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We love serving and living life with our church community in Raleigh.  When we arrived it was clear that one of our greatest challenges was going to be finding more meeting space.  While we loved the intimacy of our strip mall bays, they weren’t large enough to allow us grow and multiply so that we could reach a critical mass.  After a couple of years of praying and searching for a larger space that would allow us to grow numerically and move towards our vision of hosting a center for the community at large to use- God provided.

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After months of designing, permitting and bidding- we’ve finally begun renovations.  If everything stays on schedule we should be moving to our new space some time in March.  We’ll have 13,000 square feet in a area with more visibility, higher traffic and a diverse number of people groups and needs.  We couldn’t be more excited.

If you’d like to see more pics and keep up with our progress, check out our RENOVATIONS BLOG.

And if you are willing to pray for us, here are some things to ask God for:

  • That we’ll stay on schedule.
  • That our workers will stay safe.
  • That we’ll have a smooth inspection process.
  • That God will prepare us for all of the new opportunities this space will bring to love and serve people.
  • That God will be preparing new folks who will get involved with our faith community after we move to this space.
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Last night I went to an NHL hockey game. Yes, Raleigh DOES have a pro sports team.


Now, I’ve never been much of a hockey fan, but I have seen a few games live. This particular trip was inspired by my friend and co-worker Shawn- who played professional hockey in the Canadian minor leagues.

We sat in the last row. Not just proverbial, but literally. Here are some pics:

(my buddy Shawn, waiting for a good fight to break out)

(the view to my right- yep that’s the back wall at the top of the whole arena)

(View of the action. Not bad seats really.)

Had a good time at the game, but noticed some things while I was there:

  • Friendship takes you places. I probably wouldn’t have gone to the game without Shawn’s prompting. Knowing it was special to him made me enjoy it even more. Friends enlarge our perspectives and experiences.
  • Community closes gaps. It is a lot of fun rooting for the home town team. Of the 20K of us at the game, I’m guessing many of us didn’t know or care much about hockey before the Hurricanes came to town. Rallying around a common cause puts us on the same team. Need proof? Complete strangers talked to, cheered with and high fived each other last night. Even the sober ones.
  • Enjoying life tames envy. 99% of the folks in the building had better seats than we did last night. But I didn’t care. I was enjoying myself and didn’t think to compare my experience or view to others.

Good reminders. Guess the ticket was worth the price last night.

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