Feeling useful again
From the first time I visited Covenant Church I knew that this was the church that i wanted to be a part of. Everything about this pace was what i was looking for. A relevant message, like-minded beliefs, a warm welcoming environment, a strong worship team, an amazing media team and a clearly defined vision were some of the initial items that i was able to check off my list. I visited Covenant every chance i could. I would intentionally plan my business trips to dallas to include a Wednesday evening layover. The true test was bringing Patti to see it for herself. The evening of my "interview" in Dallas, we got to encounter a Wednesday evening together. She felt the exact same way i did the first time i visited.
It was nice to sit in a service and get to participate in worship without being called to fix something or check on things. I could just relax and recharge. I made contact with the executive director of media and introduced myself and expressed my skills and desire to serve with them. Once we made the move up here we started the process of getting officially plugged in the church. We went through their next steps program. Around the same time the church also conducted a big "Get in the Game" campaign to recruit new volunteers throughout the church.
One of the biggest struggles i've found since moving here has been the solitude. Back in the valley I knew people all over. Family, Friends, Church Family, co-workers. A lifetime of relationships nurtured and cherished. These past few months have been a bit lonely. Sam went back to the valley to visit his other grandparents so the house has been very quiet without him. I at least have work that i can spend a few hours a day at, Patti is probably even more lonely than i am at the moment.
We've sent out inquiries to some "Small Groups" in our area from the church but haven't heard back from any yet. I did find out about a men's group that meets on fridays at 6am (!) I've been attending a few of those but i'm really not a morning person and it makes for some longggg fridays. This past weekend we were invited to a reception for the new media volunteers and got to get to know several of the staff. It was nice getting to hang out with other adults. At the table we were sitting at i got to visit with the audio guys. They were really fun and down to earth. It's refreshing to talk to other professionals who know what they are actually talking about. I also got to visit with the lighting guy and some of the administrative staff. Although there are so many places i can find myself getting plugged in with, Video, Lighting, graphics, audio, etc.. i'm finding myself inclined to all of them. I really am just so excited to finally get to be a part of a team again that i'll take anything they are needing help with. Ok anything may be a stretch but there are several tasks i can see myself covering easily.
Last night we had our first group training with the video team. Patti and I got to meet some of the directors. Learn their terms and equipment. Tonight we have another training with the lighting guy. On sunday we are both already lined up to shadow some positions during actual services.
I'm not really sure where i see myself setting down in. Coming from a position where I found myself having to learn each component of the technical ministry to a place where i can choose it a little daunting.
I am rather proud of what we were able to accomplish at AGCC. From where they started to where i left them, they are much better off. I conducted several major conversions and planned quite a few long term projects. I'm glad to saw that I was able to accomplish all of my goals and i don't have any regrets. Now i'm looking forward to a new chapter in our lives. A chance to not be a single entity but a part of a larger team that I not only pour myself into but also be nurtured as well. Just talking with some of these guys it's nice to hang out with like minded people who understand what your talking about. I'm anxious to develops these friendships and expand "our circle" beyond the walls in which we live.