Just a quick post to say that I'm still alive, though I've been very remiss about posting an entry to this blog in quite some time. In the interim, we've celebrated our youngest son's graduation from high school and the third son's 23rd birthday. Had a busy time this past weekend with Lee's Summit's annual Downtown Days Festival. Our church manned a booth downtown from which we dispensed over 1000 frozen flavor-ice popsicles, entertained children with some games and prizes, and distributed promotional literature about our church and its upcoming Vacation Bible School, scheduled for July 11-15. Those same dates happen to coincide with my next trip to Guatemala for a leadership training conference with pastors and leaders. In addition to our booth downtown, we also opened up our parking lot to the community for free parking and distributed free water to those who chose to park there. With the weekend highs hovering in the mid 90s and high humidity as well, the water was a welcomed item by most. We passed out around 600 bottles of water on Friday and Saturday.
This weekend I'll have the opportunity to preach the second in a series that our pastor began last Sunday on God's Top 10 Relationship Rules--better known as the 10 Commandments. I'll be addressing the second of these with the title, "Don't Settle for Homemade gods."
Our youth are gone this week to camp at Falls Creek Assembly in Oklahoma and have a one-week break after they return before they head to Joplin, MO to assist with some of the debris removal and minister through multiple choir concerts at churches in the area. Their original plans were to go to Chicago this summer, but the Joplin tornado brought a new and pressing need to our state and a great chance to share Christ's love in some tangible ways with folks in that city.