Get Ready for a Packed House!

Lisa HelmThe Chreasters. The CEOs (Christmas/Easter Only). The Hollies and Lilies. The Submarine Christians (they only surface twice a year.) However you choose to refer to “those people” who only come to church on Christmas and Easter, I encourage you to welcome them with open arms instead of grumbling that they only show up twice a year to take the best parking spots and pew seats! Ask yourself this: Why are they here? Why only today?

Whether they are in the midst of a painful experience — serious illness, the death of a loved one, loss of a job — or they’re simply following an Easter tradition, the answer is really pretty simple. Who knows what they might experience here this Easter that just may make them want to come back?

And let’s consider the energy a “packed house” brings. It feels good to all of us! And that energy — that utter sense of electricity — is so contagious, it might just be what propels someone into regular attendance! So if you see some faces you haven’t seen in a while, welcome them — and invite them to come back.

Remember these tips as you’re looking for a parking place in the crowded lots:

  • Arrive around 9:10 am for the 9:30 or 9:39 am services, or The Gathering at 9:30 am in Room 350. This will give those who attended the 8:00 am service time and space to exit.
  • Arrive between 10:40 and 10:50 am if you’re coming to the 11:00 or 11:11 am services. This will make finding a parking place and avoiding the entrance/exit gridlock much easier!

See you Easter Sunday!

Lisa Helm,
Director of Welcoming Ministries

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