Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fort Frederica Visit

The annual Georgia Pastors' School for United Methodist clergy is always a highlight of the year for me and for my family.  In addition to the event and seeing clergy from North GA and South GA it also allows time to soak in the location, the wonder of nature, and the incredible history of the region.

This year I found myself in Darien one day at Fort King George and another afternoon at Christ Church and Fort Frederica.

Here are a couple of photos from Fort Frederica that got my attention:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Action Ministries "Smart Lunch, Smart Kid"

And, then after VBS in the morning, and Basketball Camp in the afternoon, we had a group packing 225 lunch bags & making ham and cheese sandwiches for Smart Lunch, Smart Kid!

Basketball Camp 2014

Our church has a tradition of offering VBS in the middle of July in the morning hours, and then offering a basketball camp each afternoon.  My youngest child LOVES this week and looks forward to it as a participant with hopes of being a helper in just a few more years.

Vacation Bible School 2014

Of Neglected Blogs & Busy Days

Where has the time gone?

Recent months have seen too much going on in church work, in personal life, and in United Methodist happenings, so I've let go of the updates for some time.

It's funny for me to look back over the number of UM thoughts and draft blogs that I wrote, and saved without publishing, as I supposed there were already too many words.  It seemed to me, or is it seems to me, that there are some other missing ingredients to the struggles of life in a family, in community, and in covenant which a blog just doesn't always help so well.  Often a blog or social media seems to foster one level of communication, yet just doesn't feel right with the timing, the challenges of life and faith, and the struggles which living presents us.  The status updates and media feed sometimes becomes an oppressive beast which doesn't enhance breathing, thinking, praying, living.  But, I've got to return in sharing updates as there are incredible things happening every day in the work of the Kingdom of God that I experience.  Hopefully this small sharing will point firmly to a way of following Christ which makes sense and is "doable", will encourage you in life and faith, and will pull you into exciting everyday missions for God.

Here's to grace,
and to peace,
and to life lived in family and community and church
through all the challenges and opportunities of these days.
May we experience the Living God in ways that might transform us and transform those around us.