Yesterday we had stumbled across the Kroc Centre here in Coeur d’Alene and today we went back to attend worship. This huge $38 million dollar facility was built with the generous donation of the Krocs. Some of you will know the story of how the owners of McDonald’s gave a significant amount of money to The Salvation Army to build centers of excellence for education, arts and mission across the country. While $7 million was raised locally, as I understand it, the rest came from the Kroc estate. (They also own the San Diego Padres).
There were 133 in attendance this morning and even as we worshiped in what is arguably the best equipped “sanctuary” I’ve ever seen. The theatre which is used as the sanctuary is accessed by the entire city as a performance center. Even as we worshiped some of the 20,000 members who have joined the centre used the recreation complex which is attached. There are lap pools, walking and jogging tracks, exercise equipment, a recording stuido, classrooms, a gym, an Olympic sized pool, offices, a cafe, a dance studio and on it goes….
What is even more amazing is that 5 years ago there was no Salvation Army presence in this city. Today they are a major force to be contended with. There are four officers here and after the service they invited us to join them. We found the worshiping community to be very welcoming and very young. The theatre has a capacity of 400 and somehow it won’t be hard to see this filled soon.
By the way did I mention that the corps has only been in existence 18 months – and started in the officers livingroom.
In the midst of the joy of our vacation I should mention that some of our friends are having a very tough summer. Cheryl and Gary are struggling with Julia (their youngest) in the children’s hospital in Calgary. Julia has started treatment (5 days a week for 6 weeks). Also a friend from many years ago, Don Kerr has a daughter in hospital too. She suffered a brain aneurysm and you can follow their journey at this site. Perhaps you could add them to your prayer list.
I wish I could upload some photos but the internet speed here makes that almost impossible. So I sign out from pool side and hope you’re enjoying summer as much as we are!
I never thought I would write this…but here I am sitting in the shade by the pool blogging! Amazing. The sun is hot. It feels like you’re leaning over a hot stove when you walk in the sun. It isn’t long before you feel the sweat forming on your brow. Sitting in the shade isn’t cool…or make that cold. No, no, it is a refreshingly hot day.
Wendy and I did a bit more “cross border shopping” again and we picked up a few bargains. Afterward we stopped by the local Kroc Centre…in one word: WOW! What a huge facility. We are going to go to the corps there tomorrow – stand by for further word.
Our internet connection at the campground isn’t very fast so uploading photos is a bit painful….so photos are limited but fear not the camera is still with me as we travel. A full album will get posted to Photobucket on our return home.
One final comment – having finished Come Thirsty I have now turned to “The Associate” by John Grisham. I’ll let you know how it reads.
So good-bye from pool side! (Splash!)
This was the installation of Jason Guy as the Ministry Director for St. Albert – I was thinking that Jason and I have known each other about 7 years now. We are delighted that this appointment is now looked after and for that we are grateful to God.
This morning Jason spoke on Jeremiah 29:11 ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ “. We all want to know that there is a plan for our lives – a plan that includes good things; health, strength, joy, satisfaction and fulfillment. Fun and wealth might be the first things that come to mind but when we sit and think about it, are those the things that really make life worth living? That’s what God understands because he designed us with a need to feel that our life is counted for something greater than ourselves. That’s why doing good to others, helping the less fortunate and working on something that brings value to the lives of others is so satisfying.
Our tendency is to be somewhat selfish…and that’s why selfishness isn’t rewarding.
I’ve been living without my eye patch for almost two weeks now, and the yellow tint in my left eye is now gone. A number of people have shared with me their stories around a detached retina….stories of surgery gone wrong…those are stories they could keep to themselves.