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Monday Morning Recap for Sunday – September 17, 2017

Yesterday’s #bluebook theme and topic was “Ordinary” and Bob taught on the importance of realizing that God is pursuing us even in the midst of the ordinary and mundane.  Our worship set reminded us of the truth that Jesus is always with us, around us, pursuing us.

We opened yesterday with All Because of Jesus.

After the call to worship we sang Forever Reign, Jesus What a Friend for Sinners, Everything, and Great Are You Lord

Our offering song was Your Grace Finds Me – by Matt Redman.

Join us next week for “Time” and our worship choir leading us in worship!

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Monday Morning Recap for Sunday – September 10, 2017

Yesterday’s theme was based on the #bluebook week “the soil of your soul.”  Bob’s sermon was on the parable of the soils, and our worship set was a prayer that God would make us those that are fruitful in fertile soil – 30, 60 and 100 fold

We opened yesterday with All My Fountains

After the call to worship we sang Soul on Fire, Hosanna, Be Thou My Vision, and Lead Me to the Cross

Our offering song was Touch the Sky sung by Kala Waldron and our Communion song was Give Me Jesus.

Jason’s Disney Opinions (part 2)

How-to-embed-Google-Maps-on-your-website-copyIf you read last week’s Disney post – I talked about staying off property.  If you do decide to stay off property – here’s tip 2:

Use Google Maps.  It sounds logical right?  Disney is masterful at signage, customer service, and getting you to walk, drive, ride, eat, move, and experience the property in patterns and set rules.  So, if you’re staying off property – the normal behavior is to follow the very clear and obvious signs to whatever park you want to go…  Trust me, use Google Maps.  They’ll show you the fastest way to get to your next park, and not necessarily the Disney way.

Tip 3:

If you are staying off-property, then you can park at Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios in the parking lots for those 3 parks.  If you’re going to Magic Kingdom, you actually park at the Transportation and Ticket Center.  Walt didn’t want folks to be able to see the park from the parking lot – so he put the main parking on the other side of the 7 Seas Lagoon.  So your options to get to the park are the monorail and the ferry.  They (the Disney transportation folks) tell you that the ferry is just as fast as the monorail.  Don’t believe them, AND hope that the monorail is functioning (the last 3 trips we’ve taken, it’s been down 50% of the time that we’ve been arriving or leaving the park – another factor to consider if you’re staying at one of the three very high-priced monorail resorts!)

Monorail-700x468If they are functioning properly – you still have two choices – the Express Monorail and the Resort Monorail.  If there’s a significant line for the express monorail (extending down the ramp would be what I’d consider ‘significant’) then take the Resort Monorail.  The signage makes it LOOK like it’s only for resort guests, but it’s open to anyone, and with significant lines for the express monorail – the resort monorail is usually empty and gets you there quicker…

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday – September 3, 2017

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Labor Day Weekend.  We had a great morning of worship at OMPC, continuing in our #bluebook series with “The Dance.”

We opened Sunday with Unstoppable God.

After our call to worship we sang You Lifted Me Out, How He Loves, All Creatures of Our God and King, and What a Beautiful Name.

Our offering song was Adoration.

Join us this Wednesday night (tomorrow) for our 2017 Christmas kickoff!  We’ll have Christmas music, lights and cookies.  Bring a friend!  Childcare (as always) will be provided.

Jason’s Disney Opinions (part 1)

WDWEntranceSignI mentioned in a post about 3 months ago, that I was going to do a few blog posts on my Disney experiences and opinions about the “best way to do Disney.”  I assure you – these are just my opinions, and only based on our experiences, but we have had quite the variety of experiences – from traveling at all times of the year, adults only, with kids, multiple families, multiple days, single days… We’ve collected quite the portfolio of different Disney experiences over the years.

Having said that, we’ve found a few tips and tricks that really pay off, and will help save you money, and hopefully maximize your fun.  So here we go…

Tip 1

You really don’t have to stay on property

It’s a touchy subject.  We were HUGE “staying on property” fans.  Even if you can’t afford to stay “on the monorail” (Grand Floridian, Contemporary or Polynesian) you still get Disney Bus transportation – and if you stay at the All Star Resorts, that can mean only a 25 minute trip on the bus.  Then we had our 3rd child, and started looking at options.  What we’ve found, after trying both ways, at various resorts, is that you can save a ton of time AND money by staying off property.  There are numerous hotels and resorts that are “at the entrance” to WDW.  If you do your homework, you can easily find a space twice as big, for half as much (we stay at a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo that easily and comfortably sleeps 8).  You’ll be able to go to the grocery store and buy food and keep it in a fridge.  That allows you to eat breakfast before leaving, and have a cold drink waiting when you get back.  The drive ends up being shorter (our max drive ends up being 15 minutes, parking lot to parking lot), and you’re not tied down to the Disney bus schedule.

