I. Can’t. Wait.
I love Easter Sunday!!!!
For one, we get to celebrate the reason we exist as Christians – the resurrection of Jesus!!
But usually we get to do it with TONS and TONS and TONS of extra people! This, of course, has both positive and negative implications – but on Easter Sunday, the day itself, I LOVE IT.
Last year, FBC El Dorado set a goal of 700 people for Easter Sunday. It rain. It poured. Cats and Dogs fell out of the sky. And we saw 792 people on our campus.
THIS year, (Hint: this is what I am “Throwing Out There” today) I believe we can see at least 1,000 people on the beautiful downtown property known as FBC El Dorado.
Like last year, we are going to open up the “2Fifty2” building and have the service also offered live via a simulcast.
I. Can’t. Wait.
But let me “Throw Something Else Out There” today. . .
To see this happen – your help is needed.
First and foremost – PLEASE invite some people to attend with you on Easter Sunday. You’ve got 9 days! They are guaranteed to hear the Gospel through music and the message when they come & be encouraged to respond. That’s a PROMISE. (Need some help? Come by the church office and grab some “invitation cards” Nicole has printed up for us – they’re awesome.)
Second, at 10:00 am – come to the grassy lawn area (area between the main sanctuary building and the “2Fifty2” – the Main Street side). Why? The plan is to have some big white tents set up with coffee, juice, donuts, and other pastries under them.
Why? BECAUSE WE ARE BAPTIST AND WE LIKE TO EAT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!
No, seriously – because I want to see ALL FBC El Dorado members being intentional with those who attend who are either not a Jesus follower yet, or unchurched, or both.
By “intentional” this is what I mean. . . Let me “throw this out there“:
- Grab a donut and some coffee.
- Find someone you don’t know.
- Introduce yourself.
- Get their name.
- REMEMBER their name (I’ll come back to this in a second).
- Have a brief conversation with them.
- Offer them a donut.
- Go get yourself another one or two before the service.
Why remember their name? Simply because – again, let me “throw this out there” – Monday or Tuesday AFTER Easter – I want you to call the church office and ask Holly or Gail if “such and such” (the person you met and the name you remembered) filled out a guest card. Get their information. Call them. Email them. And/Or go by and say hello (usually a pan of brownies goes a long way if you stop by the house – and, please, don’t stay long. . . fish and company stink after a while). Encourage them to come back the next week. Answer any questions they may have. Tell ’em Pastor Matt is starting a new series on the Family.
Two personal touches – from you. One on Sunday morning before the service (while eating 3 donuts!). Another the following week – just a quick “touch” so they know someone cares and wants them back.
This is one way FBC El Dorado can see our vision come to life: To nobly dare, in the Spirit’s power, to make known Jesus’ commanding claims here and everywhere.
I. Can’t. Wait.
So, who are you bringing with you on Easter Sunday? “Up from the Grave He Arose!”