Sunday I gazed upon the scene of nearly 2000 people streaming out the doors of Kingsway's worship center in a light drizzle under horribly threatening skies and I watched with excitement as they made their way quickly to the edge of the parking lot. While somedoubted we should move ahead with the weather at hand, Jeff Lewellyn (Kingsway's Exec Pastor) said "go" (a bold move we would all later applaud). With military precision Kingsway teams distributed colored t-shirts and marshaled the congregation to the middle of their athletic field.
There, they were quickly organized - all 1900+ into the shape of their beloved "k" logo. With WTHR's news helicopter circling overhead (hopefully broadcasting the image to the morning news audience) and the drizzle miraculously dissipating long enough to hold the crowd, they were nudged into final position over the PA system as celebration music filled the field.
Fishhook's Leah Norton was in constant contact with a helicopter pilot and photographer hired to capture the event and the image. The result...a picture and a memory that is sure to become part of the life and lore of this great congregation. But it wasn't only the moment that created community...it was the praying, the planning and the execution that brought people together for something BIG.
Kingsway's Kevin Carr and Sue Powers led the way and led the teams. Others in the congregation marked the field, donated a areal lift, set up tables, helped the senior members get in place, passed out shirts and the list goes on. Big events are worth doing - when the time and the opportunity are right.
For Kingsway's 35th Anniversary this was just one of many ways they celebrated. More than a stunt, or a clever piece of buzz marketing in their community, this big k logo is a living stone - a memorial to what God has done in this congregation in Avon, Indiana. Big. Fun. Memorable.
Thanks Kingsway for letting Fishhook be a part of this celebration.