Speaking of parking lots – there’s a common misconception that to “park-hop” also means paying for parking multiple times in a day.  You only pay for parking once/day, regardless of which lots you enter.

Trade-offs

There are, of course a few trade offs.  Staying off property means you can’t take advantage of Extra Magic Hours at the parks.  Our experience, even with kids of all ages, is that if you get up and get moving, you’ll be tired enough by the end of the day to gleefully forego the extra magic.  Staying off property also means you don’t have to have the extra magic bananas.  I remember vividly staying on property – which means we were tied (food-wise) to the food court.  My wife wanted a banana for breakfast.  It was $7.  SEVEN.

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The other thing to consider are what I call the Disney sucker bets.  I was having a conversation with our two youngest sons as we took the ferry across the 7 Seas Lagoon one afternoon, back from the Magic Kingdom.  We were talking about the new bungalows that the Polynesian Resort offers.  They look fantastic!  They sit out over the water – something straight out of a scene from Fiji.  Problem is – you can’t swim off the dock… the lake is closed to any swimming.  So it’s really just a fancy place to sleep.  I then asked our kids how many times they actually saw our hotel in the daylight… they couldn’t remember.  We get up, hit the parks, and come back late.  Why pay $2500/night just to sleep??

Bottom line –

At least investigate what it might look like to stay off-property.  You may be surprised at the value you can get!

 

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday – August 27, 2017

Yesterday marked the start of a week of prayer at OMPC – kicking off with a church-wide fast that started on Saturday night.  This entire week you can check out the app or the website for prayers written by our pastoral staff in an effort to guide your prayer time.

We opened yesterday with Glorious Day – a tune that we’ve been introducing to OMPC over the past few weeks.

After the call to worship we sang Hosanna (Praise is Rising), Come Thou Fount, Center, and Great Are You Lord

Our offering song was Mercy from Matt Redman.

If you’re looking for the #bluebook song of the week – check out Thy Mercy below

Still plenty of room left in worship choir if you’re thinking about joining us!  We meet Wednesday nights from 6-7 in the choir room.

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday – August 20, 2017

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Yesterday morning was a choir Sunday – and choir Sundays are always some of my favorite.  We launched choir back last Wednesday night, and had a record turnout for our August rehearsal launch.  If you’re wanting to get involved – now is a great time, and we’ve even started working on Christmas music.

Yesterday’s #bluebook theme was “together” and so our worship set was focused on God’s love and God’s pur

suit of us in our brokenness, need for healing, fear and failures.  It’s only in the context of community that God’s love is truly felt and shown – which of course tied in well with the theme of “together” and our emphasis on getting plugged into life groups here at OMPC.

We opened yesterday with Here For You

After our call to worship we sang Come Christians Join to Sing, Amazing God, Jesus and One Thing Remains

Our offering song was Broken Vessels – led by Jenny Pruitt.

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday – August 13, 2017

Yesterday was pretty cool – we introduced Don Sellers – our new Director of Mercy for OMPC, and the current Sr Pastor of South Park Baptist.  Don’s congregation was also kind enough to join us for worship – and we were certainly honored by their presence.

We opened yesterday with Glorious Day – a new tune from Passion, and a new tune to OMPC.

After the call to worship we sang This is Amazing Grace, My Jesus I Love Thee, O Come to the Altar, and What a Beautiful Name.

Our offering song was Good Good Father, and our communion tune was My Beloved – sung by Kala Waldron.  I’ll have the video posted here later this week.

If you’re looking for the #bluebook tune for this week you’ll find Hillsong’s recording of Draw Me Close to You below…

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday – August 6, 2017

The kids all return to school this week (YAY!) which means that most families at OMPC are back from summer vacations and travel – great to see folks back in worship after these past few busy summer weeks!  Looking forward to a great fall of activities at the church, including Worship Choir – which resumes next Wednesday, August 16 from 6-7 in the choir room.  Come join us!  Drinks, snacks and childcare are provided and NO singing experience is necessary.

We opened yesterday with Come Ye Sinners.

After our call to worship we sang I AM, Be Still My Soul, Great Are You Lord, and Agnus Dei

Our offering song was Be Still, sung by Mandy Sears.

Monday Morning Recap (on Tuesday) for Sunday – July 30, 2017

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Sunday was our 14th annual Bullfrog Choir – an opportunity for the men of OMPC to come, bring their sons and help lead our congregation in worship.  I think we had a record crowd, and the sound was just amazing.  A huge thanks to all that stepped out and up in order to lead well!  Already looking forward to next year!

We opened with Arise

After our call to worship we sang I Am Free, Crown Him With Many Crowns, Lord I Need You, and 10,000 Reasons

Our offering song was a guys quartet singing Awakening from Passion.IMG_8461