Friday, May 25, 2007


Memorial Day is this weekend and as far as I am concerned, with it summer officially arrives. For me, most summers are usually filled with a lot of travel, trips, vacations and conferences which finds me away from home often. This summer, however, I am only planning to be gone for just one week. I hope to finally actually find out what it is like to enjoy a summer. Though my traveling will be limited, that doesn’t mean that there is not much too look forward to. Here is a ministry and personal preview of “Summer 2007”:

Operation Barnabas, a ministry training program sponsored by CE National, will be spending the better part of the month of June here at Grace Church for their orientation before heading out on their summer tours.

Our daughter Joy will be taking a nearly 3-week trip to Italy as part of a mission’s trip with students from Lititz Christian School with Saints Equipped to Evangelize.

June 17 will be our next baptismal service here at Grace Church. This one will be held outside immediately following the morning worship services.

June 24 will bring our Rodeo and Western Event here at Grace Church as we look forward to making a “first touch” with thousands of people from our community as we believe God to use this to stair-step many of them to Grace Church and to the Lord. And let's not forget Bible School that starts the day after on June 25.

Our family will be taking a week in July to fly down to Florida to spend time with my parents who live in Lakeland as well as seeing my Grandma who is in a nursing home.

In mid-July, I will be starting a new summer sermon series we are calling…“Summer Heat: The Samson Scandal.” This will be a 6-week study in the life of the famous strong man whose story is told for us in the book of Judges.

Both of our kids will be part of about 85 from Grace Church who will be attending the Momentum Conference (formerly Brethren National Youth Conference) sponsored by CE National that will be held down south in the state of Mississippi.

Laura will be flying to Colorado for 5-days in order to be part of her family reunion.

In August, a good-sized group of staff, Elders and ministry leaders from Grace Church will be attending the 3-day Leadership Summit which will be simulcast live locally to LCBC. This is a top-notch conference which focuses on developing leadership.

As of now, I also have three dates at Major League Baseball stadiums including watching the New York Yankees battle the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Florida as well as attending two games in Philadelphia where I will be soaking in the sun watching the Phillies host the Washington Nationals and then later in the summer, the New York Mets.

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