On the first Friday of September (the 3rd), Upper Room will be hosting Kyle Rictor in concert. This will be our 3rd concert at the Upper Room, and we’re finding that our space is a great, intimate place to listen to good music. After Kyle finishes his set, the concert moves next door to PD’s Pub, where The Cowboy Relics (featuring Upper Room’s own Jordan Otto on bass) will be playing. For more information, check out the Facebook Event page. Come out and bring your friends to have some fun and hear some good music!
(Note: This is re-posted from Upper Room’s website.)
Two international students from China visited Upper Room this past Sunday. Both are new to the US and had never visited a church before. They had heard the name Jesus but didn’t know anything about who he is. Basically, their only exposure to Christianity before Sunday had been what they’d seen in western movies.
In fact, when our friend Peter asked them where they wanted to sit, they surveyed the eclectic assortment of chairs in our space and pointed to the old pew in the back. “Let’s sit there. That’s what the seats are like in the movies.”
We had heard in advance that they would be visiting us, so as a gesture of hospitality, Mike pasted Chinese translations of the scripture passages for the day into the slideshow. They were happily surprised to see it on the screen, and participated in the service attentively.
Obviously, we wanted their visit to provide a good first impression of the Church, and not just our church, but the whole worldwide Church. So was it a good impression?
As they were getting in a friend’s car to leave after the service, one was overheard saying to the other, “I think church is less about the building and more about the people who believe in Jesus.”
Yes, I would definitely say that’s a good first impression.
When Eileen and I lived in Boulder, we had the pleasure of hearing Trace Bundy play guitar several times. Simply put, he’s amazing. This weekend, he’s coming to Pittsburgh! The show is at 8:30 at the Rex Theater (1602 E. Carson) on Saturday August 7th. For more information check out www.tracebundy.com or visit the Facebook event page.