The launch of LifeChangers Church was today, the 28th of October, Two Thousand and Seven.
Hu - uge.
I arrived early around 8:45 for the 10am start and was blown away by the state the Browns Bay Primary School hall was in. Yesterday (while I was at work) a brave bunch of hearty workers steadily set up the hall in preparation for today, a lengthy 4 hour set up.
Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the hall as of yet - my camera decided it was going to die of battery power after the first photo. Love it. However, photos WILL come, and that's a promise. I don't want to steal or kill the intense excitement already building within you for those photos, but what I can say is that we had the new logo on huge banners hanging either side of the stage, balloons and more banners.
What stoked me out the most was the packs that everybody recieved at the door. It was awesome. They had a vision booklet, upcoming events, a fridge magnet complete with out new logo and line saying "JESUS changes lives!", a bumper sticker and a wicked rubber bracelet.
We had new signs on the road which were extremely confusing to the eye because the arrow pointing to "Parking" to the left conflicted largely with the arrow pointing to the right from the logo. I'm not suprised some people had no idea where to go or park, they ended up down at Rothesay Bay.
Our band played "Beautiful Day" by U2, which I must say, we rocked. It was phat. Phaaaat. with a huge P.
Ian Wright spoke well and we had a huge BBQ afterwards, full of 200+ sausages and numerous amounts of steak, bread, potato salad mmmmmmmmmmmm.
Bays Apostolic Church redesigned and renamed into LifeChangers Church - north shore.
Bring it on.
Check out the website: www.lifechangerschurch.co.nz
Euan asked a fantastic question in my last post which has prompted some deep thinking on behalf of myself over the last few days. Amongst the intelligent and well thought through other parts of his comment he posed the question of what the info was on Mandy Moore. Or more specifically, Mandy Moore and I.
The truth is, Mandy Moore and I have been in a relationship for quite some time now. I've tried to keep it on the downlow for a while but unfortunately, due to my lack of controlling my mouth I've let the cat out of the bag. It first started when I was touring the Central US for the latest release of my line of toothpaste. Obviously, my new line of toothpaste attracted a large amount of interest, including some high profile celebrities. It seems to me that the importance of white, healthy teeth is now a priority for many celebs.
While I was standing on my home build podium (made of rimu, pohutikawa branches and used toothpaste packets) I spotted Mandy near the edge of the crowd, slightly to the right. She seemed to be engrossed in my speech about the need to look after our teeth and that the world's decieved theory that teeth do grow back 3 times is in fact, wrong. It must've been somewhere between my wink and my shimmering smile that she fell, for me.
She caught me after my speech, and as I was leaving the packed stadium she smiled, at me.
From there the rest, as they say, is history.
One difficulty, obviously, is the travel between here and the U.S. I do have to be honest here, it has caused difficulty amongst our relationship and has had to be something we've needed to work through. But, thanks to Technology and the royalties from selling my multi-ten dollar company we've made sure we've kept communication at the centre. Whether it be by skype, email, webcam or by me taking the long flight over to the U.S., our relationship has flourished.
Although we've only been seeing each other for a medium period of time, the future really does have some potential.
I'm thinking the best way to start this post off is by apologising to my many readers who have been close to personal emotional breakdowns after the numerous times of turning up to my blog to see that I haven't done a post in near on 3 months. That's near depressing. But, I am hoping to redeem myself through this post.
Alot has happened since I last post, most of which I can't remember, but, I did go to the Luge in Silverdale with my mate Mike, who, by the way, I wasted.
That wasn't really of any suprise to be honest. I mean, lets understand one thing here - yes, I am short. However, it does mean that my feet are in fact closer to the front and I am also sitting lower in the Luge seat. Which, in effect, logically means that my wind resistance is decisively lower to that of a tall, long armed friend like Michael.
I think Silverdale has the potential now to become the next RotoVegas, a few years ago we would have said Silverdale was almost equal to the potential of Dargaville, but, with the introduction of the Luge, Snowplanet, a fair rip off Go-Karting, oh and we can't forget Silverdale's pride and joy the Silverdale Plant Barn - a must see for all those international tourists, Silverdale's potential has increased phenomenally. Phenomenally.
But, no matter how far Silverdale comes up the 'Must see' list on NZ's tourist brochure, honestly, it will never get near the number one spot. HamilTRON - "City of the Future".
I visited HamilTRON a few weeks ago, and well, it took my breath away.
The scenery. The bridges. The Waikato river. The roads. The tree. Beautiful. Breathless. I officially want that t-shirt. The guy one, obviously.
In other news, Mandy Moore is my new favourite girl.
Kia ora and welcome to my blog. I live in Auckland, New Zealand (home of the All Blacks, Middle Earth and the most beautiful country in the world). I lead LifeChangers Church: Hibiscus Coast, and love seeing God change people's lives through finding a relationship with Jesus.