We had our first fellowship meal at Connection Point yesterday! Of course we ate pizza and sat on boxes on the last Sunday in March, but this was our first real meal. Our hospitality team did a great job planning, coordinating and serving the meal.
We also had special prayer time in our worship celebration, asking God to provide for our financial needs. We are "this close" to having all our work paid for, but the home stretch of paying our last subcontractor bills has been a real challenge. It is really hard for a church hit hard by unemployment to go to the well again.
In the spirit of Hezekiah's prayer in 2 Kings 19, we took the bills and laid them out before the Lord in worship. We asked him to provide, not knowing how he would choose to do so. As it turned out, we received enough special offerings to pay the most urgent bills. We also received a challenge from an anonymous donor. The donor promises to match all our gifts received next Sunday! I never saw that coming. But then, that's how God works -- with surprises. He also always provides for the the things he calls for.
We are getting connected at Connection Point, but we are not there yet. While we were enjoying fellowship after worship, my daughter (who had left earlier) was trying to reach me and Lisa on the cell phone. Unfortunately, still no cell signal in the building. We are working on that!