Saturday, December 06, 2008

Eagle Brook Church takes a Sunday off - No Church December 27 or 28

Over the years I have noted many goings on at Eagle Brook Church here on my blog. Eagle Brook is one of my favorite churches on the planet. They are doing great things in the Twin Cities Metro area with campuses in Lino Lakes, White Bear Lake, and Spring Lake Park. I receive their emails they send out to church members, and the most recent one I got was interesting enough I thought I would pass it along (see below). While it sounds strange, I think Eagle Brook Church is making the right choice for their people. Unrelated, but I should also mention, EBC has recently redesigned their web site, and it looks and works great!


Eagle Brook Friends, In case you missed last weekend's service, I wanted to catch you up on a few important things we covered. (As always, you can catch the entire service on our website.)

No Weekend Services December 27/28

"What? No services on December 27/28?" That probably sounds strange at first – to not have church on a weekend. But, as Pastor Bob explained at the top of his message last week, there's a story behind the decision. This year Christmas falls in between two weekends. We have our regular services on Dec. 20/21, and then, after a one day turn-around, we have our 17 Christmas services on Dec. 23/24. In those five days, that equates to 29 services. The next day is Christmas, and then we have one day to turn things around for services on Dec. 27/28. That would be 41 services in nine days.

Add to that, it takes about 625 people to make a weekend happen. Of those 625 people, over 500 of them are volunteers. After looking at the enormity of 41 services in nine days, and the responsibility falling on our core staff and volunteer teams, our Leadership Team & Church Board determined the best decision would be to call on our teams to pour their energies into making our Christmas experience, and the weekend before Christmas, the very best they can be—and then give all of the dedicated staff and volunteers time off on Dec. 27/28 to be with family and friends.

If it still seems strange to not have church, we encourage you to go and be the church—go serve somewhere that weekend. And then we'll be all back together on Jan. 3/4 with a great new message series, "Ask Anything," to kick-off our new year!

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