Sunday, February 17, 2013
Today was our last Sunday with our Pastor Paul and his wife Debbie. It really was a great service and pot luck dinner afterward honoring him for his time here with us and sending them off with a hands on prayer circle by our Elders and Deacons. I was honored to be a part of that since I am an Elder. We had special music and the mood was positive for them as well as sad for our loss. One of our soloists sang May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You after the prayer circle. Another friend and I did a jazz rendition of Amazing Grace. I was honored to do that two years ago for Paul's Ordination to our church so he joked and said now I was "kicking him out" with the same song. He has a great sense of humor. He and his wife were just married in Dec. and we didn't know her when he came to us 2 years ago. Debbie is a very special godly woman and she will be a great partner for him. Please pray for them as they start their lives in a new church and state.
So now we rely on God to help us search and find the best person for our church. Once again I ask for prayers for our church and the search team as we continue with this daunting task. We will be meeting with the head minister of our "region" on Wednesday as he guides along the way. We believe God already has that new Pastor already picked out and he may not even know it yet. We will take our time and see to whom God leads us. We have guest speakers scheduled through Easter. One is a missionary from our church. She always has interesting stories to tell of her trips to Haiti. Another one scheduled is a group of men from the Light House Ministry. That is a place for people in recovery for their addiction to alcohol and drugs. A group of men come and tell their story about what God is doing in their lives and sing for us too. Very good group and their testimonies are very moving.
Well, that's about it from here today. Max sends his purrs and meows to all of you...both human and furry friends.
My Pastor said today that he doesn't believe in goodbyes...so in his words, "See ya." Of course we know we will see one another one day in Heaven. What a day that will be.