You know what’s cool?  All the bionic enhancements that are available to people now.  We’ve got or are working on hearing aids that can be implanted under the skin, mechanical eyes, arms, hands, legs and feet.  A defibrillator can be implanted that monitors a heart and when it sees it’s stopped can send a jolt to it to keep going.  Devices can be implanted to make sure other organs are functioning properly or to administer a certain amount of drugs when they’re needed, so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with all your prescription pills.  You can even get an exoskeleton to help you move and lift things.  Chips can be implanted into the brain to control electronic devices, and of course there’s the RFID chip, which is something I’m not entirely comfortable with.  Aside from it being similar to the Mark of the Beast I also don’t like the idea of having something implanted in me that can give off information to whoever has the equipment to access it.

On to today.  Not too much to go on about, really.  We stopped by Wal-Mart and picked something up, along with some toothpaste, then went to small group at McAllisters.  Rob Peterson and Kristen Barriner weren’t there, and neither were Justin and Lisa Hauenstein, who were celebrating their three year anniversary today, so happy anniversary to the two of them.  Lisa was actually scheduled for an ultrasound today, but Justin e-mailed me tonight that it was moved to Monday.  The anticipation has to suck for her.

Small group was pretty good.  Elliot Clark and Melissa Nicholson were there for the first time in several weeks, and Elliot in particular seemed to be really happy to be back.  I think the discussion flowed pretty well.

Kyle Van Zandt made a suggestion that we meet at the beach sometime and do a guys-girls split group thing.  I like the beach idea and said we should split after the current series is over.

Mike and Kaitlyn Boscaljon won’t be around the next two weeks.  They’re heading to Iowa for Mike’s brother’s wedding next Tuesday I think and won’t be back until the following Wednesday.  They’ll be the tannest people in Iowa, I’m thinking.  We’re planning on all getting out to the beach again this weekend.

As I type this I’m playing a game called Widelands.  My cousin, David Cherryholmes, mentioned it.  It’s a free real time strategy game.  I’m slowly getting the hang of it, but my issue is that there are just so many different buildings, which is fine, but there’s not any good tooltip that tells you what it costs or what building it will enable for you, or what its resources are used for.  Too much guesswork, unless you’ve played it a lot before.

Tomorrow we’re going out to dinner for Amy Warkentein’s birthday, then on Friday night, as a volunteer at Port City Community Church, I’ll be going to an orientation of sorts for all the production team.  We’ll get updated on a bunch of stuff, get a new shirt and I think even a track jacket plus get a tour of the new building.

Speaking of the new building, it seems some people have an issue with it, and if they’re uninformed I can understand that.  What some people see is that this giant building is being built that costs who-knows how much.  (Actually it’s about $14 million.)  So shouldn’t that money be spent on charity and the like.  Yes, it should, but what people don’t know or don’t get is all the stuff that PC3 is doing.  The church is very active in the community and abroad.  There are mission trips in to Biloxi, Mississippi to help places that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.  There are mission tips to the Congo and to Ukraine and to Costa Rica.  We support an orphanage in Africa and have spent money on building and furnishing it, not to mention providing it with things to keep it running.

So if we’re able to do all that what’s the point in spending so much money on a building?  Well, for one thing I have no idea how much money is spent on maintaining all the offices and places that are used currently.  I know there’s at least the offices off of Shipyard and Studio 3 and I don’t know if or how much is spent on using Roland-Grise, the middle school where the three live services are held, and Mayfaire, the movie theater where the previous week’s recorded service is shown twice on Sundays.  It’s also going to be much less of a drain on everyone.  Every week people, staff and volunteers, show up at 6:00 to set up everything at Roland-Grise and Mayfaire then tear it all down again when it’s done.

As Mike Ashcraft, our preacher, said this week, the building isn’t going to be the end of the journey, it’s just the next step.  There’s a tendency for people, once something big has been accomplished, so sit back and relax.  I don’t think that’s going to happen at PC3.

Zach Dotsey