Sunday, September 21, 2008

Day in DC

We decided to finally take the girls into DC for a Sunday of fun. We've been telling them about this church that meets in Union Station, so today we took them. We met up with an old friend, Kellan, at National Community Church, and fed the homeless. I think the girls really enjoyed that. Then we went to church - it was awesome!! Loved the worship, loved the speaking, which was on video. We didn't have a chance to really meet or talk to anyone but spent some time with Kellan and another old friend, Taylor. It was really sweet.

Mark Batterson is the pastor of National Community Church, which started at the theater in Union station and now has three more locations, each at a major metro (train) station movie theater as well as their coffee shop, Ebenezers, located next to Union Station. Strategically, it doesn't get much better than this. Easy access, no building ownership (something we've been questioning ourselves), other than the coffee shop, multi-site, reaching out... and the homeless ministry? We went up one escalator, walked out to the street and the homeless came to us. This is an easy, regular connection with these folks - just amazing. They serve dinner with a Bible study on Wednesdays, lunch on Sundays and they know many of those they serve by name. Great venue.

After our NCC experience, we took the girls on a DC Duckboat tour. That was fun, informative and not nearly the aquatic adventure I assumed it would be. I believe we spent about 10 minutes on the Potomac River.... but at least we got T to go! We also got these cute "quackers" that amazingly the girls haven't completely annoyed us with! The price tag was outrageous, but if you like that kind of thing, you'd likely enjoy it. Of course, if you visit DC, we'll tell you everything we learned on that tour - for free! ;-)

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