Hi Five Oakers, I’ve got a few of things I want to share with you today.
#1- Saturday morning 20 of the Journeymen stayed after their morning Bible study and were joined by several other Five Oakers, including some of their wives and children. They brought wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, and other assorted tools. Together they spread 20 yards of wood chips on the playground (and that's a BIG pile of wood chips), three yards of mulch on landscape beds, a yard of black dirt on low areas, reshaped the rock landscaping next to the south door where it had settled and placed two 4' concrete splash blocks there to improve drainage, and trimmed all the shrubs around the church and in the parking lot islands. In THREE HOURS everything was done, cleaned up, and the trimmings disposed of. Thank you all who helped and a special thanks goes out to Adam Igl and Scott Halverson who organized the effort with our Facility Manager Dave Casmer, and to Matt Pap for the shrub trimming work.
#2- Did you notice the new carpet this weekend?
#3- Over a dozen folks came to the Haiti mission team information meeting over the weekend. There's still room for more on the team!
#3- Tim Bubar is part of the planning team for this summer’s Challenge conference where over a hundred of our students will join thousands from all over the country.
#4- I met with the Group Life writers on Sunday. Big plans ahead. They are already starting work on the series we will do on Galatians starting some time in February. We’re going to publish the 13-week Group Life study for daily and small group study!
#5- Eric Frasier is on a mission to help as many people as possible learn how to share their faith story. Last weekend he taught the 5th-6th graders. He’s also leading a workshop for adults on Nov 17 at 9:15 and again at 11am. You will go through a step-by-step method of telling your story. It will also equip you with a few simple tools to illustrate how to start a relationship with God. Email me or the firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
#6- Love is in the air. Our seventh couple of year has been matched with one our pre-marriage mentor couples for their mentoring.
#7- Jersey day was a lot of fun (the “big” game was not). It was an especially fun weekend for me because my best friend from K – 2nd grade, Bobby Conway, was in the Twin Cities with his wife, his daughter and their foreign exchange student. We had supper on Friday and they attended worship here on Sunday. We hadn’t seen each other for 47 years, since I moved from Milwaukee back to Miami after second grade! He and I are the two outside kids in the picture of three below. I can't tell you how special that was for me.
Blessings, Pastor Henry