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How are you supposed to bring in your New year? With inspiration of course. Honey, when I tell you that I am nourished and fed its a fact not a statement. No, I am not talking about food. Let me explain.
Instead of going to a club to reign in the new year 2020 full of selfish shallow club goers I decided to hit an organized club called a church. And let me tell you, it was worth every minute. It wasn't just any church either. The church is called Eagles Nest in Alpharetta, Georgia right outside downtown Atlanta.
The building is immaculate, tasteful, well thought out, and skillfully planned. You can tell a lot of consideration and money went into the building. From the moment you pull up you see contemporary glass and cement buildings along with organized traffic directors. The interior is fully decorated with century modern furniture. Kids side as well the adults church just a few yards away. And to add they are very high tech when it comes to ways to collect tithes and even to check in children.
However, this is besides the actual point here. The true winners are the church goers of Eagles Nest. Everyone was so friendly from the moment you walk through the door. Each interaction was meaningful, wholesome, and genuine. It almost felt like you were there with your grandma and aunts back in the 1990s but with a younger crowd of 30-65 year old. It felt familiar close to a family atmosphere like you've gone there for years.
Let's face it, the New Year Extravaganza was all about the music. From beginning to end every song was a hit. The choir, i would not call them a choir, but they could lay down some vocals and own the stage. They sang clean cover songs like "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas and a few others I have not heard in years like. They absolutely nailed every song they sang with a live band. I never thought some of the songs played could correlate to God but sure enough they do. They even played some oldies but goodies too like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Everyone was dancing almost like we were at someones wedding in our chairs and just having a grand time.
Who stole the show? I don't know his name and wish I could tell you. Luckily I have videos you can see here.
But Apparently, the guy can sing. He hit just about every octave available on the musical scale. Even when changed songs he started talking while playing the piano in perfect sync. Talented isn't even the right word. Check out the video of what I DID capture while there.
All in all, I will be back to this church. Did I mention it's Black-owned?? I've never seen a church of this statue, uniqueness, and organization be Black-owned. I have to say they have officially raised the bar here. To add, no church exists in Atlanta like this one. That is coming from me, the one who has visited nearly 10 churches over the years.
Anyhow, the actual pastor, Pastor Jenkins, knows how to put on a message. Not only was he not using an obvious teleprompter, but he actually used no notes. No ipad, no phone, no pad of paper. This guy was funny, intriguing, and relatable. Outside of the traditional tithing structure in place (and outside of the digital collection option through application) the message was inspiring.
It spoke to the issues of the Black community that plagues us like a bad habit.That is PAIN. Yeah I said it, "PAIN." Let me say it one more time for the folks in the back. PAIN. We deal with pain by sweeping it under the rug and keep going. And before you know it it finds a way to peep its ugly head right back at you. NO matter how far you run from it, it comes back in another way. It could end up being put in use against people you love and even push you into a deep dark philosophical hole that swallow you live until you are ready to come up again. But dealing with that pain is key to moving forward and not letting that experience become who you are.
I can go on and on about how motivating this is to hear. Someone else needs to understand this with me. Going into 2020 this will be the start of your life and taking into your own hands. Carpe Diem!!
To sum up what he said: