Sunday Thoughts

Well good evening. The above picture is our family. It is the first family picture we’ve had since the little one in the red was baptized. That means its been a long time. Today our day was spent returning back to our home here in Delaware. We had a great time visiting our daughter and her family and got to watch our oldest grandson take his first communion. We left Ontario this morning with a chilly 31 degrees. By the time we got home it was a beautiful 70 degrees.

This was the first Sunday that Pam and I have had off since our youngest grand daughter was baptized, which was before COVID-19 shut everything down. Even though we had the Sunday off, we joined with our colleagues in ministry via a Zoom call. It was good to be able to pray over my friends.

This week had me preparing for being off this week. It was good to be back in our Wednesday prayer meeting after several weeks off due to sickness. We also all had to get COVID tests – that in and of itself was a bit of trial and error this time. I had to get swabbed twice and the place that we normally get them changed their hours and also required appointments. But by late Wednesday we had all the required results.

This coming week has us preparing for our church’s annual Trunk or Treat. While we weren’t here last year, it had to be canceled because of COVID. I know our church is excited about next Sunday evening.

That’s about all I have for this week. Have a great one and seize the day!

Sunday Thoughts

Good evening and welcome to Sunday Night Thoughts for October 17, 2021. It has been a busy week here. The early part of the week was dreary to say the least. We had an almost constant drizzle/rain for three days. On Tuesday afternoon, the sun broke out for a moment and we caught this rainbow and just like that it was gone and the clouds and dreariness moved back in. That continued through Wednesday.

Early Wednesday morning, I was up a 2 AM to head to Indiana. I’ve already written a post about how God provided a vision for The Journey to acquire a new van/bus. We loaded up an RV for Elkhart, IN to pick up this beautiful addition to our ministry. This morning we got to use it for the first time. It is 15 passengers and has room for 2 wheelchairs and comes complete with a ramp to bring people on and off the van. Everyone here is so excited. The picture below depicts us taking possession of the bus.

We turned around and headed back for home and arrived here around 4 AM on Thursday morning. That means I was pretty much wiped for the rest of the Thursday and had to push through the fog to get ready for Sunday.

Yesterday, we had praise team rehearsal and then Pam, James, and I headed for Ocean City, MD. This week they were offering free admission to the county museums. We decided to go to the Life Saving Station Museum in OC. The Life Saving Stations were a precursor to the US Coast Guard. It was a fascinating history lesson. Not only was the museum free, but because of a special event in OC, so was the park and ride, which was great because there was no parking available downtown. We learned this the hard way by trying to find a place downtown and then elected to go back to the park and ride.

Upon arriving downtown, we headed for the boardwalk for some food. Except for Thrashers Fries, this was the first boardwalk food we had. We stopped at A-Station. The food was delicious and served hot. Finally we got back home and prepared for today.

We had an awesome worship service this morning. Not only that, but The Journey threw us a little Pastor Appreciation reception. It was a bit overwhelming. They loved on us well and as you can see we had quite the spread of food. It’s been a great week.

Before I wrap it up, it has been a good week of running. I need to get back to posting about my running again, now that I have healed and am back at it. I took in 19 miles this week and am really happy about that, even if the pace is slow, but it feels great.

That about wraps it up for this week. I am looking forward to what this week has in store. Have a great one and Seize the Day!

Sunday Thoughts

Overcast skies above Millsboro tonight

Yes, while we haven’t had completely overcast skies the last two day, that has been the general mood. We didn’t get much rain however. There was some rain overnight and a little this afternoon. It is a rare occurrence for us to have long periods of overcast, unlike our days in Eldred where that could be days on end. It is still staying summerlike. There are some leaves turning and some leaves falling, but for the most part it still seems like summer instead of early fall. This coming week we will again see temps into the 80’s. Most of that should change by the time next Sunday rolls around.

This was an interesting week to say the least. Because we had a guest musical artist in this morning, I didn’t have to prepare a message or work on the worship set, so it was an easier week, but the busy weeks are coming. This is going to be one of them. I’m glad this week was easy because Wednesday I came down with something – don’t know exactly what it was but it was nasty on Wednesday and Thursday. I feel great and Friday was a productive day – getting ready for the concert – I went out for a run, went to physical therapy, helped cut the grass and we relocated the speakers in our sanctuary. They were a bit low and I had cracked my head on them several times and so did others. They are now much higher and out of harms way.

