Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Tour

My Monday started by walking into a quiet room filled with candles and huddles of prayer. Our prayer focus today was the persecuted church. It was a creative way to remember that people around the world have to gather in secret to worship. Great prayer time. "Remember those in prison as though you were suffering with them." Hebrews 13:3
After staff meeting, Mike Despard took a few of us on a tour of the new building. Let me take you with us... 

Below: Entrance to the existing gym. The sound and lights in the gym will have to be moved to the west wall because the new entrance will be right where the current stage is set up.
Below: This huge space will be for the "black box" which will coveted by all ministries as it will seat about 300 people. Along with random meetings, youth will primarily be using that space. The door you see on the far wall is the entrance to the existing Activity Center.
Below: This is looking into the foyer, which is going to be huge. The forms in the front of the picture are for the fountain, which will also be a baptismal. The connection group, family and close friends of the people getting baptized can watch out there while everyone in the auditorium will see it via live video.
Below: This is backstage, where there will be storage, green room, video/tech rooms, etc.
Below: Standing on the stage, looking out into the auditorium, which will seat about 1,100 on the main level and another 900 in the balcony. The balcony section will probably be completed later, as the funds come in.
Below: This is looking from the "back row" to the stage. It's amazing how close the back row will be to the stage- not much further than in the current auditorium. With the seats wrapping around the stage, it allows for a much closer feel. It's going to be awesome.
Below: These steps lead down to a tunnel that runs under the auditorium.
Below: The tunnel. I'm trying to figure out how to get a wall ride skate ramp down there.
Below: Here's a random picture that cracked me up. Watch out- it may happen to you someday. Beck likes to play in the sink with his GI Joe's, motorcycles, and other random stuff he finds in my drawers... 

9 comments:

Tim said...

Safety first!

The Pelhams said...

HILARIOUS!! However, they must not have worked very good, because aren't you having another baby!!:)

J and J Masson said...

thanks for the pics of the new building! it's extra special for us to see these! :)

J and J Masson said...

Last pic is HILARIOUS!! I laughed when Julie showed me this blog.

-jesse

Lissa Catus said...

Mark, thanks for this post! It's fun for us who aren't there to see!

The Overman Family said...

The kids were asking why I was laughing out loud...at least he didn't ask for you to blow up the balloon :)
-steph

Anonymous said...

Mark, that last picture brings up an interesting topic... I'd love to hear your view on birth control in some blog!

James Pusey said...

HA! Mark, I don't if I've ever told you how much I enjoy your blog. I have been a faithful reader for about a year now... I recently started my own - check it out sometime, http://itspronouncedpusey.blogspot.com

Metropuritan Mark said...

James-
I'm glad to know you're checking in with the blog...i'll definitely check yours out. Thanks for letting me know about it.

You've been hitting your stride recently in ministry. It's so fun to see you flourish, whether playing guitar, accordion, cello, leading worship, acting, entertaining, leading a conn. group...whatever... you're rockin' it. Good work!

- Mark