Hello! Are you Smiling?

Good afternoon all. I hope this day finds you happy and healthy. I just finished a very hectic week. I serve as the Tech Director for a local High School spring musical. We had our final week of shows and they wrapped up on Saturday with 2 shows. Sunday, we worked half of the day tearing down the sets, packing up the props, and re-setting the stage for the school events for the rest of the year. The kids did a tremendous job, and really made SHREK the Musical come alive! I am very proud of their performances. Our sets were a big hit as well and a local catholic elementary school who is doing SHREK Junior has borrowed everything that they could carry out of the building for use in their show! Many of our set pieces and props will live for more performances!

Sunday was extra challenging in that when we showed up at church on Sunday morning, we found that a tree had fallen on nearby power lines and knocked out the power to the area. Everyone pivoted and we moved our services to our gathering area outside of the sanctuary which had plenty of natural light coming in through the windows. The tech team adjusted with providing battery operated lights in the bathrooms and doing our livestream from cell phones instead of our high-tech system we normally use. The worship and hospitality teams pivoted as well and provided their support to the services. Both events this week took a lot of people to come together as a team to make them happen as successfully as possible. No one person could have pulled off any of these tasks alone. Not only were these events successful, the best ideas on how to accomplish the individual tasks came from a collaborative team. When teams join hands, we are all much better. Work as a team. In our church we need to collaborate with each other, the professional staff, the lay leaders, and the congregants to find the best solutions. Collaboration lightens the load generates better ideas than individuals working alone and unleashes the gifts God has given us all.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4: 9)

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” (Galatians 6: 2, 3)

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27: 17)

Ideas for Action: Is there some task you’re doing at church that you could invite someone to share with you? Think of someone from your church who can help you sort out a challenge or problem you’re facing.

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