Archive for July, 2013

The Best Is Yet To Come – Including Parking

Sunday was incredible, more than I imagined and exceeding my expectations. How can I adequately say thanks to you and God for what we experienced at the end of a long voyage? The best part is that Sunday also marked the beginning of a new journey; one filled with countless stories of life change as we all “Stand by the Door” (See the poem I read Sunday in its entirety also in this week’s Pointer).

Another long journey we had was getting in and out of the parking lot Sunday. The good news: a lot of pre-planning kept it from being much worse. Our Parking Team was amazing. Thank them whenever you see them. They really stepped up Sunday! And you were great too for being so willing to park off-road. The challenge: we can do better in the weeks to come – and we will.

There were several reasons for our parking problems Sunday:

  • We have fewer streets and driveways to enter/exit from. We can’t change that.
  • We meet code for parking but still need more spaces for high attendance days like Sunday. We’ll add space when we can afford it. For now, other changes will help considerably.
  • Pipeline Construction to the west and the traffic light to the east at Highways 332 and 2004 backed up traffic for long periods of time. We’re talking to TxDot about adjusting the light. It could be a slow process. Pray.
  • We couldn’t empty the lots from the first service quickly enough to park folks for the second service. The result was 80+ unused paved spaces during the second service. The solution – more time between services. We’ll announce new times this weekend which will take effect beginning the next Sunday, August 11.
  • West of the Brazos folks couldn’t get back to the West Driveway to exit. We suggest you park in either the gravel lot to the right as you come in, or just past that off the pavement to the right of the driveway and building. Tell the Parking Team volunteer you’re from West of the Brazos as you’re driving in. As you leave all cars in those areas will be directed back out the West Driveway.
  • Not enough handicapped spaces. We’ll have more this weekend.

A lot of subtle changes will be made this week that will combine to have a big impact. Here are a few things you can do. Come in one vehicle per family. Carpool to church. Continue to go where you’re directed. High five the Parking Team folks – they’re volunteers just like you.

Live bold,

Greg

The Best Is Yet To Come!

We open a new chapter in the life of Brazos Pointe Fellowship this weekend. We have waited patiently and worked very hard to get here. Last week, we looked back with gratefulness over 8 Years at Dixie Drive. This Sunday July 28th will be a time to celebrate, because our best days are ahead of us. In fact, that’s our theme for Sunday.

We are calling Sunday a soft opening. There will be great joy, but we’ll save a few things for our Grand Opening on August 25th. There will also be some changes; and with change we have to think differently. Many of those changes are related to parking.

At Dixie Drive we had four entrances. Now we have one, the West Driveway. Coming from Freeport, Clute, Richwood, Lake Jackson, or Angleton – turn into the second driveway on the left. If you’re arriving from Brazoria, West Columbia, Sweeny, or anywhere West of the Brazos – it’s the first one on the right.

In the past we’ve said “Park in Back, Sit up Front.” That mantra will have to be adjusted. Now it’s “Park Wherever You’re Directed,” unless you arrive early as a volunteer. If you try to jockey for a better space, or even be noble and park further away than directed, you may unintentionally clog the system we have painstakingly designed. That could back up traffic out on the highway and create a safety problem.

Safety isn’t our only concern. We have a limited number of spaces. So if at all possible, please come in one car. Now that we no longer have three services, there’s less reason for couples/families who serve a second hour to arrive in two or more vehicles. If you come to the 9:15 service, please don’t linger afterwards, at least not the first few weeks. Unless you’re volunteering at 10:45, we need your parking space.

After you finally get parked, you can ride the golf carts up to the front door. Once inside we still want you to “Sit up Front,” but now it’s “Shift to the Left.” If you have grown comfortable sitting in the back section, I’m asking you to move up to the main sections and leave those back seats wide open for guests who may be nervous about coming to a new place. Change is hard for them too. Remember our core value of an Outward Focus…think about others. That’s why we’re doing all this.

I’ll see you Sunday.

Live bold,

Greg

Last Day / First Day

8 Years at Dixie Dr.

Only one weekend remains for us to worship together in the building that’s been our home for 8 years. It’s important to look back and see all God has done and taught us in that sacred space on Dixie Dr. We’ll use the occasion to remind ourselves of things both funny and fantastic. It will be a Sunday to remember!

See you at 8:30, 9:45 or 11:11

The Best Is Yet To Come!

Then on Sunday July 28th we will open a new chapter in the life of Brazos Pointe Fellowship. To be the great day we’re all anticipating, it’s going to take some preparation. We’ll go over these items in detail at the close of this Sunday’s services; but for now, here are some things to start thinking about for life in our new home.

  • New Service Times: 9:15 and 10:45
  • New Children’s Structure: Spot, Bounce & Echo (5th & 6th Graders now have their own space!)
  • New Parking Lot: Beautiful & Shaded
  • One Entrance to the Campus – For safety and to avoid confusion, ALL ENTRY will be through the WEST DRIVEWAY (2nd left from Lake Jackson, 1st right from Brazoria)
  • More opportunities than ever to SERVE!

Live Bold,

Greg

Leaving Dixie

In just a few weeks or so we will have our last worship service in our “temporary home”  that has served us so well the past eight years on Dixie Drive in Clute.  We know the first service in our new home on the Brazoria Road will be special.  I think the last one at Dixie will be too.

So many memorable events and activities have happened there:

  • All our Servolution Rallies
  • Daraja Children’s Choir Concerts
  • Weddings
  • Memorials
  • Student Summer Nights
  • Women’s Retreats
  • the list goes on…

Of course, the greatest thing we’ve witnessed at Dixie is life change – people stepping over the line of faith or taking their next step with God.

What’s your favorite memory from Dixie Dr.?  I’d like to know.  Send an email to me (pick@brazospointe.com), post a memory on my Facebook wall, or write a note on Sunday’s Welcome Card.  We’ll use them for the last service there before we move.

Live Bold,

Greg