Today was "Backpack Sunday" - we're on the home stretch of our Operation Backpack to provide free school supplies to needy families here locally. Last Sunday we encouraged everyone to come to church with a backpack - either one to donate or one filled with school supplies or both! It was a lot of fun! My backpack? A hot pink Dora and Boots model. All the little girls were fascinated that Pastor Rick was walking around church wearing that!
The message was on a more serious note: loving one another in the family of God. My goal was to encourage those believers who were not yet connected to the church to make the commitment. You can't practice "brotherly love" if you're not in a committed relationship with the brethren.
We cut the time a little bit so that we had an extra 5 minutes at the end of each gathering for folks to "connect" or to come up and talk to the pastors about plugging in to NHC. It was a great mix today of songs, teaching and fellowshipping.
There were so many at church today that we had to print up extra outlines in both the adult gathering and in Kids Church. Way cool!
After the second gathering our pastors had lunch (thanks Hospitality Team!!) with 5 folks who have taken my Discovering Nags Head Church class and applied to be partners with us in the fellowship. Then we met with them one on one and heard their stories about faith and both asked and answered questions about them and about the church. God continues to grow us!
This afternoon the MP 13 Band is practicing for this weeks Impact OBX - a four day missions blitz for area church youth groups. Then later this evening our Contagious youth group meets at the beach for fun and teaching.
It's a great day!