Yesterday I went out for one of my longer runs since restarting. It was a slow 5 miles, probably because my body hadn’t totally recovered. But I am getting some good mileage in. I already have over 30 miles for the month.

This week finds me preparing for a special service on Friday evening. We are having a service for those who have lost pregnancies or lost a child. October 15th is the national day of remembrance. 1 in 4 woman have lost a pregnancy or had an infant child die. It is a traumatizing experience and we want to acknowledge that.

Last night we had a wonderful time of fellowship with our church. We had a ShrimpFest and we had some great food and even had leftovers. Our special musical guest was able to be part of the festivities as well.

Speaking of…We hosted Katy Kinard for a concert this morning. She does a great job and I love her honest spirit and songwriting. If you are looking for a solo, acoustic singer/songwriter, I encourage you to check her out. After worship, we went to our local Grotto Pizza and then sent them on their way and we came home to rest. It’s been great to just relax this afternoon – watch the Eagles win! Fly, Eagles, Fly!

That wraps it up. Have a great week and Seize the Day!

Sunday Thoughts

Well, good evening. Welcome to the first Sunday Thoughts of October. It’s been a good week here in Delaware. The weather has finally turned the corner and it is feeling more like fall, but doesn’t necessarily look like fall yet. We had several mornings in the high 40’s. It was nice to run in those cool temps. With the temps we have had all summer, it almost felt cold.

I was able to get out and finish September with almost 90 miles. Considering I only had 20 miles in August, I consider this a major win. At this point, I’m working at trying to at least get close to the total mileage totals for the last couple of years. I’d really like to be close to 900 miles, but need about 260 miles to get there.

On Wednesday our son had off from work. We had a leftover gift card from Applebee’s so we took James out to lunch. It was fun to go out and enjoy some time with him.

On Thursday we had the first of our regional pastor’s meetings. This was a great time of fellowship. We were able to share what God is doing in our churches and how He is working in each of us.

This morning we had a good service. It was our 74th Anniversary at the Journey. We also celebrated the World Day of Communion. We are still working on some issues with copyright blocks on our Facebook page. I’m thinking of trying YouTube to see if we can not have that happen.

That about wraps it up. Have a great week and Seize the Day!

Sunday Thoughts

Apparently it was quite the week to capture sunrise photos, but this evening I caught the last rays of the sun disappearing behind the church property. The morning sun comes later these days and the evening sun sets earlier. This past week was the first day of autumn. We have finally seen a change in temperatures and the humidity has disappeared.

This past week I was able to run and walk on a regular basis. I ran three miles on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On each of these days I also walked a mile. On Tuesday, Thursday and today, I walked four miles. Things are feeling really good and even the back is starting to feel better. This week, I’m going to add a mile to running on three days and may even try a back to back Friday and Saturday.

It’s been a good week over all. This past week, we had our last farmer’s market session for the season. It was bittersweet to pack things up after the market. I did something different on Saturday during the farmer’s market. I brought a few pieces of sound equipment and my guitar and sang some songs. It was a fun way to spend the morning.

The next few weeks have us getting ready for several events. Singer/songwriter Katy Kinard will be hear on October 10 for our worship service. The night before, we are having a ShrimpFest at one of the church member’s homes. It should be a great night of fellowship. We are also hosting a service for pregnancy and infant loss on October 15. It’s been said that 1 in 4 women have lost a pregnancy or infant. Later in the month we have some missionaries coming in and that same weekend we are hosting our annual Trunk or Treat event. So October is definitely going to be a busy month.

We had a wonderful Spirit-filled and Spirit-led service this morning. The worship team did a great job leading the musical worship. We had an anointing service and even an impromptu special. I could feel the Holy Spirit working this morning. It’s taken me most of the afternoon to recover and Anna and I are about to watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

That about wraps it up. Have a great week and Seize the Day!

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The Last Sunday of Summer

This Sunday – September 19 marks the last Sunday of summer. Fall arrives on Wednesday. It was a cool week because we were able to do go and check out some of the local attractions. The first couple years you live somewhere different it is almost like being a tourist. Monday evenings in Rehoboth Beach is Meterless Mondays. We decided we would visit Rehoboth last Monday and had a great time walking the boardwalk and then checking out some of our favorite stores. One is the Christmas shop and another is Browseabout Books. We also picked up some Thrashers Fries while we were out.

