It is always exciting for us at Eli’s to see where our cheesecake is enjoyed. Tonight I found Jon Ferguson’s Blog highlighting the opening of the Crossings in Knoxville earlier that day. I then went to Pastor Mark Nelson’s Blog and read about the activities for the Launch Weekend. How exciting it was for all of us at Eli’s to read that the Sunday service began with the Rich Mullins song, “I Will Sing”…and ended with Pastor Nelson eating Eli’s Cheesecake from on stage. We are not sure how Eli’s got there, but are delighted to play a role in such a joyous event.

Friday, February 9

All that God has done…

Crossings, a faith community, is launching this Sunday. (I assume that’s something most of you already know.)

Obviously, it’s an incredibly exciting time. The next three days involve a multitude of things including the following:

-A 24-hour prayer and fast begins this morning at 11am. Our Launch Community and family and friends have signed up to pray for time slots of at least 20 minutes over the next days. Some are fasting as well.

-Saturday morning we will have our very first Leadership Community. We have over 50 committed, totally ‘bought in’ leaders as part of Crossings. They are serving in every area you can imagine. Our desire is bring these leaders together once a month and care for them, teach them, give them a place to worship, and continue to keep the vision of helping people find their way back to God out in front them. As part of this Leadership Community we will ‘break our fast’ at 11am together. I’m so excited for this time; it may be the most important thing we do all weekend.

-At 7am on Sunday we will begin unloading and setting up at Down Town West Theatres for the fifth time. (The four weeks we have had in the
theatre up to this point have been invaluable.)

-At 10am our worship gathering will begin with the Rich Mullins song, “I Will Sing”…and will end with me eating Eli’s cheesecake
from Chicago on stage (that one’s too hard for me to explain, you just have to see it). We have no idea who will come or how many, and that really is okay.   Really. We simply pray God will bring who He wants to Crossings…

-After our worship gathering…it’s time for the buffet at Mandarin House. You are all invited…seriously.