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Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 5:43 p.m.

Mill Creek's 'pretty goofy' pastors

Gold Creek Community Church rap video message: Get back to church

  • Gold Creek Community Church pastors Larry Ehoff (left), Dan Kellogg, Blake Caldwell and videographer Chris Meurer recently produced a rap video featur...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Gold Creek Community Church pastors Larry Ehoff (left), Dan Kellogg, Blake Caldwell and videographer Chris Meurer recently produced a rap video featuring the three pastors urging people to get back to church following the sunny summer.

  • Videographer Chris Meurer adjusts a microphone for pastor Larry Ehoff while working on the week's news video Tuesday at Gold Creek Community Church in...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Videographer Chris Meurer adjusts a microphone for pastor Larry Ehoff while working on the week's news video Tuesday at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek. The church recently produced a rap video featuring the three pastors urging people to get back to church following the sunny summer.

  • Head pastor Dan Kellogg records a radio spot Sept. 11 at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Head pastor Dan Kellogg records a radio spot Sept. 11 at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek.

  • Gold Creek Community Church pastor Larry Ehoff works with videographer Chris Meurer on the week's news video Tuesday at Gold Creek Community Church in...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Gold Creek Community Church pastor Larry Ehoff works with videographer Chris Meurer on the week's news video Tuesday at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek. The church recently produced a rap video featuring the three pastors urging people to get back to church following the sunny summer.

  • Jason Hippe (left, in silhouette) adjusts an iPad being used as a teleprompter as pastor Larry Ehoff rehearses his lines while filming the weekly news...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Jason Hippe (left, in silhouette) adjusts an iPad being used as a teleprompter as pastor Larry Ehoff rehearses his lines while filming the weekly news video Sept. 11 at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek. The church recently produced a rap video featuring the three pastors urging people to get back to church following the sunny summer.

MILL CREEK -- If you think you've heard every catchy way to try to lure you back to a pew after losing yourself in the joys of summer, get ready for a surprise.
Pastors at Gold Creek Community Church have produced a rap-style video, using syncopated beats and upping the attitude to help spread their message: Get back to church.
"We been workin' real hard at GC Church
Making plans for the fall at the GC Church
It's gonna be epic, got write this down
You won't want to miss, gotta stay in town ..."
For video segments, they jumped into a long, black '66 Pontiac Tempest convertible for a drive through downtown Mill Creek and visited local outdoor hotspots, including Leavenworth and Deception Pass.
People reacted with laughs and startled looks as they watched three of church's pastors act out their roles.
"We looked pretty goofy," said Dan Kellogg, 54, Gold Creek's founding pastor. "We did have fun. We laughed a lot."
It took about six weeks and hours and hours of filming to produce the three-and-a-half minute video, which is posted on You Tube.

"If you watch the video, you'll notice there's one person a little off beat and a little out of synch," Kellogg said. "My initial reaction was, 'I'm not sure I can do that.' It took a lot longer for me to lay down the track than anyone else."
At Deception Pass, they happened to encounter a busload of Japanese tourists who took pictures of the video-in-the making.
The church had talked for several years about trying to make a video with the back-to-church message, said Larry Ehoff, co-pastor.
Ehoff, 51, participated in a Christian rock band in the 1980s, but had never tried writing with the rhyming lyrics that would turn into a rap song.
"A lot of responses we got are from parents who say their kids are watching it now," Ehoff said.
With school back in session, he said the idea was to give people a reminder that the bell wasn't just ringing for back to school.
Members of the church's congregation reacted with laughter and applause when they previewed the video earlier this month, he said.
Gold Creek wanted people to know their presence is missed, Kellogg said.
"A lot of people have had childhood church experiences and never returned," he said. "Some people took the whole summer off. We're lovingly telling them to get back to church.
"We're always looking for a fun way to invite outsiders in and insiders back," he said. "This is kind of a core value in our church. We have a lot of fun."
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or salyer@heraldnet.com
Dental day
A free dental day, to provide treatment to children and adults, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Gold Creek Community Church, 4326 148th St. in Mill Creek.
Services included dental assessments, cleanings, X-rays, fillings and minor extractions. One free dental service will be provided for each person. Patients will be treated on a first come, first served basis.
Lyrics to Gold Creek's rap-style video
Hey we're making some noise in the 425
And to 206
And even to 360
Yo — We been playan all summer going here and there
Not worrying bout nothing not even a care
But the summers winding down and ends in sight
Things about to get normal about to get right
Been tarp camping in the rain, up in Deception Pass
You been sunning yourself in the Leavenworth grass
Did a little summer hike to the Reineer Peak
Went to concerts in the street down in ole Mill Creek
But it's Time
To get yourself back to Church
To get yourself back to Church
Oh it's time
To get yourself back to Church
Yep it's time
To get yourself back to Church
Listen to the flow at the Creek
Listen to the flow at the Creek
We been work real hard at GC Church
Making plans for the fall at the
GC Church
It's gonna be epic, got write this down
You won't want to miss, gotta stay in town
We got your brand new series in fresh Kidz zone
Rockin the big top, won't want to stay at home
From the tweens, J High and the and the Upper Class
We're so polished up that it will cut glass
Were my kids at!
Were my kids at!
Were my kids at!
Were my kids at!
Were my kids at!
No seriously where are my kids?
But it's Time
To get yourself back to Church
To get yourself back to Church
Oh it's time
To get yourself back to Church
Yep it's time
To get yourself back to Church
Events are planned, you gotta be there
Special speakers are booked, breathe the fresh air
Events will be crackin, like you've never seen
Fall will be rollin with a brand new sheen
We are revin up, the Adult domain
Sermons getting better you'll never be the same
Kicking up the Worship, you won't want to miss
New video guy rockin, his name is Chris!

(Screechhhhhhhhhhhh)
Hi I'm Chris
But it's Time
To get yourself back to Church
To get yourself back to Church
Oh it's time
To get yourself back to Church
Yep it's time
To get yourself back to Church
Listen to the flow at the Creek
Listen to the flow at the Creek
Listen to the flow at the Creek
Listen to the flow at the Creek
But it's Time
To get yourself back to Church
To get yourself back to Church
Oh it's time
To get yourself back to Church
Yep it's time
To get yourself back to Church
Listen to the flow at the Creek
Listen to the flow at the Creek
Listen to the flow at the Creek
Listen to the flow at the Creek



Story tags » Mill CreekChurches

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