This past week we checked out libraries, went to Cape Henelopen State Park, checked out many of the WWII areas of interest on the beach, walked the beach there. We checked out some nearby Atlas Obscura sites. We also went to see the Assateague National Seashore and saw the wild horses. Overall it was a great week.

I was doing quite a bit of planning for upcoming events and follow up from last week’s board meeting. Early in the week I made a few phone calls and it seems everyone was out of the office, but by week’s end everyone had called me back.

This past week I have really tried to get back to regular workouts and was successful. Yesterday I even did three consecutive miles of running. The last time I was able to get in more miles than in September was June and by the 8th of June I was done. I’m hoping all continues well. Physical therapy is really helping.

We did have a good service at The Journey this morning. God is doing some pretty amazing things. So that about wraps it up for the week. Have a great week and Carpe Diem!

Sunday Thoughts

Welcome to Sunday Thoughts for September 12, 2021.

We had a little taste of fall this past week. We did get a nice break from the summer heat and humidity this week. Yet this week we return to some of that. Even today it was getting warmer. It’s been a great week.

Earlier this week, I attended the Millsboro Town Council meeting. It was interesting to see some of the ins and outs of the town workings. It was the first week since I have been here that I had something three nights in a row. Wednesday night we had prayer meeting and then on Thursday we had board meeting. We had a great meeting and there is such a spirit of cooperation.

On Friday morning, we decided we wanted to go to Rehoboth Beach and watch the sunrise.

The wave action was cool as Hurricane Larry was sitting off the coast. We stopped at Chick-fil-A on the way home for breakfast. I thought I had it timed properly, but we arrived at the beach just in the nick of time. We had been on the beach less than 2 minutes when I captured the picture above.

Yesterday, was a day off (as far as our family was concerned) for the farmer’s market. Although, we did go up to pick up some produce and while we were there, we met a young lady and her son. She was looking for a church and she showed up this morning – so cool.

In the afternoon we headed to Fenwick Island to the Shipwreck Museum – we were also able to catch the Fenwick Lighthouse. It is unusual in that it sits about a quarter mile off the beach. It was closed by the time we got there, so we couldn’t climb to the top.

We are hoping this week to go see some of some of the more unusual sights in Delaware – some of them listed on Atlas Obscura.

Which brings us to Sunday. We had a wonderful spirit of worship as we gathered this morning. It was the largest crowd we’ve had since I’ve been here with 45 in attendance. We had some great praises and a wonderful time of worship.

Following worship we had an organizational meeting for our Trunk or Treat. This is an annual event and it by far is the largest event we host. We are looking forward to this event as we reach out to our community.

This afternoon, I’ve been relaxing, watching Eagles football. It was good to see them win. That brings us to the end of this week’s writing. Have an awesome week and Seize the Day!

Sunday Night Thoughts

Welcome to Sunday Thoughts for the first Sunday in September of 2021. The above picture was captured just a few minutes ago. It looks like we have some clouds moving in. It looks like there is a slight chance of some showers overnight. Tomorrow is Labor Day – the unofficial end of summer. For us here in the beach region of Delaware, that means the tourists won’t be quite as thick.

Here in Delaware the students go back to school. Some on Tuesday and many of them start on Wednesday. During our service this morning, we prayed for our students and we prayed for the teachers – and staff – and bus drivers. I am praying that our students have a wonderful and safe and blessed year. As a side note, I did finally get out to change the sign. It still had Vacation Bible School advertised on it.

This past week, the big event was a lunch that we put on for the teachers of the middle school. That school is to the left and about a block from the church. Tuesday night we gathered to prep food for the lunch. On Wednesday we served a lunch of cheeseburgers, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, along with homemade cookies. We got many compliments about the lunch. We are thankful for the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a local school. It was a positive impact on the community.

Yesterday, we once again were back at the Farmer’s Market. It was the first time the whole gang was there since July. We had a great time and sold quite a few scrapple sandwiches. I am enjoying being part of the farmers market family. We have just three weeks left and one of those weeks, we won’t be there.

