Sunday night we held a “Volunteer Appreciation Night“, and it was awesome. The staff team did an incredible job of putting together an unforgettable evening together. We had such a blast together, eating, laughing, singing, and just loving on the volunteers who make PVC happen. I loved that on the night the world was celebrating the grammys, which impact nobody’s life, we were celebrating volunteers who make a difference in the lives of othes on a weekly basis. Some highlights…
- Dinner. Oh my goodness, Val and her team hit a home run with the pulled pork and chicken wings!
- Setting was wonderful, with red carpet entrances for the volunteers and decorations to match a “grammy” theme.
- I laughed harder than I have in years at some of the skits and songsÂ (see links below).
- I loved speaking to the team that’s sold out to the vision of PVC, it gives me a chance to share the gratitude in my heart for their partnership in the mission God has given us.
- What a long weekend our staff put in. Thanks guys and gals for making it happen, evenÂ staying after midnight to tear everything down.
- Everyone at PVC should volunteer. If you attend PVC and don’t serve, I encourage you to begin investing!
Here’s some fun videos you can watch from the evening….
“It’s fun to serve at Palm Valley Church” set to YMCA…
Pastor Greg Satellite interview…
Holy cow, what an awesome weekend. I was wiped out Monday, so here’s Tuesday’s cliff-notes from the weekend…
- The set team did an awesome job with props for the message, especially considering I only gave them 2 days notice on some changes I wanted to make.
- Sick kids made for a long weekend at the Rohlinger home.
- After all the changes, staff is really “gelling” and hitting it out of the park.
- I loved teaching on the tabernacle, there’s so much richness in the design of the meeting place. Bottom line, everything points to Jesus!
- Pete and Tom doing their “jump” on guitars made me laugh out loud.
- Had a sweet time as a family Saturday night. My boys are at such a teachable age, they’re soaking everything up. Try explaing the rapture, tribulation, and second coming to an 8 and 10 year old.
- I love the way people respond at PVC. It’s obvious your hearts are engaged, it’s not a passive gathering.
- I lost my voice during the 4th service. I’m going to have to really guard my voice as we go to 5 services.
- I love greeting on the patio, it lets me be a pastor instead of just teaching.
More thoughts coming soon from other events this weekend…
15 years ago ago today I spent my first Valentine’s day with Lori. It was an incredible day, complete with a very creative date I planned to sweep her off her feet. It worked, and soon after we were engaged, then married.
Today, I’m amazed at how “lucky” (read blessed) I am to be married to Lori. Sweetheart…
I can’t believe you chose me, thank you!
You are my cheerleader. There have been many times you were the only one who believed in me, including myself, and your faith caused me to dream bigger than I ever would have without you. Thank you.
Your wisdom has always been right on. You are my greatest advisory. I trust your judgment, because you know me better than anybody, and you listen to the Lord.
You’re the most beautiful woman in the world, and you get more beautiful ever day. I’ll never forget the first moment I laid eyes on you at that prayer meeting.
You’re a blast to be with, you make life fun. I love that we can laugh our way through anything. Sure makes it hard to fight with you
We’ve been through some incredible ups and downs in life. No matter what life has thrown at us, you’ve stuck by me. Thank you.
Thank you for giving me 4 wonderful children, and raising them with such grace and joy.
Your love for the Lord has challenged me.
You’re darn witty
For those reading in on this personal note: I would not be nearly the man, father, or pastor I am today without Lori. There would be no Palm Valley Church without the faith and encouragement she has given. She allowed me to put everything on the line to start PVC, and believed wholeheartedly God was in this (even when I wondered).
To my best friend, Happy Valentine’s Day!
We wrapped up theÂ teaching seriesÂ Route66Â today. It’s kind of an odd “series”, because we’re doing the route66Â (Bible reading) all year. We’ll be coming back to the idea aboutÂ once a month as weÂ continue to “travel acrossÂ America”.Â Anyways, here’sÂ some thoughts from the weekend that was…
- Driving the 1950 Hudson on stage was one cool entrance (I’llÂ have video later this week).
- A lot more greeters and ushers in action lately, love to see that!
- Sean Smith rocks at creativity. The Route66 stage (pic’sÂ coming) was the coolest we’ve done. Wait until two weeks from now when you see the next stage set for the series we’re doing called “National Treasure”.
- I loved singing the song in worship today that Derrick wrote.Â There’s something special about singing a song you know is written from someone’s heart. In case you don’t know, Derrick’s all-in for the Lord, and he just keeps improving as a worship leader!Â
- Full crowds in last two services today. Next week we’ll be announcing the plans to create more seats at PVC for more people to meet Jesus.
- I’m really struggling with migraines right now. If you think about it, please pray for me. The intensity of preaching/leading really knocks me out.
- Excited about “Dangerous Church” next weekend.
- The students did an awesome job on stage today, sharing what God is teaching them in their daily Bible reading. I was one proud dad when Jake (my 10 year old) stepped up and shared his.
- Jonathon Turner is going to be a preacher.
- Coached our 8-9 years old to another victory this weeknd (2-1). By coaching, I mean I held the clipboard and laughed alot
- I love the people of Palm Valley, what an awesome church family to travel this journey with.
- We’re firming up plans for Lori and I to lead a trip this winter to Israel, Greece, and Egypt. If you’re interested, keep watching for details.
- Thanks to Alvin and the graphics team for your tireless work week after week. Nobody ever notices this team except when there’s something wrong!
- My TarHeels pulled out a huge comeback against Clemson today. It was one of those character development games that will propel them to the National Championship (calling my shot).
- It’s time for hundreds of people at Palm Valley to get off the bench and into the game!
It’s 2:42 a.m., can’t sleep due to migraines. Could be a long day tomorrow Â That’s all for now. Have a blessed week!
I love Hawaii. Honestly, I do my most creative thinking when I’m staring at the ocean.Â There’s something about the colors, the waves, sea life, and sun that relax me, and allow me just to think creatively. I’m jealous of Wayne Cordeiro;Â that he gets to study on the beach. I believe I would write better messages if I spent more time near the ocean!
Here’s a picture of God’s creativity on display Thursday morning…