Sunday, September 13, 2009

School's Out

After some recent soul-searching, it became quite clear that Greg's continued studies were getting in the way of other life priorities like family, church, work, house, ministry, rest, play, and more. So as of last week, Greg officially disconnected from grad studies towards a Masters in Management.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Pinecrest Weekend

Each year over the Labor Day weekend our church family enjoys a retreat at Pinecrest Camp near Fredericktown, Missouri. Well, it's actually just outside the town of Cherokee Pass, but you may not find that on most maps. After 21 years straight of taking part in this wonderful weekend, we missed it last year ... and were glad to enjoy it once again this past weekend.

In addition to the lake, the pool, the gym, the food, the canoes and paddle boats, the games, the blob (you'll have to ask), the volleyball and mini-golf, the crafts, and the wonderful time of fellowship with young and older ... its all about the time with God in worship, prayer, study, the celebration of Baptism, the serenity of Communion, and the quiet and beauty of being in the midst of His creation. This year the biblical teaching came from the book of 1 John and understanding what it means to be one born of God, one of His family. How do we describe a weekend that included difficult - even brutal - confrontation and conviction, but also one that brought such a sense of joy and freedom to our spirits as we talked and prayed (and played) together or spent some time in solitude and meditation? What a blessing!

God is so good ...