I did get a chance to cut the grass this week – it was on one of those terribly humid days early in the week. I need to get out there tomorrow or Tuesday and get the grass cut in the field before it gets too long again. It was incredibly difficult to cut because even at noon the grass was still wet from the dew. Hopefully that won’t be the case this week.

This week, things move back to a more normal pattern. Tuesday night, I’m planning on attending the town council meeting. I want to see how things are done here. Wednesday evening, we restart our prayer meeting and then Thursday we have prayer meeting. So it will be a bit of a busy week.

We did have a good worship service this morning. The Journey had 42 people present, which is one of the highest attendances we have had – I think only tying Easter morning. It is encouraging. There was a good spirit in our service and I had several good compliments about the sermon. Pam taught Sunday School and did a great job presenting creation.

So that about wraps it up for the week. If you don’t work tomorrow, enjoy your Labor Day and if you go to a store or restaurant – treat those who serve you with kindness – after all they are working on what should be a day of rest.

Seize the Day!

Sunday Thoughts

Sixteen Years to the Day

As I start to type, we are watching the evening news. I was reminded that 16 years ago today Katrina slammed into New Orleans. We had just recently moved to Martinsville, VA. I remember the video clips…and the ensuing rise in gas prices. It was one of the few times in my life, I remember paying over $4 a gallon. Today again we are watching the video clips of roofs being peeled off houses, rising water…and all this with the COVID surge in Louisiana. It looks like we will feel the effects of the remains on Wednesday and Thursday.

Going North

Last Sunday we began the anticipation of a road trip. Monday morning we got up and went to get our COVID tests. Dummy me forgot my wallet, so we had to circle back home and come back to get my test. We needed negative COVID tests to go see our family in Canada. We received the good news early on Tuesday morning and began the plans to be there by Wednesday afternoon.

Going across the border was surreal to say the least. There wasn’t much traffic headed across the border. It took a bit longer because of the paperwork that was needed – proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID test. But it was all worth it to see the looks on the faces of our family as we arrived. We were greeted by Anna and Robert at the door and got hugs and then we met the rest in the living room. Richeldis gave be a big hug – which I wasn’t expecting and that made my eyes leak.

We had a great time for two and a half days in Canada and started back home early yesterday morning. It’s hard to get three active children for a portrait. I took nearly 20 photos to get this shot.

A Praise and Worship Service

We didn’t do much else this week except go to Canada. We did run into some afternoon thunderstorms which did create a challenge driving, especially in Philadelphia. We got home about 4 PM and started preparing for worship today.

This morning we had a Praise and Worship service. We sang songs of praise, gave testimonies, sang some favorite hymns and worshipped God through musical praise. It was a great service and the Holy Spirit was evident. We even had a few new people in worship with us – and some people who haven’t been there in a long time.

This week things get back to normal, but our church is serving lunch to the teachers at the middle school just down the street. We are planning on grilling hamburgers, so we are hoping we don’t get affected by the remnants of Ida.

That’s about all I have. Seize the Day!

Sunday Thoughts

It’s Sunday evening so time for Sunday Thoughts. This past week was spent hosting Vacation Bible School at the Journey. We had a great week and I am very thankful for our volunteers. We had a great group who did a great job. Backstage with the Bible is history. This was the first time Pam and I had ever done an outdoor Vacation Bible School. The weather made it a challenge – partly because of the high dew points and warm temps – then for several nights we had the threat of rain. One night it rained the whole time we were having VBS. One night it let loose about an two hours before, but stopped about about 4:30. It was interesting trying to do video outside and some of my equipment had some difficult moments. But by the time we went live every night – things worked the way they should. Like I’ve already said, we had a great time.

Now we get ready to do our teacher’s luncheon for the middle school two blocks away. I am so thankful again to one of my board members who is putting it all together. That will be on September 1. We are looking forward to serving our teachers.

I really tried to spend today as a Sabbath – at least once church was over. We had a good service this morning. Pam preached about Elijah and how sometimes we have to wait for God to put all our pieces together and that we need to follow God’s directions for our lives. She did a great job.

The summer is rapidly drawing to a close. It also mean that the tourists traffic will be less. I am looking forward to that. Looks like tonight’s Sunday night thoughts is a little shorter. Have a great week and Carpe Diem!