Well, as I mentioned on Sunday, it’s time for me take some time to refresh and recharge my body, soul, and spirit. Mark 6:31 “Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”
So, although I will not be traveling to far off and exotic lands, I will be taking some extended time out of the office and out of the pulpit. It’s something I’ve been planning to do for some months now, having talked to both pastors and deacons about it. The biggest reason I didn’t announce it to the whole church sooner, is that I don’t think it’s right or spiritually healthy for members to decide if they will be faithful to our worship on the basis on who is doing the preaching. This is especially true when we have so many excellent preachers and teachers within the ministry team. So, you will be in good hands the Sundays I am gone, very good hands.
Last week our teens, along with many willing adults, joined together for a home mission’s project to renovate the youth room. It was a wonderful success. Lots of kids, lots of adults, lots of work, lots of progress, lots of fun, lot’s of healthy interaction, and lots of hope about future ministry characterized the week. Under PT2′s leadership, the team came together, worked together, and got more done and done faster than they had planned. Oh, and no injuries a band aid wouldn’t fix! Praise the Lord! Thank you to all of you who helped, gave, and prayed! It was really quite a wonderful thing to see.
This week has just begun with the first day of Vacation Bible School. So far the registration is up and right now there are around 250 kids having a great time singing, playing, hearing Bible stories…hearing the gospel. It’s really great to see. Please keep all the men and women serving in this year’s VBS in your prayers this week. Keep praying for the gospel to transform hearts this week. Also, please pray for our mission’s team heading to Peru on Friday. They will be serving with Stan and Ruth Templeton in a new church plant in Lima.
Oh, and please keep praying for the young men who are right now or just about to be engaged in military training and service. Tim Severance is off to the Air Force Academy. Bobby Will, Bob Plank, and our son Stephen are at Fort Lewis in Washington State for ROTC training. Nate Bergey is in basic training. Briggs Faucette and Tyler Bradshaw left for the Marines yesterday. Dave Hunsberger leaves for service this week and Evan Youtz leaves in a couple of weeks. You know that these young men and their families will be very grateful for your prayer support.
Well, have a great time worshipping together this week. I REALLY HATE missing Sunday services here, but I’ll be back! That’s a promise or a warning J!