According to my friend Haley, Twirl is like a mashup of The Ellen Show and church. We do Twirl a couple times a year at The Crossing Church. If you missed it and have a bit of time on your hands...
Music doesn't sound great on recordings without some extra work, so we started the video after the opening stuff...and after my husband turned my mic on...with his hand down the back of my dress...onstage... <so awesomely awkward> <fun times>
I loved what Lisa Snyder had to say before the offering, so I asked the video team to give us that little segment:
Lisa's husband, Pastor Ted, brought down the house with Dream On at the end of Twirl. We have asked them to mix it and release it because it was SO AWESOME - so that'll be coming soon.
Here's what happened the day of Twirl...
Twirl was on April Fool's Day. I arrived at the church that morning to find this taped to the doors.
It's incredible how many thoughts can buzz through one's brain during the space of reading 10 words. By the time I got to the Twirl part, I knew it was a joke (since they wouldn't do that without me) - but the beginning freaked me out.
ERIC SANDSTROM, God will get you back for me. Since I have no hope of beating you in a prank war.
The craziest part of Twirl (for the staff) this time was that we unexpectedly sold out of seats. Our newly expanded auditorium at the Elk River campus does the job on the weekends when we have 3 services to spread everybody out, but when all the ladies get together for Twirl, well, apparently we'll have to limit the number of tickets from now on. Eric and Pastor Bruce had "fun" on Monday figuring out how to expand our seating capacity to fit everyone. Twirl night now holds the record for the number of people at The Crossing for a single service.
Mad props to all the Heroes who cared for kiddos during Twirl. There were over 225 children in the house! That's a record. They had those children for more than 2.5 hours and didn't have to page a mother during the entire event. Way to go, guys! The kiddos got to watch Frozen & had a fun photo op of their own.
This is Jadelyn, one of our staff kiddos & one of my favorite little Twirl girls.
During Twirl, we did a 60-second Dance Party to HAPPY. This is a shot from one of the Heroes in the production booth. It's a Facebook post. Hope you can open it. :)
Chasing Happiness is the name of our Easter series this year. We showed the promo for Easter at Twirl. Ladies, since you got to meet Mac the Intern, I thought you might like to know that he's "Happy" in this vid:
At Twirl, I introduced everyone to Jenny from The Exchange Church. They feed needy people in Minneapolis, and we did a silent auction of our Twirl props to help pay for several weeks' worth of meals. If you have any corporate connections to help sponsor their monthly adopt-a-block meals, please contact Pastor Eric & Angie Whitman (use link above).
We also talked with Pastor Britney who heads up The Crossing College, about how she followed God and found herself living her dream. (We're now accepting applications for next year!)
We talked about doing what you dream, and many women shared your dreams with us on your cards. We read them and prayed for you. Many women have sent us emails about how they were blessed by Twirl, too, and we have loved hearing your stories of God-winks and inspiration!
The lobby was jam-packed, full of energy (thanks DJ John Guertin) and delicious food (thanks to all the volunteer chefs and heroes who served).
In The Shop, we released my new book The Simple Journal (a great way to spend time with God each day 4:1 month!) and Lisa Snyder's book, I Think, Therefore: My Home. We had lots of jewelry and beautiful items from Haiti, which benefits Haiti 2 ways: 1. We buy from The Apparent Project IN Haiti, which helps their initiatives and economy, and 2. We sell it at a profit, to benefit The Crossing's orphanage.
We also had lots of really cool decor created by Michelle Yackel for The Crossing. Michelle has an Etsy site as well. She also gave the Twirl girls a discount code TWIRL2014, good for the month of April.
If you didn't get a chance to shop or get your Twirl shirt because the lobby was SO CRAZY, we'll have a selection of cool stuff at all campuses this weekend. We'll also have some extra Do What You Dream frames available--you can keep one at work and one at home!
The next Twirl is tentatively scheduled for August 5 (my birthday week!). It will have a Country theme (Boondocks, anyone?... 5-inch booger? Ya had to be there...). And this time, you know you'll have to get your tickets early.
It was impossible for me to meet all you new ladies on Twirl night, so if you're at the Elk River campus this weekend, come & say hi! Let's do life following God's dreams together!