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Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick of Treat - with burgers & brats

Tonight (and last Friday night at Annapolis Towne Center), for the first time in what seems like forever, I took the kids trick or treating. There were no Halloween alternatives this year - instead, we gathered with friends and hit the neighborhood of Matt & Becky Murphy. We're not really into Halloween (and we're not anti-alternatives, we're equally apathetic), but we do love an excuse to hang out with our friends.

We began with jumping in on a cookout/collaborative trick or treat station that was going on in the neighborhood.. Here, several families in the neighborhood gathered to eat and hang out during the treat or treating time. Think of it as Halloween tailgating. I haven't done this in a really long, long time - so maybe that's normal. Regardless, I've never seen it. Matt tells me that most of these families have been in this neighborhood for 10+ years. They were open and generous, talking freely about life, struggles, and a few PG-13 topics. They brought out the best food - and gave away the best candy. I'm not naive enough to think that this happens all the time, but I impressed that it happened at all.

We went exploring Baltimore today - dreaming, exploring, trying to find out where God may be leading us. No major revelations today; in fact, today raised more questions than answers. What is clear though is that the church is my head embodies what I witnessed during trick or treating today. Today, this is what is making my head spin.

While I'm at it

Monday, October 17, 2011

On A Mission from God.

Revolution is off to great start with the 2nd service. Attendance has been up as a result of another service option, but what's more exciting to me is that 1. Brand new coming are finding us each week and visiting for the first time and 2. There have been some really cool next steps happening in the lives of people that have been coming to Revolution for a long time. For example, this past weekend, Amber baptized one of our friends to conclude the Women's Retreat. It's humbling to be a part of what God is doing here.

Revolution Annapolis is a year old next week. The other day, I was thinking about the the day after launch. I sat down with Josh and Tim at Panera (our office at the time), for what ended up being a four hour staff meeting. The theme of that meeting was, largely, "what the heck do we do now?" "Did we mess things up so badly that no one will come to week 2? I don't remember a single conclusion we came to that day - so I'm glad that God knows what He's doing.

Life is good all around. Emery is playing soccer - which is going decently well. She loves it, at least most of the time. I do coach...and while the K-1st graders are cute and fun, I have to say that I miss the high school coaching experience. I tried to follow along with the Danville soccer team as best as I could, but that's easier said than done.

I've been taking Reese on scouting trips around Baltimore recently, seeking out the different neighborhoods and areas. In Reese's mind, "Baltimore" is only "Baltimore" when we're at the Inner Harbor. If we're in any other neighborhood - or even tourist attraction (Ft. McHenry, for exmaple), Reese is quick to say that we're not in the city. Funny: Most adults I know act the same way.

God really seems to have directed our heart to a particular area of the city right now. While that hasn't led us to a specific neighborhood per se, it's at least nice to feel like we know where to explore. The opportunity to explore Baltimore thoroughly has been really stinking cool. I'll refrain from saying any more than that at this point in time, until things sure up a bit. If you really want to know, let's have coffee.

There are days when the reality that we're leaving Annapolis to plant a church in a year is absolutely overwhelming to so many ways, I still ask myself, "why me?" and "what if I do this and no one in Baltimore cares?" In those moments, I can think of about 10 reasons why about 100 more people are better suited and qualified to do what it is we want to do. In these moments (sometimes days later), it always seems to come back to the fact that God has ways of reminding me that He knows what he's doing. Today, while praying about my visit to a certain neighborhood and feeling a great deal of weight about having to leave Annapolis one day, God put this thought on my heart:

You've based a ton of how you feel right now on what you know about yourself & what you lack... What would be different if you based where you're being lead on what you know about me, and how I lack NOTHING?

I've been reminded that the Missio Dei is my mission as well. Praise God that he would allow me to play a role in proclaiming His name.

Scott Ancarrow: on a mission from God.