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Monday, April 06, 2009

Easter Under the Tent 2009!

Our crew has been hard at work, and the Easter tent is up and ready for services on Sunday! To me, the big, white tent—this year spanning more than one acre—is always a special symbol of our church coming together to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As you’ve probably noticed, the tent is a little different this year… It is called a Clearspan Maxi-beam Structure. The tent we’ve used the past several years was a one-of-a-kind pole tent, the largest in the country… But because of its age and wear, and because traditional pole tents like it are less preferred to modern clearspan structures, the company who owned the tent destroyed it. One of the benefits of the new structure is that there are zero interior poles, which means no visual obstructions. There are even skylights!

The tent measures 360’ x 140’ and has a vertical height of 37’ at its apex. It took about four days to erect. Because there are no interior poles in the tent, all media equipment such as screens, speakers, and lighting must be “flown,” or clamped to the roof beams, with all wires and cables exiting the tent through the roof.

Riggers worked through the weekend so that the chairs could be set up this week. There will be 6,837 seats under the tent plus an additional 1,922 seats outside along the tent perimeter. To meet fire code, each chair must be strapped to another. Volunteer crews—including Vintage Ministry and staff kids—will be doing this throughout the week.

I hope you will join us UNDER THE TENT this Sunday and INVITE as many of your friends and family as possible for an awesome celebration with some amazing worship music and the message of the true meaning of Easter, the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Campus: Porter Ranch
Easter Services: 8:30 & 10:30am
Location (address): 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, Ca 91326
Free Continental Breakfast, Children’s programs, and ample parking

Campus: Westside
Easter Service: 12:00 pm
Location (address): Wadsworth Theatre, in Brentwood, California
Free Continental Breakfast starting at 11:00 am

1 comment:

Fred Blattner said...

We are having Easter Services down at Shepherd Woodland Hills, too! The times are 9:30 and 11:00 AM and we meet at Woodland Hills Academy down on DeSoto just across from Kaiser hospital.