Happy Thanksgiving! May you have a blessed day with your family. Psalm 651 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion,and to you shall vows be performed.5 By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,O God of our salvation,the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas;6 the one… Continue reading Thanksgiving 2021
Last week I accomplished my primary tasks. I spent the first half of the week preparing the December newsletter. The postal service has been slow all year, and with the holidays approaching, it was important to get this to the printers soon. The last half of the week was devoted to preparing my sermon for… Continue reading November 14, 2021 — At home
Last week held the standard ministry events: Sunday School class, meeting with our pastor, Bible study, Leadership Development course, administrative work. The big highlight was the Mid-Atlantic student training conference on Saturday. We began at 8:00 AM, so I drove to Newark, Delaware on Friday. Good thing. An Amazon Prime tractor trailer was stranded in… Continue reading November 7, 2021 — Training Conference
Last week was peaceful. I taught my Sunday School class and led the Bible study on worship as usual. I also worked on my leadership development course and plugged away on administrative matters. I created a devotional guide for families to use at Thanksgiving. Click here. Things ramp up now. I'll be teaching at a… Continue reading October 31, 2021 — Gearing Up
Our visitors are gone. Last week featured a more normal schedule: class on worship, meeting with our pastor, Bible study in Daniel, misc. odds and ends. A lot of odds and ends! I guess the pace of life had been more tiring than I realized -- I took a nap Friday afternoon! We spent an… Continue reading October 24, 2021 — Fall Routine
Yesterday was packed with visitors! Ruth stayed at church for a baby shower for a young mother-to-be in our congregation. She returned home just in time to welcome Josh and Alexi Callen and their two boys. Josh and Alexi were dedicated members of our ministry at Lehigh University and we hadn't seen them for a… Continue reading October 18, 2021 — Children!
We dropped Stephen off at the airport Wednesday morning a week and a half ago. That gave me half of a week to finish my regular tasks and prepare for a celebration at my childhood church. On Saturday (October 2) I attended the men's breakfast at our church, worked on list of outdoor chores, and… Continue reading October 10, 2021 — Comings and Goings
Last week was anchored by the fixed events: Sunday School lesson on worship, meeting with Matt (our pastor), and Bible study in Daniel. We studied Daniel chapter 2, where Nebuchadnezzar has a disturbing dream and attempts to kill all the wise men because they could not tell him what the dream was. When I asked… Continue reading September 26, 2021 — Fall Routine
Last week I ended by speculating the upcoming week would have a more regular pattern. I guess that happened. Stephen has been with us, so that has made it different, but it's been nice to have him around. It looks like this fall will consist of a Sunday School class on worship, meeting with our… Continue reading September 19, 2021 — Regular Pattern?
I taught the second in my series on worship in the adult Sunday School class this morning. I got one compliment again! I also got a bundle of questions and comments. Those are good, too. Right? I dedicated last week to recovery from our week away, preparation for the fall, and family. The memorial service… Continue reading September 12, 2021 — Family Focus