrate things. Our numbers were down some, I think we had 39 or so. Funny that two weeks ago this would have tied with our highest ever. After two weeks in the forties it felt like we were down.
One other quick story . . . we've been looking for a sound system, the one we have isn't really made for live sound, but it's gotten us by. I found some speakers at a church in Phoenix Arizona and it was such a good deal I was thinking about driving down to pick them up. They had 3k worth of speakers for 800 bucks. Even after gas this was still a killer deal. I asked if they would ship them, but they didn't want to take them to the FedEx. I begged and pleaded and the lady said she'd call me Monday after her ladies retreat. I reinforced, "Please don't sell them without talking with me." She agreed. Well, Monday passed, Tuesday passed, Wednesday passed, Thursday she called and said they sold them.She robbed my joy (and made a great sermon illustration last week on my, "I choose joy" message). It was nice of her to call, but I don't understand where the miscommunication was. I left 2 emails and 2 messages. I was going to pay full price and come pick them up and all she had to do was hold them for us. BLAHHH!!! That long unhappy story ends like this, my buddy Jeff offered me two speakers from his church plant in Cheyenne. Here's a church less than a year old, in the middle of a building project and they are the generous ones (BTW - they had 109 a year ago and 544 last weekend! Zoom Zoom!). All that's left for us is an audio snake and a mixing board and we have our complete set up ready to go! The board is the most expensive things we'll buy, but I just saved 800 bucks in speakers!
One last thing. I've opened up comments to everyone. You no longer need accounts to tell me what you really think!