** Update**Opryland Hotel is closed indefinitely, The Pearl Event has been postponed and all tickets have been refunded as of 1:45 p.m. on May 4, 2010.
Good Morning....It has been exactly one week since my last post and I can hardly believe what has happened since then. By now most of you have heard about the complete devastation that has hit the Nashville area. So many precious people have lost everything they own and most did not have flood insurance. And I do mean they have lost everything. It is absolutely heartbreaking. In addition, many schools, churches and businesses are under water and included in this crisis is The Opryland Hotel~ The venue scheduled to host the next Pearl Event. It is safe to say that this is no longer our location and most likely we are going to have to cancel the June 26th event and postpone it until we figure out Plan B~ A new venue and or city, etc.
I do not know Pete Wilson but he is the author of this newly released book which I will be purchasing and is the very loved Pastor to Cross Point Church in Nashville where they already have a tremendous relief effort underway. You can find out more here. We are planning to send and help in every way we can as we have a special connection to that city and the people who call it home. Would you help too?
I would love to hear yours. Please feel free to leave a comment or you can also e-mail me if you have some ideas, thoughts, advice, etc. Brainstorming is a wonderful thing.
Here are some of my own thoughts....
From what we understand so much of the Nashville area is completely flooded that it would be nearly impossible to find another venue right now. We also do not know that it is possible to host something in Nashville in even 50 or so days from now.
My heart is for the families who are hurting, broken and feeling abandoned by the Father right now...
I would rather help with relief efforts somehow than plan the next Pearl Event. Mr. P and G feels that 50 days from now this would be something people need and it would be welcomed and well received. That during times like this, people more than ever need the reminder that God is for them and that He loves them - no matter what the circumstances.
We hosted the last event in a hotel and were planning to do the same thing with this one so that it is on neutral ground- so to speak. So many have been hurt by the church and many others are afraid to attend an event held at a church for fear of being pulled into whatever that specific denomination is. If that makes sense....so we tried to be sensitive to those things and hosted the event at a hotel instead. T.P.E. is a non-denominational event. I would love to host the event at a church but these things are on my heart.... Thoughts?
We could move the event to Birmingham or Atlanta, but I would most likely not be able to start from scratch and still keep the same date. Does anyone have connections or know of a church or venues in those two cities that would welcome The Pearl Event? Thoughts?
Thinking of postponing the event until Sept. or Oct. ~ but kids are back in school then and so are those busy and full schedules. Thoughts?
My apologies for how "all over the place" this post is but my heart is heavy and I wanted to connect with you all and see if we could brainstorm together.
In addition those of you who have already purchased your tickets we will get a refund to you this week, unless a miracle happens with a new venue for June 26th. I want to thank you all so much for your love, support, encouragement and willingness to help, etc. Thank you sweet friends.
Here is a short video clip of the Hotel damage so you can get an idea. Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Green
Will write again soon with some new ideas. Blessings sweet readers and please keep all of the Nashville families in your prayers....