January 30, 2009

what's it like?

What's it like to have the weight of a church on your shoulders? As you know from my last post, Rock Harbor moved to Sherwood High School. It is a huge undertaking to make that transition. Brian is excited for the opportunities the high school will bring, but all the thousands of details have been taking a toll on him. It is rare for me to be able to tell you what it is like to be a pastor's wife because I have to keep most things confidential. I can share this with you though! My husband is tired. He has been falling asleep sitting up on the couch next to me while I watch things like Lost. (WHAT!!!!Charles Widmore is an other???!!!!) He is a tad crabby! He worries! Brian has so many people depending on him and he doesn't want to let them down. It is hard to watch him carry so much but I also get to watch him do what he loves. He cares greatly for the people God has given to Rock Harbor.

The stress of the transition to the high school will pass and things will get back to normal. In the meantime, I will continue to care for him and encourage him. I encourage you to let your pastor know he is appreciated, whether he is at Rock Harbor or another church. They carry a lot on their shoulders!

January 29, 2009

To the high school, away!

It seems like yesterday that Brian and I, along with 2 other couples, sat down and began forming Rock Harbor. With a ton of prayer, we embarked on a new journey. We started meeting in a home and God blessed us with people. We soon became too big to meet in the home so we moved to Safari Sam's. We started out meeting around 3 tables in Safari Sam's gym. For over a year we kept at it and God brought us more people. We moved on to 5 tables! To be completely honest, that was a really tough year. While we felt God's direction and blessings, we felt Satan's hand. It was sort of encouraging to know that we were doing something that Satan wanted to stop, but he did take a toll on us. Marriages were attacked. One of the original three couples divorced and our marriage was pushed to the limits. Health was attacked. Brian and I both have inexplicable health issues. Our kids have been targeted as well. It has been hard and there have been times I wanted to throw in the towel but God keeps on encouraging us just when we need it the most. He has been faithful.

So, from 5 tables we moved up to chairs set out around the stage. Rock Harbor held preview services in August and September 2006. We had our Grand Opening in October. There was so much to do and it was an emotionally draining time. God, being the faithful God that He is, brought me the best encouragement He could. On the morning of our Grand Opening I walked out of the gym and saw my family standing there. My Dad flew up from California and my sister, brother-in-law, nieces and nephew came from Seattle to surprise us and show their support and pride. It was just what I needed!

God continued to bless us and we grew slowly. There were a lot of ups and downs during the next year, but we survived it! When we celebrated Rock Harbor's 2nd anniversary last October, we moved to 2 services to accommodate everyone. Around that time, the high school opened up for us to use. January 18 was our first service there and it was fantastic! A ton of work, (more on that later) but we look forward to a new chapter for Rock Harbor at the high school!

January 23, 2009

Where did I go?

It has been an incredibly long time since I last blogged! It is a cliché, but time flies. There has been a lot going on these last few months. Let's see how much I can remember!!