Compassion International has come to Austin. We are hosting what is called the Compassion Experience where you can “visit” another country to see firsthand the work and ministry that Compassion does all over the world. They will have their mobile exhibit set up in our parking lot beginning today and running through Monday. I encourage you to sign up and walk through an experience that will bless and challenge you. Two thousand people from across the city have signed up to visit the Compassion Experience on our campus. Thank you to those of you who have signed up to serve as a volunteer.
On Sunday we will continue the Compassion Experience and I will share a message from Matthew 9:35-38. We will also have a special treat and surprise for you that I believe will really inspire you.
Wednesday night, April 5, from 6:00 to 7:30pm we will have teams going out to homes and apartments in the 78759 zip code handing out flyers and invitations to join us for Easter. If you would like to be part of this “Easter Blitz,” meet in the Atrium at 6:00pm. If you cannot make it, be sure to pick up some of the brochures so that you can invite people to be our guest on Easter.
Sunday, April 9, is Palm Sunday. On this day we will observe the Lord’s Supper which is always a special time for our church as we reflect on the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world. I am preparing a message for that day from Luke 15, the parable Jesus told of the shepherd who left the ninety-nine sheep to go and find the one lost sheep. Pray for me as I preach this message, that it will encourage us all to be on mission like Jesus and reach out to that one to whom God will lead us.
Resurrection Sunday is April 16! We are looking forward to hosting many first-time guests on our church campus on Easter. We will have one worship service at 10:00am and Connect Group classes will not meet. (Please note the changes are for Easter Sunday only.) At 11:00am we will have a huge egg hunt and, yes, the helicopters will be back this year to drop thousands of eggs on our property. It should be a fun day.
Speaking of guests, God continues to draw people to our church and we are very grateful. We still need many more to help serve in our First Impressions ministry. This is a strategic and important ministry in which you simply help guests have a positive experience when they visit our church. We need people to serve in the parking lot and various strategic places throughout our church campus to assist our visitors. If you can help us, please let Ross Hartsfield know and he will put you to work. We need volunteers of all ages―students all the way to senior adults.
Finally, thank you to all who served in DNOW last weekend. It was the best one we have ever had! Sunday was an amazing day. Many were saved and baptized, and all of our hearts were blessed by seeing so many students loving and worshipping God.
Have a blessed weekend. See you Sunday as we enjoy the Compassion Experience together.