Weekend Reflection

This past weekend was a blur. I’m just now getting to the point where I can share about it. Here’s the day by day

On Friday night, our life group started a new Bible study based on the movie Fireproof. We had several new couples join the group so we had a great time finding out how everyone met. There were some hilarious stories. We had a good time laughing and sharing about all the crazy stuff that was in our past. The great thing is seeing how far God has brought all of us.

This is when everything started getting crazy. This past weekend we had our first Saturday night church service. I was busy all day getting things together for the service, so the day really flew by. We didn’t publicize it much because we wanted to just do a preview service and make sure we had thought through all the details. It turned out to be one of the best services we have had. The young adult praise band did an awesome job. We used a few more visuals than normal and I geared the message more toward young adults. We even brought out some lights (thanks Tyler) and moved the chairs. We brought all the tables and chairs from the Cafe and put them in front of the stage. It was a great environment to come interact and be challenged by the message.
Our worship time was longer than normal. Since the message was about being Fully Engaged in Our City, the band opened up with a Bon Jovi song about coming home. The music was absolutely awesome. We are blessed to have two great bands at church.

But it wasn’t all fun. After the service, we had to clean up and reload for Sunday morning.

Sunday morning was awesome. It was such a relief to wake up and already have one service behind you. You get a feel for preaching the message and I already knew what worked and what didn’t. I always trust God to direct and guide the message as I preach, and by being better prepared, I felt the freedom to really preach and share. We had a great service and since we already had the Sat. night service, we actually had some extra room. We have been near capacity for several weeks, so it was nice to see people not struggle to find seats.

But my crazy weekend didn’t end there.
After the service, we had a long administrative team meeting to start budget work. Then I met with one of the youth to work on some guitar stuff, and then we had our youth meeting. And finally after living at the church building for the weekend, I finally was able to crash at home. And guess what I did Monday. NOTHING. I just played with my boys and enjoyed the time at home with my wife.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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