Chuck: What’s up? Alright. Alright. You ready? Pete: You should have run FB slot right–start a new church–316 post. Chuck: What now? Pete: Nevermind, go long. Hail Mary. Mr. Riley: Okay, okay. Chuck: Sorry I’m late. Daniel: Oh come on. Flag on the play, roughing the passover. Mr. Riley: Okay, ladies and gentlemen, this is what we have been working toward. Chuck: Oh wow, we jumping right in. Mr. Riley: Yes we are; it’s time. We ready to vote? Okay. Bathroom break. Coffee went right through me. Hannah: TMI, Mr. Riley. Mr. Riley: I will be back in five minutes, then the vote. Chuck: Do the ole end-a-round, Mr. Riley? Mr. Riley: Enough with the games, Chuck. Daniel: I wonder what he’s thinking. Hannah: Close the church. Daniel: I just think after all these years.. Ms. Beasley: What do you think, Glenda? I have to tell you, this vote makes me nervous. Is this the end of Park Grove Community Church? Should we close the doors? Glenda: Of course not. We should never close our doors. Or should we? Ms. Beasley: Oh brother, you still don’t know, do you? After all the work we have done and all the meetings we’ve had. Well, what do you think we should do? Daniel: What’s he thinking? Chuck: What?! I don’t know. I–I can’t read. Daniel: Well, is Mr. Riley gonna vote to close Park Grove or not? Chuck: I don’t know. And I usually do know what he’s thinking. Daniel: Because usually he can’t wait to tell us. Chuck: Right, usually. Not this time. Mr. Riley: We give up. We surrender. I give up. What are we supposed to do? I’m listening. Pete: Amen. Daniel: Come on, Chuck. You have already looked at it. What does Mr. Riley say? Chuck: Nope; it’s none of my business. Daniel: It’s all of your business. Chuck: Besides that is not going to tell us how is going to vote. Hannah: I’m reading here about how sometimes when a church is declining, it can merge with another church. Yeah, two declining
churches share one facility. It’s called a vital merger strategy that rarely works.
Even with a name as compelling as vital merger strategy. Ms. Beasley: And what churches in our area do you think would want to do that? Hannah: No one. Brenda: What about other other churches sponsoring us. I’ve heard their churches that do that. Chuck: Yeah that’s called parent churches or partner churches. And
it could work, but it would take quite a long tim, besides we’ve gone through all
these before. Hannah: And time really isn’t on our side, we all know that. Daniel: Guys, guys. You gotta see this the life go Riley right here. Its a bunch of old agendas and stuff. Chuck: Look at that: hospitality. That was our our first meeting. Daniel: And if I recall, it wasn’t even on the agenda. Ms. Beasley: Well, until Chuck invited us to his restaurant table and served up a dose of hospitality. Chuck: What do we have here? Evangelism. Daniel: Well, well. well. This is actually an impressive drawing. Mr. Riley’s a regular Van– Mr. Riley: –gouh. I’m a van go, go. Ms. Beasley, you remember? Fantastic. You want one? Want me to make you a drawing? I’ll frame it for you, leave it at your house. Maybe tomorrow morning around 4:30, when I’m jogging though neighborhood. Daniel: Okay, Mr. Riley. Mr. Riley: It’s not a problem for me. Daniel: Let’s just get back to the meeting. Mr. Riley: Want the original? Daniel: Lets just get back to the meeting. Mr. Riley: We can do that too. Fantastic. Daniel: It was actually a pretty decent drawing of fluffy. Mr. Riley: Furball. Glenda: It’s actually fluffy. Chuck: Well, I for one would just like to thank everyone and remind everyone of all the hard work that we put in here. Mr. Riley: Yes, yes. We all agree with that sentiment, but now it is time for the
final vote. Chuck: Sure, I would–I would hate to see all of our hard work go to waste. Ms. Beasley: I’m with Chuck. Mr. Riley: Ladies and gentlemen, please. As we discussed earlier in light of the annual stewardship campaign not reaching the
goals that we all agreed upon– Glenda: –but, maybe we should give it more time. Mr. Riley: Please, we agreed we were out of time. It’s up to
the vote: either we find a new pastor, start a new church, or we close the the doors forever. Chuck: Start a new church? Mr. Riley: I’m sorry? What did you say? Hannah: No, Mr. Rile,y what did you just say? Ms. Beasley: You said start a new church. Mr. Riley: Yeah that’s right: start a new church–is that what I said? We need to rethink this. Chuck: Rethink church. Mr. Riley: Yes, we can do that right here, can’t we? All the work that we’ve done
together does not need to be thrown away. Mr. Riley: Rebirth. Right here. Hannah: In this old dump? Mr. Riley: Old wineskins will not do. Chuck: Mr. Riley is right. Daniel: Old wineskins. Ms. Beasley: You know, the biblical reference. Mr. Riley is on a role, let him go. Mr. Riley: Yes, we have done a lot of good work. a lot of good work that needs to be implemented. Team H.O.P.E. Ms. Beasley: Hospitality, opportunity, purpose, and engagement. H.O.P.E. Chuck: It’s all part of a new direction, a new team. Chuck: We will run the ole FB slot right–start a new church–316 post. Mr. Riley: I like it, heads up. Glenda: What is that supposed to mean? Chuck: I have no idea. Hannah: And we can fix this place up. A fresh start, a new look. Daniel: A new pastor. Hannah: And I have some ideas about a new gathering place. I would like to share those with you guys. Daniel: Like the ones that you have been talking about at our Bible study? Hannah: Yes. Ms. Beasley: The one you and your wife started at your house? Daniel: Yes, guys we have grown so big that we’re already looking for a new home to meet in. I mean, we averaged thirty to forty
different people twice a month. And Hannah has been sharing some pretty cool ideas about changing this place, giving it a fresh look. Hannah: And they have all been saying that they will come to church. Mr. Riley: Okay, I have seen new people
in worship but I didn’t realize–you’re saying they came from your Bible study?
Daniel: That’s right, I think they would be thrilled to hear that we’re working with
the new pastor instead of changing up our preacher week-to-week. Guys, I really think that we can do this. Mr. Riley: New leadership. That’s what we need. We step aside, let Daniel and Hannah’s group find a new pastor, keep bringing in new people, launched a new community of followers
maybe next fall, what do you think? Ms. Beasley: Are you being serious, Mr Riley? Daniel: Wow, where do that come from? Mr. Riley: Well, it makes sense doesn’t it? New pastor, new quarterback–follow Chuck’s them here–and we have plenty of plays to get you started. Chuck: That’s the spirit, Mr. Riley. Mr. Riley: Well, it’s time. It’s time.
Make way for younger leadership some of which is on our committee right here. Daniel, Hannah, what do you think? From
your Bible study, a foundation to build upon. I’m here you have any
questions. I’m still on the team, we all are right? Just more on the sidelines. Chuck: We won’t in your way. Daniel: Wow. Mr. Riley: I vote we not only keep the church open, but that we start a new church right here. It’s like what little Elijah did in
the Bible, right? He passed on the legacy of his ministry to Elisha. I’m not
saying I’m like… You get it. Pete: Touchdown.