Spring 2014 News
As always, there is a lot going on here at WOL, and we will get to the construction related news shortly. First, we want to thank you all for going above and beyond for the worship series in the fall. It was a blessing to see so many of you come early to pray for our congregation and community; your hearts for the Lord and people are amazing. The feedback from the worship series was overwhelmingly positive, and we’ve continued to see the fruit of the series weekend after weekend. The congregation seems to have grasped worship in a deeper way, and we want to continue to foster that growth. In order to do so, we will frequently be using the split-set model we employed during the worship series; having worship after the message gives people a chance to respond and engage God in a way they probably wouldn’t otherwise. We recognize the extra sacrifice it takes to stay to the end of the service when we split the sets, and we’re grateful that you all stepped up for the cause during and since the worship series, and ask that you be open to it becoming more typical of the way services are structured.
Next—how will construction on the new sanctuary at East Ave affect you? On April 27th the parking lot behind the venues will no longer be open for general parking. As an example to the rest of the church, we’re asking all servant leaders to join the Water of Life staff in parking in the south lots (below Miller) on Sunday mornings effective immediately—this Sunday, March 23rd. Once April 27th arrives, there will be increased shuttle service beginning promptly at 6:30am, but until then, we’ll have to walk! There will be also be an official loading and unloading zone by April 27th, but in the meantime, when you come Sunday mornings for rehearsal, please arrive 10 minutes early to unload your equipment, move your car to park in one of the south lots, and walk to your venue. You may park in closer lots on Saturday and Sunday evenings—parking in the south lots is only a must for Sunday mornings. Finally, there will be increased security around campus monitoring the south parking lots and available to anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable walking alone, but as we transition, please call or text your worship leader if you are alone, especially if it’s dark outside, so someone can meet you—we want to make sure everyone is safe.
Now, the more distant parking coupled with the faster turnaround that exists having worship before AND after the message means less time for breakfast, and we know it’s a long day if you don’t eat! We want to honor you all for your sacrifice and make life as easy as possible for you during this time of transition, so, in the next few weeks we’ll roll-out a hospitality plan that will be special just for worship and media staff and volunteers. It will be on campus, and we will provide breakfast and a place to fellowship and/or watch the sermon during first service. So, hang tight, but know that it’s just around the corner! Thanks in advance for parking in the south lots on Sunday mornings, and we’ll update you with the hospitality info and additional parking/shuttle/security info over the upcoming weeks.
Lastly, we’re centralizing our communication, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org for general comments, questions, and concerns—particularly scheduling changes, time-off requests, and vacation FYIs.
Thank you—it’s an honor and a privilege to play, sing, and serve with you all!