It is Sunday night after the EXPO and I am so gratified at how things turned out this year! Once again Gophers showed up, ministry leaders showed up, and the SGT family showed up!
So many people have to come together to make the EXPO happen. My Administrative Assistant, Anna Choy, starts it off in May, methodically getting things in order. That process continues even until the day after the EXPO. We try to “wake up” the “EXPO brain” around that time too, making sure everyone knows the date of the event.
But really, August is ground zero for the EXPO. Calls to Tim and Rebekah Hoppe, David Rivera, and Jason Newell are important at that time so we can think about tweaking the set-up, recruiting Gophers, and planning the food menu. We start lining up the Variety Show in August as well. By this time most all of the ministry leaders have checked in, considered their booths, Blue Light Special ideas, etc.; special guests are usually secured by that time.
August is also time for the big blue EXPO banner in the main lobby which draws attention to sign-ups and the EXPO itself. By the end of the month the EXPO stencil is on the front and side entrance sidewalks
Set-up day—the day before the EXPO—is key! Without a good set-up plan and Gophers to execute the plan, there would not be an EXPO. Tim’s plan, Anna’s planning, and David’s availability make this possible!
Set-up-day evening is for ministry leaders! It’s when they set-up and get their exhibits ready (although this year several pushed it to Sunday morning! Hint hint!)
This year there were new ideas, new approaches (like the Home Missions Doll House, a different set-up and approach by The Center and also SGT Kids). There was also new variety—like Tony Carrozzo’s Exotic Snakes and Pastor Rich’s Missions Gadget Table. We also added Naomi Pierro’s show, a Mr. Softee truck, and the SGT Welcome App. And we began acclimating Maureen Arasmo to the Variety Show Emcee role.
I love it when the first service releases and the Exhibit area floods with the SGT family! From that point it’s busy for the rest of the day. The floor gets energized again when the second service lets out. For me, though, EXPO is constant trips between the office and the Exhibit floor, announcements in two services, all the while taking in the spectacle of the EXPO; the busy-ness of it. Talking to our people, checking in with various exhibits, appreciating our special guests, knowing all the time that I have to get focused on the Variety Show. (Among other things, I feel pressure because I try to open the show with comedy but I don’t really announce that I’m going to do stand-up comedy: it’s too much pressure!) Naomi’s show was great today and so was the Variety Show.
In the end, people come together and what we experience is the Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle at its best. No church is perfect. But you would be hard pressed to find a church with people who care more than the people involved in the ministries of SGT!
Thanks to all who played any part of this year’s EXPO! See you next year on September 16! (Save the date!)
Okay, I’m being silly, but it is true that the are lots of great freebies at the EXPO! Where can you grab hold of the goodies?
First: Check the ministry tables. There are usually plenty of fun and useful freebies to go around.
Second: Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the EXPO Blue Light Specials! There aren’t many but you just might be one of the winners!
Third: At the EXPO Variety Show we’re gonna play a game called “Gift or Gag.” There will be some good gifts and some “gag” gifts. If you don’t know what a gag gift is, come and find out!
Hi everybody! Two exciting things to share with you about the EXPO.
This year, we are adding a very special entertainment opportunity.
From 2:00 until 2:30 none other than Naomi Pierro will be showcasing her talents on the EXPO stage.
More information later on what you can expect from Naomi!
When people select the list of exhibitors, they can select your ministry and a whole page of information
will show up. So: send me your leader names, contact information, logo, website, description of your ministry.
We need this information no later than August 13! If you miss that deadline you may not be able to be included
- mainly because the company may not be able to update it in time. It’s a lot of information.
- But also because we have other important things to do and once we are done with this we may not be able to come back to it
You can include website links, video links, etc.
Okay, so get me your information!
It’s just a little over two months before the Fourth Annual SGT Ministry EXPO arrives! I hope you are excited about it! There are going to be some surprises this year that I am not quite ready to spring on you yet.
One of the things that I hope happens at this year’s EXPO is that ministry leaders and their teams will feel appreciated and honored. Of course, the purpose for the EXPO is to showcase ministries so that:
-Our congregation can discover new opportunities for ministry involvement
-People who need ministry will know where to get it
However, one of the byproducts of the EXPO –at least a possibility–is for the Gophers to be of service to and a blessing to our ministry leaders. In any case, at the heart of the EXPO is our ministries, their leaders, and the teams of people who make those ministries happen.
Stay tuned for more. Till then, brainstorm about how this year your ministry can be highlighted better than ever!
I hope all is well in your ministry world! Of course, you have more to do than to prepare for the EXPO. However, I hope you will see the EXPO as a way to tell the church what your ministry is all about and a way to recruit fellow laborers.
Sometimes, people at the EXPO sign up for involvement in ministries but when you try to contact them they either don’t remember or are no longer interested. That’s frustrating but it’s ok. That’s the way it is with people.
Look at the recruitment aspect of the EXPO like this: if you can find one or two people who will make a genuine commitment and become genuine parts of your ministry team, it will be worth all the effort you can put into being at your best when the EXPO rolls around on September 17!
Also, remember: we really do believe in prayer, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the field you are working in–and to use the EXPO to do it!
Just a friendly wake up call! This year’s EXPO will be held on September 17! Make plans now to have the best table ever!