Lawrenceville, GA (August 30, 1998)-The white office building does not look very inviting from the outside. But its utilitarian appearance gives way to a tastefully-appointed interior, featuring a wide hallway, bright and cheery classrooms, and well-decorated bulletin boards, and peopled with smiling folks welcoming newcomers.
Inside the auditorium, the utilitarian feel returns. The uncarpeted concrete floor combined with bare walls can cause a tremendous echoing effect. Girders adorn the ceiling.
It is no wonder that Ivy Creek Church desires to build its own facility. Towards that end, the congregation has purchased a piece of property on Georgia 124, northeast of Lawrenceville, county seat of burgeoning Gwinnett County.
Ivy Creek was founded in 1994 in the living room of Michael Rasmussen, then an Assistant Pastor at Perimeter Church. The church was organized in 1995.
The style of music offered in worship is contemporary, but its flavor is more mellow than that found in many other contemporary services. The worship team consists of four male vocalists-including Kellett Thomas, the Assistant Pastor-and five instrumentalists. On one of the songs, the clapping of hands provides percussion in addition to the drum.
The text of Exodus 19 is found in a bulletin insert; and Pastor Rasmussen refers to two or three of those verses during his message. However, there is no reading of Scripture during the public worship.
The pastor speaks of the Law of God and its benefit to the believer. The message is preparatory to a series on the Ten Commandments. Even during this message, mention is made of the first four commandments and the importance of focusing on and honoring the Lord.
"Do you love God? . . . Is your love for God warm or cold?", the preacher asks. His rhetorical challenge concludes: "Is your commitment to the Ten Commandments a package deal or is it an a la carte menu? . . . Do you put it through your mind that what's being tested here is your love for God?"
Efforts at having visitors return include a welcome
letter along with a stamped and addressed postal card asking for
comments. A pastoral phone call also welcomes first-time visitors.