This past Sunday was a monumental day for South Bay Church. We are no longer a one-service-Sunday kind of church because this Sunday we added an additional worship experience! (9:30 & 11:00 AM) We did so much to prepare for this day. Some of the preparations include:
- 21 days of prayer and fasting as a church leading up to this Sunday
- doubling our volunteer base in one week to support the additional service
- sending out a 60,000 piece mailer to invite the community
- distributing 5,000 doorhangers
- challenging each person to invite 3 friends
- a 24 hour prayer chain leading up to the big day
We were so excited. Andy felt slightly nauseous all week and had to take Tylenol PM on Saturday night so that he could fall asleep! We were anticipating awesome things.
So when Sunday at 9:30 rolled around and there were only about 10 people in the audience, you could say we were a little concerned. However, I guess people out here just like to be "fashionably late" because by the end of the worship set there were over 150 people in attendance! Over 300 people attended South Bay this weekend which makes this past Sunday our highest attendance on record.
Why do we celebrate the numbers? Why are they important? Because, here's another number for you: 95% of people in the Silicon Valley do not attend any church and are heading toward a Christless eternity. Those 300 people represent 300 souls that matter to God and therefore matter to us. We will always be about reaching one more person with the hope of the Gospel!
Andy kicked off our new series on Financial Freedom. His main point was that a right relationship with God and a right relationship with money equals peace in our finances. God's design for our finances is that we would recognize that He is the master, we are the stewards, and money is the slave. When we get those components flip-flopped we live with incredible amounts of stress, pain, and frustration in our lives. Andy challenged us stop clinging to our money with clenched fists and to open our hands to God. It is in that that we will find freedom!
Looking forward to a great series!