Second to the Fall/Autumn, the Spring is my “next” favorite time of year…except for the lawn mowing season starting up again. This past weekend Pastor Troy, Pastor Tim II, and I were down in Washington DC to attend a pastors’ training event. It lasted from Thursday evening until Monday morning…so that’s why we weren’t here on Sunday. It was a great time of fellowship for the three of us, a great time of learning, thinking, planning, and worshipping together. The Lord really used this time in my own life to help clarify and motivate progress in living out the New Testament more and more in the life of our church. We all got back safe and sound Monday at noon.
I got back to great reports about services here last Sunday, hearing very positive comments about Pastor Brian’s preaching and Sunday evening CBI. When I walked into the building yesterday, I did catch the end of a pastors’ seminar/fellowship here in our fellowship hall, sponsored by our seminary. There was a great crowd of pastors there enjoying a lot of fellowship…that’s code for a bunch of food and lively conversation. It was great to see and hear.
I spent this morning studying, finishing Sunday morning’s message (which I’d like to preach right now if I could) and taking care of daily correspondence. It would be a great idea for you to read through Acts 16 to prepare your hearts and minds for the preaching on Sunday. Tonight and Friday night I will be meeting with families in the church in different “neighborhoods”, talking about what God is doing here and answering questions. If you would be interested in hosting one of these neighborhood conversations, you could let Ray Chiang know, since he’s doing the organizational stuff…I’m just the pretty face…sort of.
Well, I pray that you are planning to be here with us Sunday. Please remember that we have a special sacrificial emphasis in our giving this week, giving over and above our normal giving to move us from a deficit to a surplus position in our financial and ministry plans. We can certainly do this together. We certainly can’t do this alone. See you Sunday, Lord willing.